Sentence sought in salmonella case
Federal court officers recommended what attorneys called an “unprecedented” sentence of life in prison for a peanut executive convicted in a salmonella-poisoning case. Former Peanut Corp. of American owner Stewart Parnell was convicted last fall of selling peanut butter from his southwest Georgia plant to food processors even after they tested positive for salmonella. Food containing the tainted peanuts was blamed for killing nine people — including three Minnesotans — and sickened more than 700.
Autopsy: Inmate likely killed herself
The autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail revealed no injuries that would suggest she died in a violent homicide, officials said. Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam said 28-year-old Sandra Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would typically indicate a struggle. Bland was arrested three days before she was found dead.
Court allows Cosby to be interviewed
The California Supreme Court denied a request to review a lawsuit against Bill Cosby, paving the way for the comedian to be deposed in a civil suit filed by a woman who claims he molested her in the 1970s. Cosby wanted the case reviewed because, according to his attorney, he should not have been named in it under California’s laws on childhood sex abuse cases.
Jury will consider the death penalty
The jurors who convicted James Holmes of murder in the theater shooting unanimously decided that they can consider the death penalty in his sentencing. They said capital punishment is justified because Holmes murdered a large number of victims; caused a grave risk of death to others; committed murder in a heinous, cruel or depraved manner; and laid in wait or ambush.
China accused of encroachment
Japan’s foreign ministry unveiled a map and photographs of what it said were 16 Chinese marine platforms close to Japan’s side of the disputed East China Sea. The platforms are on the Chinese side of a geographical median line that Japan contends should mark the border between their exclusive economic zones. Japan has long expressed concern that such developments could siphon gas out of undersea structures that extend to its own side. Relations between Asia’s two largest economies are thawing, even as they are locked in a dispute over ownership of a group of uninhabited islands.