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Panel's proposal to end grand jury reports draws opposition

Dec. 14, 2019 9:41 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state court system task force wants Pennsylvania to stop issuing grand jury reports, an idea that faces long odds in the Legislature, which would have to pass a new law to halt the practice. The Supreme Court-appointed task force, consisting of five lawyers and two judges, issued...

Did marathon bomber get fair trial? Court weighs arguments

Dec. 12, 2019 7:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers urged a federal court to overturn their client's death sentence, arguing Thursday that intense media coverage and signs of juror bias led to an unfair trial. The three-judge panel for the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t render a decision on...

'Turf wars' alarm Florida panel probing Parkland shooting

Dec. 12, 2019 12:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida grand jury looking into last year's Parkland school shooting chided schools, law enforcement and other local jurisdictions over continued "turf wars" that could hamper the response to another crisis. In a report released late Wednesday, the statewide grand jury said the...

Execution on hold in Tennessee after racism argument raised

Dec. 11, 2019 5:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The pending execution of a black inmate was put on hold Wednesday by Tennessee's highest court after the inmate said racism tainted the jury selection at his trial. In August, a Nashville judge approved an agreement between Abu-Ali Abdur-Rahman and Nashville's district attorney to...

Jury: Lawmaker didn't lie to FBI, hung on 2 other charges

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal jury in western Michigan on Tuesday cleared a Republican state lawmaker of lying to federal authorities but was hung on two other charges against him. Jurors found Rep. Larry Inman not guilty of lying to the FBI but could not reach a verdict on charges of attempted...

Man found guilty of killing 2 doctors in luxury Boston condo

Dec. 10, 2019 5:24 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A jury found a man guilty Tuesday of killing two doctors in their luxury Boston condominium. Bampumim Teixeira, 33, was convicted in Suffolk County Superior Court in the May 2017 stabbing deaths of Drs. Richard Field and Lina Bolanos. Earlier Tuesday, Teixeira had been removed from the...

Jury selection starts for trial in college student's killing

Dec. 9, 2019 7:16 PM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for the trial of a white man charged with a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black college student on the University of Maryland’s campus. Jurors are expected to hear opening statements for Sean Urbanski’s trial later this week....

Court weighs whether Boston Marathon bomber got a fair trial

Dec. 8, 2019 12:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Boston will consider whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a fair trial in the city where the bombs exploded. Oral arguments before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are scheduled for Thursday, according to The Boston Globe. Tsarnaev was...

Jury to decide if college student's killing was hate crime

Dec. 8, 2019 9:23 AM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Three friends were waiting at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s campus around 3 a.m. on a Saturday when a stranger approached them, screaming. "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you," the 22-year-old white man told the friends, according to police. ...

Elon Musk cleared of defamation in 'pedo guy' tweet trial

Dec. 6, 2019 10:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for...