March 11, 2010
Posted: 06:36 PM ET
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Photos of the nude and decapitated body of a murdered hiker, sought by a writer on assignment for Hustler magazine, will not be released, a judge in Georgia ordered Wednesday.
The decision came as state lawmakers considered legislation that would ban public release of graphic photos of crime victims. First Amendment lawyers say the legislation could have a chilling effect on open records requests.
DeKalb Superior Court Judge Daniel Coursey issued a temporary order restraining the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from releasing "any and all photographs, visual images or depictions of Meredith Emerson which show Emerson in an unclothed or dismembered state.
Emerson's family sought the order after learning of the request for copies of crime scene photos of the 24-year-old, attorney Lindsay Haigh said. Emerson's admitted killer, Gary Michael Hilton, received a life sentence in exchange for leading investigators to her body in the north Georgia mountains on January 7, 2008, six days after Emerson disappeared.
The judge's order came on the same day the Georgia House Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed "The Meredith Emerson Memorial Privacy Act," which would prevent gruesome crime scene photos from being publicly released or disseminated, according to Rep. Jill Chambers, the bill's principal sponsor.
House Bill 1322 would prevent the release of photographs of the bodies of crime victims that are "nude, bruised, bloodied or in a broken state with open wounds, a state of dismemberment or decapitation," said Chambers.
March 3, 2010
Posted: 07:24 PM ET
Outrage over convicted sexual offenders set free...only to attack again! What’s being done to stop it? Chelsea King’s alleged killer is linked to an earlier assault in the same area. Could her death have been prevented?
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Mark Klaas’ daughter, Polly, was killed by a man out on parole. And Phillip Garrido served just 10 years of a 50 year sentence – and is now charged with kidnapping Jaycee Duggard! Tonight hear from Mark Klaas and the woman whose rape and abduction first put Duggard behind bars!
Plus, Larry talks to the parents of Amber DuBois, who went missing over a year ago just miles from where Chelsea King was found. Are their cases related?
SHOULD THERE BE TOUGHER LAWS FOR SEX OFFENDERS?
We want to hear from you!
Filed under: Crime
January 31, 2010
Posted: 07:48 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - No decision has been made on whether to change the current plan to hold the September 11 terrorist attack trial in a civilian court in lower Manhattan, White House officials said Sunday.
Last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other politicians expressed concern over the costs and disruption of holding the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accomplices at a New York City courthouse.
David Axelrod, the senior adviser to President Obama, and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that Obama believes the trial should take place in a criminal court instead of before a military commission, as permitted for some terrorism suspects.
However, Axelrod and Gibbs acknowledged that Obama and the Justice Department were considering moving the trial from New York City.
"We've made no decisions on that yet," Axelrod said on the NBC program "Meet the Press." Gibbs, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," also said the location of the trial was under discussion, but he expressed certainty that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks, "is going to meet justice and he's going to meet his maker."
Gibbs and Axelrod criticized Republican opposition to the plan to hold the trial in a criminal court, saying no one complained when the previous administration of Republican President George W. Bush put terrorism suspects such as "shoe bomber" Richard Reid on trial in U.S. criminal courts.
January 27, 2010
Posted: 02:49 AM ET
Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, 25, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.
Also arrested were Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24. Flanagan is the son of William Flanagan, who is the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. All four men were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.
An official close to the investigation said one of the four was arrested with a listening device in a car blocks from the senator's offices. He spoke on condition of anonymity because that information was not included in official arresting documents.
January 26, 2010
Posted: 12:29 PM ET
Raymond Clark III is charged with murder in the death of Annie Le. Her body was found inside a wall of a Yale lab building on September 12 - the day she was to be married. She had been strangled, the Connecticut medical examiner's office determined.
Clark also waived his right to a probable cause hearing, said his lawyer, Joe Lopez. The next pretrial hearing was set for March 3.
Clark is being held in lieu of $3 million bail.
Clark is not a Yale student, but has worked as a lab technician at the university since 2004. He lived with his girlfriend, who also is a Yale lab technician, according to New Haven police.
A Yale faculty member described Clark's job as maintaining colonies for animals used in research. The lab is in the basement of the building where Le's body was found.
A motive in Le's killing was unclear, but police said they were treating the case as workplace violence.
Le, who was 24, was buried in California on September 26.
Filed under: Crime
January 7, 2010
Posted: 11:42 PM ET
NOTE: Tila Tequila will be our EXCLUSIVE guest on LKL Tuesday.
(PEOPLE.com) - First grief, and now anger.
Casey Johnson's longtime girlfriend Courtenay Semel has broken her silence after the heiress's death to lash out at another woman close to Johnson - reality star Tila Tequila.
"The thing I find the most sickening is that the media is giving [her] the one thing she craves: attention. Tila, you knew her for a week," Semel told PEOPLE.
Just weeks beforeJohnson was found dead in her Los Angeles home at age 30, Johnson made tabloid news when she said she was engaged to Tequila, the star of MTV's over-the-top matchmaking show "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila."
And it was the 28-year-old Tequila (real name Tila Nguyen) who announced Johnson's death on her Twitter page.
