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Judge denies DNA testing sought 13 years post-execution

Nov. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of the claims. April Alley is the daughter of Sedley Alley,...

Prince Andrew’s efforts to put scandal behind him backfire

Nov. 18, 2019 2:05 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince Andrew's effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have instead done him irreparable harm. While aides are trying to put the best face on his widely criticized interview with the BBC, royal watchers are asking whether he can survive the public relations disaster and...

Spain: men convicted in rape case stand trial in 2nd case

Nov. 18, 2019 8:44 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Four Spanish men convicted earlier this year of raping a woman in a notorious case are standing trial on charges of sexual abuse in a separate incident. The men had a WhatsApp group named "La Manada," or "The Animal Pack," and are currently serving 15-year sentences handed down by the Supreme...

Seized placenta to be used in South Dakota rape case

Nov. 17, 2019 4:58 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A placenta sample taken from an abortion clinic without a warrant will be used as evidence in a statutory rape trial in South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal reports the South Dakota Supreme Court said last month that it would not hear the case, clearing the way for the evidence to...

UK media: Prince Andrew’s sex claims rebuttal a PR disaster

Nov. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British media on Sunday slammed Prince Andrew’s effort to rebut claims that he had sex with a teenager who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, branding his televised interview a complete public relations disaster. In a rare interview with BBC Newsnight that was broadcast late...

Haiti to investigate alleged rapes of 10 female inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti said late Friday they are investigating allegations that a group of male inmates raped 10 women in a makeshift jail in the northern city of Gonaives. Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last...

Kentucky detectives make arrest in 1978 rape case

Nov. 15, 2019 7:28 PM EST

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say they’ve arrested a man who raped a woman in 1978 and who may be responsible for other crimes. News outlets report 77-year-old Michael Dean Tate was charged Thursday with rape, sodomy and kidnapping. In October 1978, a woman told Park Hills police...

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just...

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

Minneapolis officials discover 1,700 untested rape kits

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis officials say they have discovered the city has roughly 1,700 rape kits that have never been tested, with some dating back 30 years. The number revealed Friday is nearly nine times more than the 194 untested kits the city disclosed it had in 2015. Deputy Police Chief Erick...