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Second autopsy granted in Brown County murder case

Jan. 15, 2020 12:22 PM EST

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge has agreed to a defense request for a second autopsy in a murder case, even though the victim's body has already been embalmed. Jarrett Jones, 48, is in custody on a first-degree murder charge in the Jan. 2 fatal shooting of Jon Schumacher. Brown County court...

St. Louis County adopts waiting list for public defenders

Jan. 10, 2020 12:01 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Getting legal representation will take longer for hundreds of criminal defendants in Missouri’s largest county now that its judicial circuit has instituted a waiting list that supporters say is the only way to reduce the massive caseloads that its overworked public defenders have...

Weinstein charged with sex crimes in LA on eve of NY trial

Jan. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors charged Harvey Weinstein on Monday with sexually assaulting two women on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013, bringing the new case against the disgraced Hollywood mogul on the eve of jury selection for his New York trial. The case, brought by a task...

Little Rock asks judge to stay order to reinstate officer

Jan. 6, 2020 12:42 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock has asked a judge to stay his ruling ordering the reinstatement of a white police officer who was fired after fatally shooting a black motorist. The city on Friday filed notice that it was appealing Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's decision. Officer Charles...

Arkansas judge orders officer who shot motorist reinstated

Jan. 2, 2020 7:17 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Thursday ordered the city of Little Rock to reinstate a police officer who was fired for fatally shooting a black motorist. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox reversed the Little Rock Civil Service Commission's ruling upholding the termination of Officer...

Man gets prison for stealing home deed without signing loan

Jan. 2, 2020 5:14 PM EST

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to prison for trying to steal a new $219,000 home by snatching and filing a signed deed without signing loan documents. Stanley Livingston, 45, was given a three-and-a-half-year sentence last month in Polk County court, the Ledger reported. A jury convicted...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger becomes emotional as she testifies in her murder trial in Dallas. A federal judge has ruled the city of Dallas is not liable for the off-duty police officer fatally shooting a man in his own apartment last year. On Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn dismissed the city from civil lawsuit that the family of Botham Jean brought after the 26-year-old was killed by Guyger. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool, File)

Dallas dismissed from lawsuit over police shooting

Dec. 26, 2019 8:47 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the city of Dallas is not liable for an off-duty police officer fatally shooting a man in his own apartment last year. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn dismissed the city from civil lawsuit that the family of Botham Jean brought after the 26-year-old was...

Federal oversight of St. Louis County Family Court ends

Dec. 26, 2019 3:38 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is ending its oversight of the St. Louis County Family Court, saying the court is now in compliance with a 2016 agreement meant to ensure the fair treatment of juveniles, especially black juveniles. The Family Court on Thursday released a letter dated Dec. 16...

Judge orders Alabama city to pay legal fees in school fight

Dec. 26, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A mostly white Alabama city that tried to form its own school system must pay nearly $850,000 to attorneys representing black people who successfully fought the move, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala ruled Monday that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and...

2 judges back on bench following fight-related suspensions

Dec. 24, 2019 12:10 PM EST

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Two southern Indiana judges are back on the bench after completing their suspensions for a downtown Indianapolis fight and double-shooting that followed a night of bar-hopping. Clark County Circuit Court Judge Brad Jacobs and Crawford Circuit Judge Sabrina Bell were reinstated...