A New Orleans lawmaker wants to reduce the criminal penalties for those individuals who are repeat marijuana possession offenders. State Representative Austin Badon says current law allows a judge to sentence a third-time pot possession offender to 20 years in prison, which is costly and the crime doesn't fit the punishment.
The bill would lower the maximum sentence from five years to two years for a second conviction. A third conviction and the offender would face a maximum sentence of five years under the proposed legislation. Badon says similar legislation passed the house last year, but failed to pass the senate
A doctor with a semi-automatic gun and a caseworker who was "nothing short of heroic" were able to wound and then subdue an armed psychiatric patient after he had killed another caseworker and appeared intent of reloading and shooting more people in a Pennsylvania hospital, police said today.
The woman who left porcelain dolls on the porches of several young girls' homes in a California neighborhood was only trying to give away toys her own family had outgrown, the Orange County Sheriffâ€™s Department said.
The Arizona mom arrested after leaving her kids in a hot car while she went on a job interview said she's "extremely grateful" for a second chance, a week after reaching a deal with prosecutors that would drop her criminal charges.