Since then, Tequila has posted a series of bizarre messages on Twitter about her relationship with Johnson, and attacked Nicky Hilton and Bijou Phillips in an apparent dispute over what to do with Johnson's dogs. (Tequila has declined interview requests.)
Billy Bush, host of Access Hollywood, Tweeted in response, "Gross ... claims 2 b mourning fiancée but seems 2 b pumping her new gossip blog."
Semel, the daughter of the former chairman of both Yahoo! Inc. and Warner Bros., Terry Semel, had her own share of gossip-column-making spats with Johnson, but says the focus now should be on dealing with the loss.
Tequila is defending herself on the Internet, fighting off claims she ignored warning signs in the days leading up to Casey Johnson's death.
"I was the ONLY one who was constantly checking on my Wifey cuz I knew something was wrong," she wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "I was out of town 2 meet my Brother. I have all the text messages to prove it!"
Posted: 11:38 PM ET
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Actress and talk show host Mo'Nique and her staff Thursday mourned the death of her show's set decorator, who was allegedly killed by her husband.
Police said the body of Maureen Allaben of suburban Tucker was recovered from her husband's truck after he drove from the Atlanta area to Virginia - to drop off their two children with relatives, according to one account - and then returned.
A DeKalb County Police spokeswoman said officials were initially pursuing a missing persons case after they were alerted by Allaben's out-of-state loved ones, who were worried about her.
She said DeKalb County Police were notified Tuesday by police in neighboring Clayton County that Allaben's husband, Dennis Allaben, had turned himself in.
Acting DeKalb County Police Chief William O'Brien told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that "he just showed up at [Clayton County] police headquarters and said he'd killed his wife."
January 6, 2010
Posted: 02:24 AM ET
***Note: Richard Heene will be on Larry King Live later this week to discuss his sentencing. The following editorial is via The Tribune.com. The opinions expressed are their own and don't represent the views of CNN. To read the full editorial, follow the link below.
Hey, here's a reality television show idea for Richard Heene: Pan in on the Fort Collins man, on his hands and knees, scrubbing the floors at the Weld County Jail, sweating and red in the face, his hands raw from chemicals. Inmates taunt the man through the bars, yelling and cajoling.
Or here's another one: Heene, in a Weld County public building, doing manual labor, carpentry, janitorial work, washing fire trucks and ambulances, working hours on end and not getting paid a penny.
Unfortunately, neither of these scenarios are reality. The sad fact is, Richard Heene and his wife, Mayumi, got off pretty easy for the horrendous stunt they pulled in October, when they claimed their 6-year-old son had been launched accidentally in a helium balloon.
January 4, 2010
Posted: 07:18 PM ET
President Obama is now back from his family’s Hawaiian vacation and is now meeting with more of his advisers about the failed Christmas day attack on a U.S airliner over Detroit…
But in light of what happened…should he have come back to Washington sooner?
The left and the right weigh in.
Preventing the next terror attack…what should the White House do now to keep the United States safe? Former Bush and Clinton administration officials are here to tell us what they think.
A man walks into the lobby of a federal courthouse in Las Vegas this morning and opens fire…killing a court security officer and injuring a deputy U.S marshal, before being killed by security. What happened? We have the latest info and the shocking video as it happened…
Another ‘gatecrasher’ -
The U.S. Secret Service acknowledged today there was a 3rd uninvited guest at the White House during November’s State Dinner. The Secret Service says this person never had contact with the President or first lady…but how did someone enter the White House party with the Indian delegation and not get properly credentialed? We’ll have the latest…
Tonight, we want to hear from you…
SHOULD THE PRESIDENT HAVE RETURNED TO WASHINGTON EARLY IN LIGHT OF THE FAILED TERROR ATTACK?
December 30, 2009
Posted: 02:12 PM ET
Programming note: Brooke Mueller's attorney speaks to Larry exclusively tonight about what allegedly happened between Charlie and Brooke on Christmas Day. Tune in tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT...
By Jo Piazza, Special to CNN
(CNN) - Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller claims that the actor pinned her to a bed, held a knife to her throat and threatened to have her killed, according to her statement to Aspen County police.
"I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done, and they won't leave any trace," Mueller alleges Sheen said to her as he held her down with a knife, according to an affidavit released by the Aspen Police Department.
After the incident that led to Sheen's Christmas Day arrest, Mueller told police she had told Sheen she wanted a divorce and would get custody of their two children. Mueller said he became enraged, straddling her, grabbing her by the neck and held a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her. The report notes red marks on Mueller's neck.
In his statement to police Officer Rick Magnuson, Sheen, identified in police documents by his birth name, Carlos Irwin Estevez, denies threatening Mueller with a knife or strangling her. He said he and Mueller had been having marital problems lately and that his wife had a problem with alcohol.
Sheen told police that the argument with his wife began at 3:30 am on Christmas morning and was instigated after Mueller became upset about a song that Sheen sang with his daughter from his second marriage to actress Denise Richards. Sheen said Mueller is jealous of his relationship with his daughter.
The actor claims that Mueller threatened to divorce him. He said he was upset by these threats because of his previous history.
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