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pre-trial hearing in ex-officer’s federal civil rights trial


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black motorist shot: ex-officer facing civil rights charge


charleston, s.c. — a former south carolina police officer is due in court for a discussion of motions filed ahead of his federal civil rights trial.michael slager on friday is seeking to throw out key evidence against him in the 2015 shooting death of unarmed black motorist walter scott. that includes a bystander's cellphone video of the shooting by the white officer.slager's trial on charges he violated scott's civil rights is scheduled for may. he faces murder charges in state court, where his first trial ended in a hung jury.federal prosecutors have filed motions of their own, asking to stop defense lawyers from mentioning police officers who die in the line of duty or suggesting jurors can send a message about the treatment of police through a not-guilty verdict.






black motorist shot: ex-officer facing civil rights charge


charleston, s.c. — a former south carolina police officer is due in court this week for a discussion of motions filed ahead of his federal civil rights trial.michael slager on friday is seeking to throw out key evidence against him in the 2015 shooting death of unarmed black motorist walter scott. that includes a bystander's cellphone video of the shooting by the white officer.slager's trial on charges he violated scott's civil rights is scheduled for may. he faces murder charges in state court, where his first trial ended in a hung jury.federal prosecutors have filed motions of their own, asking to stop defense lawyers from mentioning police officers who die in the line of duty or suggesting jurors can send a message about the treatment of police through a not-guilty verdict.






white officer expected in court ahead of civil rights trial


charleston, s.c. (ap) — a white former south carolina police officer charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist is expected in court as his federal trial approaches.court documents show a hearing is scheduled monday in the federal case against michael slager. attorneys are gathering to discuss the admission of certain experts to testify.slager’s federal civil rights trial in the death of walter scott starts next month.last month, a federal judge ruled prosecutors can show jurors video of the former north charleston officer shooting scott. the bystander’s cellphone video was viewed millions of times around the world.slager also faces murder charges in state court, where his first trial ended in a hung jury. his retrial is scheduled for august.






white officer seeking to throw out fatal shooting video


charleston, s.c. — a white former south carolina police officer wants a judge to throw out the key piece of evidence against him in the 2015 shooting death of an unarmed black motorist: a bystander's cellphone video of the killing that was viewed millions of times.that's one of the things michael slager will be seeking to do when he's in court friday for a hearing ahead of his federal civil rights trial in the death of walter scott.prosecutors are looking to stop defense lawyers from mentioning police officers who die in the line of duty or suggesting jurors can send a message about the treatment of police through a not-guilty verdict.slager's civil rights trial is scheduled for may. he faces murder charges in state court, where his first trial ended in a hung jury.






5 guatemalan ex-officers to be tried for disappearance, rape


guatemala city — five former guatemalan army officers will face trial charged with the disappearance of a 14-year-old boy and the rape of his sister during the country's civil war.prosecutors say the 21-year-old woman was kidnapped in 1981 and taken to a military installation where she was tortured and sexually assaulted. she escaped eight days later.the next day soldiers in civilian clothes went to her parents' home. she wasn't there so they took her brother, who was never heard from again.a judge on thursday ordered the trial to determine the defendants' responsibility.retired officer hugo ramiro zaldana rojas is one of the accused. he denied the allegations, calling them "revenge from the (political) left."the united nations says about 250,000 people were killed or disappeared during gu






civil trial set for officer who shot mentally ill man


norfolk, va. — a civil trial begins tuesday for a virginia police officer who shot and killed a mentally ill man who had a knife.the virginian-pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2mnizd1 ) that norfolk police officer carl seger will represent himself. the family of the man he shot, lawrence faine, seeks $2.5 million.the shooting occurred in 2014. a judge had ordered seger to arrest faine and take him to a hospital.seger says faine came at him with a knife. prosecutors determined seger had to shoot faine to protect himself and others.faine's family claimed the officer acted recklessly when he forced his way into the apartment with a gun.






