Soldier charged in Fort Knox slaying
A soldier apprehended Thursday in Tennessee was charged with murder in the shooting death of a civilian employee at Kentucky’s Fort Knox a day earlier.
The FBI said in a court filing that Marquinta E. Jacobs fired a .45-caliber handgun at the victim, “striking him several times.” Jacobs is charged with murder, according to the criminal complaint.
Jacobs is the soldier who Army investigators said was apprehended Thursday in Portland, Tenn., FBI spokeswoman Mary Trotman said.
Thousands of outraged Palestinians took to the streets of the West Bank on Thursday, joining funeral processions and demonstrations after two protesters were killed by Israeli troops and a Palestinian prisoner died of cancer in Israeli custody.
The unrest clouded an upcoming visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and underscored the difficult task he faces as he tries to restart peace talks in the coming months.
Bill would pardon ‘Scottsboro Boys’
Opening a final chapter to one of the most important civil-rights episodes in American history, Alabama lawmakers voted Thursday to allow posthumous pardons for the “Scottsboro Boys”: nine black teens who were wrongly convicted of raping two white women more than 80 years ago.
The bill setting up a procedure to pardon the group must be signed by Gov. Robert Bentley to become law. He plans to study the legislation but has said he favors the pardons.
All but the youngest member of the group, whose ages ranged from 13 to 19, were imprisoned on death row after false accusations from the women and convictions by all-white juries. All eventually were freed, although several suffered for many years in prison.
French senate takes up gay marriage
France’s upper house of parliament has begun debating a bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children, weeks after the divisive reform was passed in the lower house.
The senate debate is scheduled to last until April 13. Last month, the National Assembly approved the measure, putting France on track to join about a dozen mostly European nations that allow gay marriage. Both houses are dominated by President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party and its allies.
Polls indicate a narrow majority of French support legalizing gay marriage, though that support falls when questions about the adoption and conception of children come into play.
Governor orders audit of legal cases
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
Colorado’s governor announced a sweeping review of the state’s prison and parole operations Thursday as more evidence piled up showing how a white-supremacist gang member slipped through the cracks in the criminal-justice system to become a suspect in the killing of the state’s prisons chief.
Evan Ebel was released from prison four years early due to a clerical error and violated his parole terms five days before the death of Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements.
Officials said the state will now audit inmates’ legal cases to ensure they are serving the correct amount of time. They also will ask the National Institute of Corrections to review the state’s parole system, which is struggling under large caseloads.