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Case against Jussie Smollett focuses on how 'hoax' unraveled

Nov. 30, 2021 23:29 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors' case against Jussie Smollett has focused on how Chicago police say they determined that what they initially believed was a horrific hate crime was actually a fake assault staged by the ex-"Empire" actor with help from two brothers. Testimony...

Detective: Brothers detailed how Jussie Smollett staged hoax

Nov. 30, 2021 20:10 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers arrested for an alleged attack on Jussie Smollett recounted for Chicago police how the ex-“Empire” actor orchestrated the hoax, telling them via text message to meet him “on the low,” paying for supplies and holding a “dry run” in downtown Chicago, a...

Local leaders learn to manage strife over race, other issues

Nov. 30, 2021 18:47 PM EST

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — In addition to preparing for snow storms or the new school year, Connecticut municipal leaders were urged Tuesday to ready their communities for a different type of challenge: how to manage conflicts over race, gender identity, religion and national origin. ...

Lawyer: Jussie Smollett 'a real victim' of attack in Chicago

Nov. 29, 2021 21:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett “is a real victim” of a “real crime,” his attorney said as the ex-"Empire" actor's trial started Monday, rejecting prosecutors’ allegation that he staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago after the television studio where he worked didn’t...

Ahmaud Arbery's mom: Thankful for justice and son's legacy

Nov. 25, 2021 17:36 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Ahmaud Arbery's mother woke up Thursday with a new, very important blessing on Thanksgiving Day. But there will still be an empty chair at the family's celebrations. It is a reminder that while she feels justice was served when the three white men...

Collecting $26M award vs. white nationalists may be tough

Nov. 24, 2021 19:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nine people who sued white nationalist leaders and organizations over the violence at a deadly rally in Charlottesville in 2017 won a $26 million judgment for the injuries and trauma they endured. But whether they will be able to collect a significant chunk of that...

Jury awards $26M in damages for Unite the Right violence

Nov. 23, 2021 22:41 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A jury ordered 17 white nationalist leaders and organizations to pay more than $26 million in damages Tuesday over the violence that erupted during the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. After a nearly monthlong...

Jury deliberates for 2nd day in 'Unite the Right' trial

Nov. 22, 2021 17:36 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jurors on Monday finished their second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the trial of white nationalists accused of conspiring to commit racially motivated violence at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017. ...

Jury begins deliberations in 'Unite the Right' civil trial

Nov. 19, 2021 17:19 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A jury on Friday deliberated for over seven hours on Friday without reaching a verdict in a civil trial of white nationalists accused of conspiring to commit racially motivated violence at the deadly “Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville four years ago. ...

'Unite the Right' trial jurors hear closings in Virginia

Nov. 18, 2021 19:25 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (AP) — White nationalists “planned, executed and then celebrated” racially motivated violence that killed one counterprotester and injured dozens, lawyers for nine people hurt during the 2017 “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville said Thursday as they urged...