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Longtime Virginia judge found dead; autopsy pending

Sep. 16, 2019 1:48 AM EDT

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — A longtime Virginia judge has been found dead. News outlets report the body of James D'Alton was found Friday night at a home in Petersburg. City police didn't immediately release a cause of death. A police statement says an investigation is ongoing. D'Alton's body has been set to...

Court to issue ruling on Phoenix's discrimination ordinance

Sep. 15, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled Monday to decide the constitutionality of Phoenix's anti-discrimination ordinance that bars businesses from refusing service to same-sex couples for religion reasons. Two Christian artists who operate a business that makes invitations and other...

Michigan man 'deeply sorry' for raping, killing girl

Sep. 15, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A judge in southwestern Michigan is expected to decide in November whether a man convicted of murder over 30 years ago should get a chance at parole because he was 17 at the time of the killing. Tommy Richards, 49, raped and killed 10-year-old Shimika Hicks in Berrien County in...

System slow to resolve complaints of Chicago police torture

Sep. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Decades after evidence first emerged that Chicago police detectives were repeatedly winning confessions through coercion and torture, the Cook County criminal justice system struggles to respond to the complaints of hundreds of defendants that they were coerced years ago into falsely...

Acquitted Navy SEAL sues ex-lawyers, legal nonprofit

Sep. 14, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy SEAL acquitted in a war crimes trial has sued two of his former attorneys and a military legal defense nonprofit. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the lawsuit filed Friday in Texas by Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Gallagher claims his case was not defended properly. The filing says...

Mental evaluation ordered for woman in Iowa City shooting

Sep. 14, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency evaluation for a woman accused of injuring an Iowa City police officer with BB gun fire. The woman herself was injured when the officer returned fire with his service weapon. Officer Michael Clark and 25-year-old Cierra Lewis were both...

Man convicted of 2013 slaying freed pending new trial

Sep. 14, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

QUITMAN, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man sentenced to life in prison for a 2013 slaying is now free while he awaits a new trial. WALB-TV reports a Superior Court judge ordered Javis Denson released on bond after granting his motion for a new trial. Denson had been serving a life sentence for his 2017 conviction...

Man sentenced to life for shooting of St. Louis rapper

Sep. 14, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting during the taping of a rap video. Daniel Williams was sentenced Friday to seven years for second-degree assault plus life in prison for armed criminal action in the November 2017 death of 21-year-old...

Eyman ordered to disclose source of $800K in donations

Sep. 14, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman has been hit with further sanctions after spending months in contempt of court for refusing to disclose information about his finances and his business in a campaign finance lawsuit against him. The Seattle Times reports a Thurston County judge ruled Friday Eyman...

Misdemeanor arrest rules make things tougher for police

Sep. 14, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — On Aug. 27 Idaho Falls Police Department officers responded to a report of a battery near 14th Street. The incident was relatively minor. A woman in her 50s had reportedly hit her roommate in the mouth, causing a cut lip. Police cited the attacker for misdemeanor battery, ordering...