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Judge Refuses to Drop Charges in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore judge also ruled State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby won't be recused

(Newser) - Written motions finally evolved into verbal arguments this morning in Baltimore, where defense attorneys for two of the six officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray tried to have said charges dismissed and the office of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby recused from the case—attempts that...

Rookie Cop: Tamir 'Gave Me No Choice'

County prosecutor's report released about Tamir Rice shooting

(Newser) - Did rookie cop Timothy Loehmann shout a warning before gunning down 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November? A newly released report doesn't quote Loehmann directly—he and his partner wouldn't talk to sheriff's investigators—but other officers say he did yell commands and felt he had to shoot...

Cops: Man Shot Alaska Prosecutor in Jealous Rage

Assistant DA was dating suspect's former partner

(Newser) - The shooting of a prosecutor in America's northernmost community appears to have been more connected to the victim's love life than his work, police say—although Assistant District Attorney Brian Sullivan had arraigned suspect Ronald Fischer on at least one of several domestic violence charges he faced this...

'Too Big to Jail' No More? Feds Ready to Charge Banks

After regulators promise not to kill Credit Suisse, BNP

(Newser) - US prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas, in the hopes of securing the first guilty plea from a big bank since 1989—and stemming criticism that the banks are too powerful to prosecute, the New York Times reports. Credit Suisse is suspected of providing a...

Prosecutor in Benazir Bhutto Murder Slain

Chaudhry Zulfiqar shot on way to court

(Newser) - The prosecutor working the case of Benazir Bhutto's assassination has been shot and killed in Pakistan. Chaudhry Zulfiqar was attacked en route to a hearing in the death of the former leader—a case that remains without a conviction. Motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire on the car carrying Zulfiqar, who...

Dead Texas DAs 2 of Just 14 Such Deaths Since 1912

AP reviews prosecutor killings in last century

(Newser) - As if the murders of two Texas prosecutors in the last two months isn't jarring enough, the AP's review of such killings puts the deaths in a new light: Since 1912, just 14 prosecutors have been killed. That's according to stats kept by the National District Attorneys...

Sotomayor Hits Prosecutor on Racist Comments

'I hope never to see a case like this again'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court won't be hearing a defendant's appeal in a drug case—but Justice Sonia Sotomayor made her views clear on a federal prosecutor's earlier comments, CNN reports. The prosecutor had said, "You've got African Americans, you've got Hispanics, you've got a...

Model Cut Off, Wore Lover's Testicles: Lawyer

Renato Seabra pleads guilty to murder by reason of insanity

(Newser) - A Portuguese male model admits to killing his lover in a fit of rage—but says he wore the man's severed testicles as a talisman and became a healer, the Daily News reports. Renato Seabra, 21, "willingly told police" about the crime because "he thought what he...

Prosecutor: No Grand Jury for Trayvon Shooting

Angela Corey to decide herself whether to charge George Zimmerman

(Newser) - Special prosecutor Angela Corey has announced that she will not be handing the Trayvon Martin case over to a grand jury, and will instead decide whether to charge George Zimmerman unilaterally. A grand jury had been set to convene tomorrow, on the orders of Corey's predecessor, CNN explains. But...

Marcia Clark: Casey Anthony Verdict Crazier Than OJ's

Anthony wasn't a celebrity, and there was no Mark Fuhrman

(Newser) - When she heard the Casey Anthony verdict, Marcia Clark flashed back to how she felt when OJ Simpson was acquitted. “But this case was different. The verdict was far more shocking,” the ex-prosecutor in the Simpson case writes in the Daily Beast . Casey wasn’t a beloved celebrity,...

Paris Hilton Drug Prosecutor Nabbed for Crack

David Schubert caught buying coke on Vegas street: police

(Newser) - A top Las Vegas drug prosecutor is getting a view from the other side: He's been arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. David Schubert, who has prosecuted the likes of Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars, was spotted buying the drug from a street dealer on...

Cops Dismiss New Natalee Holloway Confession

Suspect says he dumped her body

(Newser) - The young Dutchman who has been arrested twice in connection with the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005 is on tape confessing to dumping her body—but the prosecutor doesn’t believe him. Joran van der Sloot’s claim that he disposed of her body “...

Knox Acted Out of 'Hatred': Prosecutor

 Knox Acted Out of 
 'Hatred': Prosecutor 

kercher murder trial

Knox Acted Out of 'Hatred': Prosecutor

Closing argument speaks of 'crescendo of violence'

(Newser) - Italian prosecutors pulled out all the stops in closing arguments at the Amanda Knox murder trial, telling the court that the American exchange student killed Meredith Kercher in "an unstoppable crescendo of violence." The chief prosecutor restated his argument that Knox murdered her roommate out of spite because...

Prosecutor: I Lied in Polanksi Film About Misconduct

Wells now denies coaching judge on how to send director to jail

(Newser) - A retired Los Angeles County prosecutor who told the creators of a documentary that he coached a judge on how to send Roman Polanski to prison despite a plea bargain now says he lied. David Wells—whose claims in Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired sparked accusations of misconduct and were...

Iran: Protesters Were Tortured
 Iran: Protesters Were Tortured 

Iran: Protesters Were Tortured

Prosecutor general blamed Basij, Revolutionary Guard for 'painful accidents'

(Newser) - The Iranian prosecutor general admitted today that protesters arrested in the wake of the disputed presidential election were tortured, the New York Times reports. The comments by Qorbanali Dori-Najafabadi were the first official acknowledgments of torture made by an Iranian government official. Dori-Najafabadi blamed what he called a few “...

Sotomayor's Inspiration? Perry Mason
 Perry Mason 

Sotomayor's Inspiration? Perry Mason

(Newser) - Sonia Sotomayor’s zeal for the law comes from the tube, the Los Angeles Times reports. The former prosecutor credits for her conversion a Perry Mason episode where the titular defense attorney “proved his client innocent and got the actual murderer to confess,” the Supreme Court nominee told...

Judge Throws Out Sentence in MySpace Suicide Case

(Newser) - A Los Angeles federal judge has tentatively thrown out the convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide. US District Judge George Wu acquitted Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization. Wu...

Families Join Manslaughter Probe in Plane Crash

(Newser) - Three families of victims in the Air France crash have signed on as plaintiffs in a manslaughter probe into the Air France crash, reports the BBC. Under French law, they'll now have access to investigative files. The Paris prosecutor launched the probe last week, which is routine in such cases....

Rogue Prosecutor Targets Knox
Rogue Prosecutor Targets Knox

Rogue Prosecutor Targets Knox

'Railroad job' of a case lacks clear-cut evidence, motive

(Newser) - With “flawed and flimsy” evidence and “no motive,” the murder trial of Amanda Knox seems more about a prosecutor’s ambitions than any likelihood the American student actually killed her housemate, Timothy Egan writes in the New York Times. “Any fair-minded jury would have thrown” the...

As Threats Soar, Court Officials Pack Heat

Judges, prosecutors hire guards, carry guns after string of slayings

(Newser) - Judges and prosecutors are facing a huge upswing in threats, driving many to carry guns or get 24-hour guard protection, the Washington Post reports. Threats against federal court officials have jumped from 592 to 1,278 in the past 6 years. “I live with a constant heightened sense of...

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