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Evidence sought to exonerate man convicted in 1986 slaying

Apr. 21, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

The headline was deceivingly simple: "Fisherman finds body." The few paragraphs beneath that summed up the gruesome murder of 25-year-old Donna Perry could tell nothing of the decades of grief, hundreds of pages of court documents and seemingly endless questions that would follow. After 32 years behind bars, the...

India's chief justice accused of sexual harassment

Apr. 20, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A former employee of India's Supreme Court has accused the country's chief justice of sexual harassment, an accusation that was vehemently denied by the judge, the nation's largest news agency reported Saturday. The 35-year-old woman filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday...

Ecuador orders arrest of former foreign minister

Apr. 19, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An Ecuadorian judge has ordered the arrest of a former foreign minister, highlighting political tensions in the country that evicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the country's London embassy. Ricardo Patiño said in a video message on social media that he's being...

US judge blocks part of Ohio ban on abortion procedure

Apr. 19, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge blocked part of an Ohio law late Thursday that bans the abortion method of dilation and evacuation in most cases, adding to a list of restrictions on the procedure that are or soon could be in legal limbo. Senior U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati...

Peruvian judge orders jail for former president Kuczynski

Apr. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian judge has ordered that former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski be jailed for up to three years as authorities investigate his alleged involvement in a corruption case. The order announced Friday against Kuczynski, which is designed to prevent him from trying to flee during the...

Brazil judge reverses order censoring news sites

Apr. 19, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A judge on Brazil's top court has cancelled a ruling that forced two news sites to remove reports that a corruption investigation had included a reference to the court's president. Thursday's ruling by Judge Alexandre de Moraes overturns his own order issued Monday, which had been...

Man convicted in 2012 killing of 7-year-old Chicago girl

Apr. 18, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 death of a 7-year-old girl who was shot outside her home. Jerrell Dorsey was convicted Thursday by a Cook County jury. The 33-year-old Dorsey was one of two gunmen who opened fire on rival gang members on a West Side...

New trial ordered for Arkansas man convicted in son's death

Apr. 18, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday for a death row inmate who was convicted in the killing of his 6-year-old son, whom investigators say died from an infection caused by the father sexually assaulting him with a stick. Justices overturned the 2016 capital...

Judge scales back Weinstein suit, allows sex-traffic claim

Apr. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday, as he dramatically shrank the scope of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization. U.S....

Judge: Student in T-shirt lawsuit won't be named

Apr. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from a Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct to publicly name the student who has filed a lawsuit against the Republican. U.S. Judge Jeffrey Frensley on Thursday ruled against Rep. David Byrd's argument the student should be named...