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A Texas man who spent 35 years behind bars without a conviction will finally get a second chance at justice. Jerry Hartfield, 59, has been incarcerated even though an appeals court threw out his conviction for the 1976 murder of a woman who sold tickets at a Bay City bus station. Today, Hartfield will return to court for a retrial. “Regardless of how the time is parsed out, the delay between the initial conviction in 1977 and the trial… is extraordinary,” said his defense attorney Jay Wooten. After conducting psychological tests, it was discovered that Hartfield is mentally impaired. If he is convicted again, he would be eligible for parole. Read more.

Will There Be An “Empire” Spin-Off?

Is there an Empire spin-off in the works? According to director Lee Daniels, there is. During a recent appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, he spoke about another show that provides the back story for Cookie Lyon’s character. “I think there is going to be a spin-off of ‘Empire’ without question. We’ve talked about in the writers room already,” he said. “Here Cookie is now, but how did she get to where she’s at right now? Let’s go back and understand her mother, her sisters. Let’s understand the makings of her. It’d be like a prequel.” Not too long ago, Daniels sold a new project to Fox, which chronicles three Atlanta-based women who are trying to make their mark in the music industry. Read more.

Shots Fired at U.S. Consulate in Turkey

There was mayhem at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul Monday, after two women opened fire at the building. The shooting eventually sparked a gunfight between the assailants and police officials. One of the shooters was captured at a building nearby and taken to the hospital. She is believed to be a part of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front, or DHKP-C. This is the same group that was responsible for the suicide attack at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. Nobody else was injured during the shooting. Read more.


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