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New trial granted in homicide case

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A state appeals court has overturned a homicide conviction in Ontario County and ordered a new trial. Jeffrey A. Salone Jr. was convicted in May 2019 of first-degree manslaughter. Salone was originally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter. Salone ...

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Jury duty? No thanks, say many, forcing trials to be delayed

The Schmidt family, from, left, Heather Schmidt, her husband Nicholas Philbrook, son Andrew, 4, father Raymond and daughter Ava interact in their backyard, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Camarillo, Calif. Philbrook and his wife have been trying to convince court officials that he should be excused from jury duty because her father, a cancer survivor with diabetes, lives with them. But court officials told him that is not a valid reason and he must appear in court in early December. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Jury duty notices have set Nicholas Philbrook’s home on edge with worries about him contracting the coronavirus and passing it on to his father-in-law, a cancer survivor with diabetes in his mid-70s who is at higher risk ...

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Lawyer: Epstein’s ex Maxwell faces onerous jail conditions

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite charged with finding girls in the 1990s for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, said Tuesday that her client is awakened every 15 minutes in jail while she ...

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Judge: California can’t ban offensive license plates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California can’t enforce a ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency” because that violates freedom of speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled in a case ...

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Homicide conviction overturned

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A state appeals court has overturned a homicide conviction and dismissed the indictment. Defendant John E. Pinnock was convicted in July 2016 of first-degree criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault in Ontario County Court. The charges are related to a ...

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Legal experts note pandemic presence in every business deal

Katarina Polozie

The COVID-19 pandemic is playing a role in significant changes a business may be considering, from completing a merger or acquisition to buying out a business partner. Katarina Polozie, a partner in the business and finance department at Woods Oviatt Gilman ...

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US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist who was seeing patients at the detention center, according to court papers filed Tuesday, Nov. 24. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

HOUSTON — The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist, according to court papers filed Tuesday. In a motion that must still be approved by a ...

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin. Purdue said Monday, March 4, 2019, that it has asked a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades. In a virtual hearing with a federal judge in ...

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Ohio court rules video of judge’s shooting is public record

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Surveillance video showing an Ohio judge being shot and wounded at a courthouse before the assailant was himself shot and killed is a public record that should be released, the Ohio Supreme Court said Tuesday in a ...

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Fourth Department reduces sentence

The Fourth Department has reduced the sentence of a man convicted of a weapon charge. Defendant Victor Long pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court in Buffalo in September 2018 to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. “As a matter of ...

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Trump’s legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, photo, a canvas observer photographs Lehigh County provisional ballots as vote counting in the general election continues in Allentown, Pa. President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a number of lawsuits across six battleground states this month as he tried to upend the 2020 election. Judges uniformly rejected his claims of vote fraud. The latest case ended Saturday, Nov. 21, when a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani presented only ‘speculative accusations’ that brought to mind ‘Frankenstein’s Monster.'  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

PHILADELPHIA — As they frantically searched for ways to salvage President Donald Trump’s failed reelection bid, his campaign pursued a dizzying game of legal hopscotch across six states that centered on the biggest prize of all: Pennsylvania. The strategy may ...

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