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SC court: Prosecutor's remarks in murder trial 'improper'

Dec. 5, 2019 2:01 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction of a man who served 13 years in a South Carolina prison because the prosecutor made comments suggesting that all defense lawyers and their clients lie. Oscar Fortune, 51, was convicted of murder in 2006 by a jury and sentenced...

Democrats take big new step toward impeaching Trump

Dec. 5, 2019 1:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday. ‘’Our democracy is what is at stake," Pelosi said somberly. “The president leaves us no choice but to act.” Pelosi...

Federal court considers bathroom use by transgender student

Dec. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A student has the right to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, a lawyer told a federal court Thursday, arguing that the issue is about the right of transgender students to “equal dignity." But the Florida school district that's appealing a lower court order in...

Chicago gang member gets 16 years in shooting of ATF agent

Dec. 5, 2019 11:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A member of a violent Chicago street gang convicted of shooting and wounding a plainclothes federal agent he mistook for a rival gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in federal prison. A jury earlier this year found Ernesto Godinez, a purported “chief” of the...

Trial dates set for SEAL, Marine charged in soldier's death

Dec. 5, 2019 9:43 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy has announced trial dates for a U.S. Navy SEAL and a Marine charged in the hazing-related death of a Green Beret. SEAL Tony DeDolph and Marine Mario Madera-Rodriguez are among four American servicemen charged in Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar's death in the African country of...

New Zealand’s leader tells AP she’ll try to stop mosque attack suspect from spreading his message of hate at his trial

Dec. 5, 2019 2:02 AM EST
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s leader tells AP she’ll try to stop mosque attack suspect from spreading his message of hate at his trial.

Trial set for man charged with threatening Muslim candidate

Dec. 5, 2019 1:26 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal trial is scheduled to begin Thursday for a North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Court records say jury selection for Joseph Cecil Vandevere's trial is set to get underway...

Judge sets Sept. 14 trial date for R. Kelly's state trial

Dec. 4, 2019 7:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered singer R. Kelly to stand trial on one of four sexual abuse cases on Sept. 14, but it remains unclear which of the cases prosecutors will take to trial first. During the hearing in Chicago, Judge Lawrence Flood told prosecutors he wants to know by...

Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin's family, attorneys

Dec. 4, 2019 6:20 PM EST

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, is suing the teen's parents, family attorney, the attorney's book publisher and prosecutors who tried his case, claiming he was defamed when they allowed a witness to give false...

Colorado school shooting suspect to be tried as adult

Dec. 4, 2019 5:21 PM EST

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — The younger of two students charged in a fatal school shooting in suburban Denver will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Wednesday. In a written order, District Judge Jeffrey K. Holmes said lawyers for Alec McKinney, 16, failed to prove that it would be better for McKinney or...