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Convicted New Mexico sect leader seeks new trial

Feb. 27, 2020 10:55 PM EST

GRANT, N.M. (AP) — A leader in a rural New Mexico paramilitary religious sect convicted of kidnapping and sexual abuse is seeking a new trial. Lawyers for Deborah Green, leader of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps, filed a motion recently after they say prosecutors did not disclose...

FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, retired Nassau County Court Judge Donald Belfi talks with the Associated Press in Hampton Bays, N.Y. Belfi presided over the murder trial of Colin Ferguson, who killed six people and wounded 19 others aboard a Long Island Rail Road train as it left New York City in 1993. Newsday reported that Belfi died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2020, after a long illness. He was 84. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

Judge who presided over LIRR massacre trial dies at 84

Feb. 27, 2020 10:04 PM EST

A suburban New York judge who presided over the 1995 trial of the Long Island Rail Road massacre shooter, sentencing Colin Ferguson to 315 years in prison, has died. Donald Belfi, a retired Nassau County Court judge, died Wednesday after a long illness, Newsday reported. He was 84. On Dec. 7, 1993, a gunman...

Cartel boss' daughter arrested attending brother's trial

Feb. 27, 2020 5:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities have arrested the daughter of a fugitive Mexican drug kingpin, who was in Washington to attend her brother's trial. Jessica Johanna Oseguera was arrested at the D.C. federal courthouse Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The person...

Special prosecutor Michael Doyle speaks during opening statements during the Arkema Inc. criminal trial at Harris County Criminal Courthouse Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Houston. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer, along with three senior staff members are on trial over a fire at the Houston-area chemical plant that was overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey's flooding in 2017. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Prosecutor: Arkema jeopardized public safety during Harvey

Feb. 27, 2020 5:09 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A company that owns a suburban Houston chemical plant jeopardized public safety when it failed to remove dangerous chemicals ahead of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, resulting in a blaze that sent toxic smoke into the air and injured first responders, prosecutors told jurors on Thursday. Arkema...

Illinois man seeks bench trial in young son's beating death

Feb. 27, 2020 3:29 PM EST

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man charged in the beating death of his 5-year-old son asked Thursday for a judge, not a jury, to decide his fate when he stands trial. Andrew Freund Sr. made the request during a brief hearing in McHenry County court, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald...

FILE- This undated booking photo provided by the Shiawassee County, Mich., Sheriff's Office shows Mark Latunski. Latunski is charged with killing and mutilating a man whom he met through a dating app. (Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office/via AP)

Man deemed unfit for trial in grisly killing of Grindr date

Feb. 27, 2020 1:14 PM EST

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Thursday deemed a Michigan man unfit for trial in the killing and mutilation of someone he met through the dating app Grindr. During a hearing, 66th District Court Judge Ward Clarkson also ordered defendant Mark Latunski to be transferred to a psychiatric facility....

France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, left, and his wife Penelope, arrive at the Paris courthouse, in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. He could have been president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to richly pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Ex-French prime minister denies wrongdoing in fraud trial

Feb. 27, 2020 1:07 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Thursday that he wants to “make the truth be known” at his fraud trial in Paris. Fillon is facing charges after he used public funds to pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed. Fillon, 65, has denied...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston. Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli said Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 that new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters' way into the University of Southern California.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

Feb. 27, 2020 12:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California, a federal judge said Thursday. The judge set the trial date a day after defense...

Judge postpones lawsuit over opioid prescriptions

Feb. 27, 2020 11:06 AM EST

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has postponed a lawsuit filed by residents of West Virginia and Kentucky that accuses pharmacies and doctors of negligently prescribing pain medication. West Virginia Judge Joseph Reeder issued an order last week canceling a trial scheduled to start March 9, The Charleston...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, Mark Jensen looks at his attorney, Craig Albee, during a bond hearing in Kenosha, Wis. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, the Kenosha News reported, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Jensen, a man convicted in the 1998 poisoning death of his wife, ruling that a lower court judge erred in 2017 when he reinstated Jensen's conviction.   (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, File)

New trial on tap for Wisconsin man convicted of killing wife

Feb. 27, 2020 9:05 AM EST

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appellate court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted in the 1998 poisoning death of his wife. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a lower court judge erred in 2017 when he reinstated Mark Jensen's conviction in the death of his wife, Julie, the...