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22, Oct 2014 - Competency hearing ordered for girl in 'Slenderman' case
A judge on Wednesday ordered a competency hearing for one of two Wisconsin pre-teen girls accused of stabbing a friend in an attempt to please the fictional Internet character "Slenderman."
22, Oct 2014 - Lawrence businessman admits embezzling $1 million
A 55-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling approximately $1 million from his company and business partners over a 10-year period, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
22, Oct 2014 - Citizens United can run ads for conservative film
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says a conservative group can run ads promoting its film about Colorado politics. The Denver Post ( ) reports that Citizens United can still face court complaints alleging the advertisements for "Rocky Mountain Heist" are attack ads, not a ...
22, Oct 2014 - Man guilty in fatal shooting
A central Florida man faces a mandatory life sentence for his part in a fatal shooting. A Polk County jury found 24-year-old Alex Baez guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder.
22, Oct 2014 - Ex-Johnstown attorney guilty of tax evasion
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A former western Pennsylvania attorney who abandoned his practice without notice and now drives a bus in Florida faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Fifty-nine-year-old Walter Pruchnik Jr. ...
22, Oct 2014 - Daughter gets life in foster mom’s stabbing death
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio teenager who killed her foster mother in 2012 at her foster father’s urging has been sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole in 30 years. Nineteen-year-old Sabrina Zunich pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder in the stabbing death of 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel in their […]
22, Oct 2014 - Judge scolds lawyer with baby in court
An Atlanta judge reportedly reprimanded an immigration attorney for bringing her 4-week-old to court for a hearing -- a hearing she asked the judge to reschedule because she was on her six-week maternity leave. What appears to be a lack of compassion by the judge in question is troubling but sadly not surprising, many women say.
22, Oct 2014 - Prop. 47 Would Redefine Some Crimes, Shorten Sentences
Among the measures California voters will decide on Nov. 4 is Proposition 47, which would redefine some criminal penalties and could shorten sentences.
22, Oct 2014 - Charge dropped against former lawmaker
A former Florida lawmaker won't face prosecution for violating the state's open-meetings laws after a judge ruled Tuesday that applying the law to a private citizen could violate a constitutional right to free speech.
22, Oct 2014 - Court-appointed expert says Detroit bankruptcy exit plan feasible; ruling expected next month
DETROIT - Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy is feasible, a court-appointed expert testified Wednesday as the last witness in a historic trial to determine whether the largest city in U.S. history ...
22, Oct 2014 - Man to change plea in deaths of motorcyclists
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man will be in federal court Oct. 30 to change his plea in the deaths of two motorcyclists on the Natchez Trace. The motion for a change of plea was filed Monday in federal court in Oxford. Donnie Sartain of Tishomingo ...
22, Oct 2014 - Attorney says judge scolded her for bringing baby to court
A Gwinnett County, Georgia, attorney filed a complaint against a federal judge after she says he reprimanded her for bringing her baby to court, according to Atlanta's WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Attorney Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle said she filed a motion for a continuance and provided a doctor’s note, which recommended she stay on maternity leave for six weeks. “Counsel for the ...
22, Oct 2014 - Zuckerberg Seeks Revenge on Lawyers Who Sued Facebook
Facebook’s chief executive officer brings a malicious prosecution suit against law firms that represented now-discredited Paul Ceglia, who claims Mark Zuckerberg promised him 84 percent of Facebook
22, Oct 2014 - Former Charlotte, N.C., mayor gets 44 months in prison for corruption
By Emily Harris CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - A former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly four years in U.S. prison after admitting to using public positions in the state's largest city for personal financial gain, including taking at least $50,000 in bribes. Patrick Cannon, a Democrat who served on Charlotte City Council before being elected mayor last November ...
22, Oct 2014 - Divinity To Hold Discussion on Race, Incarceration and the Death Penalty, Oct. 28
Duke Divinity School will host a public panel discussion Oct. 28 on "Race, Incarceration and the Death Penalty" featuring two leading international advocates in the fight against the death penalty and the racialization of criminal justice in the United States.
22, Oct 2014 - Shelton prison inmate found dead in cell
The Washington Corrections Department says a 31-year-old inmate has died at the state Corrections Center in Shelton.
22, Oct 2014 - Appeals court won't block ASU early vote order
RALEIGH — A North Carolina appeals court won't block enforcement of a trial judge's order requiring Watauga County to host one voting site on the Appalachian State University campus when early voting begins Thursday.
22, Oct 2014 - Forest Place arsonist gets 16-year federal sentence
Federal Judge Billy Roy Wilson today sentenced Lacey Rae Moore to 16 years in federal prison for setting fires at the Forest Place Apartments , one of which destroyed a building. She also was ordered to make $12.5 million in restitution, likely a symbolic judgment. Wilson sentenced Moore, 44, who had pleaded guilty, to nine years on one count and seven on another, to be served consecutively ...
