Judge May Not Cut Amish Hair-Shearing Culprits A Break
NPR.org; David Barnett
Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Entin doesn't think the judge will buy that argument.
"It's hard to just say that this was just a conflict within the group and we should just let it pass," he says. "Something really bad happened here, and whatever the appropriate criminal sentence ought to be, it's hard to say we should just look the other way."
Since the assaults involved forcible restraint of the victims, Entin says, federal sentencing guidelines give the judge a great deal of discretion in determining the appropriate punishment.
The young woman in the interview - daughter of the "bishop" - sounded like an escapee from a polygamous community to me - very eerie. There is a link to a recording at the site.
Stolen Puppy Returned
Fox13.com(SLC); Zach Whitney and Brittany Green-Miner
On Monday, the couple took the dog to a veterinarian and had it checked out.
After seeing the story on FOX 13, neighbors reportedly told the couple that they had the stolen dog.
The veterinarian also saw the story and worked with police to get the couple's names, but the couple returned the dog before police contacted them.
The Godins were on their way to reunite with the puppy on Wednesday afternoon.
I want to remember the original headline forever: "Autistic boy's puppy stolen at gun show"
Speaker voids Va. Senate GOP redistricting effort
AP: Bob Lewis
Virginia's Republican House speaker on Wednesday ruled against a measure muscled through by Senate Republicans to redraw all 40 state Senate districts, defusing a partisan dispute that had threatened to stymie progress on major legislation.
House Speaker Bill Howell announced Wednesday that the vast Senate redistricting plan included in a Senate-passed amendment was not germane, or relevant, to the bill's limited intent of making minor, technical changes to 39 House of Delegates districts.
Lucy Lawless gets fined for protest
New Zealand Herald; Matthew Backhouse
Actor Lucy Lawless and seven other Greenpeace activists have been sentenced to community work and ordered to pay reparation for boarding a drilling ship contracted to Shell Todd during a protest last year.
The group were arrested last February after they boarded the Noble Discoverer at the Port of Taranaki and spent 77 hours up a 58m tower, in protest against Shell's oil exploration operation in the Arctic.
Tunisia PM to form new government
Tunisia's prime minister has said that he will dissolve the Islamist-led government and form a national unity administration, following the killing of prominent secular opposition leader Shokri Belaid in front of his home.
Hamadi Jebali announced during a speech to the nation on Wednesday that he will form a cabinet of technocrats to run the country until elections are held.
"After the failure of negotiations between parties on a cabinet reshuffle, I decided to form a small technocrat government," Jebali said.
Will the new government be more or less Islamic than the previous one? I just hate it when the opposition leader is killed, and my government falls . . .