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Spaniards convicted of rape also sentenced for videoing it

Nov. 20, 2019 8:36 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Two Spaniards who were among a group of five men convicted earlier this year of raping a woman were each sentenced Wednesday to an additional three years and three months in prison for having made videos of the rape with their phones. A regional court in Pamplona also fined them 5,670 euros...

Thai Supreme Court affirms death sentence for Spaniard

Nov. 20, 2019 7:51 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence given a Spanish man convicted of murdering a compatriot and dismembering his body in 2016. Artur Segarra Princep had been convicted of killing David Bernat to steal his money. He had pleaded innocent. Police believe Segarra held...

She can’t vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway

Nov. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the most sought-after presidential endorsements in a key early voting state is from a woman who cannot vote. As Democrats jockey for support in Nevada, a meeting with Astrid Silva, a 31-year-old immigrant rights activist who has become a public face of the “Dreamers,”...

For trans activists, recent setbacks temper long-term hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration argued before the Supreme Court...

EU court refers doubts on Polish judiciary to national court

Nov. 19, 2019 10:39 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that there are reasons to question the independence of a new judicial chamber in Poland that monitors and potentially punishes judges. However, the European Court of Justice left it to Poland’s highest court to determine whether the new...

Tucson man sentenced in crash that killed O’Connor’s sister

Nov. 18, 2019 8:38 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man convicted of negligent homicide in a 2016 car crash that killed the younger sister of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Pima County prosecutors say Jarrad Barnes was credited with 719 days of time...

Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Nov. 18, 2019 8:35 PM EST

Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an...

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

Nov. 18, 2019 5:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out how to handle the high-stakes dispute. Roberts’ order Monday contains no hint...

Ginsburg back on bench after stomach bug

Nov. 18, 2019 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back on the Supreme Court bench after missing time last week with what the court described as a stomach bug. The 86-year-old Ginsburg climbed the three steps and took her seat for a brief court session Monday. She was absent when the justices last met in...

Spain: men convicted in rape case stand trial in 2nd case

Nov. 18, 2019 8:44 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Four Spanish men convicted earlier this year of raping a woman in a notorious case are standing trial on charges of sexual abuse in a separate incident. The men had a WhatsApp group named "La Manada," or "The Animal Pack," and are currently serving 15-year sentences handed down by the Supreme...