University Of Arkansas Student Arrested After Making False Sexual Assault Allegation

U Of A Student Arrested For Lying About Sexual Assault – Arkansas Matters

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Police arrested 20-year-old Lindsey Sweetin Thursday for filing a false police report about a sexual assault she originally said happened in the Harmon Parking garage on the University of Arkansas campus.

According to a police report, on March 8, Sweetin’s brother called the University of Arkansas Police Department to report that his sister had been sexually assaulted in the garage on March 5.

When police interviewed Lindsey Sweetin, she told them when she was walking back to her car in the deck after class, a man she described as being between 50 and 60-years-old with gray hair approached her and asked if she had any jumper cables.

Sweetin told officers she told the man she couldn’t help, and at that point she said the man “grabbed her and put his hand up her shirt, and then pulled her towards him and put his other hand down her pants and touched her buttocks” and then the man “pushed her against the back of her car and put his hand down the front of her pants, touching her vagina.” Sweetin told officers she sprayed the man with pepper spray and got in her car and drove away.

After the interview, police reviewed video footage from the Harmon Parking Garage during the time that Sweetin said the incident happened. Detectives did not find any men in the video matching the description Sweetin provided them. Detectives also spoke to potential witnesses who were in the garage at that time, and they told officers they did not hear or see anything out of the ordinary.

On March 11, Detective Josh Bowen interviewed Sweetin again at UAPD. Detective Bowen asked Sweetin if she was telling the truth about the incident, and Sweetin said no. When asked why she would lie, Sweetin said she did see a man that matched the description she gave on Dickson Street and he scared her, but that the man never followed her into the Harmon deck.

Sweetin told Detective Bowen she had texted her boyfriend about seeing a man that scared her, and that her boyfriend made a suggestion that something more might have happened, and then the boyfriend told Sweetin’s brother. Police say Sweetin said the story just got worse from there and she “continued to go along with it because she did not know what else to do.”

Sweetin was arrested for Filing a False Police Report, which is a Class D Felony.

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Obama-Backed Islamist Mohamed Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Torturing Protesters

Egypt’s Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison – Al Arabiya News

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An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in jail for involvement in the arrests and torture of protesters during his rule.

But the court acquitted Morsi of murder charges that could have seen him sentenced to death over the killings of a journalist and two protesters during clashes outside a presidential palace in 2012.

Morsi had been facing the prospect of a death penalty, which would have been a symbolic blow against his Muslim Brotherhood movement – target of a brutal government crackdown after then army chief and now president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew him on July 3, 2013.

Ahead of the verdict, the Brotherhood slammed Sisi and called for pro-Morsi protests on Tuesday.

“The coup commander is exploiting the judiciary as a weapon in the battle against popular will and the democratic and revolutionary legitimacy represented by President Mohammad Morsi,” it said in a statement.

Morsi also faces a possible death penalty in two other trials, including one in which he is accused of spying for foreign powers.

Separate verdicts in those two cases are due on May 16.

Morsi was toppled after mass street protests against his year-long rule.

The new authorities then launched a sweeping crackdown on his supporters in which more than 1,400 people were killed and thousands jailed.

Hundreds have been sentenced to death after speedy mass trials which the United Nations called “unprecedented in recent history”.

The authorities have also targeted secular and liberal activists who spearheaded the 2011 uprising against long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Morsi’s predecessor.

In November, a court dropped murder charges against Mubarak in his own trial over the deaths of hundreds of protesters in 2011.

Tuesday’s verdict involved a case in which Mursi and 14 other defendants, seven of whom are on the run, are charged with the killing of three protesters and torturing several more during clashes in front of the presidential palace on December 5, 2012.

Defense lawyers say there is no proof Morsi incited the clashes. The verdict is open to appeal.

Sisi has vowed to “eradicate” the Brotherhood, an 85-year-old movement that staged major electoral gains between Mubarak’s fall and Morsi’s presidential victory in May 2012.

The movement was designated a “terrorist group” in December 2013, with the authorities blaming it for attacks on the security forces.

