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Hearing ordered in 2001 murder case

A state appellate court has ordered a hearing on a question about jury notes in a 17-year-old murder case. Defendant Dennis Timmons, 55, was convicted of second-degree murder in April 2001 and sentenced by then-acting Monroe County Court Judge Stephen ...

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Kavanaugh, Supreme Court grapple with deportation clash

United States Supreme Court Building

The U.S. Supreme Court and new Justice Brett Kavanaugh grappled with a Trump administration appeal in a deportation clash that touches on the debate over so-called sanctuary cities. Hearing arguments on Kavanaugh’s second day on the bench Wednesday, the justices ...

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Court strikes down Native American adoption law

The landmark law governing adoptions of Native American children, designed to keep them within Native American families, has been struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge in Texas. In an Oct. 4 ruling that has stunned Native American rights ...

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New trial granted in murder case

A state appellate court has reversed a 12-year-old murder conviction and granted a new trial. In April 2006, Anthony N. Ott was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree assault and sentenced to 20 years to life in state prison by ...

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Court mood is jovial as Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

President Donald Trump listens to Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of Kavanaugh as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Kavanaugh is accompanied by his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, right, and children Margaret, second from left, and Liza. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high court confirmation. The new justice ...

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Reprieve for Rosenstein: Trump says he’s not firing official

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared a reprieve Monday for Rod Rosenstein, saying he has no plans to fire his deputy attorney general whose future has been the source of intense speculation for two weeks. “I’m not making any changes,” ...

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GOP, Dems battle over secret FBI report on Kavanaugh

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, arrives to view the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — A high-stakes partisan row quickly broke out Thursday over a confidential FBI report about allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago, with Republicans claiming investigators found “no hint of misconduct” and Democrats accusing the White ...

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Family seeks $50M for police shooting

The family of a woman who was killed in her own home by a Canandaigua police officer has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages. On Oct. 4, 2017, Sandy Guardiola, a New York state parole officer, was ...

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Jury awards $7 million to Attica worker

The attorney for a woman who won a $7 million jury award against the state expects that the judge will reduce the award, but the total will still be “several million dollars.” Jennifer A. Shoemaker, a partner at Underberg & ...

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Supreme Court contemplates whether man who cannot remember crime may be executed

After 33 years in solitary confinement and afflicted with vascular dementia, Vernon Madison can’t tell you the season, the day of the week or recite the alphabet beyond “G,” his lawyers say. If reminded, he knows he might be executed ...

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Resentencing ordered in contempt case

An appellate court has ordered a judge to resentence a defendant because the original sentence was not decided properly. The defendant, Ross P. Dupont II, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal contempt and he was initially sentenced by Monroe County Court ...

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McConnell: Democrats are aiming ‘mud and muck’ at Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats on Tuesday of opening “the flood gates of mud and muck” against Brett Kavanaugh as Republicans sought to portray efforts to derail the Supreme Court nominee over accusations of sexual assault ...

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