Latest Law and order News

Australian cardinal won't fight sentence if he loses appeal

May. 27, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian court spokesman says disgraced Catholic cardinal George Pell will not fight for a reduced jail sentence if he fails in his appeal of his conviction for molesting two choirboys in the 1990s. The 77-year-old Pell — the most senior Catholic convicted of sex abuse —...

Militants hit army post in northwest Pakistan, kill soldier

May. 27, 2019 2:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani military said Monday militants attacked an army post in a troubled region bordering Afghanistan where ethnic tensions have recently flared up with minority Pashtuns, triggering a shootout that killed a soldier. It remained unclear who was behind the attack late Sunday on the...

Fighting among inmates at Brazil prison kills at least 15

May. 26, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fighting erupted among inmates at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas on Sunday, and at least 15 people died before the riot was brought under control, authorities said. The state prison secretary said in a statement that prisoners began fighting among themselves around noon,...

Man accused of defrauding comic book icon appears in court

May. 26, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former business manager of the late comic book legend Stan Lee had his initial court appearance early Sunday in Arizona, where he was arrested after fleeing California charges of fiduciary elder abuse. Keya Morgan appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court on a charge of being a fugitive...

Iraqi court sentences 3 French members of IS to death

May. 26, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A Baghdad court on Sunday sentenced three French citizens to death for being members of the Islamic State group, an Iraqi judicial official said. They were the first French IS members to receive death sentences in Iraq, where they were transferred for trial from neighboring Syria. The...

Teva settles with Oklahoma for $85 million in opioid case

May. 26, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — One of the drugmakers named in Oklahoma's lawsuit over the opioid crisis has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay the state $85 million. Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceuticals and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter both announced the settlement Sunday in separate statements....

State prosecutors struggle with human trafficking cases

May. 26, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven't come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. States need to add resources into support trafficking...

Missouri owes counties millions for housing state prisoners

May. 26, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Corrections owes counties tens of millions of dollars for housing inmates before they're transferred to state prisons. The state is about nine months behind with reimbursements, Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann told KCUR radio. Data provided by the...

Explosions in Nepal's capital leave 3 dead, 8 wounded

May. 26, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Three explosions killed three people and wounded at least eight in different parts of Nepal's capital on Sunday, with police suspecting that an outlawed communist group was responsible. Police official Shyam Lal Gyawali said authorities were investigating the blasts. The first two...

North Carolina moves to help offenders clear their records

May. 26, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Every time 28-year-old Poet Williams applies for a job, his arrest record comes up: three nonviolent misdemeanors. Those drug charges have followed the Durham resident since he was 21, barring him from jobs, apartments and opportunities. "I've put out so many applications trying to...