china rights lawyer gets suspended sentence after two years’ detention


beijing—a chinese court sentenced a prominent civil liberties lawyer following a closed-door trial, effectively letting him go nearly two years after he was detained in a clampdown on legal activists. li heping was convicted friday of subverting state power after standing trial tuesday in the northeast city of tianjin, according to the tianjin no. 2 intermediate people’s court—but his three-year prison sentence was suspended for...






civil trial set for officer who shot mentally ill man


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civil trial begins over failure to stop predator teacher


morgan hill — a civil trial is underway to determine whether school administrators could have prevented or more quickly detected sexual abuse of several students by a former teacher who is now serving a 40-year prison sentence.families of three of 55-year-old john arthur loyd’s four victims sued the morgan hill unified school district after his 2015 conviction for four felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress or fear. the plaintiffs — described in the court filing as jane doe, jane doe 2 and jane doe 3 — are girls who were students between the ages of 9 and 11 at paradise valley elementary school between 2012 and 2014.the fourth of loyd’s victims is not included in the lawsuit against the district because she was abused a decade earlier, and not at the






georgia man says new trial would violate his rights


atlanta — a georgia man whose murder trial was scrapped after eight days because jurors worried it would interfere with the christmas holiday argues a new trial would violate his constitutional rights.the georgia supreme court is scheduled to hear arguments monday on a claim by verlaine laguerre that a judge improperly declared a mistrial and a new trial would amount to double jeopardy, which is when a person is improperly tried twice for the same crime.after eight days of a trial in december 2014 for laguerre and another man, the judge held a hearing to determine whether the rest of the trial should be postponed until after the holidays.the judge ultimately decided over the objections of laguerre's attorney to declare a mistrial and try the case later.






white officer headed to court ahead of civil rights trial


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georgia man says new trial would violate his rights


atlanta (ap) — a georgia man whose murder trial was scrapped after eight days because jurors worried it would interfere with the christmas holiday argues a new trial would violate his constitutional rights.the georgia supreme court is scheduled to hear arguments monday on a claim by verlaine laguerre that a judge improperly declared a mistrial and a new trial would amount to double jeopardy, which is when a person is improperly tried twice for the same crime.after eight days of a trial in december 2014 for laguerre and another man, the judge held a hearing to determine whether the rest of the trial should be postponed until after the holidays.the judge ultimately decided over the objections of laguerre’s attorney to declare a mistrial and try the case later.most read storiesunlimited digit






civil lawsuit in nassau jail death kicks off in central islip


a military combat veteran hung himself at nassau’s jail in 2012 after he didn’t get the care he needed after a screening showed he was a suicide risk, a plaintiff’s lawyer told jurors as a trial against the county and jail medical provider began monday.the family of bartholomew ryan, 32, claims his death was wrongful and both the county and armor correctional health services acted with negligence.advertisement | advertise on newsdayhowever, the defendants have denied any responsibility after what armor attorney john doody told jurors in federal court in central islip on monday was ryan’s choice to take his own life after no signs that he was suicidal.storymaragos rejects jail bill, halts armor payments columnbrown: nassau bears burden for jail health carestoryaudit: sheriff didn’t provide






120 years for chicago man in mundelein child rape


in an 11th-hour decision, jose reyes, charged with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl in mundelein, waived his right to a jury trial monday afternoon and instead will face a bench trial before the presiding judge.opening arguments in the trial are now expected tuesday morning...






‘deadliest catch’ star sig hansen won’t face criminal charges for alleged abuse


a civil lawsuit against hansen brought by his estranged daughter, melissa eckstrom, remains on hold until the state court of appeals decides whether a king county judge’s ruling that would allow the civil case to go to trial is legally sound.celebrity crab-boat captain sig hansen won’t face criminal charges on claims that he sexually abused his toddler daughter nearly three decades ago, snohomish county prosecutors said tuesday after conducting a review of old case materials.“we have concluded that it’s outside our charging standards and we’re going to maintain our original decision not to charge mr. hansen,” deputy prosecuting attorney matthew baldock said.meantime, a civil lawsuit against hansen brought by his estranged daughter, melissa eckstrom, remains on hold until the state court of






cosby’s lawyers, prosecutors clash over evidence ahead of june trial


lawyers for comedian bill cosby and pennsylvania prosecutors clashed on monday at a court hearing over what evidence a judge should allow jurors to hear at his sexual assault trial in june.cosby’s sworn admissions that he obtained prescription sedatives to administer to young women with whom he wanted to have sex deserve to be introduced as evidence in the criminal trial, assistant district attorney m. stewart ryan said in court.that testimony, made by cosby in depositions involved in his pennsylvania accuser’s civil case against him more than a decade ago, show the 79-year-old entertainer’s motive and intent in the criminal case, ryan argued.the deposition by cosby led to what was supposed to have been a confidential civil settlement signed in 2006 with his accuser, andrea constand, a for






