By NICK PERRY, Associated Press DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) 03/24 — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.
By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) 03/18 — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider Virginia’s plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who as a teenager participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington,
By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) 03/16 — A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran,
By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) 03/09 — News that a grand jury had indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked by two masked men may not have made much of a splash except for one thing: The lone felony count that Smollett had been arrested on last month had turned into 16.
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) 02/25 — A California man has asked for 20 years in prison as his punishment for making a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game.
By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) 02/21 — A Colorado man and his mother will serve life in prison without parole for murdering a witness who had cooperated with police investigating a suburban Denver marijuana store robbery.
CHICAGO (AP) 02/14 — A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald was assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison,Read more »
By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) 02/12 — Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings,
By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) 02/01 — A federal judge on Friday ruled that a Muslim inmate’s scheduled lethal injection can proceed next week without an imam present but said Alabama must keep a Christian prison chaplain out of the execution chamber.
By JUAN A. LOZANO and MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) 01/30 — A 61-year-old Texas inmate was executed Wednesday evening for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) 01/31 — A judge has sentenced a 15-year-old boy to 22 to 48 years in prison in the fatal shooting of an Omaha teenager during a dispute that prosecutors say involved drugs.Read more »
By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) 01/26 — Some legal experts believe there’s a reasonable chance the prison sentence of less than seven years imposed on a white Chicago police officer last week for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times could be tossed out and a new sentencing ordered.
By DON BABWIN and MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) 01/18 — The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison,
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) 12/22 — A man once accused of plotting to kidnap retired talk show host David Letterman’s son and nanny has been released from a Montana prison for a second time after serving additional years for violating parole.Read more »
By The Associated Press , 12/19 -The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping criminal justice overhaul. The House is expected to pass the bill this week,
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) 12/10 — A Nebraska man convicted of killing his wife has pleaded guilty to killing his parents and a niece and will spend the rest of his life in prison.Read more »
By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) 11/27 — Republican senators debated the path forward for an overhaul of the nation’s criminal sentencing laws Tuesday after a visit from Vice President Mike Pence,
By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) 10/06 — Jurors convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke for murder and aggravated battery in the slaying Laquan McDonald,
By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) 09/14 — Elizabeth Smart says a woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted should be committed to a mental-health facility after she’s released from prison next week.
By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) 09/11 — The discovery of a black Labrador named Lucy led to the unraveling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence.