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The real reason police kept Tiahleigh Palmer’s disappearance a secret

Why did police wait six days to alert the public that Tiahleigh Palmer was missing? The answer is absolutely disgusting.

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A child goes missing and police wait six days before they tell anyone?

It’s not as uncommon as you think and if that child happens to be a foster child, it’s pretty much guaranteed.

As appalling as it may seem to our sense of justice, foster children are treated differently from other children.

Their parents have lost the right to care for them, and the people who take them into their homes have almost no rights at all.

Take the case of the missing Queensland girl, Tiahleigh Palmer, 12.

She was last seen on October 30, being dropped off at school.

Six days later, Queensland police decided to tell the public that she was missing and to perhaps keep an eye out for her.

Later that same day, her body turned up on the banks of a river, so badly decomposed as to be almost unrecognisable. She had been stripped of her clothes and murdered.

Why the delay in raising the alarm?

Because foster kids are treated differently. Tiahleigh had run away from home before. Foster kids have a tendency to do that. She could be a bit of a handful. That comes with the territory, too.

But still … she was 12.

Her favourite colours were pink and purple.

Her backpack – still missing – had little flowers all over it.

The second reason it took so long is that Tiahleigh’s not white, and being a non-white foster child from a challenged background doesn’t work in your favour, when you go missing.

Obviously that’s a controversial thing to say, but does anyone seriously believe that police would wait six days to alert the public to the fact that a 12-year-old white girl was missing from a good, middle-class home?

Not a chance.

Tiahleigh came from troubled circumstances, and so she was treated differently.

Queensland place have responded pretty defensively to questions from the media about why it took so long for them to raise the alarm.

They say they were checking with biological relatives, because it seemed reasonable to assume that she had gone there. They were also checking some of the places Tiahleigh had gone when she’d run away previously.

That’s fair enough, but it still doesn’t change the fact that had Tiahleigh been a) white; and b) living at home with her parents when she disappeared, an alert would have been raised much sooner.

Still, we can count ourselves lucky that we are at least able to know about this case, and that justice may yet be done.

Had Tiahleigh turned up dead in NSW, as opposed to Queensland, there’s a very good chance that the public wouldn’t be allowed to know anything about it.

It’s against the law to identify a dead child in NSW. It’s doubly illegal to identify a dead foster child.

Rest assured there are crimes against foster children in NSW that you never hear anything about, because of that ban.

Media organisations go to court all the time to fight for the right to tell you more, but they rarely – if ever – win.

It’s good to see Tiahleigh’s family taking a stand. They’ve set up a Facebook page in her honour, on which they say:

“We feel that had this been made more public more quickly, someone may have seen her and prevented this from happening.

“Remember not to judge any child/teen runaway or missing youth. Their background (and) family life is never as important as finding the person.

“Judgemental gossip only takes away precious time we could be spending finding these young people.

“Regardless of the reason why (they are missing) they need to be found as quickly as possible.”

Yes, they do. And treated like anyone else.

Source:  http://www.aww.com.au/latest-news/crime/the-real-reason-police-kept-tiahleighs-disappearance-a-secret-23078?adbsc=social_20151111_55140096&adbid=10153379517308621&adbpl=fb&adbpr=349591763620

Timeline of events in Maggie Daniels case

 

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NEWTON, N.C. – Using information from prior Hickory Daily Record reports, a copy of an Aug. 2 search warrant, Newton Police Chief Donald Brown’s news conference, numerous news releases from the Newton Police Department and interviews within the community, the Record has put together a timeline of events in the five-week long homicide investigation.

 

 TIMELINE

FRIDAY, JUNE 27

 » Video from surveillance footage at a Walmart in Conover in the afternoon shows Maggie Daniels walking out of the store.

 » Residents of Windsor Apartments complex and a janitor say they saw Daniels taking out her trash about lunchtime.

 » Sharman Odom entered Daniels’ apartment and strangled her to death, according to police.

 SATURDAY, JUNE 28

 » Newton Police Department is contacted at 9:07 a.m. about a reported damage to property at Windsor Apartments.

 » Newton Police Department is contacted at 10:37 a.m. about a death case. An investigation begins into the death, which is procedural for unattended deaths.

 » Police say Odom takes selfies on his cellphone, part of the content investigators later seize from his electronic devices.

 SUNDAY, JUNE 29

 » In the morning, investigators call Teresa Warren, owner of TRL Motors, requesting surveillance footage. Warren’s business has surveillance cameras that point at West 17th Street, the only entrance and exit for cars leading to Daniels’ apartment.

 MONDAY, JUNE 30

 » Newton police receive Daniels’ autopsy results. While the cause of death is not released to the public Aug. 4, autopsy results show Daniels was strangled to death.

 » In the afternoon, Newton Police Chief, Donald Brown, tells the media the status of the death investigation was changed from a death case to a homicide investigation.

