The city of Norfolk has agreed to pay (from left to right) Eric Wilson, Danial Williams, Joseph Dick and Derek Tice $4.9million to the sailors and the state agreed to pay $3.5million. The four sailors were convicted in 1997 rape and killing of Michelle Moore-Bosko (inset). DNA evidence linked another man, Omar Ballard, to the crimes. Three of the men were granted conditional pardons in 2009 but their convictions remained on the books. Wilson had failed to get his conviction overturned in court because he had already completed his sentence when he brought the challenge. The men have long said they confessed only after being intimidated by police. Their case was championed by multi-million selling author John Grisham, (inset, bottom right).
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A new CDC study contradicts the Obama administration’s insistence that firearm homicides represent a growing threat, with Americans more likely to die from accidental poisoning or the flu than being shot with a gun.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report last week but it has received very little press attention. The figures show that there were 33,636 firearms related deaths in 2013, with 21,175 being suicides, 505 “accidental discharges,” and 11,208 being assault related (homicide).
To put this into context, 31,240 people died in accidental falls, meaning that Americans face a bigger threat from tripping in the shower or slipping on ice than they do being shot dead.
Being poisoned (48,545 deaths), alcohol abuse (29,001 deaths), and motor vehicle accidents (33,804 deaths) all pose a greater danger than homicides, many of which are gang related anyway.