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Archived Since:March 4, 2010

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Drew Peterson Tried to Put Out Hit on Prosecutor: DA

It seems that sending Drew Peterson away for 38 years is not a way to make friends with Drew Peterson: The Chicago Tribune reports today that the former Illinois cop has been charged with trying to put a hit out on Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, the man who...

A New Explanation for Our Huge Prison Population

The US prison population hit a record 1.62 million in 2009, and there's a widely accepted explanation for that: the war on drugs. But law professor John Pfaff is proposing a very different explanation, and he explains it in an interview with Leon Neyfakh at Slate. Only 17% of...

Marine Who Vanished in Iraq in 2004 Goes on Trial

The trial is set to begin today at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for a Marine who vanished in Iraq a decade ago and then wound up in Lebanon. Defense attorneys maintain Cpl. Wassef Hassoun was kidnapped in 2004 by insurgents and later became tangled up in Lebanese courts. But...

Guy Tries to Stop Robbery, Gets Charged With Felony

A man who tried to stop a robbery in a Wisconsin bar has been charged with a felony because he wasn't supposed to be carrying the Taser he threatened the suspect with. According to WKBT-TV, Jeff Steele was at the King's Korner in La Crosse around closing time last Sunday...

Teen Shot Classmate, Took Selfie With Body: Police

A Pennsylvania teenager is behind bars after allegedly shooting a classmate in the head and taking an incriminating selfie of himself with the body, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. According to court papers, 16-year-old Maxwell Morton sent the image to a friend via SnapChat, an app that deletes messages after a...

Cops: Mom Sold Daughter's Virginity for Rent Money

She wanted rent money. He wanted sex. The deal: He could sleep with her 14-year-old daughter for $400, according to law enforcement officials. The Washington State Patrol says it arrested 38-year-old Bryan Murphy on Friday in Oklahoma for allegedly working out such a deal with his girlfriend, Raw Story reports....

Guy Lists 'Drug Dealer' as Occupation, on Arrest Report

Robert Michael Phillips has seven felony convictions and more than a dozen arrests on his resumé—which he apparently feels earns him the right to list his occupation as "drug dealer," reports the Palm Beach Post. The slight problem being that he did so not on an application to peddle...

Cops Bust Pa. Teen in Triple Mall Shooting

Three people were hospitalized today with gunshot wounds after a 17-year-old male opened fire on a man at a Pittsburgh-area mall, police said, striking his intended target as well as two bystanders. The Monroeville Mall went on lockdown last evening after gunfire erupted inside Macy's at about 7:30pm, sending...

Subject of Serial Podcast Gets His Appeal

Adnan Syed, the Maryland man whose murder conviction as a teenager made headlines thanks to the popularity of the Serial podcast, will get an appeal. Syed was convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999, and the podcast told his story—including an interview with Asia McClain, a former...

Cop Stumbles on Pricey Art in Old Meth Lab

An Albuquerque officer searching a former meth lab stumbled upon artwork by late-American Indian artist Al Momaday that was worth more than $30,000 and likely was stolen, according to police. Police say the officer found the valuable prints last week during a protective sweep of the condemned apartment right...

Cops Nab Dad Shot by 3-Year-Old Son

A 3-year-old boy who allegedly shot his parents with a single bullet won't be charged, of course, but his parents are in hot legal water. Justin Reynolds was arrested in Albuquerque today and faces a "child abuse without a great bodily harm" charge, KRQE reports. Police say Reynolds knew that...

Millionaire Begins 3rd Trial for Wife's 9/11 Murder

More than 13 years after his wife vanished on Sept. 11, 2001, wealthy upstate New York car dealer Calvin Harris will sit through his third trial for her murder. Though he was twice convicted of killing Michele Harris, who disappeared after leaving her waitressing job amid a bitter divorce, both...

'Dreamy Mugshot Guy' Headed to Prison

"Dreamy mugshot guy" will soon be "dreamy California inmate." Jeremy Meeks, the man whose face launched a thousand Facebook comments last June ( sample : "I would rehabilitate him so hard"), was yesterday sentenced to 27 months in federal prison after having been convicted of being a felon in possession of...

Cops: Family Kidnaps Boy as Lesson About Strangers

On Monday, a 6-year-old Missouri boy went to hell and back: Police say he was kidnapped from his bus stop and put through a traumatic four-hour ordeal that was allegedly plotted by his aunt, a co-worker she recruited, the child's grandmother, and his own mom, Fox News reports. The reasoning...

Unwise Wine Tasting: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Criminals generally don't want cops coming anywhere near them. Yet we've got at least two people who allegedly went right to the cops themselves, plus a few other weird crime stories for the week: Woman Jailed After Misdial : Police say a woman selling drugs made a big mistake that landed...

Cops: 1 Dead, 2 Hurt in Coast Guardsman's Rampage

A Coast Guard member shot two female colleagues at a Cape Cod condo complex early yesterday, lit a car on fire to hamper police, planted fake bombs, and then opened fire on officers, authorities say. The episode, which the police chief in the town of Bourne calls "crazy and hectic,...

Philly Cops Indicted After Beating Video Surfaces

Two Philadelphia cops accused of savagely beating a man without provocation and then lying about it have been indicted following a thorough investigation—by the victim's girlfriend. After Najee Rivera was given a beating that left him with a fractured bone in his face and one eye swollen shut, girlfriend...

Guy on Death Row 30 Years Gets Last-Minute Reprieve

A Texas inmate set to be executed next week for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar more than 30 years ago won a reprieve today from the US Supreme Court. Lester Bower Jr., 67, among the longest-serving Texas death row inmates, had been scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday....

Shots Fired at University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina says shots have been fired at its new School of Public Health in downtown Columbia, and a law enforcement official tells the State that the shooting was a murder-suicide. The school put all buildings on lockdown and issued two alerts on the shooting via its...

Inside, a Basketball Game; Outside, a Shooting

Two teens were shot outside a basketball game at Frederick High School in Maryland last night, and as of this morning police were still looking for the shooter or shooters, who are believed to have escaped on foot. "Gunshots going off around a gym packed with kids," is how a...

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