I Have Questions About This Juror Who Asked to Be Excused From Sheldon Silver's Trial

Former New York State Assemblyman and speaker Sheldon Silver is on trial for corruption, which is surprising, as long as you are very, very very easily surprised. Also a little odd: one of the jurors asked to be excused almost as soon as deliberations began, writing, “I don’t feel like I can be myself right now!” »11/24/15 3:39pm11/24/15 3:39pm


Report: 'Adorable' Drug Kingpin's Father Is a DEA Agent 

In early November, a 19-year-old Texas woman named Sarah Furay was arrested while allegedly toting an eye-popping array of pharmaceuticals. Several news stories referred to the woman, Sarah Furay, as “adorable.” While apologizing for that word choice, Death and Taxes has also uncovered the less-adorable fact that… »11/23/15 7:10pm11/23/15 7:10pm

Government Says Allowing Chelsea Manning to Grow Her Hair Would Be a 'Significant Security Risk'

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Department of Justice are locked in a battle over Chelsea Manning’s hair length. The DOJ says Manning, currently serving 35 years for leaking classified military documents, can’t be permitted to grow her hair longer than two inches. Her hair could pose “pose a significant… »11/13/15 12:10pm11/13/15 12:10pm

Charlie Brown Voice Actor Had a Dog Named Snoopy, Allegedly Threatened to Kill a Sheriff 

The actor who voiced Charlie Brown in the animated Peanuts specials has pled guilty to making all sorts of threats. Prosecutors say Peter Robbins, who previously served jail time for threatening the plastic surgeon who performed his girlfriend’s breast augmentation, threatened to kill San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore. »11/11/15 8:30pm11/11/15 8:30pm

Owen Labrie Sentenced to One Year in Jail for Luring, Sexual Assault of a Minor

Owen Labrie, 20, has been sentenced to one year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate at the elite St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. In a statement delivered by video in court Thursday, the victim said she still suffers from flashbacks and said the St. Paul’s community showed her a stunning lack of… »10/29/15 4:45pm10/29/15 4:45pm

The Supreme Court Is Trying to Kill Us

The Supreme Court begins its fall term today, and it’s already shaping up to be a doozy. Its docket includes public employee unions, affirmative action, the death penalty, and—oh, hell, why not?— probably abortion and birth control, too. While all of these are politically contentious issues with the potential to shape… »10/05/15 11:37am10/05/15 11:37am

The LAPD says Saudi Prince Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud, arrested on sexual assault charges against a dom

The LAPD says Saudi Prince Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud, arrested on sexual assault charges against a domestic worker in his home, is being accused of sexual assault by other women as well. An LAPD spokesperson told the L.A. Times the other accusers are also women who worked at the estate where he lives. »9/25/15 3:47pm9/25/15 3:47pm

Japanese Girl Band Member Fined by Court for Bringing Male Fans Back to Her Hotel Room 

A member of a Japanese girl band has been found in breach of contract and fined by a district court for supposedly bringing male fans back to her hotel rooom in 2013. The girl, then 15, had signed a “no dating” contract as part of her membership in the group, and a judge ruled that she’d tarnished the “image” of the… »9/22/15 12:50pm9/22/15 12:50pm

Roman Polanski's Lawyers Ask Polish Court Not to Extradite Him, Arguing Justice Has Been Served 

Roman Polanski is once again fighting extradition to the United States, where he pleaded guilty in 1977 to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. Polanski fled the United States after serving 42 days in jail, which his lawyers now argue should count as having done his time. »9/22/15 10:45am9/22/15 10:45am

St. Paul Student Said He Had a 'Divine Inspiration,' Did Not Commit Rape

The trial of Owen Labrie continued this week, the former student at the elite St. Paul’s School who is accused of raping a 15-year-old classmate. On Tuesday, Detective Julie Curtin testified that Labrie told her he didn’t rape the girl. Labrie told the officer in initial interviews that he did put on a condom for what… »8/25/15 5:00pm8/25/15 5:00pm

'Golden Child' Plotted to Kill Parents After They Learned She Failed Out

In January of this year, a 28-year-old Toronto woman named Jennifer Pan was sentenced to life in prison after hiring hit men to kill her parents. This weekend, Toronto Life uncovered the bizarre, fascinating story behind Pan’s crime. She managed to conceal for years that she’d failed out of high school and wasn’t… »7/27/15 11:45am7/27/15 11:45am

Surprise! The Supreme Court Just Saved the Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court has smacked down a major challenge to the Affordable Care Act, one that could have caused millions of Americans to lose health insurance coverage. In a 6-3 decision, they ruled against the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, who argued that the federal government couldn’t provide subsidies for health… »6/25/15 10:50am6/25/15 10:50am

Satanic Temple Will File Federal Lawsuit Against Missouri Abortion Laws

The Satanic Temple, God bless and keep them, is filing a federal lawsuit today against Missouri’s abortion restrictions, where one of their members, known as “Mary Doe,” recently terminated a pregnancy. The Satanic Temple is arguing that Missouri’s abortion laws, specifically its 72-hour waiting period and an… »6/23/15 10:10am6/23/15 10:10am

Supreme Court: Texas Can Refuse to Issue Confederate License Plates

In one of several giant rulings expected this month, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state of Texas isn’t obligated to issue specialty license plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board refused to issue a special SCV plate bearing a Confederate flag. That… »6/18/15 1:50pm6/18/15 1:50pm

Lawyers Move for Mistrial in Vanderbilt Rape Case, Say Juror Was Raped

In January of this year, Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, both football players at Vanderbilt University, were convicted of raping a fellow student in 2013. Now, as the sentencing phase begins, Vandenburg’s attorney is moving for a mistrial, arguing that the jury foreman failed to disclose that he was a victim of… »6/16/15 9:30am6/16/15 9:30am

Charges Dropped Against Martese Johnson, UVA Student Beaten by Officers

All charges have been dismissed against Martese Johnson, the black 20-year-old University of Virginia student who was beaten and violently arrested in March by special agents from the state Alcoholic and Beverage Control agency, who wrongly suspected him of having a fake ID. Johnson was charged with public… »6/12/15 12:30pm6/12/15 12:30pm