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  1. For offenders who can't pay, it's a pint of blood or jail time


    MARION, Ala. — Judge Marvin Wiggins' courtroom was packed on a September morning. The docket listed hundreds of offenders who owed fines or fees for a wide variety of crimes — hunting after dark, assault, drug possession and passing bad checks among them. …

  2. Family of Oldsmar man who died in jail suing Pinellas Sheriff's Office


    It started as a typical DUI traffic stop. George Arthur Hunt IV had been driving off the road in East Lake Woodlands on May 18, 2013, when a deputy stopped him. Seven hours later, the 41-year-old married father of four with no criminal history was dead inside a cell at the Pinellas County Jail. …

    George Hunt IV, 41, died in 2013 inside a cell at the Pinellas County Jail after his DUI arrest.
  3. Kim Davis, jailed clerk who fought gay marriage, is ordered released


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After five days behind bars, county clerk Kim Davis was ordered released from jail Tuesday by the judge who locked her up for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.  …

    Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was ordered released on Tuesday. [Carter County Detention Center via AP]
  4. Deputies: Man who took joy ride on jail lawn arrested again for crashing into jail entrance


    BROOKSVILLE — The same man who took a joy ride through the lawn of the Hernando County jail before crashing into a flagpole two weeks ago returned to the scene of the crime for more mischief Sunday, sheriff's officials said. …

  5. Murder charge dropped against woman who spent three days in jail for taking abortion pill


    A Georgia prosecutor dropped a murder charge Wednesday against a 23-year-old woman whose arrest after taking pills to end her pregnancy baffled even abortion opponents.  …

  6. Ruskin mailman who flew gyrocopter into Capitol released from jail, headed back to Florida soon


    WASHINGTON — He made the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today for flying through protected airspace and plopping his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. He captured air time on an alphabet of news channels for an act of civil disobedience to spotlight campaign finance reform. …

    Doug Hughes and his gyrocopter fly Wednesday near the Washington Monument en route to the Capitol.
  7. Jailed Va. lawmaker who won re-election is sworn in


    RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia lawmaker newly re-elected despite serving time for a sex scandal hitched a ride from the jailhouse to the statehouse Wednesday for his swearing-in, even as legislative leaders discussed how to throw him out.  …

  8. Questions raised about history of officer who drove Pinellas jail transport van


    LARGO — The security officer who was driving a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office transport van last month when a man in custody in the back was severely beaten by another detainee had a checkered past as a Pasco deputy. …

  9. Bondi criticizes judge who sentenced 'Ochocinco' to jail

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    Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson made national headlines this week when his courtroom antic resulted in a surprise 30-day jail sentence. Americans seemed to split into two camps: those who agreed Johnson deserved jail time for disrespecting the court and those who believed it was overkill by Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh. …

  10. Pinellas jail inmate who hung himself dies at hospital


    CLEARWATER -- An inmate at the Pinellas County Jail died in the hospital Saturday after he hung himself in his cell, deputies said.  …

  11. Alan Gross says he thought he would be freed from Cuban jail in weeks


    Alan Gross, the former government contractor who spent five years locked up in a Cuban jail, said in his first interview since being released in a historic deal last year that he thought he'd quickly be freed once his bosses intervened. …

    Alan Gross on the tarmac with his wife, Judy Gross, attorney Scott Gilbert, Sen. Jeff Flake, (R-AZ), Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-VT) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D-MD) during his release Dec. 17, 2014, at an airport near Havana, Cuba. [Official White House photo]
  12. Authorities say woman who almost hit jail van was DUI


    Check your B of A ATM transactions inellas counties. Clearwater Woman charged with DUI almost hits jail van …

  13. U.S. journalist is reported convicted as Iran hints at a swap


    TEHRAN, Iran — The Washington Post said Monday that its correspondent Jason Rezaian, who has been jailed for 14 months in Iran on espionage charges, had been convicted after a trial that ended two months ago. …

    Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter, is an Iranian-American.
  14. Iran foreign minister wants 'humanitarian' solution for U.S. reporter


    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister said Saturday that there are serious charges against jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian but that he is seeking to resolve the case from a "humanitarian perspective."  …

    Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been jailed for more than a year in Iran.
  15. After a defeat in Houston, the fight for gay rights shifts to Jacksonville


    JACKSONVILLE — The first major gay rights showdown since Houston's rancorous vote to repeal its antidiscrimination ordinance is shaping up here in Jacksonville, the largest city in the nation whose leaders have never enacted civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. …

    Opponents of expanding the city's Human Rights Ordinance pray after a mayoral forum in Jacksonville on Nov. 17. [Sarah Beth Glicksteen | New York Times]
  16. Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is now a registered Republican


    "My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while and we came to the conclusion that the Democratic Party left us a long time ago, so why were we hanging on?"  …

    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Davis announced that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but they will not have her name or office listed. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) KYTE104
  17. Israeli officer will serve no time in jail for 2014 beating of Tampa teenager


    UPDATE: The United States on Thursday offered uncharacteristically sharp criticism of Israel after a policeman captured on camera beating an American citizen was sentenced to six weeks community service.  …

    Tariq Khdeir, the Tampa teen of Palestinian descent who was being held in Israel after being beaten by Israeli police, relatives say. [Photo courtesy of CAIR]
  18. School leaders urge Tampa barbers to do more than cut hair


    TAMPA — In his 28 years as a barber, Tony Williams cut the hair of men who went to jail and men who built successful businesses. Sometimes, they did both, and when things turned out well, they came back and thanked him. …

    Tony Williams, 52, cuts the hair of Yadiel Hernandez, 7, Monday at Tony’s Barbershop. Williams hopes to help young men read.
  19. Bail bond industry thrust into spotlight after St. Petersburg shooting incident


    ST. PETERSBURG — The botched capture of a bail-jumper in a McDonald's drive-through lane on Wednesday has thrust the bail bond industry into the spotlight. …

    One criticism of the bail bond industry is that it grants bond agents too much power over those who skip bail. 
  20. Online threats against blacks net arrest at Missouri campus


    COLUMBIA, Mo. — A white college student suspected of posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri was charged Wednesday with making a terrorist threat, adding to the racial tension at the heart of the protests that led two top administrators to resign earlier this week.  …

    This booking photo provided by the Boone County, Mo., Sheriffs Department shows Hunter M. Park. The 19-year-old man who is suspected of posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, authorities said, adding to the racial tensions at the heart of the protests that led to the resignations of two University of Missouri leaders earlier this week. (Boone County Sheriff s Department via AP) TXKJ101

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