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Tulsa Cop Had Odd 'Distortion' Before Shooting: Lawyer

Attorney says Betty Shelby went temporarily deaf before shooting Terence Crutcher

(Newser) - Betty Shelby's defense team tried (and failed) to get her a special early arraignment Thursday for the shooting death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher , hoping to avoid the "utter chaos" of the media covering the high-profile case, the Tulsa World reports. Now Shelby is set to head... More »

Hastert Headed to Court, Watergate Lawyer in Tow

Thomas Green will represent former speaker at arraignment today

(Newser) - Ahead of his arraignment today in Chicago, Dennis Hastert has hired a high-profile lawyer who represented public officials in scandals including Watergate, Whitewater, and Iran-Contra. Thomas Green of Sidley Austin—the same firm that once employed Barack and Michelle Obama—will stand next to Hastert as he formally hears the... More »

Accused Texas Shooter Collapses in Court

Prosecutors say they're seeking capital murder indictment

(Newser) - When the charges against him were read in a Texas courtroom today, Ron Lee Haskell collapsed. The accused killer of six was standing shackled between two guards at the time. The guards lowered him to a sitting position on the floor, then hoisted him onto a desk chair and wheeled... More »

Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

Ex-Patriots tight end pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez was arraigned today, and not on anything so tame as the once-rumored obstruction of justice charges. The newly unemployed NFL tight end has been charged with murder and several gun-related charges, the Boston Globe reports. Prosecutors told the court that they have surveillance tape showing Hernandez holding a... More »

Judge Sets $500K Bond on Brent

Cowboys are 'grieving,' Jerry Jones says

(Newser) - Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent entered no plea at his arraignment in the death of teammate Jerry Brown today, and a judge set bond at $500,000, CNN reports. Brent was returned to jail following the hearing; his lawyer said the $500,000 figure was more than the team had... More »

Egyptian Cleric Arrives, Makes No Plea in Court

Abu Hamza al-Masri, four others taken to federal courts

(Newser) - A partially blind extremist Egyptian-born preacher and four other terrorism suspects appeared in federal courts today, hours after they lost years-long extradition fights in Britain and were transported to the US under tight security to face trial. The preacher, Abu Hamza al-Masri, entered no plea to charges of conspiring with... More »

Faisal Shahzad 'Meekly' Hears His Charges

Times Square bombing suspect is arraigned

(Newser) - Faisal Shahzad finally had his first day in court—a 10-minute arraignment during which he uttered all of word one word. (It was "yes," when asked by the judge if an assessment of his finances was correct.) Prosecutors formally charged Shahzad with five terror-related offenses related to... More »

Michael Jackson's Doc to Plead Not Guilty Today

Conrad Murray will be arraigned this afternoon

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's doctor will finally be arraigned today after a series of delays, and sources say he will plead not guilty. Conrad Murray is expected to arrive at the courthouse early and voluntarily—as opposed to being arrested and brought in handcuffed—for his 1:30 arraignment in Los Angeles,... More »

Va. Standoff Suspect Angry at Gov't

Warren Taylor sorry about causing holiday trouble

(Newser) - Though the man accused of taking three hostages at a Virginia post office yesterday has no ill will toward the USPS specifically, an official says he is quite angry with the federal government in general. Warren Taylor, 53, of Sullivan County, Tenn., told authorities he had planned the event for... More »

Clark Charged With Murder

Yale lab tech accused of killing Annie Le arraigned, enters no plea

(Newser) - Raymond Clark III has been charged with the murder of Yale grad student Annie Le, the Hartford Courant reports. Clark, a lab technician at Yale, was arrested this morning at a motel and arraigned in Superior Court in New Haven. Clark, 24, did not submit a plea. His bail remains... More »

In Prison Visit, Ex Closed Book on Markoff

(Newser) - Philip Markoff’s ex-fiancée visited the accused “Craigslist killer” in jail two weeks ago to say goodbye, the Boston Herald reports. Megan McAllister told Markoff “that in all likelihood she would not be coming back to Boston," her lawyer said today, adding that though McAllister had... More »

'Craigslist Killer' Pleads Not Guilty

Arraigned on 7 counts including first-degree murder

(Newser) - Philip Markoff spoke a resounding “not guilty” at his arraignment today for the murder of a masseuse, the Boston Globe reports. Prosecutors described “brutal” attacks against three women as the so-called “Craigslist killer” was arraigned on seven charges, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, armed kidnapping, armed assault,... More »

Alleged Wesleyan Shooter Held on $15M Bail

(Newser) - Stephen Morgan, the suspect in Wednesday’s shooting of a Wesleyan University student, was arraigned on a single count of murder today and held on $15 million bail, the Hartford Courant reports. Morgan—who turned himself in last night to police in Middletown, Conn.—was brought into court barefoot... More »

Blago Pleads Not Guilty in Criminal Case

Brother also pleads not guilty to corruption charges

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich and his brother pleaded not guilty to corruption charges today in a 10-minute US district court hearing, the Chicago Tribune reports. The former Illinois governor’s lawyer spoke for him as he faced several questions from the judge, including one on his education. “Mr Rod Blagojevich would... More »

Calif. Sunday School Teacher May Also Face Rape Charge

Will be charged today; may face death penalty

(Newser) - The California Sunday school teacher set to be accused of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu may also face rape and child molestation charges, qualifying her for the death penalty, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Melissa Huckaby will be arraigned this afternoon; prosecutors will charge her with murder but are debating whether... More »

Brown Plea Deal in Works; Arraignment Today

Singer expected to plead not guilty

(Newser) - As Chris Brown prepares for his arraignment today, “intense” negotiations on a plea deal are under way, a source tells the New York Daily News. “It’s expected to be resolved at some point soon. Rihanna wants it resolved as well,” the source says. Brown is seeking... More »

Rihanna Still Working With DA

Attorney, DA rep confirm cooperation

(Newser) - Rihanna is cooperating with the Los Angeles District Attorney in the case against Chris Brown—and reports otherwise are “totally incorrect,” her attorney tells E! A rep for the DA’s office also confirms Rihanna is “a cooperating victim” in the domestic-violence case, although she will not... More »

Bail for Simpson Set at $125K

Ex-football star set to leave Vegas after kidnap-robbery charges

(Newser) - A Las Vegas judge set bail at $125,000 for OJ Simpson today on 11 counts issuing from his hotel altercation with sports collectors. The former football star entered no plea at today's hearing and was ordered to surrender his passport, the Los Angeles Times reports. His lawyer said Simpson... More »

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