Courts Round Up

Tennessee: Prison co. settles censorship lawsuit with publication
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America says it has settled a censorship lawsuit with a publication that reports on criminal justice-related issues.

Prison Legal News, a non-profit monthly, filed the lawsuit in 2009.

It claimed that CCA’s Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., only allowed prisoners to order books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble under the facility’s mail policy in effect at the time.

The company argued its inability to send books to prisoners violated its constitutional rights.

CCA, the nation’s largest private prison company, changed its mail policy soon after the lawsuit and settled last month.

Under the settlement, the publication will not be placed on a prohibited vendor list, nor will it be subject to a blanket ban by CCA staff.

Illinois: Men tell stories of police torture at lieutenant’s trial
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they plan to wrap up their case this week against a former Chicago police official accused of lying about the torture of suspects.

Prosecutors have called several men who say former police Lt. Jon Burge beat, suffocated and shocked them while they were in custody in the 1970s and 1980s.

Several of the men’s attorneys and loved ones have also testified.

Frances Boatman says her boyfriend Anthony Holmes told her at a Chicago police station in 1973 that Burge had tried to kill him. She says when she saw Holmes then, he had a split lip and bruises on his wrist.

Burge is accused of lying when he denied in a civil lawsuit that he and other detectives had tortured suspects. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on bond.

Ohio: Judge denies Ohio librarian’s claim  of discrimination

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by a former Ohio State University librarian who sued the school, claiming he faced discrimination for his Christian beliefs.

U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman has ruled that Scott Savage couldn’t show that the university made his working conditions intolerable enough to resign.

Savage said he was forced to quit after recommending a conservative book for incoming freshmen at the university’s Mansfield campus.

Savage said the school’s other picks were too liberal and reflected the promotion of a gay agenda.

Virginia: Man found guilty of trying to lure 12-year-old girl
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Virginia man authorities say traveled to Massachusetts to help a 12-year-old girl he met on the Internet run away so he could have sex with her has been found guilty.

Daniel O’Brien, of Richmond, Va., was convicted Monday in Middlesex Superior Court of attempted kidnapping and child enticement. Sentencing was scheduled for June 29.

Prosecutors say he traveled to Littleton last November soon after contacting the girl on the Internet, and intended to bring her back to Virginia and have sex with her. O’Brien was arrested as he stepped off a train.

Prosecutors say the girl’s parents became suspicious when she filled her backpack with extra clothes and money. O’Brien’s lawyer argued at trial that because he never met the girl, he did not commit a crime.


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