PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former House Speaker Gordon Fox pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return following an investigation that included a dramatic federal raid on the Statehouse.
In a hearing before Randolph County Circuit Judge Richard Brown, Drew Peterson, 61, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors would have had to reveal the evidence and demonstrate probable cause, according to a news release from the Illinois Attorney General's office. Rob Lowe played Peterson in a Lifetime television network movie about the case, called "Untouchable." Peterson's defense attorney Lucas Liefer said he and his client waived the hearing so that the public would not hear details ahead of trial, the Chicago Tribune reported. The murder-for-hire case is being tried in Randolph County, Illinois, about 45 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri, where Peterson is an inmate at the Menard Correctional Center. The formal charges are solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland lawyers offered a disrespectful response to a lawsuit filed for 12-year-old Tamir Rice, fatally shot by police outside a recreation center in November, the boy's mother said on Tuesday. A court-filed response to the lawsuit by city lawyers blamed Rice's actions in part for the shooting and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized on Monday for the document's phrasing. "The city's answer was very disrespectful to my son, Tamir," Samaria Rice told a news conference. "I have not received an apology from the police department or the city of Cleveland in regards to the killing of my son, and it hurts." Samaria Rice said she would accept an apology, if there was one on the table with city actions where people would be held accountable for the shooting.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - An all-white jury that includes a restaurant manager, several retirees and a social worker will hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which gets underway with opening statements on Wednesday. The two-month-long jury selection process wrapped up on Tuesday when lawyers for both sides winnowed the pool to 10 women and eight men. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a police officer three days later. While the jurors' names are secret, some details about them can be gleaned from their answers to the in-person "voir dire" questioning that took place at U.S. District Court in Boston over the past few weeks.