British comedy fans and anyone who watched PBS during the 90s know what we’re talking about here. As if things weren’t already tough enough for Julian Assange. The resemblance is uncanny. Thanks BoingBoing.
Android fans, prepare yourself for a deal of epic proportions. Amazon Wireless, in an attempt to steer customers away from the iPhone 4S (which they don’t carry), is offering every single Verizon phone that they carry for a penny. Yep, just one copperhead is all they’re asking. We aren’t talking flip-phones from another era either. This includes the current “Best Android Phone (until the next one comes out),” the Droid Bionic.While the LTE-powered Bionic is obviously the big draw here, the HTC Thunderbolt and Droid Charge, which also pack LTE, are also up for grabs. The Droid Incredible 2, Droid 3, and Droid X2 are all options as well. Even the female-marketed HTC Rhyme and the (Windows Phone) HTC Trophy get in on the action. If it’s on Verizon, and it isn’t called “iPhone,” Amazon Wireless carries it, and will sell it for the price of one shiny penny.The aim is obviously to sway customers away from the iPhone. So, if you’ve been eyeing the iPhone 4S, is this Amazon deal a good idea? If you know you prefer Android, then of course it is. If you want the fastest 4G speeds (LTE), then add that Bionic to your cart and call it a day.There are a few things to think about before taking the plunge though. First, don’t put too much stock in the one penny up-front price. Sure, it’s $200 less than you will spend on an iPhone, but over the course of a two-year contract, your initial purchase price is a relatively small part of the total investment.Also, as great as the Droid Bionic is, the Ice Cream Sandwich-running Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus?), is probably just around the corner. Though all we know about it comes from rumors, most expect it to soon take the title of “(current) Cream of the Android Crop” away from the Bionic.With all of that said, however, you rarely find a wireless deal as good as this.More at Amazon Wireless, via Slashgear
After learning that Apple was tying Siri exclusively to the iPhone 4S, we wondered whether the jailbreak community would be able to change that. Within a day or two, Siri’s user interface was successfully ported to the iPhone 4, but Apple’s servers weren’t responding, rendering it non-functional. The same developer now has Siri fully working on other devices. However, piracy will be required if the port is ever publicly available.The port, by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, is seen working 100% on both the iPhone 4 and on an iPod touch. As it required licensed files and a live validation token from a 4S in order to communicate with Apple’s servers, it’s considered to be pirated content. It was made possible because of a preliminary (not yet public) jailbreak for the iPhone 4S. The developer says he did it to understand the technology that makes it work, and has no intention of distributing the pirated content. He did add that he has no doubt that others will package and distribute it “quasi-legally.”Whatever your thoughts are on the eventual distribution of the port, this further narrows down the possible reasons for Apple’s keeping Siri off of other devices. As you can see in the video below, Siri appears to work just as well on the iPhone 4 as it does on the 4S. This rules out performance concerns as a reason for the exclusivity:The two most likely remaining motives for Apple’s snubbing of older devices are: wanting to spare the Siri servers from millions of older devices, and having a sexy ‘killer feature’ to help sell the 4S.So will Apple be able to identify and block the older devices from accessing their servers? I would imagine that they will do anything in their power, including sending lawyers after the distributors. But, as they haven’t exactly been able to squash the distribution of cracked App Store apps for jailbroken devices, we’ll see how successful they are in that. If nothing else, we may see jailbreak exploits patched quicker than ever by the Cupertino company.Below is one more video, showing the port working on an iPod touch:via 9to5Mac
In October last year I reported on what had to be the ultimate in home flight simulation. It was a custom build consisting of 6 displays,realistic cockpit controls and a seat straight out of a real plane. The only thing it didn’t do was simulate movement, but I don’t think that would really break the feeling of realism.Today, I may have found a successor to the custom build. It doesn’t use as many displays, but it does fully enclose the player in an egg-shaped cockpit, and most importantly, it moves, meaning that decent to the runway will feel all the more real.The OVO-04 is made by Virtual Fly who advertise it as a plug&play flight simulator that is very quiet and free of the need for a keyboard and mouse inside. It even has the PC shipped with it as a separate module containing the FSX software required to make it function.Serious flight simulation fans are most likely drooling right about now. Inside you’ll find 3 24-inch widescreen displays above an array of cockpit controls, instruments, and pedals. As it’s an enclosed unit, the integrated speaker system should make for a realistic sound experience too. It even has a light intensity system to match the lighting inside the cockpit with the time of day or night you are flying.The OVO-4 ships with Microsoft Flight Simulator X, so we assume its going to work with other flight simulation software too because it must be running Windows.If you want one, you had better start saving. The OVO-04 is listed for pre-order in the UK at Firebox for £35,995. That’s around $57,500, or $46,000 before sales tax. Yes, it’s a lot, but if you go home every night and sit playing on a flight sim for hours, it might actually be worth the investment, right?More at Virtual Fly, via Thinq