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officer's lawyers want to limit what prosecutors say to jury


columbia, s.c. — attorneys are seeking to limit what prosecutors can tell jurors in the federal civil rights trial of a white ex-south carolina police officer accused of fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed black motorist.the legal team representing michael slager filed a slew of motions wednesday seeking to limit what topics prosecutors can broach, including their ability to bring up any anguish suffered by the family of walter scott.slager, a former north charleston police officer, fired at scott eight times, killing the 50-year-old unarmed motorist as he ran from him following a traffic stop in april 2015.slager's lawyers also want to limit any references to slager's mental state and curtail any reference to "prejudicial terms," like calling scott the "victim" or slager the "defendant."a






final fantasy xiv's free trial isn't limited to 14 days anymore


good news! square enix has announced that it is no longer limiting the mmorpg’s free trial to fourteen days.advertisementaccording to the ffxiv’s most recent patch notes, “the 14-day limit of the free trial has been removed.” below are the full trial notes:the japanese patch notes are a bit more specific, explicitly stating that the fourteen day period has been changed to “indefinite” (14日間から無期限に変更されます).advertisementthe free trial still has certain caps and restrictions, but this certainly seems like a welcomed way to incite players to give the game a look. recommended storiesevery single final fantasy fan should play ffxivyes, final fantasy xiv really was this bad the first time aroundfinal fantasy xiv may let you pay to catch up 






final fantasy xiv's free trial isn't limited to 14 days anymore


good news! square enix has announced that it is no longer limiting the mmorpg’s free trial to fourteen days.advertisementaccording to the ffxiv’s most recent patch notes, “the 14-day limit of the free trial has been removed.” below are the full trial notes:the japanese patch notes are a bit more specific, explicitly stating that the fourteen day period has been changed to “indefinite” (14日間から無期限に変更されます).advertisementthe free trial still has certain caps and restrictions, but this certainly seems like a welcomed way to incite players to give the game a look. recommended storiesevery single final fantasy fan should play ffxivyes, final fantasy xiv really was this bad the first time aroundfinal fantasy xiv may let you pay to catch up 






illinois man charged in iowa killing of girl has trial moved


the third trial of an illinois man charged with the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in iowa will not be held in scott county.the quad-city times reports that a judge has ordered the first-degree murder trial of stanley liggins moved to black hawk county to avoid pre-trial publicity. that trial is set to begin may 22 in waterloo.juries have twice convicted liggins in the death of jennifer lewis, who disappeared from her rock island, illinois, neighborhood. investigators say she was raped and strangled. her body was wrapped in a plastic bag and set on fire near a davenport elementary school.the iowa supreme court overturned liggins' 1993 conviction. in november 2013, the iowa court of appeals vacated liggins' second conviction and ordered a new trial.






texas attorney general's criminal trial moved to houston


austin, texas — a judge has moved the criminal trial of texas attorney general ken paxton to houston after uprooting the case from the republican's hometown.state district judge george gallagher made the decision tuesday after special prosecutors argued they couldn't get a fair trial in the conservative dallas suburb of mckinney, where paxton lives. paxton was indicted in 2015 on felony securities fraud charges over allegations he duped investors in a tech startup.his trial was originally scheduled for may before the judge granted a venue change. a new trial date hasn't been set.gallagher says he chose harris county because it can accommodate the trial and because attorneys on both sides are based in houston.paxton has pleaded not guilty. if convicted, he faces 5 to 99 years in prison.






