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25 Jul 2013

Teen who murdered baby in dad's arms gets 90 years to life

Sixteen-year-old Donald Ray Dokins’ short stature and baby face belie the crime he committed: the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy in the arms of his proud and doting father. As he prepared to sentence the teenager, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pat Connolly could barely contain his contempt. “You

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25 Jul 2013

When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive

Her name was Isis Charm Vas and at 6 months old she was a slight child — fifth percentile in height and weight. When the ambulance sped her to Northwest Texas Hospital on a Saturday morning in October 2000, doctors and nurses feared that someone had done something awful to

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25 Jul 2013

Wrongful Convictions

In 1991, an unemployed printer named David Ranta was convicted of killing a Hasidic rabbi in Brooklyn. Last week, Ranta was released from the maximum-security prison in which he’d spent nearly 22 years, after almost every piece of evidence used to convict him fell away. The New York Times reported

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24 Jul 2013

20 years in Prison for trying to Save her Life

Saying he had no discretion under state law, a judge sentenced a Jacksonville, Florida, woman to 20 years in prison Friday for firing a warning shot in an effort to scare off her abusive husband. Marissa Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law to derail the

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