Following support from celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, the case of Cyntoia Brown has been put on the Tennessee Governor’s radar. According to WKRN, Governor Bill Haslam is gathering information on Brown’s case. The 29-year-old is spending life in prison for fatally shooting a 43-year-old man who solicited her as a prostitute when she was a teen.
As previously reported, Brown was a teen sex trafficking victim who killed a man she believed was about to attack her. He took her to his home, and she shot him in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun. Earlier, she was lured into a sex trafficking ring, and she says that she was forced into prostitution by a violent boyfriend, a pimp named “Kutthroat.”
Brown never denied the murder.
“I shot him,” she reportedly said, not long after the crime. “I executed him.”
She was sentenced to life in prison for the murder
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New Hampshire is the latest state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. As New Hampshire Public Radio reports, Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill in which those found with up to three-quarters of an ounce face a civil violation and a fine of up to $100 for a first offense. The new bill will take into effect in 60 days.
The Governor also signed a bill that will create a comission to study marijuana; namely, legalization, regulation and how it should be taxed. Before the bill passed the state’s House, the Governor explained his stance. “We’ll let the legislature go through their process and we’ll see where it ends up but I do believe in the decriminalization aspect of marijuana,” he told NH1 News in April. “Obviously not the full legalization. Those are two very different issues.”
As NH1 points out, proponents of the bill believe that young people would benefit from not getting incarcerated for small-time busts.
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