A federal judge didn’t equivocate Wednesday, declaring Lawrence Collins, a 40-year-old accused of federal tax fraud, unable to assist in his own defense because of his intellectual disability.The next questions proved more difficult: What does the court do with Collins now?Should he be committed to the federal Bureau of Prisons? Or should he be allowed to remain in the community to continue to receive local treatment, counseling and other support services?The case is rare because of a combination of factors: Collins faces charges in a nonviolent crime. He’s already been out of custody for more than two years on pre-trial supervision. And, perhaps most unusual, Collins suffers from a cognitive disability that may not be treatable.His case, as well as one involving a defendant in Arizona who has gone to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge his commitment, highlight how the federal system deals with people who have intellectual disabilities.What the courts decide … [Read more...] about Federal judge in Oregon grapples with how to handle defendant with intellectual disabilities
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WTAE Livestream PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police said a suspect was in custody after a shooting caused "multiple casualties" at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Three officers were also shot in the attack at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. It was not immediately known how many people had been shot, whether there were any fatalities or what the shooter's motive was. Police spokesman Chris Togneri said police have no more information at this time because they were still trying to clear the building and determine if any more threats exist. Polikce respond to an active shooter situation at the Tree of Life synagogue on Wildins Avenue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) less Polikce respond to an active shooter situation at the Tree of Life synagogue on Wildins Avenue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, October … [Read more...] about Suspect in custody in Pittsburgh synagogue attack
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Across the country, time-limiting laws prevent scores of sexual assault cases from being prosecuted, in spite of persuasive evidence or a confession. Donna Palomba in May 2018. Credit Elinor Carucci for The New York Times Supported by ByRuth Padawer June 19, 2018 Around 1 a.m. on a Saturday in 1993, a man sneaked into Donna and John Palomba’s house in Waterbury, Conn. John was away for a long weekend, and Donna and her two young children were asleep when she awoke to the sound of heavy footsteps. She remembers seeing a masked man and screaming. An instant later, he was on her, threatening to hurt her if she didn’t comply. He covered her head with a pillowcase, wrapped nylon stockings around her mouth and eyes, bound her hands behind her back, cut open her underpants and raped her. Right before he fled, she recalls him saying: “If you call the pigs, I’ll come back and kill … [Read more...] about Should Statutes of Limitations for Rape Be Abolished?
Blaine Cooper, one of the first to plead guilty to federal conspiracy in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge but the last to be sentenced, told a judge Tuesday that he was sorry he ever got involved because it destroyed his life. Cooper's extensive cooperation with the government and his testimony during a second Oregon trial against co-defendants, ironically, has caused him more pain than the crime itself, his defense lawyer Krista Shipsey told the court. Cooper received death threats, his marriage fell apart, and he's unable to care for his kids because he's in financial ruin, unlike his co-defendants who supported one another through crowd-funding, Shipsey said. "His life has been turned upside down,'' she said. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown sentenced Cooper to the time he's already served in jail and three years of supervised release. She also ordered him to pay $7,000 in restitution. He served about 20 months in jail since his February 2016 arrest … [Read more...] about Oregon refuge occupier Blaine Cooper sentenced, last of 18 convicted in armed takeover
With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. THE BIG IDEA: The Trump administration doesn’t care about free and fair elections, except when it does. In March, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked whether President Trump agreed with John McCain that Vladimir Putin’s reelection in Russia was a “sham.” “We're focused on our elections. We don't get to dictate how other countries operate,” Sanders replied. “What we do know is Putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them, how they operate. We can only focus on the freeness and the fairness of our elections.” Trump had ignored specific warnings from his own national security team — including a section in his briefing materials that said “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in all caps — when he congratulated Putin for securing six more years. Yet, on Monday, Trump issued a strongly worded statement condemning the … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: A tale of two elections