TUCSON MOTHER WHO LET NEWBORN STARVE GETS 25 YEARS TO LIFE
excerpts from an article by Andrea Rivera and Kim Smith – The Arizona Daily Star
Feb 25, 2010–A Tucson mother of four had nothing to say Wednesday before she was formally sentenced to life in prison for starving her 6-week-old daughter to death.
Also in the same courthouse Wednesday, Terri Lynn Sullivan’s husband went on trial separately in the baby’s death. Scott D. Sullivan is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in connection with Kimberlie Sullivan’s death in August 2008.
Terri Sullivan, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last month, agreeing to serve a life sentence with parole possible after 25 years.
ALL OFFICERS ACQUITTED IN MINEO ABUSE TRIAL
excerpts of an article by Kareem Fahim – The New York Times
A Brooklyn jury found three police officers not guilty on Monday of abusing a suspect in the Prospect Park subway station during an arrest, in a case that recalled some of the city’s most notorious police brutality episodes but never provoked as much public outcry or departmental reform.
Acquitting all three men on all counts, the jurors rejected Michael Mineo’s claims that Officer Richard Kern repeatedly rammed a baton between his buttocks, therefore making the charges that two other officers helped him cover up the abuse irrelevant.
“It’s been a long road and it’s finally over, thank God,” Officer Kern said afterward. “I’ll finally get a good night’s sleep. I’m glad the system works.”
Well, after hours on the phone with Dell Technical Service, a lot of time wasted chasing my tail, being told my hard drive was totally corrupted and all data on it was lost, and a healthy dose of PFM (Pure Fucking Magic), I managed to salvage my hard drive without losing very much data at all. All I have to say is it’s a good thing I didn’t take the the techs word that my drive was trashed as the gospel truth, but instead took a few minutes to try out some things I picked up while troubleshooting with him on the phone before reformatting the entire thing, or I really would have lost everything.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, my PC had a major meltdown Tuesday morning. I’m in the process of replacing the damaged hard drive and hopefully recovering all the important data from my backup discs. Until then I wll be pretty scarce, and you guys will be on your own. It should only be a couple of days at most before I’m online again for good (right now I’m borrowing my daughter Megan’s laptop – How do people use these little fucking keyboards man?).
Jennifer Daugherty may have looked like a 30 years old woman, but because of of some flaw in her brain, she acted more like a 12 year old girl. Like a lot of people with this particular type of mental retardation, she also had a very naive view of the world. According to her sister, Joy Berkholder, Jennifer’s mental disability made her vulnerable:
“She trusted anybody. If you met her today, she was your friend for her life.
And if you had a friend, they would be her friend as well. She trusted everybody, she believed everybody was good and that nobody would hurt her.”
Jennifer’s stepfather, Robert Murphy, echoed Joy’s words;
“Jennifer was just a gentle, laid-back person. There wasn’t a mean bone in her body.”
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BABY P’s STEPFATHER SCALDED IN PRISON ATTACK
excerpts from an article by the Daily Mail (United Kingdom) Staff
Steven Barker, the stepfather of abused infant Baby P has been scalded in an attack by a fellow prisoner.
Another inmate at Wakefield prison, where Barker is serving his 12-year jail term, hurled boiling water at Barker, leaving him screaming in pain.
Some reports claimed it had been a concoction of water and sugar, which sticks to the skin and intensifies burns in the same way as napalm bombs.
But the Ministry of Justice today said no sugar had been involved.
Barker who stands 6ft 4in, suffered excruciating burns to his face and arms and will be left scarred for life following the attack.
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HOSTILE GRILLING OF MICHAEL MINEO IN TRIAL OF 3 OFFICERS
excerpts from an article by Kareem Fahim – The New York Times
Stuart London, a defense lawyer, wasted little time on pleasantries as he greeted Michael Mineo on the witness stand just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.
“Good morning, Mr. Mineo, how are you?” Mr. London said. “You didn’t get stoned today before you came to court, did you?”
A prosecutor immediately objected to the question, and Mr. Mineo, who prosecutors say was sodomized by a police officer in a Brooklyn subway station, hung his head. The exchange set the tone for a morning of hostile questions by defense lawyers and increasingly irritated responses from Mr. Mineo, who was scolded several times by the judge, Alan D. Marrus, as he volunteered information without being questioned.
This is 28-year-old Bryan Chenhua Chang.
Mr. Bryan Chang, like many Asians, grew up in a household that valued education. They realize that their progeny are, most likely, going to be able to support them in their old age a lot better if they have a college degree of some kind. Usually a medical degree, but a computer degree or an engineering degree will sometimes work out well too.
In this case, Bryan’s mother – 60-year-old Sherry Chu Chang – financed Brian’s stay at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
That was very nice of her.
So Bryan Chang had a technologically-oriented degree, he was young and his future was wide open.