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Dylann Roof Wants to Fire His 'Biological Enemies': His Lawyers

His current lawyers are Jewish and Indian

(Newser) - Dylann Roof, the convicted white supremacist murderer of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, wants to dismiss and replace his legal team because they are his "political and biological enemies," he says in a handwritten letter filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Roof, who'... More »

'Dread Pirate Roberts' Will Spend Rest of His Days in Prison

Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht loses appeal of his life sentence

(Newser) - A three-judge panel says it "might not have imposed" a life sentence on Ross Ulbricht, who ran a drug-peddling website on the dark web, but that's no reason to overturn it. The appellate court on Wednesday found Ulbricht's sentence of life in prison without parole for drug... More »

Killer Breivik 'Shocked' by Own Prison Writings

Neo-Nazi says he's become 'more radical' as state appeals ruling that isolation is 'inhuman'

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik says even he is "shocked by many of the things I have written" over the nearly six years he's spent in Skien prison for his 2011 massacre of 77 people. The Norwegian neo-Nazi says he's become "stranger" and "a lot more radical"... More »

UK Woman One Step Closer to Carrying Dead Daughter's Child

She won an appeal regarding her late daughter's frozen eggs

(Newser) - A 60-year-old woman from the UK who's been in a protracted legal battle to become pregnant using her dead daughter's frozen eggs has made some progress toward winning that fight, the BBC reports. After not being able to find a British clinic that would implant her with the... More »

Boston Bomber: That Trial Was Completely Unfair

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev make their argument

(Newser) - Not a huge surprise: Lawyers for Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev today appealed his death-penalty conviction, arguing that "continuous and unrelenting publicity" biased jurors and made a fair trial in Boston impossible, NBC News reports. "Put simply, prejudicial media coverage, events, and environment saturated greater Boston, including the... More »

'Serial' Podcast Subject Scores Court Victory

Alibi witness will finally get to testify

(Newser) - Adnan Syed, the Maryland man whose murder conviction is the subject of the hit podcast Serial, has scored a major court victory in his quest for a retrial. The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that a lower court should hear testimony from Asia McClain, a witness who says she... More »

At Heart of Odd Custody Ruling: a Turkey Baster

Joyce Bruce said because they never had sex, she should be sole parent

(Newser) - In Joyce Bruce's mind, Robert Boardwine was just an old friend who helpfully agreed to donate sperm so she could have a child—no parental rights attached. To Boardwine, however, and now according to a Virginia court, he's entitled to see his young son, CNN reports. The Virginia... More »

Subject of Serial Podcast Gets His Appeal

Maryland court grants appeal to Adnan Syed

(Newser) - Adnan Syed, the Maryland man whose murder conviction as a teenager made headlines thanks to the popularity of the Serial podcast, will get an appeal. Syed was convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999, and the podcast told his story—including an interview with Asia McClain, a former... More »

Woman Sentenced to Death for Christianity to Be Freed

Sudan appeals court reportedly steps in

(Newser) - A Sudanese court has voided the death sentence for Meriam Ibrahim and ordered her release, the country's SUNA news service reported today. Ibrahim had been sentenced to 100 lashes and hanging because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, in a case that has drawn international attention. Her lawyer... More »

Woman Sues Lawyers for Letting Her Divorce Hubby

Solicitors should have respected her Catholic faith, she says

(Newser) - A divorce means the end of marriage, right? Well, a British woman was apparently shocked to hear about this, the Independent reports. Jane Mulcahy even filed suit against her former lawyers for failing to explain the whole divorce thing. Mulcahy said they should have respected her Catholic faith and advised... More »

In Surprise, Putin Critic Released —for Now

Protests erupted after Alexei Navalny jailed

(Newser) - After a leading critic of Vladimir Putin was handed a 5-year sentence for embezzlement yesterday, protests erupted across Russia, prompting a reported 200 arrests. Thousands of people gathered on the main street to the Kremlin, yelling "freedom!" amid honking cars, the Guardian reports. Today demonstrators got their wish,... More »

Chandra Levy Killer's Appeal Roiled by Mystery

New information could discredit witness for prosecution

(Newser) - Two years after Ingmar Guandique was found guilty of the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy, mysterious new information that could undermine a prosecution witness has reportedly emerged—and it's apparently so serious that lawyers on both sides have met in secret hearings, reports USA Today . With court proceedings sealed,... More »

Judge Tosses 'Bewildering' Murder Conviction

Frees defendant after 23 years in prison

(Newser) - A federal judge yesterday overturned the decades-old murder conviction of a Brooklyn man, lambasting the trial judge's decisions as "incomprehensible," the jury's conclusion as "bewildering," the man's lawyers as "indolent and ill prepared," and the prosecutors as "overzealous and deceitful.... More »

Judge Agrees to Reopen OJ Case

Simpson's new lawyer: old lawyer did a bad job

(Newser) - OJ Simpson's robbery-and-kidnapping case isn't quite over after all, Radar reports. Now serving 9 to 33 years in a Nevada prison, the ex-football star has himself a new lawyer who persuaded a judge to reopen the case. Their argument: Simpson's former lawyer, Yale Galanter, was paid over... More »

Supreme Court Refuses Body Scanner Case

A rundown of cases the court refused to hear as new session open

(Newser) - The new Supreme Court term, which begins today, won't include a review of TSA body scanners: Justices have refused to take on a man's appeal in a case against the machines, which was also dismissed by federal courts in Florida and Washington, the AP reports. Nor will justices... More »

Scott Peterson Appeals Death Sentence

Lawyer alleges juror misconduct, bias, evidence problems

(Newser) - Scott Peterson is still protesting his innocence in the murder of pregnant wife Laci in 2002, and has filed an automatic appeal of his death sentence with the California Supreme Court. Peterson was sentenced in 2004 after a highly publicized trial, and his lawyer argues in the 423-page document that... More »

'Crazy' Sandusky Lawyer Remarks May Help Appeal

Joe Amendola's comments shock fellow defense attorneys

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky's loose-lipped lawyer may have unwittingly given his client extra ammunition for an appeal, the New York Post reports. Convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, Sandusky is facing up to 442 years in prison—but fellow defense attorneys say remarks by lawyer Joe Amendola were unconscionable.... More »

Italy Court Frees Amanda Knox

Murder conviction overturned, she and Sollecito walk free

(Newser) - Amanda Knox's four-year quest to prove her innocence in the murder of Meredith Kercher has come to its dramatic conclusion, with an Italian appeals court today overturning her 26-year prison sentence. Knox appeared extremely emotional while awaiting the verdict, and broke down completely as a judge announced it, reports... More »

Convicts: Knox Wasn't at Murder Scene

Say Rudy Guede told them in prison he and a friend killed Meredith Kercher

(Newser) - A parade of convicted criminals are today trying to do what Amanda Knox's defense could not: Convince a Perugia court that the American exchange student had nothing to do with the murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher. Mario Alessi today testified that another man convicted in Kercher's murder,... More »

Citing Health, Mladic Appeals Extradition

Lawyer says he is physically, mentally unfit for trial

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic's lawyer today appealed the war crimes suspect's extradition order, calling Mladic physically and mentally unfit for trial. The New York Times reports that the move will likely cause a brief delay in Mladic's transfer from Serbia to The Hague; if the appeal is denied, he'... More »

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