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Alabama jury convicts officer of manslaughter in shooting

Nov. 22, 2019 2:26 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jury on Friday found a white police officer guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in 2016. Jurors returned the verdict against Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith on the lesser charge for the shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn,...

Man convicted in machete attack found legally insane

Nov. 22, 2019 1:15 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who attacked another man with a machete while the victim’s wife and two young children looked on has been found guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity. A Multnomah County judge ruled Thursday that 40-year-old Dameon Hoover-Rhodes will be under the jurisdiction...

Iowa Supreme Court says stand-your-ground law has limits

Nov. 22, 2019 1:12 PM EST

An Iowa law allowing people to use lethal force to defend themselves doesn’t apply to defendants who engaged in criminal activity prior to the perceived threat, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling reverses an Iowa Court of Appeals’ order in May issuing a new trial to Miguel Angel...

Poland approves controversial judges to constitutional court

Nov. 22, 2019 12:12 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s parliament elected three ruling party nominees as judges to the constitutional court, including two widely denounced by opposition lawmakers, raising concerns about the court’s independence. Parliament voted the judges in late Thursday during a heated session...

Correction: Official Arrested-Detroit story

Nov. 22, 2019 11:37 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — In a story Nov. 20 about the trial of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Controller Chelsa Wagner, The Associated Press mischaracterized the reason that staff at a Detroit hotel called the police on her husband. The staff called 911 to report that he had acted unruly during a dispute over...

Judge concludes Illinois man innocent in 1999 fatal shooting

Nov. 22, 2019 11:09 AM EST

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A judge has concluded that an Illinois man who spent nearly 20 years behind bars wasn’t guilty of a crime in the fatal shooting that sent him to prison. The Chicago Tribune reports Kankakee County Judge Michael Sabol granted Terrence Haynes a certificate of innocence Thursday...

Court: .09% not enough to convict for drunken driving

Nov. 22, 2019 8:25 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a driver whose blood alcohol content registered .09% nearly two hours after he was stopped should not have been convicted of drunken driving. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the legal limit for driving is .08 percent, but the Supreme Court said...

Man found guilty of murdering British tourist in New Zealand

Nov. 22, 2019 1:44 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder in the death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane. Millane died last December on her birthday after meeting the man through the dating app Tinder, going out for drinks with him, and then returning to his...

A man in New Zealand is found guilty of murdering 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane after a 3-week trial

Nov. 21, 2019 11:56 PM EST
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man in New Zealand is found guilty of murdering 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane after a 3-week trial.

New Zealand jurors to decide if British tourist was murdered

Nov. 21, 2019 11:10 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday was deliberating whether a British backpacker was murdered by a man she met on a dating app or was accidentally choked to death during sex. Grace Millane died last December on her 22nd birthday after meeting a man through Tinder, going out for...