21 Priests Suspended in Philadelphia — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday that it had suspended 21 priests from active ministry in connection with accusations that involved sexual abuse or otherwise inappropriate behavior with minors. The mass suspension was the single-most sweeping in the history of the sexual-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, said Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which archives documents from the abuse scandal in dioceses across the country.
Abuse and discovery of third missing boy in 10-yr missing children case — Police report abuse and the existence of another missing boy from the case of the children that have been missing for ten years. Court documents show that Linda and Edward Bryant not only adopted Austin Eugene Bryant and Edward Dylan Bryant, but they also adopted a third boy, in 2000. His name has not been released, but he has also been missing for years. There has been reports that the Bryants may have adopted up to eight children.
AP Exclusive: Abusive priests live unmonitored — The charges of child molestation came too long after the abuse to send Carl Sutphin, a Roman Catholic priest, to prison. Now he is spending his days in a doublewide mobile home, a short walk from day care centers and two elementary schools. “I won’t say I deny it. I do not deny it, no,” Sutphin, 78, said in a frail voice as he leaned on his walker. There are dozens of accused priests like him, from California to Maryland. To victims’ advocates, that is dangerous.
Couple confesses to killing boy who wet his pants — Orange County Sheriff’s deputies say a couple beat a 3-year-old child to death because he peed his pants. Robin Greinke, 26, and Steven Neil, 33, were arrested Thursday night on charges of child abuse, first-degree murder and child neglect. Investigators said on Feb. 28 the couple punched and struck the boy for more than an hour after he urinated on himself. “They were upset with him and they tossed him and spanked him and punched him,” said Chris Dillon, a homicide investigator.
Fort Campbell woman sentenced to prison for sex abuse of 14-year-old — A Fort Campbell woman was sentenced to serve a two years prison sentence and a five year probation sentence for sexually abusing a minor child. Katherine Mae Hoffman, 21, was sentenced Tuesday by Chief United States District Judge Thomas Russell in Paducah. Hoffman was indicted in March 2010 and plead guilty in Nov. 2010 to sexual abuse of a minor, according to a news release from Stephanie Collins, spokesperson for United States Attorney David J. Hale, Department of Justice Western Kentucky District.
Grants to Support new and Established Men’s Sheds — Older and disadvantaged men in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia will soon have more help to meet and find social support with Australian Government Grants for Men’s Sheds. New sheds will be established in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales with another 16 established Men’s Sheds around the country to receive a grant to assist them to develop and upgrade their workspaces and buy equipment and tools or to employ staff help manage a shed’s operation (see table attached).
Judge slams prosecutors, SBI in Durham case — Durham prosecutors and the State Bureau of Investigation broke state laws and violated both the U.S. and state constitutions as they sought the death penalty against a Durham man in the death of his girlfriend’s daughter 13 years ago, according to a judge’s written order that was signed today. The state intentionally kept information from the man, Derrick Allen, that would have helped his defense.
Love affair spawned at car plant crashes and burns — She was a rising star in management at General Motors. He was a former top union leader at the car maker’s Oshawa plant. But their romance went up in flames when she was charged with setting his house on fire — with him in it. “It’s quite a story,” says Jim Hoy, who woke up at 5:30 a.m. to the smell of smoke that day in June 2009. “Nobody believes it.” Turns out there’s much he didn’t know about the woman he proposed to six months into their love affair, according to Hoy, who says his brother has acquired the movie rights to the tale.
Male victim of domestic abuse — The vast majority of victims of domestic violence are women, but – in the UK at least – an increasing number of men are coming forward to reveal that they have been emotionally and physically abused by their female partners. One of them is Ian McNicholl, who faced a terrible ordeal at the hands of his former partner. Over the course of their relationship she alienated him from friends and family, took charge of the household accounts and violently attacked him.
Supreme Court rules in favor of prisoners in DNA case — The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday that prisoners may bring a civil rights claim to try to obtain DNA evidence and assert their innocence. The justices revived an appeal from Texas death row inmate Henry Skinner, whose execution the justices blocked last year within an hour of when he was scheduled to be put to death. A jury convicted Skinner in 1995 for the Dec. 31, 1993, murders of his girlfriend Twila Busby and her two adult sons. Skinner has long maintained he was incapacitated after ingesting large quantities of alcohol and codeine that New Year’s Eve and was unable to commit the murders.