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Turkey: Police officers on trial for 2015 killing of lawyer

Oct. 21, 2020 7:39 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Three police officers went on trial Wednesday in southeastern Turkey for the killing of a prominent lawyer and human rights defender nearly five years ago. Lawyer Tahir Elci was shot and killed while making a press statement on the destruction of a historic mosque in the Sur district of...

Teen charged in mother's death seeks new trial location

Oct. 20, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — A teenage defendant in Mississippi wants the location of her pending February murder trial changed. Amariyona Hall is charged in the death of her mother, Ericka Hall, 32, who was killed in 2019. Hall was just 14 at the time of her mother's death in southwest Mississippi's Pike...

Judge rejects plea in ex-officer's sex solicitation case

Oct. 19, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a former Maui police officer's guilty plea in a case accusing him of soliciting sex from a woman he pulled over for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in exchange for giving false testimony at her trial. Brandon Saffeels said he offered to testify...

The afternoon sun illuminates the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave in Richmond, Va., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. A Richmond judge heard arguments in a lawsuit over the Governors' order to remove the statue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

No immediate ruling from judge after Lee statue trial

Oct. 19, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge heard hours of arguments and witness testimony Monday but did not immediately issue a ruling in a lawsuit seeking to prevent Virginia's governor from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. “It's a very difficult case. It's a difficult...

Judge sentenced to 14 years for fondling teen girls

Oct. 19, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

EDGARD, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge who resigned after being convicted on sex charges involving the fondling of teenage girls was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison. New Orleans area news outlets report that Jeff Perilloux was sentenced by ad hoc Judge Dennis Waldron. Perrilloux was convicted in...

Court says Epstein's ex-girlfriend's testimony can be public

Oct. 19, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A British socialite’s testimony in a lawsuit related to Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse activities can be made public, an appeals court ruled Monday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued its conclusions in a series of orders it released regarding 2016...

Trial in killing of Tennessee prison official moved to 2021

Oct. 19, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — The trial of a Tennessee convict charged with killing a corrections official before escaping prison on a tractor has been delayed until next year. Curtis Ray Watson had been scheduled to face trial Oct. 26 in the killing of Tennessee Department of Correction administrator Debra...

Massachusetts delays resumption of jury trials

Oct. 19, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has delayed the resumption of jury trials until early next month. The earliest potential start date for jury trials will be extended to Nov. 9, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said in a statement last week. The delay comes amid a rising number of confirmed cases of...

Josu Urrutikoetxea, a former leader of Basque separatist militant group ETA, speaks in Paris, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Josu Urrutikoetxea, the last known chief of ETA, the now-extinct Basque separatist militant group, goes on trial Monday Oct. 19, 2020 in Paris for terrorism charges that he deems “absurd” because of his role in ending a conflict that claimed hundreds of lives and terrorized Spain for half a century. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Facing terror charges, ETA's last boss apologizes for deaths

Oct. 19, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Paris appeals court postponed Monday the first of two back-to-back terrorism trials this week against the last-known chief of ETA, the now-extinct Basque separatist militant group, charges that the defendant deems “absurd” because of his role in ending a conflict that claimed...

Josu Urrutikoetxea, a former leader of Basque separatist militant group ETA, speaks in Paris, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Josu Urrutikoetxea, the last known chief of ETA, the now-extinct Basque separatist militant group, goes on trial Monday Oct. 19, 2020 in Paris for terrorism charges that he deems “absurd” because of his role in ending a conflict that claimed hundreds of lives and terrorized Spain for half a century. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Facing terror charges, ETA's last boss apologizes for deaths

Oct. 19, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The last known chief of ETA, the now-extinct Basque separatist militant group, was back in court Monday in Paris to face terrorism charges that he deems “absurd” because of his role in ending a conflict that claimed hundreds of lives and terrorized Spain for half a century. Josu...