Latest Trials News

Prosecutors defend newer charges against Ghislaine Maxwell

Apr. 10, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors hope to preserve a July trial date for Ghislaine Maxwell by defending a late-hour expansion of charges against her, saying they developed when a woman spoke after Maxwell’s arrest about her abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein in the early 2000s. ...

Ex-officer's trial in Floyd's death shows courtroom tactics

Apr. 10, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death has introduced viewers from around the world to a vast array of defense and prosecution tactics aimed at swaying the jury. Some strategies and terms that have...

Woman's trial in baby's death 40 years ago delayed again

Apr. 10, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The trial for a woman accused of killing her newborn son 40 years ago has been delayed again. Theresa Bentaas' trial was supposed to start Monday in Minnehaha County court. But the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Friday that the trial has now...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns to sports on TV, and Julia Jenae talks things out with colleagues. Each is covering one of the nation's biggest stories, the murder trial of...

Appeals court OKs new trial for mom in baby's 2001 death

Apr. 10, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Battle Creek woman convicted of her daughter's death nearly 20 years ago has presented enough new evidence to get a second trial, the Michigan Court of Appeals said. The court on Thursday affirmed a decision by a judge who said Tonia...

Prosecutor: Salvini should not be tried for migrant policy

Apr. 10, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian prosecutor on Saturday told a court in Sicily that there's no reason to order right-wing leader Matteo Salvini to stand trial for alleged kidnapping for his role in keeping rescued migrants aboard a coast guard ship for days in the summer of 2019. ...

Medical examiner blames police pressure for Floyd's death

Apr. 09, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chief medical examiner who ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide testified Friday that the way police held him down and compressed his neck “was just more than Mr. Floyd could take,” given the condition of his heart. Dr. Andrew Baker, the...

Nevada justices strike down deadline in death penalty case

Apr. 09, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court struck down a deadline Friday that a district judge set later this month for a Salvadoran immigrant’s lawyers to file a motion claiming he’s intellectually disabled and therefore can’t be executed if convicted of murdering a Reno couple and...

'Blue wall of silence' takes hit in Chauvin's murder trial

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Police accused of wrongdoing can usually count on the blue wall of silence — protection from fellow officers that includes everything from shutting off body cameras to refusing to cooperate with investigators. But that's not the case with Derek Chauvin, with many colleagues quick to condemn...

NRA trial opens window on secretive leader's life and work

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Wayne LaPierre flies exclusively on private jets, he sailed around the Bahamas for “security” and he never sends emails or texts in the course of his work running the nation's most politically influential gun-rights group. LaPierre's testimony this...