The day after: Shocking. Tragic. Unbelievable. Those are just some of the words used to describe yesterday’s killing of two Virginia reporters on live TV. As reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are mourned, authorities will delve deeper into the life of their killer, Vester Lee Flanagan II, who went by Bryce Williams when he worked in television. Investigators will have a lot of material to plow through, including his social media accounts and a 23-page fax he sent to ABC News. Flanagan also wounded Vicki Gardner, head of a local chamber of commerce, whom Parker was interviewing.
COLORADO MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING
Stiff sentence: No one’s going to hear from James Holmes for a long, long time. The Colorado movie theater shooter got 12 life terms — one for each person he killed — plus 3,318 years for those he wounded. And he’s not eligible for parole. The judge’s disdain for Holmes was palpable: “If there was ever a case that warranted a maximum sentence, this is the case. The defendant does not deserve any sympathy.” And with that Judge Carlos A. Samor Jr. ordered Holmes be removed from the courtroom. A smattering of applause echoed through the room.
No joke: The Democratic frontrunner used to brush off questions about her private email server with a mixture of combative asides and ill-fated jokes — Has your server been wiped clean? “What? Like with a cloth or something?” — but yesterday she ditched that strategy amid falling poll numbers. Clinton sound much more contrite and said she made a mistake, saying that using private email during her time at the State Department “clearly wasn’t the best choice.”
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