A.M. Links: War Crimes Tribunal Convicts Charles Taylor, Newt Gingrich to Drop Out, Property Rights in Space Preemptively Attacked


  • Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, was convicted by the International Criminal Court of aiding and abetting in war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to his support for rebel groups involved in the region's blood diamond conflict.

  • Newt Gingrich is likely to finally put an end to his presidential campaign Tuesday in Washington. His campaign spokesperson said Mitt Romney's called to ask for Gingrich's support.
  • Rupert Murdoch told a British inquiry yesterday he panicked when he decided to close News of the World in response to a ballooning hacking scandal. The News Corp CEO also claimed he's spent millions of dollars cleaning up the company. "We are now a new company altogether," Murdoch told the inquiry
  • The Rutherford Institute blasted the Richmond Police Department's "Wake Up Call" initiative, a practice where police officers patrol neighborhoods late at night looking for valuables in cars, and waking up their owners to warn them about leaving valuables in their car. "The recent Trayvon Martin incident from Florida should serve as a stark warning of how the fear and misunderstanding of a homeowner can turn a benign situation into a tragedy involving loss of life," Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead wrote to the police department.
  • Private property rights in space are being preemptively attacked.
  • Hospital security video was released of police officers apparently punching Joseph Bryans, who is filing a lawsuit against the Meridian Connecticut police officers in relation to the incident. Bryans had exited the hospital to smoke a cigarette. Security told police Bryans had to be restrained, but the officers were actually responding to a different call.

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