WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider overturning a criminal conviction by a 10-2 jury vote in Louisiana.
The justice acted Monday, four months after Louisiana voters amended the...
LONDON (AP) — A jury in central England on Wednesday convicted a father of enlisting men to attack his 3-year-old son with a corrosive acid amid a custody battle with the child's mother.
Jury awards nearly $17M to woman injured at Walmart
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A jury in West Virginia has returned a nearly $17 million verdict after a woman was injured when staffers tried to detain a shoplifter in Walmart.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge rejected an effort from Chelsea Manning to quash a subpoena demanding her testimony in an apparent investigation of Wikileaks, the former Army intelligence analyst...
Texas jury awards woman $37 million over Honda seat belts
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas jury has awarded more than $37 million to a woman who sued Honda after being paralyzed in a 2015 car crash.
Sarah Milburn sued the automaker over its seatbelt design after her Uber driver ran a red light and the Honda was struck by a pickup truck in Dallas.
Milburn's lawyer argued that the seatbelts in the Honda Odyssey were poorly designed and contributed to her injuries. The crash broke the 27-year-old's spine, leaving her a quadriplegic.
Jury says officer not liable for injuries in wrong-way chase
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania jury has concluded a police officer shouldn't be held liable for injuries to a suspect he was pursuing the wrong way down a one-way street.
A Bethlehem Township man was injured in 2014 when he was struck by Officer Joshua Hobson's patrol car. Hobson was driving without emergency lights or a siren.
Hobson was responding to a disturbance at a corner bar. Anthony Ray Rivera testified he had had several drinks and was banging on the bar's window trying to get in.
Jury awards injured railroad worker nearly $3.5M
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man who still works for BNSF Railway has been awarded nearly $3.5 million for injuries he suffered at a Lincoln rail yard nearly five years ago.
Prosecutor: Call grand juries for Wyoming police shootings
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand juries should be standard practice for determining guilt in officer-involved shootings in Wyoming, said a prosecutor who convened Wyoming's first grand jury in years to examine whether a sheriff's deputy was justified in the fatal shooting an unarmed, mentally ill man after a traffic stop.
Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent said at a news conference Monday she wrestled with how to determine whether sheriff's Cpl. Derek Colling was guilty of a crime.
Grand jury finds no criminal wrongdoing in inmate’s death
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lancaster County grand jury investigating the death of an inmate who fell 11 times in his cell has found no criminal wrongdoing by officials.
The death of Tony D. Perez last summer was caused by blunt force head injuries because of falls complicated by alcohol-withdrawal symptoms, according to the grand jury report filed this month. State law requires a grand jury investigation when someone dies in custody or while being arrested.
Writer seeks records of probe into Pentagon Papers leak
BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor and writer for The New Yorker is asking a court to order the release of documents related to two grand juries that sat in Boston nearly 50 years ago to investigate the leak of the Pentagon Papers.
Jury convicts North Pole man in death of 4-year-old son
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his 4-year-old son.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a Fairbanks jury on Friday convicted 31-year-old Christopher Sadowski of killing Christopher Sadowski Jr.
Grand jury declines to indict officers in fatal shooting
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio grand jury declined to indict three police officers who fatally shot a driver during an attempted traffic stop in May.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says a grand jury this week heard evidence in the death of 55-year-old Darrell Bruffy and determined the Franklin Township officers involved did not act unlawfully.
No sentence yet for man who rammed rally counterprotesters
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jurors considering the punishment for a man who drove his car into counterprotesters during a white nationalist rally heard emotional testimony Monday from a mother who described the pain caused by her daughter's death and a psychologist who described the man's long history of mental health problems.
James Alex Fields Jr. faces up to life in prison for the death of Heather Heyer and injuries he caused to dozens of other counterprotesters.
Jury: Man who wanted millions can get $524K from Vegas hotel
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada jury awarded about $524,000 to a California man who sought millions of dollars for injuries he said he suffered when a temporary sign collapsed atop him at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.
Glenn Richardson's attorney, Adam Breeden, said Tuesday he intends to appeal the Clark County District Court civil jury verdict, delivered Monday.
