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Son 'shocked' parents accused of holding captives, calls it a 'misunderstanding'updated: Mon Oct 24 2011 19:25:00

The son of two of four people charged with imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in the basement boiler room of a Philadelphia apartment building called his parents "loving and caring" on Monday, adding he is "shocked" by their arrest.

Lawyer: Police contacted in 2003 about chief suspect in Philly captives caseupdated: Sun Oct 23 2011 22:03:00

Philadelphia police were told nearly eight years ago about a possible kidnapping involving the alleged ringleader of a group charged last week with imprisoning four mentally disabled adults, according to a lawyer for the family of one of the captives.

Rapper T.I. released from halfway houseupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 10:24:00

Rapper T.I. was released from an Atlanta halfway house Thursday morning, his lawyer said.

Troy Davis denied clemencyupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 22:40:00

The Georgia Parole Board rejected clemency for Troy Davis, who is scheduled to be executed Wednesday.

Advocates for Troy Davis promise last-minute pushupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 22:40:00

Supporters of death-row inmate Troy Davis vowed Tuesday to continue fighting to stave off his scheduled execution, despite a decision by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to deny clemency.

Georgia parole board hears last-ditch appeal from death-row inmateupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 07:22:00

Georgia's parole board heard a last-minute appeal Monday by Troy Davis, who is set to die by lethal injection for the murder 22 years ago of a Savannah police officer.

Death row inmate awaits clemency rulingupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 07:22:00

A Georgia death row inmate is in what could be the final fight for his life. Greg Black reports.

Georgia parole board hearing last-ditch appeal from death-row inmateupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 10:04:00

Georgia's parole board convened Monday morning to hear a last-minute appeal by Troy Davis, who is set to die by lethal injection for the murder 21 years ago of a Savannah police officer.

Death row inmate's last chanceupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 10:04:00

Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis is scheduled for a hearing which may be his last chance. CNN's Don Lemon reports.

Newly released videos were taken by Dugard's captorsupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 07:06:00

In a shaky videotape released Tuesday, the couple who kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard can be heard discussing how to operate their new camera as they zoom in to capture images of children in a playground.

To save states, fix prison systemupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 08:46:00

With a stroke of his pen last Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed California's budget. Legislators, he said, had failed to take the "strong medicine" California needs to survive. But the state could easily save hundreds of millions of dollars by fixing its criminal justice system.

Convicted RFK assassin denied paroleupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 16:26:00

A California state panel on Wednesday denied parole for Sirhan B. Sirhan, saying the convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy hasn't demonstrated an understanding of the "magnitude" of his crimes.

Sen. Kennedy's assassin speaks outupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 16:26:00

Sirhan Sirhan, Robert F. Kennedy's assassin, says "this whole thing is a horrible nightmare."

Sirhan Sirhan, convicted RFK assassin, to face parole boardupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 21:35:00

Sirhan B. Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, will make a personal appearance before a California parole board for the first time in at least nine years on Wednesday, supported by two psychologists' reports saying he no longer poses a threat to society, his attorney said.

Kidney donation a condition of sisters' release in Mississippiupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 18:57:00

Two Mississippi sisters who have spent 16 years in prison over an $11 armed robbery will be released with an unusual stipulation: One must donate a kidney to the other.

Family uses killer's letters to keep him behind barsupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 08:52:00

Billy Ray White vowed 20 years ago that when he got out of prison, he would track down the relatives of the man he'd murdered and subject them to gruesome deaths.

Schwarzenegger signs $20M payment to Jaycee Dugardupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 08:40:00

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed a $20 million settlement for Jaycee Dugard, a woman who was held captive for 18 years by a convicted rapist who had been under the supervision of the state.

Parole officers talked to Jaycee Dugard during captivityupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 20:24:00

Parole officers saw and spoke to Jaycee Dugard during visits to the home of the man accused of holding her captive for 18 years, but they never questioned why she was there, California officials disclose in newly released documents. Police Spoke with Jaycee Dugard During Captivity - But Never Followed Upupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 17:48:00

Dugard reportedly mentioned the visit, which led to the approval of a $20 million settlement

John Waters' plea to free Manson followerupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 12:04:00

John Waters tells HLN's Joy Behar why he thinks Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten should be released from prison.

Manson family member Van Houten denied parole againupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 12:04:00

California's parole board Tuesday refused to release onetime Manson family acolyte Leslie Van Houten, finding the 60-year-old remains dangerous more than four decades after the group's Southern California murder spree.

