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Columns: Ghost of Hang 'Em High Harry lurks in halls of justice

Tampa Bay's news, shopping and information source brought to you by the St. Petersburg Times and tbt*.
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#TBT Hang 'em Harry...

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Police: Man arrested after trying to hit bar employee's pet parrot

Police: Man arrested after trying to hit bar employee's pet parrot | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Treasure Island police arrested a man Thursday night after he tried to hit a bar employee's pet parrot, according to an arrest report.
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Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8?

Who Killed  the Jeff Davis 8? | BloodandButter | Scoop.it

A serial killer has allegedly been preying on Louisiana prostitutes. But a new investigation reveals a far scarier theory…


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Michael Dunn convicted of attempted murder; hung jury on murder

Michael Dunn convicted of attempted murder; hung jury on murder | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
A jury found Michael Dunn guilty on four charges, including three for attempted second-degree murder, but couldn't reach a decision on first-degree murder.
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White House Seeks Drug Clemency Candidates

White House Seeks Drug Clemency Candidates | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The Obama administration, in an effort to curtail severe penalties in low-level drug cases, is encouraging defense lawyers to suggest inmates whom the president might let out of prison early.
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U.S. Seeking Death Penalty in Marathon Bombing

U.S. Seeking Death Penalty in Marathon Bombing | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The decision against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of killing and maiming people with homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon last year, is not necessarily final, because such cases often end in plea deals.
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15 minutes of convulsing & gasping: man executed in Ohio by new two-drug method | Reuters

(Adds remarks from McGuire's attorney) By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A man condemned for a rape andmurder convulsed and appeared to struggle for breath during hisexecution in Ohio
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Burglars Who Took On F.B.I. Abandon Shadows

Burglars Who Took On F.B.I. Abandon Shadows | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Burglars who broke into an F.B.I. field office in 1971 and stole files that revealed the extent of the bureau’s surveillance of political groups are only now revealing their identities.
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Execution Date Set for Jimmy Ryce's Killer: Authorities

Execution Date Set for Jimmy Ryce's Killer: Authorities | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
An execution date has been set for a man who abducted and killed a 9-year-old boy in Miami-Dade County in 1995, authorities said Thursday.
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Judge Rules Rick Scott's Welfare Drug Testing Law Unconstitutional

Judge Rules Rick Scott's Welfare Drug Testing Law Unconstitutional | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
A federal judge this week made permanent an earlier, temporary ban on a 2011 law signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) requiring welfare applicants to undergo drug tests.
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The Master of the Murder Castle | Harper's Magazine

The Master of the Murder Castle | Harper's Magazine | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
  Viewed from the outside, the murder castle was simply a big ungainly building, one of the architectural monstrosities common in the nineties.

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The story of H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer.

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Tampa attorney brightens Christmas for elementary students

Tampa attorney brightens Christmas for elementary students | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
NORTH TAMPA – On a recent occasion Witter Elementary School Pre-Kindergarten/Special Education Teacher Emily Levy had the chance to repeatedly use a word her students rarely hear.
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Obama Commutes Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases

With the move, President Obama expanded his administration’s push to curtail severe penalties for drug offenses.
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Ms. George, of Florida, was sentenced to life in prison for hiding her boyfriend's crack...

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Governor's Plan to link state workers pay increases to performance may mean highway traffic stops.

Governor's Plan to link state workers pay increases to performance may mean highway traffic stops. | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
A new plan proposed by Gov. Rick Scott may tie bonuses for state troopers to traffic stops.
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Without involving counsel, NYC agrees to pay $6.4M to man who claimed he was framed by detective

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Interviews with two persons who were wrongfully convicted and spent 21 years in prison.

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Interviews with two persons who were wrongfully convicted and spent 21 years in prison.

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Scalia Gets Big Shoutout In Judge's Decision Against Gay Marriage Ban

Scalia Gets Big Shoutout In Judge's Decision Against Gay Marriage Ban | BloodandButter | Scoop.it

Once again, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's blistering June 2013 dissent against overturning DOMA has been cited by a judge ruling against a state's gay marriage ban.

 

Late Thursday night, U.S. District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen decided that Virginia's current law denies same-sex couples "their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution."


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Amanda Knox Is Re-Convicted of Murder in Italy

Amanda Knox Is Re-Convicted of Murder in Italy | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Ms. Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of killing of a roommate in 2007, a case that had already gone through three levels of judgment and produced mixed verdicts.
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21 Year Old Man Exonerated in NY After 4 Years Behind Bars | Innocence Project of Florida

Jerome Thagard was sentenced to 25 to life when he was just 16 years old for a murder he did not commit. He was released in December 2013 on bond after his
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Woman Caught On Camera Tumbling Out Of Police Car Says She Was Being Sexually Assaulted - CBS Los Angeles

Woman Caught On Camera Tumbling Out Of Police Car Says She Was Being Sexually Assaulted - CBS Los Angeles | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
A woman who was shown on camera tumbling out of a moving LAPD squad car last year said she fell out of the vehicle to avoid being sexually assaulted by her arresting officer.

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Man on Florida's Death Row Executed for Killing Prison Guard

Man on Florida's Death Row Executed for Killing Prison Guard | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
A Florida inmate has been executed for fatally stabbing a prison guard with a sharpened spoon while on death row for abducting and killing a Miami couple.
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Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke | Rolling Stone

If you've ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you've ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or drug ...
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50 Things We Know Now (We Didn’t Know This Time Last Year)

50 Things We Know Now (We Didn’t Know This Time Last Year) | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Man, oh man, the stuff you miss during the year when you’re too busy texting, making Angry Cat photos and unsuccessfully signing up for government health plans.
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Wash. man exonerated after decade in prison

Wash. man exonerated after decade in prison | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
KING COUNTY, Wash. - Brandon Olebar, 30, describes freedom as the best present anyone could receive."This is the best holiday I have ever had in my life," said Olebar. His wife Melissa added, "I kept telling him this is our year, 2013.
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