canada’s polygamy law will be tested in court for the first time in 127 years on


it’s almost certainly going to come down to a battle over religious freedom when canada’s 127-year-old polygamy law is tried for the first time in canadian history.canada’s best-known polygamist, winston kaye blackmore, and his former brother-in-law, james marion oler, will face one count each of polygamy when the trial begins tuesday in b.c. supreme court in cranbrook.there are 24 women listed on blackmore’s indictment who are alleged to have been married in a religious ceremony or had conjugal relations with blackmore, 61.by contrast, oler’s indictment lists “only” four.relatedboth are former bishops of the fundamentalist church of jesus christ of latter day saints and descendants of the six founding fathers of bountiful, a community of about 1,500 people in southeastern b.c.blackmore ha






china tries again to stitch together a unified civil code of law


beijing—chinese lawmakers are making fresh efforts to resolve one of their most enduring frustrations: an inability to put together a unified civil code of law.civil codes are important in civil-law countries like china, where courts settle private disputes by applying codified statutes, rather than relying on precedents from previous cases the way judges do in common-law countries like the u.s.the national legislature was...






judge wants speedy trial for philadelphia's top prosecutor


philadelphia — a federal judge wants philadelphia's indicted top prosecutor to go on trial by next month because of what he calls "the public's right" to a speedy trial.u.s. district judge paul diamond on tuesday has rejected a routine bid by prosecutors to designate district attorney seth williams' bribery and extortion case complex and give them more time to prepare.he has tentatively ordered williams to face trial may 31. but he says williams can seek a delay once he sees the government's witness list.an indictment last month accuses the two-term democrat of accepting more than $100,000 in gifts in exchange for official favors. his lawyers deny that williams sold his office.diamond says the trial is especially urgent because williams remains in office even after surrendering his law lic






obama’s top civil rights lawyer to lead advocacy coalition


washington (ap) — the obama administration’s top civil rights lawyer will lead a coalition of civil and human rights organizations at a time when they fear the justice department will soften its stance on criminal justice reform.vanita gupta led the obama justice department’s civil rights division. she said on thursday she will become the new president and ceo of the leadership conference on civil and human rights. she says she joins the organization amid an “unprecedented assault on civil rights,” as attorney general jeff sessions has indicated the department will soften its focus on protecting voter rights and monitoring troubled police departments.gupta is a former attorney with the american civil liberties union. she’ll start her new position june 1.






trial scheduled for dad accused of dropping girl off bridge


st. petersburg, fla. — a trial date has been set for a florida man accused of throwing his young daughter to her death off a tampa bay area bridge.following a monday hearing, pinellas county judge chris helinger scheduled the trial for 27-year-old jon jonchuck to begin feb. 5, 2018.another judge found jonchuck competent to stand trial earlier this month. he was deemed incompetent in february 2015, the month after prosecutors say he dropped 5-year-old phoebe jonchuck into tampa bay.the tampa bay times (https://goo.gl/tfex0x) reports jonchuck will remain at a state hospital in gainesville until his trial.jonchuck is charged with first-degree murder. he faces the death penalty, but prosecutors have said they may revisit that decision given his mental health history.






cosby to ask judge for outside jury for criminal trial


norristown, pa. — bill cosby is back in a pennsylvania courtroom monday as his legal team asks a judge to bring in outside jurors for his criminal sex assault trial.the hearing comes after the trial judge friday ruled that only one other accuser can testify at the scheduled june trial.prosecutors had asked that 13 other accusers testify to support charges that cosby drugged and molested a former temple university employee at his suburban philadelphia home in 2004.investigators reopened her complaint in 2015 and it became an issue in the district attorney's race that fall in montgomery county.the defense argues that jurors from another county should hear the case because of the pretrial publicity. prosecutors don't oppose the motion.montgomery common pleas judge steven o'neill is presiding






ex-police officer's lawyer question star witness' treatment


charleston, s.c. — lawyers for a former south carolina police officer facing a second murder trial in the killing of a man running from a traffic stop want to know if the man who videotaped the shooting was offered anything by prosecutors.michael slager's attorneys filed a motion late wednesday. the filing mentions several possible incentives for feidin santana, including money, food, immigration assistance or favorable treatment in a criminal or other legal dispute. prosecutors haven't responded.santana was walking to his job at a barber shop in april 2015 when he recorded on his cellphone slager shooting scott in the back.slager will be tried in may for civil rights violation in federal court. his first murder trial in state court ended last year with a hung jury.






