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Fifteen Years for “Crime” That Didn’t Happen

Fifteen Years for “Crime” That Didn’t Happen

BY ANDY HUMM | It is one thing to be falsely accused of a crime that you did not commit. But in 1998, four young lesbian Latinas in San Antonio, Texas, were convicted and imprisoned for a crime that never occurred — the ritual sex abuse of two young girls. The prosecution and accuser (a […]

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In an emotional statement in Manhattan Supreme Court, a sister of Islan Nettles said the 12 years that James Dixon will spend in prison for the 2013 assault that led to Nettles’ death was too short a sentence. “Twelve years is not enough because he can go home,” said Skye Nettles through […]

James Dixon Pleads Guilty on Top Count in Islan Nettles Slaying

James Dixon Pleads Guilty on Top Count in Islan Nettles Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a surprise move, James Dixon pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree in the 2013 killing of Islan Nettles, a homicide that prompted protests over the police and district attorney’s handling of the investigation. “With this conviction, James Dixon has finally been brought to justice for this brutal and lethal […]

Police Display Skepticism in Videotaped Confession by Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer

Police Display Skepticism in Videotaped Confession by Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In what may be a further complication in the effort to prosecute James Dixon for striking the blows that led to Islan Nettles’ death, Dixon’s videotaped statement shows that police and prosecutors doubted that he was the man who struck the 21-year-old transgender woman on a Harlem street in 2013. “What you’re […]

Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer Faces Burdens of Admitting He Attacked Her

Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer Faces Burdens of Admitting He Attacked Her

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The accused killer of Islan Nettles may have to contend with as many as a half-dozen statements in which he admitted to striking the blows that led to the death of the 21-year-old transgender woman on a Harlem street in 2013. “James introduced himself to me and told me that he was […]

NYPD Releases Suspect Photos, Video in Stonewall Rape

NYPD Releases Suspect Photos, Video in Stonewall Rape

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police have released photos and surveillance video of the suspect wanted in the March 26 rape of a 25-year-old transgender woman at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. The NYPD described the suspect as an Hispanic man 35 to 45 years old, standing 5’9’’ to 5’11” and weighing about 250 pounds, […]

Second-Degree Murder Verdict for Elliot Morales in Mark Carson Slaying

Second-Degree Murder Verdict for Elliot Morales in Mark Carson Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following just a day of deliberation, a Manhattan jury found Elliot Morales guilty of second-degree murder as a hate crime, weapons possession, and menacing in the 2013 shooting of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay man. “Motivated by irrational rage, the defendant targeted and executed a defenseless young man based on his sexual […]

Sean Maloney Raises Questions About Rentboy Prosecution

Sean Maloney Raises Questions About Rentboy Prosecution

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Interjecting himself into a federal law enforcement action that has stirred considerable controversy in the LGBT community, US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay upstate Democrat, has written to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch questioning the motivations and priorities behind a 2015 raid […]

Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Claims Self-Defense

Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Claims Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The accused killer of Mark Carson testified that he shot the 32-year-old gay man because he believed that Carson was pulling a gun from his pocket during a fight in the West Village. “I thought he was going to take something out and shoot me,” Elliot Morales said while being questioned by […]

Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Helps the Prosecution

Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Helps the Prosecution

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Proving the danger of a criminal defendant representing himself at trial, the accused killer of Mark Carson put a witness who was present during Carson’s shooting on the stand and the prosecution used the man’s testimony to introduce a written statement he gave police that implicated the accused killer in Carson’s […]

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