News Roundup

There are several interesting stories in the news and I wanted to do a “roundup.”

Texas Father Who Killed His Daughter’s Molester Won’t Be Charged 

A Texas father walked in on his five-year-old daughter being molested by Jesus Flores. The father took action quickly and killed the man. The father was never arrested and a grand jury declined to indict him. 911 recordings indicate that the father called for help after the incident. 

“Come on! This guy is going to die on me!” the man yelled at the 911 dispatcher. “I don’t know what to do.”

The attack occurred on June 9 at a ranch near Shiner, Texas. According to police reports, a witness saw Flores “forcibly carrying” the girl into a secluded area. The witness ran to get the father. The father ran towards his daughter’s screams and found Flores with the girl. Both had their underwear removed.

Authorities confirmed that a sexual assault had occurred.

In the state of Texas, deadly force is justified to stop an aggravated sexual assault or a sexual assault.

Manhattan Housewife Arrested for Trying to Hire a Hitman to Kill Her Husband 

Elena Sava Adams, 57, a Romanian national, was allegedly arguing with her husband about the amount of money he had given her to make ends meet. She wasn’t happy about their money situation. She allegedly told an acquaintance that she wanted to kill her husband and was considering hiring a hitman to run him over with a car.

Authorities believe that she wanted him dead so she could collect on his life insurance.

She did what she said she was going to do. She hired a hitman for $60,000 and was going to pay him in rare postage stamps and jewelry. Her plan was to have lunch with her husband and when finished, they were supposed to cross the street where the hitman was to run him over.

She was caught when she hired an undercover officer in New York who was posing as an assassin to kill her unemployed husband.

The couple was described by neighbors as being “eccentric.”

Jodi Arias’s Attorneys Want Jury Sequestering For Sentencing Phase 

A new motion filed on Thursday cites the high-profile nature of the case and the thousands of television news shows and newspaper articles that have been written about the trial. Jodi Arias’s attorneys are asking that the judge sequester the jury to shield them from the intense publicity that is likely to characterize the second trial.

“This integrity is in the most danger of being compromised when the process is contaminated by outside influences. Given what took place in the last trial and the propensity for history to repeat itself, it is certainly beyond legitimate dispute that the threat to the integrity of the retrial is severe.” 

The prosecution hasn’t responded to this latest motion but recently filed an objection to the defendant’s motion to compel the jury to provide the court with information about their twitter accounts, an earlier request by Arias’s attorneys.

Jodi Arias is expected back in court on September 16, 2013.

Wisconsin Man Who Is Accused Of Murdering His Wife Says That He Is “Worse Than Jodi Arias” 

William Rambo is accused of murdering his estranged wife. He told authorities “I got nothing to hide. I did what I did. It is what it is. I’m worse than Jodi Arias.”

Mr. Rambo allegedly stabbed his wife after she kicked him out of their house. He’d come back to the home to try to work out a deal for him to sleep in their home. He had slept in a vehicle since he didn’t qualify to stay at the local homeless shelter because of his criminal record.

He began slashing and stabbing his wife Dawn but didn’t think he actually cut her. She ran out of the home to a neighbors house. She had serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:10 PM. She died of multiple sharp force injuries to the neck.

I wonder if we will soon see William Rambo mentioned in an upcoming Jodi Arias defense attorney motion.

Is It Fair For Sex Offenders To Stay Listed On A Registry For Life? 

That was the question being asked by Kevin McDermott writing for St. Louis Today. Below are key excerpts:

“On one side of the latest debate over Missouri’s sex-offender registry are people such as Daniel Ray Winfrey. In 1991, when Winfrey was 15, he and three others raped and murdered sisters Julie and Robin Kerry at the Chain of Rocks Bridge near St. Louis.

Winfrey testified against his co-defendants in exchange for a 30-year prison sentence. Though back in prison, he has been paroled twice since his conviction. At those times, he was free but still listed on the state’s sex-offender registry website. That website, Gov. Jay Nixon argues, is the only way for most neighbors and others to know of the potential danger while such offenders are among them.

“You wouldn’t want to know if one of these guys moved in next door?” Nixon asked last week.

He was defending his veto of a bill that would remove from the website all offenders who, like Winfrey, were under 18 when they committed their crimes.

On the other side are people such as Ali Nemec’s fiancé. He was 17 when he was arrested for having child pornography on his computer. Now 24 and still listed on the registry website, he’s had difficulty at work, has been turned away from housing and lives with his parents.

“We can’t go to a park, we can’t go to a mall. If there’s an event with our friends near a school, we can’t go,” said Nemec, 23, of St. Peters. “He made a mistake … (but) he is not the boy that he was. There’s no reason to ruin him for the rest of his life.”

The registry is today’s ultimate “scarlet letter.” Long after they’ve served their time, sex offenders remain barred from parks and schools and limited in their employment and housing options. Their names and faces are posted on the Internet, easily accessible to friends and neighbors.

In Missouri, they stay listed for life, even if they were juveniles when they committed their crimes.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

DEA Has Access to Mega Trove of Phone Records 

The phone call logs are available through The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between the federal and local drug officials and AT&T that began in 2007. On some occasions,  AT&T workers are embedded in government drug units.

“The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987.” 

Hemisphere covers up to four billion phone calls a day which are stored by AT&T, not by the government.

“It is queried for phone numbers of interest mainly using what are called “administrative subpoenas,” those issued not by a grand jury or a judge but by a federal agency, in this case the D.E.A.”

2 thoughts on “News Roundup

  1. Is It Fair For Sex Offenders To Stay Listed On A Registry For Life?

    Yes, as long as the term “sex offense” is clearly and reasonably defined (and equitably enforced) and reflects the needs of society.

    I don’t need to know that some old man with prostate trouble once pulled over alongside a deserted road to relieve himself and a child “accidentally” saw him. Charge him if you must, but don’t put him on a registry.

    What about statutory rape of a consenting 15-year-old by a 17-year-old? A 19-year-old? A 25-year-old? An 50-year-old?

    What about a 13-year-old that’s caught with child porn because he IS a child, attracted to other children? A 15-year-old? A 20-year-old? A 30-year-old?

    This topic upsets me because there is no easy answer. Laws like this are usually crafted as broad nets with tight weaves to catch every possible fish. We need the registry, yes, but we need common sense enforcement and not some, “Oops, we’re sorry but we must, it’s the law” rigidity. And of course, that’s the crux of this problem.

  2. Arias’ Latest Motion….
    “This integrity is in the most danger of being compromised when the process is contaminated by outside influences. Given what took place in the last trial and the propensity for history to repeat itself, it is certainly beyond legitimate dispute that the threat to the integrity of the retrial is severe.”

    Sequester them for this phase. BUT….the last statement of the above greatly offends and upsets me when in fact, Arias actions throughout (ie. media, etc.) was the biggest threat to the integrity of the trial and should and must be addressed.

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