Monthly Archives: March 2013

Prosecutors say they are not ready to agree to Holmes guilty plea in theater shooting

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting on Thursday rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty and accused defense lawyers of a serious breach of court rules by making the offer public. In a scathing court document, prosecutors said the defense has repeatedly refused to give them the information they need to evaluate the plea offer, so the offer can’t be considered genuine. No plea agreement exists, prosecutors said, and one “is extremely unlikely based on the present information available to the prosecution.” They also said anyone reading news stories about the offer would inevitably conclude “the defendant knows that he is guilty, the defense attorneys know that he is guilty, and that both of them know that he was not criminally insane.” Neither the defense nor the prosecution immediately returned phone calls Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Former executive chef at Virginia governor's mansion indicted on embezzlement charges

The former chef at Virginia’s executive mansion has been indicted on embezzlement charges amid a continuing criminal investigation into his tenure as head of kitchen operations for the governor and first family. Todd Schneider was arrested Thursday on four felony embezzlement counts. The indictments handed up March 20 allege that Schneider embezzled property valued at $200 or more from the state in July, September and December of 2011 and in January of 2012. The indictments contain no further details. The 52-year-old Schneider, now a Sarasota, Fla., resident, turned himself in to the Virginia State Police and was released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond. Continue Reading →

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Calif. border patrol officer allowed illegal immigrants into US for bribes

A California border patrol agentpled guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for letting illegal immigrants into the U.S.

According to court records, Hector Rodriguez confessed that from 2010 until his arrest on July 13, 2012 he received bribes such as cash, luxury vehicles and the use of an apartment for allowing illegal immigrants to pass through his inspected lane at the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry. Rodriguez confessed to receiving the bribes from Gerardo Rodriguez and Maria Guerrero, his co-defendants in the case. Records state that in one instance, Gerardo Rodriguez drove a vehicle containing 8 illegal aliens and codefendant Vanessa Moya drove a vehicle containing 6 illegal aliens through Hector Rodriguez’s inspection lane. To conceal the smuggling, Rodriguez would enter false information about who was driving the vehicle and the number of occupants into the government database. Hector Rodriguez was charged with conspiracy to bring illegal aliens in for financial gain and to receive bribes, bringing in aliens for financial gain, and bribery. Continue Reading →

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California Chick-fil-A gives free food to gay marriage supporters at rally

A California Chick-fil-A surprised gay marriage supportersat a rally by passing out free meals coupons, despite the fast food chain’s COO’s outspoken stance against same-sex marriage. The Los Angeles Daily News reports Corey Braun, the owner and operator of a franchise in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., says he felt the gathering was an opportunity to show hospitality to members of his community, regardless of their beliefs. “I wanted to show that Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate against anybody,” Braun told the Los Angeles Daily News. “We serve everyone. We’re happy to serve the community and this was an opportunity to have this group come in and show them our hospitality regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever.” Continue Reading →

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