LINCOLN (AP) — Attorneys for a Nebraska death row inmate whose case inspired the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry" say he should be found ineligible for execution because he has the intellect of a child.John Lotter was sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 killings of Teena Brandon, who was a transgender man and went by Brandon, and two witnesses, Lisa Lambert and Philip DeVine, at a farmhouse in Humboldt, about 75 miles south of Omaha. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Lotter's lawyers filed a motion stating that recent IQ testing shows that Lotter, 46, is intellectually disabled and therefore can't be put to death under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbidding the execution of the intellectually disabled.Nebraska law says an IQ of 70 or below is presumptive evidence of an intellectual disability. Court records show Lotter scored a 67 last year, which would be the equivalent IQ of an 8-year-old.The judge will need to grant an evidentiary hearing to consider the issue. … [Read more...] about Attorneys: Nebraska death row inmate John Lotter’s IQ too low for execution
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Driving the Day Good Monday morning and happy August eve. JAMES A. BAKER’S ADVICE for White House chiefs of staff, in Peter Baker’s story on John Kelly’s first day: “You can focus on the ‘chief,’ or you can focus on the ‘of staff.’ Those who have focused on the ‘of staff’ have done pretty well.” http://nyti.ms/2va15wF SPOTTED at Politicon in L.A.: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) -- the author of articles to impeach Donald Trump -- chatting with Trump allies Roger Stone and Robert Davi in the green room in Pasadena Saturday. Pic http://bit.ly/2veEzT3 Story Continued Below WAPO’S CAROL MORELLO -- TENSIONS FLARING -- “In a sign that tensions are spiraling upward rapidly, the United States flew two supersonic B-1 bombers over the Korean Peninsula as part of a joint exercise with Japan and South Korea. And U.S. forces conducted a successful missile defense test over the Pacific Ocean, sending aloft from Alaska a … [Read more...] about JOHN KELLY’s first day — PENCE in Estonia to reassure allies on Russia — SUSAN GLASSER talks to Lebanese PM Hariri — ANNIE KARNI and ELIANA JOHNSON on Jared and Ivanka — B’DAY of the Day: Mark Cuban
Driving the Day Good Saturday morning. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP announced more than three dozen White House appointments late Friday night. He tapped Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine to run NASA and Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino to become the next drug czar. Marino previously turned down the position citing a family illness. THESE NOMINATIONS will spark special elections in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Both seats are solidly conservative. But special elections are tricky. You never quite know what you’re going to get. Story Continued Below BRIDENSTINE’S APPOINTMENT won’t be without controversy. Florida Playbooker Marc Caputo scooped that both Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida voiced early opposition to his pick. CAPUTO: “Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson wouldn’t say if they’d buck the president and vote against Bridenstine, who was nominated Friday. But they suggested the GOP congressman’s … [Read more...] about TRUMP’s dozens of nominations — MAGGIE and GLENN on how John Kelly ‘grates’ on POTUS — THE HARVEY RELIEF WRANGLING — Is OBAMACARE repeal dead? – WEEKEND READS — B’DAY: Lisa Barclay
Driving the Day WELCOME TO THE DOORSTEP OF 2018 -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:36 a.m.: “Why would smart voters want to put Democrats in Congress in 2018 Election when their policies will totally kill the great wealth created during the months since the Election. People are much better off now not to mention ISIS, VA, Judges, Strong Border, 2nd A, Tax Cuts & more?” -- FRONT PAGE OF THE L.A. TIMES (and other Tronc-owned papers like the Hartford Courant): “GOP faces Democratic wave in ‘18: For all their successes, Republicans end 2017 confronting bad signs for keeping control after midterm vote” http://bit.ly/2C0O213 Story Continued Below Happy New Year’s Eve! SPOTTED LAST NIGHT, at Wilbur Ross’s birthday party in Palm Beach: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Tom Quinn and Lynly Boor, David Koch, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and … [Read more...] about NEW YEAR’S EVE EDITION — TRUMP to lunch with RICK SCOTT — NYT: How Russia inquiry began — PETER BAKER on Trump’s reinventing of the presidency — ADAM CONNER engaged — B’DAY: Don Trump Jr.
(CBS News) LOS ANGELES - One reason the U.S. economic recovery is so slow is because of layoffs among government employees. Our research department found that since 2009, more than 700,000 have lost their jobs. One of the best places to see the pinch is in the public schools of Los Angeles. This year the Los Angeles Unified School District laid off more than 4,000 employees. Classrooms are so packed some students don't have desks. Superintendent John Deasy was forced to eliminate half of his administrative staff because he cannot lose more teachers, and he described the financial challenges as "enormous." "We have an overall budget in the last three years that's seen $2.1 billion in reductions. We don't actually run the programs we used to," Deasy said. "We ran $49 million worth of summer school. This summer it will be just under $1 million." Last month, the L.A. teacher's union agreed to 10 unpaid furlough days to save 4,000 jobs. The school year will be five days shorter; 18 days … [Read more...] about Faced with cuts, L.A. may shorten school year