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Top Death Penalty Defense Lawyers Fired

MIAMI, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Two top Miami defense attorneys slated to defend a man accused of killing a police officer have been fired, officials said. Eugene Zenobi, 66, and Kellie Peterson, 34, worked for Miami-Dade’s Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, the Miami Herald reported. The newspaper said the office defends clients […]

Lawsuit: Priest Abuse Led To Son’s Suicide

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 7 (UPI) — A Missouri couple says in a lawsuit their son committed suicide because of repeated sexual abuse by a Catholic priest. In the wrongful-death suit, Donald and Rosemary Teeman allege their son, Brian, killed himself in 1983 because of the abuse by Monsignor Thomas J. O’Brien when the family […]

Godmother Accused In Infant’s Death

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 7 (UPI) — A Las Vegas woman is expected to plead not guilty this week to charges she killed her 14-month-old goddaughter with a metal pipe last month. Mariann Harris, 23, was scheduled to appear in Clark County District Court Thursday to answer multiple charges, including homicide and child abuse, the Las […]

Ex-priest Threatens Teens With Chainsaw

MURMANSK, Russia, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Russian prosecutors have filed charges against a defrocked priest who threatened three teenagers with a chainsaw, officials said. Acting regional prosecutor Vasily Zagaikevich said the priest started up his chainsaw and waved it in the faces of the three teens telling them he could chop them into pieces, the […]

Woman Accused Of Tossing Kitten

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 7 (UPI) — A trial date of Oct. 13 has been set for a New Orleans woman accused of tossing a kitten out the window of her Chevy Blazer in July. Kellie Lynn Dean, known as the neighborhood cat woman, was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty after a witness identified […]

Kan Calls Fukushima ‘manmade Disaster’

TOKYO, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said no “well-thought-out preparations” had been made before the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. “There in fact were various opinions (about the plant’s safety) before the accident, but no well-thought-out preparations were made,” Kan said in an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun. “In that […]

Berlusconi Pushes For Access To Evidence

ROME, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says a parliamentary panel should be allowed to see evidence against him in his sex case. In a letter to parliament, sent late Tuesday by Berlusconi’s lawyer, the prime minister said the court failed to consider his request that parliament be allowed to evaluate the […]

Sudan: Situation Calm In Blue Nile State

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Sept. 7 (UPI) — There is no reason to worry about security in Blue Nile state because alerts were unjustifiably raised after mistaken gunfire, a Sudanese army spokesman said. Reports of fighting between rival Sudanese forces in Blue Nile state, which borders Sudan and South Sudan, prompted strong words from Catherine Ashton, the […]

Iran Says It Killed PJAK Commander

TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (UPI) — One of the top leaders of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan was killed by Iranian shelling during the weekend, Iran’s state-run media claim. Human Rights Watch during the weekend said the Iranian and Turkish military response to the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, and the […]

130 Soccer Fans Injured By Egyptian Police

CAIRO, Sept. 7 (UPI) — At least 130 people were injured and one person was reported dead after Egyptian security forces and soccer fans clashed in Cairo, police said Wednesday. The Egyptian news service Bikya Masr said the beatings occurred late Tuesday outside Cairo stadium following an Egypt Cup game between the al-Ahly and Kima […]

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