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The new suspect, Pedro Hernandez, has been charged with killing Etan. Police said he emerged as a suspect and confessed in the spring, but there is no public indication that authorities have found anything beyond his admission to implicate him. His attorney has said Hernandez is mentally ill.
Wrong 1970s conviction now subject of civil-rights lawsuit
IOWA CITY — Two black men wrongly convicted of the 1977 murder of a white Iowa police officer hope to prove something they couldn’t during trials that sent them to prison for 25 years: that detectives framed them to solve a high-profile case.
During a civil trial that starts Wednesday in Des Moines, Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee will argue that Council Bluffs police officers coerced witnesses into fabricating testimony against them in the killing of John Schweer.
Schweer was found dead while working as the night watchman at a car dealership. Mr. Harrington and Mr. McGhee, then teenagers from neighboring Omaha, Neb., say detectives used threats against a group of young black car theft suspects to trump up evidence targeting them because of their race and pressure to solve the retired captain’s killing.
Jurors will be asked to decide at trial, scheduled to last through Nov. 16, whether white detectives Dan Larsen and Lyle Brown and the city violated the suspects’ civil rights and, if so, how much they should receive in damages.
Canonization prompts debate over Catholic-Indian ties
ALBANY — Some Mohawks are treating the naming of the nation’s first American Indian saint with skepticism and fear that the Roman Catholic Church will try to use it to marginalize traditional spiritual practices.
They see the story of Kateri Tekakwitha as a reminder of colonialism and religious oppression. But Catholics and many American Indians speak of St. Kateri as a uniting figure and hope her elevation to sainthood will help heal old wounds.
The daughter of a Mohawk chief and a Catholic Algonquin woman, St. Kateri was born in 1656 in Auriesville, about 40 miles northwest of Albany and in the heart of the Iroquois Confederacy to which the Mohawks belong. She and six others were made saints Oct. 21 by the Catholic Church.
A Catholic convert at 20, she settled in Kahnawake, a Mohawk settlement south of Montreal where Jesuits had a mission and where she and other women performed mortification rituals such as self-flogging. At her death at age 24, her smallpox scars reportedly vanished and later she was reported to appear before several people. She is buried at a shrine on Kahnawake.
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