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Justices' DC sniper case examines teen murderers' sentences

Sep. 21, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall. But the justices' eventual ruling probably will mean less for him than for a dozen other inmates who, like the now-34-year-old...

Court denies release for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Sep. 20, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday denied the latest parole bid by Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten. Two of the three appellate judges upheld former Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to block her parole last year. She is serving a life sentence for helping Manson and others...

Judge: Trump must give deposition in protesters' lawsuit

Sep. 20, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge Friday ordered President Donald Trump to give a videotaped deposition in a lawsuit filed by protesters who claim they were roughed up outside Trump Tower in 2015. State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez of the Bronx denied Trump's effort to quash the subpoena, ordering him...

Alabama to pay hefty legal fees over blocked abortion law

Sep. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to pay $675,964 to lawyers for abortion clinics who challenged the state's attempt to ban the most common second trimester abortion procedure. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson handed down the order after striking down the 2016 law. Alabama...

Judge refuses to toss Coast Guard officer's gun charges

Sep. 20, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss gun charges against a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist who stockpiled weapons and drafted a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists. U.S. District Judge George Hazel rejected defense attorneys'...

Idaho execution records appeal may be considered next year

Sep. 20, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court is expected to decide next year whether prison officials must reveal the past source of their execution drugs. Similar debates are raging in courthouses and statehouses across the United States, but it's not yet clear if rulings elsewhere — including a...

Man sentenced for human trafficking fights HIV test order

Sep. 20, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut businessman convicted for his role in a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men who were mentally ill and intellectually disabled is fighting a court-ordered HIV test. The Hartford Courant reports Bruce Bemer is arguing that the order violates his constitutional...

Tennessee attorney general appeals dropping death sentence

Sep. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general is appealing after a black inmate on death row had his sentence converted to life in prison because of concerns that racism tainted his jury selection pool. Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed the appeal Friday, arguing that the order improperly...

Judge orders trial in Southern California synagogue shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former college student will stand trial on charges he opened fire with an assault rifle inside a Southern California synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three people last April, a judge ruled Friday. John T. Earnest had no reaction when San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh...

The Latest: Judge orders trial in synagogue shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a preliminary hearing for John T. Earnest, who is charged with an attack on a Southern California synagogue that killed one woman and injured three people. (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A judge has ordered a 20-year-old former college student to stand trial on charges that he...