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Bill Cosby Lawyers: Oust Juror Over His Comment

Male juror reportedly considers trial a waste of time

(Newser) - A man selected as a juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial thinks the comedian is guilty and wants the case to be over, according to a prospective juror who says the man offered his opinion as they chatted during jury selection, the AP reports. Cosby's lawyers seized... More »

The Murder Captivated Iceland. 190 Years Later, It Will Again

Mock trial revisits 1828 case resulting in executions

(Newser) - Residents on Iceland's remote farm of Stapakot were jolted awake on March 14, 1828, when a maid from a neighboring property burst in to tell them that a fire was raging and two men were trapped inside. It was a lie. The men were already dead—clubbed with a... More »

He Was Found Dead in His Cell. Then Came the Good News

Roger Largent's conviction overturned 4 days after his death

(Newser) - Roger Largent will never get a chance to clear his name in the rape of a disabled woman: He was found beaten to death in his prison cell four days before a court tossed his conviction. Authorities suspect Largent's cellmate in the slaying, but they have not cited a... More »

Man's Retrial Thanks to Bad Fire Science Ends in Shocker

Ed Graf's retrial for murdering 2 stepsons in shed fire based on new arson science

(Newser) - In 1988, Ed Graf was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing his stepsons Joby, 9, and Jason, 8, in 1986 by locking them in a shed, dousing it with gasoline, and setting it on fire. Everything was there to prove the case against the Texas man, per... More »

Man in Prison 35 Years Without Conviction Gets New Trial

Jerry Hartfield says he doesn't hold a grudge—he just wants to get on with life

(Newser) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row. Today, 59-year-old Jerry Hartfield returns to court for a retrial, facing a life sentence if convicted of... More »

Egypt Orders Mubarak Retrial

Could present political peril for successor Mohammed Morsi

(Newser) - A court granted Hosni Mubarak's appeal of his life sentence, today ordering a retrial of the ousted Egyptian president on charges that he failed to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that toppled his regime nearly two years ago. The judge also overturned the conviction... More »

Blagojevich to Judge: Too Many Gaps in Wiretaps

Ex-governor's lawyers cite too many gaps in tapes

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers have asked a federal judge to forbid prosecutors from playing FBI wiretaps of the former Illinois governor during his upcoming retrial, the AP reports. The lawyers say the tapes—key evidence for the prosecution—are unreliable because of long gaps in the recordings, which remove the... More »

Jurors' Rapport Swung Spector Conviction: Lawyers

Lack of 'persnickety' people helped retrial avoid second deadlock

(Newser) - Twelve agreeable jurors made all the difference between Phil Spector's two murder trials, lawyers from both sides tell the Los Angeles Times. The jurors who this week voted unanimously to convict heard the same evidence as the jury that deadlocked in 2007, prosecutors and the music legend's lawyer say, but... More »

Spector Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder

(Newser) - A Los Angeles jury today convicted eccentric music producer Phil Spector of second-degree murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson, the Los Angeles Times reports. Spector, 69, faces at least 18 years in prison for killing 40-year-old Clarkson, who was found with a gunshot wound to the mouth in... More »

Tweeting Juror Prompts Motion for New Trial

(Newser) - A defendant found liable for $12.6 million in an Arkansas civil matter asked for a new trial because one juror Tweeted about the case from the courtroom, the Springdale Morning News reports. “Juror Jonathan’s” Twitter entries included “Oh and nobody buy Stoam,” the foam/steel hybrid... More »

Judge Nixes OJ Retrial

Las Vegas justice rejects defense claims that jury foreman was racist

(Newser) - OJ Simpson won’t get a retrial in his Las Vegas robbery conviction, despite challenges raised by his attorneys, AP reports, with the presiding judge telling Simpson’s lawyers to take matters up with state appellate court. A lawyer for Simpson’s co-defendant today accused the jury foreman of racism,... More »

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