Sentencing delayed in Craigslist plot

Sentencing delayed in Craigslist plot


With a possible deal for leniency in the works, sentencing was delayed Monday for an Ohio teenager convicted in a deadly plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers.

Judge Lynne Callahan said sentencing for 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty would take place Friday, but she did not explain the reason for the change. The announcement during a brief court session came after a 90-minute delay as prosecutors and defense attorneys met privately in the judge’s chambers.

All parties in the case are under a gag order.

Report: Israel came close to Iran attack


Israel’s prime minister ordered the military to go on high alert for a looming attack on Iran’s nuclear program two years ago but backed off after strong objections from senior security officials, a respected Israeli news program reported Monday.

The report exposed a deep rift between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top security officials over the wisdom of attacking Iran but also indicated that Israel was much closer to carrying out a strike at that time than previously was known.

Hearing begins for general in sex crimes


U.S. Army prosecutors offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging in a military hearing Monday that he committed sex-related crimes involving four female officers and a civilian.

A hearing on evidence in the case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair began Monday at Fort Bragg, home to the 82nd Airborne Division. Officials said the Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand-jury proceeding in civilian court, was expected to last at least two days.

Sinclair faces possible courts martial on charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships, misusing a government travel charge card and possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed.

Nun charged with stealing $128,000


A nun with a gambling addiction was accused of stealing $128,000 from two rural parishes where she worked.

Sister Mary Anne Rapp was treated for a gambling addiction and is in recovery, her order said Monday, but she still faces a criminal charge of grand larceny after the thefts from the St. Mary and St. Mark congregations. She had been expected to plead not guilty at an initial appearance in Kendall Town Court on Monday evening.

Little enforcement of texting law in Ga.


Motorists who are texting while driving may be risking life and limb. But they’re at a pretty low risk for getting caught, law-enforcement statistics show.

In the two years after a ban on texting while driving in Georgia took effect July 1, 2010, state records reveal that fewer than 50 people a month have been convicted of the offense, for a total of 1,281 convictions as of Sept. 17. That’s a small fraction of the 22,500 people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the same time frame. The Department of Driver Services only tracks convictions, not the number of citations issued, DDS spokeswoman Susan Sports said.

Many law-enforcement officers say the law is difficult to enforce.

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