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CORRECTS SPELLING OF SARA ON SECOND REFERENCE - FILE - This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, to first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. Grace's adoptive mother, Sara Packer, is expected to testify against Sullivan during the penalty phase of his trial. She has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
February 19, 2019 - 6:28 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo, the U.S. Supreme Court is seen at near sunset in Washington, Thursday. The Supreme Court is ending a long legal fight by ruling that a Texas death row inmate is intellectually disabled and thus may not be executed. The justices ruled 6-3 Tuesday in the case of inmate Bobby James Moore.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 19, 2019 - 11:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ending a long legal fight by ruling that a Texas death row inmate is intellectually disabled and thus may not be executed. The justices ruled 6-3 on Tuesday in the case of inmate Bobby James Moore. Moore had been sentenced to death for the 1980 shotgun slaying...
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Pakistan's attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan, right, greets Deepak Mittal, the joint secretary of India's Foreign Ministry, as he present oral arguments at the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. India is taking Pakistan to the United Nations' highest court in an attempt to save the life of an Indian naval officer sentenced to death last month by a Pakistani military court after being convicted of espionage.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
February 18, 2019 - 7:47 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — India on Monday accused Pakistan of breaching the rights of an alleged spy who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, a case at the U.N.'s highest court that has exacerbated tensions between the longtime rivals. Indian lawyer Harish Salve told judges at...
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Kyi Lin, center, the gunman who shot a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is escorted by police at Yangon Northern District Court in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. The court found Kyi Lin guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons possession and sentenced to death for the Jan. 29, 2017 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni in broad daylight at Yangon airport. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
February 15, 2019 - 8:56 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced two men to death on Friday for the killing of a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Yangon Northern District Court found Kyi Lin guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons...
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Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry, right, emerges with his lawyer John Carr from the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse after his sentencing, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 in Charleston, W.Va. Loughry, a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment scandal has been sentenced to two years behind bars. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 5:56 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment and corruption scandal was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday. "I have not seen evidence of remorse," U.S. District Judge...
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February 13, 2019 - 1:55 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's five Roman Catholic dioceses listed more than 180 priests Wednesday who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors over a span of several decades, joining more than two dozen other states that have named suspected abusers in the wake of a landmark grand...
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February 12, 2019 - 11:56 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The editor of the largest independent news website in Belarus is on trial for professional malfeasance in a case that could bring her a five-year prison sentence if convicted. Tut.by editor Marina Zolatava's trial began on Tuesday. She is charged in connection with other Tut...
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Attorney General Kwame Raoul, left, and Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon speak during a news conference Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Chicago. Raoul and McMahon, who won the conviction against Jason Van Dyke, said they believe Judge Vincent Gaughan did not properly apply the law when he sentenced Van Dyke to six years and nine months in prison. In a rare move, they filed a request with the Illinois Supreme Court seeking an order that would send the case back to Gaughan for a new sentence. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir)
February 11, 2019 - 4:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday asked Illinois' highest court to review the less than seven year prison sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald — an unusual move in what was already a rare case. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the...
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Michelle Carter, 22, appears in Taunton District Court in Taunton, Mass. Monday, February 11, 2019 for a hearing on her prison sentence. Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to a 15 month prison term for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy, III to kill himself when she instructed him over the phone to get back in his truck that was filling with toxic gas in July 2014. Her sentence was put on hold while the court reviewed the case and the defense argument that her actions were not criminal. Her conviction was upheld. Carter was jailed Monday on an involuntary manslaughter conviction. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP, Pool)
February 11, 2019 - 3:53 pm
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who sent her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself was jailed Monday on an involuntary manslaughter conviction nearly five years after he died in a truck filled with toxic gas. Michelle Carter was sentenced to 15 months...
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FILE - This undated file photo from the Alabama Department of Corrections shows inmate Dominique Ray. A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of Ray, a Muslim inmate in Alabama who says the state is violating his religious rights by not allowing an imam at his lethal injection. The 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, a day before the scheduled lethal injection of Ray.(Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)
February 08, 2019 - 12:28 am
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn't let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death Thursday after the nation's highest court cleared the way. Dominique Ray, 42, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. of a lethal...
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