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Jury convicts man of sexually assaulting woman on flight

Jan. 23, 2020 10:17 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A 42-year-old California man has been convicted by a federal jury in Seattle of two felony charges stemming from the sexual assault of a woman on a flight from London to Seattle. Babak Rezapour, of Van Nuys, California, was convicted Wednesday of abusive sexual contact in a special aircraft...

Jury selection set to begin in machete killing trial

Jan. 23, 2020 1:00 AM EST

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Jury selection was due to begin Thursday in the trial of a Maine man charged with killing a neighbor with a machete. Lawyers hoped to begin jury selection after an evidentiary hearing in the trial of Bruce Akers, of Limington. He's accused of killing Douglas Flint, 55, on June 9, 2016,...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse following a day in his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Weinstein rape trial opens, marking milestone for #MeToo

Jan. 22, 2020 5:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein went on trial Wednesday in a landmark moment for the # MeToo movement, with prosecutors painting him as a sexual predator who used his Hollywood clout to abuse women for decades, while his lawyers sought to portray his accusers as willing participants. Prosecutor Meghan...

Justices order child sexual abuse jury report be kept sealed

Jan. 22, 2020 11:36 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury's findings about a central Pennsylvania man who said he victimized about 16 to 18 people will remain permanently sealed because the child sexual abuse report did not recommend government changes in the public interest, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The...

FILE - In this May 30, 2017, fie photo, Jeremy Christian shouts as he is arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Ore. Christian, charged with fatally stabbing two men who authorities say confronted him during a racist rant on a Portland, Oregon light-rail train, goes to trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, two years after the killings that plunged this liberal city into months of soul-searching. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, Pool, File)

Murder trial begins in fatal Portland light-rail stabbings

Jan. 21, 2020 8:11 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man charged with fatally stabbing two men who authorities say confronted him during a racist rant on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train went to trial Tuesday, two years after the killings in a liberal city. Jeremy Christian has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted...

Harvey Weinstein leaves court during his rape trial, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Weinstein defense points to 'loving emails' as openings near

Jan. 21, 2020 4:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers want to use intimate emails from his accusers to try to convince jurors in his rape trial that any contact was consensual, the defense said Tuesday as an appeals court rejected an 11th-hour request to move the trial out of town. Opening statements are set for...

Supreme Court stays out of dispute over grand jury secrecy

Jan. 21, 2020 9:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to get involved in a dispute about judges' authority to order the disclosure of secret grand jury material in rare circumstances. The court turned away an appeal from an 82-year-old researcher who is seeking grand jury records from the late 1950s. The...

Appeal vowed of conviction in slaying defense blamed on twin

Jan. 20, 2020 3:30 PM EST

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney says he expects to appeal the murder conviction of a western Pennsylvania man who asserted that his now-deceased twin brother was the shooter. Jurors in Westmoreland County deliberated for about two hours Friday before convicting 30-year-old Darrelle Tolbert-McGhee...

Bill would raise age to get out of SC jury duty to 75

Jan. 20, 2020 9:27 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state senator wants to raise the age someone can get out of jury duty in South Carolina from 65 to 75. Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey is sponsoring the bill because people are living longer and healthier lives. “Jurors who are a little bit older but have a lot of life...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse after a second day of jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

#MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defense

Jan. 20, 2020 9:23 AM EST

When his trial opens in the coming days, Harvey Weinstein’s defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if they acted like victims afterward. New York City prosecutors intend to counter with a strategy...