Court decisions

Zenobia Dobson hugs Assistant District Attorney Phil Morton Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn., after a jury convicted Christopher Bassett of first degree murder and Kipling Colbert Jr. and Gregory Williams III of facilitation in the killing of her son Zaevion Dobson. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 5:29 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors found one defendant guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and two others guilty on a lesser charge of facilitation of first-degree murder in the 2015 death of a Tennessee teen who was lauded for courageously shielding his friends from gunfire. Christopher Drone...
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FILE - In this February 1964 file photo, Henry Montgomery, flanked by two deputies, awaits the verdict in his trial for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Hurt in Baton Rouge, La. More than a half-century after the Louisiana teen was sent to prison for killing a sheriff’s deputy, the now 71-year-old inmate is getting his first chance at freedom since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor. Louisiana's parole board scheduled a hearing Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, for Montgomery. (John Boss/The Advocate via AP, File)
December 14, 2017 - 1:50 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In 1963, Henry Montgomery killed a sheriff's deputy less than two weeks after his 17th birthday. A half-century later and nearly two years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor, he's still waiting for his first chance at freedom. Louisiana's parole board postponed...
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In this Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Former Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford, left, and his attorney, Mike Piccarreta, stand for the jury, at the start of Brailsford's murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix . Brailsford was acquitted Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 of a murder charge in the 2016 fatal shooting of Daniel Shaver, an unarmed man outside his hotel room as officers were responding to a call that someone there was pointing a gun out a window. (David Wallace/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)
December 13, 2017 - 5:25 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The widow of an unarmed Texas man who was killed by an Arizona police officer in videotaped shooting that later gained widespread attention says she feels "betrayed" by jurors who acquitted him of murder. Laney Sweet said her husband, Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas, was executed...
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John Feit enters the 92nd state District Court before the verdict was read in his trial for the 1960 murder of Irene Garza Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg, Texas. Feit was found guilty of Garza's murder. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)
December 08, 2017 - 5:59 pm
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A jury on Friday sentenced an 85-year-old former priest to life in prison for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher and former beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served. The same jurors in Hidalgo County in South Texas found John Bernard Feit guilty of murder...
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December 08, 2017 - 11:26 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Friday blocked the state from issuing any birth certificates until officials are able to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state's birth certificate law illegally favors heterosexual parents. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Friday...
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FILE - In a Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C. Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, for 2015 fatal shooting of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)
December 08, 2017 - 3:55 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The video was viewed millions of times around the world. It was blurry, frenzied and chilling: an unarmed black man ran from a white officer, who shot him five times in the back. On Thursday, relatives of that fleeing motorist described the pain of reliving Walter Scott's...
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John Feit enters the 92nd state District Court before the verdict was read in his trial for the 1960 murder of Irene Garza Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg, Texas. Feit was found guilty of Garza's murder. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)
December 07, 2017 - 10:14 pm
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the murder trial of an ex-priest in the 1960 death of a Texas woman (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A former priest has been found guilty of murder in the 1960 slaying of a South Texas teacher and one-time beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served. A...
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Former priest John Feit leave the courtroom following closing arguments in his murder trial, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg, Texas. Feit is accused of suffocating Irene Garza in April 1960, after she went to confession at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)
December 07, 2017 - 9:09 pm
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A former priest was convicted Thursday of the 1960 slaying of a South Texas teacher and one-time beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served. A Hidalgo County jury deliberated 6½ hours before returning its verdict in the murder trial of 85-year-old John Bernard Feit...
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FILE - In a Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C. Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, for 2015 fatal shooting of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)
December 07, 2017 - 2:17 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015 traffic stop. Through tears, Scott's family told...
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December 07, 2017 - 9:16 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on xxxxxxx (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A federal judge has ruled that a former South Carolina officer committed second-degree murder when he shot an unarmed black motorist to death. U.S. District Judge David Norton on Thursday made that determination in the...
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