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Authorities: Apparent road rage encounter turns deadly

Jan. 20, 2021 4:10 PM EST

BELMONT, Mass. (AP) — One man is dead and another man is facing charges in what authorities are calling a road rage encounter in Massachusetts. Dean Kapsalis, 54, of Hudson, was held pending a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to society at his arraignment Wednesday in Cambridge District Court,...

Lawsuit filed on behalf of man injured in moped crash

Jan. 14, 2021 11:46 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Guardians of a Rhode Island moped driver who was sent into a coma with a head injury after he crashed while being followed closely by a Providence police cruiser filed a federal lawsuit on his behalf alleging brutality and excessive force. Kendra Thibault and Tia Tribble, identified...

School board member sues police after being pepper-sprayed

Jan. 12, 2021 5:30 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Muslim school board member from northern Virginia has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her civil rights were violated after she was pepper-sprayed during a traffic stop and then photographed without her hijab following her arrest. Abrar Omeish, who was elected in 2019 to the...

FILE - This undated file image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery. A federal appeals court has lifted a judge’s order that had blocked the execution date for Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row. Montgomery was convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby. The ruling was handed down Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP)

Lawyers: Woman on US death row not competent for execution

Jan. 8, 2021 8:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for the only woman on federal death row are asking a judge to halt her execution and arguing she isn’t competent and can’t be put to death. Lisa Montgomery's lawyers filed a petition Friday in federal court in Indiana seeking to halt the execution, which is scheduled...

$70,000 in settlements in lawsuits over prosecutors' tactics

Jan. 8, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The district attorney's office in New Orleans has so far paid out $70,000 to settle with plaintiffs in a 2017 lawsuit over hardball prosecutorial tactics, including the threat of jail time for crime victims who don't cooperate with prosecutors. Settlements have been made with six individuals and one anti-crime...

Men cleared of murder sue Detroit-area city for millions

Jan. 5, 2021 12:50 PM EST

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — Two men cleared of murder have filed a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from a Detroit-area police department for misconduct that kept them locked up in jail or prison for nearly 20 years. Kevin Harrington and George Clark sued Monday in federal court, arguing that their...

GOP to block Democrat from state Senate in mail ballot fight

Jan. 4, 2021 8:22 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A day before Pennsylvania state lawmakers will be sworn in for a new two-year session, state Senate Democrats said Monday that the Republican majority is trying to “steal an election” by objecting to letting a Democratic member take his seat for a fourth term. The...

FILE - In this June 3, 2011, file photo, Iowa Supreme Court Justice Edward Mansfield speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, limited the legal damages that can be awarded for injuries and deaths caused by state police officers who are found to have used excessive force. Justice Mansfield wrote for the majority that compensatory damages for victims, including for emotional distress and attorney fees, would still be available and offer

Iowa Supreme Court limits damages in excessive force cases

Dec. 31, 2020 3:12 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday severely limited the financial damages that can be awarded for injuries and deaths caused by state police officers who are found to have used excessive force. The court ruled 6-1 that punitive damages, which are intended to punish and deter future...

Lawsuit: Lakewood K-9 officer had dog attack man in custody

Dec. 30, 2020 3:26 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Pierce County man has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against a Lakewood police K-9 handler and his supervisors, claiming the officer had his dog, K-9 Rock, attack him after he had been taken into custody. Adrian Sims, 42, says he had surrendered to Lakewood K-9 Officer James Syler...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to his ruling party's lawmakers, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Dec. 23. 2020. Turkey’s president has lashed out against the European Court of Human Rights after its ruling that Turkey must immediately release a prominent Kurdish politician. Speaking to his ruling party lawmakers Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called imprisoned politician Selahattin Demirtas a “terrorist” and accused the European court of “defending a terrorist.” (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish lawmakers pass bill monitoring civil society groups

Dec. 27, 2020 2:07 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s parliament approved a law Sunday that would increase government monitoring of civil society groups, which rights groups have warned would violate the freedom of association. Newly introduced articles on associations and foundations, included in the bill on “Preventing...