Reading from the Voice Media empire: Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab, dubbed the Underwear Bomber after a failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas 2009, was imprisoned at Supermax in 2012. Now, Abdulmutallab has filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the federal Bureau of Prisons in which he claims that he’s been prevented from properly practicing his Muslim faith, force-fed during hunger strikes staged to protest his treatment and belittled by guards who showed him photos of nude women during prayer time. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A lawsuit charges that a major state lottery screwed him out of more than $1.6 million in the wake of an intricate scandal that stretches back nearly a dozen years and involves a former security director for the organization that sponsors Powerball. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In his new memoir, Daril Cinquanta isn’t exactly shy about tooting his own horn – “If you are good at something, go ahead and flaunt it” is another of his clichés-to-live-by. But after nearly 400 pages of warts-and-all waltzing down memory lane, I was still confused about the something Cinquanta believes he was best at. Putting bad guys behind bars? Turning junkies into informants? Looking the other way while fellow officers slept on duty, shagged groupies in their patrol cars and thumped suspects in the pursuit of “street justice”? Deflecting official inquiries into his own enthusiastic but not always by-the-book police work? Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: TV stations prominently identified Javeon Brown when police sent out an alert about the thirteen-year-old in relation to a Thanksgiving Day triple shooting near a high school. The outlets stopped doing so the following day, after Brown’s arrest, because he has not been charged as an adult for the crime. However, their reports continue to link to his name. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: On November 20, Kenneth Banks pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Fallon Graham, a mother of two shot down outside a bar two years to the day earlier. He did the same late last month in regard to two other murders, including the slaying of D’Andre Mayfield in a drive-by shooting. All three crimes took place during the same three-day period in 2015, and each is said to have been gang-related. Indeed, the prosecutor who effectively handed Banks the third of three life sentences without the possibility of parole says he opened fire on Graham because her companion had chosen to wear the wrong color shoes. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The two shootings happened a few weeks and a few miles apart from each other. In both cases, juveniles crept into back yards in residential neighborhoods in the dead of night, hoping to boost marijuana plants being grown outside. The owners of the weed responded with gunfire. Somebody died. But the outcome of the cases couldn’t be more different. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:In 2013, jail inmate Zackary Moffitt died of a heart attack after three days during which authorities essentially ignored escalating medical symptoms associated with alcohol detoxing, including hallucinations and repeated vomiting of green bile. Now, more than four years later, Summit County has agreed to pay Moffitt’s still-young children $3.5 million to settle the case. Here are the shocking details. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jose Ocampo, one of two men convicted of murder in the 2016 death of aspiring rapper Michael House, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 36 years for his actions. Danielle House, Michael’s sister, is pleased by this punishment, but it hasn’t lessened her sense of loss over the slaying. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Millions upon millions of people have bought and sold items on Craigslist without a problem. But that doesn’t mean that horror stories involving the service are unknown, as Anthony Mott understands very well. Last year, the Jefferson County homeowner was tied up, threatened with a knife and robbed by two men who responded to a Craigslist ad, one of whom Mott managed to kill after freeing himself. Now, David Mascarenas, the surviving partner in crime, has pleaded guilty and faces decades behind bars for his role in this nightmare scenario. Westword has the story.