September 6th, 2013
07:54 PM ET

Arizona woman once on death row goes free

For the first time in well over a decade - and months since a federal judge overturned her murder conviction - Debra Milke is free.

A short time after the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office indicated she would be leaving, video showed someone who appeared to be Milke being driven away Friday from the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix. Sheriff's office spokesman Brandon Jones subsequently confirmed that Milke had been released.

A jury convicted Milke of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, child abuse and kidnapping on October 12, 1990, less than a year after her 4-year-old son was found dead. She was sentenced to death a few months later.

But this March, a federal judge tossed Milke's conviction after her ruling she did not receive a fair trial.

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September 6th, 2013
05:01 PM ET

Mont. judge cedes error over rapist sentencing

Saying outrage over his sentencing of a rapist to 30 days in jail could have been avoided "If I'd been more alert or if the state had pointed out" his error, a Montana judge confirmed that a higher court barred him from revisiting the sentence on Friday.

The state Supreme Court ruled earlier that Judge G. Todd Baugh couldn't hold a hearing he had scheduled to reconsider the sentence.

Baugh had planned to reconsider the punishment after outrage over his initial sentence of a teacher who admitted raping a 14-year-old student.

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September 6th, 2013
12:43 PM ET

DUI video confession: 'I killed a man'

Matt Cordle's confession doesn't beat around the bush: "I killed a man."

The Ohio man claims in a video posted on the Internet this week that he killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani in a drunken-driving crash in June.

"I take full responsibility for everything I've done to Vincent and his family," Cordle says in the video.

The 22-year-old has not been charged with any crime, but Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Cordle is a suspect in the deadly crash and a grand jury will be asked to indict him for aggravated vehicular homicide.

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Filed under: Crime • Ohio
September 6th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

Obama: U.N. paralyzed on Syria strike

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, said they held "constructive" talks Friday on the deeply divisive issue of Syria on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Russia.

The two leaders hold opposing views over whether military action should be taken against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people.

Obama also said that because of Security Council "paralysis" on the issue, countries should be willing to act without the council's authorization.

"If we are serious about upholding a ban on chemical weapons use, then an international response is required, and that will not come through Security Council action."

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