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New Mexico airman facing military trial in fatal car crash

Jan. 21, 2021 12:09 AM EST

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — An Air Force airman in New Mexico is facing a military trial next week in connection with a fatal car crash nearly two years ago. Prosecutors said Airman 1st Class Calvin Cooper is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and reckless driving. They...

FILE - Harold Melton, Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Georgia, speaks during a dedication of the state's new Nathan Deal Judicial Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Judges say Georgia's court system could take years to dig out of a backlog of jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Melton told lawmakers during hearings Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that it could take one to two years to catch up. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia judges: Pandemic could backlog jury trials for years

Jan. 20, 2021 4:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's court system could take years to dig out of piled-up cases with jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, judges told state lawmakers Wednesday “The judges across the state are very mindful of the backlog,” state Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold...

Judge: Maxwell's sex relationships with adults can be secret

Jan. 19, 2021 8:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Testimony by Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend about her sexual experiences with consenting adults can remain secret when a transcript is released next week, a judge said Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhattan pertained to a July 2016 deposition of...

This photo provided by Polk County (Iowa) Jail shows Douglas Jensen.  Authorities have arrested Jensen from Des Moines, Iowa, who allegedly took part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, that officers assisted the FBI in arresting Jensen on Friday night at his home. (Polk County (Iowa) Jail via AP)

One Iowa man in Capitol riot released, other remains in jail

Jan. 19, 2021 7:34 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A right-wing conspiracy theorist from Iowa who was among the first to break into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 remained in custody Tuesday after a court hearing where his attorneys asked a federal magistrate judge to let him go home until his trial. Douglas A. Jensen, 41, appeared in...

A cameraman waits by an unused microphone stand outside the West Wing at the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. On President Donald Trump's last full day in office, there was an eerie quiet, with no public events scheduled, his last event being Jan. 12, seven days earlier. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

EXPLAINER: Can Trump be impeached after leaving office?

Jan. 19, 2021 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump might argue the calendar is his friend when it comes to a second impeachment trial. Trump's impeachment last week by the House of Representatives for his role in inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol set up his trial in the Senate. But there's one potential...

Stepmother accused of killing stepson found trial competent

Jan. 19, 2021 5:50 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge in Colorado ruled Tuesday that a stepmother who is accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson is competent to stand trial. The case against Letecia Stauch, 37, will now advance to a two-day preliminary hearing where prosecutors will present evidence they say support...

FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Pervis Payne.   An attorney for Payne says DNA evidence belonging to the Tennessee death row inmate has been found on part of a knife used in the slayings of a mother and daughter 33 years ago, but DNA from an unknown man also was found on the murder weapon. Attorney Kelley Henry presented a report on DNA tests on the knife and other evidence ordered by Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan in September 2020.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tests show DNA of death row inmate, unknown man, on knife

Jan. 19, 2021 5:24 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — DNA evidence belonging to a Tennessee death row inmate has been found on part of a knife used in the killings of a mother and daughter 33 years ago, but DNA from an unknown man also was found on the murder weapon, an attorney for Pervis Payne said in a Memphis court Tuesday. Attorney...

2 Hawaii men plead not guilty in 2014 Maui hate crime case

Jan. 19, 2021 4:23 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii men each indicted with one federal count of a hate crime in the alleged beating of a white man on Maui in 2014 pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. entered their pleas during a telephone conference from the Federal Detention...

In this image from video, Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., speaks as the Senate reconvenes after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

Kansas Sen. Marshall criticizes trial for Trump as divisive

Jan. 19, 2021 4:15 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall opposes an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump after Trump leaves office, arguing Tuesday that it would “raise already heated temperatures” and further divide the nation. Marshall said in a statement that he will attend...

Trial delayed for Lincoln man charged in 2019 killings

Jan. 19, 2021 1:49 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Trial has been delayed for a man charged with first-degree murder and other counts in the Lincoln home-invasion killings of two people in 2019. Trial for Rubin Thomas, 30, had been set to begin Feb. 1, but Lancaster County judges recently decided to nix jury trials in February because...