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23, Apr 2014 - Washington Family, friends of US contractor held in Cuba plead for US to do more to secure release
For Alan Gross, the American contractor locked up in a Cuban prison on spying charges, the road to freedom seems increasingly out of reach.
23, Apr 2014 - Jackson Police, prosecutors warn gangs: We're coming after you
Police and prosecutors are undertaking a new approach to fighting crime, enlisting gang members as new recruits to try to stop violence.
23, Apr 2014 - Spokane Kettle Falls Five marijuana case pits federal laws against state laws
A battle between federal and state law concerning medical marijuana kicked off in Spokane Tuesday as five people from Kettle Falls are facing up to 10 years in prison for possessing marijuana, which is now legal in Washington.
23, Apr 2014 - Court won't overturn death sentence for Ky. man
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says there will be no new sentencing hearing for a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.
23, Apr 2014 - San Joaquin Lodi man gets 8 years in state prison for involuntary manslaughter
A Lodi man who claimed to have accidentally shot and killed his roommate was sentenced to serve 8 years in a state prison as part of a plea deal struck last month.
23, Apr 2014 - Brooklyn Man Walks Out of Court, Cleared of Murder After 24 Years in Prison
by Joaquin Sapien In a hearing that lasted less than 15 minutes, Jonathan Fleming's more than 24 years in prison came to an end. The 1990 murder conviction was expunged from his record, leaving his family jubilant in a packed Brooklyn courtroom. "Thank you, God!" one relative screamed when Judge Matthew D'Emic accepted a motion to dismiss the charges. "Come hug your mother!" said another. Today ...
23, Apr 2014 - Missouri business tax break has wide reach
Jefferson City (AP) -- Legislation awaiting a likely veto by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would create a new tax break for the owners of local diners and downtown antique stores. Accountants and doctors could benefit, too. And farmers and car dealers and architects. So could lawyers and lobbyists. Nixon has focused on those latter two professions while denouncing the legislation as "an unaffordable ...
23, Apr 2014 - Washington Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard goes on trial in DC
Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard is going on trial on assault charges in Washington, a case that will be a preview for the musician's own trial.
23, Apr 2014 - Lawyer who defended bin Laden's son-in-law pleads guilty to impeding the IRS
ALBANY, N.Y. — The lawyer who represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law at his recent terrorism trial pleaded guilty Monday in Syracuse to a federal charge of impeding the IRS.
23, Apr 2014 - Lansing Michigan ban on same-sex benefits back in court
DETROIT (AP) - A month after Michigan's same-sex marriage ban was overturned, the state is vigorously defending another law that's being challenged by gays and lesbians: a prohibition on domestic partner benefits for employees in public schools and local governments. U.S. District Judge David Lawson halted the law ...
23, Apr 2014 - Vt. Prosecutor, Police Chief Seek Law Change
Montpelier — The Chittenden County state’s attorney and Burlington’s police chief have asked senators to change the law to stop what they called a “huge problem” of judges who sometimes call for hearings with defense attorneys before issuing search warrants.
23, Apr 2014 - Minnesota Cat Sanctuary Boss Spent Funds on Underwear, Books
The director and founder of a charity-driven sanctuary for exotic cats in Minnesota has copped to misusing thousands of dollars in donations to buy items like women's undergarments and books by Chelsea Handler, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.