Senior producer: Ruth Chenetz | Producer:Anthony Venditti What if someone wants you dead … but you live to tell? "48 Hours" explores the terrifying moments when an assailant began shooting Judge Julie Kocurek outside her home, in front of her son, and how she found the strength to survive. She shares how the attempted murder changed not just the her and her family, but the handling of security for all judges in Texas. AMBUSHED Judge Julie Kocurek | Travis County Criminal District Court: We are never gonna be the same. … Driving at night is never gonna be the same. … And we all feel that it never should have happened. Judge Julie Kocurek: I was the first female district judge to be on a criminal bench … in Travis County. Governor Bush appointed me in 1999. … I think the fact that I was expecting twins brought a lot of attention to the whole process. Judge Julie Kocurek: I treated people … in my courtroom … with … [Read more...] about Austin judge ambushed outside her home survives attack with a mission to protect others
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Kristin Lam USA TODAY Published 5:25 AM EST Feb 8, 2019 LOS ANGELES — It didn't matter whether Jay Brome called for backup during high-speed stolen car pursuits, intense vehicle impoundments or hit-and-run investigations. His fellow officers at the California Highway Patrol would not respond even when situations required him to hold his gun out, putting his life at risk. They made him feel unsafe at work in other ways, too, Brome recalls. Some officers tied hangers in the shape of penises around his locker. They routinely flung homophobic slurs and once carved his name off an award plaque. Brome says the dangerous workplace environment began years ago, when he was attending highway patrol academy and a fellow cadet held a gun to his head. “I know you are gay," the cadet said, according to Brome. "Tell me you are gay and I will pull the trigger.” Brome filed numerous internal complaints, but nothing happened. Supervisors allowed the hostile treatment to … [Read more...] about LGBT law enforcement officers sue over workplace discrimination
Thomas C. Zambito Rockland/Westchester Journal News Published 5:39 PM EST Feb 3, 2019 The following account includes excerpts from National Transportation Safety Board interviews with passengers in the lead car of Metro-North Train 659, which collided with a Mercedes SUV at a Valhalla grade crossing on Feb. 3, 2015, killing five passengers and the driver of the SUV. Passenger names were redacted from the NTSB reports. Forty-five minutes into the trip north, the 20 passengers in the lead car of Metro-North Train 659 were filling the time doing what commuters do – checking email, listening to music, knitting, reading the newspaper, dozing off. It was around 6:26 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2015. A winter storm left a deep bank of snow beside the rails of the Harlem Line in the Westchester County hamlet of Valhalla, New York. Few on board seemed to notice when Steven Smalls, in just his ninth month as an engineer, blasted his horn and hit the brakes, dropping his speed down to 51 mph, … [Read more...] about On 4th anniversary of Valhalla train crash, third rail design questioned
Murders, rapists, paedophiles and international drug smugglers were among the criminals jailed across Merseyside this year. In many cases, their victims showed tremendous courage in facing their tormentors in court or fighting back against the thugs who targeted them. Officers have spent months and in some cases years working tirelessly to bring these callous criminals to justice for their horrific crimes. Below are all the details about 500 of the men and women put behind bars in 2018. January Ryan Lacey Doorman Lacey was caught up in a mass brawl after a contingent of Eintracht Frankfurt fans travelled to Liverpool to “participate in violence”, on November 22, 2017. After trying to defend a colleague, Lacey was filmed “body-slamming” a local man, Damion Tucker, who was mistaken for one of the German group, before stamping on the head of Jan Richter-Gemer. Mr Richter-Gemer, 25, spent weeks in Aintree Hospital where he required intensive treatment for multiple … [Read more...] about 500 people locked up in Merseyside in 2018
Produced by Clare Friedland, Lourdes Aguiar, Elena DiFiore and Shoshanah Wolfson [This story previously aired on July 15, 2017. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2018.] Matt Herren still struggles to make sense of what happened the night of Oct. 12, 2012, when his close friend, Ryan Poston, was killed. "I think about him every day," Herren said. "You don't think something like that is ever going to happen to someone you know." "Is there something I could've done that could've prevented that? And I know a lot of people in his life had to have felt the same way," Herren told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. How did things spiral so out of control between Ryan and his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, that she shot him to death -- insisting it was to protect herself? "What was lost when your friend was shot and killed?" Van Sant asked Herren. "He's the type of person that you want in your life," he replied. "Not just a friend, but a loving son, a protective, adoring older brother." "He had … [Read more...] about New murder trial for Shayna Hubers: Why did she shoot Ryan Poston six times?