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Cheat Sheet: March 12, 2013

First day ends with no new pope

Today was the first day of the papal conclave to elect a new pope, and the black smoke seen hanging over the Sistine Chapel signified that no pope had been elected. There will now be four votes a day between the 115 cardinals of the conclave until a new pope is chosen. When the cardinals have agreed upon a pope, white smoke will be released from the Chapel, accompanied by the pealing of bells. There are a few top contenders, according to analysts, but no obvious one front-runner like now-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had been in 2005. Officially, papal conclaves are open-ended, but none have lasted longer than five days since 1831. (Source)

Suffolk man sentenced for shooting son

Michael Anthony Goodman, a 22-two-year-old Suffolk man was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for shooting his 3-year-old son. The shooting occurred on June 15 of last year, the result of an argument between Goodman, the child’s mother and another man. Goodman had meant to shoot the man that his ex-girlfriend had allegedly been seeing but instead shot the 3-year-old. The child was taken to a hospital and survived the injury. Goodman has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars with six years and 11 months suspended. In November, he pleaded guilty to malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, child abuse: disregard for life, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and child abuse: serious injury. (Source)

Not guilty plea entered on behalf of theater shooting suspect

The judge in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre case entered a not guilty plea today on behalf of the defendant, James Holmes, after the suspect’s attorneys said he was not ready to enter one. Reporters say Holmes sat silently through the court proceedings today while the plea was entered. Prosecutors will reveal whether or not they will seek the death penalty for the defendant on April 1. Should they do so, the only way Holmes will be able to avoid execution or life in prison will be pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, which will require a more drawn-out proceeding for mental health evaluations. Holmes is charged with 166 counts, mostly murder and attempted murder, for the July 20 shooting in an Aurora movie theater 20 that left 12 killed and 70 injured. (Source)

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