The university has agreed pay out $60 million to 26 men to settle sexual abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky. But it’s not over. Diane Dimond reports on the new cases waiting to drop.
It came as no surprise when Penn State made the announcement that its board of trustees has settled legal claims involving 26 young men—all determined to have been victims of sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.Still, the sheer size of the settlement package was shocking: $59.7 million. Do the math and it comes out to more than $2.3 million per victim. What’s more, The Daily Beast has learned that there are more new cases yet to be filed.
Celebrity attorney Mickey Sherman got a stinging rebuke when a judge ordered the 1975 murder conviction of his client, a Camelot cousin, to be retried. Rikki Klieman says it's a baffling decision.
There are few things that can shock former prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. We think we’ve seen and heard it all. Yet last Wednesday I was speechless when I learned that the conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel for the 1975 murder of his neighbor Martha Moxley was set aside and a new trial was granted. This momentous decision occurred in the most rare of circumstances, the last resort of a criminal defendant who had exhausted every remedy: a writ of habeas corpus alleging ineffective assistance of counsel.
A home turned into a slaughterhouse greeted Yi Lin Zhuo on Saturday night as he returned home to find his wife and four small children slain, allegedly by a cousin envious of his success in America. Michael Daly reports.
On Saturday evening, 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li tried to telephone her husband, Yi Lin Zhuo, at his job to tell him she was becoming alarmed by his cousin, who had seemed to grow increasingly unstable while staying with them in their Brooklyn apartment, where they were raising their four young children.The cousin, 25-year-old Mingdong Chen, had come to America illegally in 2004 and had held a series of restaurant jobs, but had been repeatedly fired after a week or two.
After years of heated debate, the NFL is finally taking concussions seriously. But how are they being handled in football’s lower levels? Pete Freedman reports from football-crazed Texas.
On the evening of Monday, September 23, emergency room doctors determined that 12-year-old Connor Curreri of Dallas had suffered a concussion during a football practice held that afternoon. Five weeks later, the seventh-grader has yet to complete a full day of school.Given all of the concussion talk that has permeated the mainstream media these days—especially in the wake of this month’s PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial, which takes an in-depth look at the havoc that concussions have wreaked upon National Football League players and the preventative regulations the league has finally put into place—Curreri’s case offers an important reminder: head trauma is a concern at lower levels of competition as well, especially in football-crazed Texas.
Explosive new documents reveal that the grand jury recommended John and Patsy Ramsey be indicted for child abuse resulting in death. So why weren't they? By Carol McKinley
Anger, frustration, disappointment—these were among the emotions that hung thick in the air 14 years ago when lead investigators with the Boulder Police Department heard the news: John and Patsy Ramsey would not be indicted for the death of their beauty princess daughter, JonBenet.One lead detective, gun at his hip in disbelief, pounded the table with his fists before storming out, slamming the door behind him. For 18 months this team of detectives had worked 60-hour weeks, finding witness after witness, building what they were sure was a rock solid case.
Football players are finally getting attention about widespread brain damage, but what about boxers? Gordon Marino says that it’s time for a new ethos in boxing: quit when your health is at risk.
Thanks to the NFL class action suit and the swirl of publicity surrounding head injuries, there have been a number of rule changes aimed at removing some of the risks that come with football. But if you think the gridiron arts can shake up the grey matter, try the prize ring.On Tuesday, 26-year-old junior featherweight Francisco “Frankie” Leal, died from a brain injury suffered in a knockout loss to Raul Hirales in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hirales, who was dominating the fight, had Leal down in the sixth round.
The hip-hop mogul has gone silent as his retail fashion partner, Barneys New York, faces an escalating scandal: discrimination against its young, black customers. By Michael Daly.
No celebrities were ever classier than Jay Z and Beyoncé when they attended a July protest in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.The crowd at the protest in downtown Manhattan erupted into giddy cheers on seeing the famous couple arrive, but neither the hip-hop king or his wife stepped up to the microphone. Instead, they stood in the back and bore silent witness, not even seeking shade from the broiling sun as Martin’s mother spoke.
Not everybody has been paying attention to America’s pastime. So, for those who haven’t, here’s a couple storylines to watch out for as the Red Sox battle the Cardinals.
Two of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, will face off tonight to begin the 2013 World Series. For those readers who haven’t been following these two teams, we present a primer for the big game.It’s a RematchFor those who did not care about nearly 100 years of suffering by Red Sox fans, the Red Sox and Cardinals faced off in the World Series in 2004. The Red Sox won, breaking “The Curse of the Bambino” and making it so Red Sox fans would never have to hear Yankees fans chanting “1918” (the last time the Red Sox won the World Series) ever again.
At 17, basketball player Zach Hodskins is a YouTube sensation and headed to the University of Florida’s Division I team. What makes him so special? He was born without the lower half of his left arm. By Lizzie Crocker.
Zach Hodskins glides down the basketball court, whips the ball behind his back, and leaps over helpless defenders to finish a layup. The play—part of a series of highlights from Hodskins’ career as a high school basketball star—has been viewed by nearly four million people on YouTube. (The video’s uploader deems Hodskins “the most amazing basketball player you'll ever see!”).At 17, Hodskins is a local celebrity in the small town of Alpharetta, Georgia.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
In a live talk with Chris Matthews, the president pushed young people to get insured, showed optimism about immigration reform, but refused to weigh in on a Clinton-Biden face-off.