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.