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A 1946 mob lynching puts court focus on grand jury secrecy

Oct. 22, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A historian's quest for the truth about a gruesome mob lynching of two black couples is prompting a U.S. appeals court to consider whether federal judges can order grand jury records unsealed in decades-old cases with historical significance. The young black sharecroppers were being driven...

Judge issues insanity ruling against man accused of arson

Oct. 22, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of starting a fire that killed his mother and injured his brother has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. A judge in Dayton made the decision Monday, ruling that 25-year-old James Dennis will remain at a mental health facility. A prosecutor said that judge's...

Judge blocks bid to increase Utah ATV protester restitution

Oct. 22, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an increase in restitution payments by a former county commissioner for an illegal ATV protest ride in a Utah canyon, court records said. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer blocked the federal government's attempt to force Phil Lyman to increase his monthly...

Judge allows Nevada to amend suit over removal of plutonium

Oct. 21, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge agreed Monday to allow Nevada to amend its lawsuit against the U.S. Energy Department as the state tries to force the agency to remove weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped to a site near Las Vegas. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco previously...

Inmate convicted of murder in deadly prison breakout attempt

Oct. 21, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina inmate was found guilty Monday of murdering four prison workers during a failed escape attempt two years ago. Jurors deliberated for about half an hour before convicting Mikel Brady, 30, of four counts of first-degree murder in the state's deadliest attempted prison...

South Carolina judge says forfeiture law unconstitutional

Oct. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge has declared the state's forfeiture law that allows money or other items to be taken without a conviction violates the state and federal constitutions. News outlets report the decision by Horry County Judge Steven H. John could set the table for a state appellate...

Massachusetts' ban on vaping product sales allowed to stand

Oct. 21, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A state judge on Monday allowed Massachusetts' four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products to remain in effect but said Gov. Charlie Baker had failed to follow required procedures in enacting the measure. Immediately lifting the ban as requested by the vaping industry "would contravene...

Court upholds dismissal of indictment in couple's killing

Oct. 21, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a murder indictment against a man accused of killing a couple who answered his Craigslist ad because some jurors in the case were not selected randomly. Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns was indicted on charges including murder in the...

23-year-old convicted of murder in New Orleans area shooting

Oct. 21, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man faces a life sentence after his weekend conviction in a 2017 shooting death in suburban New Orleans. The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office says a jury Saturday found Brandon Cordell Martin guilty of second-degree murder. The victim in the November 2017 shooting...

Man found guilty in 1992 cold case attack

Oct. 21, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been found guilty of an attack nearly 30 years ago that left a woman permanently disabled. The Charlotte Observer reports 67-year-old Billy Joe Henry was sentenced this month to 60 years in prison. The woman was attacked and shot in the head in January 1992....