Gitmo detainee gets life in embassy plot
NEW YORK — A judge sentenced the first Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial to life in prison Tuesday, saying anything he suffered at the hands of the CIA and others ‘‘pales in comparison to the suffering and the horror’’ caused by the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.
U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced Ahmed Ghailani to life, calling the attacks ‘‘horrific’’ and saying the deaths and damage they caused far outweighs ‘‘any and all considerations that have been advanced on behalf of the defendant.’’ He also ordered Ghailani to pay $33 million in restitution.
Kaplan announced the sentence in a packed Manhattan courtroom after calling it a day of justice for the defendant, as well as for the families of 224 people who died in the al-Qaida bombings, including a dozen Americans, and thousands more who were injured.
Neb. considers 1st execution since 1997
OMAHA, Neb. — If inmate Carey Dean Moore is put to death, it would be Nebraska’s first execution since 1997 and its first lethal injection.
Attorney General Jon Bruning said a motion was filed with the Nebraska Supreme Court on Monday, requesting that a date be set. Moore was sentenced to death for the 1979 murders of two Omaha cabbies.
The state’s last execution occurred in 1997, when Robert Williams was electrocuted for killing three women. Eleven men remain on Nebraska’s death row. Besides Williams, Harold Otey and John Joubert also have been electrocuted since the state resumed executions in 1994.
Underwear bomb suspect’s trial set for October
DETROIT — A judge on Tuesday set an Oct. 4 trial date for a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009 using a bomb hidden in his underwear.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is acting as his own lawyer, asked for a 2012 date and said he might not have enough time to prepare. But U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said a fall trial was best for now.
“We need to move this case along,” she said.
Mom sentenced to 7 years in Mo. incest case
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — A western Missouri woman whose husband fathered four babies with one of the couple’s daughters has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to child endangerment and hindering prosecution of a felony.
Prosecutors said the woman knew about the abuse but didn’t stop it.
Her husband was sentenced last June to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse.
Blackwater suit tossed 7 years after grisly deaths
RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit that blamed the security company formerly known as Blackwater for the deaths of four contractors killed in a grisly 2004 ambush on the restive streets of Iraq.
U.S. District Judge James C. Fox said court-ordered arbitration fell apart because neither side was paying the costs of that process, so he decided to shut the case nearly seven years after the killings. Katy Helvenston, the mother of contractor Scott Helvenston, said Tuesday the families couldn’t afford the costs, and she fears the case is over. The lawsuit was filed about a year after the men’s deaths.
Police shooter in sexual probe
DETROIT — A man who walked into a Detroit police precinct over the weekend and opened fire, wounding four officers before he was fatally shot, had been the subject of a sexual assault investigation before the shooting, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Detroit Sgt. Eren Stephens said Lamar Moore was under investigation, but she didn’t know the specifics of the case and was working to get details.
Authorities also said a fire early Tuesday badly burned Moore’s home. Stephens confirms the home on Sorrento Street belonged to Moore. Fire Capt. Kwaku Atara said the fire was called in at 3:14 a.m. Tuesday, and its cause is undetermined.
The fire gutted the white-sided house. Three sides are still standing, but the back is gone and charred debris litters the interior of the home as well as the backyard.
Detroit police Chief Ralph Godbee said Monday that he couldn’t speculate about Moore’s motive.