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Suspect in deaths of 3 Ohio women is indicted

Monday, 29 July 2013 17:29 Published in National News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man accused in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags in Ohio has been indicted on 14 counts including aggravated murder and kidnapping.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office announced Monday that a grand jury charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with six counts of aggravated murder, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of gross abuse of a corpse, one count of rape and one count of having weapons under disability.

Police discovered the first of three bodies in a dilapidated East Cleveland neighborhood July 19 after responding to a call about a foul odor. Madison was arrested the same day at his mother's house after a brief standoff with police.

Madison has no attorney listed in the county.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man accused of committing war crimes in his native Bosnia 21 years ago and lying to U.S. immigration authorities about them has been ordered held pending trial.

The Burlington Free Press reports a judge made that order Monday in the case of Edin Sakoc, citing a high risk to flee. A defense lawyer had said he expected he'd be released.

Sakoc lives in Burlington, Vermont's biggest city. He denies the charges in a two-count indictment.

The 54-year-old Bosnian Muslim is accused of raping a Serbian woman, aiding in the killings of two elderly women she had been caring for and burning the house where they were staying. He could face 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

 

Former Illinois judge has law license suspended

Monday, 29 July 2013 16:51 Published in Local News

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois judge who resigned after being accused of federal gun and drug charges has agreed to have his law license suspended.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the Illinois Supreme Court this month approved of the action against former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook. He was involved in a scandal involving another judge's cocaine death.

The suspension order states Cook was charged with a crime involving moral turpitude. It says he signed an affidavit voluntarily giving up his law license on an interim basis.

Cook has pleaded not guilty to charges he possessed heroin and had a gun while illegally using controlled substances.

Investigators say Cook was at a western Illinois hunting lodge in March with prosecutor-turned-judge Joe Christ when Christ died from a cocaine overdose.

 

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