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Ex-prosecutor disbarred after wrongful convictions in Texas

May. 16, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas County prosecutor has surrendered his law license after the State Bar of Texas said he withheld evidence that led to the wrongful convictions of two men who spent 14 years in prison in the fatal stabbing of a pastor. ...

Ex-priest priest pleads guilty in Upper Peninsula to abuse

May. 16, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) — A former Upper Peninsula priest who left Michigan years ago has pleaded guilty to a remaining sexual abuse case against him. Gary Jacobs, 75, is accused of sexually abuse teenagers in the 1980s while serving as a priest under the Catholic...

Southern California city settles lawsuit against bloggers

May. 16, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California city of Fullerton has agreed to pay $350,000 and take back its accusations of criminal computer hacking to settle a lawsuit against two local bloggers, a newspaper reported. The agreement was approved by the City Council...

Parties in class-action lead suit to give settlement details

May. 16, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Information on an impending settlement in a class-action lawsuit over lead poisoning in New Haven’s children is expected to be released Monday. The New Haven Register reports the parties are scheduled to give details on a settlement in the...

Durst trial to resume after long delay; will jury be ready?

May. 16, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took nearly 15 years for police to arrest New York real estate heir Robert Durst in the killing of his best friend and another five to bring him to trial. After just two days of testimony, jurors were sent home when the coronavirus closed courthouses. ...

Man acquitted of felony charges in PA movie theater shooting

May. 16, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A man has been acquitted of felony charges but convicted of misdemeanors in a shooting at a southwestern Pennsylvania mall movie theater that left a teenage boy with a gunshot wound more than two years ago. The (Washington) Observer-Reporter...

'Justice Lab' aims to expose, litigate claims of police bias

May. 16, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman forced to the ground by two sheriff’s deputies in an arrest recorded by her son. Demonstrators tear-gassed and hit by rubber projectiles while protesting the death of George Floyd. A man stunned with a Taser as he tried to flee what advocates say was an unjust...

2 men wrongfully sent to death row awarded $75M in damages

May. 15, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case has awarded $75 million to two Black, intellectually disabled half brothers who spent decades behind bars after being wrongfully convicted in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. The...

Police still searching for girl missing after mom's killing

May. 15, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — The search for a Connecticut toddler who went missing in December 2019 and whose father is accused of killing her mother is still continuing, according to a state prosecutor. At pretrial hearing for the father, Jose Morales, on Friday, a prosecutor...

Man who killed neighbor with frying pan gets 22 years

May. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to killing his neighbor with a frying pan was sentenced to 22 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Wilbur Tankersley, 36, was murdered in May 2020 in an apartment building for low-income people in Spokane, The...