Crime

A Philadelphia judge issued a “gag order” in the trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who could face the death penalty if convicted on multiple murder charges for allegedly delivering viable children, killing them with scissors outside of the womb, and then keeping severed body parts as souvenirs and trophies at what prosecutors described as his “house of horrors” abortion clinic.

The Illinois legislature has taken an important step to protect the rights of gun owners, reining in a move by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan which disclosed the names of 1.3 million residents who currently hold a state-issued Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card. The passage of House Bill 3500 sent the measure to the state Senate, where it has received 10 sponsors.

One of President Barack Obama's Harvard professors has condemned the Defense Department's treatment of suspected WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning, as the Obama administration has denied access to Manning by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez.

On March 30, 2011, Lt. General Robert Cone, commanding general at Ft. Hood, granted a request from the attorney for accused Ft. Hood murderer, Major Nidal Malik Hasan (pictured), to postpone the trial until late April.

Austin, Texas, was the scene of another case of human trafficking over the weekend. Police arrested 39-year-old Felix Lugo Medina (picture, left) on Friday night in a southside apartment complex and charged him with kidnapping a man from Nuevo Laredo (across the international border — the Rio Grande River — from Laredo, Texas), according to KVUE.com, Austin’s ABC affiliate.

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