 » Police say they have already conducted multiple interviews as of Monday evening.

 » Investigators reportedly spend hours looking at a path that leads from an elementary school, through a wooded area to the back of Daniels’ apartment.

 THURSDAY, JULY 3

 » Investigators interview Sharman Odom. Newton Police Lt. David Sigmon notes what appeared to be a patch of hair missing from the front portion of Odom’s scalp near his forehead.

 MONDAY, JULY 7

 » Investigators work through the holiday weekend, conducting interviews with members of the community. Follow up interviews are conducted.

 » Investigators request surveillance footage from businesses near the apartment complex from June 27-28.

 » Daniels’ funeral is held near her hometown of Lakewood, Ohio.

 » Ten days after Daniels was found dead, police have not named any suspects publicly. Brown later says Odom was identified as a suspect within a week of the investigation starting.

 TUESDAY, JULY 8

 » Police release a photo of Daniels from surveillance footage at a Wal-Mart in Conover taken on the day of Daniels’ death.

 WEDNESDAY, JULY 9

 » A memorial for Daniels is held at the Newton-Conover High School gymnasium. Daniels’ family travels to Newton to attend. Newton City Schools Superintendent David Stegall announces a courtyard will be built in Daniels’ honor at Discovery High School’s new location.

 MONDAY, JULY 14

 » Investigators submit evidence to the North Carolina State Crime Lab to be analyzed.

 » Investigators say they are searching phone records, social media websites and financial records.

 » Reports surface of a tweet sent from Daniels’ Twitter account on Aug. 13, 2013. Daniels tweeted a screenshot of a text message from a friend, part of which read, “Be careful with your neighbor you mentioned. I would really encourage you to think about a self defense class and to give serious consideration to other measures to protect yourself.” Police later say the neighbor referenced in Daniels’ Twitter exchange was not Odom.

 TUESDAY, JULY 15

 » Newton police say more than 100 interviews have been conducted, resulting in several individuals being eliminated as potential persons of interest.

 WEDNESDAY, JULY 16

 » An individual referenced in a text message seen on Daniels’ Twitter account is interviewed at the Newton Police Department. Police say the individual is no longer a person of interest.

 FRIDAY, JULY 18

 » More evidence is sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis.

 » No suspects have been identified publicly by police.

 SATURDAY, JULY 26

 » Starting early Saturday morning, the Newton Police Department and SBI serve three search warrants at apartment 52 in Windsor Apartments complex – Odom’s residence – with assistance from the Davie County Sheriff’s Office. Reports say investigators spent more than nine hours searching the apartment. Physical evidence that Brown later calls “crucial” to the investigation is seized. The items include an iPhone 5, which police say Odom used to take selfies on June 28. Investigators also seized a section of Odom’s hair, in a shoebox in his closet, according to a search warrant.

 MONDAY, JULY 28

 » Evidence seized during the search of Odom’s apartment was sent to the State Crime Lab to be analyzed Monday morning.

 » A month after Daniels’ death, no suspect has been named publicly.

 » The search warrants from Saturday are sealed.

 FRIDAY, AUG. 1

 » Detective R. Crawley of the Newton Police Department noticed the three photographs Odom took of himself June 28 contain a scratch on his right nostril and a scratch below his left eye. The injuries appeared new in the photograph.

 » An arrest warrant for Odom is obtained by the Newton Police Department.

 » Police attempt to make an arrest Friday evening at his apartment.

 » Newton police and SBI agents arrive back at Newton Police Department late in the evening without having located Odom.

 SATURDAY, AUG. 2

 » At 12:53 p.m., Newton Police Mjr. Tim Hayes sends out a press release with Odom’s picture and name. It is the first time in the investigation a suspect has been named publicly.

 » Investigators receive a call from Odom while they are en route to Winston-Salem, where he is staying with a relative.

 » Newton Police arrest Odom in Winston-Salem.

 » Odom’s arrest is processed at the Newton Police Department at 4:20 p.m. He is charged with murder and held at the Catawba County Jail until his first appearance Monday morning.

 » Newton Police obtain a search warrant for Odom’s apartment at 8:25 p.m. and serve the warrant within 30 minutes.

 MONDAY, AUG. 4

 » Odom makes his first appearance in Catawba County at about 10:10 a.m. He is told he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison or death, if convicted. He is held without bond.

 » Newton Police Chief Donald Brown holds a press conference at Newton City Hall, where he confirms Daniels’ cause of death. Brown also says Daniels was murdered June 27 – the day before she was found – and there were no signs of forced entry into her apartment. Newton police are waiting for evidence to be returned from the State Crime Lab before they can say whether or not Daniels was sexually assaulted.

