Danial J. Williams was convicted of raping and stabbing the wife of a neighbor and Navy colleague in July 1997. Six other men who had also been current or former members of the U.S. navy are also charged in the crime.
As part of a plea bargain that would protect him from a death sentence, Williams testified that each of the seven men had raped 18-year-old Michelle Moore-Bosko while the others held her down and covered her mouth.
Williams also testified that the men had each fulfilled a premeditated pledge to stab her before Williams strangled her. The plan, designed by Williams, was to have each man participate in the murder so that he would be less willing to testify against the others if implicated as a suspect in the case.
Williams will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Four more suspects, two of whom plan to plead guilty, will be face their trials next month.
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11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .