Danny Jack Deacon has been found guilty of murdering his partner Carlie Sinclair. The jury’s guilty verdict came after four days of deliberation.
The verdict comes on the heels of Justice Peter Barr‘s offer to the jury for the option of a majority, rather than a unanimous, decision.
Prosecutor Paul Usher has given the court notice that prosecutors will be seeking a sentence above the mandatory 20-year minimum. Defence barrister Jon Tippett QC indicated outside court that his client would be appealing the court decision. Continue reading
A grand jury involved in investigating allegations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood, instead indicted two of the filmmakers who exposed the organization in a series of hidden camera videos.
Harris County district attorney, Devon Anderson, said Monday that the director of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, had been indicted on a felony charge of “tampering with a governmental record” and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs.
Another center employee, Sandra Merritt, was indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record Continue reading
The trial over the death of Freddie Gray ended in a mistrial Wednesday. It is the first police officer to stand trial over the death of Gray. The jury was hung on all charges. LIVESTREAM BELOW.
On Tuesday afternoon, jurors sent the judge a note saying they were deadlocked. He told them to keep working.
Porter is charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Continue reading
If you see any less of Donald Trump in the coming days, it’s won’t be because the Republican presidential front-runner is letting his foot off the gas, it because he’s been stricken with a mandatory case of jury duty.
Trump’s reps say their boss will be taking a break from the campaign trail on Monday to appear for jury duty in New York City. Common sense tells us Trump is showing up only for the selection phase of the dreaded task, unless it’s one of the new fangled single day jury trials.
Trump will show up at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan according to Michael Cohen, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization. Continue reading
*UPDATE* The jury could not come to a unanimous verdict on the death penalty. James Holmes will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole. END UPDATE* In what may indicate a jury death penalty hold out, jurors in the James Holmes Aurora theater shooting trial asked to review the graphic crime scene video taken inside the theater after the shooting.
The judge agreed to let the jury watch the disturbing video, however saying they could view it only once before handing down their verdict.
The same jury convicted Holmes on July 16 of two counts of first-degree murder for each of the 12 victims in the July 20, 2012 attack. That made him eligible for the death penalty.
A New York City jury has ordered 50 Cent to pay Rick Ross‘ baby mama, Lavonia Leviston, an additional $2 million in punitive damages.
50 was previously ordered to pay Levinton $5 million, which resulted in the rapper filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Connecticut.
The payout goes this way, $2.5 million for using Levinton’s image without her permission, another $2.5 million for intentional infliction of emotional distress and now $2 million in punitive damages… Continue reading
The jury has sentenced, Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to die by lethal injection.
The decision came after over 14 hours of deliberations.
Developing. Continue reading
The judge in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial issued an ultimatum to TV station WHDH-TV, after they were accused of following two jurors outside the courthouse. The judge had previously issued a written order that no one shall approach, follow, contact, harass, photograph or take down the license plates of jurors.
The deliberating jurors alerted Judge Susan Garsh Thursday morning that they were followed by a pair of reporters working for Boston station WHDH-TV. The judge then held a special hearing, giving the station until 12:15 p.m. to have the driver or a higher-up testify about what happened or face being held in contempt.
Garsh said it was a serious matter and a felony and could have resulted in a mistrial. The station didn’t immediately return phone and email messages from The Associated Press seeking comment. Continue reading
A jury decided in favor of Marvin Gaye‘s family ordering Robin Thicke and Pharrell to pay $7.3 million for copyright infringement over “Blurred Lines.”
The Gaye family sought over $25 million, however, the victory is still salient and significant.
In the trial, Marvin Gaye’s family argued that 2013’s “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s 1977 song “Got to Give Up,” and sued Thicke, Williams and Clifford Harris Jr., a.k.a. T.I. The three had sought a jury determination that the song was not an infringement, and the Gaye family filed a countersuit. Continue reading
The following is the Jodi Arias contested and controversial trial transcript of two days of testimony.
Arias, 34, was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2013.
In 2913, the jury that convicted Arias was unable to reach a unanimous decision as to whether she should be sentenced to death or to life in prison. h/t azcentral Continue reading