The jury heard weeks of testimony and deliberated for days before returning the verdict against Dr. Yazeed Essa. In the end, they agreed with prosecutors: Yazeed Essa had poisoned his wife by lacing her calcium supplements with cyanide - and that's what caused the fatal car crash. He is guilty of aggravated murder.Continue »
Photo: Amanda Knox.
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WORSE: CBS affiliate CBS13 reports that Roy Ashburn, a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk AFTER LEAVING A GAY BAR.
WORSER: CBS affiliate CBS13 reports that Roy Ashburn, a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving a gay bar WITH ANOTHER MAN IN THE CAR.
Bristol Palin Who? Super Famous Playgirl Model, Media Star Levi Johnston Skips Child Support Hearing
Photo: Johnston's Playgirl cover.
Last Thursday, a judge approved Levi's former fianc?e's request for child support at a hearing that was not attended by the well-known media gadabout. The amount has yet to be determined, but will likely be based on Levi's considerable earnings in the entertainment field - estimated at over $100,000.
Photo: John Edwards and Rielle Hunter
Edwards has been mired in scandal since his affair with campaign staffer Rielle Hunter became public in 2008. According to the Enquirer, the grand jury's charges stem from that relationship.
And then there was a fire. A fire.
A fire in the basement forced the shutdown of Manhattan's main criminal courthouse, and granted Weezy yet another delay.
Photo: Essa and wife
On February 24 2005, Rosemarie DiPuccio-Essa died after a low-speed car accident - with no apparent injuries. Nearly two months later, tests revealed the cause of death was cyanide poisoning.
Photo: Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz
"It was torture," says Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. The girl's sister was also allegedly beaten with tubing. She survived.
Everyone agrees on the following: last month, following an argument with her husband, Christine Taylor fell down a set of stairs in her home outside of Des Moines. Following the fall, she visited the emergency room. While there she said something to medical personnel that they believed meant she had intended to harm the fetus with the fall. The police arrived and interrogated her, and Johnson was arrested and jailed.
Exactly what Christine Taylor told hospital workers is up for debate. Johnson, a mother of two children, says that she was emotional, but denied to the Des Moines Register that she said she "didn't want her baby." Initial police reports, according to the Iowa Hawk Eye, say that "Taylor told police she intentionally fell down stairs at her home because she wanted to end the pregnancy."
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, despite a massive budget crisis, the Virginia Department of Corrections refuses to let its old people out of jail via the mechanism of "geriatric parole." The option has been in place since 1994 as a way of releasing inmates who are "too old or infirmed (sic) to pose a likely threat to public safety," but only 15 lucky seniors in the state penal system have been recipients of it.
The problem with elderly inmates, says the Richmond Times Dispatch, is that they're expensive, particularly in terms of medical care. The other problem with elderly inmates is that most of them are in prison because they are violent offenders, and so the parole board rejects nine out of ten petitions for geriatric parole.