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Ohio Judge Again Orders 'Idiot' Sign on Defendant
March 6, 2013
An Ohio judge who made a woman wear an "idiot" sign for driving on a sidewalk around a school bus has ordered similar punishment for a man convicted of threatening police officers.
Police Union Opposes 'Compassionate' Parole for Calif. Cop Killer
March 6, 2013
In 1973, Gerald Youngberg took the lives of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Lt. Al Stewart, California Highway Patrol Officer Larry Wetterling, and gas station attendant Robert Jenkins in execution-style murders.
NYPD Detective's Killer Gets 45 To Life
February 28, 2013
A 28-year-old man was sentenced on Thursday to 45 years to life in prison for the 2011 killing of a veteran police officer during a botched predawn robbery in Brooklyn. It was the maximum allowable sentence.
Black P Stone 'General' Gets 20 Years for Drug, Gun Crimes
February 28, 2013
A high-ranking member of a south side Chicago black street gang received 20 years in federal prison for narcotics and firearm charges stemming from his arrest in late 2011.
No Jail Time for Trucker In N.Y. Cop's Death
February 21, 2013
The truck driver who fatally struck and killed a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police officer while asleep at the wheel paid a $500 fine and lost his driving privilege.
N.Y. Gun Law Mandates Life In Prison for Cop Killers
January 24, 2013
New York's strict new gun law contains a provision that requires a mandatory life sentence for anyone convicted of killing a first responder in a state with a moratorium on the death penalty.
Loughner Sentenced To 7 Life Terms
November 8, 2012
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns on Thursday sentenced Tucson shooter Jared Loughner to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years, calling the sentence "astronomical" and "justified" because Loughner "knew what he was doing" when he killed six and wounded 13 at a 2011 congressional event sponsored by then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Calif. Retains Death Penalty, Softens Three Strikes
November 7, 2012
California voters sent a mixed message to public safety Tuesday by retaining the death penalty, softening three-strikes sentencing for violent felonies, and increasing penalties for human trafficking.
Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty, Avoids Death Penalty
August 7, 2012
Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to the Tucson shooting attack last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A federal judge here concluded that Loughner understands at this time that he's responsible for opening fire during a congressional constituent meeting in a parking lot.
Gang Member Gets Life for Killing Calif. Cop
July 25, 2012
The Vineland Boys street gang member who shot and killed a Burbank (Calif.) Police Department officer during a traffic stop pleaded guilty to the crime Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to life in prison.
Supreme Court Rules On Cocaine Sentencing
June 21, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that two Chicago drug dealers should have been sentenced under a 2010 law that reduced the disparity of sentencing for crack and powder cocaine.
Maryland Trooper's Killer Gets Life
May 10, 2012
Cyril Williams, 29, had been convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2010 shooting of Maryland State Trooper Wesley Brown outside a Forestville Applebee's.
Mich. Cop Shot 5 Times Tells Off Judge
May 2, 2012
A highly decorated police officer who was shot five times last year delivered a harsh message Tuesday to a Wayne Circuit judge who handed down what the officer called an "insulting" and "lenient" sentence to the convicted 25-year-old gunman.
Calif. Bill Would Alter 'Three Strikes' Law
February 1, 2012
A bill passed by the California Assembly Monday would alter the "three strikes" law to require that the third strike be a serious or violent felony.
Man Who Shot Fla. Wildlife Officer Gets 5 Life Terms
January 6, 2012
Judge Morgan Reinman sentenced Christopher Eddy on Thursday to five consecutive life sentences in the 2009 shooting of Florida wildlife Officer Vann Streety.
Calif. Gang Member Gets Life for Shooting Cop
December 19, 2011
The alleged gang member who nearly killed a Fremont (Calif.) Police officer received two life terms from an Alameda County judge. The officer plans to return to full duty in the summer.
Oregon Heroin Traffickers Sentenced to Federal Prison
September 30, 2010
Two cousins from Medford, Ore., were sentenced to federal prison on Monday for leading a heroin trafficking organization in the Rogue Valley. Heroin-related arrests and overdoses in the Medford community have steadily increased since the organization established itself.
Arizona Man Gets 115 Years for Shooting Female Cop
July 21, 2010
On Tuesday Aaron Baka Lopez, 37, was sentenced to 115 years in prison for shooting and wounding Officer Jennifer Moore of the Phoenix Police Department in 2008.
Supreme Court Makes Mumia Abu-Jamal Death Sentence Possible
January 20, 2010
The Supreme Court threw out a 2008 ruling by an appeals court in Philadelphia that had set aside the death sentence of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The justices ordered the appeals court to revisit the ruling, which had said Abu-Jamal deserved a new hearing.
S.C. Legislation Would Set Minimum Time for Home Invasion
April 16, 2009
Anyone convicted in South Carolina of breaking into someone's home with a weapon and seriously injuring or killing those inside would be sent to prison for at least 25 years under a bill up for debate.
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