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Appeals court grants new trial

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A state appeals court has granted a new trial in an attempted murder case because of evidence that was improperly used by the prosecution. Joachim Sylvester was convicted in December 2015 of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of ...

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Key question in Cosby appeal: Does defendant’s past matter?

Bill Cosby, center, is led by spokesperson Andrew Wyatt as publicist Ebonee Benson follows during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool)

PHILADELPHIA — In 2016, as Bill Cosby’s legal team prepared for trial in his stunning sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court quietly heard a death row inmate’s appeal. Lawyers for Charles Hicks questioned whether three women who ...

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Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump’s census plan

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sounded skeptical Monday that President Donald Trump could categorically exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to allot seats among the states in the House of Representatives. But it also ...

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SC officials say they can’t obtain drugs by Friday execution

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won’t be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in ...

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Firm builds its brand on compassionate divorce law

Sarah Wesley, Amber Peshkin and Kevin Clark are the heart of Wesley Clark & Peshkin. (Provided photo)

They began the practice with the premise of providing a personalized touch for any client with a legal need, whether it was a criminal case, a personal injury claim or representation in a divorce. Wesley, Clark & Peshkin LLP wasn’t ...

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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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