Latest Trials News

10th juror seated at trial of officer who shot Daunte Wright

Dec. 02, 2021 13:40 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection moved forward Thursday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright's shooting death, with a 10th juror seated ahead of opening statements next week. Kim Potter, 49, is charged...

Lawyer: Attack on Smollett was real, brothers sought payoff

Dec. 02, 2021 13:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s lawyer suggested Thursday that an aspiring actor and his brother committed an anti-gay, racist attack against the former “Empire” actor because they didn't like him, then tried to get him to pay them each $1 million not to testify that he staged the...

UK court backs Meghan in dispute over privacy with publisher

Dec. 02, 2021 12:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex won the latest stage in her privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper on Thursday, when three senior judges ruled its publisher breached her privacy by reproducing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father. The duchess...

Maxwell jurors hear expert testimony about sexual predators

Dec. 02, 2021 12:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors at Ghislaine Maxwell's trial got a psychologist's overview Thursday of how sexual predators gradually lure and ensnare child victims, a view that defense lawyers tried to keep out of the British socialite's sex trafficking trial. “Child sexual...

Man testifies Smollett recruited him, brother to fake attack

Dec. 01, 2021 20:37 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An aspiring actor testified Wednesday that Jussie Smollett recruited him and his brother to stage a homophobic and racist attack on him in downtown Chicago nearly three years ago, saying the former “Empire” star even instructed them on how to throw fake punches. ...

Rio Arriba County sheriff is convicted on 2 felony counts

Dec. 01, 2021 20:05 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan was convicted Wednesday on two felony counts of aiding a felon and intimidating a witness in 2017. Jurors in the 1st Judicial District Court deliberated only about five hours before reaching the verdicts. ...

Facing trial, California couple plead guilty in college scam

Dec. 01, 2021 19:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A California couple accused of paying $25,000 to cheat on their son's college admissions test abruptly agreed to plead guilty on Wednesday, six weeks before they were set to go on trial in federal court. Dr. Gregory Colburn, 63, and Amy Colburn, 61, of...

Jury takes shape for Potter trial in Daunte Wright's death

Dec. 01, 2021 19:44 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The jury for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright's shooting death began to take shape Wednesday, with nine of the necessary 14 panelists seated, including a woman who said she owns a stun gun. ...

Ghislaine Maxwell defense attacks actor accuser's account

Dec. 01, 2021 19:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell's defense attorneys sought Wednesday to undermine a key accuser’s allegation that the British socialite helped financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse the woman for years, starting when she was 14. The trial witness, who has said...

Hate crime trial of former NJ police chief ends in mistrial

Dec. 01, 2021 18:53 PM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A retrial in the hate-crime case against a former New Jersey police chief ended without a verdict Wednesday. A federal judge declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict in the trial of Frank Nucera, the former police chief of...