TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A teacher in New Jersey who assigned her third-grade class to write "get well" letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer was suspended Friday, the school superintendent said.
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A mentally disabled Connecticut man who spent a quarter century in prison for rape and murder was freed on Friday after a court found his confession was questionable and he had been denied a fair trial. Looking frail, Richard Lapointe, 69, emerged from the Superior Courthouse in Hartford wearing a T-shirt that said “I didn't do it” in large letters. The state Supreme Court last month ruled that his admission was extracted under duress and that he was deprived of a fair trial because prosecutors failed to disclose evidence that supported his alibi. The court ruled that Lapointe be released or given a new trial, and on Friday Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered him freed on $25,000 cash bail.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Richard Lapointe changed from an orange prison jumpsuit into a black T-shirt that read "I didn't do it," then walked out of Hartford Superior Court on Friday and threw his hands in the air in triumph.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial enters a new phase on April 21 as federal prosecutors begin to mount their case for putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for killing three people and injuring 264 others in the 2013 attack.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A family had just left a waterfront entertainment area when their car plunged into Los Angeles harbor, killing a 13-year-old boy and leaving his 8-year-old brother fighting for his life Friday after divers pulled them from the sunken vehicle.