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December 2010 Archives

Pittsburgh Man Convicted in Fatal Arson Seeks new Trial: Part II

In our last post, we discussed possible irregularities with the Greg Brown's conviction of arson and murder charges stemming from the 1995 Bricelyn Street fire, which claimed three firefighters' lives. Brown has been serving three consecutive life sentences in prison since 1997, but is now challenging his conviction based on newly discovered evidence.

Pittsburgh Man Convicted in Fatal Arson Seeks new Trial

On Valentine's Day 1995, an early morning fire destroyed a rental home on Bricelyn Street. The Bricelyn Street fire destroyed the home, and killed three firefighters when they were trapped in a lower level room. They died of smoke inhalation after their air tanks ran out.

Pittsburgh Cocaine Network Leads to 21 Arrests

Last week, Pennsylvania state authorities announced they used surveillance and wiretaps to dismantle a large cocaine distribution network. The network was based in the Pittsburgh area, but had connections to Atlanta and Texas. Authorities believe the operation brought more than $4 million worth of cocaine into Allegheny County over the last two years.

School Board Shooter Shot by Security Officer

It was a routine meeting of the Bay School District school board in Panama City, Florida until it was time for citizens to bring up issues to the board. A 56 year-old man named Clay Duke sat through the meeting then approached the front of the room. He spray painted a red V with a circle around it on the front wall, pulled out a 9-millimeter handgun, and ordered everyone out of the room except for six men.

Wesley Snipes Reports to Federal Prison in Pennsylvania

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Wesley Snipes' film career was at its peak. 1998 marked the highpoint for Snipes' commercial success, when he starred in the movie "Blade." In 1998, Snipes also starred in "U.S. Marshalls" as Mark Sheridan, a falsely accused fugitive on the run from the law. It was also around this time he stopped filing his federal income tax returns.

U.S. v. Roger Clemens Postponed Due to Rain of Documents

Roger Clemens, the former Major League pitcher who won 354 games in his 24-season career, won a small victory in court today- three more months to prepare his defense against federal felony charges. Clemens is accused of lying to Congress in February 2008 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone (HGH.)

Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Online Enticement Case

A 35 year-old man was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to charges of using the internet to solicit a minor. The defendant received a sentence of 20 years in prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. During supervision, the man will be limited in his contact with minors and his use of computers. Additionally, he will have to register as a sex offender and receive sex offender treatment.

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