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VW engineer pleads guilty to federal charges
The guilty plea by James Liang is the first in the wide-ranging investigation into Volkswagen's effort to skirt emission regulations.        
70 points by Detroit Free Press | Internal combustion engine Diesel engine Volkswagen Air pollution Plea Rudolf Diesel Automobile Volkswagen Group
Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty in emissions scandal
A Volkswagen engineer has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in the company's emissions cheating scandal.  James Robert Liang of Newberry Park, Calif., entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.  A Justice Department official says Liang will cooperate in the ongoing investigation. ...
117 points by Los Angeles Times | Volkswagen Internal combustion engine Plea Volkswagen Group
Wisconsin girl enters insanity plea in Slender Man stabbing
The second of two young Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please horror character Slender Man entered Friday a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to an attempted homicide charge. The 14-year-old girl changed her previous not-guilty plea during a 15-minute...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Court Jury Judge Trial Lawyer Plea Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court
86-year-old Grand Forks man pleads guilty to child porn
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - An 86-year-old Grand Forks man has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing child pornography. Roger Whaley was arrested last November after police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He entered pleas Tuesday. Each of the counts against Whaley ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Prison Plea Pleas Penology Child pornography Criminal justice Punishment North Dakota
Judge locks up 4 more principals in DPS scandal
One by one, the convicted principals pleaded for mercy, insisting they lived for their students and had suffered enough already.        
1149 points by Detroit Free Press | Plea Arraignment Alford plea Pleas Middle school Elementary school High school Prison
Former DPS worker sentenced in drivers license scheme

7 points by The Houston Chronicle | United States Organized crime Customer service Texas Arraignment Plea Immigration to the United States Law of the United States
Bus driver in crash that hurt 5 students pleads guilty
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The driver of a school bus that tipped onto its side in Boulder County, injuring five students, has pleaded guilty to careless driving. The Daily Camera reports (http://goo.gl/iRXdnR ) 40-year-old Elizabeth Burris entered her plea Wednesday, and prosecutors dropped 13 other charges against her. The St. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Plea
Former A&M professor sentenced to federal prison for child pornography
A former history professor at Texas A&M University in Galveston was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for visiting a dark website that featured pornographic images and videos of young children and possessing similar content on devices at his home, according to federal officials.
13 points by The Houston Chronicle | Federal Bureau of Investigation Plea Pornography Child pornography
Bel Air man indicted in $50 million telemarketing swindle
A Harford County man is one of two people facing federal mail fraud charges for allegedly masterminding a direct marketing swindle involving the sale of light bulbs and cleaning products to businesses and nonprofits that prosecutors say netted co-conspirators more than $50 million. An indictment...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Mail fraud Supreme Court of the United States Allegation United States district court Victim Plea Fraud Grand jury
Pa. mom jailed in 2011 for baby death accused of killing another
Jessica Harper's youngest child suffocated earlier this year after the 28-year-old mom ignored warnings from doctors not to sleep in the same bed with the infant, authorities say.
-1 points by Daily News | Sleep Murder Manslaughter Cecil Whig Plea Cecil County Maryland Neglect Causes of death
Mom whose baby drank formula laced with heroin gets prison
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman whose 5-month old daughter drank heroin-laced baby formula and died has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Plea
Brother of wrestler Kurt Angle sentenced to prison for killing wife
A Dormont man was sentenced today to 2 ½ to 10 years in prison for killing his wife last year.
29 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mt. Lebanon Pennsylvania Allegheny County Pennsylvania Plea Pleas Professional wrestling Pittsburgh Kurt Angle Ric Flair
Inside a $10M scheme to steal federal funds intended to feed hungry children
At least 12 people in Arkansas have been charged with crimes related to USDA feeding programs.
5672 points by The Washington Post | Plea Arraignment Fraud Alford plea Political corruption Mail fraud Federal Bureau of Investigation Wire fraud
Former nursing assistant sentenced for assaulting patient
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A former Licensed Nursing Assistant has been sentenced to at least 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 79-year-old patient who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The attorney general's office said Thursday that Timothy Morrissey, of Manchester, pleaded guilty. Morrissey will be evaluated ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Plea Royalties Death Geriatrics Silver Alert Medicine Physician Manchester
DPS principal whose school won $500K gets 1 year
Ronald Alexander had asked for no jail time for his role in DPS kickback scam because his elderly mother needs him.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Plea Pleas Arraignment Alford plea Judge Sentence United States district court Sentence
Principal whose school won 'Ellen' prize gets 1 year
Ronald Alexander had asked for no jail time for his role in DPS kickback scam because his elderly mother needs him.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Plea Pleas Arraignment Alford plea Judge Sentence United States district court Sentence
Three more ex-DPS principals get prison in bribery case
Four were set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Plea
Man pleads guilty in Grayslake hotel meth lab case
A man arrested after police found a small methamphetamine lab, drugs and two pit bulls inside a Grayslake hotel room in March has been sentenced to probation and periodic imprisonment under a plea deal approved Wednesday. Martin Bloomberg, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lake County Circuit Court...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Criminal law Methamphetamine Hotel Hotels Plea Heroin Arraignment Motel
Joliet tax preparer gets 42 months in prison for fraud
A southwest suburban tax preparer has been sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the state out of more than $400,000.
