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California court overturns murder convictions, cites racism

Sep. 18, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday overturned the convictions of three Black men over a double slaying, saying prosecutors dismissed a Black woman from the jury pool for racial reasons. The prosecutor in the Contra Costa County case...

Judge: Prosecutors can't show Rittenhouse link to Proud Boys

Sep. 17, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that prosecutors can't argue that a man who shot three people during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin is affiliated with the Proud Boys or that he attacked a woman months before the shootings, bolstering his position as he prepares...

State reprimands Los Angeles judge over online postings

Sep. 14, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state watchdog agency reprimanded a Los Angeles County judge on Tuesday for making online postings that appeared to support positions on gun control, Black Lives Matter and the recall of the county's top prosecutor. Superior Court Judge Michael...

Charges dropped against 3 men in divisive sex assault case

Sep. 11, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against three men accused of recording their sexual assault of an incapacitated woman in South Kingstown. The Providence Journal reports state prosecutors notified lawyers for Trent Scuncio, 18, and Montrell Wilson...

Queen's London representative says royals back BLM movement

Sep. 10, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family back the Black Lives Matter movement, one of her senior representatives said in a television interview to be broadcast Friday. Philanthropist Kenneth Olisa, the first Black Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, told...

Florida's GOP-backed 'anti-riot' law blocked by judge

Sep. 09, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida's new “anti-riot” law championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as a way to quell violent protests is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The 90-page decision by U.S. District Judge Mark...

Mississippi groups demand info about infant shot on highway

Sep. 09, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Protesters are demanding justice for a baby who died in May after Mississippi law enforcement officers unleashed a torrent of gunfire into a car driven by his father, who was wanted in the killing of the baby's mother and another person in Louisiana. ...

George Floyd mural in Indiana city is defaced for 4th time

Sep. 01, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A mural of George Floyd has been defaced for the fourth time since it was painted in a northwest Indiana city last year to honor Floyd following his death in Minneapolis police custody. Lafayette police said two white males were seen throwing a...

Florida judge asked to block enforcement of 'anti-riot' law

Aug. 30, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A new Florida law designed to deter violent public demonstrations is instead unconstitutionally chilling free speech and legitimate rights to protest, a federal judge was told Monday. Attorneys for several organizations challenging the law...

Records rebut claims of unequal treatment of Jan. 6 rioters

Aug. 30, 2021 06:01 AM EDT

It's a common refrain from some of those charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and their Republican allies: The Justice Department is treating them harshly because of their political views while those arrested during last year's protests over racial injustice were given leniency. ...