Raymond Lee Fryberg Jr. Convicted On Six Firearms Counts
The father of 15-year-old high schooler Jaylen Fryberg, who shot five classmates -- killing four, as well as himself -- in his school lunchroom last October, was convicted on Tuesday of six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. Fryberg Jr. faces up to 10 years in prison in the case, in which prosecutors alleged that Fryberg, 42 -- a member of the Tulalip Tribes -- bought several weapons despite being under a tribal domestic violence protective order since 2002. Lawyers argued that the protective order should have prevented Fryberg from buying the guns, but problems in the instant background-check system allowed him to circumvent the law, including his decision to claim on forms that he had not been convicted of a domestic violence crime because his lawyers argued he was never served with the protective order.
Kentucky Clerk Claims Pope Meeting
The lawyer for Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis claims that Pope Francis met with his client to discuss her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses and provided her with words of encouragement, including telling her to "stay strong." Attorney Mat Staver said Davis and her husband met with the Pop at the Vatican embassy in Washington last Thursday during his U.S. visit, though a Vatican spokesperson would not confirm or deny the report. The pope pretty much avoided discussing same-sex marriage during his first trip to America.
Georgia Executes Female Inmate
Despite strong calls for an appeal, including one from Pope Francis, Georgia executed death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner, 47, early Wednesday morning nearly 20 years after she was convicted of convincing her lover to kill her husband in 1997. Letters from her children, a plea from the Pope and several last-minute requests to the Supreme Court were unable to save her from being the first female convict executed in Georgia in 70 years. After saying goodbye to her children, Gissendaner sang "Amazing Grace" as the legal drug combination took effect.
Quick Take 1: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is slated to sign a proclamation on Weds. (Sept. 30) designating October "Zombie Preparedness Month." The Republican lawmaker said, "If you're prepared for zombies, you're prepared for anything," by way of explaining the jokey strategy to prepare Kansans for real disasters like tornadoes and floods.
Quick Take 2: Russia's parliament has given president Vladimir Putin the go-ahead to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State terror group in Syria. Russia will not, however, be allowed to use ground troops as part of its bid to end the civil war that's been going on since 2011. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN that Russia's move could be "an opportunity," to help resolve the conflict, but warned Putin that he should be careful not to become a target of Sunni jihadists in the country.