California lawmakers approve $20 million to settle Dugard claimsupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 22:51:00

The California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill appropriating $20 million to kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard to settle her claims against the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to the chief clerk's office.

Governor, Supreme Court reject stay requests; inmate awaits executionupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 02:19:00

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request Thursday to temporarily stay the execution of death row inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner, who is set to die before a Utah firing squad early Friday.

Inmate set to die by firing squad asks high court to stay executionupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 11:55:00

A Utah death row inmate who would become only the third person to die by firing squad in the United States in 33 years appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking a last-minute stay of execution.

Ronnie Lee Gardner to face firing squadupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 11:55:00

Utah is planning to execute convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner by firing squad. CNN's Brooke Baldwin has the details.

Utah parole board won't stop execution by firing squadupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 17:59:00

Utah's Board of Pardons and Parole refused Monday to commute a twice-convicted killer's death sentence, moving him one step closer to execution by firing squad.

Malcolm X killer freed after 44 yearsupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 09:02:00

Thomas Hagan, the only man who admitted his role in the 1965 assassination of iconic black leader Malcolm X, was paroled Tuesday.

Ohio executes murderer of teenupdated: Tue Apr 20 2010 11:21:00

An Ohio death row inmate was executed Tuesday for the 1988 murder of a 16-year-old girl, officials said.

Scott Roeder's tumultuous sentencingupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 23:03:00

After being sentenced to life in prison for murder, Scott Roeder shouted "The blood of babies is on your hands!"

Doctor's killer sentenced to life in prisonupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 23:03:00

The man convicted of killing Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller last year was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole eligibility for 50 years.

Grandson finds grandfather's killer after more than 40 yearsupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 11:47:00

For Clem Pellett, tracking down his grandfather's killer was not his original mission.

Fury over sex offender's freedomupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 10:52:00

In the movie "Law Abiding Citizen," Gerard Butler plays a man who loses his family when his wife and daughter are raped and murdered. After the main culprit receives a light sentence as part of a plea bargain and gets released from prison much sooner than he should have, our hero goes all "Death Wish" on the creep. He kidnaps him, drugs him and surgically dissects him into two-dozen pieces.

No parole for 'Angry Betty' Broderickupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 21:05:00

Elisabeth "Betty" Broderick, once a socially prominent lawyer's wife who fatally shot her ex-husband and his new wife in bed in 1989, has been denied parole.

Ohio executes inmate using single-drug methodupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 13:56:00

An Ohio inmate, convicted of killing and dismembering a 22-year-old woman in 1991, was executed Tuesday using a new, untested one-drug method of lethal injection, state officials said.

Police catch Texas escapee: 'He was tired of running'updated: Mon Dec 07 2009 18:44:00

A Texas inmate who escaped last week -- on foot even though he was thought to need a wheelchair -- has been recaptured, the U.S. Marshals Service said Monday.

Gov. Gregoire on Huckabeeupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 10:26:00

Gov. Christine Gregoire talks about how she empathizes with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

After shooting, Washington no longer accepting Arkansas paroleesupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 10:26:00

The governor of Washington on Wednesday said her state will no longer accept convicted criminals on parole from Arkansas until the interstate system has been reviewed and she has determined that Arkansas is living up to its responsibilities.

Suspect in police deaths deadupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 13:24:00

The suspect in the killing of four Seattle-area police officers, was shot and killed after a 2-day manhunt.

Seattle shootings may reduce pardons and commutationsupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 13:24:00

The ambush-style shootings of four police officers in Seattle allegedly by a suspect whose prison sentence had been commuted likely will affect the way states approach clemency, according to professors, criminologists and attorneys.

Huckabee: 'I take full responsibility" for shooting suspect's clemencyupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 18:45:00

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday said he accepts "full responsibility" for granting clemency in 2000 to a man authorities say gunned down four Lakewood, Washington, police officers Sunday.

Suspect eludes policeupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 19:27:00

The man accused of gunning down four police officers in Washington state has dodged capture. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

Suspect in police shootings pledged to turn life aroundupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 19:27:00

Nearly 10 years ago, Maurice Clemmons pledged to make a fresh start. Details from Arrest of Jaycee Dugard's Alleged Kidnapperupdated: Sun Nov 08 2009 09:50:00

The frightened victim initially told authorities she was hiding from an abusive husband

Officers 'missed numerous opportunities' in Dugard caseupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 18:15:00

California parole officers "missed numerous opportunities" to discover long-missing Jaycee Dugard while supervising the man now accused of kidnapping and raping her, a state review of the case concludes.

