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Vigilante accused of ordering Mexican mayor's murder

Mexican authorities accused Monday the leader of a vigilante group founded to combat a drug cartel of ordering the murder of a mayor who opposed such "self-defense" forces. It was the second arrest of a vigilante leader in March in Michoacan, an agricultural state that was so beset by violence that civilians decided to take up arms a year ago.

Vigilante accused of ordering Mexican mayor's murder

Mexican authorities accused Monday the leader of a vigilante group founded to combat a drug cartel of ordering the murder of a mayor who opposed such "self-defense" forces. The vigilante leader, Enrique Hernandez Salcedo, was among 19 people detained in connection with the murder of Tanhuato Mayor Gustavo Garibay Garcia in the troubled western state of Michoacan. Alfredo Castillo, the federal security commissioner for Michoacan, said authorities believe Garibay was gunned down on March 22 due to his opposition to the presence of vigilantes.

Mexican vigilante says innocent of double murder

A founder of so-called self-defense militias that defied a drug cartel in western Mexico declared his innocence Wednesday on charges that he was behind the murders of two fellow vigilantes. Standing behind bars after a judge ordered him held pending trial in Michoacan state, Hipolito Mora said he was betrayed and that his family was being harassed by a rival. "I killed nobody. These charges are false. Everybody knows I'm innocent," said the grey-bearded lime grower, stripped of his trademark cowboy hat. "I feel betrayed by many people."

Mexico vigilantes agree not to enter more urban areas

Mexico City, Mar 1 (EFE).- Mexican vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan have pledged not to enter more cities, municipal seats or other urban areas, authorities said. They made those commitments in a meeting Friday in Apatzingan with the federally appointed commissioner for security and development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo, the Government Secretariat said in a statement.

Mexican vigilantes celebrate first anniversary

Hundreds of vigilantes marched in western Mexico on Monday with rifles slung over their shoulders to commemorate the first anniversary of their uprising against a cult-like drug cartel. Around 800 people attended a mass held on a former altar that had been built by the pseudo-religious Knights Templar gang in La Ruana, one of the first towns to take up arms in the state of Michoacan on February 24, 2013.

Enbridge Gas New Brunswick seeks damages in lawsuit against province

FREDERICTON - Enbridge Gas has filed a lawsuit against the New Brunswick government alleging it lost money because of changes made to a law that regulates the development of the province's gas distribution system. In its statement of claim filed in the Court of Queen's Bench, Enbridge says amendments in 2012 to the Gas Distribution Act eliminated a deferral account from rate calculations made by the provincial Energy and Utilities Board.

Enbridge Gas New Brunswick seeks damages in lawsuit against province

FREDERICTON - Enbridge Gas has filed a lawsuit against the New Brunswick government alleging it lost money because of changes made to a law that regulates the development of the province's gas distribution system. In its statement of claim filed in the Court of Queen's Bench, Enbridge says amendments in 2012 to the Gas Distribution Act eliminated a deferral account from rate calculations made by the provincial Energy and Utilities Board.

U.S. criminals exonerated in 2013 climbs to record high: study

By Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) - The number of U.S. criminals exonerated in 2013 climbed to a record high of 87, many of which were cleared due to DNA evidence or proof that the police forced a confession, according to a report released on Tuesday. The states with the most exonerations last year were Texas, Illinois and New York, according to the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Michigan Law School.

Wrongful convictions overturned at faster clip in 2013

A near-record number of wrongful convictions were overturned in 2013, and they are just the tip of the iceberg, a report released Tuesday found. Out of almost 1,300 criminals whose convictions were overturned in the past 25 years, 87 were exonerated in 2013 alone, the briskest pace since 2009, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. "That's good news because we are more likely to address the problem that caused false conviction in the first place," the report's lead author Samuel Gross told AFP.

Mexico registering anti-drug vigilantes to give them official status

Mexico has started registering vigilantes fighting a drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan to classify them as official rural defense groups, an official said Thursday. In the next few days some 400 to 600 people are expected to be registered, said Alfredo Castillo, a federal government commissioner for security in Michoacan. The registration of these people will include what kind of weapons they have, he said. The vigilantes rose up in 2013 to defend their villages from drug traffickers who extort money and kidnap and kill people.
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