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Prosecutor seeking to free inmate accused of hiding evidence

Dec. 08, 2022 18:17 PM EST

Missouri's attorney general asked a judge on Thursday to sanction St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, accusing her of concealing evidence in her effort to vacate the conviction for a man who has spent nearly 30 years in prison for murder. Lamar Johnson was convicted in 1994 of...

Russian parliament displays art by Griner case figure Bout

Dec. 08, 2022 18:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A show of prison artwork by Viktor Bout, the Russian arms trader serving 25 years in the United States and the focus of speculation about a prisoner swap that could free WNBA star Brittney Griner, opened Tuesday at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. The...

WNBA star Griner freed in swap for Russian arms dealer Bout

Dec. 08, 2022 18:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a high-profile prisoner exchange as the U.S. released notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. But the U.S. failed to win freedom for another American, Paul Whelan, who has been jailed for nearly four years. ...

Griner swap wasn't what US hoped for, but what it could get

Dec. 08, 2022 17:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s surprise announcement last July lacked any detail, but its meaning was crystal clear. In a rare comment on secret talks, he said the Biden administration had made a “substantial proposal” to Russia to end the imprisonment...

Kentucky gov unveils changes to juvenile detention system

Dec. 08, 2022 17:02 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday announced plans to revamp Kentucky's troubled juvenile detention system by assigning male teenagers to facilities based on the severity of their offenses. The new classification system — for male juveniles ages 14 and older —...

'Merchant of Death' Viktor Bout now part of a deal himself

Dec. 08, 2022 16:39 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who returned home Thursday in a swap for WNBA star Brittney Griner, is widely known abroad as the “Merchant of Death” who fueled some of the world’s worst conflicts. In Russia, however, he's seen as a swashbuckling businessman...

Ex-prison warden convicted of sexually abusing inmates

Dec. 08, 2022 15:53 PM EST

The former warden of a federal women’s prison in California where inmates said they were subjected to rampant sexual abuse was convicted on Thursday of molesting inmates and forcing them to pose naked in their cells. Ray Garcia was found guilty of all eight charges and faces up to...

No bond for woman charged in death of socialite mom

Dec. 08, 2022 15:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge declined to ease bond conditions Thursday and release a Chicago woman who is charged with conspiracy in the 2014 death of her wealthy mother during a luxury vacation in Bali. The decision means Heather Mack, 27, will remain in custody without bond while...

Former federal prison warden convicted of sexually abusing inmates at scandal-plagued California women’s lockup

Dec. 08, 2022 15:27 PM EST
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former federal prison warden convicted of sexually abusing inmates at scandal-plagued California women’s lockup.

Jailed Nobel laureate Bialiatski barred from sending speech

Dec. 08, 2022 13:29 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Imprisoned Belarusian human rights campaigner Ales Bialiatski, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with rights groups in Russia and Ukraine, hasn't been allowed by Belarus authorities to hand over his speech for the award ceremony, his wife said Thursday. ...