Sex offender roundup nets 106 fugitivesupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 17:10:00

Operation Shepard, a four-day sweep for fugitive sex offenders in Colorado, has led to 106 arrests, according to the US Marshals Service.

Garrido bail set at $30Mupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 14:15:00

A court Monday set the bail for kidnap suspect Phillip Garrido at $30 million.

Suspects in Jaycee Dugard kidnapping appear in courtupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 14:15:00

A California couple charged with a combined 29 felony counts in connection with the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard appeared in court for a bond hearing Monday. Ex-NHLer Danton paroled after five years in jailupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 15:02:00

KINGSTON, Ontario (AP) -- Former NHL player Mike Danton says his father, not his agent, was the intended victim of a failed murder-for-hire plot that sent him to prison five years ago.

Garrido stayed under the radar, despite contactsupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 12:47:00

More than two dozen times in the past three years, authorities came to Phillip and Nancy Garrido's ramshackle home at 1554 Walnut Ave. in Antioch, California, a rural property where Jaycee Dugard is said to have been confined for 18 years.

Experts: Monitoring tools failed to unearth Garrido's secretupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 15:14:00

Phillip Garrido was registered as a sex offender, regularly visited by parole officers and fitted with an ankle bracelet to track his movements -- but nothing prevented him from being around children, according to a victims' advocacy group.

Clues emerge in Garrido caseupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 15:14:00

Suspicion grows around Phillip Garrido and new details emerge about his wife, Nancy. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Officers were suspiciousupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 20:47:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to 2 cops whose suspicions led to the arrest of the suspect in the CA missing girl case.

Officers who cracked missing girl case: Something wasn't rightupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 20:47:00

Call it mother's intuition. Call it a police officer's intuition. But Allison Jacobs knew something was wrong. Inside Story: How Jaycee Dugard Finally Escaped Her Captorupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 09:28:00

Two female cops used "mother's intuition" to free Jaycee and her two daughters

Inmate-release plan hits snag in California Assemblyupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 14:12:00

California legislators plan to keep trying to find consensus on a controversial proposal that would release at least 27,000 inmates from state prisons.

California bill would free more than 27,000 inmatesupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 15:23:00

A controversial bill that California legislators say would allow the early release of more than 27,000 inmates from crowded prisons will be taken up by the state Assembly on Monday.

After 34 years, Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme to be releasedupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 12:58:00

The president she once pointed a gun at has been dead for nearly three years, and her longtime idol and leader, Charles Manson, remains in prison.

Police: Recovered items link slain suspect to S.C. killingsupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 00:58:00

Additional evidence found with a man shot to death by police further links him to the shooting deaths of five people in upstate South Carolina, authorities said on Tuesday. Lane Garrison Settles Lawsuits in Fatal Car Crashupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 18:06:00

The former Prison Break star, who pleaded guilty, is expected to be paroled by next month

Aging Manson 'Family' members long for freedomupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 13:47:00

Susan Atkins is terminally ill; Charles "Tex" Watson is an ordained minister. They and other members of Charles Manson's murderous "family" now shun him.

Idaho man charged again for knowingly spreading HIVupdated: Fri Mar 13 2009 01:46:00

The first person ever convicted in Idaho of knowingly spreading the HIV virus is facing new charges for the same offense, authorities said Thursday.

Man questioned in Hudson slayings to remain in custodyupdated: Mon Nov 10 2008 12:10:00

A man questioned in connection with the shooting deaths of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew will remain in custody for a parole violation, authorities said Monday.

