Reading from the Voice Media empire: Theater shooter James Holmes has been on the move within the prison system since a 2015 attack on him by Mark “Slim” Daniels, who apologized in a letter for being unable to send the man who killed twelve people and injured seventy others at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, to “Satan’s lake of fire.” Now, for the first time in more than a year, we finally know his location. At present, he’s being held at the United States penitentiary in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A federal judge has ruled that one state’s sex-offender registry violates the due process rights of three plaintiffs, thereby amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. Attorney Alison Ruttenberg, who filed the case in 2013, sees the opinion as the potential death knell for a law enforcement tool that, in her view, perpetuates factually dubious notions that fall apart when examined in an evenhanded way. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Shortly after the in-custody suicide of Benjamin Davis, founder of the 211 Crew, a notorious white-supremacist prison gang, alleged 211 member Kirk Boyd has been sentenced to decades in stir for a crime spree that prosecutors say stretched over a five-week period and was fueled by methamphetamines. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: More than eighteen years after deputy DA Rebecca Bartee’s June 7, 1999 murder, authorities have made an arrest, booking Robert Lee Williams, a seventy-year-old who was still living in the apartment building where the slaying took place. Here’s how they got him. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: “I didn’t think the problem could get worse,” admits addiction expert David Sheff, whose son was nearly beaten to death during his years as a methamphetamine addict. “But it’s gotten worse and worse and worse to the point that suddenly, overdose is the number-one killer of people under fifty in this country. It’s unthinkable: 175 people a day dying, and every one of them has a family that says, ‘This can’t happen to me. Not my kid or my wife or my husband or my parent. No way.'” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: David Flores doesn’t mind if stories linger online about his 2010 arrest for bank robbery. He was definitely guilty of committing the crime, as he readily admits. But what pisses him off is that those articles portray him as an idiot who was literally caught red-handed after trying to use stolen currency stained, along with his fingers, by a dye pack that exploded as he made his getaway. He insists that the truth is a lot more complicated, and a lot less dumb. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: OyZhana Williams is suing three police officers over a 2015 incident during which she was roughed up and had her head stomped in the parking lot of a hospital where her boyfriend was being treated for a gunshot wound, apparently because a cop lauded for his heroism during a mass shooting didn’t like the way she dropped her keys. The violent exchange was captured on a video that’s on view here. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jennifer Reali, nicknamed the “Fatal Attraction” killer, after slaying her lover’s wife, has been denied parole three times over the past six years. She’s now made her fourth appeal, arguing that “I can’t honor my victim’s death by being a hooligan” and touting a religious rebirth that has included the release of multiple gospel music albums and regular online essays celebrating the Christian faith. The appeal will now be heard by the full parole board. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One small county has pulled its sex-offender registry offline following a recent court ruling in which U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch found that such registries constituted cruel and unusual punishment in the case of three plaintiffs. The ruling is specific to the complainants in question, rather than everyone on the roster, and the state’s attorney general has announced her intention to appeal. So why make the move now? According to a representative from the sheriff’s office, a fear of lawsuits. Westword has the story.