- - Thursday, March 15, 2012

GEORGIA

Killer gets life without parole; victim’s wife now a suspect

DECATUR | A corporate engineer who fawned over a female subordinate was found guilty but mentally ill Thursday of fatally shooting the woman’s husband in an ambush outside a suburban Atlanta preschool.

After a judge sentenced Hemy Neuman to life in prison without parole for killing Russell Sneiderman, prosecutors shifted their attention to the victim’s wife.

They have suggested Andrea Sneiderman was a “co-conspirator” in the slaying, goading a love-struck Neuman into killing her husband, perhaps for a $2 million life insurance policy.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys for Neuman said he was having an affair with Mrs. Sneiderman, though she repeatedly denied those accusations and any involvement in the killing. When pressed about whether charges were imminent, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said: “Stay tuned.”

NORTH DAKOTA

State high court hears ‘Fighting Sioux’ case

BISMARCK | North Dakota Supreme Court justices grilled the state Board of Higher Education’s lawyer Thursday afternoon about why the board waited to challenge the Fighting Sioux nickname law in court.

The higher education board is asking the justices to block a vote on a March 2011 state law that requires the University of North Dakota’s sports teams to be called the Fighting Sioux.

Assistant Attorney General Doug Bahr says the state constitution gives the board authority over the nickname.

But Justice Dan Crothers said during arguments Thursday that he wondered why the board was tardy in challenging the law if members thought it was harmful to the university.

The justices did not immediately issue a ruling.

TEXAS

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