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Venue change request denied for trial in Alton Sterling suit

Jan. 12, 2021 2:59 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has rejected a change-of-venue request in a civil lawsuit over the death of Alton Sterling, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2016. Judge William Morvant’s decision on Monday means a trial that was scheduled for March 1 will...

Jury split on death penalty means life term in 2009 slaying

Dec. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EST

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man faces life in prison without possibility of parole after a jury deadlocked over whether he should be executed for what prosecutors called a revenge slaying more than a decade ago. The Northampton County panel announced shortly after 8 p.m. Monday after more...

Deliberations on death penalty in 2009 café murder slated

Dec. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EST

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania jury is expected to begin deliberations Monday on whether a man convicted in what prosecutors called a revenge slaying more than a decade ago should be sentenced to death or to life in prison without possibility of parole. The Northampton County panel...

Man convicted in 2009 murder; jury to mull death penalty

Dec. 15, 2020 5:20 PM EST

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder and conspiracy in what prosecutors called a revenge slaying more than a decade ago. The Northampton County panel deliberated for about four hours Tuesday before convicting 39-year-old Jacob Holmes. The panel must...

FILE - In this May 27, 2005, file photo Janine Bivens, front, mounts her sport motorcycle for a ride with her friends in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The beach town in South Carolina is in the second week of a federal trial over whether it discriminates against thousands of Black tourists who visit every May to celebrate motorcycle culture. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow, File)

Jury: Black bikers' race was a factor, but city won't pay

Dec. 11, 2020 10:58 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was motivated by race when it created a traffic plan designed to “suck the fun” out of Black Bike Week, a federal jury has found. But the same jury sided against the bikers, saying the city probably would have imposed the plan...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by The Ford County Sheriff's Office in Paxton, Ill., shows Michael Hari. A jury on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 convicted Hair, the leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group, of several civil rights and hate crime charges in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. (Ford County Sheriff's Office via AP File)

Jury convicts Illinois man in Minnesota mosque bombing

Dec. 9, 2020 8:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury on Wednesday convicted the leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group of several civil rights and hate crime charges in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Prosecutors outlined 49-year-old Michael Hari's hatred for Muslims as his motivation for the bombing during the...

Jury convicts Illinois man of masterminding 2017 Minnesota mosque bombing on all 5 counts

Dec. 9, 2020 3:25 PM EST
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury convicts Illinois man of masterminding 2017 Minnesota mosque bombing on all 5 counts.
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 2, struggled with whether to require new trials for potentially thousands of prisoners in Louisiana and Oregon who were convicted by non-unanimous juries before the court barred the practice last year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Supreme Court wrestles with non-unanimous juries case

Dec. 2, 2020 4:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with whether to require new trials for potentially thousands of prisoners who were convicted by non-unanimous juries before the court barred the practice earlier this year. The high court ruled 6-3 in April that juries in state criminal trials must...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman attends a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Abdur'Rahman was scheduled to be executed in April, but last fall a judge resentenced him based on claims that prosecutors had illegally excluded African Americans from the jury pool. The attorney general appealed the resentencing, and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals heard arguments Tuesday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Appeals court vacates agreement to resentence Black inmate

Dec. 1, 2020 12:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee trial court judge improperly reduced a Black inmate's death sentence to life in prison last year, a state appeals court has ruled. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (AHB’-dur-RAK’-mahn) was scheduled to be executed in April, but the judge resentenced him last...

The Schmidt family, from, left, Heather Schmidt, her husband Nicholas Philbrook, son Andrew, 4, father Raymond and daughter Ava interact in their backyard, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Camarillo, Calif. Philbrook and his wife have been trying to convince court officials that he should be excused from jury duty because her father, a cancer survivor with diabetes, lives with them. But court officials told him that is not a valid reason and he must appear in court in early December. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Jury duty? No thanks, say many, forcing trials to be delayed

Nov. 22, 2020 10:50 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jury duty notices have set Nicholas Philbrook’s home on edge with worries about him contracting the coronavirus and passing it on to his father-in-law, a cancer survivor with diabetes in his mid-70s who is at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19....