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40 Years After He Vanished, Etan Patz Case Gets Closure

Pedro Hernandez found guilty of murder of 6-year-old NYC boy, could get life in prison

(Newser) - The face of little Etan Patz has haunted parents for decades, but on Tuesday, some justice was finally served in his death, NBC New York and CBS New York report. Pedro Hernandez, 55, was acquitted of intentional second-degree murder in the nearly 40-year-old case, but he was found guilty of... More »

Your Guilt Makes Forbidden Foods Taste Even Better

People made to feel guilty before indulging rated treat more highly: study

(Newser) - If you've ever been on a diet and thought that forbidden piece of chocolate you sneaked tasted even better than usual ... turns out it really did taste even better than usual. A new study finds that guilt can make tasty foods seem even more pleasurable than they otherwise would,... More »

Blagojevich Guilty on 17 of 20 Charges

Could be facing some pretty serious jail time

(Newser) - Turns out Rod Blagejevich was right that President Obama's old Senate seat was worth something: A whole bunch of jail time. A jury today convicted Blago on 17 of 20 charges after deliberating for nine days. Blagojevich showed little emotion after the verdicts were read, notes the Chicago Tribune,... More »

Dog's 'Guilty' Look Is All in Your Head

(Newser) - You can tell when Rover’s misbehaved by that guilty look on his face, right? Ruff—er, wrong, researchers say. If owners believed their dogs had misbehaved, they projected that famed "guilty" expression onto the animals’ faces regardless of whether any rule-breaking had happened, a new study says. Any... More »

Fritzl Gets Life Sentence

Incest dad found guilty on all charges

(Newser) - Austrian incest dad Josef Fritzl has been found guilty on all charges and sentenced to life in a secure psychiatric facility, the BBC reports. Jurors found Fritzl guilty on charges that included rape, incest, murder, and enslavement after he locked his daughter in a cellar for 24 years, raped her... More »

Blagojevich Can't Not Look Guilty

Illinois guv's hair and clothes all point to one thing: crime

(Newser) - When it comes to Rod Blagojevich, it’s a little too easy to judge a book by its cover, writes the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan. When he wears black business suits, “he evokes the image of a goodfella engaged in ‘waste management.’” And when he... More »

After Witness Recants, Inmate Goes Free After 25 Years

Los Angeles man says he's happy, not bitter

(Newser) - A man locked up 25 years for a murder he says he did not commit walked free from a Los Angeles prison yesterday after the sole witness recanted. "I'm not bitter," said Willie Earl Green, now 56. "I'm happy today." Among those to greet him were... More »

London Police Blasted in Subway Killing

'05 shooting of innocent mistaken for terrorist endangered public

(Newser) - London police were found guilty today of fatal misconduct in the 2005 subway killing of an innocent Brazilian. The force will have to pay roughly $1.17 million for breaking safety rules and endangering the public. Officers shot the victim seven times in the head after mistaking him for a... More »

Philippine Ex-President Gets Life

Estrada guilty of plundering millions

(Newser) - Disgraced Philippine ex-president and former movie star Joseph Estrada was sentenced to life in prison today for plundering  $85 million from the nation's treasury. Estrada, 70— still popular despite his 2001 ouster amid corruption charges—returned under house arrest to his villa near Manila until his appeals are heard. More »

Vick Will Plead Guilty in Deal

Star QB admits to dogfighting ring, lawyer says; could get 5 years

(Newser) - Michael Vick will plead guilty to federal charges related to a dogfighting ring, his lawyer said this afternoon, as part of a deal for leniency; the judge in the case is expected to announce the plea agreement today in Richmond. "Michael wishes to apologize to everyone who has been... More »

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