22, Oct 2014 - In blow to GOP, Kansas judges refuse to force Democrat onto Senate ballot
In a further setback to Republican incumbent Pat Roberts, a Kansas District Court declined Wednesday to force Democrats to place a candidate on the ballot in the state’s too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race.
22, Oct 2014 - Fannie, Freddie shares slump after investor lawsuits dismissed
(Reuters) - Shares of government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plummeted on Wednesday, the day after a judge upheld the U.S. Treasury's right to seize the mortgage finance companies' profits. Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia threw out lawsuits brought by investors challenging the government's decision to force the companies to sweep their ...
22, Oct 2014 - Sentencing date set for Florence couple charged in child porn case
A December 8th sentencing date has been set for a Florence couple who plead guilty to over 75 charges of child pornography, according to Alacourt.
22, Oct 2014 - One American released from North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.
22, Oct 2014 - Wrangell Doctor Appears In Court Again After Arrest For Child Porn
A Wrangell doctor arrested last week for possessing and distributing child pornography appeared in court again Monday. Download Audio
22, Oct 2014 - 21 RI, Mass. suspects face cocaine ring charges
The attorney general's office says 21 suspects from Rhode Island and Massachusetts face felony drug charges related to a cocaine-distribution ring.
22, Oct 2014 - Iowa day care provider gets 100 years in prison for death of 3-year-old
An Iowa home day care provider was sentenced to 100 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to killing a three-year-old little girl left in her care.
22, Oct 2014 - US court lets US group challenge Modi immunity
New York, Oct 22 (IANS) A US court has asked a human rights group to respond by Nov 4 to the US government's "suggestion of immunity" in a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged crimes against humanity.
22, Oct 2014 - Iowa man sentenced in child porn case
A 21-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to 16 years and four months in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
22, Oct 2014 - 'Whore' comment prompts hearing in Peterson case
A hearing is scheduled Wednesday regarding prosecutors' motion to have the judge presiding over Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's criminal trial recused from the case.
22, Oct 2014 - State appeals order to release records of UM quarterback's disciplinary hearing
The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education filed a motion this week with the Montana Supreme Court, appealing a lower court decision that ordered the state to release records to author Jon Krakauer detailing the 2012 disciplinary hearing of a University of Montana football player.
22, Oct 2014 - Judge reverses course, dismisses Stiviano suit
A judge reversed course Monday and dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling's mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.
22, Oct 2014 - Some Guantánamo hunger strikers get special treatment, detainee argues
Six Guantánamo captives who’ve been on hunger strike since 2007 got comfy seats this year, communal forced-feedings and television distraction as a way to get them to stop their food protest at the Pentagon prison, it was revealed at federal court Wednesday.
22, Oct 2014 - Federal judges rule in favor of gay marriage in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming
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22, Oct 2014 - Texas man allegedly kills grandmother for inheritance money after paying escort $50,000
Frisco resident Richard Schmelzer, 41, supposedly murdered his grandmother, Mildred "Dodie" Darrington, for financial gain after sending several thousand dollars to numerous female escorts. He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, and could face 20 to 60 years in prison.
22, Oct 2014 - It’s Not Just the Senate: What’s Really at Stake in the 2014 Elections
A handful of important states, including Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin, have closely contested races for governor, and partisan control may shift in Maine, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Kansas.  As Matthew Yglesias points out, state governments play the main role in funding public education at the K-12 and public college and university levels. Who runs the executive ...
22, Oct 2014 - Suspected serial killer due in Indiana court today
A suspect in the killings of seven women in Indiana makes his first court appearance Wednesday morning as authorities look into the possibility that he killed in Illinois or other states.
22, Oct 2014 - Man accused of over 20 sexual assaults on child
A 42-year-old Grand Junction man could face life in prison if convicted on scores of felony sex assault charges read aloud in a Mesa County courtroom Thursday.
22, Oct 2014 - Group asks full appeals court to hear gay marriage
A group that couldn't convince three federal appeals judges that Nevada's state law banning same-sex marriage was constitutional is asking the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its case.
22, Oct 2014 - Onondaga County Bar Association to honor Emil Rossi
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Onondaga County Bar Association (OCBA) expects more than 250 members at the Association’s 139th annual dinner on Thursday to recognize noted attorney Emil Rossi as its 2014 Distinguished Lawyer.
22, Oct 2014 - Court: Arizona medical marijuana law doesn't provide DUI immunity
Arizona residents who have medical marijuana cards that allow them to legally smoke pot can still be prosecuted for driving under the influence in the state, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.
22, Oct 2014 - Oakland County judicial seats
Michigan's district court judges arraign and set bail for people accused of felonies, decide whether to bind those defendants over for trial, and hear traffic cases, most misdemeanors and civil suits in which the amount contested is $25,000 or less.
22, Oct 2014 - 22 Charged In Alleged Drug Ring In 3 New Jersey Counties
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says the group sold large quantities of heroin and cocaine in Asbury Park, Neptune and surrounding towns in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties.
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