June 11, 2010
Posted: 08:08 AM ET
Lima, Peru (CNN) - Joran van der Sloot told investigators during an interrogation that he knows the location of Natalee Holloway's body, but he would neither identify the location nor say what happened to her the night of her disappearance, a Peruvian police official told CNN.
"In the interrogation done to the Dutch citizen, he says he knew the location of the corpse of the American citizen, but that he was going to explain everything to Aruban police," said Miguel Canlla, head of the homicide division of the Peruvian national police investigative unit, on Thursday.
Van der Sloot, a 22-year-old Dutch citizen, is suspected of killing a 21-year-old woman in Lima last month. Stephany Flores Ramirez was found beaten to death in a hotel room registered in van der Sloot's name. Van der Sloot was captured in Chile and returned last week to Peru, where authorities say he confessed to killing Flores.
He was twice arrested in connection with the 2005 disappearance of Holloway, but was released for lack of evidence. Holloway was on a class trip to Aruba when she went missing.
June 9, 2010
Posted: 07:44 AM ET
June 8, 2010
Posted: 07:00 PM ET
Peruvian authorities say Joran Van der Sloot confessed to a murder in Peru. What does it mean for the Natalee Holloway case? Larry has the latest!
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Posted: 12:30 PM ET
THE LATEST ON JORAN VAN DER SLOOT'S CONFESSION TONIGHT!
Joran van der Sloot admitted he killed Stephany Flores (21), because she allegedly used his laptop to look for information regarding who he was, according to a high-rank Peruvian government official.
According to a report aired by local TV station news hour America Noticias, van der Sloot said that his anger exploded after she used his laptop without his permission to perform an internet search, and thus learned about Natalee Holloway's case.
“I didn't mean to. She intruded into my private life,” said van der Sloot. “She had no right... I approached to her, she was scared, we quarreled and she tried to run away. I grabbed her by the neck and hit her...” he continued.
They had arrived to the TAC hotel after 5 a.m. At 8:10 a.m. he went to buy coffee at a convenience store nearby and when he came back to the bedroom, found Stephany reading about his background on his laptop.
This confession provides grounds to accuse van der Sloot of homicide instead of aggravated robbery or aggravated murder, which have longer prison penalties.
May 17, 2010
Posted: 01:06 PM ET
(CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the federal government has the power to keep some sex offenders behind bars indefinitely after they have served their sentences if officials determine those inmates may prove "sexually dangerous" in the future.
"The federal government, as custodian of its prisoners, has the constitutional power to act in order to protect nearby (and other) communities from the danger such prisoners may pose," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the 7-2 majority.
At issue was the constitutionality of federal "civil commitment" for sex offenders who are nearing the end of their confinement or who are considered too mentally incompetent to stand trial.
The main plaintiff in the case, Graydon Comstock, was certified as dangerous six days before his 37-month federal prison term for processing child pornography was to end. Comstock and the others filing suit remain confined at Butner Federal Correctional Complex near Raleigh, North Carolina.
Three other inmates who filed suit served prison terms of three to eight years for offenses ranging from child pornography to sexual abuse of a minor. Another was charged with child sex abuse but was declared mentally incompetent to face trial.
All were set to be released nearly three years ago, but government appeals have blocked their freedom. The government says about 83 people are being held under the civil commitment program.
Corrections officials and prosecutors determined the men remained a risk for further sexually deviant behavior if freed. The inmates' attorneys maintain the continued imprisonment violates their constitutional right of due process and argue Congress overstepped its power by allowing inmates to be held for certain crimes that normally would fall under the jurisdiction of state courts.
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Filed under: Justice
May 12, 2010
Posted: 07:00 PM ET
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Posted: 03:14 PM ET
Now that a jury has said “not guilty,” now that she is finally free of allegations of child abuse that have hung over her for two years, a former kindergarten teacher from Georgia can reveal that one of the three children who testified against her was her own daughter.
“My own daughter,” Tonya Craft confirmed to TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Wednesday in New York.
“The only thing she had ever said was that I had put medicine on her,” Craft added. But taken along with the testimony of two other young girls, it seemed momentous to prosecutors.
And watching her own daughter presented as a witness against her was devastating.
“That was the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever experienced, because my job as a mother is to protect her,” Craft told Vieira, fighting to control her emotions. “There obviously was no anger toward her. It absolutely broke my heart to see that my daughter had been pretty much indoctrinated to believe things that weren’t true.”
Filed under: Justice
May 7, 2010
Posted: 12:54 PM ET
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The suspect in the killing of a University of Virginia student was arrested in a 2008 incident in which he threatened a police officer and was shocked with a stun gun, according to a police statement.
George Huguely, 22, was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday, hours after a roommate found Yeardley Love's body in her off-campus apartment in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Huguely, who was also a UVA student until resigning after his arrest, and Love played on the men's and women's lacrosse teams, respectively.
CNN affiliate WDBJ got a police statement recounting an encounter between an intoxicated Huguely and Lexington, Virginia, Police Officer R.L. Moss.
April 27, 2010
Posted: 02:45 PM ET
by Marilyn Sparks
The Michael Jackson Estate, with the help of a Federal judge, has just put the screws to a scam looking to fleece Jackson fans by selling merchandise under the name "Heal the World Foundation" and suggesting an affiliation with the late "King of Pop."
Using MJ's name, image, and likeness, Melissa Johnson found herself on the wrong end of an injunction and is being forced to shut down.
TMZ reports the judge presiding over the case ruled that Johnson's websites "convey to consumers a false affiliation with Michael Jackson."
Court documents also reveal that the defendant has attempted to register 40 trademarks with an MJ connection.
Though the pop star did operate a legitimate "Heal the World Foundation" in the past, it has been inactive for years.
April 9, 2010
Posted: 03:11 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Friday he will retire this year, giving President Obama another opportunity to shape the nation's highest court.
Stevens, who turns 90 on April 20 and has served nearly 35 years on the court, announced his resignation in a brief letter delivered to the White House at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
"My dear Mr. President," Stevens wrote. "Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term, I shall retire from regular active service as an associate justice ... effective the next day after the court rises for the summer recess this year."
He signed it, "Most respectfully yours."
White House counsel Bob Bauer discussed Stevens' retirement by telephone at 10:45 a.m. with Obama, who was returning from Europe aboard Air Force One. Obama is expected to make an announcement after his arrival in Washington on Friday afternoon.
Stevens was at a second home Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a court official said.
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