Professional wrestler “Gangsta of Love” sentenced to 32 years for failure to tell sex partners he had HIV

Andre Davis, AKA “Gangsta of Love”, 29, was convicted by an Ohio jury in November of 14 felonious assault charges for his failure to inform 11 sexual partners that he had HIV before engaging in sexual intercourse with them.

On Monday, a judge sentenced him to 32 years in prison.  As of now, none of the persons who had sex with the “Gangsta of Love” have been infected with HIV or AIDS.

Ohio law requires persons with HIV to inform any sexual partners that they have the virus.

Joran van der Sloot admits to murder in Peru

Today, Joran van der Sloot entered a guilty plea in the killing of then 21 year old Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru.  Van der Sloot killed Flores in his hotel room on May 30, 2010, after the two were seen in surveillance video leaving a casino together.  The killing occurred exactly 5 years to the date of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway who mysteriously disappeared in 2005 from van der Sloot’s home island of Aruba.  Van der Sloot remains the only suspect in her disappearance.

When asked by the Court if he wanted to, in fact, plead guilty, van der Sloot stated, “Yes, I want to plead guilty.  I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely.  I truly am sorry for this act.  I feel very bad.”

Van der Sloot is facing up to 30 years in Peruvian prison at a sentencing hearing that is now set for Friday.  Van der Sloot’s plea of guilt was clearly done in hopes of receiving a lighter sentence from the panel of three judges.  Under Peruvian law, a “sincere confession” to a murder usually results in a much shorter prison sentence than one for an outright guilty plea.

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Aruba Judge orders release of Gary Giordano held in the mysterious disappearance of Robyn Gardner

Today, an Aruba Judge ordered that Gary Giordano be released by Tuesday, November 29th without any conditions.  This would allow Giordano to freely leave Aruba and return to the United States.

Giordano has been held during the investigation of the disappearance and presumed death of Robyn Gardner.  Gardner disappeared on August 2, 2011 while vacationing with Giordano on the island of Aruba.  Giordano initially aided the Aruba authorities in the search for Gardner and claimed that she was lost at sea while they were snorkeling.  On August 5, 2011, Giordano attempted to leave the country on a commercial flight and was detained by the authorities in Aruba.  He has remained in jail since then.

Giordano and Gardner met on an adult matchmaking site called Adult Friend Finder which claims to be, “The World’s Largest Sex & Swinger Personals Community.”

Prosecutors in Aruba have indicated that they will appeal the order to release Giordano.

 

Penn State coach Joe Paterno in hot water over child sex abuse case against a former assistant

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has coached the Nittany Lion football team for the last 46 years.  After a child sexual abuse scandal broke last week, it looks like this season will be his last.

Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, has been criminally charged with molesting 8 children over a period from 1994 though 2009.  It is alleged that Paterno knew of at least one of the molestations and merely turned the information over to his superiors at Penn State.  Paterno, however, never contacted authorities or notified the child’s family.

Paterno has announced his retirement which he says will be effective after this season ends.  It is still very possible that the Penn State Board of Trustees will not accept his retirement and dismiss Paterno as early as today.  To be continued…

Lindsay Lohan surrendered to serve 30 days and was released in only 4 1/2 hours

On Sunday night, Lindsay Lohan surrendered to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California to begin serving her 30 day jail sentence.  The sentence was handed down by the Judge on November 2nd after she plead guilty to violating the terms of her probation.

Lohan surrendered to jail at 8:48pm on Sunday, November 6th.

By 1:30am on Monday, November 7th, she was back on the street due to jail overcrowding.

4 1/2 hours satisfied her 30 day requirement.

 

 

Dr. Conrad Murray convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson

Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted on Monday for Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of mega pop star Michael Jackson.  After the jury’s verdict of guilty was announced, Murray was handcuffed and remanded into state custody to await his sentencing hearing.  The Involuntary Manslaughter conviction indicated that the jurors believed that Dr. Murray acted with criminal negligence by administering the drug propofol to Michael Jackson as a sleep aid and that such actions ultimately were a major cause of Jackson’s death.

In trial, the defense argued that Jackson administered the drug to himself thereby causing his own death.

Dr. Murray faces up to four years in prison at his sentencing.  The sentencing is set for Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, loses extradition appeal over rape and molestation allegations in Sweden

Julian Assange, 40, the founder of WikiLeaks, lost his extradition appeal in London’s High Court on Wednesday.

The ruling by the High Court could send Assange back to Sweden to face questioning and trial over the rape of one woman and the molestation of another.  Assange’s lawyers have indicated that they intend to appeal to Britian’s Supreme Court.  An appeal will be allowed only if the appeals court’s ruling involved an issue of “real legal significance.”  If not, Assange could be extradited within 10 days.

Assange has continually denied the allegations.  He has said the the sexual encounters were consensual and has insisted that the false sexual charges have been politically motivated by one of the many enemies of WikiLeaks, his secret spilling organization.  WikiLeaks published over 250,000 of the United States’ secret diplomatic cables last year.

Two men sentenced to probation in theft of Apple’s lost iPhone 4 prototype

It all started back in March of 2010 when Robert Gray Powell, an Apple engineer, was celebrating his 27th birthday at Gourmet Haus Staudt, a German beer garden in Redwood City, California.  The beer garden was located approximately 30 minutes away from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.  Powell apparently had an iPhone 4 prototype in his possession for testing and accidentally left it at the beer garden.

Brian Hogan, (pictured) found the iPhone 4 prototype at the beer garden and took it home.  He then contacted his friend, Sage Wallower who helped Hogan try to sell the phone to different tech blog sites.  Both were formally charged with misdemeanor theft in August of 2011.

Today both Hogan and Wallower plead no contest to theft of lost property and each were sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of community service and $250 in restitution to Apple.  The district attorney had asked for jail time for the pair.  The presiding  judge opted for a lesser punishment in part because Wallower had served in the United States Navy and Hogan was taking classes at San Jose State.  Both defendants did not have any prior criminal records.

Steve Jobs dead at 56

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, died today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  He will be missed by many.