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Probationers sentenced for debts they can never pay?

Oct. 19, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A decade after he was first sentenced in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Maurice Hudson still could not come up with $1,941 in outstanding court costs — and, at a February hearing, it was clear Judge Genece Brinkley was out of patience. "Each time, he has come back here with...

Federal judge scolds Utah county over gang injunction

Oct. 18, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a Utah county violated the constitutional rights of two Ogden men charged under a gang injunction. The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups recently ruled Weber County's injunction process lacked adequate due process to get a...

Judge halts funeral plans for woman shot at home by officer

Oct. 18, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A probate court judge has halted a funeral scheduled for Saturday for a woman shot in her home by a Fort Worth police officer. Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson on Friday issued a temporary restraining order sought by Marquis Jefferson, the father of Atatiana Jefferson....

Oregon panel recommends barring ICE from courthouse arrests

Oct. 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Seeking to halt federal agents from arresting people in courthouses for immigration violations, a panel of judges in Oregon has asked the state's Supreme Court chief justice to impose a rule stating that no one should be subjected to arrest without a warrant. Several judges on the...

Man convicted of killing senator's nephew gets life sentence

Oct. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a nephew of Montana Sen. Jon Tester has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced 25-year-old John A. Radavich on Friday for the slaying of...

Georgia judge announces retirement after 40-year career

Oct. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge known for civil rights strides and presiding over high-profile cases is retiring after 40 years on the bench. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger announced Thursday that he won't run for reelection. His term ends next...

Man convicted of killing in decapitation killing

Oct. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death and decapitating her as their 3-year-old daughter watched has been convicted of murder in a stipulated trial. KOMO reports that a Skagit County Superior Court judge handed down the verdict Wednesday against 32-year-old Timothy...

City denies vice cops violated rights of strip club dancers

Oct. 16, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city argues a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit by strip club dancers who allege malicious prosecution by two Columbus officers from a since-disbanded vice unit. Six women allege Kahoots Gentlemen's Club was targeted in retaliation for firing a bouncer who claimed...

Judge: Outside help OK for Seattle Police accountability

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the city of Seattle may consult outside experts to study ways to fix flaws in the Seattle Police Department's internal investigations of officers accused of misconduct. But The Seattle Times reports that U.S. District Judge James Robart, who is presiding over a 2012...

Trial delayed for 2nd defendant in beating death case

Oct. 16, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a second person accused in the beating death of a Des Moines man has been delayed. A Jasper County judge granted the request from the attorney for 51-year-old Jeffrey Stendrup, of Clive. Stendrup and 26-year-old Jaycie Sheeder were charged with first-degree murder and other...