Author Michael Roberts

opener-feature_ice_copyBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Since late February 2017, the sheriff’s office in a major U.S. city has been keeping track of how often Immigration and Customs Enforcement sends in requests for the release times of certain inmates being held in those local facilities — ostensibly so that ICE can apprehend them as soon as deputies let them out of jail. Westword has the story.

louise.frostBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: On the evening of November 8, 1900, Louise Frost, the twelve-year-old daughter of a prominent rancher, was found dying in the tall grass. She had been stabbed, beaten and raped. With its customary hack hyperbole, the Denver Post proclaimed the murder “the most fiendish crime ever perpetrated in Colorado” — an appraisal that neatly overlooked, among other outrages, the slaughter and mutilation of hundreds of women and children a generation earlier at another spot along the Big Sandy, an event known as the Sand Creek Massacre.

As it turned out, Frost’s murder wasn’t even the most fiendish crime to be perpetrated that month. For pure sadism, for cold-blooded, premeditated, murderous intent, her death was easily overshadowed by the vengeance that followed. On November 16, Preston Porter Jr., a sixteen-year-old African-American railroad worker, was led by a rope around his neck to the spot where Frost had been found. Chained to an iron rail, with kerosene-soaked wood piled around him, he was burned alive while hundreds of people watched. Some of the crowd had come by train from Denver and Colorado Springs to attend the spectacle. Westword has the story.

watts.family.one.photoBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: This morning, November 19, Frederick’s Chris Watts will be sentenced for the murders this summer of his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella. But unfortunately, this formality won’t be the last time we hear about him or his terrible acts. Indeed, thanks to the continuing popularity of true-crime programming on a variety of platforms, we’re likely to be reminded about the events of August 13 for years to come. Westword has the story.

denny.lovern.mug.shot.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The misdiagnosis of inmate Denny Lovern’s chest pains as a stomach ache essentially sentenced him to a death that was both cruel and unusual, stretching out over more than a day during which he occasionally vomited into his shirt because he was too weak to move to the toilet. And no one did anything to adequately address the magnitude of his health crisis until it was far too late. Westword has the story.

ana.cheri.youtubeBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Model, actress and entrepreneur Carmen Electra, fitness expert Paige Hathaway, former Playboy Playmate and ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader Jaime Edmondson Longoria and model Ana Cheri, joined by several of Instagram’s hottest stars, are among those involved in lawsuits against three strip clubs for alleged unauthorized use of their photos on social media in ways that their lawyer says damages their reputation and harms their image. Westword has the story.

curtis.brooks.mug.shotBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A highly unusual political fight between two district attorneys revolved around Curtis Brooks, who became a prison rehabilitation role model after being convicted of felony murder for a homicide in 1995, when he was fifteen. The spat’s end is likely to result in freedom for Brooks. Here’s why. Westword has the story.

jeremy.holmesBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: For more than a year, Susan Holmes has waged a lonely fight against authorities over the police-shooting death of her son, Jeremy Holmes, just south of the college campus where another of her children lived. She believes officers who knew Jeremy was in the midst of a mental health crisis — including one, Corporal Phil Morris, who had previously been accused, and later cleared, in an alleged brutality incident — unnecessarily escalated a situation that could have been resolved peacefully, and is upset that officials refuse to release ancillary video that she believes proves her point. Westword has the story.

jonbenet.four.we.have.your.daughter.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The lawyer for Burke Ramsey, brother of JonBenét  Ramsey, who was murdered on Christmas Day 1996, believes that a subpoena issued for former District Attorney Alex Hunter won’t do anything to exonerate CBS in a $750 million lawsuit filed by Burke in December 2016.

To the contrary, Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood thinks that Hunter’s deposition would only undermine the assertion in the CBS program The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey that Burke killed his sister when he was nine and she was six, which he characterizes as both defamatory and utterly unsupported by facts. Westword has the story.

michaella.surat.video.screen.captureBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: College student Michaella Surat was found guilty of two misdemeanors in an incident during which she was body-slammed to the ground by a police officer. But her attorney says the cop will be the one on trial next, as part of an excessive force lawsuit — one of three he plans to file against the department. Westword has the story.

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