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Judges affirm 'Making a Murderer' confession was coerced

CHICAGO (AP) — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family's ... Full story

Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

VIRGINIA MAN CHARGED WITH GIVING SECRET DOCUMENTS TO CHINA By Matthew Barakat. ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been charged with transmitting top-secret documents to a Chinese agent. Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Kevin Mallory of Leesburg was arrested Thursday and made an initial appearance in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. The self-employed consultant who speaks Chinese is charged under the federal espionage act. ... Full story

U.S. Can’t Revoke Citizenship Over Minor Falsehoods, Supreme Court Rules

Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan said that the law required a tighter connection between the lie and the procurement of citizenship. Continue reading the main story. “We hold that the government must establish that an illegal act by the defendant played some role in her acquisition of citizenship,” she wrote. “When the illegal act is a false statement, that means demonstrating that the defendant lied about facts that would have ... Full story

FCC proposes ‘Blue Alert’ for threats against law enforcement

During their June Open Meeting , the FCC adopted a proposal to add an alert to the US Emergency Alert System. If enacted, the Blue Alert would notify the public of ongoing threats to law enforcement in their area through broadcast, cable, satellite and wireline video outlets. The new alert was proposed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was released for the Commission to consider at today's meeting. In a ... Full story

Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing attempted to buy gun before attack

The man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in Michigan unsuccessfully attempted to purchase a gun before the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said on Thursday. The suspect, Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, Canada, has been charged in federal court with violence at an international airport for stabbing Jeff Neville, an officer at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, in the neck on ... Full story

Inquiry launched after man dies following arrest in London

Da Costa was in a car with two other people when approached by police at about 10pm on 15 June. Photograph: Alamy. The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a man died following his arrest by the Metropolitan police. Edir Frederico da Costa died on Wednesday, six days after he was detained. The 25-year-old was arrested in Beckton in east London. A statement from the Independent Police Complaints Commission said: “During this ... Full story

Letter: Government advice for fire-risk towers News

- From the section UK. The government is writing to all local authority and housing association chief executives to advise them on steps to take if tower blocks in their area are found to be clad in combustible panels. Here is an edited list of the interim measures which they are being told to take immediately, while the cladding is being replaced:. - Inform your local fire and rescue service fire safety/protection department. Failure to do so ... Full story

Germany to quash convictions of 50,000 gay men under Nazi-era law

The compensation will be a lump sum of €3,000 and €1,500 for every year spent in prison. Photograph: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images. Germany’s parliament have voted to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law that remained in force after the second world war. After decades of lobbying, victims and activists hailed a triumph in the struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal ... Full story

The Trump Obstruction Case Is Gathering Momentum

When will Rosenstein recuse? Will the Senate Judiciary Committee take over? Is there a coordinated effort to attack Mueller? The next steps of the roiling drama are becoming clear. Full story

Convicted sex offender moves next door to his victim. And it's perfectly legal

(CNN) Fourteen years ago, Danyelle Dyer was molested by her step-uncle. Now, the man has moved next door to Dyer's parent's house in Oklahoma -- and legally, there's nothing they can do about it. Sexual offenders laws are in place to keep predators away from children. Like many other states, Oklahoma law bars sex offenders from living nears schools and churches. But what Dyer and her family discovered is the state doesn't have a statute that ... Full story