Torture and Murder

An appeals court in California upheld the conviction of Blake Leibel, a graphic novelist who tortured and killed his fiancee in 2016. The victim, Iana Kasian, died of extreme blood loss after Leibel ripped apart her scalp. The lower court did not err in admitting into evidence one of Leibel’s graphic novels, the appeals court ruled.

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San Antonio Accuses Feds of Hiding Evidence in Sanctuary City Case

The city of San Antonio claims in a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security that government officials helped the Texas attorney general build his case against the city over a sanctuary ban but stonewalled requests for evidence and testimony.

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Kidnapping and Murder

An appeals court in Texas upheld the convictions of Craig Davison for his role in a “sordid tale of kidnapping and murder” of two men he blamed for burglarizing his house. While another man confessed to kidnapping and murdering the victims, and a woman pleaded guilty to assisting in the crimes, the court properly admitted evidence showing that Davison had abused both when they did not do what he wanted. 

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Court Steps in After Tennessee County Loses Dash-Cam Video

Before appointing a forensic examiner or considering sanctions against a Tennessee county for the loss of months of dashboard camera footage – possible evidence for nine lawsuits against a single sheriff’s deputy accused of a range of misconduct – a federal magistrate wants to ensure the footage is actually gone. 

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Black Site Evidence

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against Guantanamo detainee Ammar al Baluchi – facing capital charges relating to the planning of the 9/11 attacks – who seeks evidence from an alleged CIA “black site” where he claims he was tortured. The government, which plans to decommission the site, has provided “digital and photographic” evidence of the site, and Baluchi has not shown that those representations are insufficient.

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