Court decisions

Protesters defy a security guard trying to prevent the use of an escalator at the St. Louis Galleria mall in Richmond Heights, Mo., after several hundred people demonstrated in protest over the recent acquittal of a white former officer in the killing of a black suspect, in St. Louis, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Several people were arrested at the upscale Galleria mall where demonstrators marched and chanted among shoppers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported officers briefly cleared the mall after some members of the group became unruly. (Christian Goode/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
September 23, 2017 - 9:11 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on protests in St. Louis over acquittal of officer in black man's shooting death (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Protests of a white former police officer's acquittal in the killing of a black man in St. Louis moved to the Ritz Carlton hotel in Clayton, Missouri, after...
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Karen Bobo, right, mother of Holly Bobo, receives a hug from a supporter after a court recess was called Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Savannah, Tenn. A Hardin County jury found Zachary Adams guilty Friday of kidnapping, raping and murdering Holly Bobo. (Kenneth Cummings/The Jackson Sun via AP)
September 23, 2017 - 2:00 pm
SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — It was a prayer circle 6 ½ years in the making. Shortly after a man was convicted of kidnapping and killing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo, her family and friends held hands, closed their eyes and thanked God for the guilty verdict. Family pastor Don Franks spoke softly...
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Protesters rally in downtown St. Louis as fans arrive for a Billy Joel concert at Busch Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The protest was the latest of several since a judge on Friday announced a not-guilty verdict for a white former St. Louis police officer charged in the shooting death of a black suspect. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
September 23, 2017 - 12:16 pm
Missouri is again at the center of a racially charged conflict after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder in the death of a black drug suspect. The Sept. 15 verdict provoked angry protests in a state still not fully recovered from the unrest that followed...
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In this Sept. 15, 2017 photo, Maleeha Ahmed, 28, sits on a sidewalk as she describes being maced by police in a protest in St. Louis. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the city of St. Louis over what it calls "unlawful and unconstitutional action" during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a former police officer in the killing of a black man. The suit filed Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, accuses police of misconduct by using chemical weapons, interfering with video of police activity and violating due process. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
September 22, 2017 - 10:48 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis on Friday over what it called "unlawful and unconstitutional action" during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a white former police officer in the death of a black man. The suit...
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Zach Adams turns to look at his mother after a Hardin County jury found Zach Adams guilty of all charges including felony first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape of Holly Bobo, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Savannah, Tenn. (Kenneth Cummings/The Jackson Sun via AP, Pool)
September 22, 2017 - 9:10 pm
SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was convicted Friday of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 20-year-old nursing student who disappeared from her home six years ago. Zachary Adams was found guilty after an 11-day trial in Savannah, Tennessee. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges. Holly...
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September 22, 2017 - 8:41 pm
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two gang members have been found guilty of killing five people at a homeless encampment near Los Angeles. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office says jurors found David Ponce and Max Rafael guilty of five counts of murder Friday. Prosecutors say Ponce and Rafael...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, a poster offering a reward for information in the disappearance of Holly Bobo, is displayed in a store window in Parsons, Tenn. The case against Zachary Adams, a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing Bobo is “absolutely full of holes” and based on “non-evidence,” a defense attorney said Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Jennifer Thompson delivered closing arguments Thursday in the trial of Adams in Savannah. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
September 22, 2017 - 5:30 pm
SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing a Tennessee nursing student (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A jury has reached a verdict on the second day of deliberations in the trial of a man charged with kidnapping and killing a nursing student...
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September 22, 2017 - 4:24 pm
YORK, S.C. (AP) — What happens when a defendant signs a plea deal as the jury is returning a guilty verdict? A judge in South Carolina answered that question on Thursday in the trial of a man charged with shooting a police officer. He ruled the jury's decision stands. Prosecutors told The Herald...
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September 22, 2017 - 12:30 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Supreme Court has ruled that refugees can be returned to Turkey under last year's European Union-Turkey deal, rejecting arguments by two Syrian men that Turkey is not a safe destination. In a case with implications for thousands of refugees in Greece — and others...
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September 22, 2017 - 8:00 am
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts police chief acquitted of charges connected to the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show has been convicted of unrelated firearms offenses. A jury Thursday found former Pelham Chief Edward Fleury guilty of 12 counts of improperly storing a...
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