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Justices' DC sniper case examines teen murderers' sentences

Sep. 21, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall. But the justices' eventual ruling probably will mean less for him than for a dozen other inmates who, like the now-34-year-old...

Court denies release for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Sep. 20, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday denied the latest parole bid by Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten. Two of the three appellate judges upheld former Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to block her parole last year. She is serving a life sentence for helping Manson and others...

Judge: Trump must give deposition in protesters' lawsuit

Sep. 20, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge Friday ordered President Donald Trump to give a videotaped deposition in a lawsuit filed by protesters who claim they were roughed up outside Trump Tower in 2015. State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez of the Bronx denied Trump's effort to quash the subpoena, ordering him...

Judge refuses to toss Coast Guard officer's gun charges

Sep. 20, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss gun charges against a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist who stockpiled weapons and drafted a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists. U.S. District Judge George Hazel rejected defense attorneys'...

Judge orders trial in Southern California synagogue shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former college student will stand trial on charges he opened fire with an assault rifle inside a Southern California synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three people last April, a judge ruled Friday. John T. Earnest had no reaction when San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh...

The Latest: Judge orders trial in synagogue shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a preliminary hearing for John T. Earnest, who is charged with an attack on a Southern California synagogue that killed one woman and injured three people. (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A judge has ordered a 20-year-old former college student to stand trial on charges that he...

Court: First Amendment protects "hate group" label

Sep. 20, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 141-page decision issued late Thursday, threw out a complaint filed by the...

Man hurt in bar fight with off-duty officers awarded $1.25M

Sep. 20, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A jury has awarded an Air Force veteran nearly $1.25 million in damages related to a 2014 bar fight involving two off-duty Indianapolis officers that left him unconscious. The Indianapolis Star reports Wednesday's verdict stemmed from a federal lawsuit by Bradford Bohanon against the...

Australian-Lebanese jailed on Sydney bomb plot set free

Sep. 20, 2019 6:51 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities released Friday a Lebanese-Australian man who was detained for more than two years over an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Sydney, after a military court said he was innocent in the case. Australian-Lebanese dual...

Court: Jail's 3-book limit doesn't violate rights of inmates

Sep. 20, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has ruled the confiscation by Cook County Jail guards of over 30 books from an inmate didn't violate his free-speech rights. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez agreed the First Amendment protected the right to read, not only...