Jihadists have claimed these attacks in retaliation for the anti-Brotherhood crackdown.

In a country where the army has been in power for decades, Sisi’s May 2014 presidential victory crushed hopes raised since the popular anti-Mubarak revolt of a civilian democracy.

However, Sisi’s regime is widely popular among Egyptians tired of more than four years of political turmoil, but rights groups say it is more repressive than under Mubarak.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Uber Driver, Licensed To Carry Gun, Shoots Gunman In Logan Square – Chicago Tribune

Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.

The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.

A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said.

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The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported.

Custodio was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the shin, thigh and lower back, authorities said.

Custodio, of the 2900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue, was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges. He was denied bond during the Sunday court hearing.

The Uber driver, a 47-year-old resident of Little Italy, provided police with a valid concealed-carry permit and a firearm owner’s identification card, Quinn said.

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Nutjob Busted For Making False Abduction Claim To Cover Up Her Cocaine Binge

Woman Charged For Making False Abduction Claim To Cover Up Her Cocaine Binge – Gateway Pundit

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Chicagoan, Veronica Fuentes, has been charged with felony disorderly conduct after falsely claiming she’d been abducted by three men who hit her over the head, dragged her into an abandoned building and forced her to drink alcohol.

Tribune reports she was actually on a 3 day bender, doing cocaine somewhere else entirely.

A South Side woman admitted to authorities that she lied about being kidnapped rather than admit that she had been partying and using cocaine, prosecutors said at a court hearing Friday. [More at Chicago Tribune]

Still no word on any charges, or any repurcussions of any kind, resulting from the fake rape claims in Rolling Stone’s bullsharticle spun by Sabrina Erdely. The fake rape “victim” in that story is a thoroughly discredited young woman by the name of Jackie Coakley.

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Veronica Fuentes should’ve lied about being abducted by white guys on the UVA campus. Then she’d face no penalty whatsoever for her costly fabrication.

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Self-Defense Story of the Day- Rapist gets his justice

The only good rapist is a dead rapist

A devastating series of events too place in Gadsden (AL) early Monday morning, leaving a violent predator of a teenager dead, a woman traumatized and violated, and a community reeling in shock.

The resident, a 37-year-old woman, told police three men kicked in the front door, awakening her. One of the men came into her bedroom, put a gun to her head and raped her while the other two ransacked the home.

The two men left, but the robber assaulting her began beating her in the head with the gun and demanding money. The woman told her attacker that a neighbor down the street kept all her money. The robber then forced the woman down the street to the neighbor’s home on South 21st Street, the woman told police.

Once they walked there, the woman knocked and yelled for the neighbor’s attention, telling him she was being attacked. The neighbor, a 59-year-old man, looked out the window and called 911 to report a crime. The gunman yelled for the neighbor to get off the phone, shooting twice into the air. He then aimed his gun at the neighbor.

The neighbor fired one round at the offender, hitting him in the chest. The gunman ran a short distance, collapsed and died.

Atlanta Teachers Convicted Of Fraudulently Boosting Test Scores Receive Heavy Prison Sentences

Brutal Sentences For Convicted Atlanta Teachers – Daily Caller

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Recently-convicted Atlanta educators who conspired for years to fraudulently boost the city’s scores on standardized tests were slapped with lengthy prison sentences of up to seven years Tuesday.

Sharon Davis-Williams, Michael Pitts, and Tamara Cotman were all regional directors with the Atlanta Public Schools throughout the cheating scandal, and were slapped with the toughest penalties by Baxter. All of them were sentenced to seven years in prison, to be followed by 13 years of probation and 2,000 hours of community service. They were also fined $25,000 apiece. Several other educators were slapped with shorter sentences that still sent them to prison for as long as two years.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said this widespread cheating was far from a victimless crime, and warranted a tough response.

“These stories are incredible. These kids can’t read,” Baxter said at Tuesday’s hearing, according to CNN. “It’s like the sickest thing that’s ever happened in this town.” Baxter also said he was upset by an apparent lack of remorse or willingness to accept responsibility among the educators being sentenced.

