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Guy to Jury: Hurry Up and Convict Me

Murder defendant really wanted to watch Monday Night Football

(Newser) - A suspect in a double homicide took callousness to a new level yesterday: While on the witness stand, Nathan Burris snapped his fingers at the jury and told them to hurry up and convict him so he could get back to his cell in time for Monday Night Football, reports... More »

Thief Who Left Victim on Tracks Sent to Prison

He robbed drunk man in Sweden, left him to get hit by train

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Tunisian who was caught on security camera robbing a man who had fallen onto the tracks on the Stockholm subway and then leaving him to be hit by a train was sentenced today to a year and a half in prison for theft. A Swedish court ordered Nadar... More »

Mitchell: Elizabeth Smart Had a 'Glorious Experience'

Witness testifies he was controlling, not delusional

(Newser) - Trial resumed in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case today, with jurors hearing testimony that Brian David Mitchell was not delusional, but rather deliberately controlling and intimidating, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Mitchell "has a personality that is much larger than I’ve ever encountered," testified a former cop... More »

Bin Laden: If US Executes KSM, We'll Kill Americans

US official dismisses threat as 'absurdity'

(Newser) - If the US executes admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al-Qaeda will do the same to any American prisoners it takes, says Osama bin Laden in an as-yet-unverified audio tape. “The White House has expressed its desire to execute him,” bin Laden says. “When America makes this... More »

Stretcher-Bound Demjanjuk Begins Trial

Defense accuses court of 'double-standard' in prosecution

(Newser) - Accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk started his trial for complicity in 27,900 Holocaust murders in Munich today first in a wheelchair, and then on a stretcher. The Red Army POW/Ohio autoworker even forced a halt to proceedings when he flailed and gasped for breath in the courtroom. “It’... More »

9/11 Plotters Will Face Death: Holder

New York trial represents proper US tradition, AG says

(Newser) - Confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four co-defendants will face the death penalty, Eric Holder confirmed today, and the AG leapt to defend the decision to try them in a civilian court in New York. They will “answer for their alleged crimes in a courthouse just blocks... More »

Lil Wayne Pleads to Gun Charge

Rapper could serve a year over 2007 incident

(Newser) - Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted weapons possession today and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. He previously had pleaded not guilty to illegal gun possession charges that carried at least 3 1/2 years in prison upon conviction. Police said a gun was found on his tour... More »

Travolta Recounts Effort to Save 'Autistic' Jett

Continuing testimony could be key in $25M extortion case

(Newser) - John Travolta appeared in a Bahamian court today and recounted his efforts to save dying son Jett earlier this year, E! reports. He also publicly acknowledged Jett's troubles for the first time: "He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder." After a nanny woke them to say... More »

Knox Trial Is 'Poison' for All Involved

Fallout has ruined people's lives from Seattle to Perugia

(Newser) - Amanda Knox may be the one on trial for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, waiting it out in a sweltering Italian prison. But as Barbie Nadeau notes in Newsweek, Knox isn’t the only one suffering: “The Knox trial is poison,” Nadeau writes. “Nearly everyone it... 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 »

The Astor Trial So Far: High Society, Low Class

(Newser) - Meryl Gordon has a plum seat at the so-called Brooke Astor trial, in which her son, Anthony Marshall, stands accused of thievery. Complete with the crème de la crème of New York society recounting terrible things and scathing Astorisms, Gordon writes in Vanity Fair, it’s a “... More »

Burress Indicted, Faces 15 Years

(Newser) - Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was indicted on gun charges today in New York, where he accidentally shot himself in the leg with an unlicensed handgun in November, the Post reports. Burress is charged with two felony counts of criminal possession and one count of reckless endangerment, a... More »

'Hope' Artist Cops Plea in Vandalism Case

(Newser) - Street artist Shephard Fairey plead guilty today to three counts of vandalism for displaying stickers and posters around Boston without permission, the Globe reports. He must pay a fine and is prohibited from carrying the tools of his trade—like wheat paste and brushes—in the county for 2 years.... More »

DA's 'Smear' Should Nix Conviction: 'Rockefeller'

(Newser) - Lawyers for Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter—aka Clark Rockefeller—want his conviction overturned because the jury was unfairly prejudiced against their client, the Boston Globe reports. Rockefeller was found guilty of kidnapping his daughter. The lawyers say the prosecution “eviscerated” their insanity defense during closing arguments by calling an unqualified... More »

In the End, Abuse Charges Eclipsed Career

(Newser) - Michael Jackson’s reputation will forever be tainted by the numerous allegations of child molestation levied against him, the New York Daily News reports. Jackson was never convicted of any crime, but he did settle out of court on two occasions, once for $20 million. A Jackson attorney said the... More »

Astor Trial Delayed as Son Visits Doc

Trial may restart tomorrow: judge

(Newser) - The Brooke Astor trial is on hold because the late philanthropist’s accused son is visiting his neurologist. Anthony Marshall—who is 85, wears a pacemaker, and has survived a heart attack and open-heart surgery—has been looking increasingly frail as the fraud trial unfolds, the New York Post notes.... More »

No Verdict on First Day of 'Rockefeller' Deliberations

(Newser) - Jurors in the kidnapping trial of the German man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller ended deliberations for today without a verdict. The Boston jurors got the case shortly after noon, and later asked the judge questions about one of the charges, that of providing a false name to police. Rockefeller's... More »

'Rockefeller' Was Unaware, Deluded: Defense Shrink

Others fed into his narcissistic personality disorder, she says

(Newser) - Lawyers for accused kidnapper “Clark Rockefeller” began their insanity defense today with testimony from a psychologist who said he has a deluded sense of self-importance and fantasies of unlimited power, the Boston Globe reports. “If there is a continuum of narcissistic personality disorder, he is on the far... More »

Suu Kyi Forgives American for Intrusion

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi feels no ill will toward the American who infiltrated her home in an act that could land her another 5 years of prison, the AP reports. “Suu Kyi said she bore no grudge against (John) Yettaw or his family,” her lawyer said after a... More »

Rihanna to Face Brown in Court

(Newser) - Rihanna will testify in court against former boyfriend and alleged attacker Chris Brown next month, E! Online reports. “The judge advised me that there will be a subpoena for Rihanna as a witness at the preliminary hearing,” said her attorney. “She will definitely comply.” Brown also... More »

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