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chris-brown-rihanna2Chris Brown in “Intense” Plea Dealing Over Rihanna Beating
Singer Chris Brown will appear in court Monday as “intense” negotiations continue on a plea deal over his alleged beating of girlfriend Rihanna, a source told the Daily News. “It’s expected to be resolved at some point soon. Rihanna wants it resolved as well,” the source said. Brown, 19, is expected to either plead not guilty to two felony counts stemming from the violent incident or ask to have the arraignment postponed again, the source said. The R&B star wants to avoid any jail time and doesn’t want to plead guilty to the felony criminal threats charge since it would be a “strike” on his record under California’s Three Strikes law, the source said. That leaves the felony assault charge as the area of negotiation between defense lawyer Mark Geragos and prosecutors. “The arraignment is coming up on Monday, that’s all I can tell you,” said district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. (Continue Reading…)

Grim twist in torture-slay of Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and wife: racial epithets on walls of home
Race may have been the motive for the brutal murders of Brooklyn-raised Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana. After insisting for months the Pietrzaks were slain by four other Marines for their money, a key prosecution witness dropped a bombshell Friday – racist remarks were spray-painted in the couple’s California home. The words “N—– Lover” were found on the wall near the master bedroom and on a bathroom mirror, Riverside County Homicide Investigator Benjamin Ramirez testified. Pietrzak, 24, was white, his 26-year-old wife was black, and the four accused Marines are black. Ramirez’s revelation came at the start of a two-day hearing to determine if the Camp Pendleton Marines should stand trial – and plunged the victims’ heartbroken mothers into tears. “We’re going to visit our children at the grave,” Henryka Pietrzak-Varga of Bensonhurst said later. “That’s all we have left after this.” (Continue Reading…)

15 Years After Rwanda Genocide, Culprits at Large
Fifteen years after the Rwandan genocide, which saw the massacre of some 800,000 people, prosecutors say hundreds of suspected perpetrators are still at large. They include many of those on the wanted list of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), presumed to be living under false identities in Belgium, Canada, France, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) experts say. Some are out in the open claiming political refugee status, as they are eyed with suspicion by families of the victims. After the massacre of the Tutsi minority many Hutu militants fled the troops of Rwandan President Paul Kagame to neighboring DRC, still holding on to their weapons. Some, like Felicien Kabuga, who allegedly bankrolled the 1994 massacre, stayed in Africa, in places Kenya, which according to the ICTR refuses to apprehend him. (Continue Reading…)

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