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1 hr ago | The Lebanon Daily News

Social media sleuths aid gay couple beating probe

Philadelphia police trying to find suspects in the beating of a gay couple say they got a valuable assist from social media users. A defense lawyer says some of the people sought are turning themselves in for questioning.


Related Topix: Law, Oxford, OH

3 hrs ago | WZVN-TV Fort Myers

Threat conviction tossed in violent poem case

A federal appeals court has tossed the conviction of a Utah man who was found guilty of threatening to kill a professor by sending an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the verdict violated Aaron Michael Heineman's freedom of speech because it didn't take into account whether he wanted the professor to feel threatened when he sent the poem in 2011 email that spoke of death with a Bowie knife and noose.


Related Topix: Sundance Film Festival, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, US News, Law

7 hrs ago |

Ex-Ukip MEP in court over expenses

A former Ukip MEP has appeared before magistrates accused of a money laundering offence after a police inquiry into her travel expenses. Nikki Sinclaire, who lost her seat in the European Parliament earlier this year, also faces a charge of committing misconduct in a public office.


Related Topix: Law, West Midlands County, England, Warwickshire County, England, United Kingdom

10 hrs ago | The York Daily Record

Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Jesse Helt, a homeless man, left, accepts the award for Video of the Year from Jimmy Fallon on behalf of Miley Cyrus on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif. Helt arrived 45 minutes late for his arraignment Tuesday, Sept.


Related Topix: MTV Video Music Awards, Music!, Dallas, OR, Law

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Berkshire Eagle

Lawyer: Thicke exploited in 'Blurred Lines' suit

Robin Thicke's attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer's "moment of personal vulnerability" in an attempt to prove that the hit "Blurred Lines" was a ripoff of a Gaye hit. In a deposition, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, Thicke says Pharrell Williams did much of the writing on the Grammy-nominated song and says, "I was just lucky enough to be there when he wrote it."


Related Topix: Law, Dance, Pop/Rock, Robin Thicke, Hip-Hop

Brush News-Tribune

Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat cadet

An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy. The lawsuit against LaBelle alleges the cadet, Richard King, was waiting for his family to pick him up outside one of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental Airport in March 2011, when LaBelle's bodyguard and two others attacked him.


Related Topix: Patti LaBelle, R-N-B, Law, Celebrities

Cybercast News Service

Iowa man pleads guilty in girl's 1974 slaying

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 1974 slaying of a teenage girl at a rural Iowa farmhouse, ending a 40-year effort to hold her killer responsible. Robert "Gene" Pilcher, who was long a suspect in the slaying of 17-year-old Mary Jayne Jones but had maintained his innocence, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder during his second trial in the case in Ottumwa.


Related Topix: Ottumwa, IA, Law, Wapello County, IA


FBI launches a face recognition system

The FBI can now quickly identify people just by looking at their faces, eyes, voice, palm print and walking stride. It's called the FBI's Next Generation Identification system, and the agency said it became fully operational Monday.


Related Topix: Billerica, MA, Law

Daily Herald

Chicago man charged in sex assault, officer injury

A Chicago man accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend and injuring a university police officer who tried to help her has been ordered held on $800,000 bond. A Cook County judge charged Diego Rodriguez, 20, on Monday with felony counts including aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated domestic battery or strangulation.


Related Topix: Cook County, IL, Law, University of Illinois Chicago

The York Daily Record

Live Whitney Houston CD/DVD to be released Nov. 11

A CD/DVD featuring Whitney Houston's first public performance - and her last one in 2012 - will be released Nov. 11. "Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances" is the pop singer's first live album. Her mentor, Clive Davis, said the album will showcase her legacy.


Related Topix: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Entertainment, Television, Law

ABC News

Ohio Woman Wants Playing Cards to Publicize Crimes

A crime victim advocate's use of decks of cards intended to help solve cold-case homicides is getting a boost from some Cincinnati officials. City officials have pledged to help Hope Dudley produce the decks of cards that she wants to get into the hands of prison inmates and others who might have information on the cases.


Related Topix: Law

South Wales Argus

South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright has now resigned

South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has quit his post following weeks of pressure over the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal. Shaun Wright has until now resisted mounting calls to resign from the likes of the Prime Minister, Home Secretary Theresa May and his former party Labour, as well as alleged abuse victims and their families.


Related Topix: Law, South Yorkshire County, England, World News, United Kingdom,

WBIR-TV Knoxville

Panel hears discussion on criminal justice reformPanel hears...

Attorneys and law enforcement officials speaking before a legislative panel examining criminal justice reform in Tennessee say the state's sentencing laws need to be reviewed. Panel hears discussion on criminal justice reform Attorneys and law enforcement officials speaking before a legislative panel examining criminal justice reform in Tennessee say the state's sentencing laws need to be reviewed.


Related Topix: Nashville, TN, Law

Mon Sep 15, 2014


Texas doctor poisoned lover's coffee over obsession, says prosecutor

A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover's coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial on Monday. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which also covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee in January 2013.


Related Topix: Texas, Law

Detroit News

Tennessee man arrested in 2008 Michigan rape case

A 57-year-old Memphis, Tennessee, man has been charged in connection with the rape of a woman in western Michigan at knifepoint six years ago. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting announced Monday that Calvin Kelly is charged with kidnapping, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct.


Related Topix: Kalamazoo County, MI, Law, Kalamazoo, MI

Greenwich Citizen

Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress

Actress Daniele Watts and Brian Lucas speak during an interview with KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.


Related Topix: Los Angeles, CA, Law

Daily Herald

Chicago teen charged as adult in sexual assault

A 17-year-old boy who sexually assaulted a pregnant college student and locked her in the trunk of a car has been charged as an adult with aggravated criminal sexual assault, a state's attorney said. The teenager was ordered held without bond Sunday after police arrested him Friday.


Related Topix: Law, Chicago State University

Eight rescued in 'slavery' probe

Police rescued eight people from "cramped and filthy" conditions at a caravan site following an investigation into them potentially being held as slaves and subjected to work exploitation. The seven men, aged between 20 and 46, and a 17-year-old boy were freed from the Greenacres site near Leighton Buzzard early yesterday morning, Bedfordshire Police said.


Related Topix: Law

Battle Creek Enquirer

Pot smell on kindergartner leads police to fatherPot smell on...

Pot smell on kindergartner leads police to father An Upper Peninsula man is asking a federal judge to suppress evidence of more than 200 marijuana plants. Check out this story on KINGSFORD - An Upper Peninsula man is asking a federal judge to suppress evidence of more than 200 marijuana plants, which were seized after his kindergarten-age daughter came to school with the smell of marijuana on her clothes and told her teacher about her father's homegrown pot.


Related Topix: Marijuana, Law, Michigan

WFLX-TV West Palm Beach

Tapes in missing NY boy case expected in court

A Manhattan judge must decide whether to allow the videotaped confession of a man charged with murder in the death of a 1979 missing boy. A lawyer for Pedro Hernandez says his confession was wrongly obtained.


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