1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Taxation in the United States Plea Federal Bureau of Investigation Income tax in the United States Income tax State income tax Corporate tax Tax
Two Ex-DPS principals get 12 months in prison
Four are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Plea
Jury selection still underway in Salvation Army collapse civil trial
Jury selection remains underway in the civil trial of defendants being sued in the deadly Center City Salvation Army thrift store collapse that killed six people and injured 13 others three years ago.
8 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Jury Law Jury selection Plea Voir dire The Salvation Army Jury trial Plaintiff
Emotions run high in courtroom as Sumava slaying suspects enter pleas
Rick Babbs sat in the gallery of the Newton County Superior Court Wednesday watching as the two men accused of stabbing his 20-year-old son and two others to death Aug. 28 entered not guilty pleas before a judge. He lunged from his seat on the aisle in the front row at Derrick T. Cardosi, 24, of...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Murder Crime Capital punishment Family Victim Plea Judge Prison
Ex-DPS principal Alexander gets 12 months
They are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Pleas Plea Prison
Court: Statements, plea properly entered in fatal fire case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state appeals court has rejected arguments from a man convicted of setting a fatal house fire that his statements should have been suppressed and his guilty pleas withdrawn. Armin Wand III was sentenced to life in connection with the 2012 LaFayette County fire that killed ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Appeal Appellate court United States Plea Court Brazil Supreme court
Live: 4 more ex-DPS principals face sentencing
They are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Pleas Prison Plea
National briefs: South Carolina officer involved in shooting fired
SENECA, S.C. — A South Carolina police lieutenant who fatally shot a 19-year-old man during an attempted drug arrest in a restaurant parking lot last year has been fired, the police chief said. The officer contended he was acting in self-defense when the suspect drove a car toward him.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Atlantic Ocean John G. Roberts Supreme Court of the United States Plea First Amendment to the United States Constitution Chief Justice of the United States Lieutenant Ocean
Minnesota man confesses to killing of Jacob Wetterling
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago, recounting a crime that long haunted the state in chilling detail that included a handcuffed Jacob asking him, “What did I do wrong?”
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pleas Arraignment Plea Alford plea Child pornography Rape Murder Jury trial
Charges against radio talk show host dismissed on eve of Oregon standoff trial
On the eve of trial, a federal judge dismissed charges Tuesday against a key defendant in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
294 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Jury Grand jury Plea Complaint
Man who authorities say faked death pleads guilty to fraud
A Florida businessman who authorities say faked his own death to defraud insurance companies has pleaded guilty. The Florida Times-Union reports that 63-year-old Jose Lantigua faces ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Jacksonville Florida The Florida Times-Union Pleas North Carolina Plea
Judge blasts DPS scammers, then cuts them break
Norman Shy and school administrator Clara Flowers stole the most and schemed the longest in a broader kickback scheme.        
28 points by Detroit Free Press | United States district court United States Attorney Plea United States magistrate judge Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy Sentence President of the United States Law
Jacob Wetterling’s killer gives chilling details of abducted 11-year-old’s final moments alive

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Man confesses to killing of 11-year-old boy in 1989
A Minnesota man confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago.
4 points by The Denver Post | Pleas Arraignment Plea Child pornography Alford plea Jacob Wetterling Patty Wetterling St. Joseph Minnesota
Suspect gives chilling details about 1989 killing of Jacob Wetterling
Danny Heinrich told a judge he sexually assaulted, then shot Jacob Wetterling in 1989.       
6456 points by USA Today | Jacob Wetterling Patty Wetterling St. Joseph Minnesota Grand jury Arraignment Plea Police Human sexual behavior
Wounded LAX agents recall chaos as shooter pleads guilty
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Speer had just helped a shell-shocked passenger run away from a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport and thought they were in the clear. That's when Speer, an officer with the Transportation Security Administration, watched as a bullet ripped through the calf of another passenger. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Transportation Security Administration Federal Air Marshal Service Prison Arraignment Murder Plea Capital punishment San Francisco International Airport
New Jersey man to spend life after pleading guilty to LAX murder
The unemployed mechanic who gunned down a TSA agent in a shooting rampage three years ago pleaded guilty to murder and other charges.
