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Murder charge for Ohio deputy in Casey Goodson Jr. shooting

Dec. 02, 2021 17:21 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio sheriff’s deputy who shot Casey Goodson Jr. in the back five times was charged with murder Thursday, as Goodson’s family also filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and the now-retired deputy publicly shared details of what happened from his perspective for...

Jury awards $26M in damages for Unite the Right violence

Nov. 23, 2021 22:41 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A jury ordered 17 white nationalist leaders and organizations to pay more than $26 million in damages Tuesday over the violence that erupted during the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. After a nearly monthlong...

St. Louis officer gets short sentence in attack on colleague

Nov. 23, 2021 09:50 AM EST

A former St. Louis police officer convicted of beating a Black undercover detective during a 2017 racial injustice protest has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison — far more lenient than prosecutors and the victim had hoped for. Dustin Boone was sentenced...

Judge: Iowa Medicaid denial of sex change surgery unlawful

Nov. 22, 2021 18:09 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution, a judge ruled in a decision made public Monday. Judge William Kelly ordered the Iowa Department...

Jury deliberates for 2nd day in 'Unite the Right' trial

Nov. 22, 2021 17:36 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jurors on Monday finished their second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the trial of white nationalists accused of conspiring to commit racially motivated violence at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017. ...

WVa court dissolves injunction in paycheck union dues suit

Nov. 22, 2021 16:26 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court on Monday gave a temporary setback to labor groups who challenged a new law prohibiting union dues or fees from being withheld from state employee paychecks. The five-member court said a Kanawha County circuit judge...

Two Palestinians end hunger strike after deal with Israel

Nov. 22, 2021 14:57 PM EST

Two Palestinian hunger strikers, including one who went without food for 131 days, on Monday suspended their strikes against Israel’s controversial policy of detaining them without charge after reaching a deal that will allow them to go free in the coming months, a prisoner rights group...

Florida couple wages legal battle over Trump banner fines

Nov. 21, 2021 11:34 AM EST

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple is waging a legal battle with Panhandle county over prohibited banners showing support for former President Donald Trump. Walton County officials say the large “Trump Won” and “Let's Go Brandon” banners on the...

Jury begins deliberations in 'Unite the Right' civil trial

Nov. 19, 2021 17:19 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A jury on Friday deliberated for over seven hours on Friday without reaching a verdict in a civil trial of white nationalists accused of conspiring to commit racially motivated violence at the deadly “Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville four years ago. ...

Former police officer convicted of civil rights violation

Nov. 19, 2021 04:03 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former police officer has been found guilty of violating the civil rights of a person under arrest in West Virginia by using excessive force. Everett Maynard, 44, was convicted by a federal jury in Charleston, the U.S. Justice Department said...