Source : http://www.hickoryrecord.com/

Oscar Pistorius trial moves into final phase

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The murder trial of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is moving the trial into its final phase, with the prosecution submitting a summary of its case.

The prosecution in the murder trial of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is to submit a summary of its arguments to the judge, moving the trial into its final phase.

The handover of the documents will take place behind closed doors on Wednesday.

Pistorius’ defence team will follow the same procedure on August 4.

The 27-year-old double-amputee athlete has been on trial since March 3 on charges of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model.

A total of 36 people testified over 39 days.

The defence and prosecution will publicly present their closing arguments on August 7 and 8, after which Judge Thokozile Masipa will issue her verdict.

There is no trial by jury in South Africa, so Masipa alone will decide Pistorius’ fate.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a closed bathroom door in his home in the capital Pretoria on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius says he took her for an intruder.

The sprinter, whose legs were amputated at the knee as an infant because of a congenital abnormality, became the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the 2012 London Olympics.

If found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face a life sentence of at least 25 years in prison.

Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/

Michael Jace | Judge postpones actor’s arraignment on murder charges to June 18, 2014

An arraignment for actor Michael Jace, who is charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, was postponed Thursday.

The 51-year-old regular on “The Shield” remained in custody on a charge of murder with a gun during his first appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court downtown.

Judge Renee Korn moved the arraignment to June 18 at the request of Jace’s attorney and set bail at $2 million.

“He’s doing as well as somebody is that is in custody,” the actor’s attorney, Jason Sias, said outside of the courtroom. “He just wants to see this through.” Jace has been thinking about his two sons, Sias said.

The boys, both of whom are younger than 10, had been inside the couple’s Hyde Park home, where police found the body of April Jace, 40, Monday evening.

The boys were not harmed.  April Jace suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

“We just want to express our deepest sympathy to the family,” Sias said.

Mark Robles and his son, Alex Robles, appeared in court to show support for the children. The father and son taught the defendant and his sons jiu-jitsu at their La Mirada studio.

Michael Jace began taking his sons to the martial arts classes a year and a half ago so they could learn how to defend themselves from bullies, Mark Robles said.

Soon after, Michael Jace enrolled in classes, never exhibiting violent tendencies, said Mark Robles, adding that he found the actor who often played cops on TV as “sweet.”

“He was not an aggressive-type at all,” Michael Robles said. “That’s why this seems very out of character.”

The Jaces, he said, “looked like a couple that were in love.”

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CREDIT : http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-jace-arraignment-postponed-20140522-story.html

Aaron Hernandez’s Tattoos May Contain Clues to Murders

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Carol Coronado Arrested After 3 Young Daughters Found Stabbed To Death

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Three little girls were stabbed to death in their home near Torrance,  California. on Tuesday, according to multiple reports in the local media.

The children, ages 3, 2 and 2 months old, were found lying in a pool of blood on a bed alongside their mother, police said.

Carol Coronado, 30, was naked, covered in blood and holding a knife, the station reported. Police took her to an area hospital and then to the Carson Sheriff’s Station.

The children were all pronounced dead at the scene.

South Bay Crime has collected several images of the children taken from what it believes to be Coronado’s Facebook page, including a sonogram, presumably of one of the victims.

Coronado had called her mother earlier in the day and said she was going crazy, neighbor Ashley Madrid told the Daily Breeze. When Coronado’s mother arrived at the home, she found her grandchildren’s bodies and called police.

The girls’ father was working on his car across the street at the time of the slayings, the website reported.

I saw when they were bringing him out,” Madrid was quoted as saying. “He was
crying. He was crying, ‘She killed my daughters!’”

Madrid also watched as police brought Coronado out of the home.

“She was full of blood on her face and arms,” Madrid said.

Coronado is expected to be charged with murder, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact (323) 890-5500.

credits: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Trial begins in 2007 death of Glendale officer

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Juan Martinez will be the lead prosecutor in the Bryan Hulsey murder trial.

PHOENIX (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for an Arizona man charged with fatally shooting a police officer seven years ago during a routine traffic stop in Phoenix.

Bryan Wayne Hulsey, 40, is charged with killing Glendale Officer Anthony Holly, 24, during the February 2007 stop.

Hulsey has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and misconduct involving a weapon. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Attorneys are scheduled to make opening statements June 2. 

The shooting unfolded after a vehicle in which Hulsey was a passenger was pulled over in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. Hulsey got out of the vehicle and started firing, authorities said. The other officer at the scene returned fire and struck Hulsey in one of his legs.

Prosecutors say Hulsey killed Holly in the exchange of gunfire. Hulsey’s attorneys have questioned whether Holly was unintentionally shot by the other officer.

Defense attorneys made the suggestion about the other officer based on the fact that the bullet that killed Holly wasn’t recovered during the autopsy, though tiny metal fragments remained in his body.

credits: www.trivalleycentral.com