Year: 2009

DC Officer Charged with Murder in Robbery Gone Awry

DC police officer Reginald Jones (in red) was arraigned in Superior Court yesterday evening on a murder charge for his part in a robbery in which two men were shot and one died. Officer Jones was in his patrol car,

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DNA Clears Prisoner After 27 Years

While Donald Gates, convicted of the 1981 rape and murder of a university student, waited in an Arizona prison lawyers in a DC courtroom were asking a judge to release him. Gates’ conviction was based largely on the testimony of

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Supreme Court Hears Honest Services

Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben faced an uphill battle yesterday as the Justices questioned the vagueness of the Honest Services Act that makes it a crime to “deprive another of the intangible right of honest services.” In response to Justice

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Sicopata, spanish for psycho, is the nickname Josue Pena, 26, went by in the DC Columbia Heights neighborhood where 9-year-old Oscar Fuentes died last Saturday evening. Pena, shown here at his arraignment in courtroom C-10 of DC Superior Court yesterday,

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Jefferson Sentenced

Former congressman William Jefferson stood with his attorney, Robert Trout, his clasped hands resting on the lectern, as Judge Ellis sentenced him to 13 years in prison. Jefferson, 62, infamous for the $90,000. in cold cash found in his freezer

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Life-Without-Parole for Juveniles?

In 2005 the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for youthful offenders under the age of 18.  Today the court was asked to establish a similar bar to sentencing non-homicide juvenile offenders to life in prison without the possibility of

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1 Hearing, 39 Defendants

Thirty-nine names were on the docket for yesterday’s status hearing in the DC Taxicab Commission bribery case. One or two may have been home with the flu, but it was still quite a crowd. Short WaPo story here.

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Pity the Immigrant

Shanika Robinson, shown above with her brother Leon, agreed to marry Shahabuddin Rana in exchange for monthly payments of $500.  The immigration scam turned deadly when Rana’s brother, after learning that Robinson was having sexual affairs with other men, refused

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Justices Question Animal Cruelty Law

Ten years ago Congress passed a law banning video and other depictions of animal cruelty, but the Supreme Court is likely to decide that the law is too broad and vague. Justice Alito was the only Justice who seemed inclined

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A Wink and a Nod Plea Deal

Sentenced to life without parole for the 1997 killing of a DC police officer, Donovan Strickland claims that he was promised a reduced sentence in exchange for his guilty plea.  Under Maryland law, convicts have a right to ask a

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