Today in History: December 23, Japanese war leaders executed
On Dec. 23, 1788, Maryland passed an act to cede an area “not exceeding ten miles square” for the seat of the national government; about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia. In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia. In 1823, the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” was published in the Troy (New York) Sentinel; the verse, more popularly known as ”‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” was later attributed to Clement C. Moore.news.yahoo.com
Sniper denied parole, 20 years after terrorizing D.C. area
Virginia has denied parole to convicted sniper killer Lee Boyd Malvo, ruling that he is still a risk to the community two decades after he and his partner terrorized the Washington, D.C., region with a series of random shootings. Malvo was 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad shot and killed 10 people and wounded three others over a three-week span in October 2002. Malvo was convicted of capital murder in Virginia and sentenced to life in prison without parole. But a series of Supreme Court rulings and a change in Virginia law gave Malvo the opportunity to seek parole after serving nearly 20 years in custody.news.yahoo.com
Maryland court rules DC-area sniper to be resentenced
In its 4-3 ruling, however, the Maryland Court of Appeals said it's very unlikely Malvo would ever be released from custody, because he is also serving separate life sentences for murders in Virginia. “As a practical matter, this may be an academic question in Mr. Malvo’s case, as he would first have to be granted parole in Virginia before his consecutive life sentences in Maryland even begin,” Judge Robert McDonald wrote in the majority opinion released Friday. McDonald wrote that it's ultimately not up to the Court of Appeals to decide the appropriate sentence for Malvo, or whether he should ever be released from his Maryland sentences.news.yahoo.com
Defense for some Capitol rioters: election misinformation
Falsehoods about the election helped bring insurrectionists to the Capitol on Jan. 6, and now some who are facing criminal charges for their actions during the riot hope their gullibility might save them in court or at least produce some sympathy.
Man kills 6, then self, at Colorado birthday party shooting
A gunman opened fire at a birthday party in Colorado, slaying six adults before killing himself Sunday, police said. The shooting happened just after midnight in a mobile home park on the east side of Colorado Springs, police said. Officers arrived at a trailer to find six dead adults and a man with serious injuries who died later at a hospital, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.news.yahoo.com
High court could halt move toward leniency for kids who kill
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen at sundown on the eve of Election Day, in Washington. The Supreme Court is to hear arguments in a case that could put the brakes on what has been a gradual move toward more leniency for children who are convicted of murder. Scott Applewhite, File)(AP) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested it could halt what has been a gradual move toward more leniency for children who are convicted of murder. Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Neil Gorsuch also indicated they take issue with the court's most recent case about juvenile life sentences. The case the court was hearing Tuesday is the latest in a series of cases going back to 2005, when the court eliminated the death penalty for juveniles.
On this day: November 10
2009: John Allen Muhammad is executed via lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center near Jarratt, Virginia, for a 2003 capital murder conviction for one of the 10 victims killed during a three-week period of sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area. He had also been convicted of six counts of first-degree murder in Maryland in 2006 and sentenced to six consecutive life terms in prison. Muhammad and then 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo also critically injured three more people during their attacks in October 2002. Malvo ultimately was sentenced to a total of eight life sentences without the possibility of parole. Hide Caption
On this day: October 2
2002: A man is shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Maryland, becoming the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area, that would leave 10 dead and three critically injured over three weeks. It was later discovered that the rampage was perpetrated by John Allen Muhammad with the assistance of 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo. Muhammad would eventually be sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection on Nov. 10, 2009, while Malvo was sentenced to a total of eight life sentences without the possibility of parole. Hide Caption