Court decisions

December 14, 2017 - 11:03 pm
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the shooting of a farmer who accused him of applying herbicide to crops that the farmer said drifted onto nearby land and damaged plants. A Mississippi County Circuit Court jury late Thursday convicted Allan Curtis Jones...
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Zenobia Dobson hugs Assistant District Attorney Phil Morton Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn., after a jury convicted Christopher Bassett of first degree murder and Kipling Colbert Jr. and Gregory Williams III of facilitation in the killing of her son Zaevion Dobson. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 7:40 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors found one defendant guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and two others guilty on a lesser charge of facilitation of first-degree murder in the 2015 death of a Tennessee teen who was lauded for courageously shielding his friends from gunfire. Christopher Drone...
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Attorney Rebecca Copeland, left, who is representing a divorced lesbian woman who wants to dissolve parental rights, argues in front of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. National gay rights advocates are watching how the case plays out in Hawaii, likely the first such case before a state's highest court, experts say. A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her ex-wife gave birth to and is appealing a family court ruling denying that request. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
December 14, 2017 - 6:39 pm
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Attorneys for a divorced lesbian couple fighting over child support in a closely watched case agreed Thursday that consent to having a baby together is a crucial issue but disagreed over whether both spouses gave it. A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her...
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December 14, 2017 - 6:03 pm
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car can pursue its claims against the former NASCAR star. In a 28-page ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd dismissed Stewart's counterclaim and...
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FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, mourners gather during funeral services at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott, Ohio, around caskets for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot April 22, 2016, at four properties near Piketon, Ohio. A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, rejected requests for the unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
December 14, 2017 - 11:39 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected requests for unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members. The court ruled 4-3 that the Pike County coroner in southern Ohio does not have to release the reports with complete information. Chief...
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FILE - In this February 1964 file photo, Henry Montgomery, flanked by two deputies, awaits the verdict in his trial for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Hurt in Baton Rouge, La. More than a half-century after the Louisiana teen was sent to prison for killing a sheriff’s deputy, the now 71-year-old inmate is getting his first chance at freedom since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor. Louisiana's parole board scheduled a hearing Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, for Montgomery. (John Boss/The Advocate via AP, File)
December 14, 2017 - 11:01 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than a half-century after a Louisiana teen was sent to prison for killing a sheriff's deputy and nearly a year after the nation's highest court ruled in his favor, the now 71-year-old inmate will have to wait up to two months longer for his first chance at parole...
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Members of Family Love Alliance, who are behind a judicial review seeking to make gay sex and sex outside marriage illegal, react in dejection after judges ruled against their case at the Constitutional Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The country's top court on Thursday rejected the arguments of the conservative group in a victory for the country's besieged LGBT minority. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
December 14, 2017 - 3:16 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's top court on Thursday ruled against petitioners seeking to make gay sex and sex outside marriage illegal in a victory for the country's besieged LGBT minority. The 5-to-4 decision by the nine-judge panel of the Constitutional Court rejected the arguments of a...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's Department shows ex-U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. A judge has ordered Hastert not to have contact with anyone under 18, unless another adult is present who is aware of revelations that the former House speaker abused high school students decades ago. (Lake County Sheriff Department via AP, File)
December 12, 2017 - 7:53 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker's conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students...
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In this Nov. 21, 2017 photo, Irishman Ibrahim Halawa, who was recently acquitted after four years of imprisonment in Egypt, poses for a photograph at his home, in Dublin, Ireland. Halawa says he saw dozens of cellmates radicalize and adopt views of the so-called Islamic State during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails. (AP Photo/Brian Rohan)
December 12, 2017 - 5:03 pm
DUBLIN (AP) — An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized and adopt views of the Islamic State group during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails. Ibrahim Halawa, 21, was arrested after security forces...
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December 11, 2017 - 3:13 pm
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a store manager before turning the gun on himself at an Atlantic City outlet mall last year has been convicted of murder charges. Luis Maisonet also was found guilty of aggravated assault and three weapons offenses stemming from the...
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