Latest Trials News

More Vermont courthouses ready to reopen for live trials

Apr. 11, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

Eight Vermont courthouses are once again ready for jury trials. The Vermont Judiciary announced recently that the move comes after a year of work to construct barriers, test and improve air circulation and filtration systems, and develop process and facility enhancements...

Trial to start for white man accused of killing Black men

Apr. 11, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A trial is scheduled to begin Monday on murder charges for a Louisiana white man accused of killing two Black men and shooting into the home of another Black family. Jury selection will begin in the trial of 27-year-old Kenneth Gleason in Baton...

For Chauvin's trial attorney, it's all about raising doubt

Apr. 11, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin's defense attorney was questioning George Floyd's girlfriend about the couple buying drugs when he abruptly shifted gears for what seemed an innocuous question: He presumed the couple had pet names for each other. Under what name, he asked, did she appear in...

Indiana district wants public barred from molestation case

Apr. 11, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana school district wants to bar the public from the civil trial of a man sentenced to 120 years in prison for molesting 20 children while working at a YMCA and an elementary school. Attorneys for the Greater Clark County...

Prosecutors defend newer charges against Ghislaine Maxwell

Apr. 10, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors hope to preserve a July trial date for Ghislaine Maxwell by defending a late-hour expansion of charges against her, saying they developed when a woman spoke after Maxwell’s arrest about her abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein in the early 2000s. ...

Ex-officer's trial in Floyd's death shows courtroom tactics

Apr. 10, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death has introduced viewers from around the world to a vast array of defense and prosecution tactics aimed at swaying the jury. Some strategies and terms that have...

Woman's trial in baby's death 40 years ago delayed again

Apr. 10, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The trial for a woman accused of killing her newborn son 40 years ago has been delayed again. Theresa Bentaas' trial was supposed to start Monday in Minnehaha County court. But the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Friday that the trial has now...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns to sports on TV, and Julia Jenae talks things out with colleagues. Each is covering one of the nation's biggest stories, the murder trial of...

Appeals court OKs new trial for mom in baby's 2001 death

Apr. 10, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Battle Creek woman convicted of her daughter's death nearly 20 years ago has presented enough new evidence to get a second trial, the Michigan Court of Appeals said. The court on Thursday affirmed a decision by a judge who said Tonia...

Prosecutor: Salvini should not be tried for migrant policy

Apr. 10, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian prosecutor on Saturday told a court in Sicily that there's no reason to order right-wing leader Matteo Salvini to stand trial for alleged kidnapping for his role in keeping rescued migrants aboard a coast guard ship for days in the summer of 2019. ...