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Jury awards $500,000 to woman over sexual abuse by pastor

Jun. 13, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia jury has awarded $500,000 to a woman who sued her former pastor, alleging that he had sexually abused her for years, starting when she was 15 years old. Jurors in Columbus found Wednesday that Lewis Clemons, who led the Faith Unlimited...

Louisiana governor agrees to let some felons on jury service

Jun. 12, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a measure that allows some people convicted of felonies in Louisiana to be able to serve on juries for civil and criminal cases. The bill by Baton Rouge Democratic Rep. Denise...

Jury convicts man in 2018 deaths of 2 Florida teenagers

Jun. 11, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Jurors in southwest Florida found a man guilty of second-degree murder and of impersonating a law enforcement officer in the 2018 deaths of two teenagers. The verdict against Elwood Robinson was returned Thursday evening following a three-day...

Legislative session called 'historic' for justice reforms

Jun. 11, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers and civil liberties advocates are calling the 2021 state legislative session historic for criminal justice reform. Bills that passed during the session that ended Wednesday included allowing the erasure of many criminal...

Jury: Man guilty of murder in woman's death on reservation

Jun. 11, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has found a man guilty of first-degree murder Thursday evening in the shooting death of Alillia “Lala” Minthorn in a remote area of the Yakama reservation. Jordan Everett Stevens was also found guilty Thursday of discharging a firearm...

Jury: Woman guilty of child sex abuse should get life term

Jun. 10, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jury that found a woman guilty of sexually abusing and making child pornography of her 2-year-old son recommended she serve two life sentences plus 10 years in prison. The Montgomery County jury took only an hour to convict Kayla...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin's lawyer asks to probe alleged jury bias

Jun. 10, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd is seeking not only a new trial but also a hearing to “impeach the verdict" by investigating potential juror misconduct. Eric Nelson's...

Jury acquits Rapid City man in fatal shooting

Jun. 09, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man is free after prosecutors dropped a murder charge against him and a jury acquitted him of gun crimes in connection with a fatal shooting in Pine Ridge last year. Phillip Pond, 39, was accused of shooting Justin Little Hawk...

Jury awards $7.5M to man cleared of murder decades later

Jun. 08, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A jury on Tuesday awarded $7.5 million to a man who was exonerated after spending nearly 30 years in prison for a murder in Chicago. Daniel Andersen sued a group of current and former Chicago police officers, arguing that he was coerced into confessing to...

Jury selection begins in retrial of St. Louis officers

Jun. 07, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the retrial of two former St. Louis police officers accused of attacking a Black undercover colleague during a 2017 protest. Dustin Boone faces federal charges of deprivation of rights under the color of law. Christopher...