The popularity of Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller has surprised pretty much everyone. It has managed to sell 18 million units in the 13 months it has been on sale, plus it has been popular with hackers eager to see what they can get it to do away from the Xbox 360.Microsoft responded to that inquisitive bunch by releasing a Kinect for Windows development kit last June. It was free to download and use, and a temporary solution while an official, and commercial game development-friendly version was developed.Yesterday, Microsoft made the official announcement that Kinect for Windows is ready to go and will be released on February 1st. It will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and of course the US. The launch of Kinect for Windows comes with both good and bad news. The bad is the fact it will cost $250 and isn’t compatible with the Xbox 360 version of Kinect. So you can’t just buy the development kit and use it with your existing motion sensor, or vice-versa, your development Kinect can’t be used to play 360 motion games. The good news is Microsoft will be offering academic pricing ($149) for students and education establishments that want to use the kit. Microsoft’s argument for the high price and lack of compatibility between the two versions is two-fold. Apparently Kinect on 360 only works financially as it relies on consumers buying the Kinect games too. Kinect for Windows is also including more functionality so as to create “a platform that is optimized for scenarios beyond the living room.”The additional features Microsoft is pushing as part of the kit include support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Embedded systems. There’s also a new dongle included in the kit to ensure Kinect works alongside other USB peripherals you may have attached to your machine. The one new feature everyone will welcome is called “Near Mode” and allows the Kinect to see objects as close as 50cm perfectly, and 40cm with degradation. If nothing else, Near Mode should open up the Kinect to new uses not possible on the 360.If you are happy using the Xbox Kinect and beta SDK you can continue doing so. Microsoft has even extended the license for existing non-commercial deployments using the beta SDK by 3 years, however new deployments won’t be allowed with the 360 kit using the new SDK.Read more at the Kinect for Windows Blog
Robots are pretty cool, and for all our subconscious fears that they will one day rise up against us, the robots are pretty firmly under our control. In fact, the technology is emerging to allow robots to be controlled directly with the human brain. In this video from the scientific journal Nature, a paralyzed woman uses a brain-machine interface to control a robot arm, and it’s really fantastic.Scientists have been working on bridging the gap between flesh and machine for years, but this is the first time a human has been able to use a robot arm to manipulate a 3-dimensional object by thought alone. Past experiments went so far as controlling a computer cursor. The key is the BrainGate interface, which consists of a small electrode connected to a bundle of gold wires. The electrode is implanted in the patient’s brain (in the motor cortex to be exact). The signal is then transmitted up the wires, and read by a computer.The patient will have to train the software to understand what each pattern of thought means. To make the robotic arm open its hand, the computer has to learn to identify what that brain wave pattern looks like in an individual’s brain. This is a potential boon for paralysis patients because the damage that causes paralysis is usually in the spinal cord. Getting the data directly from the brain bypasses any nerve damage further out in the nervous system.What you see in this video is just the beginning. Researchers hope to make the BrainGate chip implant smaller and develop wireless connections rather than have wires snaking out of people’s skulls. Even at this early stage, it’s pretty wonderful to watch.via ExtremeTech
When developing Android apps, or just evaluating the features of a new software build, it doesn’t always make sense to load the bits onto a physical device. That’s what desktop emulators are good for. Because mobile devices and desktop PCs are running such different hardware, emulation has been sluggish until now. Intel has, at long last, released an x86 system image for the emulator. That far-off cheer you’re hearing is the sound of every Android developer on Earth celebrating.The bottom line here is that with a real x86 system image, the emulator will no longer be dog slow. Android devices run on the ARM architecture with chips from the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and Nvidia. Your desktop PC, however, uses the x86 architecture with an Intel or AMD chip. The overhead in emulating the ARM environment on x86 causes numerous bugs.As devices have scaled up to 720p and beyond, it has become near impossible to use the emulator. The more pixels you need to push, the slower things are. This has made developing for tablets extremely slow. In fact, many developers have just taken to installing test builds on physical devices instead of emulating.The new system image is available in the Android SDK Manager and is based on Android 4.0.3, which is the version of Ice Cream Sandwich Google has seeded to OEMs. Just refresh the SDK packages if you have it installed, and the Intel system image should be under API level 15. Anyone that’s looking to do some development for one of the upcoming Intel-based Android devices will also have an easier time working out the kinks with this system image.via Android Central
