Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.
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LAS VEGAS -- A Nevada judge is halting the use of a drug in the execution of twice-convicted killer Scott Raymond Dozier hours before he was scheduled to die by a first-of-its-kind lethal injection mixture. Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ordered the delay Wednesday morning in response to a challenge by New Jersey-based drugmaker Alvogen, which says it doesn't want its product, midazolam, used in "botched" executions. Alvogen's objections were aired at a hearing that unfolded less than 11 hours before Dozier was to be put to death with a three-drug injection never before tried in the U.S. The pharmaceutical company urged a judge to block the use of midazolam, saying the state of Nevada obtained the product through "subterfuge" for unapproved purposes. Dozier has insisted he wants to be executed and doesn't care if it's painful. Todd Bice, an attorney with Alvogen, accused the state of deceptively obtaining the company's drug by having it shipped to a … [Read more...] about Scott Dozier case: Hours before execution, judge in pharma company suit halts use of drug
Updated 6:13 AM ET, Thu May 31, 2018 Allendale, Michigan (CNN)Jasmine Glenn's friends remember late-night phone calls from her, sobbing and saying she was ready to kill herself, knife in hand. The world saw her as a man. To pretend she was one, she behaved recklessly. She drank heavily and then ran though bonfires. She raced her car down dark country roads in rural Michigan in the middle of the night. "I was trying to drink myself to death to escape who I was," she said. "I wasn't allowed to be myself, so I didn't want to be anyone else." Then, at 35, she realized what she needed to do to be herself: accept that she's transgender and live openly as the woman she always knew she was. To do that, she said, she had to "fix" her body. But after the battle with herself came the battle with insurers. Read More Not all transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals need medical care to transition. And not all identify as a man or woman. Some resent the pressure to conform … [Read more...] about The insurance battle for life-saving treatment
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jenifer McKim The New England Center for Investigative Reporting May 21, 2018 GARDNER — Beyond the barbed wire of a state prison, down a dirt road marked with “no trespassing” signs, lies a hill dotted with PVC-pipe crosses marking the graves of nearly 90 inmates.The makeshift crosses in this state-owned cemetery bear no names to indicate who lies underneath. The dead include men convicted of murder and sexual assault who were buried over the last quarter-century; some had spent decades behind bars. Each had no families or friends willing or able to collect their bodies, and were buried here by staff and fellow inmates under the eye of the state Department of Correction. Advertisement For some policy makers and victim rights groups, this is the appropriate ending for felons convicted of the most terrible crimes. A life sentence is supposed … [Read more...] about With aging prison population, Massachusetts looks to possible cost-saving, compassionate fix
A forthcoming documentary suggests a Hobart woman who's serving a life sentence in prison for her role in two killings may have been a serial killer who also fed the remains of her dismembered lover to neighbors at a barbecue in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.Investigation Discovery, a crime-themed cable network that reaches 85 million U.S. households, will air the true crime thriller "Dead North" about Kelly Cochran, a Northwest Indiana woman who pleaded guilty to the 2016 murder of her husband, Jason Cochran, at their home on the 7100 block of Mississippi Street of Hobart. Cochran told Hobart police she injected her husband with heroin and smothered him with a pillow as revenge for the murder of her lover Christopher Regan, who she lured to her other home in Iron River, Michigan, with the promise of sex. Her husband burst out of the basement and shot Regan in the head with a .22 caliber rifle during the act, which the couple had plotted after making a "pact to kill off … [Read more...] about Documentary: Hobart woman may have fed dismembered lover to neighbors at barbecue, killed up to nine people