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Legal advocates seek public access to court records about abuse at California women's prison

Jun. 12, 2024 18:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two advocacy groups on Wednesday asked a judge to unseal court records and preserve public access to hearings in the class action lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Prisons over the sexual abuse of incarcerated women at a now-shuttered California prison. ...

Tennessee sheriff indicted for profiting from inmate labor, misusing funds

Jun. 12, 2024 17:53 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The sheriff of a rural Tennessee county illegally profited from the work of jail inmates under his supervision and housed dozens of them in a home outside of the prison without permission, officials said Wednesday. Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas was...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Jun. 12, 2024 07:13 AM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. June 11, 2024. Editorial: Why appeals are so important We don’t doubt that people have their own opinions about the ongoing tussle before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals regarding whether the teen charged with killing Lily Peters is tried...

Family of Texas man who died after altercation with jailers wants federal investigation

Jun. 11, 2024 23:04 PM EDT

The family of a Texas man who died after an altercation with jailers, including one who pinned his knee to the inmate's back, on Tuesday called for a federal investigation into the practices at the jail. Anthony Johnson Jr., 31, a former Marine, died April 21 after the altercation,...

Judges hear Elizabeth Holmes' appeal of fraud conviction while she remains in Texas prison

Jun. 11, 2024 21:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A panel of federal judges spent two hours on Tuesday wrestling with a series of legal issues raised in an attempt to overturn a fraud conviction that sent Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes to prison after a meteoric rise to Silicon Valley stardom. The hearing held...

Man convicted of killing former lover and her husband is executed in Missouri

Jun. 11, 2024 19:48 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his former lover and her husband in what prosecutors described as a fit of rage was executed Tuesday evening in Missouri. David Hosier, 69, was pronounced dead at 6:11 p.m. following a single-dose injection of the sedative...

Prison inmate accused of selling ghost guns through site visited by Buffalo supermarket shooter

Jun. 11, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

A former Louisiana prison inmate has been charged with selling ghost guns while behind bars through a social media operation uncovered in the wake of a white supremacist's massacre of 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket, New York City authorities said Tuesday. Hayden Espinosa,...

These candidates who won seats in the European Parliament this week aren't who you might expect

Jun. 11, 2024 02:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — He has no political experience. No high-profile endorsements. No party affiliation. What Fidias Panayiotou does have are 2.6 million followers on YouTube and more on TikTok. And now he has won a seat in the European Parliament representing Cyprus, one of several...

What to know about Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier's first hearing in more than a decade

Jun. 10, 2024 18:55 PM EDT

A parole hearing was held Monday for Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison since his conviction in the 1975 killings of two FBI agents in South Dakota. At 79, Peltier's health is failing, and if this parole request is denied, it might be a...

National bail fund exits Georgia over new law that expands cash bail and limits groups that help

Jun. 10, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Bail Project, a national nonprofit that aids thousands of low-income people who are behind bars, announced Monday that it has closed its Atlanta branch due to a new Georgia law that expands cash bail and restricts organizations that post inmates’ bonds as they await trial. ...