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Wife's Murder-for-Money Plot Backfires After Major Oversight

Uloma Curry-Walker wasn't the beneficiary on husband's life insurance policy

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who'd been married for just four months before her husband died was found guilty of his murder Friday, and she could get life in prison without parole for her crime, the AP reports. Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, was convicted of aggravated murder, conspiracy, and other charges surrounding... More »

40 Years After He Vanished, Etan Patz Case Gets Closure

Pedro Hernandez found guilty of murder of 6-year-old NYC boy, could get life in prison

(Newser) - The face of little Etan Patz has haunted parents for decades, but on Tuesday, some justice was finally served in his death, NBC New York and CBS New York report. Pedro Hernandez, 55, was acquitted of intentional second-degree murder in the nearly 40-year-old case, but he was found guilty of... More »

Jury Rules in Case of Wife 'Pushed Off Cliff'

Harold Henthorn was accused of first-degree murder

(Newser) - A man accused of pushing his wife off a cliff may spend the rest of his life in prison. Today a Denver jury found Harold Henthorn, 59, guilty of premeditated murder in the death of wife Toni Henthorn, who took a 140-foot fall at Rocky Mountain National Park three years... More »

Ex-Vanderbilt Students Guilty on All Counts in Rape Trial

Cory Batey, Brandon Vandenburg face long prison sentences

(Newser) - One stared ahead stoically and the other mouthed "No"—after a jury found two former Vanderbilt football players guilty on all counts in a rape trial that included shocking video and images of the assault, the AP reports. Cory Batey, 21, and Brandon Vandenburg, 21, each face decades-long... More »

Egyptian Cleric Found Guilty on All Counts

Abu Hamza al-Masri found guilty of terrorism

(Newser) - A radical London imam who was extradited to the US on terrorism charges was found guilty today on all 11 counts, Reuters reports. Prosecutors accused Abu Hamza al-Masri—who is partially blind and has no hands—of trying to build a terrorist training camp in Oregon, shipping off a young... More »

Amanda Knox Found Guilty, Won't Go Back 'Willingly'

Court in Italy upholds her conviction, but fight over extradition now looms

(Newser) - Amanda Knox has been found guilty once again in the murder of former roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, reports ABC News . Even if she loses on appeal, it's doubtful Knox will wind up behind bars again. She chose not to return to Italy for the trial and continues... More »

Man Guilty of Locking Up Daughter for Years

Chad Chritton's lawyer claimed he wasn't smart enough to pull it off

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man has been found guilty of keeping his daughter locked in the basement for 6 years, a time when she shrank to 68 pounds while scrounging for scraps and relieving herself in her own bed, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Chad Chritton, 42, faces up to 34 1/2... More »

Psychic Found Guilty of $150K in Fraud

Sylvia Mitchell's clients say she never helped them

(Newser) - Soothsayers beware: A New York psychic was found guilty today of swindling her clients out of more than $150,000 with stories of past lives and "negative" energy, CBS News reports. Sylvia Mitchell, convicted of grand larceny and scheming to defraud, is stuck in jail without bail before her... More »

Drew Peterson Guilty in 3rd Wife's Murder

Ex-cop killed Kathleen Savio: jury

(Newser) - After five years of headlines, the Drew Peterson murder case has come to a verdict: The former Chicago-area police officer is guilty of killing Kathleen Savio, his third wife, the jury says. His maximum sentence would be 60 years. It's a victory for a prosecution that based its arguments... More »

Man Found Guilty of Burying Fiancée Alive

She clawed her way out with engagement ring

(Newser) - Marcin Kasprzak said burying his fiancée alive was just a prank. But a West Yorkshire jury found him guilty today of attempted murder for burying Michelina Lewandowska, 27, in a box near their home, the Guardian reports. According to testimony, Kasprzak, 25, wanted their three-year-old son after his relationship... More »

3 Brits Guilty in '06 Plot to Bomb Transatlantic Flights

Planned use of liquid explosives sparked restrictions still in effect

(Newser) - Three British Muslims were convicted today of conspiracy to blow up airplanes with liquid explosives in a failed 2006 plot that led to restrictions on drinks and toiletries on flights, the Times of London reports. Ringleader Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar, and Tanvir Hussain were retried after a jury last... More »

Hsu Guilty of Squeezing Donors for Campaign Cash

Big Hillary fundraiser faces up to 20 years

(Newser) - Ponzi schemer and Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu has been convicted of campaign finance fraud after two days of jury deliberations, the Wall Street Journal reports. Prosecutors said Hsu had pushed his investors to donate tens of thousands to his chosen political candidates, including Hillary Clinton, between 2004 and 2007. Hsu... More »

AWOL Stevens Juror Lied About Dad's Death

Woman goes free after trip to Calif. ends at racetrack, not funeral

(Newser) - The juror in the Ted Stevens trial who was excused to attend her father’s funeral actually skipped out to go to the track, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Marian Hinnant, who was replaced hours before the verdict, appeared before the judge today to explain her absence. She had plans... More »

Bin Laden Media Guru Convicted of War Crimes

Bahlul doesn't contest charges

(Newser) - The man who produced recruitment videos for Osama bin Laden was convicted of war crimes today after a 4-day military trial the defendant adamantly boycotted, the Miami Herald reports. Ali Hamza al Bahlul forbade his lawyer from offering evidence or questioning witnesses because he rejected the military’s authority to... More »

Stevens Sunk by His Own Testimony

Senator came across as evasive, combative in cross-examination

(Newser) - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' decision not to take the Fifth in his corruption trial was a bold gamble that backfired, the Hill writes. The Republican came across as "evasive and combative" under tough questioning on the stand, hurting his credibility and adding weight to the prosecution's argument that... More »

Yacht Killer Guilty on All Counts

Former child actor may now be sentenced to death

(Newser) - A former bit-part child actor has been found guilty of murdering a couple by tying them to an anchor and throwing them overboard off the California coast in a plot to steal their yacht, the Orange County Register reports. The jury must now decide if Skylar Deleon, also found guilty... More »

Goldman's Dad Hails OJ Verdict

Fred Goldman hopes Simpson rots in jail

(Newser) - While much of the response to the guilty verdict against OJ Simpson has been mixed—and muted—the father of murder victim Ron Goldman is delighted, reports the New York Daily News. Fred Goldman said he was "thrilled to see that this SOB" will "hopefully go to jail... More »

OJ Will Appeal Conviction

Lawyer: Appeal is "only hope" after Simpson found guilty on all counts

(Newser) - OJ Simpson’s lawyer has said that “you would have to be living on another planet” to not anticipate his client’s guilty verdict, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Simpson was found guilty on all 12 counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges late last night and could... More »

Computer Brainiac Guilty of Wife's Murder

'Geek defense' didn't work

(Newser) - A brilliant California computer programmer was found guilty of murdering his estranged wife yesterday—despite the fact that her body was never found. "I've been the best father that I know how," shouted Hans Reiser, 44, after the verdict, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. His wife's blood was... More »

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