Archive for the ‘Crime & Time’ Category

Decide for yourself. Last month, Brown pled guilty to a felony assault charge for physically engaging singer Rihanna in February. His sentence includes five years of supervised probation, completion of a domestic violence counseling program, and six months of community service in his home state of Virginia. Speak your peace.

Update: The Cambridge police just dropped the charges! Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., best known for his work in African-American ancestral research, was arrested last week by Cambridge, Mass., police on his own front porch. Gates had just returned from China and found his front door jammed. He went to the backdoor of the […]

(AP) Shot twice in the head and twice in the chest, 13-year NFL veteran Steve “Air” McNair , 36, was the victim of an apparent homicide Saturday. The body of his girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, 20, lay nearby—dead from a single bullet in the head. A semiautomatic handgun was found beneath her body. Local authorities are not calling the […]

You may recall the six young Black men in Jena, La., who were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight with white schoolmate Justin Barker. After a major civil rights demonstration protesting the inappropriate severity of the charges, international media attention, and fund-raising to pay for legal representation, the charges were later reduced to second-degree […]

Bernard Madoff, the grand Ponzi schemer of all time who bilked investors out of $50 billion, is all over the headlines again after being sentenced today to 150 years behind bars, but there once was another financial adviser who stole millions from his investors, some of them former NFL players. Kirk Wright, a Harvard-educated hedge fund […]

R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty Monday in a Los Angeles court to one count of felony assault involving pop diva Rihanna on February 8. Brown will be formally sentenced on August  5, but his plea deal requires him to perform 6 months of community service and serve five years of supervised probation in his home […]

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Tanzania, convicted former interior minister Callixte Kalimanzira, 56, of two counts of genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide during the 1994 slaughter of 800,000 people–mainly Tutsis–in Rwanda. The African holocaust shocked the world. Kalimanzira, who instructed thousands of Tutsi civilians to take refuge at Kabuye Hill in Ndora commune, promising food […]

The BBC is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5 million as an out-of-court settlement in a case brought by the families of nine Nigerian executed anti-oil activists, accusing the company of human rights abuses, including murder and torture. The activists, who were protesting the pollution caused by the oil industry and also […]

The preliminary hearing in the case of the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III began yesterday and continues today in Oakland, California. Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle, who has resigned his position, has pleaded not guilty to murder. His defense claims he meant to pull his stun gun, not his service pistol, to restrain […]

Now that Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse’s age has been determined — he’s supposedly 18, not 15, as previously reported by his legal team — the young Somali “pirate” faces life in prison. He appeared in a federal court in Manhattan yesterday and according to official reports, Muse was the first to board the Maersk Alabama on April 8, armed […]

R&B singer Chris Brown, 19, who was arrested last month for attacking girlfriend and pop superstar Rihanna, has pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday to charges of “felony assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats.” If convicted, he could serve five years in prison or probation. According to several reports, Brown […]

April 4, 1968


Civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King was killed 41 years ago tomorrow. Life magazine took pictures at the scene of the crime at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN,  that were never published, but now the magazine shares the photos on Interestingly, James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing Dr. King, claimed […]

Reggae star Lucky Dube (born: Ermelo Dube) was killed by three gunmen in 2007 who wanted his car. A South African judge sentenced the killers to life in prison today. Reportedly, the convicted killers did not know who they had murdered the night before until they read it the newspaper the next day. They believed […]

New York Giants’ wide receiver Plaxico Burress, 31, may end up serving time for November 2008 gun-possession charges. He was arrested after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a handgun at the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan. Mr. Burress was charged with two counts of 2nd-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, these […]

Two-time Grammy-winner T.I. (real name: Clifford Joseph Harris) was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for federal weapons charges. He has 6 to 8 weeks to report to prison. The 28-year-old rapper, actor, and producer was supposed to spend four years in jail for his crime, but his legal team negotiated a special plea […]

A Dallas police officer pulled over NFL player Ryan Moats and his wife, who were rushing to see his dying mother-in-law in the hospital, for driving through a red light. The officer held Moats in the hospital parking lot on March 18 as his mother-in-law lay dying in her hospital bed, even though the 26-year-old professional athlete repeatedly […]

  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Lovelle Mixon, 26, of Oakland, CA, was shot and killed by Oakland SWAT officers when they returned fire after Mixon opened fire with an assault weapon. SWAT officers, who had been searching for him in connection to an earlier fatal incident during a “routine” traffic stop, received an anonymous tip regarding Mixon’s […]

Update 3/20/09: Yolan Henry, Noah Henry’s grandmother, will turn the 3-year-old boy over to father Eddy Curry’s family, after initially defying a court order to do so. (3/12/09) Cook County, IL, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Kelly told New York Knicks center Eddy Curry’s attorney, Kelly Swaindon, that Curry should appear next Thursday for a hearing […]

The European Union turned over command Sunday to the United Nations for a mission in Chad and the Central African Republic after the one-year mandate for the mission expired. Five thousand U.N. troops replaced 3,500 EU troops, though some EU troops will remain in the region. The U.N. and EU forces will secure humanitarian operations […]

Former Detroit mayoral aide Christine Beatty was released from jail today at 12:01 a.m. (EDT). She served 70 days of a 120-day sentence for felony charges in last year’s text-message scandal that exposed corruption in city government and a love affair between Beatty and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Beatty was released early for good behavior. […]