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Tennessee bookkeeper sought after skipping jury verdict

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a bookkeeper who was convicted of embezzling more than $250,000 from a Tennessee lawyer but failed to appear for jury verdict announcement. The Shelby County district attorney's office says 51-year-old Teresa Sumpter was present for every day of her trial...

Former executive sentenced to 9 years in fish fraud scheme

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former executive accused of defrauding investors in a scheme to build an $11 million fish farm in South Dakota has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Monday also ordered Tobias Ritesman to pay $680,000 in restitution. The...

Judge to sentence father, son convicted of investor fraud

Jul. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — On Tuesday, a federal judge will sentence an Alabama attorney and his son who were convicted of defrauding investors and a bank out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of 17½ years Donald Watkins Sr. and 6½ years for his son, Donald Watkins...

Former state official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

Jul. 15, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury has awarded a former state workers' compensation commissioner $1.5 million, concluding the state and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against him because he's gay and that a pay cut was retaliation for refusing to quit. Jurors in the civil trial found Monday that...

Court: Seattle wealth tax unconstitutional but so is tax ban

Jul. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Seattle's tax on wealthy households is unconstitutional, but so is the state law banning Seattle and other Washington cities from taxing net income. In doing so, the Court of Appeals declared void a 35-year-old ban enacted by the...

Louisiana: Coroner rules museum founder's death a homicide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

The founder of Baton Rouge's African American history museum died of suffocation and her death was a homicide, a coroner ruled Monday, as residents of Louisiana's capital city struggled to come to terms with the slaying of the well-respected, 75-year-old community leader. East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark...

Mother of man who killed Chinese scholar begs for his life

Jul. 15, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a former University of Illinois student convicted of killing a Chinese scholar told the jury deciding his fate that it would be horrible if he is put to death. Ellen Williams testified Monday that Brendt Christensen's crime is "horrible" and she feels "bad." But she said...

Nevada Supreme Court rejects Biela's latest death row appeal

Jul. 15, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has denied a Reno man's latest bid to get off death row for the 2008 rape and killing of a 19-year-old college student that became one of the highest-profile cases in the city's history. The justices unanimously rejected James Biela's motion for a rehearing of the...

Husband of Pittsburgh official acquitted in Detroit

Jul. 15, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The husband of an elected official from Pittsburgh has been acquitted of misdemeanor charges related to a trip to Detroit. The prosecutor's office says a jury on Monday cleared Khari Mosley of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace at a hotel. Mosley is the husband of Chelsa Wagner, the...

After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymandering case begins

Jul. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in a political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for Common Cause,...