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Defense lawyers pan NJ's plan to restart criminal trials

Aug. 14, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

An association of defense attorneys is giving a thumbs-down to some of New Jersey’s plans to restart criminal trials next month using a combination of remote and in-person proceedings. The state judiciary released guidelines last month that would allow live trials to resume in September at courthouses...

Angolan court sentences ex-leader's son to 5 years in prison

Aug. 14, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A court in Angola has sentenced the son of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to five years in prison for fraud and other crimes. The Angolan Supreme Court sentenced Jose Filomeno do Santos, former head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, and three other defendants for...

This undated booking photo provided by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, in Colorado, shows Cynthia Abcug. Abcug, accused of working with supporters of QAnon to have her son kidnapped from foster care, can be put on trial, a judge ruled Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Douglas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge: Mom accused in QAnon kidnapping plot can stand trial

Aug. 14, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of working with supporters of QAnon to have her son kidnapped from foster care can be put on trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Judge Lawrence Bowling admitted his decision was a “close call” because the prosecution did not definitively lay out...

Ex-Meridian Police officer faces federal extortion charges

Aug. 13, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Meridian Police officer is facing charges of extortion, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Royric “Roy” Benamon, 27, was indicted on two counts of extortion under color of official right, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a news release. According to the...

Police take shooting suspect, Maurice Hill, into custody after a standoff with police that wounded several police officers, in Philadelphia early Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The Philadelphia man charged with shooting six police officers during an hours-long standoff last summer, was held for trial Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 on a third set of charges stemming from the incident. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Man charged in cops shooting ordered to trial on more counts

Aug. 13, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man charged with shooting six police officers during an hours-long standoff last summer was held for trial Thursday on a third set of charges stemming from the incident. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons held Maurice Hill for...

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. sits in court during a hearing in his sexual misconduct case, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in New York. A judge ordered the courtroom outfitted with Plexiglas and other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has delayed the trial indefinitely.  (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)

Cuba Gooding Jr wears 'Black Lives Matter' mask to court

Aug. 13, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sporting a “Black Lives Matter” face mask, Cuba Gooding Jr. showed up at a New York City court on Thursday to hear lawyers argue over what restrictions to place on testimony at his sexual misconduct trial. The Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” actor Gooding wore the...

Judge: Woman stabbed British tourist in psychotic episode

Aug. 13, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island judge found that a woman who stabbed a British tourist visiting her home did so in a moment of psychosis and is not responsible for second-degree murder. Justice Robert Bogle issued the verdict in the historic trial, which was conducted in part over video, in Nassau...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, then senior members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi, right, and Essam el-Erian hold a press conference in Egypt in Cairo, Egypt. Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, an Egyptian lawyer said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 that el-Erian died of a heart attack in a Cairo prison where he was serving a 25-year sentence. The 66-year-old leader had been behind bars since 2013, following the military overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who had hailed from the Brotherhood’s ranks. Morsi also died while in custody. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abou Zaid, File)

Egyptian lawyer: Senior Brotherhood leader dies in prison

Aug. 13, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A senior leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group died of a heart attack on Thursday in a Cairo prison where he had been serving a 25-year sentence, his lawyer said. The attorney, Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, said Essam el-Erian, 66, had been behind bars since 2013, following the...

Mexico judge holds gang leader for trial for fuel theft

Aug. 12, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican court has ordered the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang held over for trial on organized crime charges. José Antonio Yépez Ortiz will be held in prison for at least two months at a maximum security prison just west of Mexico City until further hearings are held. ...

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.  Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Prosecutors want joint trial for 4 ex-cops in Floyd death

Aug. 12, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to try four fired Minneapolis police officers jointly in George Floyd’s death. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a memo arguing that evidence against the four is similar and that a single trial would spare witnesses and family...