Law and order
MILFORD, Mass. - He parks his silver Mercedes-Benz sedan behind his condo, below a deck decorated with white and pink flowers, where a couple of small dogs bark at the few passers-by.
It's inside this wooded golf course community where neighbours of John Martorano learned this week that the 72-year-old they know only as a cordial fellow resident of a block called Country Club Lane is a former mob hit man.
"Well, it means I won't get into any arguments with him," one Milford resident said. "Whatever he says, he's right."
CINCINNATI - An Ohio man found guilty in a murder trial that hinged on a paralyzed victim blinking his eyes to identify his shooter is scheduled to be sentenced.
A jury last month convicted Ricardo Woods, 35, of murder and felonious assault in the death of David Chandler who was shot Oct. 28, 2010, as he sat in a car in Cincinnati. Woods, who has continued to maintain he is innocent, faces up to life in prison on Thursday.
Police interviewed Chandler after he was shot in the head and neck and only able to communicate with his eyes. Chandler died about two weeks later.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - An 89-year-old heir could end up in prison after a court date on his 11th-hour bid for a new trial in a case that shook New York society.
Anthony Marshall is due in a Manhattan court Thursday. He was convicted in 2009 of plundering his mother's fortune by exploiting her mental decline. She was philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor.
He denies the charges.
After Marshall lost appeals, his lawyers filed papers Friday seeking a new trial. The request concerns a juror's assertions that she was intimidated into a conviction.
CLEVELAND - The first of four suspects is due in federal court in a forced labour case alleging an Ohio woman was held captive with her child, threatened and made to do housework.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland says bond for 21-year-old suspect Dezerah Silsby will be set Thursday in the case that originated in Ashland.
MINEOLA, N.Y. - Former U.S. investigators want to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of a Paris-bound jet off the coast of New York City, saying new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the flight.
TWA Flight 800 crashed July 17, 1996, just minutes after the jetliner took off, killing all 230 people aboard.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A former University of Southern California professor who's accused of sex crimes involving two children has been deported to the United States after a Mexican citizen recognized his picture in the newspaper and informed the U.S. Embassy, federal authorities said Wednesday.
LONDON - A year ago, Julian Assange skipped out on a date with Swedish justice. Rather than comply with a British order that he go to the Scandinavian country for questioning about sex crimes allegations, the WikiLeaks founder took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London.
He's still there — and now says he won't emerge even if Sweden drops the case that triggered the strange diplomatic standoff.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The International Committee of the Red Cross urged a military judge Tuesday to refuse a request to open its confidential communications with U.S. officials about conditions at Guantanamo Bay to the lawyers for the prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 terror attack.
CANCUN, Mexico - Mexican authorities have arrested a former university professor who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in the resort city of Playa del Carmen.
Prosecutor Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres said Walter Lee Williams, 64, is wanted on charges of sexual exploitation of children and travelling abroad for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with children.
Garcia said Williams was captured late Tuesday while drinking coffee near a park in the Caribbean beach town.
MELBOURNE, Australia - A serial sex offender was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for raping and murdering an Irish woman while he was free on parole after previous convictions for raping five women.
Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, was sentenced by the Victoria state Supreme Court in Melbourne, and cannot be considered for parole for 35 years.