U.S. soldier convicted of WikiLeaks crimes granted name change

U.S. Army Private First Class Manning departs the courthouse at Fort Meade, Maryland

A judge in Kansas on Wednesday ruled that former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, could change his name to reflect his desire to be treated as a woman. Manning's name is legally changed to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, according to the decision handed down by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. … [Read more...]

Court won’t overturn death sentence for Ky. man

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to overturn the death sentence of a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky. … [Read more...]

U.S. Justice Department announces clemency review of drug offenders

U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole speaks on cyber security at the Cybersecurity law summit in Washington

By Julia Edwards and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines on Wednesday that are expected to make thousands of drug offenders eligible for a reduction in the sentences they are currently serving. Under the new guidelines, inmates that were sentenced under laws that have since changed, have served at least 10 years of their sentence and are nonviolent may be re-examined by the Justice Department and suggested to the president for clemency. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who announced the details of the plan, said the most obvious candidates for review were those sentenced before a 2010 law that lowered the terms for crack cocaine possession charges. "These older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences … [Read more...]

Colombia’s Santos reinstates Bogota mayor after court ruling

Bogota's ousted mayor Gustavo Petro gestures during speech to supporters at the mayor building in Bogota

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday signed a decree to restore Gustavo Petro as mayor of Bogota, just weeks after a judicial authority dismissed him for mismanagement of waste collection. Bogota has already had two stand-in mayors since Petro left on March 19. Late on Tuesday, a Bogota tribunal ruled that Santos must adhere to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission request that the leftist Petro be reinstated. "So in this case, the law has said I must reinstate Mayor Petro, so I have signed the corresponding decree." In a Tweet last night, Petro said the Bogota court protected his human rights. … [Read more...]

First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. … [Read more...]