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Volume XXII  :: January 2012 

MC&A wishes you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!  

Mdiwin Charles

 

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The Year in Review: The Top Ten Stories of 2011

Amanda Knox Freed
Amanda KnoxOn October 3, 2011, an Italian Court overturned Amanda Knox's murder conviction. Knox was convicted of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, while studying abroad in Italy. Knox was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 26 years in prison. On appeal, the court determined that the Italian police investigating the murder mishandled evidence, tainting the DNA. Following her acquittal, Knox returned home to the United States with her family.

Dr. Conrad Murray Convicted
MurrayOn November 7, 2011, Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of the King of Pop. On June 25, 2009, Jackson passed away from what the Los Angeles County coroner said was "acute propofol intoxication" combined with two other sedatives. According to the prosecution, Dr. Murray administered the propofol and then failed to properly supervise Jackson or follow protocol when Jackson stopped breathing. The jury in Dr. Murray's case agreed with the prosecution in convicting Dr. Murray of involuntary manslaughter, a felony that could land him a four-year prison sentence.
 
New York Legalizes Gay Marriage
handsOn June 24, 2011, New York lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the 6th state to allow homosexual couples to marry. The Senate in a 33 to 29 vote approved the marriage bill. New York joined the ranks of Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont in legalizing gay marriage.
 
Obamacare's Legality Challenged
health careThe U.S. Supreme Court announced in an order issued on November 14, 2011, that it would determine the constitutionality of Obama's health care reform law. The Court's decision to hear the case came as no surprise, with disagreement between the 11th and 6th Circuit Courts of Appeals regarding the law's constitutionality and a strong push from politicians for the Court to take up the case. Oral arguments will be heard in March in what will be an historical case no matter the outcome.
 
Charlie Sheen Sues Warner Brothers
charlie sheenIn March, Charlie Sheen filed a lawsuit against Warner Brothers and Chuck Lorre, producer of the hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men" for breach of contract and wrongful termination after firing Sheen and canceling the show mid-season. Warner Brothers terminated Sheen's employment on the heels of his numerous public outbursts, including verbally attacking and belittling Lorre during a nationally televised interview. The parties eventually settled the case in September, allowing Sheen to continue "winning."
 
Casey Anthony Acquitted
caOn July 5, 2011, a jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Anthony's 2 year-old daughter, Caylee, and was also acquitted on charges of child abuse. Caylee had been missing for 31 days before Anthony's mother called the police to report the child's disappearance. During those 31 days, Anthony never reported that Caylee was missing and instead spent her time partying. Caylee's body was find six months later in a wooded area near Anthony's house, too decomposed for the medical examiner to determine a cause of death. During the trial, the defense argued that Caylee had accidentally drowned in the family's pool. After an 11-hour deliberation, the jury came back with a verdict in Anthony's favor.
 
Jared Lee Loughner Indicted
Jared LoughnerOn January 8, 2011, Jared Lee Loughner entered an Arizona supermarket and opened fire on a crowd gathered for a meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The shooting left six people dead and thirteen wounded, including Giffords. Loughner was indicted by a federal grand jury on 49 counts which included charges for the deaths of U.S. District Court Justice John M. Roll and Giffords' aid, Gabriel Zimmerman. Loughner faced a second federal grand jury for the attempted assassination of Giffords and her two aides. Despite the indictments, Loughner's case did not go far - a psychiatric evaluation of Loughner determined that he suffered from schizophrenia, causing the judge to place the case on hold on the basis that Loughner was not fit to stand trial. Since that time, Loughner has been undergoing treatment at a Missouri prison. It is unknown when he will be determined competent to stand trial.
 
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Sex Scandal
DSKThe former International Monetary Fund chief and French presidential hopefully Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York on May 14, 2011 for the alleged attempted rape and sexual assault of a maid in his New York hotel room. Strauss-Kahn remained in New York, first at Riker's Island, then on house arrest, while awaiting his trial. Then, in a turn of events, Strauss-Kahn's case was dismissed on August 23, 2011 and the French financial mogul was freed. Upon learning that the alleged victim's past was fraught with lies, including the false statement on her application for asylum that she was gang raped in her home country of Guinea, the prosecution chose to drop the case.
 
Osama Bin Laden Killed
bin ladenOn April 29, 2011, American Navy SEALS and CIA paramilitary force entered a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was the leader of al Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The special operation forces entered the compound by helicopter and within 40 minutes they found and shot bin Laden. In a speech-confirming bin Laden's death, President Obama stated, "justice has been served."
 
Jerry Sandusky Sex Scandal
SanduskyJerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach for Penn State's football team, was indicted for sexually abusing minors. In all, Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, which he allegedly committed over a 15 year time period. The alleged molestations began after Sandusky founded The Second Mile, a charity dedicated to helping children with dysfunctional families, and occurred while Sandusky was coaching at Penn State. In fact, a few victims claim they were molested in the Penn State locker rooms. The case shook Penn State and led to the school's firing of its legendary head football coach, Joe Paterno.
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