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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:00 am


Not guilty plea in worship slayings

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PITTSBURGH – The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and dozens of other counts Monday, but his new lawyer – a prominent death penalty litigator who represented one of the Boston Marathon bombers – signaled he might be open to a plea deal.

Robert Bowers, a truck driver who authorities say gunned down 11 people at Tree of Life Synagogue, appeared in federal court with attorney Judy Clarke, who expressed hope the case will be resolved without a trial.

Clarke is known for negotiating plea deals that helped some of the nation's most infamous killers avoid death row, including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph and Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and injured 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Woman jailed for urging beau's suicide

A Massachusetts woman who sent her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself was jailed Monday on an involuntary manslaughter conviction nearly five years after he died in a truck filled with toxic gas.

Michelle Carter was sentenced to 15 months in jail in 2017 for her role in the death of Conrad Roy III, but the judge allowed her to remain free while she appealed in state court. Massachusetts' highest court upheld her conviction last week, saying her actions caused Roy's death.

Pence to visit Auschwitz death camp

Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp site Friday and tour a memorial to Jews killed at the former Nazi extermination camp in Poland, the White House said Monday.

Pence will tour the site in southern Poland with Polish President Andrzej Duda, the vice president's office said. Pence will be in Poland this week for a joint U.S.-Poland conference on Mideast peace and security.

Iran celebrates revolution anniversary

Waving Iranian flags, chanting “Death to America” and burning U.S. and Israeli flags, hundreds of thousands of people poured out onto the streets across Iran on Monday, marking the date that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

On Feb. 11 that year, Iran's military stood down after days of street battles and let revolutionaries sweep across the country while the government of U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned and the Islamic Republic was born.