<< A Novel Use for the Police | Main | Constitution Day and Justice Thomas >>

News Scan

Fire Camp Bill Vetoed by CA Gov.: Jim Schultz of the Record Searchlight reports that CA Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB 1098 Thursday. The measure would have required state corrections to provide Dept. of Forestry fire camps with more detailed information about the prison inmates they supervise.  The Governor said that inmate information is already provided.  The bill's author, senator Doug LaMalfa disagrees, saying that what the state currently provides, the inmate's name and most recent conviction, is inadequate.   The bill was introduced in response to firefighter's concerns about the criminal histories of inmates sent to the fire camps.

NC Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty:
The Associated Press reports prosecutors announced they will be seeking the death penalty against Andrew Bernard Adams, if convicted. Adams allegedly bludgeoned a woman to death with a hammer and buried her in a shallow grave in his yard in 2007. Near his home, police found clothing and pillow cases with the victim's blood on them in a cooler. Adams had just gotten off parole that month, having served nearly 30 years for seven confessed rapes and attempted rapes.

OK Multiple Killer Avoids Death Sentence:
The Associated Press reports Joshua Durcho avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to strangling his ex-girlfriend and her four children to death in Oklahoma Friday. Durcho was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Beyond signs of ligature strangulation on all of the victims, autopsies showed Durcho sexually abused the two seven-year-old daughters. 

Ex-Cop Convicted in Cold Case: The Associated Press reports Jack McCullough, who waived his right to a jury, was convicted Friday by bench trial of the 1957 abduction, kidnapping, and murder of a 7-year-old Illinois girl in one of the oldest unsolved murders in the US. The five-month search for the girl. that caught the eye of then-President Dwight Eisenhower and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, ended when her decomposed body was found in a forest 120 miles away from where she was abducted. She had been stabbed in the throat and chest. McCullough was identified by the victim's friend as the last one seen with the girl, provided a false alibi, and fellow inmates testified they overheard him talk about strangling the victim. McCullough had enlisted in the military, worked as a Washington police officer, and was a retirement home security guard when arrested in 2011.

Leave a comment

Monthly Archives