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July 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 21, 2016

Shades of 'Fargo' as man convicted of plotting to kidnap, torture and kill federal judge with a wood chipper

John Walthall could not accept his punishment when 12 jurors found him guilty of bilking $5.5 million from an elderly couple. Breaking the decorum of federal court, he openly asserted his innocence and protested his conviction after the jury announced its decision. By Matt Hamilton — Los Angeles Times


$10M awarded for wrongful murder conviction

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $10.1 million payout for a man who spent 20 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned and who claimed a sheriff's deputy had steered a witness to identify him as the shooter. Francisco "Franky" Carrillo Jr. was convicted of killing Donald Sarpy in a 1991 drive-by attack in an area of Lynwood that was home to two rival gangs. — City News Service


More minority federal judges have been appointed under Democratic than Republican presidents

The first black judge to have been appointed by the president to the federal bench was William Henry Hastie, whom Franklin Delano Roosevelt named as a district court judge for the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1937. Harry Truman subsequently nominated Hastie to the appeals court in 1949. By Sara Atske — Pew Research Center


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