The day before he stabbed his father at the family’s home in rural Bath County, the son of Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds underwent a psychiatric evaluation but was not admitted to a hospital, because no bed was available.
Deeds was listed in fair condition late Tuesday after his son, Austin, stabbed him in the face and chest, then shot himself in what investigators described as an apparent attempted murder and suicide.
Deeds vaulted to the statewide political stage in 2009 as the Democratic nominee for governor, only to lose to Republican Robert McDonnell. After the defeat, Deeds went through a divorce and largely receded from public view.
The violence also culminated what appears to have been a horrific downward spiral for Deeds’ son Austin, 24, a banjo-playing former campaign volunteer for his father who dropped out of college last month and whose apparent psychiatric problems had prompted an examination Monday.
Court upholds Texas abortion law
A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state’s clinics to stop providing abortions.
The justices voted 5-4 to leave in effect a provision requiring doctors who perform abortions in clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
The court’s conservative majority refused the plea of Planned Parenthood and several Texas abortion clinics to overturn a preliminary federal appeals court ruling that allowed the provision to take effect.
Florida lawmaker busted for cocaine
Florida Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel has been charged with cocaine possession after what a federal law enforcement official described Tuesday as a “buy and bust” operation.
In a statement expressing regret, the 37-year-old Republican freshman lawmaker said he struggles with alcoholism and intends to seek treatment and counseling.
Radel said he had made an “extremely irresponsible choice” and had let down his family and his constituents.
He was scheduled to appear this morning in District of Columbia Superior Court.
Minister suspended for LGBT advocacy
A United Methodist minister from southeastern Pennsylvania who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony was suspended Tuesday for 30 days and told he will lose his credentials if he violates any church rules in that time.
The jury told the Rev. Frank Schaefer that he must “discern his newly discovered calling to the LGBT community” – referring to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people – and surrender his credentials if he can’t uphold all of the church’s Book of Discipline.
Schaefer, who was convicted for officiating at his son’s 2007 wedding ceremony in Massachusetts, told the jury Tuesday that he is unrepentant.
The pastor told jurors that he has been called by God to be an advocate for LGBT rights.