Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Brock Franklin has been found guilty of 30 charges out of the 34 originally pressed against him in an indictment over a violent child sex ring. In addition, five of six alleged Franklin associates accused of taking part in the scheme, which involved physical abuse, a pistol-whipping, forced sex and the use of drugs to maintain loyalty, have received punishment of their own. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Cesar Reyes-Marquez has now been found guilty for a second time of killing Servando Morelos-Avila nearly seven years ago. The long delay occurred because the first judgment was tossed out over improper jury instructions. The result was a second trial, during which Reyes-Marquez was convicted of similar charges stemming from a fight that spun out of control, with at least two other people winding up seriously injured. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Maria de Jesus Jimenez Sanchez, an undocumented woman with four children, one of whom is developmentally delayed, has been deported from the U.S. to Mexico, even though her only crime beyond unauthorized border crossings was driving without a license. Her attorney says she was forced to walk back into Mexico by border agents who told her she’d be shot if she dared to look back. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Bad police work and faulty facial recognition techniques resulted in financial adviser Steven Talley being arrested not once, but twice for bank robberies he had nothing to do with — a journey through the legal system that also caused considerable collateral damage to Talley’s body, his finances and his reputation. Now, he’s getting his Showtime closeup. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Jacob Magee has pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy for sexual gratification in connection with being the biggest douchebag at an NFL last year and taking an upskirt photo of an unsuspecting woman. But the amount of punishment he’s expected to receive is far less than the maximum for the kind of crime he’s admitted to committing. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Myloh Mason, who was captured afterlanding on the FBI’s ten most-wanted list, received 1,200 years in prison for his part in the robbery and subsequent offenses, while conspirator Miguel Sanders earned a mere 371 years behind bars. So why did Richardson get almost twenty centuries in stir? Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Rocky Allen, an HIV-positive surgical technician sentenced last year to six and a half years behind bars for allegedly swapping out needles in order to inject himself with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, has been ordered to spend an additional year in captivity for taking an unauthorized trip before reporting to prison. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A lawsuit claims that guards at one prison pepper-sprayed Muslim inmates gathering for a prayer service and later assaulted one of them in retaliation for his plans to pursue the matter in court. Among the threats allegedly made were “Life would be hard,” “We’re gonna have your ass in the hole” and “They gonna fucking torture you.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A police department denies that Ryan and Benjaming Brown were racially profiled during an aggressive arrest captured on video even though the city where it’s located has agreed to pay $212,000 and alter some policies in order to settle the case. The department also accuses the ACLU, which represented the Browns, of inaccuracy and more over the way it’s portrayed the matter. But the ACLU isn’t backing down. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Grayeson Hawkins-Fishman has been arrested twice during the last year or so, and on neither occasion did he appear to believe it was his fault. After a bust for smashing his ex-girlfriend’s laptop, he portrayed the incident as a simple oops, and he blamed “stupid” pals for his recent cuffing over a fight and his subsequent acknowledgment that he was in possession of cocaine. Westword has the story.