Breeden acknowledged that attorneys for the Mandalay Bay resort had offered a $2.5 million pretrial settlement of Richardson's negligence claim.
The Latest: Amendment supporters hail widespread support
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on amendment to constitution to end non-unanimous juries (all times local):
Supporters of a constitutional amendment requiring jury verdicts to be unanimous are celebrating their victory.
Previously defendants could be convicted on a 10-2 or 11-1 verdict in felony cases with the exception of death penalty cases. But now verdicts will be required to be unanimous.
New Mexico decision provides guidance on jury deliberations
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court says a jury must first acquit a defendant of a criminal charge before reaching a verdict on a less serious offense.
The decision Thursday clarifies how juries are to deliberate in certain cases where jurors are deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict on a criminal charge.
The decision allows Kelson Lewis of Albuquerque to be retried on a felony child sex charge.
Life-or-death decision faces jury in cop killer case
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors asked a jury Tuesday to impose what would be the first death sentence in Virginia since 2011 against an Army staff sergeant who killed his wife and a rookie police officer who responded to her call for help.
"Put him in the grave because that's what he deserves," prosecutor Matthew Lowery urged the jury as he pointed to the defendant, Ronald Hamilton, 34, of Woodbridge.
Jury convicts Tennessee mom, boyfriend in toddler’s death
LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Tennessee mother and her boyfriend of murder in the death of her 17-month-old son.
News outlets reported that the Louden County jury returned the verdicts Tuesday against Amanda Beaty and Rodger Dale Prince II in the 2014 death of Levi Beaty in Morgan County. The trial was moved to Louden County after the defendants requested a change of venue.
Koch network pushing passage of Louisiana unanimous-jury law
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A conservative organization funded by the Koch network launched a digital ad Monday aimed at ending Louisiana's law that allows split juries to convict people of serious felony crimes, an outreach effort that puts the group at odds with some of its usual allies.
Woman wins $2.75 million award after house burned in arson
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A jury has awarded a Columbia woman more than $2.75 million for injuries and losses she suffered during an arson fire at her home.
Jury hears opening statements in police officer’s death
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — It began with an argument between husband and wife over whether she'd attend a male dance revue. It ended with the wife dead, a police officer fatally wounded and two other officers shot and bleeding on a suburban northern Virginia lawn.
Chief judge: Change in charging process will be more gradual
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state District Court for metro Albuquerque is pulling back on plans to reduce the use of grand juries to charge criminal defendants while increasing use of preliminary hearings.
Court officials said in July that there'd be fewer grand juries and more open-court preliminary hearings to formally launch criminal cases.
Lawyer for clergy abuse victims calls for grand jury reviews
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse wants Gov. Mark Dayton to convene grand juries to investigate alleged cover-ups by Catholic bishops in Minnesota.
Attorney Jeff Anderson said Wednesday he was inspired by a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania that showed about 300 priests in the state had molested more than 1,000 children.
Jury awards more than $242 million for Lexus seat defects
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas jury has awarded more than $242 million to a Dallas-area family who sued Toyota over what they said were defective front seats in their Lexus sedan.
Benjamin and Kristi Reavis alleged defects caused their front seat backs in a September 2016 rear-end collision to collapse on their two young children seated in child safety seats in the back. Their attorney said the 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son suffered severe head trauma and other injuries.
Trial begins for 2 men accused in death of Chicago student
CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection started Friday in the trial of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities.
Honor student Hadiya Pendleton was with friends at a park 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Obama's Chicago home in January 2013 when she was shot.
Jury tells pork giant to pay $473.5M in nuisance lawsuit
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury decided Friday that the world's largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An unlikely, bipartisan coalition is working to win voter support for a proposal ending Louisiana's Jim Crow-era law that allows split juries to convict people of serious felony crimes, a former district attorney said Monday.
Voters will decide the fate of the constitutional change on the Nov. 6 ballot.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Court officials for New Mexico's populous county plan to drastically reduce use of closed-door grand juries to charge criminal defendants, instead having judges hold more preliminary hearings in open court to hear testimony.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The jury selection process has begun for a trial of an Arizona woman accused of killing her 6-year-old nephew.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports Lillian Hester, of Ash Fork, was indicted in May 2016 on one count of first-degree murder and one count of child abuse in the death of her nephew, Jason Hester.
