Kiley Crossland

Kiley is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on marriage, family, and sexuality.

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Manafort found guilty on eight counts, mistrial declared on 10 others

by Lynde Langdon & Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/21/18, 05:04 pm

UPDATE: The jury in the Paul Manafort case has found President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman guilty of eight of 18 criminal counts. In a note to U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, jurors said they had not reached consensus on the 10 remaining counts, and Ellis declared a mistrial on those counts. Manafort’s conviction includes five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failing to file foreign bank account reports. The jury deliberated for four days before announcing their verdict.

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Predator priests

Sexual Abuse | The Catholic Church reels from yet another abuse crisis
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/17/18, 04:07 pm

Catholics around the world are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse by the U.S. Catholic hierarchy after a grand jury report released this week detailed horrific allegations against priests in Pennsylvania. The 18-month investigation revealed more than 300 “predator priests” raped and molested more than 1,000 child victims, all identified from hidden church records. Those numbers are likely understated due to destroyed records and silent victims.

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Houston man gets death for ‘honor killings’

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/14/18, 04:26 pm

A Houston jury Tuesday sentenced to death a Jordanian Muslim immigrant convicted of two honor killings. Last month, jurors found Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, guilty of the 2012 shooting deaths of his daughter’s American husband, Coty Beavers, and his daughter’s best friend, Gelareh Bagherzadeh. Prosecuters said Irsan conspired to kill the two after his daughter, Nesreen Irsan, married Beavers and converted from Islam to Christianity. Bagherzadeh reportedly encouraged the marriage.

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