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Sisters Elly Sapir, left, Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer, right, who claim to have been sexual abused by a former teacher pose for a photograph following a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, May 27, 2020. An Israeli court on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, approved the extradition of Malka Leifer, a former educator, wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. (AAP Image/James Ross)

Australia state leader welcomes Israeli extradition ruling

Sep. 21, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state leader on Tuesday described an Israeli court decision to extradite a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of molesting children as a victory for abuse victims. Daniel Andrews is premier of Victoria state where Malka Leifer is accused of molesting...

Woman ordered to face DUI trial in crash that killed 2 teens

Sep. 21, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A local judge on Monday ordered a Las Vegas woman to face trial on felony charges alleging she drove under the influence of alcohol and drugs when her car struck and killed two 16-year-old girls in a crosswalk. Ebone Laneice Whitaker, 38, waived a preliminary hearing of evidence in the...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court on Monday, Sert. 21, 2020 approved the extradition of the former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case

Sep. 21, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former...

Jury won't hear what whiskey-drinking suspect told sheriff

Sep. 20, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jury won’t hear what a man charged with killing his ex-wife told a sheriff afterward, because the suspect was drinking whiskey and the sheriff supplied him with cups of ice. A Morgan County Circuit Court judge ruled that Roger Stevens’ statement to authorities...

Ex-Speaker aide's money laundering trial scheduled for Oct.

Sep. 20, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former campaign aide to Democratic Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is headed to trial early next month to face a money laundering charge related to a campaign mailer. A Superior Court judge this past week in a hearing involving state prosecutors and an attorney for...

Murder conviction set aside; man was shackled at trial

Sep. 19, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who admits he strangled a woman in Kalamazoo has successfully challenged his murder conviction after arguing that his rights were violated when jurors saw him shackled at trial. A federal appeals panel said Ervine Davenport is entitled to a new trial, 12 years after his...

FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. The trial of the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd is expected to generate massive public interest when it begins in March. Supporters of audio and visual coverage of the trials say the high-profile nature of Floyd's death and recent courtroom restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic make this the right time to allow cameras in court.(Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Court weighs allowing courtroom cameras in George Floyd case

Sep. 19, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck. The judge overseeing the case has yet to decide whether...

FILE - In this undated booking file photo provided by the Clark County, Ind., Sheriff's Office shows Joseph Oberhansley. Oberhansley, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body was convicted of a murder charge Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 (Clark County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Jury convicts Indiana man accused of killing, cannibalism

Sep. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body was convicted of a murder charge Friday. Jurors deliberated for about five hours before announcing the guilty verdict against Joseph Oberhansley of Jeffersonville in Tammy Jo...

Justices stop Philly from broadcasting trials on YouTube

Sep. 18, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court has put a stop to a local policy that allowed streaming of Philadelphia criminal trials over the internet. The state Supreme Court in an order dated Thursday halted the pandemic-prompted policy. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner asked the...

Man pleads not guilty to shooting, paralyzing Vegas officer

Sep. 18, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man accused of shooting and paralyzing a Las Vegas police officer during a protest in June pleaded not guilty to eight charges in a hearing on Thursday. Edgar Samaniego, 20, faces charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, and three counts each of...