BOSTON (AP) — A jury has ruled in favor of the Boston Red Sox in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she sustained severe facial injuries when she was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park.
The jury Wednesday found that the team and principal owner John Henry were not negligent.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A jury has awarded more than $100,000 to a woman struck by a bowl of pasta thrown by a man during an argument at a Connecticut restaurant.
The Connecticut Law Tribune reports the jury on May 31 ruled in favor of Constance Koulmey, who was the unintended target of the pasta thrown by James Sweeney inside the Oakville restaurant in March 2015.
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A juror picked to hear the trial of a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student asked to be excused, delaying the start of testimony.
Copperfield Verdict: Negligent But Not Liable
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Illusionist David Copperfield was found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist's injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas Strip show in 2013, a jury said Tuesday.
Gavin Cox and his wife, Minh-Hahn Cox, alleged negligence by the multimillionaire magician, the MGM Grand hotel, two Copperfield business entities and a construction firm that was renovating the hotel.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Court of Appeals' decision on a case could impact how remote Alaska village residents are included in juries.
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago men have been convicted by separate juries in the 2014 fatal shooting of a teenager as he walked with his twin brother to a South Side high school.
Fifteen-year-old Demario Bailey was walking with twin, Demacio, under a railroad viaduct on the way to basketball practice when four would-be robbers demanded the victim's jacket. Demario was shot in the chest when he wouldn't comply, and died a short time later.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada jury is due to hear closing arguments in a British tourist's lawsuit blaming Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield for injuries the tourist suffered while taking part in a 2013 vanishing.
Gavin Cox and his wife are suing Copperfield, the MGM Grand hotel and several business entities for negligence and monetary damages. Closing arguments are set for Wednesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Jim Crow-era law that lets divided juries decide criminal cases in Louisiana could be relegated to the history books in November.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In Louisiana, a law from the Jim Crow-era lets divided juries decide criminal cases. Voters are poised to have a chance to change that.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Mexico man accused of raping a woman and threatening her with a large samurai-type sword several years ago has been found guilty after a four-day jury trial.
A jury in Albuquerque returned a verdict on Thursday afternoon, finding Melvin Russell, of Fruitland, New Mexico, guilty of aggravated sexual abuse.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A British tourist told a jury Tuesday that he was excited to take part in a David Copperfield vanishing act during a birthday trip to Las Vegas five years ago, but then his feet slipped from under him in an alley as he rounded a corner on the run, causing him serious injuries.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is a step closer to striking a Jim Crow-era law that allows divided juries to settle criminal cases.
The House criminal justice committee voted Wednesday to advance a constitutional amendment to require unanimous verdicts in serious felony cases.
Changing Louisiana law unlikely to cause slew of hung juries, data suggest: Tilting the scales
Supporters of split verdicts say Louisiana needs its unique justice system because it’s more efficient.
The framers of the 1898 constitution invoked efficiency when they created the law, and so did those who changed it in 1973 to require 10 votes rather than nine for a conviction.
Understanding Louisiana’s nonunanimous jury law findings: Interactive, animated slideshow
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CHICAGO (AP) — The chief judge for U.S. District Court in Chicago says a pay raise for federal jurors in a bill signed by President Donald Trump could improve jury diversity.
U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo told the Chicago Tribune the increase for jurors from $40 to $50 a day should make it more financially feasible for lower income residents to serve.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge declined to order a new trial Tuesday in an Iowa medical malpractice case, saying an investigation turned up no evidence to support an anonymous letter that claimed a juror was bribed.
Judge Chad Kepros on Tuesday unsealed the anonymous typed letter that he received in March 2016, which triggered an unusual two-year jury tampering investigation and continues to baffle those involved in the case.
A Springfield girl who lost her leg in a riding lawn mower incident was awarded a total of $12.25 million in economic and other damages Monday after a jury sided with her following a weeks-long civil trial at Lane County Circuit Court.