Microsoft doesn’t get a lot of credit for being innovative, but its Microsoft Research lab actually develops a ton of awesome technology. Of particular interest to readers of Geek, is sure to be the Worldwide Telescope project, which Microsoft is undertaking with the help of telescopes all around the world, and even orbiting it. New content is added frequently, most recently data from NASA’s Planck mission. If you’ve never taken a look at this project, now is a great time.The Worldwide Telescope is an effort to construct a massive map of the universe. Microsoft Research has assembled astronomical data from scientists all over the world to build a 3D model that users can actually fly through. NASA’s Hubble Images are used liberally, and Microsoft hopes to incorporate data from the James Webb Telescope when it launches in a few years. You’ll be able to do flybys of any star, nebula, or planet astronomers have gathered data on.This is more than just a bunch of pretty images, though. There is real data backing this simulation that makes it useful from the elementary school level, all the way up to graduate studies. It has support for visible light, but also X-ray and infrared observations.Microsoft Research has also built The Worldwide Telescope with touch interactions in mind. Desktop mouse controls aren’t forgotten, but pinch-zooming is being held up as the best way to use the maps. The product is currently limited to desktops, but a mobile version is expected soon.Microsoft has created an API that will allow developers and educators to build custom “stellar tours” entirely within The Worldwide Telescope. It can run in a web browser on PC or Mac, but Silverlight is required. There is also a Windows client that can be installed. Maybe not ideal for everyone, but you can’t argue with a free trip across the universe.
Short URL Image: Shutterstock/stockfoto By Fora Staff Feb 12th 2018, 12:46 PM Image: Shutterstock/stockfoto Yes, routinely (4823) https://jrnl.ie/3847737 THE ADVENT OF modern household appliances was intended to free us up from excessive time at home watching the laundry go round.But do you – with the exception of the fridge – routinely put on appliances to complete their run after you have left the house? Or perhaps you feel the need to be there the entire time, for safety or some other reasons. (If that’s the case, we’d like to hear your reasoning in the comments.)Do you leave household appliances running when you leave the home? Poll Results: Yes, routinelySometimesPrefer not toDepends on the applianceVote Depends on the appliance (1291) Monday 12 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM 36,883 Views Prefer not to (3739) Share1 Tweet Email Sometimes (3168) 41 Comments Poll: Do you leave appliances running when you are not at home? Give it to us straight. Be honest. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The minister should stop interfering in the work of the Committee. He should adhere to the process he set up and respect the outcome of the Committee.He said the minister will have plenty of time to respond to the committee’s final report when it is debated by the Dáil and Seanad later this month.O’Broin said Coveney’s attempts to influence the outcome of the committee’s deliberations is “wrong and smacks of desperation”.The committee of 20 TDs is expected to finalise its report either tomorrow or next week ahead of a Dáil vote which is due to take place by the end of March.Poll: Would you watch Coveney and Varadkar going toe-to-toe in a live debate?>Read: Innocent motorists in serious road accidents 5 years ago still ‘haven’t seen a cent’> By Christina Finn Breaching confidence and supply agreementCoveney said Fine Gael were not breaching the confidence and supply agreement (the deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael which essentially keeps the government in power).The agreement was never intended to instruct a minister to act contrary to the advice of the Attorney General, he said.We will continue to abide by it and I hope Fianna Fáil will too.The agreement states that the government will “facilitate the passage of legislation” for the implementation of the recommendations in relation to domestic water charging (whether it be abolition, a reformed charging regime or other options).This line was put to the minister this evening and he was asked what would happen if the Oireachtas approved and voted in favour of the abolition of the water charges regime.“Facilitating is not the same as introducing,” he clarified.“What I am saying is I cannot introduce legislation that I regard as effectively illegal.”‘Bullying’ the committeeSinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin has accused the minister of “trying to bully the Oireachtas Water Committee”.Tonight’s intervention by Minister Coveney prior to the Committee concluding our business is wholly inappropriate. He is trying to bully the Committee with exaggerated claims on the supposed illegality of complete abolition of water charges. Simon Coveney speaking to reporters at Leinster House this evening. http://jrnl.ie/3264314 139 Comments Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM Feb 28th 2017, 10:00 PM Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Coveney said Fine Gael is willing to compromise, but added that other parties have to be prepared to follow suit. Share158 Tweet Email1 Coveney says he will not introduce water charges legislation that will incur penalties from the EU pic.twitter.com/uNnsnt5XP1— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 28, 2017 Coveney says he will not legislate for water charges abolition ‘as it would be illegal’ The Housing Minister was talking tough tonight, but said Fine Gael were not in breach of confidence and supply agreement. