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'Cake Boss' assistant pleads guilty to sexual assault in New Jersey

A man who appeared on the reality TV show, "Cake Boss," has pleaded guilty in a Superior Court in Morristown to aggravated sexual assault of a minor. Remigio "Remy" Gonzalez admitted to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in New Jersey on two occasions.

Congressmen introduce Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act

Two U.S. congressmen have introduced a bill into the House that would end federal enforcement of marijuana distribution, possession and production. The bill's sponsors say that decriminalizing most marijuana possession, distribution and production on the federal level would save time and tax dollars by turning federal authorities' attention elsewhere and keeping scores of non-violent offenders out of prison for these types of drug crimes.

New Jersey man jailed for killing Megan of Megan's Law appealing conviction

The New Jersey man who was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing 7-year-old Megan Tanka in 1994 will be allowed to pursue claims of faulty representation in his kidnapping, sexual assault and murder trial and conviction. According to the Associated Press, Jesse Timmendequas wanted all his convictions to be overturned and to be released from prison, but a state appeals court did not agree that that should happen. A state judge will review his claims that he was inadequately represented during the 1997 trial.

Casey Anthony murder trial continues with defense witnesses

The Casey Anthony murder trial has been going on for almost a month now and the defense is still calling witnesses. On Friday, the defense called Casey's mother and brother to the stand for questioning. The defense is trying to introduce doubt into the prosecution's case. The prosecution tried to prove beyond a doubt that Casey murdered her two-year-old daughter by knocking her out with chloroform and suffocating her by placing duct tape over her mouth and nose. They say that Casey stored Caylee's body in her car for awhile, but later put it in some woods near the family home. Casey is on trial for charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and lying to investigators.

Casey Anthony's defense begins calling witnesses

Casey Anthony's defense team began presenting their case today. The prosecution rested their case after 3 1/2 weeks. The prosecution is trying to prove that Casey murdered her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008. Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008. She was reported missing on July 15, 2008, when Casey's mother called police.

Global drug policy group recommends end to 'war on drugs'

A panel of high-profile experts has put together a report with recommendations for governments around the world on how to rethink current drug policies and how to shape new policies. The panel overall asserted that the current "war on drugs" is not helping reduce the numbers of people using drugs around the world, but is supporting the drug trafficking and distribution trade.

Forensic experts testify at Casey Anthony murder trial

On Thursday, the first-degree murder trial of Casey Anthony was mostly focused on testimony by forensic experts related to evidence found at the crime scene. Anthony remained in the courtroom as prosecutors showed graphic photos of the crime scene to the jury and to those in attendance, including some of Caylee Anthony's skull with duct tape over the nose and mouth.

Actress from 'The Wire' pleads not guilty to drug conspiracy

It's one of those odd moments where it's hard to tell whether art is reflecting life or life is reflecting art. Last March, a post on the blog discussed how the actress who played Snoop on "The Wire" was arrested and charged with drug crimes in real life.

Jaycee Dugard's kidnappers sentenced to life in prison

Phillip Garrido, the man who kidnapped an 11-year-old in 1991 and kept her captive in his backyard for 18 years, was convicted on kidnapping and sex crime charges and sentenced on Thursday to serve 431 years to life in prison. Garrido originally pleaded not guilty to rape and kidnapping charges, but accepted a plea deal eventually. Prosecutors worked out the plea deal so that the now-grown girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, would not have to testify. Dugard wrote an impact statement but did not come to court to read it. Instead, her mother read her statement to the court before the sentencing.

Casey Anthony's defense accuses her father of sexually abusing her

Casey Anthony is currently on trial for the alleged murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. The prosecution in the case is focused on the month that went by during which Casey did not tell anyone that her daughter was missing. Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008 and wasn't reported missing until July 15, 2008. The prosecution says that during those 31 days Casey partied and enjoyed her time without the responsibility of caring for a young child.

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