January 10, 2013
Federal Court hears persecution case against Scott Lively
Springfield, MA – A federal judge heard arguments in a case charging that Massachusetts leader Scott Lively’s actions in anti-gay efforts in Uganda constitute persecution under U.S. and international law.
The lawsuit, brought by the advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda, alleges that Lively’s actions over the past decade, in collaboration with key Ugandan government officials and religious leaders, are responsible for depriving LGBTI people in Uganda of their fundamental human rights based solely on identity.
January 17, 2013
Prosecutor: NH mom was daughter’s sexual predator
Mother member of the Alliance Defending Freedom—an anti-gay group
CONCORD, N.H. (AP)—A New Hampshire lawyer is a “predator’’ who videotaped her 14-year-old daughter having sex with her and several young men, a federal prosecutor told jurors Wednesday at the start of a child sex abuse trial where the panel is being shown recordings of the shocking encounters.
U.S. Attorney John Kacavas, told jurors the mother deserves to be convicted on multiple counts of child sexual exploitation and pornography stemming from an investigation that started when one of the men said he turned himself into police after learning the girl’s age.
—Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press
February 7, 2013
Jury convicts Winthrop man in 2011 stabbing death
A Winthrop man was sentenced to life in prison today after a jury found him guilty of murdering 36-year-old Casey Taylor, whose badly decomposed body was found under a porch more than a week after the 2011 slaying, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Jurors found John Lacoy guilty of the indicted charge of second-degree murder for stabbing Taylor once in the heart inside Lacoy’s bedroom at 429 Winthrop St. on July 31, 2011. Taylor’s body was discovered on Aug. 9 after neighbors reported an overpowering odor coming from beneath the porch of Lacoy’s building.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Raymond Brassard imposed the mandatory sentence of life in prison. Lacoy will be eligible for – though not guaranteed – parole after 15 years.
March 15, 2013
Hung jury in first married lesbian murder case
On Friday, jurors failed to either aquit or convict Cara Rintala for the murder of her wife Annamarie —the Hampshire Superior Court jury declared a mistrial. Annamarie was found strangled to death their Granby, Mass. home in 2010. Prosecutors took nearly 18 months to charge Cara.