June 11th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

Defense: Jerry Sandusky might take the stand at trial

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child rape, may take the stand at his trial, his defense attorney suggested Monday in his opening statements.

Joe Amendola told jurors that Sandusky routinely "got showers with kids" after working out and that he would say so later.

Sandusky, 68, has been under house arrest since being charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of at least 15 years. Prosecutors allege that he met some of his accusers through Second Mile, a charity he created for underprivileged children. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Attorney for Strauss-Kahn accuser seeks special prosecutor
August 22nd, 2011
01:31 PM ET

Attorney for Strauss-Kahn accuser seeks special prosecutor

An attorney for the hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault filed a motion Monday asking a judge to halt proceedings in the case and appoint a special prosecutor.

The move comes hours before Nafissatou Diallo and her attorney, Kenneth Thompson, are scheduled to meet with prosecutors. Thompson said Sunday that he believes prosecutors intend to announce at that meeting they will drop charges against Strauss-Kahn.

"We're calling for a special prosecutor to prevent Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from irreparably damaging Ms. Diallo's right to have her criminal case go to trial, " Thompson said.

The motion cites allegations of "abuse of confidence, unfair treatment and bias and prejudices," by Vance that make him unfit to try the case. Vance's office declined to comment on the motion.

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Woman called 'Jihad Jane' pleads guilty
Colleen LaRose was accused of plotting to wage violent jihad overseas.
February 1st, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Woman called 'Jihad Jane' pleads guilty

Colleen LaRose, a woman who authorities say called herself "Jihad Jane" on YouTube, has changed her mind about fighting government charges that she was plotting to wage violent jihad overseas. She pleaded guilty to all counts Tuesday at a federal change-of-plea hearing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

LaRose was indicted in 2009 on four counts, including conspiring to support terrorists and kill someone overseas. She was allegedly part of a plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who outraged some by depicting the prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog in 2007.

Five other co-conspirators were allegedly involved, but never named by the government.

LaRose also is accused of lying to a federal agent and attempted identity theft.

Her lawyer, Mark Wilson, would not comment after Tuesday's hearing nor about whether his client has been cooperating with authorities in hopes of avoiding a potential life sentence.

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