In closing arguments, Whitey Bulger's lawyers made little attempt to suggest he wasn't a criminal, instead accusing the prosecution of covering up for the FBI and of using 'despicable' men as witnesses.
The case of John Errol Ferguson, executed Monday in Florida, raised the thorny question of how much mental illness is too much for someone facing execution. But the US Supreme Court declined to intervene.
Almost 19 years after Whitey Bulger was first indicted, the prosecution summed up its case, calling him 'one of the most vicious, violent, and calculating criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston.'
Six sex offenders got no damage awards from former New York Gov. George Pataki and other officials who had confined to mental institutions after they served their sentences. One official is liable for $1 to each, a federal jury decided in a case that tested attitudes toward social outcasts.
Research is sparse on whether there's a link between addiction to pornography and violent sexual behavior, and defense lawyers usually shy away from asserting one. But it does crop up in criminal trials, as it did this week during sentencing for Ariel Castro.
Class-action lawsuit filed Thursday asks a federal judge to declare unconstitutional Virginia's ban on gay marriage. It is the latest such suit to be filed since the US Supreme Court struck down part of DOMA in late June.
The FBI crackdown targets Internet sites, truck stops, casinos, and the streets to identify children forced into sex trafficking. Since 2003, the FBI has recovered 2,700 juveniles and arrested 1,350 adults.
The prosecution's case features testimony of three former associates who say they witnessed Bulger planning or participating in killings, but it also ties Bulger to other crimes that could send him away for life.