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,471 Views Coveney is digging in tonight – he won’t legislate water committee agreement if it doesn’t include excessive water charge use pic.twitter.com/Btykj1IZo5— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 28, 2017 We have compromised on the Fine Gael view very significantly, and we’re asking other parties seeking a working solution to do the same.“If that compromise involves exposing the State to legal action, I don’t think as an office holder I can facilitate that,” said the minister.Fianna Fáil’s positionHe said Fianna Fáil had hardened its position on the issue, and accused the party of altering its stance on charges in recent days.“What Fianna Fáil seem to be saying today is that it is okay by them for the general taxpayer to waste water – that wasn’t the Fianna Fáil position until a few days ago.”Coveney insisted tonight that the work of the committee isn’t finished, adding that he still wants consensus.When asked what the outcome would be if the committee’s final recommendation was for the total abolition of all water charges, he said:I would be very surprised if Fianna Fáil asked a government minister to introduce something that was against the AG’s [Attorney General’s] advice. Short URL While a final decision is expected tomorrow or next week it is clear that the Government is losing the argument. We cannot ignore independent legal advice… it is hugely irresponsible to ask us to do that. HOUSING MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said he will not legislate for the water committee’s agreement if it doesn’t include a charge for excessive usage.The majority of those on the Oireachtas joint committee on the future funding of water services have indicated that they are in favour of abolishing domestic charges and are opposed to charging for the excessive use of water.In a private meeting, TDs discussed the committee’s draft report with Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and AAA-PBP agreeing that there should be no re-introduction of charges.“I will not introduce legislation that potentially exposes the country to very severe penalties and fines from the European Commission – I won’t do that,” Coveney told reporters tonight.EU lawLast year, the European Commission said Ireland will be in breach of European law should it remove the charges completely.“We have clear advice from Attorney General’s Office, I have legal advice from my own department and the expert commission’s advice that was very clear – and we have a European Commission that has shown flexibility and willingness to work with Ireland, but are also clear that there has to be some consequences for households wasting large amounts of water,” he said. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Simon Coveney speaking to reporters at Leinster House this evening.
Share223 Tweet Email EVERY YEAR, BEMUSED tourists stand outside closed pubs in Temple Bar in Dublin on Good Friday.They don’t understand or haven’t heard that there are two days in the calendar year that Irish pubs close – and one of them is around Easter time. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubePublicans have long campaigned for the law to be scrapped. Every year, the Minister for Justice of the day is asked if it will happen on their watch.Today, the two main representative groups, the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) have called on the government to immediately introduce legislation to treat Good Friday as an ordinary trading day for pubs, restaurants and hotels.Last year, they made a similar call, arguing that there was a particular impetus to lift the ban due to the 1916 centenary celebrations and the Ireland versus Switzerland friendly soccer international.However, the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald didn’t budge on the issue and ruled out any changes.Speaking at the launch of their campaign, Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA said the rationale for a change to the law was compelling. Deirdre Devitt, President, LVA and Pat Crotty, President, VFI. Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyHe said the law hasn’t been changed in 90 years, stating that it is “no longer appropriate for a modern era”. Last year, O’Keeffe said tourists were dumbstruck to find that after paying for flights to Ireland, they could not buy a drink in an Irish bar.“One man from the United States pointed out that in his country there was a separation of Church and State and that’s what one would expect in a modern democracy. Others pointed out the negative effect on local business. So this shows the fallacy of the government’s claim to be pro-business,” said O’Keeffe.The group’s estimate businesses lose between €30 and €40 million by closing on Good Friday.Padraig Cribben CEO of the VFI said the public view the law as being completely out-of-date and publicans believe there is broad support for the law to be amended. Feb 6th 2017, 6:00 PM Publicans say Good Friday alcohol ban has no place in a modern Ireland Publicans have made a fresh appeal for the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday to be lifted. In 2017, consumers should have the option to go out for a drink on Good Friday if they so choose. Indeed many are choosing to drink at home or organise house parties on the day. Friday itself is a very important trading day – for many publicans it accounts for 30% of their weekly business – and this is especially true of bank holiday weekends.