A Brooklyn man wants a million dollars for every year the state wrongly locked him up in prison.
Derrick Deacon, who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, has hit the state with a $25 million lawsuit he hopes will teach authorities a lesson about bending the rules to gain a conviction.
“These people have to pay for every day they made me suffer behind the wall for no reason,” Deacon, 58, who was freed last year by new evidence, told The New York Post.
Deacon was convicted of murder on Dec. 21, 1989, in the fatal shooting that April of Anthony Wynn, 16. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
But Deacon was granted a new trial on June 20, 2012, after a Jamaican gangbanger said a fellow gang members killed Wynn.
Also, a woman who took the stand at Deacon’s trial recanted her testimony, saying police or district attorney investigators had coached and even threatened her.
Colleen Campbell had told investigators Deacon was not the man she saw fleeing in a stairwell after the shooting, but she was coached to give vague testimony at trial, with authorities threatening to take her children if she didn’t cooperate, the suit states.
“[Police] told Campbell that she was in trouble for leaving the children unattended and that the children would be taken away unless she accompanied them to the District Attorney’s Office,” says the suit, filed by Deacon’s defense attorney, Glenn Garber.
Apr 15 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda – Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient.
The 64-year-old nurse, Rosemary Namubiru, was charged with attempted murder, denied bail and sent to jail in an unusual case that many here saw as a horrifying example of the lax hospital standards believed to be prevalent in this East African country.
But in the course of her trial -- on the revised charge of criminal negligence -- the nurse is attracting sympathy and emerging as the apparent victim of rampant stigma in a country that until recently was being praised as a global leader in fighting AIDS and promoting an open attitude toward the disease.
The nurse, while attempting to give an injection to a distraught child on Jan. 7, accidentally pricked her finger with a needle, according to AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy group that has been monitoring the ongoing trial. After bandaging her finger she returned to administer the injection, apparently using the contaminated needle. Uncertain about whether the same needle was used, the child's mother "became concerned about the possibility that her child had been exposed to HIV," the group said. After a test showed the nurse was HIV positive, she was arrested and prosecutors argued against giving her bail on the grounds that she posed a grave danger to the public.
If convicted, the nurse faces seven years in jail and would be the first Ugandan medical worker to be sentenced under a colonial-era law against negligent acts likely to lead to the spread of an infectious disease.
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The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius accused him on Monday of "tailoring" his version of how he killed his girlfriend, as the grueling cross-examination of the track star went into a second week.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about the death of Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot last year through a closed toilet door in his luxury home in Pretoria, South Africa.
His questions have sought to undermine Pistorius' reliability and credibility and to portray the Olympic and Paralympic athlete as someone who was inventing his version of events to suit his story.
Nel, known in South African legal circles for his bulldog-like approach to questioning, has gone through minute detail regarding the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013, repeatedly challenging the double amputee over his actions that night.
On Monday, in yet another intense scrutiny of his story, the prosecutor again tried to exhaustively highlight apparent inconsistencies between Pistorius' bail application and his testimony in court to show he is "tailoring his evidence" to suit the defense case.
"I am going to point out to you how improbable your version is," Nel told the runner, who sat immobile, staring ahead at the judge as he answered questions.
The prosecution's argument is that Pistorius shot Steenkamp intentionally after a heated argument. Pistorius does not deny shooting her but insists that he mistook her for an intruder.
"I did not fire at Reeva," Pistorius told the court, his voice breaking, causing a second brief adjournment in the day's proceedings so he could gather himself.
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Apr 15 2014
Police in Poland say an alleged thief tried to dispose of incriminating evidence - by eating the proceeds of his crimes.
A police surgeon was called after suspected burglar Dariusz Piotrowski complained of stomach pains after being taken into custody.
The medic was baffled as to the cause of the discomfort after a preliminary examination so arranged for the man to have an x-ray.
It was then he found to his amazement that Piotrowski's stomach was stuffed with stolen goods.
He had swallowed cigarette lighters, six watches, a fork, a spoon, nail clippers and a pen.
The case has become a textbook example of unusual medical cases for the Polish Anaesthetics' Society which placed details of the human dustbin on its Facebook page.
"The patient ate them," said a caption alongside the objects. "The patient was referred by the court to undergo psychiatric treatment after it was proved the swallowed watches were stolen."
Police confirmed that Piotrowski, 39, had been arrested in Warsaw and taken to the cells as he fled a house burglary.
A police spokesman said: "Officers lost sight of him briefly after chasing him, but then found him hiding in the bushes of a garden of a nearby house.
"It was while he was crouched down in the shrubbery that he probably took the opportunity to try to mask his crime by eating the objects he had stolen."
It took surgeons several hours to remove the plundered goods.
Apr 15 2014
KHAWAR KALAN, Pakistan – Police in central Pakistan arrested a man Monday suspected of cannibalism after finding body parts including a skull that may have belonged to a child in his house, officials said.
Neighbors in the village of Khawar Kalan complained to police about a foul smell coming from the house, prompting them to raid it, said Ameer Abdullah, the police chief of Bhakkar district.
Authorities believe the man and his brother dug up the bodies from a nearby graveyard where residents had also seen one of the men lurking, said another officer, Zafar Iqbal.
He said they found what appeared to be a child's skull as well as other body parts at the house and were sending the skull for further tests. Authorities are looking for the brother.
Iqbal said the men had been released from prison about a year ago after being convicted of dehumanizing a body, in a sensational case that gained widespread attention across Pakistan at the time.
Under Pakistani law cannibalism is not a crime so the charge of dehumanizing a body referred to the way they dug it up and then chopped it, said Abdullah. He said at the time police had discovered several human body parts cooked at the two brothers' house, which they had dug up in a graveyard. The brothers were sentenced to two years in prison, he said.
