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New Jersey man acquitted of homicide charged in new slaying

Sep. 22, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man acquitted on homicide charges last year has been charged with fatally shooting a woman. Authorities say 28-year-old Anthony Shuler of Jersey City shot a woman in the face shortly before 5 a.m. in Bayonne. NJ.com reports he was arrested about 90 minutes later. It's not...

Court orders end to Greene County domestic abuse court

Sep. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A state appeals court has ordered a Missouri judge to stop operating a domestic abuse court because proper procedure wasn't followed when it was set up. Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson had challenged the domestic abuse court because of his concerns, and the Missouri Court of...

Botched transcript leads to new murder trial in Georgia

Sep. 22, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his girlfriend in Georgia is scheduled to start a new trial Monday after a judge found a court reporter botched the transcript of his first proceeding by repeatedly failing to relay what was said in court and sometimes inserting gibberish into her voice...

Jury awards man $27M in wrongful imprisonment lawsuit

Sep. 22, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A federal jury in Massachusetts has awarded $27 million to a man who spent 27 years in prison for a killing he maintained he didn't commit. Masslive.com reports that jurors made their decision in favor of 55-year-old Mark Schand in federal court in Springfield on Friday. Schand...

Justices' DC sniper case examines teen murderers' sentences

Sep. 21, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall. But the justices' eventual ruling probably will mean less for him than for a dozen other inmates who, like the now-34-year-old...

Court denies release for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Sep. 20, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday denied the latest parole bid by Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten. Two of the three appellate judges upheld former Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to block her parole last year. She is serving a life sentence for helping Manson and others...

Judge: Trump must give deposition in protesters' lawsuit

Sep. 20, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge Friday ordered President Donald Trump to give a videotaped deposition in a lawsuit filed by protesters who claim they were roughed up outside Trump Tower in 2015. State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez of the Bronx denied Trump's effort to quash the subpoena, ordering him...

Alabama to pay hefty legal fees over blocked abortion law

Sep. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to pay $675,964 to lawyers for abortion clinics who challenged the state's attempt to ban the most common second trimester abortion procedure. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson handed down the order after striking down the 2016 law. Alabama...

Judge refuses to toss Coast Guard officer's gun charges

Sep. 20, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss gun charges against a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist who stockpiled weapons and drafted a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists. U.S. District Judge George Hazel rejected defense attorneys'...

Idaho execution records appeal may be considered next year

Sep. 20, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court is expected to decide next year whether prison officials must reveal the past source of their execution drugs. Similar debates are raging in courthouses and statehouses across the United States, but it's not yet clear if rulings elsewhere — including a...