The seven-year sentences given the regional directors are tougher than the sentences received by many violent criminals across the U.S.

During the first decade of the 2000s, Atlanta’s public schools were held up as a national model for their rapid gains on standardized tests. However, investigations by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and later the state government revealed that much of this improvement was a sham, enabled by systematic fraud carried out by dozens of educators, who were motivated variously be fear of losing their jobs or the desire to receive performance bonuses. During the trial which ended two weeks ago, prosecutors painted a lurid picture of corruption where teachers would meet for “cheating parties” where they would eat fish and grits while fixing wrong answers on students’ standardized tests.

The scandal was so widespread and entrenched that the teachers were ultimately convicted under Georgia’s racketeering law, normally intended to prosecute gang members.

The ten educators sentenced Tuesday were only a small portion of the 200 educators who are believed to have participated in the cheating, and they were less than half of the 35 people indicted last year. Most of those charged with crimes took plea deals in order to avoid jail time.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (AKA The Joker) Convicted On All Charges In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Convicted On All Charges In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial – Boston Herald

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Confessed murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will now be the one pleading for his life after a federal jury took just 11 hours to find him guilty of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and aftermath that left four dead and 260 maimed and injured.

In a silent courtroom, a clerk read aloud the verdict finding Tsarnaev, 21, guilty of all 30 counts including conspiracy, use of a weapon of mass destruction and the murders of restaurant manager Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu, 23, and Martin Richard, 8 at the marathon finish line, as well as MIT Police Officer Sean Collier three days later.

Tsarnaev swayed slightly on his feet, his head down, as the verdict was read and as the forewoman of the jury stared directly at him. He showed no reaction.

The jury’s work is far from done. As early as next week, the same 12 deliberating jurors will reconvene for the start of Tsarnaev’s sentencing trial, where they will decide if he is to serve out his days behind bars or be ordered put to death.

U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. cannot overturn their choice; however, in the event they do not reach a unanimous decision, O’Toole will automatically impose life without parole.

Tsarnaev’s defense team had admitted in their opening statements March 4 that he had conspired with his older brother Tamerlan to carry out the Patriots Day terror attack near the marathon finish line, and that he did nothing to stop the subsequent murder of Collier in a failed bid by the brothers to get their hands on a second gun.

Painstakingly chosen from a record-setting pool and by a selection process that took two months to complete, the panel of seven women and five men breezed through the complex indictment after receiving the case Tuesday morning at 9:12 a.m.

The trial had lasted four weeks.

Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen Muslim, became a naturalized citizen of the United States just six months before he and Tamerlan detonated two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs on Boylston Street April 15, 2013.

Testimony revealed after the bombings, they went about their daily lives – Tamerlan, living with his wife and daughter in Cambridge, and Dzhokhar, returning to the University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth, where he was a sophomore flunking his classes.

Collier was executed in his cruiser the night of April 18, 2013, as the Tsarnaevs, whose photos had just been released by the FBI as the bombing suspects, loaded up a Honda Civic with a third pressure cooker bomb, an explosive made from a food storage container and several pipe bombs. Prosecutors believe they were planning a second attack in New York City,

That trip was thwarted when the brothers carjacked Cambridge entrepreneur Dun Meng’s Mercedes-Benz SUV and Meng escaped.

While returning to Watertown the morning of April 19, 2013, to collect the Civic they’d ditched there earlier, the Tsarnaevs engaged police in a firefight from which Dzhokhar escaped after running over and killing the wounded Tamerlan.

Dzhokhar, himself shot in the gunfight, surrendered several hours later when police opened fire on a backyard boat, The Slipaway II, that he had taken refuge in.

Today, Tsarnaev was escorted in by security for the reading of the verdict, and he shyly looked up as the jury entered the room, adjusted his jacket collar and nervously ran his left hand through his dark hair. His defense lawyers, Judy Clarke and Bill Fick both placed comforting hands on his back before the verdict was delivered.

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