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Judge: City can remove 176-year-old slave auction block

Feb. 15, 2020 3:38 PM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge has ruled that officials in a Virginia city have the authority to approve the removal of a 176-year-old slave auction block from a street corner. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Deneke’s ruling on Friday upheld the Fredericksburg City Council’s vote in favor of...

Judge: Kansas City officer justified in death of unarmed man

Feb. 13, 2020 4:17 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri police officer used reasonable force when he fatally shot an unarmed man in 2013 because the officer believed the man was armed and posed a threat, a federal judge determined. Kansas City police Officer William Thompson shot and killed 24-year-old Ryan Stokes in July...

FILE - In this March 4, 2011 file photo, federal Judge Jack Weinstein speaks with reporters after visiting the Louis Armstrong housing projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. Weinstein, who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and who contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools is retiring at age 98. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Longest-serving federal judge, named by LBJ, retires at 98

Feb. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York City who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and who contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools is retiring at age 98. U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein was known for favoring lenient sentences and...

Judge throws out lawsuit over arrest at Kansas City library

Feb. 11, 2020 5:12 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a free-speech lawsuit against a former police detective filed by a man who was arrested while questioning a speaker at the Kansas City Public Library in 2016. Chief Judge Beth Phillips ruled that Brent Parsons, a Kansas City Police detective at that...

Denmark jails 3 men suspected of spying for Saudi Arabia

Feb. 5, 2020 3:25 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Three men who are members of an Iranian separatist group, the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, have been jailed in pre-trial custody in Denmark until Feb. 27, suspected of spying for an unnamed Saudi intelligence service. The three members of the London-based...

Ohio judge apologizes for writing homophobic letters in '90s

Jan. 24, 2020 4:42 PM EST

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio deeply apologized Thursday for a pair of homophobic letters-to-the-editor he wrote to his college newspaper in the 1990s. Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard issued the apology to news outlets in Toledo, after WTOL-TV reported on the letters, which are...

Danish court confirms nationwide ban on criminal gang

Jan. 24, 2020 7:29 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court upheld a nationwide ban on a criminal gang issued by police, saying Friday that the Loyal to Familia group should by dissolved as illegal under Denmark’s Constitution. The Copenhagen City Court said the gang, known by its acronym LTF, had been behind gang...

FILE -In this May 17, 2018, file photo Ron Plush, father of Kyle Plush, and his sister-in-law Jody, left, listening to comments from Mayor John Cranley during the City Council's law and public safety committee on the response to the death of Seven Hills student Kyle Plush. Plush, 16, died after being trapped by a fold-up vehicle seat despite making two 911 calls. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, an Ohio judge will rule on whether to move forward with a lawsuit filed by the family of Plush. The suit, filed last year, charges the city, a former city official and four city employees with actions it alleges led to Plush's 2018 death.  (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)

Judge rejects city's effort to end teen death lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2020 10:39 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge decided Wednesday to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a 16-year-old student who died after being trapped by a fold-up vehicle seat, despite making two 911 calls. Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman rejected a motion to dismiss the suit...

Weinstein charged with sex crimes in LA on eve of NY trial

Jan. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors charged Harvey Weinstein on Monday with sexually assaulting two women on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013, bringing the new case against the disgraced Hollywood mogul on the eve of jury selection for his New York trial. The case, brought by a task...

Court documents: Kansas City man charged in mother's killing

Jan. 4, 2020 2:33 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Kansas City man in the shooting death last week of his 51-year-old mother. Joshua Thompson, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Dec. 27 shooting death of Lisa Powell, the Kansas City Star reported. Powell's body...