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A run-down of the top crime stories week ending January 24

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 01:35

A powerful New York politician arrested for corruption, a Chicago couple faces murder charges in Indonesia, and an innocent man released after almost 40 years. Justin Mitchell reports.

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Alleged political corruption tops this week's crime stories -- speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver arrested for murky payments he received from a New York City law firm. Silver has been one of the most powerful people in the state for over two decades -- but if convicted would have to give up his seat. Across the world -- in Indonesia -- a young woman from Chicago sits pregnant in jail, accused along with her boyfriend of murdering her mother and stuffing her body in a suitcase. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty. In Los Angeles, a middle school student was stabbed while visiting friends at another school after hours. Local media said some 100 students on campus at the time were locked down for hours as anxious parents waited to pick them up. In North Carolina, some good news: 70-year old Joseph Sledge walked out of prison after serving almost four decades for double murder. The state's Innocence Inquiry Commission helped bring new evidence to light, giving Sledge the chance to finally walk free. (SOUNDBITE) FREED PRISONER JOSEPH SLEDGE SAYING "Well, I can thank God to be alive, and thank the Innocence Commission for sticking with this case, and making it happen." Sledge was found guilty of killing two women in their home, but has maintained his innocence his entire time behind bars.

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A run-down of the top crime stories week ending January 24

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 01:35