Crime & Justice

U.S. Cities Brace For Protests Off Ferguson Decision

November 15, 2014

From Boston to Los Angeles, police departments are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Man Withdraws Pleas In Arborway Crash

November 14, 2014

The withdrawal means a trial is now set for March in the 2013 crash that left a man and teen paralyzed.

Boston Firefighter Facing Fraud Charges

November 14, 2014

A high-ranking Boston Fire Department official has been indicted on fraud and theft charges for allegedly stealing almost $50,000 from the city to pay personal credit card expenses.

Ex-Patriot Hernandez’s Fiancee Wants Text Messages

November 14, 2014

A lawyer for the fiancee of Aaron Hernandez wants Massachusetts prosecutors to turn over text messages including one in which the ex-New England Patriot allegedly told her in code to damage a video surveillance hard drive.

Former Probation Head Sentenced To Serve Less Time Than Federal Guidelines Maximum

November 14, 2014

A relatively light sentence was delivered to John O’Brien, the former state probation commissioner convicted of using state hiring to win political influence.

Emerson College Probes Swastika Graffiti On Campus

November 14, 2014

Officials at Emerson College are warning that those responsible for a series of swastikas scrawled on a campus building could face disciplinary action including termination or dismissal.

Lawyers In Tsarnaev Case Must Deliver List Of Potential Witnesses To Judge By Year’s End

November 13, 2014

A judge has ordered lawyers on both sides in the case against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to turn over a list of all potential witnesses by the end of the year.

Ex-Probation Chief Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison

November 13, 2014

Former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for rigging the agency’s hiring process to favor politically connected candidates.

Boyfriend Of Blackstone Mother Says He Was Unaware Of ‘Inhuman’ Living Conditions

November 12, 2014

The man who lived in the basement of a squalid home where the remains of three babies were found spoke out Wednesday for the first time, saying he was not allowed upstairs.

Tsarnaev Lawyers Want Evidence On Triple Killing

November 12, 2014

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to order federal prosecutors to turn over any information they have about his brother’s participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing Tsarnaev’s trial.

Sentencing Set For Convicted Ex-Probation Head

November 12, 2014

Prosecutors are seeking nearly six years in prison for John O’Brien. His lawyers want probation.

Victim Of Lowell Pedestrian Death Identified

November 12, 2014

A spokesman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office says 79-year-old Gerard Geoffroy was struck at about 6 a.m. Tuesday as he tried to cross Route 113.

Veterans Accuse Banks Of Helping To Finance Attacks

November 11, 2014
The HSBC building in London. (Timur Emek/AP)

The lawsuit accuses the banks of helping Iran funnel millions of dollars to groups that targeted U.S. troops in Iraq.

Did Alabama Violate The Rights Of Black Voters With New Districts?

November 11, 2014
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley, second from right, votes in a booth on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

The Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow over Alabama’s new political districts, which the state legislature redrew.

Patrick Recommends 1 Commutation, Grants 4 Pardons

November 10, 2014

If Deanne Hamilton’s commutation request is approved by the Governor’s Council, Hamilton could be the first person in the state in 17 years to have a prison sentence commuted.

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