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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, Amy Locane enters the courtroom to be sentenced in Somerville, N.J. The former "Melrose Place" actress who has already served a prison sentence for a fatal 2010 drunken driving crash in New Jersey is headed back behind bars. A state judge on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, agreed with prosecutors that Locane's previous sentences were too lenient and gave the actress an eight-year sentence. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool, File
September 17, 2020 - 8:21 pm
A former “Melrose Place” actress who has already served a prison sentence for a fatal 2010 drunken driving crash in New Jersey is headed back behind bars after a judge agreed with prosecutors Thursday that her initial sentence was too lenient. Saying Amy Locane still refuses to fully acknowledge...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, photo Attorney General William Barr participates in a roll call with police officers from the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Mo. In a private conference call this week with his U.S. attorneys nationwide, Attorney General William Barr said he wanted prosecutors to be aggressive in charging demonstrators who cause violence. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo, File)
September 17, 2020 - 3:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a memo to U.S. attorneys Thursday obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department emphasized that federal prosecutors should aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence — and even sedition charges could potentially apply. The sedition statute doesn't require...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby departs after a sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
September 14, 2020 - 9:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. Cosby was the first celebrity to go on trial in the #MeToo era, and his appeal could resolve lingering questions about...
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September 11, 2020 - 9:44 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West does not qualify to be on the presidential ballot in battleground Wisconsin, a judge ruled Friday, upholding a bipartisan decision by the state elections commission. The decision is likely to be rapidly appealed to the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme...
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September 11, 2020 - 5:58 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls convicted of stabbing a classmate to please the horror character Slender Man asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to rule that the case should have been tried in juvenile court. Morgan Geyser and Anisa Weier attacked their friend, Payton Leutner, in a...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2020, photo, E. Jean Carroll talks to reporters outside a courthouse in New York. The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to take over President Donald Trump's defense in a defamation lawsuit brought by Carroll, who accused the president of raping her in a New York luxury department store in the mid-1990s. Federal lawyers asked a court Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, to allow a legal move that could put the American people on the hook for any money she might be awarded. She says the president's comments, including that she was “totally lying” to sell a memoir, besmirched her character and harmed her career when he denied the rape allegations in 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
September 08, 2020 - 9:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department is asking to take over President Donald Trump's defense in a defamation lawsuit from a writer who accused him of rape, and federal lawyers asked a court Tuesday to allow a move that could put the American people on the hook for any money she might be awarded...
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September 01, 2020 - 7:02 pm
A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling that barred immigration authorities from arresting people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally if they show up at Massachusetts courthouses. The decision by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston came in a case brought by...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2005 file photo Scott Peterson is escorted by two San Mateo County Sheriff deputies as he is walked from the jail to a waiting van in Redwood City, Calif. The California Supreme Court has overturned the 2005 death sentence for Peterson in the slaying of his pregnant wife. The court says prosecutors may try again for the same sentence if they wish in the high-profile case. It upheld his 2004 conviction of murdering Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant with their unborn son. (AP Photo/Justin Sullivan, Pool,File)
August 24, 2020 - 4:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Scott Peterson's conviction for killing his pregnant wife will stand, but the California Supreme Court on Monday overturned his 2005 death sentence in a case that attracted worldwide attention. The justices cited “significant errors" in jury selection in overturning the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. appears in court, in New York. Gooding is accused of raping a woman twice in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013, according to a lawsuit dated Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, but filed publicly Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. Attorney Mark Heller, who represents the 52-year-old actor, said the “alleged event never took place." (Alec Tabak/The Daily News via AP, Pool, File)
August 18, 2020 - 5:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is accused of raping a woman twice in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013, according to a lawsuit that escalates the severity of the growing number of claims against him. The lawsuit, dated Monday but filed publicly Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, alleged that...
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August 14, 2020 - 4:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A radical Islamic cleric has been extradited to New York City on charges he recruited followers and fighters for the Islamic State through fiery online lectures and militant propaganda, prosecutors said Friday. Abdullah al-Faisal, who had been behind bars in Jamaica, pleaded not...
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