- - Monday, March 21, 2011


Politicians apologize for handling of ‘44 rape

ABBEVILLE | The mayor of a southeast Alabama town and a state legislator have apologized to relatives of a black woman raped in 1944 by a gang of white men.

Abbeville Mayor Ryan Blalock expressed his sorrow to relatives of Recy Taylor during a news conference Monday. The woman’s brother and several other relatives attended.

Now 91, Mrs. Taylor was 24 and living in her native Henry County when she was gang-raped in Abbeville in 1944. She was walking home from church when she was abducted, assaulted and left on the side of the road in an isolated area.

Two all-white, all-male grand juries declined to bring charges. State Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville says police bungled the investigation and harassed Mrs. Taylor.


Former ICE lawyer sentenced for scam

LOS ANGELES | A former Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer was sentenced Monday to more than 17 years in prison for running a scam in which he and his wife created false documents allowing immigrants to live and work in the U.S.

Constantine Peter Kallas, a one-time assistant chief counsel for ICE, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. to pay $296,000 in restitution after being convicted last year of 36 counts, including conspiracy, bribery and fraud.

“This case presents an epic display of a public official’s greed,” federal prosecutors wrote in a pre-sentencing memo to the judge.

Prosecutors said Kallas and his wife, Maria Kallas, carried out the elaborate scheme from 2003 to 2008 by setting up two companies to file false paperwork claiming the immigrants had job offers to work in this country.

Authorities say the Alta Loma couple banked at least $950,000 before their arrests in 2008.


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