Doug Stanglin USA TODAY Published 1:32 PM EDT May 1, 2019 If someone is suicidal or an imminent threat to others, should a local judge be able to temporarily take away that person's guns? Colorado is the 16th state to say "yes," while another 21 have taken at least some steps toward adopting a so-called red flag law. Such laws are now on the books in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia. Maine and Pennsylvania could be next. Gun violence is again in the spotlight with two high-profile shootings in the past week, one at a synagogue and one at a college campus. And if history is any guide, shootings often spur interest in gun laws, including red flag bills. Despite opposition from the National Rifle Association – which says the laws hinder the right to due process – the issue … [Read more...] about Red flag laws: More states pass laws to temporarily seize guns
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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
Tiempo de lectura | 60 minutos I El juicio a Joaquín Guzmán Loera en Nueva York resultó a veces tan revelador como una comisión de la verdad, otras poco verosímil como un talk show latinoamericano. Una de las interrogantes que sembró este proceso judicial es la de que el famoso criminal apodado El Chapo no es en realidad quien ha movido los hilos del narcotráfico todos estos años. Que el poder detrás del trono ha sido siempre su socio y compadre Ismael Zambada García, un capo de bajo perfil conocido como El Mayo, quien lleva medio siglo dedicado al tráfico de drogas ilegales sin haber pisado nunca una cárcel. ¿Por qué un hombre de más de setenta años de edad nacido en Sinaloa fue señalado una y otra vez por la defensa del Chapo como el auténtico jefe de jefes de la mafia? Para intentar responder esta pregunta hay que regresar a finales de los setenta, cuando todavía funcionaba el … [Read more...] about Jefes de jefes
Melissa E. Holsman and Miranda Moore Treasure Coast Newspapers Published 5:07 PM EDT Apr 5, 2019 STUART, Fla. - Blue collar to billionaires. Millennials to baby boomers. “Boy next door.” These descriptions characterize many of the nearly 300 men accused of buying sex during a day spa prostitution crackdown that began last July and ended with law enforcement announcing hundreds of arrests in February. “These men are all ages and from all walks of life,” said Bruce Colton, the state attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit, which covers Florida counties of Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River. “There’s people out building houses every day and people who are retired and billionaires,” he said. “There’s no limit as to who these people are.” More: How Florida police snared nearly 300 — including Robert Kraft — at spas used for sex trafficking Police in Jupiter, Martin and Indian … [Read more...] about Besides Robert Kraft, who are men in Florida sex-for-pay spa sting?
opinion USA TODAY Published 8:00 AM EDT Apr 5, 2019 In today's fast-paced news environment, it can be hard to keep up. For your weekend reading, we've started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some the week's top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. As always, thanks for reading, and for your feedback. — USA TODAY Opinion editors 1. Mayor Pete Buttigieg's countercultural approach to Christianity is what America needs now By Kirsten Powers "What advice does Mayor Pete have for those struggling to be graceful toward those with whom we disagree politically? 'Well, I think it starts with a certain amount of humility and recognizing that how you voted doesn't make you a good person or a bad person, and we shouldn't think of ourselves as better human beings because of how we voted,' he said. In our pugilistic take-no-prisoners era, preaching grace toward those on the other side of the political fence is decidedly … [Read more...] about Pete Buttigieg, Biden, Electoral College, Mitch McConnell: Top columns