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2nd girl in Slender Man stabbing enters insanity plea
Both the girl and 14-year-old Morgan Geyser face one count of first-degree attempted intentional homicide as adults       
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India supports Bangladesh's 'internal' war crimes trial amid Turkey, Pakistan row
India supports Bangladesh's war crimes trial and considers it an 'internal' issue of the country.
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High court grants new trial for man convicted of killing cop
BOSTON (AP) - The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld a lower court decision that granted a new trial to a man convicted of the 1993 killing of a Boston police officer. Sean Ellis was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted in 1995 of the shooting death ...
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Wisconsin girl enters insanity plea in Slender Man stabbing
The second of two young Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please horror character Slender Man entered Friday a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to an attempted homicide charge. The 14-year-old girl changed her previous not-guilty plea during a 15-minute...
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A break-down of how a 10-year-old was charged with manslaughter

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Homeless Massachusetts man gets jail for trespassing
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A homeless Massachusetts man whose criminal trespassing cases went all the way to the state's highest court has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/2cqhwMj ) reports that a judge on Thursday let stand the monthlong sentence imposed on 70-year-old David ...
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Aceves - and three others - for Superior Court
Efrain Matthew Aceves is a well-regarded Los Angeles County deputy district attorney with 18 years of trial experience who also serves as a member of the Whittier school board. The Los Angeles County Bar Assn. has rated him “well qualified” to be a Superior Court judge. His opponent in the race...
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Trial set for substitute teacher charged in student sex case
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A November trial has been scheduled for a substitute teacher accused of having sexual contact with a Cedar Rapids student. Court records say Mary Haglin pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. She's charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee. Authorities say she had a sexual ...
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Man who police say was recruited as killer takes plea deal
AURORA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska man accused of being recruited to kill another man's wife has taken a plea deal. Court records say 30-year-old Derrick Shirley, of Bradshaw, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 1. He pleaded no contest last week to a felony charge of possessing a firearm ...
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Inmates flooding courts with frivolous lawsuits
Dozens of Bay State inmates have filed hundreds of pleadings as part of frivolous lawsuits that are clogging the courts and turning judges into prisoner “pen pals” — according to one jurist and a top lawyer who are both clamoring for changes in what they call a “broken” system.
13 points by Boston Herald | Lawsuit Court Law Judge Prison Supreme Court of the United States Lawyer Appeal
Public masturbation is no longer a crime in Italy: Supreme Court
The highest court of the land set the bizarre precedent back in June.
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Appellate Division stays HC order over income tax on private universities
The High Court verdict declaring income tax on private higher educational institutions as illegal has been stayed for two months.
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Brooklyn man who said he was beaten by police admits to lying
A Brooklyn man who accused four NYPD cops of beating him KO'd his lawsuit when he admitted that he lied under oath.
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Wis. teen's battle to stop treatment isn’t unique
A Wisconsin girl’s plan to halt treatment of her incurable disease has again raised the thorny issue of how much say minors should have in making life-and-death decisions.         
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Jules Wainstein out at Bravo as divorce drama takes nasty turn
She's leaving "Real Housewives of New York" to deal with her personal life after just one season.
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No bond for Grand Forks slaying suspect until second trial
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The suspect in a slaying in Grand Forks two years ago has been ordered held without bond while he awaits a second trial. A jury in June 2015 convicted Delvin Shaw of murder and burglary in the June 2014 death of 24-year-old Jose Lopez, and ...
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Hudson River floating park gets OK to move forward
Barry Diller’s futuristic floating island in the Hudson got a green light from a state appeals court Thursday.
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Wisconsin teen's battle to stop treatment isn’t unique
A Wisconsin girl’s plan to halt treatment of her incurable disease has again raised the thorny issue of how much say minors should have in m...       
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N.J. high court to hear appeal in affordable-housing dispute
New Jersey's Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear a challenge that will decide if municipalities must zone for the affordable housing units they did not zone for between 1999 and 2015.
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Another mistrial in HISD bus driver's sex abuse case
After deliberating for 15 hours, the jury could not reach a verdict in the case of a Houston ISD bus driver charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child and a mistrial was declared for the second time.
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Brazil's Attorney General Asks High Court to Allow Abortions for Women With Zika
Brazil’s attorney general is urging the nation’s Supreme Court to permit abortions for pregnant women infected with the Zika virus.
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Feds drop charges against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on Thursday, more than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
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LGBT rights group appeals denial of transgender name change
ATLANTA (AP) - An LGBT rights group is asking an appeals court to step in after a Georgia judge declined a legal name change for a second transgender man. Lambda Legal says it filed an appeal Thursday of a June order by Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper ...
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Man gets 5 years for death of foster mother during fight
A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the death of his foster mother during a fight at their South Side home in 2014.
