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Beyond the hearings: What to watch on Trump impeachment

Dec. 12, 2019 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is moving beyond the hearing room. House committee members are debating and voting on articles of impeachment Thursday against President Donald Trump. But the political battle over his fate is sweeping across the Capitol, the White House and Washington on the cusp of the 2020...

Teen found competent to stand trial in a Tucson murder case

Dec. 12, 2019 12:01 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A teenager accused of killing a Tucson high school student the day after graduation this year has been found competent to stand trial. Tucson TV station KOLD reported 14-year-old Rene Manuel Yanez was in court Tuesday for a competency hearing. According to prosecutors, Yanez will be...

Weinstein's bail hiked over allegations he disabled monitor

Dec. 11, 2019 10:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge Wednesday hiked Harvey Weinstein’s bail over allegations he mishandled or disabled his electronic ankle monitor dozens of times in recent months. Judge James Burke gave Weinstein three options to cover a new bail of up to $5 million and warned the disgraced movie mogul that...

Impeachment trial: Trump wants drama, but GOP wants it over

Dec. 11, 2019 7:23 PM EST

Washington (AP) — Donald Trump wants more than acquittal. He wants vindication. With impeachment by the House appearing certain, the president has made clear that he views the next step, a trial in the GOP-controlled Senate, as his focus. The president sees the senators not just as a jury deciding his...

Sandy Hook lawsuit against gun-maker set for trial in 2021

Dec. 11, 2019 5:41 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge said Wednesday a lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims against Remington Arms will go to trial in September of 2021. A survivor and relatives of nine victims of the 2012 massacre filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Remington in...

Judge tosses conviction, grants new trial in child rape case

Dec. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man serving life in prison for raping a young girl has been granted a new trial because of prosecutorial misconduct. A judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors violated Quentin Jones' rights at his 2016 trial by failing to disclose an agreement with a prison inmate who was a key...

Missouri appeals court weighs wrongful conviction allegation

Dec. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court will decide if St. Louis' top prosecutor has the authority to request a new trial for a man who has spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder she believes he didn't commit. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that lawyers for Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on...

Execution on hold in Tennessee after racism argument raised

Dec. 11, 2019 5:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The pending execution of a black inmate was put on hold Wednesday by Tennessee's highest court after the inmate said racism tainted the jury selection at his trial. In August, a Nashville judge approved an agreement between Abu-Ali Abdur-Rahman and Nashville's district attorney to...

Prosecutors offer guidelines on dishonest police witnesses

Dec. 11, 2019 4:03 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The county prosecutors' association in Pennsylvania gave its members guidelines Wednesday about informing defendants when police officers on their cases have been shown to be dishonest or biased, or may have committed crimes or engaged in certain types of misconduct at work. The...

Trial set in suit stemming from arrest in freeway shootings

Dec. 11, 2019 2:23 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An April 6 trial has been scheduled for a false-arrest lawsuit filed by a landscaper once charged in some of the freeway shootings in metro Phoenix during the summer of 2015. Most of Leslie Merritt Jr.’s legal claims against Arizona Department of Public Safety officers were dismissed...