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After cover-up trial, officer who shot teen to be sentenced

Jan. 18, 2019 6:10 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald's death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars. Jason Van Dyke...

Ex-judge: Romania ruling could collapse murder trials

Jan. 18, 2019 5:29 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court ruling that Romanian prosecutors obtained evidence illegally could collapse murder and child pornography trials in the country, a top legal expert said Friday. Romania's Constitutional Court ruled this week that secret protocols signed between the Prosecutor's office and...

Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

Jan. 17, 2019 8:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager's death that led to protests, a federal investigation of the police department and the rare...

Woman, testifying against El Chapo, details affair

Jan. 17, 2019 8:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was already trapped in an impossible extramarital relationship with Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman when she found herself in an even crazier bind — fleeing with Guzman and others from authorities through an underground tunnel, her outlaw love interest...

Judge: New DNA evidence means man is entitled to new trial

Jan. 17, 2019 4:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who has spent more than four decades in prison for murder is entitled to a new trial because new testing found his DNA wasn't on key pieces of evidence, a judge ruled. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the November 1976 fatal shooting of...

Belarusian model who claimed Trump info arrested in Moscow

Jan. 17, 2019 2:51 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian interference in the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was arrested immediately upon her arrival in Moscow on Thursday following deportation from Thailand. Moscow police said in a statement carried by Russian...

Correction: El Chapo-Prosecution story

Jan. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 16 about testimony in the trial of alleged drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman, The Associated Press erroneously spelled the last name of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. He is Victor Vazquez, not Vasquez. A corrected version of the story is below: US agent: Mexican...

Germany: Love Parade trial headed for inconclusive end

Jan. 17, 2019 11:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The trial of 10 people in Germany over a deadly mass panic at the Love Parade techno music festival in 2010 appears likely to be closed without a formal verdict. Four event organizers and six city workers went on trial in Duisburg in 2017 on charges including involuntary manslaughter and...

Mental evaluation ordered for mom accused of killing kids

Jan. 17, 2019 4:48 AM EST

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has ordered the mental evaluation of a woman charged in the fatal shooting of her two daughters. The Washington Post reported last week that the judge ordered the evaluation of competency to stand trial for 33-year-old Veronica Youngblood after she refused to attend...

California voters must approve law to end bail before trial

Jan. 16, 2019 10:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's first law eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial is on hold until California voters decide whether to overturn it, officials said Wednesday. A referendum that qualified for the 2020 state ballot would overturn the law signed last year by then-Gov. Jerry Brown,...