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Judge cracks food jokes during Chipotle exec’s court appearance
A Manhattan judge mocked a top Chipotle executive indicted in a cocaine ring by cracking food jokes during the suspect’s brief court appearance Thursday. Mark Crumpacker, 53, who was leading the Mexican fast-food chain’s efforts to get back on its feet following an e. coli outbreak, sat in Manhattan Supreme Court looking melancholic as Judge...
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The Latest: Lawyer who won gun ownership case expects appeal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a federal appeals court ruling giving some people convicted of crimes a chance to legally own guns (all times local):
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Brooklyn prosecutor slammed for seeking delay in cop assault case
Judge Danny Chun was furious that prosecutors weren't ready Thursday for the trial of two cops accused of beating up a suspect.
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Italy: Public masturbation not a crime
Italy's highest court has ruled that masturbation in public is not a crime, as long as it is not conducted in the presence of minors.
54615 points by CNN | Italy United States Judge Court of Cassation Law Court Catania Supreme court
Judge rejects challenge to case filed in suicide-pact crash
OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A judge is upholding an adult murder case against a 16-year-old girl charged with killing two people in a high-speed crash on her way to carry out a suicide pact. Judge Brent West rejected defense arguments it's cruel and unusual for teenagers to face possible state ...
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$100K bail for homicide suspect accused of escaping police
A Las Vegas judge cited community safety and increased bail to $100,000 for a Nevada homicide suspect who was re-arrested four days after authorities say he broke a set of handcuffs and ...
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Court: Pleas properly entered in Wisconsin fatal fire case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court has rejected arguments from a man convicted of setting a fatal house fire that his statements should have been suppressed and his guilty pleas withdrawn.
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Indiana courts aim to end bail for many people arrested
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana is adopting new risk assessments to determine when people who have been arrested should be held on bail. The rules announced Wednesday by the Indiana Supreme Court include assessing whether a person is a flight risk or poses a public safety threat. Those who aren't will ...
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Court: Statements, plea properly entered in fatal fire case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state appeals court has rejected arguments from a man convicted of setting a fatal house fire that his statements should have been suppressed and his guilty pleas withdrawn. Armin Wand III was sentenced to life in connection with the 2012 LaFayette County fire that killed ...
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Full High Court verdict in Ahsanullah Master murder published
The High Court has published the full verdict about the murder of Gazipur's Awami League MP Ahsanullah Master.
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Jury selection begins in Salvation Army collapse civil trial
Sometime Tuesday morning, 120 Philadelphians will be led into City Hall's Courtroom 253, where a judge and lawyers will select 12 jurors to decide who - if anyone - should pay the victims and survivors of the most epic municipal disaster since the 1985 MOVE bombing.
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Consumers' Counsel says FE rates illegal, asks Supreme Court to toss them out
The Ohio Consumers' Counsel and the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Collation have dragged the PUCO before the Ohio Supreme Court in an appeal asking the SUPCO to throw out the commission's approval of the current FirstEnergy rates, which still include a provision allowing the company to collect a surcharge from customers, though not exactly to save old power plants but just because the company wants the money. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Consumers who thought federal authorities had saved them from a FirstEnergy surcharge to subsidize two of the company's old power plants should think again, says the state's consumer watchdog. The Ohio Consumers' Counsel points out in an appeal it filed with the Ohio Supreme Court this week that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has already approved the surcharge mechanism, called a "rate rider," to collect what the company has referred to as "a stability charge." The PUCO approved the rider in May but left it blank because it had not approved the overall rate plan, a plan still not approved and so contested during the past 25 months that it has drawn national attention. And that action by the PUCO -- approving an open but blank rate rider -- violates state law, the Consumers' Counsel and the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition, or NOAC (the NOPEC of northwestern Ohio), argue in this week's appeal to the high court. They cited the court's recent rulings throwing out similar rate riders planned by American Electric Power and Dayton Power and Light. "The PUCO's decisions approving tariffs that implement FirstEnergy's electric security plan rates, with a "placeholder" for a stability charge, violate the law and this Court's recent decisions that protected customers, and the market pricing that serves customers, by overturning stability charges for both DP&L and AEP Ohio, the Consumers' Counsel and NOAC argue in the appeal. The Consumers' Counsel and NOAC also appealed what they consider an illegal ruling by the PUCO hearing officer over the summer that shutdown the appeals of several opponents while allowing FirstEnergy to bring up entirely new proposals.  Those new company proposals, they argue, should have been made in a new rate case.  In other words, they argue that the company should start over, a move FirstEnergy is sure to oppose because the fate of its various pending proposals before the PUCO has drawn the interest of Wall Street analysts. What this means for customers is that whenever the PUCO does approve a final plan, the company will immediately begin collecting a surcharge -- and keep collecting it while opponents appeal the case as many of them have vowed. How the PUCO and FirstEnergy got to this point is as convoluted as a case can become after more than two years of litigation. FirstEnergy initially called the rider and the money it would collect a "stability charge" when it filed its rate case, euphemistically called an "Electric Security Plan,"  in August 2014. The charge would have funneled money collected by FirstEnergy's local delivery companies like the Illuminating Co. and Ohio Edison to the no-longer-regulated power plants owned by the subsidiary FirstEnergy Solutions. The PUCO approved the rate case, including the new rider, on March 31. Less than a month later the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled against the arrangement, saying it had the last word on such a deal. The FERC also at that time rescinded a ruling it had made years earlier allowing a similar but not identical transaction. The company had relied on that older FERC ruling when it convinced the PUCO to approve the plan. The company has not filed a full-blown argument with the FERC. Instead, it has wrestled with its opponents at the PUCO over several new "FERC-proof" proposals -- all adding billions of dollars in new charges to customer bills over the next eight years. The PUCO has not approved any of these new proposals.
