August 11, 2011
(Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron blamed the worst riots in Britain for decades on street gang members and opportunistic looters and denied government austerity measures or poverty caused the violence in London and other major English cities.
Cameron told an emergency session of parliament that police tactics had failed at the start of the rioting. Courts worked through the night to deal with hundreds of mostly young people arrested during the mayhem.
“The fightback has well and truly begun,” said the Conservative leader, in power for 15 months.
“As to the lawless minority, the criminals who’ve taken what they can get, I say this: We will track you down, we will find you, we will charge you, we will punish you,” Cameron said.
Police in central England said they had arrested three people, aged 16, 17 and 26, on suspicion of murder after three men protecting property in Birmingham from rioters were hit by a car.
Community leaders say inequality, cuts to public services by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government and youth unemployment fed into the violence in London, Birmingham, Manchester and other multi-ethnic cities.
Cameron is under pressure from different quarters to ease his austerity plans, toughen policing and do more for inner- city communities, even as economic malaise grips a nation whose social and racial tensions exploded in four nights of mayhem.
His statement was followed by another emergency address to parliament by the finance minister, George Osborne, in the wake of the euro zone debt crisis.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The bankruptcy sale of Crystal Cathedral, the glass-walled Orange County church known for its “Hour of Power” broadcasts, has touched off a bidding war between a Roman Catholic diocese and a local university.
The church’s ministry, meanwhile, has announced that its campus is not for sale and launched a pledge drive to keep the cathedral, But that is a show of opposition that could put it on a legal collision course with creditors.
The fate of the towering, 31-year-old church, famed for its 10,000 panes of glass, is playing out in bankruptcy court, following the ministry’s filing for Chapter 11 protection in October after falling $50 million in debt.
It marks a dramatic downturn for a congregation that got its start in 1955 when the Reverend Robert Schuller and his wife, Arvella, began holding services in an Orange County drive-in theater that they rented.
Schuller went on to become an internationally known televangelist through his “Hour of Power” broadcasts before retiring as senior pastor in 2006.
The creditors’ committee on Tuesday filed court papers outlining its plans for resolving the case and detailing the offers received to buy the cathedral, which is located in the city of Garden Grove, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has submitted a bid of $53.6 million, the court papers show.
The diocese has offered to temporarily rent space to the church’s ministry, but it envisions eventually using the cathedral as a new home for its congregation and would require the ministry to move in three years, court papers say.
Before a packed courtroom that spilled into a second room where a crowd watched on monitors, former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced to 336 months — 28 years — in federal prison.
Ciavarella, who had remained relatively still throughout most of his trial, shifted in his chair and shuffled papers as U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Judge Edwin M. Kosik handed down his sentence.
Outside the courtroom following the sentencing hearing, several people, many of whom were clad in T-shirts bearing the images of juveniles who had appeared before Ciavarella, hugged and congratulated each other, some with tears in their eyes.
In February, a federal jury in Scranton found Ciavarella guilty of 12 of 39 counts of corruption filed against him, including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, honest services mail fraud, money laundering conspiracy and a host of tax fraud charges. Ciavarella was cleared of extortion, bribery and honest services wire fraud charges, however.
Ciavarella read a prepared statement during Thursday’s sentencing hearing in which he said he had been unfairly demonized by the prosecution and the public, claiming Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon A. Zubrod had ignited a public outcry when he used the term “kids-for-cash” to describe Ciavarella’s crimes after Ciavarella agreed to plead guilty to honest services fraud for allegedly receiving a payment from the builder of the PA Child Care juvenile detention facility.
Ciavarella said that statement made the public view him as “the personification of evil, the antichrist, the devil.”
Article: The Legal Intelligencer
(CNN) — Just before she and her two brothers were captured after a manhunt lasting more than a week, Lee Grace Dougherty pointed her machine pistol at a Colorado police chief, but the chief fired his .40-caliber handgun first, wounding her in the right upper thigh, according to an investigator’s affidavits released Thursday.
“I pointed the gun at the cop,” Dougherty told the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Christian L. Mohr.
“I deserved to get shot,” Dougherty, 29, told authorities, according to Mohr’s affidavit. “The cop said drop the gun.”
Southeast’s Daugherty siblings caught in Colorado
When she was shot, “instantly, I let go of the gun,” Dougherty told the FBI. “The pain was all through my body.”
The cop who wounded her was Walsenburg, Colorado, Police Chief James Chamberlain, according to the documents.
Thursday’s release of the investigator’s affidavits — filed in support of the siblings’ arrests — provided new details about the moments leading up to authorities’ capture of the three Dougherty siblings Wednesday. The FBI and other law agencies conducted a multistate dragnet for the trio for more than a week.
The three siblings, arrested Wednesday after a high-speed chase by police resulted in the crash of the Doughertys’ vehicle on a rural Colorado highway, had their first court hearing Thursday in Pueblo, but the three waived their right to appear, according to CNN affiliates KGTV and KUSA.
A public defender represented them in their absence, according to the CNN affiliates.
Lee Grace Dougherty, brother Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, face numerous charges.
The three were wanted in an armed bank robbery in Georgia and were suspects in the attempted murder of a Florida police officer. Both incidents occurred August 2.
Bond was set Thursday at $1.25 million for each of them, according to CNN affiliate KUSA. Their next court hearing is August 15, in Pueblo.
During a high-speed chase before their car crashed, Ryan Dougherty was behind the wheel, and Dylan Dougherty Stanley was firing an AK-47 at pursuing officers and their vehicles, Lee Grace Dougherty told authorities, according to a second affidavit filed by Mohr.
(CNN) — Casey Anthony is responsible for the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, a report released Thursday by Florida’s Department of Children and Families concludes.
A month after a jury acquitted Anthony on murder and child neglect charges, the state agency found that Anthony “is the caregiver responsible for the verified maltreatments of death, threatened harm and failure to protect” in her daughter’s death.
“The Department of Children and Families concludes that the actions or the lack of actions by the alleged perpetrator ultimately resulted or contributed in the death of the child,” said the report. The report was signed by officials within the department Wednesday.
Anthony is free now. While she was cleared on murder and aggravated child abuse charges, the 25-year-old Orlando woman was convicted on four counts related to misleading law enforcement authorities. She was sentenced to four years in jail on those convictions, but was given credit for the time she had already served between her arrest and the end of the seven-week trial and was released from jail in mid-July. Prosecutors cannot appeal the acquittals.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will not take any further action as a result of the report, Capt. Angelo Nieves said Thursday.
“This closes out the DCF case, and it does not create additional follow-up on our part,” he said.
The state report also found that Anthony’s “failure to act” in the 31 days between the time the girl was last seen and when police were alerted about the case “delayed and interfered with a law enforcement investigation and best efforts to safely recover the child.”
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