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Family pedigree, friends and merit mark SC judge choosing

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ancestors, family pedigrees, old friendships, college ties, easy cheer and even merit were all part of the mix last week in a ritual where candidates for South Carolina’s open judgeships parade before a judicial screening commission to see if they have the right stuff to make...

Shuttered mall could be used as a site for jury trials

Nov. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A shuttered Massachusetts mall is being considered as a site to hold jury trials when they resume early next year, officials say. The state Trial Court's Chief Justice Paula Carey in a letter to Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough is a...

Belgian lawyer Sven Mary, center, arrives at the courthouse in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Four people are going on trial in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Friday, accused of planning to bomb a rally of Iranian opposition supporters. The plot was thwarted by a cross-border intelligence operation that led to the arrest of a couple in Brussels. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Facing terror charges, Iran diplomat skips trial opening day

Nov. 27, 2020 12:56 PM EST

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — An Iranian diplomat suspected of masterminding a thwarted, state-sponsored bomb attack against an exiled Iranian opposition group in France did not show up at a courthouse in Belgium on the opening day of his trial on terror charges Friday, invoking his diplomatic immunity. More...

Jesus Loreto, an attorney representing Tomeu Vadell, one of six U.S. oil executives jailed for three years in Venezuela, shows a letter written by Vadell, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. In the letter provided exclusively to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, Vadell pleads for freedom, reflects on his past and shares the pain he feels over being separated from his wife, three adult children and a newborn grandson he's never held. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison

Nov. 26, 2020 10:44 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela were found guilty of corruption charges by a judge Thursday and immediately sentenced to prison, dashing hopes of a quick release that would send them home to their families in the United States. Some relatives had...

Soldiers stand at the entrance of a courthouse before the trial of 475 defendants, including generals and fighter jet pilots, in Sincan, Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. A Turkish court sentenced several military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences on Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in a failed coup attempt in 2016, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo)

Pilots, civilians given life terms over Turkey's 2016 coup

Nov. 26, 2020 12:23 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court sentenced hundreds of military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in the 2016 failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. A total of 475 defendants, including some...

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at the courtroom Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 in Paris. Sarkozy goes on trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Corruption trial for France's Sarkozy to go ahead Monday

Nov. 26, 2020 10:53 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A landmark trial involving allegations of corruption and influence-peddling by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will begin in earnest Monday, after a Paris court rejected an appeal for a delay by an ailing co-defendant. After the co-defendant, 73-year-old magistrate Gilbert Azibert, was...

Theary Seng, center, a Cambodian-American lawyer gestures as she enters the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. A Cambodian court on Thursday began hearing the cases of nearly 130 opponents and government critics charged with treason for taking part in nonviolent political activities over the past three years, in what one of them described as a sham trial. Theary Seng, who has long been one of the most outspoken critics of Hun Sen and his government, is one of the best known defendants living in Cambodia.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodia begins mass trial of opposition activists

Nov. 26, 2020 3:48 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Thursday began hearing the cases of nearly 130 government critics and opponents charged with treason for taking part in nonviolent political activities over the past three years, in what one of them called a sham trial. Only 33 defendants attended Thursday's...

Train gunman tells French court his target only US soldiers

Nov. 25, 2020 4:00 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The gunman charged over a foiled 2015 train attack told a French court Wednesday that he had targeted only American soldiers, after refusing instructions from an Islamic State ringleader to kill members of the European Commission he was falsely told were in the train car. Ayoub El Khazzani,...

FILE- In this Friday June 27, 2014 file photo, thousands of exiled Iranians gathered in Villepinte, north of Paris, to listen to the speech of Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Four people are going on trial in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Friday Nov. 27, 2020, accused of planning to bomb a rally of Iranian opposition supporters. The plot was thwarted by a cross-border intelligence operation that led to the arrest of a couple in Brussels. (AP Photo/Rermy de la Mauviniere, File)

Iran diplomat on trial over plot to bomb opponents in France

Nov. 25, 2020 7:36 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The bomb was meant to explode in a Paris suburb during a huge rally being held by an exiled Iranian opposition group. It could have caused carnage. Instead, the explosion ripped apart the robot that army specialists were using to defuse the bomb after it was found in the car of a couple...

February trial set for Alabama officer accused of murder

Nov. 24, 2020 6:11 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A February trial date has been set for a Huntsville Police officer accused of shooting to death an armed man who told police he was suicidal. Madison County Circuit Judge Donna Pate set Feb. 22 for the start of the murder trial involving Officer William Darby, who was indicted in...