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Judge dismisses state lawmaker's lawsuit over housing grant
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by state Rep. Anastasia Williams against the city of Providence after she was denied a grant to purchase a second home in 2012. WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2c69N1X ) Superior Court Judge Maureen Keough decision Tuesday focused mainly on ...
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Warwick teen to be tried as adult in fatal Charlestown crash
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - A Warwick teenager will be tried as an adult on charges stemming from a fatal crash in Charlestown that claimed the life of a 21-year-old college student from Rhode Island. The boy was arraigned Tuesday in Washington County District Court on charges of DUI death ...
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Zia Charitable Trust graft: Supreme Court clears fresh cross-examination of investigating officer
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's counsels have been allowed to undertake fresh cross-examination of the investigating officer of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
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Bail for former Sylhet mayor Ariful upheld in Kibria murder case
The Supreme Court has upheld bail for sacked Sylhet mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury in the case over the killing of former minister Shah AMS Kibria.
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High Court stays BTRC notices advising subscribers to switch from Citycell
The telecoms regulator's notices advising subscribers to switch from Citycell to other operators have been stayed.
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State panel considering 14 to fill Court of Appeals opening
PHOENIX (AP) - A state commission is considering 14 applicants for a vacancy on the Arizona Court of Appeals. Applicants being considered to fill an opening created by Judge Maurice Portley's retirement include four already nominated for appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey for a vacancy created by the retirement of ...
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Alabama’s appellate courts system rigged to block minority judges - lawsuit
Alabama is going to court, over their courts. A lawsuit from the NAACP claims that Alabama’s election system for judges has blocked African-Americans from ever serving on the state's criminal and civil appellate courts. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Belarusian Paralympic team carries Russian flag in support of banned athletes (PHOTO)
Belarusian athletes carried the Russian flag during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games to express solidarity with the Russian team, which was banned from the event. The protest went ahead despite a threat of sanctions from officials. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Ex-cop gets 3-year term in sex abuse case, then bail release
NEW YORK (AP) - After handing down a sentence of three years in prison, a judge is allowing a former New York City police officer to be released on bail while he appeals a child molestation conviction. The state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday granted a defense request to free ...
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Trump's tweet on military sex assault
Donald Trump stood by his past comment that military sexual assaults should be expected "when they put men and women together" in the US armed forces during an NBC-hosted forum Wednesday night. But he added that a "court system" should be set up in the military to better deal with what he called "a massive problem."
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Accused Kansas bank robber tells police he prefers jail to living with wife
Lawrence Ripple took money from a bank, then sat down and waited for police to arrive, reports say. Lawrence RippleWyandotte County Detention Center via AP  KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- A man arrested after a bank robbery last week told police that given the choice between going to prison and living with his wife, he'll take prison. Police say Lawrence John Ripple, 70, went to the Bank of Labor on Friday in Kansas City and gave the teller a note claiming he had a gun and demanding money, the Kansas City Star reports. After receiving the money, Ripple sat down in the bank's lobby and waited for authorities to arrive, telling a bank guard, "I'm the guy you're looking for." Ripple later told investigators he had been arguing with his wife and no longer wanted to live with her. "Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife ... and told her he'd rather be in jail than at home," an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit, the Star reports. Ripple was charged in federal court on Tuesday. If you'd like to comment on this story, visit our crime and courts comments section.
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House arrest for judge in case-fixing scandal
Former Municipal Court Judge Joseph J. O'Neill, who pleaded guilty in Philadelphia's ongoing case-fixing scandal, was sentenced Wednesday to six months of house arrest for lying to federal agents.
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Suspect in Ohio college student's slaying to be arraigned
WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man charged with killing a college student who disappeared while riding her bicycle is set to appear in court.
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Judge slaps down N.Y.'s defense of delays in Bronx trials
The judge compared the delays to something out of the pre-Civil Rights South.
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