n case you missed the story last October, 30-year-old Keemonta Peterson was arrested after performing a DIY circumcision on her three-month-old son. Inspired by a passage in the Bible, she decided to perform one herself after watching some YouTube video tutorials. (These exist?) The boy was badly injured, but doctors were able to save his life and correct the damage his mother had done. So, what is the sentence for a botched home circumcision? Peterson served 28 days in jail, lost custody of all her children, was sentenced to five years probation, and a psyche evaluation. Keep reading »
Alex Trebek is gangsta. The “Jeopardy” host—who’s been doing his gig for 27 years now, by the way—showed up at an event yesterday on crutches. Naturally, the press wanted to know what happened. The answer: “What is a thwarted robbery?” Apparently, Trebek woke up in the middle of the night and found a burglar rummaging through his stuff in his hotel room. He may be 70, but he wasn’t about to let the thief get away. So he chased her. Alek explained, “It happened at 2:30 a.m., chasing a burglar down the hallway of my San Francisco hotel when my Achilles tendon ruptured and I then fell on carpet, bruising the other leg in process.” He’ll be having surgery on Friday.
Now, the skeptic in me immediately thought, He probably fell down the stairs, and came up with a hero story that sounded way cooler. But this story has been confirmed. Keep reading »
Meet Seemona Sumasar. She is 36 years old, a mother, and a former Morgan Stanley analyst who managed a restaurant in Queens. One night about two years ago, her Jeep was pulled over by police. She was shocked to be arrested. “You know you did it. Just admit it,” a police officer threatened her.
“It” was a string of armed robberies. Specifically, ones where a woman approached victims wearing a policewoman’s uniform and then turned her gun on them. Only Sumasar hadn’t done “it.” “It” had never actually happened. Keep reading »
Behold, woman’s new best friend. Rapports Opus is a police dog in Sweden who has been training for over a year to help police nab rapists by sniffing out sperm. This pup has just closed his first case. Last month, a woman was forced to perform oral sex on a man in a Swedish park. To help police collect evidence, Rapports Opus was brought in to find any trace amounts of semen left at the scene of the crime. Rapports Opus led investigators right to a sample that—bingo—matched the DNA of their prime suspect, a 23-year-old man. Investigators expect the court case to be open and shut. Nice work, Rapports Opus. Anyone else hoping he inspires a sequel to “K-9″? [Newser, The Local] Keep reading »
On Sunday circa 3 a.m., Casey Anthony was released from jail, just a week and a half after being controversially acquitted for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. As Casey walked out of the Orange County Jail in a hot pink polo shirt and got into a car, dozens of people watched, holding picket signs that ranged in messages from “Justice for Caylee” to “Casey, will you marry me?” From there, Casey boarded an airplane at the Orlando Executive Airport and was whisked away to an undisclosed location, where she will be monitored by a heavy duty security team.
So, what will Casey do next? Her lawyer Ann Finnell says Casey has two career choices in mind. Keep reading »
Remember the name Catherine Kieu Becker because she is the new Lorena Bobbit. Last night, the 48-year-old California woman poisoned her husband’s dinner, tied him to the bed, cut his penis off with a knife, tossed it in the garbage disposal, and turned it on. Why? Becker told officers that her husband “deserved it.” Even though the couple was in the middle of a divorce, police did not find her motive acceptable. Ahem. I don’t believe there is anything a man could do to warrant his penis ending up in the garbage disposal. Becker was arrested and charged with aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning and spousal abuse. Feel free to place your hands protectively over your crotch now, men and women. [KTLA] Keep reading »
A week later, we are still in shock that Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, Caylee, and is scheduled to be released this Sunday. Apparently, the rest of the country is in the same state. Juror number 12 in the case, a redheaded woman in her 60s, quit her part-time job at a Publix grocery store and has gone into hiding. Apparently, she received several death threats and was freaked out about the possibility of retaliation for the verdict. She told her husband on the way out the door, “I’d rather go to jail than sit on a jury like this again.”
Meanwhile, the police were called to settle a squabble between a group of Florida fisherman over the case. Keep reading »
“Unless you’re a killer, I don’t see a reason to stay there. I never hurt anyone but myself.”
—Lindsay Lohan looks adorable on the cover of Italian Vanity Fair. Too bad that inside she kind of backtracked on the whole “I accept my punishment and am working hard to move on” stance she’d taken earlier this year. Really, Lindsay, you think only murderers should go to jail? That’s just not how society works. [ONTD]
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“I toggled on manslaughter and not guilty. It doesn’t feel good. It was a horrible decision to have to make. I did not say she was innocent. I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be … Everyone wonders why we didn’t speak to the media right away. It was because we were sick to our stomach to get that verdict. We were crying, and not just the women. It was emotional and we weren’t ready. We wanted to do it with integrity and not contribute to the sensationalism of the trial.”
—Jennifer Ford, a 32-year-old nursing student and juror number three in the Casey Anthony trial, discusses the not-guilty verdict that has sparked outrage across the country. [ABC News] Keep reading »
UPDATE: After calculating time served and good behavior, it was determined that Casey Anthony only has six days left to serve in her four year sentence and will be released next Wednesday, July 13. Oof. [CNN]
Casey Anthony, who was acquitted on Tuesday of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008, was sentenced today for the four misdemeanors she was found guilty of. Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to a year in jail for each charge of lying to the police and was ordered to pay $4000 in fines. Her defense lawyers wanted the four charges to be reduced to one charge for sentencing, arguing that they were all part of the same act, but the judge didn’t bite. Still, don’t expect Anthony to actually spend the next four years in prison. Time served will be applied to her sentence, as will possible deductions for good behavior, and it’s very possible Anthony will be out of jail by the end of the summer. [CNN] Keep reading »