#AceNewsReport – USA:April.09: A California judge has reduced a child rapist’s mandatory 25-year sentence down to only 10 – saying anything longer would be ‘cruel and unusual punishment’.
‘ Sentence reduced to 10 from mandatory 25-years as he did not mean it ‘
Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly told an Orange County jury that 20-year-old Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto ‘did not intend to harm’ the three-year-old girl he raped at his family home in June.
The judge said that he was sure that although Rojano-Nieto sodomized the girl and covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream out, ‘there was no violence or callous disregard for the victim’s well-being’.
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#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA – (Pretoria) – September 12 – A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.
Sept. 12, 2014: Oscar Pistorius, right, arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP)
Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.
The sentence for a culpable homicide conviction is at the judge’s discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing was to be announced at a later date.
Pistorius was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges. The judge ruled that the athlete was guilty of unlawfully firing a gun in a public place when a friend’s pistol he was handling discharged under a table in a restaurant in Johannesburg in early 2013 — weeks before Steenkamp’s killing.
Pistorius was acquitted on two other gun charges, including a count of firing a gun in public and a count of illegal possession of ammunition in the Pretoria home where he killed Steenkamp.
On Thursday the judge found there was not enough evidence to convict him of pre-meditated murder.
#AceWorldNews says that Gunmen burst into a court in the centre of the Pakistani capital on Monday, killing at least 11 people, Reuters reported.
An explosion in a busy shopping area of Islamabad just after 9am was followed by bursts of gunfire.
A judge was among those killed, and at least 30 were wounded.
No group immediately claimed responsibility.
The central Taliban leadership earlier declared a month-long ceasefire over the weekend, but the attack shows it is not fully in control of its operations.
#AceWorldNews says Civil rights advocates won a major victory Friday when a Pennsylvania judge struck down a contentious voter identification law, ruling that it disenfranchised “hundreds of thousands” of voters who were unable to meet the state’s new requirements.
The 2012 law required voters to present photo identification at the polls, although in the past they could use pay-checks or bills to fulfil that requirement. Judge Bernard McGinley also noted that there was no evidence that the law was passed to help stop voter fraud, a claim lawmakers cited frequently when they voted for it. William Yeoman’s, a former chief of staff at the US Justice Department, said that while the judge’s decision is a step forward, the number of states that still have restrictive voter laws puts a damper on any celebration. “One very important thing is the court seemed to reject the bogus argument that the law was aimed at preventing voter fraud,” he said. “That will have some broader resonance.”