VALPARAISO, Chile – Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods around Valparaiso for a third straight day Monday as sailors in riot gear stood ready to evacuate 700 more families whose homes could be lost if the winds shifted.
Already 11,000 people were homeless as wildfires sent burning embers flying from hilltop to hilltop. A 15th body was found, and the toll of destroyed homes rose to more than 2,500. As smoke rose from smoldering ruins all over the picturesque coastal city, many compared the scene to Dante's inferno.
Some people made their way home after days without sleep, only to discover ruins. The fires, so hot they created their own fierce winds, consumed a few entire neighborhoods. In other districts, some houses stood unscathed but remained in danger from glowing embers carried by the shifting winds.
"We are looking at the largest air operation ever assembled against a fire like this," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said. She said the blazes had grown to "dimensions never before seen."
Chile's forestry agency predicted it would take three weeks to completely stamp out the fires, which began Saturday in a forested ravine and quickly spread into ramshackle housing on one of Valparaiso's 42 hills.
Hot dry winds blowing out to sea whipped embers onto other neighborhoods on six densely populated hills where people live in poorly constructed homes without municipal water or sewer connections, fire hydrants or streets wide enough for emergency vehicles.
On Monday, there was no end in sight. Helicopters were flying without pause, dumping water on hotspots.
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Apr 12 2014
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – An Ohio judge has ordered a man convicted of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children to stand on a street corner with a sign that says "I AM A BULLY!"
The municipal court judge says 62-year-old Edmond Aviv of South Euclid must hold the sign for five hours Sunday.
"It will read, 'I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intollerant of those that are different from myself," Judge Gayle Williams-Byers told FOX8.com.
Court records say Aviv has feuded with his neighbors, the Prugh family for 15 years. He recently pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Scott Prugh said it started when his parents adopted two black children with developmental disabilities, FOX8.com reported.
Prugh said Aviv once set up a dryer in his garage so that he could pour kerosene into it and the fumes would make their home smell of gas.
The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland reports that the Prughs say Aviv has called them ethnic slurs, spit on them and smeared feces on the family's wheelchair ramp and in one of the cars.
"He would do things like shine a spotlight at their house at three in morning so the family couldn't sleep," Williams-Byers said.
Aviv also must serve 15 days in jail and undergo anger management classes and counseling.
Aviv offered his "sincere apology" in a court-ordered apology letter and admitted to calling the kids names.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J – An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr., considered one of the best poker players in the world.
The lawsuit alleges Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards made by a Kansas City manufacturer that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards in baccarat. The technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasions between April and October 2012, the casino asserted in its lawsuit.
The casino claims the technique, called edge sorting, violates New Jersey casino gambling regulations. Its senior vice president, Joe Lupo, declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Ivey's lawyer declined to comment on Friday.
The lawsuit claims the cards, manufactured by Gemaco Inc., were defective in that the pattern on the back of them was not uniform. The cards have rows of small white circles designed to look like the tops of cut diamonds, but the Borgata claims some of them were only a half diamond or a quarter of one.
The company is also fighting a lawsuit from another Atlantic City casino, the Golden Nugget, claiming the firm provided unshuffled cards that led to gamblers beating the casino for $1.5 million. Gemaco did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit claims that Ivey and his companion instructed a dealer to flip cards in particular ways, depending on whether it was a desirable card in baccarat. The numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 are considered good cards. Bad cards would be flipped in different directions, so that after several hands of cards, the good ones were arranged in a certain manner ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Apr 10 2014
A spicy surprise at a Colorado school led to the building being evacuated and landed seven students in the hospital.
After more than 30 people complained of eye injuries, skin irritation and pain at Jeffco Open School, the Jefferson County institution was evacuated.
Following an investigation, authorities now believe they know what caused the allergic-like symptoms.
“In searching the playground area, employees found pieces of approximately six habanero peppers scattered in the wood chips,” Melissa Reeves of Jefferson County Public Schools said in a statement. “Coming in contact with the pepper oil would cause many of the symptoms that students experienced.”
Habaneros generally measure between 100,000 and 350,000 units on the Scoville scale of pepper heat; jalepeno peppers usually score about 2,500 to 5,000 units.
“District teams are in the process of washing the playground equipment and wiping down surfaces inside to ensure that the school is free of any residual pepper oil,” Reeves said. “The wood chips in the area where the peppers were found are being replaced.”
Hazmat crews decontaminated dozens of children as a precaution after the incident.
“I think it’s hard to speculate where they came from and who might have done that,” school Principal Scott Bain told CBS Denver.
A 16-year-old boy was charged Wednesday after he allegedly stabbed 21 students and an adult -- leaving four seriously injured -- during an early-morning attack at a high school near Pittsburgh, authorities said.
Fox News has confirmed the identity of the suspect as Alex Hribal, a student at Franklin Regional Senior High School, the scene of the stabbing spree. The sophomore was being charged with four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon on school property, according to a criminal complaint released by Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck.
Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held described Hribal as quiet, adding that the teenager had not been talking to authorities since he was taken to be arraigned before a district judge Wednesday. He was jailed without bail.
Police said Assistant Principal Sam King tackled the boy and disarmed him, and a Murrysville police officer who is regularly assigned to the school handcuffed him.
King's son told The Associated Press that his father was treated at a hospital, though authorities said he was not knifed.
"He says he's OK. He's a tough cookie and sometimes hides things, but I believe he's OK," Zack King said. He added: "I'm proud of him."
As word of the incident spread and children streamed out of the school, parents told FoxNews.com they were shocked by the attack — and one district official expressed relief that it was carried out with a knife rather than a gun.
At a late afternoon press conference, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said "one or two" of the victims remained in critical condition.
He also said the suspect had been armed with two eight-to-ten inch straight knives.
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