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Spain hands Catalans lengthy prison terms over secession bid

Oct. 14, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced 12 prominent former Catalan politicians and activists to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2017 bid to take the wealthy region out of Spain and create a new European country. The landmark ruling, after a four-month trial, inflamed independence...

AP Explains: A look at the verdict in Spain separatist trial

Oct. 14, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A dozen Catalan politicians and activists have been convicted on charges of sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience for their role in an illegal and failed secession attempt for the northeastern region of Spain in 2017. Former regional vice president Oriol Junqueras...

The Latest: Spanish leader: Catalans must serve sentences

Oct. 14, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the conviction of Catalan politicians and activists (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Spain's caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, says that the sentences of a dozen Catalan separatists who led the independence push two years ago must be carried out. Protests and roadblocks...

Spanish court convicts Catalan leaders for secession attempt

Oct. 14, 2019 3:41 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in the secession movement of 2017. The court on Monday sentenced the former regional vice president, Oriol Junqueras, to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds. The 12 were tried for...

High court to consider state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 14, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction that could...

Man sentenced to death for Texas attack that killed 6

Oct. 11, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was driven by vengeance when he fatally shot six members of his ex-wife's family in Texas, including four children, was sentenced Friday to death, a decision the lone survivor of the attack says will help her let go of "hurt and anger." Jurors sentenced Ronald Lee...

Challenge to Virginia marriage license application continues

Oct. 11, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a legal challenge by a group objecting to a requirement that race be listed on Virginia marriage license applications. A lawsuit filed last month against the state registrar and two Virginia court clerks challenges the state requirement to list...

Arkansas judge: Court to hear 19 adoption scheme cases

Oct. 11, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge ruled Friday that the court will decide individual outcomes to 19 statewide adoption cases against an Arizona elected official accused of human trafficking. Paul Petersen, a Republican county assessor in Arizona, was arrested Tuesday for running what authorities...

Judge rules on discussing insanity plea in newspaper attack

Oct. 11, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A judge in the case of a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper directed attorneys on Friday to avoid referring to his mental health or his plea of not criminally responsible in the first phase of his trial. Prosecutors asked Judge Laura Ripken to preclude any...

Jury finds man guilty of murder of Florida law professor

Oct. 11, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A jury found a Florida man guilty of first-degree murder Friday but deadlocked on a second defendant in the killing of a Florida State University law professor whose contentious child custody battle framed the two-week courtroom drama. Prosecutors welcomed the murder conviction...