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Arizona courts eye ways to hold jury trials during pandemic

Jul. 11, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Some Arizona courts are entering new legal waters by exploring innovative procedures and technology such as videoconferencing to hold jury trials during the coronavirus pandemic. Largely rural Mohave County recently held a criminal trial during which some jurors viewed the proceedings by...

Trial delayed for suspect in death of Mollie Tibbetts

Jul. 10, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

MONTEZUMA, Iowa. (AP) — The trial of a man charged in the killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has been delayed. Cristhian Bahena Rivera was supposed to be tried in September, but the first-degree murder case was reset Friday to January because of of the pandemic and changing orders from...

Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Friday July 10, 2020.  Depp is back in the witness box at the trial of his libel suit against a tabloid newspaper that called him a

Depp says feces in bed was last straw in marriage to Heard

Jul. 10, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp said in a London court on Friday that he was left embittered by ex-wife Amber Heard's claims he abused her, which turned him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in the public eye. He also said the couple's tempestuous marriage broke down for good after an incident in...

Swedish ex-envoy acquitted of planning illegal China meeting

Jul. 10, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A court has acquitted Sweden’s former ambassador to China of exceeding her authority in negotiations with a foreign country, concluding the first trial of its kind involving a Swedish diplomat in more than 200 years. The Stockholm District Court ruled Friday that the prosecutor...

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, right, walks out of the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on Monday afternoon June 20, 2020, in Minneapolis with his attorney, Earl Gray, after a hearing. Lane is one of four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Judge imposes gag order on attorneys in George Floyd case

Jul. 9, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday imposed a gag order on attorneys in the case involving four former Minneapolis police officers who are charged in the death of George Floyd. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill issued his order the day after he pointed out that two or more attorneys granted interviews...

Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Johnny Depp is back in the witness box for a third day at the trial of his libel suit against a tabloid newspaper that called him a “wife-beater.” Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he’d physically abused ex-wife Amber Heard.  He strongly denies ever hitting Heard. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

In court, Depp denies violence during 'tailspin' marriage

Jul. 9, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp said Thursday that his relationship with Amber Heard was “a crime scene waiting to happen,” but denied assaulting her during a drug-fueled rampage in Australia while he was filming a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. The Hollywood star was giving...

Alabama judge charged with theft, ethics violation resigns

Jul. 8, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama judge accused of misusing court funds and stealing money from clients has resigned from his post. Former Limestone County District Judge Doug Patterson announced he would be stepping down effective July 3, according to a letter to the Alabama Supreme Court filed Tuesday....

Woman accused of keeping remains in freezer heading to trial

Jul. 8, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman is heading to trial on charges that she kept her maternal grandmother’s remains in a freezer for a decade and a half and continued to receive the dead woman’s Social Security checks for a portion of that time. Cynthia Black, 61, agreed Monday to allow a...

Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. Johnny Depp is facing a second day of cross-examination by lawyers for British tabloid The Sun, which is defending a libel claim after calling the Hollywood star a “wife beater.” Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he’d been abusive to ex-wife Amber Heard. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

In UK court, Depp accuses Amber Heard of 'hoax' abuse claims

Jul. 8, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp denied an allegation by ex-wife Amber Heard that he is a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” monster who turned violent when he drank and took drugs, though he acknowledged in a London court on Wednesday that he may have done things he can't remember while he was under the...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo the guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The Justice Department plans to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are slated to die by lethal injection in one week beginning Monday. The executions will take place at USP Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Justice Department plows ahead with execution plan next week

Jul. 8, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is plowing ahead with its plan to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are...