“Publicans have been engaging with politicians on this issue for the last six years but the constant response is the issue will be addressed as part of a new Sale of Alcohol Bill. It’s as if ministers are living in never-never land while the rest of us have to live in the real world,” he said. Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyCribbens said now is the time for politicians to show the political will to make the change, and made an appeal to the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald to introduce the necessary legislation in time for Easter 2017. O’Keeffe said the groups have not received any negative feedback from either the unions or from health lobbyists on the issue.He added that publicans are only campaigning for pubs to be allowed serve on Good Friday and said they were happy to remain closed on Christmas Day.Read: Where can I get a drink today?Read: As the off-licences were closing, we hit the streets to ask about the alcohol ban There is no case for the licensed trade to be treated differently to other retail businesses. Easter is a huge tourism weekend right across the country. Forcing pubs and all licensed hospitality businesses to close sends a very negative signal to tourists and visitors who are left baffled and disappointed by the measure. https://jrnl.ie/3224777 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 20,176 Views By Christina Finn 145 Comments Monday 6 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM
Mar 28th 2017, 7:49 AM It’s 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail. pic.twitter.com/V3RpFSgfnO— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 27, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3310317 The 1950s called and asked for their headline back.#everydaysexism https://t.co/s1W1XfhrhN— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) March 27, 2017 40,812 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Source: Jeremy Corbyn MP/Twitter Source: Ed Miliband/Twitter Source: Yvette Cooper/Twitter Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said that the headline was something from the 1950s while current leader Jeremy Corbyn said such attitudes should be consigned to history. Share349 Tweet Email3 93 Comments May and Sturgeon discuss future of UK – ‘moronic’ Daily Mail headline focuses on their legs “The 1950s called and asked for the headline back,” said former Labour leader Ed Miliband. THE UK EDITION of the Daily Mail has come in for sharp criticism over its front page headline today, covering yesterday’s meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.The future of the union was a topic for debate yesterday ahead of May triggering Article 50 to get the Brexit ball rolling, and the Mail ran with the headline: “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” alongside a picture of the pair sitting while facing the cameras.Inside, a column from Sarah Vine dissects the issue of the pair’s legs in great detail, claiming that Sturgeon positioned her legs in a “more flirty, tantalisingly crossed” way, in a “direct attempt at seduction” towards the Scottish electorate.Labour MPs led the criticism against the Daily Mail, calling it sexist, moronic and offensive.MP Yvette Cooper said that these women would help to determine in the union continues to exist, and ironically said that the headline would “obviously” be about their legs in 2017, while MP Harriet Harman echoed this sentiment. Short URL It’s 2017. Two women’s decisions will determine if United Kingdom continues to exist. And front page news is their lower limbs. Obviously pic.twitter.com/AMp0YvtISa— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) March 27, 2017 The Scottish edition of the Mail led with the same picture but an altogether different headline: “Oh so frosty! Secrets of Nicola and PM’s talk-in”. The Irish edition focused on May’s decision not to visit Northern Ireland before Wednesday.There was further condemnation across social media for the headline from members of the public.Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 tomorrow, which will begin Brexit negotiations with the EU.Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, has asked colleagues to support a vote to hold another referendum on Scottish independence, after a majority in the country voted to remain in the EU.Last week, the Irish and UK editions of the Daily Mail ran very different stories on the death of Martin McGuinness.Read: Over half of people don’t support the Bus Éireann strikeRead: Tánaiste to brief cabinet today on latest garda controversies with no-confidence vote looming Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 7:49 AM Source: Harriet Harman/Twitter Moronic! And we are in 2017! pic.twitter.com/LTGEZdtNo3— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) March 27, 2017
