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Judge denies request to vacate sentence in hepatitis C case

Dec. 12, 2019 11:19 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge in New Hampshire dismissed a request to vacate the 39-year prison sentence for a traveling medical technician convicted of infecting patients with hepatitis C, agreeing with prosecutors that he waited too long to ask. David Kwiatkowski, 40, was sentenced in 2013 for...

Correction: Psychiatric Units-Suicide Prevention story

Dec. 11, 2019 12:12 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about changes inside hospital psychiatric units, The Associated Press incorrectly described the standards and requirements of The Joint Commission, an accrediting agency. It introduced new safety guidelines and called for assessments for suicide risks, but the...

Russian court jails 11 people over subway suicide bombing

Dec. 10, 2019 9:11 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A court in St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, on Tuesday convicted 11 people in relation to a deadly suicide bomb attack on the city's metro. The court sentenced one man to life in prison and handed lengthy prison terms — from 19 to 28 years — to the...

US oil executives jailed in Venezuela given house arrest

Dec. 10, 2019 2:42 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Six American oil executives held in an overcrowded Venezuelan prison for two years on corruption charges were granted house arrest Monday. The partial release of the six employees of Houston-based Citgo was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people familiar with the case who spoke on...

Court to hear resentencing bid in Arizona death penalty case

Dec. 9, 2019 2:24 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday by an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a new sentencing trial, arguing the horrific physical abuse that he suffered as a child wasn’t fully considered when he was first sentenced. The appeal of James Erin McKinney could...

Illinois prison guards face federal charges in inmate death

Dec. 6, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three Illinois prison guards were arraigned in federal court Friday on charges of assault and civil rights violations in the May 2018 death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center. A grand jury indicted the correctional officers, who also face charges that they...

Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

Dec. 6, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break. The justices denied the administration's plea to undo a lower court ruling in favor of inmates who have been given execution dates. The first of those had been...

Transgender women fight law blocking inmates' name change

Dec. 6, 2019 4:15 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three transgender women have filed a lawsuit challenging a Texas law that bars federal prison inmates from legally changing their names while in custody and within two years after serving their sentence. Donna Langan and Teresa De Barbarac are still serving time, but Alexandra Carson...

Governor halts policy after prison guards strip-search girl

Dec. 6, 2019 11:36 AM EST

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he's suspended a policy that allowed prison officials to strip search an 8-year-old girl who was visiting her father. “I am deeply disturbed by these reports — not just as governor but as a pediatrician and a dad,”...

Family members charged with helping teen inmate elude police

Dec. 6, 2019 10:30 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Family members of one of the four Tennessee juveniles who broke out of a detention center over the weekend are charged with housing and helping the 15-year-old escapee elude authorities, Nashville police confirmed to news outlets. Decorrius Wright, 16, and Calvin Howse, 15, were...