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Spirit of Scotland Awards 2012 winnersThe winners of the 2012 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards were announced at a glittering prize-giving ceremony held in Edinburgh.These Awards recognise individuals who lead the way in various aspects of Scottish culture. The winners are chosen by a public vote.The event was hosted by broadcaster Kirsty Wark and attended by a host of VIP guests including many former Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award Winners.This year's Top Scot was Michael Forbes, a farmer from near Balmedie in Aberdeenshire, who became known after his refusal to sell his home to billionaire Donald Trump for a luxury golf course development.Kirsty Wark said: "The winner of the Top Scot Award is a real people’s choice. He is a man who is known more for his actions than by his name. An ordinary Aberdonian, whose love of his home has touched a chord with many and whose refusal to leave it, despite enormous pressure has been heralded as a David and Goliath style battle of wills."Top ScotMichael Forbes
Hannah Sabata is 19 and not very smart. Here’s why: she stole a car and then robbed a bank of $6,256. She then made a YouTube video where she bragged about it, even going so far as to flash the cash that she stole, and the car keys to her new (stolen) car. Oh, and an ounce of weed… and an Insane Clown Posse pipe.
A former death row inmate with intellectual disabilities has languished in the Texas prison system for over 30 years despite having no valid criminal conviction. Jerry Hartfield, an illiterate man with an IQ of 51, had his capital conviction overturned in 1980 because the jury at his trial had been improperly selected. A Texas appeals court ordered a new trial for Hartfield, but that trial has never happened. In 1983, then-Governor Mark White attempted to commute Hartfield's former death sentence to life without parole. However, a federal court has recently ruled that the commutation was irrelevant since Hartfield was not convicted of a crime. No action had been taken on the case until 2006, when another inmate helped Hartfield file a handwritten motion, asking that he be either retried or set free. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the petition, but a federal judge agreed with Hartfield, saying the decision overturning his conviction still stands. U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes said, "Hartfield's position is as straightforward and subtle as a freight train....The court's mandate was never recalled, its decision never overturned, the conviction never reinstated; yet Hartfield never received the 'entirely new trial' ordered by the court." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit called the state's defense of Hartfield's incarceration "disturbingly unprofessional" and returned the case to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for further action. Given the Sixth Amendment's right to a speedy trial, it is not clear that Hartfield could be re-tried.