Harvey Weinstein lawyers argue he was denied fair trial in LA rape conviction appeal

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers argue in an appeal that he did not get a fair trial when he was convicted of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles in 2022 and sentenced to 16 years in prison. The brief filed Friday with California’s Second District Court of Appeal comes six weeks after his similar landmark #MeToo … Read more

Bag of cash doesn’t stop jurors from convicting 5 of 7 defendants in $40 million food fraud scheme

MINNEAPOLIS — A jury convicted five Minnesota residents but acquitted two others on Friday for their roles in a scheme to steal more than $40 million that was supposed to feed children during the coronavirus pandemic. The case received widespread attention after someone tried to bribe a juror with a bag of $120,000 in cash. … Read more

Ancient Ohio tribal site where golfers play is changing hands — but the price is up to a jury

NEWARK, Ohio — Ohio’s historical society is one step away from gaining control of ancient ceremonial and burial earthworks maintained by a country club where members golf alongside the mounds. A trial was slated to begin Tuesday to determine how much the historical society must pay for the site, which is among eight ancient areas … Read more

Involuntary manslaughter allegation against Alec Baldwin advances toward trial with new court ruling

SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico judge has rejected a request by Alec Baldwin to dismiss the sole criminal charge against him in a fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust,” keeping the case on track for a trial this summer. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday upheld an indictment charging Baldwin … Read more

Judge considers dismissing indictment against Alec Baldwin in fatal shooting of cinematographer

SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico judge is considering Alec Baldwin’s request to dismiss a grand jury indictment against him at a scheduled court hearing Friday. The indictment in January charged Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 21, 2021, at a movie ranch on the outskirts … Read more

Judge quickly denies request to discard $38 million verdict in New Hampshire youth center abuse case

CONCORD, N.H. — The judge who oversaw a landmark trial about New Hampshire’s youth detention center has refused to discard the $38 million verdict, saying the facility’s leadership “either knew and didn’t care or didn’t care to learn the truth” about endemic physical and sexual abuse. A jury earlier this month sided with David Meehan, … Read more

A jury awards $9 million to a player who sued the US Tennis Association over sexual abuse by a coach

ORLANDO, Fla. — A tennis player was awarded $9 million in damages by a jury in federal court in Florida after accusing the U.S. Tennis Association of failing to protect her from a coach she said sexually abused her at one of its training centers when she was a teenager. The lawsuit, filed by Kylie … Read more

Harvey Weinstein to return to court Wednesday after his NY rape conviction was overturned

NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein is due back in a New York courtroom Wednesday for his first appearance since an appeals court last week overturned his 2020 rape conviction and ordered a new trial. The preliminary hearing in Manhattan is expected to include discussion of evidence, scheduling and other matters, according … Read more

Prosecutors say they will not retry an Arizona rancher accused of murder near the US-Mexico border

PHOENIX — Prosecutors said Monday they will not retry an Arizona rancher whose trial in the fatal shooting of a Mexican man on his property ended last week with a deadlocked jury. The jurors in the trial of George Alan Kelly were unable to reach a unanimous decision on a verdict after more than two … Read more

Chicago appeals court rejects R. Kelly ‘s challenge of 20-year sentence

CHICAGO — The singer R. Kelly was correctly sentenced to 20 years in prison on child sex convictions in Chicago, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Jurors in 2022 convicted the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, on three charges of producing child porn and three charges of enticement of minors for sex. … Read more