27 points by Daily News | Pleas Plea Arraignment Alford plea Criminal law Crime Murder Death penalty
4 more ex-DPS principals face sentencing in scheme
They are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Pleas Prison Plea
4 more ex-DPS principals face sentencing
They are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Pleas Prison Plea
FBI launches billboard campaign to find Baltimore Co. man charged in mail fraud case
The FBI launched a billboard campaign Wednesday to track down a Lutherville man who is wanted in an alleged $50 million mail fraud scheme.Brian Keith Wallen, 52, is one of two men named in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. The June indictment alleges that Wallen was the CEO of companies...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Baltimore County Maryland Federal Bureau of Investigation Plea Fraud Law enforcement agency Baltimore United States Secret Service United States Department of Justice
Man convicted in orangutan skull smuggling case

-1 points by The Houston Chronicle | United States Endangered species Plea
Williston man pleads guilty in oil patch explosives thefts
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man accused of stealing explosives from companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty. Tyler Porter was arrested in May and charged in federal court with five felonies that together carried a maximum punishment ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Criminal law North Dakota Burglary Misdemeanor Plea English-language films Williston North Dakota Pleas
Former South Street Headhouse District chairman pleads guilty to fraud
Daniel Christensen, former chairman of the South Street Headhouse District, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud for embezzling money meant to beautify and promote the entertainment corridor.
129 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Plea Prosecutor Supreme Court of the United States Fraud
Reputed mob associate pleads no contest in attempted murder, insurance fraud cases
Reputed mob associate Ronald Galati Sr., serving time in federal prison for trying to have his daughter's boyfriend killed, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to attempted-murder charges in a separate case in which he tried to have a friend and the friend's son killed.
24 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Pleas Jury Plea Alford plea Daughter Son Family Crimes
House arrest for judge in case-fixing scandal
Former Municipal Court Judge Joseph J. O'Neill, who pleaded guilty in Philadelphia's ongoing case-fixing scandal, was sentenced Wednesday to six months of house arrest for lying to federal agents.
132 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Judge Plea Pleas Federal Bureau of Investigation Arraignment Telephone tapping Alford plea Court
Woman pleads guilty in kidnapping, torture of 2 Chicago-area students in New York
A third defendant has pleaded guilty to being part of a plot to kidnap and terrorize two New York college students. Twenty-year-old Samantha Hughes is one of nine people charged after the abduction and torture of the two University of Rochester seniors in December. The victims, both from the Chicago...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Pleas Police Plea Rochester New York Chicago University
Camden man gets 30 years for stabbing to death woman, 38
A 27-year-old Camden man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of a woman in 2013, prosecutors said Wednesday.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Judge Lawyer Abuse Bullying Prosecutor Pleas Plea Jury
James Schriver, ex-funeral home operator, gets probation over drugs found inside mortuary
James Schriver, the former operator of a South Dakota funeral home, was sentenced to five years probation on Tuesday for charges handed down after authorities found methamphetamine and nearly 3 pounds of marijuana while executing a search warrant inside Memorial Mortuary & Crematory earlier this year. Schriver, 59, stepped down ...
8 points by The Washington Times | Crime Prison Sentence Collateral consequences of criminal charges Misdemeanor Plea Criminal law Arraignment
Judge blasts Detroit school scammers, then cuts them break on prison time
Norman Shy and Clara Flowers took the most kickbacks, but got less than 5 years in prison.       
4042 points by USA Today | United States district court United States Attorney Plea Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy Sentence Law Lawyer Pleat
Former L&I inspector pleads guilty to extortion
A former property inspector with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections pleaded guilty Wednesday to extorting nearly $4,000 in bribes from three people.
172 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Organized crime Plea Arraignment United States Eduardo C. Robreno Alford plea Federal Bureau of Investigation Pleas
Brother accused in killings of 5 sentenced to life
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The older of two Oklahoma brothers accused of fatally stabbing their parents and three younger siblings last year has been sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty in the killings. The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/2c5sxA8 ) that 19-year-old Robert Bever was sentenced Wednesday in Tulsa ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Plea Tulsa Oklahoma Sibling Oklahoma English-language films Arraignment Tulsa World Jenks Oklahoma
DPS principal gets 1 year for $27K in gift cards
Nina Graves-Hicks admitted she 'knowingly' received $27,385 in gift cards from crooked vendor Norman Shy.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | High school Arraignment Sentence Plea Prison Jury trial Prosecutor Law