A judge has thrown out some electronic evidence in a murder case against former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez because of a paperwork problem, according to local media reports on Tuesday. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said evidence from two smartphones and three tablets seized last year from Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, could not be used in his trial for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd because they were not listed in a police search warrant, according to the reports. Hernandez's defense team had asked that the evidence be thrown out. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two associates shot Lloyd to death in an industrial park near Hernandez's house in June 2013.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said on Tuesday that he was responding to a hypothetical question when he raised the possibility of granting clemency to the state's longest-serving death row inmate should he lose his re-election bid in November. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a yet-to-be aired interview with CNN that he could consider commuting the death sentence of Nathan Dunlap, whose execution the governor indefinitely blocked last year, if Republicans make it a campaign issue. “If that (death penalty) becomes a political issue, in that context within a campaign, obviously there’s a period of time between the election and the end of the year where individuals can make decisions, such as a governor can,” the governor told the CNN interviewer. “I could give ... a full clemency.” An audio recording of the interview was first posted by the conservative news website Complete Colorado, which said it was obtained under an open-records request.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can't help mouthing off, once telling the Portland chapter of the NAACP to "kiss my butt," calling the IRS "the new Gestapo" and saying he wouldn't be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to "go to hell."