Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was released from jail on $500,000 bond Sunday — around the time his team pulled off an emotional, last-second win — after his arrest in the fiery weekend car crash that killed his teammate, reports CNN. Brent was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter after a Mercedes he was driving flipped and caught fire early Saturday in Irving, Texas, the Dallas suburb where the Cowboys are based. Police said Brent’s car was traveling at high-speed when it hit a curb, and officers on the scene “believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.” In an arrest affidavit released Sunday, police reported that Brent was pulling his teammate, Jerry Brown Jr., from the wrecked vehicle when officers reached the scene of the crash. He refused a blood test, but police were able to take a sample from him because the case involved a fatality, the affidavit states. The car traveled about 900 feet after hitting the curb, said police spokesman John Argumaniz. The 25-year-old Brown, an outside linebacker on the Dallas practice squad, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
As the Obama administration decides how to deal with new laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize marijuana, a new survey from USA Today/Gallup shows that most Americans oppose government intervention to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws. According to the survey, which interviewed 1,015 adults between November 26-29, 64 percent of Americans say the federal government should not take steps to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where it has been legalized. Voters in both Colorado and Washington voted on Election Day to legalize pot for casual use, and the law went into effect in Washington state last week. But possessing marijuana is still a violation of the Controlled Substances Act, a federal law, and the federal government hasn’t yet said how it will respond to this conflict. According to Gallup, people’s views on how the government should react in this situation is largely defined on whether or not they believe marijuana should be legalized: Of those who say it should, only 12 percent said the government should take steps to enforce federal laws; of those who oppose legalization, 56 percent said so. Respondents were divided on legalization in general, however, with 48 percent supporting it and 50 percent opposing it.
The man who police say pushed another man to his death in front of an oncoming New York City subway train says he was high on drugs and trying to combat voices in his head. Authorities have charged 30-year-old Naeem Davis with second-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han. Davis claims he was harassed and threatened by Ki Suk Han before Monday’s violence erupted on the platform of the 49th Street station — and that he was high when he pushed Han to his death.Davis tells the New York Post in a jailhouse interview that Han had grabbed his arm and threatened him earlier. He says he was coaxed into shoving Han by voices in his head that he couldn’t control. Davis tells the newspaper he didn’t attempt to pull Han to safety because “it happened so fast” and he was “under the influence.” He says he didn’t mean to kill Han.
Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows at events across the state Sunday, on the first day they could marry after the state’s gay marriage law took effect. About 140 couples had registered to marry at Seattle City Hall, which had set up five separate chapels to accommodate the revelers, CBS reports. Starting at 10 a.m., cheers and applause regularly broke out as another couple’s marriage became official. Weddings at city hall were to continue through 5 p.m. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples picked up their marriage licenses as early as 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but because of the state’s three-day waiting period, the earliest weddings could take place was just after midnight, early Sunday morning. Last month, Washington, Maine and Maryland became the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote. They joined six other states — New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont — and the District of Columbia that had already enacted laws or issued court rulings permitting same-sex marriage.
Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused the former International Monetary Fund chief of sexually assaulting her are set to appear in a New York state court on Monday and may announce a settlement to her civil lawsuit against him. The court date comes less than two weeks after a source familiar with the matter said the two sides had reached a preliminary agreement to settle the case. The source said details of the settlement are not likely to be made public at the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in New York State Supreme Court in the New York City borough of The Bronx. The agreement would end a legal saga that began when Nafissatou Diallo, 33, told police that Strauss-Kahn attacked her in his suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan on May 14, 2011. The scandal forced Strauss-Kahn to resign his post as head of one of the world’s most influential international finance organizations and wrecked his hopes of running for president in his native France.