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Idaho halts execution by lethal injection after 8 failed attempts to insert IV line

Feb. 28, 2024 19:22 PM EST

KUNA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho halted the execution of serial killer Thomas Eugene Creech on Wednesday after medical team members repeatedly failed to find a vein where they could establish an intravenous line to carry out the lethal injection. Creech, 73, has been in prison half a...

Justice Department finds problems with violence, gangs and poor conditions in 3 Mississippi prisons

Feb. 28, 2024 18:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gangs, violence and sexual assaults are a problem in three Mississippi prisons because the facilities are short-staffed and inmates are sometimes left unsupervised, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a report Wednesday. The department said the state failed...

Judge rejects settlement aimed at ensuring lawyers for low-income defendants

Feb. 28, 2024 17:44 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge has rejected a second proposed settlement for improving Maine’s system for providing attorneys for residents who cannot afford them, and she won't be waiting for a third try. Justice Michaela Murphy gave the ACLU of Maine until March 8 to file a new...

Burundi detains dozens of soldiers who refused deployment in fight against M23 rebels in Congo

Feb. 28, 2024 07:56 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dozens of Burundian troops have been detained for refusing to be deployed to eastern Congo in the fight against the M23 rebel group as it advances toward a major border city, according to army officers, prison officials and other witnesses. The dissenting...

Louisiana moves closer to final passage of tough-on-crime bills that could overhaul justice system

Feb. 27, 2024 20:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana, a state grappling with one of the highest rates of incarceration and violent crime in the country, is on the cusp of overhauling parts of its criminal justice system as the state's GOP-dominated legislature barrels ahead with a package of bills — ranging from...

Lawsuit claims isolation and abuse at Wyoming Boys School

Feb. 27, 2024 19:10 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Staff at Wyoming’s state youth detention facility locked juveniles in solitary confinement for weeks at a time, repeatedly buckled one in a restraint chair for up to 12 hours a day and poked fun at another while withholding the leg brace he needed for his disability for...

Ferguson, Missouri, agrees to pay $4.5 million to settle 'debtors' prison' lawsuit

Feb. 27, 2024 17:34 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer has agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused it of operating a so-called debtors' prison. The legal nonprofit ArchCity Defenders announced the settlement...

Family of exonerated Black man killed by a Georgia deputy is suing him in federal court

Feb. 27, 2024 13:04 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The family of a Black man fatally shot by a Georgia deputy during an October traffic stop filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking more than $16 million in damages, arguing the deputy used excessive force and the sheriff who employed him ignored the officer's history of...

UN experts call on authorities in Belarus to pardon a cancer-stricken imprisoned opposition leader

Feb. 27, 2024 08:45 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Experts from the U.N. Human Rights Commission appealed to Belarusian authorities on Monday to pardon an opposition politician diagnosed with a severe form of cancer while in prison. Ryhor Kastusiou, 66, the leader of the Belarusian Popular Front, or BPF,...

Lara Love Hardin's memoir 'The Many Lives of Mama Love' is Oprah Winfrey's new book club pick

Feb. 27, 2024 08:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club selection is an author and ghost writer’s life story, chronicling her journey from prison and drug addiction to collaborating with the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others. Lara Love Hardin's “The Many Lives of Mama...