WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court term that opens Monday gives the court's conservative bloc a clear opportunity to shift the law to the right on touchstone social issues such as abortion, contraception and religion, as well as the political controversy over campaign funding.
If the justices on the right agree among themselves, they could free wealthy donors to give far more to candidates and parties and clear the way for exclusively Christian prayers at local government events.
In other cases due to be heard this fall, the justices are likely to uphold state bans on college affirmative action and block most housing bias claims that allege an unfair impact on blacks and Latinos.
They may also give states more authority to restrict and regulate abortion.
The mother-son duo was charged yesterday with a purse-robbing spree that targeted female victims shopping at Walmart and Burlington Coat Factory outlets outside Houston, Texas.
According to police, the duo attacked shoppers as they entered or exited mall stores. Three victims--including a 70-year-old woman who was battered by Brimzy--had their purses ripped from them by the pair. Cops allege that Melton, 38, and Brimzy, 21, drove around the city of Humble Wednesday hunting for victims.
The kin were apprehended after witnesses provided a description of their getaway car. They were named yesterday in criminal complaints charging them with aggravated robbery and robbery, both felonies.}
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP/CBS Charlotte) — A man who shot four people near a Greenville Wal-Mart in June picked out his victims because they were white, according to several indictments handed down against him.
Lakim Faust had more than 100 rounds of ammunition when he started shooting at people who were standing outside at a law firm and a shopping center in June, authorities said.
A grand jury indicted Faust on 14 charges Monday, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Faust, who is black, picked out his victims based on their race, according to the indictments.
Two men being sought by police in the abduction of a 14-year-old Georgia girl during an apparently random home invasion have reportedly made a $10,000 ransom demand.
Clayton County police say the two unidentified men took Ayvani Hope Perez from her home near Atlanta early Tuesday. The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are also assisting in the massive search for the girl.
Perez's aunt, Suky Guerrero, said family members are trying to raise the money to secure Perez's release, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
A law enforcement official close to the investigation confirmed the ransom to the newspaper.
Police officials began stopping cars in the area early Tuesday, checking them during an all-out search for Perez.
The last man executed at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was John Bennett, hanged in 1961 for raping and choking an 11-year-old Austrian girl in 1954.
Sometime in the next few days, Maj. Nidal Hasan, convicted Wednesday of killing 13 people and injuring 32 when he opened fire at a deployment processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2009, will have new neighbors on death row at the military’s only maximum security prison.
Officials at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas say Nidal Hasan has arrived to begin his incarceration on the prison’s death row.
A brief statement from the Army on Friday afternoon provided little detail about his arrival. The major, convicted for the premeditated murder of 13 troops and civilians and the attempted murder of 32, was sentenced to death Aug. 28.
At the start of the second day of the trial, on Wednesday, Major Hasan’s former lead Army defense lawyer, who sits by his side in the courtroom as his standby counsel, told the judge that Major Hasan’s goal was to receive a death sentence, and he asked to be removed from the case because helping the defendant achieve such a goal violates his ethical