Gun found during probe of Hudson killingsupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 14:06:00

Chicago police on Wednesday found a handgun near where the body of one of actress Jennifer Hudson's three slain relatives was discovered this week. Hudson Suspect Was Out on Parole - Despite Drug Bustupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 15:01:00

William Balfour could have been returned to prison in June after a crack cocaine arrest Suspect in Hudson Murders Had Drug Chargeupdated: Tue Oct 28 2008 20:00:00

The man suspected in the slayings of singer Jennifer Hudson's family members was arrested in June on a drug charge, but authorities declined to return him to prison on a parole violation

Parolee arrested in taped elevator muggingupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 15:32:00

Police arrested a man they say confessed to mugging an elderly woman in an elevator last week -- an attack that was caught on surveillance video. Lennon Killer Denied Parole Againupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 18:30:00

John Lennon's killer was denied parole for a fifth time Tuesday by a board that said he remains a threat to the public No Parole for Dying Manson Followerupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 20:00:00

The state parole board on Tuesday denied a request for compassionate release to Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins, who stabbed actress Sharon Tate to death nearly 40 years ago and is dying of brain cancer

Huckabee on parole controversyupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 12:12:00

Huckabee talks about the parole of a rapist and his knowledge of the new NIE report.

Huckabee: Politicization of rape victims' deaths 'heartbreaking'updated: Thu Dec 06 2007 12:12:00

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said it was "heartbreaking" that the deaths of women killed by a convicted rapist who was released from prison after Huckabee supported his parole had become politicized.

Huckabee's role in rapist's parole comes under fresh scrutinyupdated: Wed Dec 05 2007 18:35:00

The case of a convicted rapist paroled in 1999 has come back to haunt Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, with the mother of a woman the convict later murdered pledging to campaign against the former Arkansas governor.

Victim of killer speaksupdated: Sat Sep 01 2007 21:11:00

Victim of killer speaks

Serial killer suspect identified as recent prison paroleeupdated: Sat Sep 01 2007 21:11:00

A prison parolee and sex offender is the man suspected of killing five women in the city in a little more than a month, and he could face charges in a sixth death from 2004, authorities said Friday.

Fugitive child molester in custodyupdated: Sun Jul 08 2007 21:26:00

The most "far-flung and exotic fugitive investigation ever conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service" ended early Sunday with convicted child molester Alan Horowitz in custody on U.S. soil.

Child molester extraditedupdated: Sun Jul 08 2007 21:26:00

Child molester extradited

Suspect held in Los Angeles subway mercury spillupdated: Tue Jan 23 2007 23:05:00

California authorities on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of spilling mercury in a Los Angeles subway station before Christmas, according to an FBI spokeswoman.

Court OKs random searches of paroleesupdated: Mon Jun 19 2006 15:14:00

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police may randomly search criminal parolees, continuing the deference it has shown law enforcement since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Bouncer charged in student's slayingupdated: Thu Mar 23 2006 08:23:00

A nightclub bouncer has been formally charged in the slaying of a New York graduate student, the Brooklyn district attorney's office said Thursday.

Bouncer denies killing grad studentupdated: Thu Mar 23 2006 01:52:00

A former bouncer at a Manhattan bar, who sources say has been charged with murdering graduate student Imette St. Guillen, says from jail that he did not do it.

Tate, killer at 12, asks to withdraw new guilty pleaupdated: Tue Mar 21 2006 16:38:00

Lionel Tate, the youngest person in modern U.S. history to be sentenced to life in prison, has asked to withdraw part of a plea deal he entered earlier this month on unrelated charges, his lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.

Idaho police: Searchers find remainsupdated: Mon Jul 04 2005 17:02:00

Investigators searching for a 9-year-old Idaho boy found what they believe are human remains at a location in western Montana, the Kootenai County sheriff said Monday.

Evidence examined in Idaho kidnappingupdated: Sun Jul 03 2005 07:54:00

Idaho investigators have completed their scrutiny of a vehicle used by a registered sex offender charged with kidnapping an 8-year-old girl six weeks ago, a spokesman for the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said Sunday.

Australia deports pedophile to UKupdated: Wed Mar 23 2005 19:04:00

Australia has come under fire for deciding to deport to one of the country's worst ever child abusers back to Britain when he is released from jail next week.

Authorities: 'Major development' in missing Florida girl caseupdated: Thu Mar 17 2005 10:41:00

Authorities have sealed off the Homosassa Springs, Florida, home where convicted sex offender John Evander Couey was staying when 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford disappeared three weeks ago.

Parole rejected for rapist who lived as jet-set fugitiveupdated: Thu Mar 03 2005 15:52:00

A parole board in Connecticut rejected a request for release from convicted rapist Alex Kelly, who fled authorities and remained a fugitive for eight years before his capture.

Lennon killer denied paroleupdated: Tue Oct 05 2004 20:22:00

John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, has been denied parole for the third time.

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