June 27, 2013 |
A key prosecution witness' diction took center stage Thursday in the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, as the defense suggested she had altered her story and lied about her recollections of the night Martin was killed. "Trust me, they messed up," the witness, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, said at one point when she testified that a written transcript of a deposition she gave to prosecutors in April 2012 was wrong. That transcript quoted Jeantel as saying she "could have" heard Martin telling someone to "get off" during an apparent confrontation with Zimmerman.
June 18, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- After repeated delays, a military judge pushed forward with the trial of accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, scheduling jury selection in July for the case often stalled by Hasan's legal maneuvering. Hasan, 42, was most recently scheduled to stand trial in May, but jury selection was delayed after he fired his military lawyers and successfully petitioned the judge to represent himself , promising no further delays. He then requested a three-month delay to prepare.
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September 17, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. The mother of an alleged carjacker who went on a killing rampage as he roared across the freeways of Orange County last spring was set to stand trial Tuesday in her own hit-and-run case. Sarwat Syed, 43, is accused of causing an accident that injured a mother and her two young children and fleeing the scene without offering to help the victims. The Ladera Ranch woman faces felony counts of hit-and-run driving in the 2011 accident and faces a potential maximum sentence of four years in state prison.
February 16, 2011 |
A judge Tuesday ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl, then abused his authority by trying to get her released from custody after police picked her up on suspicion of stealing. It was a major setback for the 74-year-old premier, whose personal entanglements for months have overshadowed the business of governing Italy. Berlusconi denies any wrongdoing and says there is a plot by left-wing judges and his political foes to force him from office.
January 13, 2010
Prop. 8 and the public Re "Supreme Court bars video of Prop. 8 trial," Jan. 12 The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that clearly indicates where it is likely to stand should the issue of marriage equality reach it directly. In what apparently was an 8-1 decision, the court ruled that broadcasting a U.S. District Court trial on the legality of Proposition 8 was unacceptable. Openness in the District Court proceedings thus will be denied to the general populace, and the activities and arguments of the trial will be publicized only via the filters of the media.
June 26, 2013 |
A resident of the Florida gated community where George Zimmerman shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin testified on Wednesday that she heard what she felt was a boy's voice crying for help before hearing the sound of gunfire. Jane Surdyka told the jury that she clearly heard two yells for help on Feb. 26, 2012, the night that Zimmerman and Martin had their confrontation in the housing complex in Sanford, Fla., that led to Martin's death. Zimmerman, who is on trial on a charge of second-degree murder, argues that he shot Martin in self-defense.
May 6, 2013 |
BERLIN - The surviving member of an alleged neo-Nazi cell accused of a string of racially motivated murders went on trial Monday in a case that has forced Germany to confront the extent to which racism continues to pervade society here. Beate Zschaepe, 38, is accused of complicity in the murders of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Her trial in Munich is expected to raise questions about the failings of security services and police, who suspected the slain immigrants of having connections to organized crime and refused to pursue tips about a far-right gang.
June 15, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Inside the courtroom of Jerry Sandusky's trial, the testimony is graphic. Intimate touches. Oral sex. Shower scenes. The news media has descended on the Centre County Courthouse to capture the trial in words and images. But because Pennsylvania bans cameras in most courtrooms, a trio of sketch artists employed by the media organizations offers a peek into an emotional world. One captures a distraught accuser with his face in his hands after an aggressive cross-examination.
January 15, 2010 |
It's too bad the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that California's Proposition 8 trial on same-sex marriage -- Perry vs. Schwarzenegger -- may not be broadcast beyond the courthouse. Like the Scopes "monkey trial" with which it is sometimes compared, Perry is not a legal case in the strict sense. It is a morality play aimed at all of us, speaking in a sense for all of us, and we should get to hear it. In 1925, the national media descended on the small mountain town of Dayton, Tenn.
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September 15, 2009 |
The husband and wife accused of kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years ago, holding her captive and raping her will be held in jail until they stand trial in the next year or 18 months. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister ruled Monday that bail for Phillip Garrido, 58, should be set at $30 million. But because the convicted sex offender is also on a so-called hold for violating parole, there is no chance he would be set free on bail. In setting the high amount for Garrido's bail, Phimister said he considered "the protection of the public, the fact that Mr. Garrido was on parole at the time these events occurred allegedly, the seriousness of the charge and the fact that the court must consider the injuries to the victim."