Latest Trials News

Legal questions loom as Harvey Weinstein case nears trial

Aug. 25, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Can someone as notorious in the #MeToo era as Harvey Weinstein get a fair trial in the world's media capital? That's one of the legal questions looming over the sexual assault case against the movie mogul with jury selection scheduled for early next month. Weinstein's lawyers want the trial...

Corruption trial for Sudan's ex-president adjourns

Aug. 24, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The trial of Sudan's autocratic former president Omar al-Bashir on corruption and money laundering charges was adjourned for one week following testimony from several witnesses Saturday. Al-Bashir, who appeared in court in a cage, was ousted by the military in April after months of mass...

Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting of black man

Aug. 24, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

A white Florida man who told detectives he had a "pet peeve" about illegal parking in handicapped spots was convicted late Friday of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. Six jurors deliberated for six hours in Clearwater before convicting Michael Drejka for the...

The Latest: Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting

Aug. 23, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting over a parking spot in Florida (all times local): 10:45 p.m. A Florida jury has convicted a white man of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a dispute over a handicapped parking spot. The jury of five men and a woman...

Man accused of killing 2 found competent to stand trial

Aug. 23, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a Florida police officer has been found competent to stand trial. The Orlando Sentinel reports Circuit Judge Leticia Marques ruled Friday that 43-year-old Markeith Loyd's murder cases could move forward, one week after his...

Correction: Nicholas Sparks-Lawsuit story

Aug. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about a lawsuit against novelist Nicholas Sparks by the former headmaster of the school the author founded, The Associated Press, citing testimony from Sparks, erroneously reported that Saul Hillel Benjamin received a severance of more than $150,000. While a lawyer...

Judge says she can't order new trial for convicted murderer

Aug. 23, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge on Friday denied a motion for a new trial for a St. Louis man serving a life sentence for murder, despite an investigation that contended misconduct by police and prosecutors led to his conviction. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hogan said in her order that she doesn't have the authority...

Key Mueller cooperator Gates testifies in trial of DC lawyer

Aug. 22, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a key cooperator in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, testified Thursday against a prominent Washington attorney accused of concealing information from the Justice Department about work done for the government of Ukraine. Gates, a former campaign aide to...

Avenatti seeks trial delay amid effort to prove Nike claims

Aug. 22, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti hopes to show that charging Nike $25 million to probe corruption at the sportswear giant was a bargain rather than extortion, his lawyer told a judge Thursday. Avenatti was seated and quiet as attorney Scott Srebnick asked that a trial for his outspoken...

Freed man says he relied on mother, God while behind bars

Aug. 22, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who maintained his innocence even as he served a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit was freed Thursday and said he got his strength in prison from God and his mother. Dontae Sharpe went free after an evidentiary hearing in Pitt County court in Greenville,...