32,934 Views http://jrnl.ie/3448649 No Comments Jun 16th 2017, 4:47 PM Short URL A WOMAN WHO sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found that Michelle Carter caused the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter cried as the judge explained his reasoning but remained stoic when the verdict was read.Sobs broke out throughout the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced.The judge ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy’s family and she can’t leave the state. She faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison.The sensational trial in Taunton offered a window into teen depression and suicide through text messages and Facebook communications.Carter was 17 when she sent Roy dozens of messages urging him to take his own life in July 2014. Roy, 18, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. In one message Carter wrote:I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!Prosecutors said that in addition to bombarding Roy with text messages, Carter also gave Roy advice when he got out of the truck as he was inhaling the gas and told her he was scared. “Get back in,” she told him, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to end his own life. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan.‘You just have to do it’An involuntary manslaughter charge can be brought in Massachusetts when someone causes the death of another person when engaging in reckless or wanton conduct that creates a high degree of likelihood of substantial harm.Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist testifying for the defense, said Carter was a “very troubled youngster” who suffered from depression. At the time of Roy’s death, Carter was taking Celexa, an antidepressant Breggin said targets the brain’s frontal lobe, which controls empathy and decision-making. Source: Pat Greenhouse/Globe StaffBreggin said Carter was in the grips of a “grandiose” delusion that she alone could help Roy find his way to heaven and she would care for his family.Prosecutors focused on a series of text messages Carter sent Roy in the days before he killed himself. On the day of his suicide, Carter wrote to Roy:You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.Prosecutors have argued the text messages support their claim that Carter caused Roy’s death by recklessly helping him poison himself.Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives. Their relationship largely consisted of text messages and emails.Read: Woman accused of urging boyfriend to kill himself via texts goes on trial> By Associated Press Image: Faith Ninivaggi Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself in texts found guilty of manslaughter Michelle Carter faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison. Image: Faith Ninivaggi Friday 16 Jun 2017, 4:47 PM Share19 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Share1180 Tweet Email11 By Sean Murray Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 10:05 PM Image: Morry Gash AP/Press Association Images 71,562 Views Image: Morry Gash AP/Press Association Images Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3459198 Judge rules that Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced and he should be freed The only option left to authorities is to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court. A THREE-JUDGE Federal appeals panel in the US has ruled that the confession of Brendan Dassey to a murder in 2005 was improperly obtained, and he should be released from prison.Dassey was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2007. He had told investigators that he had helped his uncle Steven Avery rape and kill the photographer in the family’s scrap yard in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.The story of Avery and Dassey gained a global audience with the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer.A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators coerced Dassey, who was 16 years old at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing and overturned his conviction.The state Justice Department appealed the ruling in a move that kept Dassey, now 27, behind bars pending the outcome.With the latest ruling from the three-judge Federal panel, the only option for the State of Wisconsin if they wish to keep Dassey incarcerated is to appeal to the US Supreme Court.Johnny Koremenos, a spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, said the office expects to seek review by the full 7th Circuit or the US Supreme Court, and hopes “that today’s erroneous decision will be reversed.”“We continue to send our condolences to the Halbach family as they have to suffer through another attempt by Mr Dassey to re-litigate his guilty verdict and sentence,” Koremenos said.Laura Nirider, a lawyer who aided Dassey’s defense, called it “a victory for Brendan.”Avery and Dassey contend they were framed by police angry with Avery for suing Manitowoc County over his wrongful conviction for sexual assault.Avery spent 18 years in prison in that case before DNA tests showed he didn’t commit the crime. He’s pursuing his own appeal in state court.Following the airing of Making a Murderer on Netflix, a massive following on social media began pushing for the pair’s release.Authorities who worked on the cases insisted the documentary is biased. Ken Kratz, the prosecutor, wrote in his book “Avery” that Dassey was “a shuffling, mumbling young man with bad skin and broken-bowl haircut” who could have saved Halbach’s life but instead involved himself in her rape and murder and Avery is “by any measure of the evidence, stone guilty.”With reporting from the Associated PressRead: Dean Strang on Steven Avery: ‘I’m very hopeful that they will discover new evidence and get him back in court’Read: Nearly 24 hours from freedom, Brendan Dassey’s release from prison has been blocked Jun 22nd 2017, 10:05 PM 55 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article