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Prosecution expected to rest case vs. officer in teen death

Mar. 21, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case Thursday against a white former police officer charged with homicide for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld's trial continues into a third day in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The first...

The Latest: Prosecutors expected to wrap up case vs. officer

Mar. 21, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local): 10 a.m. Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case against a white former East Pittsburgh police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an...

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

Mar. 21, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is to hear arguments Tuesday on a pair of cases...

Witness says officer questioned teen's actions in shooting

Mar. 20, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A witness in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer said Wednesday he saw the officer standing on the sidewalk, panicking, saying, "I don't know why I shot him. I don't know why I fired." The trial of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld ended...

The Latest: Responding officer testifies in teen's death

Mar. 20, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local): 6:40 p.m. The second day of the criminal homicide trial of a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager has ended for the day with...

Supreme Court troubled by jury selection bias in Mississippi

Mar. 20, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deeply troubled by a Mississippi prosecutor's pattern of excluding African-American jurors, the Supreme Court seemed in broad agreement Wednesday that a black death row inmate's conviction and death sentence at his sixth murder trial could not stand. The justices made clear they would not...

Georgia man confessed he helped burn teacher's body to ash

Mar. 20, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Jurors watched a videotaped confession Wednesday of a Georgia man admitting he helped a friend burn the body of a slain high school teacher until "it looked like it was all ash." The incineration of Tara Grinstead's remains in a pecan orchard after she vanished in October 2005 would...

The Latest: Justices seem troubled by Mississippi conviction

Mar. 20, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments on excluding black jurors (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The Supreme Court is likely to throw out the death sentence and conviction of a black Mississippi man because the prosecutor improperly excluded African-American jurors. The court's arguments...

Officer convicted of killing black motorist wants new trial

Mar. 20, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Florida police officer recently convicted of killing a stranded black motorist wants the verdict dismissed. Attorneys for fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja asked Judge Joseph Marx this week to dismiss the jury's March 7 manslaughter and attempted murder...

Twitter flap forces Kansas governor to drop court nominee

Mar. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Posts on a Kansas judge's Twitter feed that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump prompted Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to withdraw his nomination Tuesday for the state's second-highest court and raised concerns about her vetting process. Labette County...