the latest: prosecutors say sheriff obstructed fbi probe


los angeles — the latest on the corruption trial of former los angeles county sheriff lee baca (all times local):10:30 a.m.federal prosecutors say there's direct evidence showing former los angeles county sheriff lee baca obstructed an fbi investigation into corruption at the county's jails.prosecutors presented closing arguments monday in baca's trial.they say the 74-year-old also lied several times to federal authorities in order to thwart the civil rights investigation.baca headed the nation's largest sheriff's department for more than 15 years before resigning in 2014 amid allegations that jail guards took bribes, beat inmates and falsified reports.prosecutors say baca also knew two sheriff's sergeants threatened to arrest an fbi agent who was investigating the alleged abuse.baca's law






trial of defamation lawsuit against trump adviser postponed


new york — republican political operative roger stone, who's been busy preparing for a possible grilling by the u.s. senate intelligence committee about russian hacking, appeared thursday at a new york courthouse for the trial of a civil defamation lawsuit against him before it was postponed for months.stone, a longtime political provocateur and adviser to president donald trump, is being sued over a flyer sent to 150,000 new york households during the state's 2010 election that called the libertarian party candidate for governor, warren redlich, a "sick twisted pervert."outside the courtroom thursday, stone said redlich has no evidence that he was behind a 2010 flyer that also implied redlich was a child molester. "he's presented no evidence but a wild conspiracy theory," stone said.stone






trump’s civil rights division will be headed by staffer who railed against civil


the trump administration has quietly appointed a heritage foundation staffer who has railed against civil rights protections for transgender patients as director of the federal agency charged with protecting the civil rights of all patients. though the administration did not issue a formal announcement, roger severino is now listed on the website of the u.s. department…






new law: courts can’t force medical marijuana abstinence for users awaiting tria


marijuana use can't be banned while people await trial in colorado, according to a new law signed by the governor thursday.






a look at a trial over missouri river flooding


kansas city, mo. — a look at the civil trial over the u.s. army corps' stewardship of the missouri river and landowner claims that the agency's decisions have contributed to devastating floods.what's alleged: several hundred landowners named in the class-action lawsuit filed in 2014 allege in the u.s. court of federal claims that the army corps has deemphasized flood control along the missouri and put more emphasis on habitat restoration, leading to more flooding. the plaintiffs also insist the corps unconstitutionally deprived them of their land, essentially taking it without compensation.the corps' stance: the federal government argues in court filings that authorities never promised to stop all flooding along the 2,341-mile-long missouri, and that the corps' providing habitat for endang






trans activists want to destroy this appointee for not being a radical


twelve democratic senators are trying to thwart a highly regarded civil rights attorney in his position at the health and human services department because of his work on religious liberty issues. roger severino served as a trial attorney in the department of justice’s civil rights division for seven years during the obama administration. he also worked for a brief time on religious civil liberties at the becket fund for religious liberty and the heritage foundation’s devos center for religion and civil society.yet in a threatening letter to hhs secretary thomas price, the senators claim to be “deeply troubled” by his hiring, alleging, without any evidence, “a long history of making bigoted statements toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and attacking women’s access to hea






judge: suspect in california school killings fit for trial


oakland, calif. — a california judge has decided that a defendant is mentally competent to stand trial for killing seven former classmates at a small christian college in 2012.the east bay times reports (http://bayareane.ws/2q4lh3o) a trial was ordered friday for one goh. he's scheduled to appear in court wednesday.the former nursing student is charged with killing seven and injuring three during an april 2, 2012, rampage on the oakland campus of oikos university.the trial had been put on hold in 2015 after a judge determined goh had a mental illness that prevented him from rationally assisting his attorneys with his defense.prosecutors say goh dropped out of oikos several months before the shooting and wanted his tuition refunded.