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A Cringeworthy Day on the Stand for Cosby's Drug Expert

Dr. Harry Milman admitted he got his drug stats from Google

(Newser) - A toxicology expert brought in by Bill Cosby's legal team for his sexual assault retrial faced some embarrassing cross-examination questions Thursday, drawing both yawns and wide-eyed looks of disbelief from attendees with what Jezebel deems his "gibberish." Per ABC News , Maryland toxicologist Dr. Harry Milman was being... More »

Jury Hears Cosby Admit It: He Used Quaaludes

'You gave them to other people?' 'Yes.'

(Newser) - Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial on Wednesday heard his damaging testimony about giving a sedative to women before sex, the AP reports. Cosby, who was deposed in 2005 and 2006 as part of his chief accuser's civil suit, was asked about quaaludes, a 1970s party drug... More »

Accuser Addresses Cosby Directly From Witness Stand

'You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?' Chelan Lasha asked Wednesday

(Newser) - The first accuser to testify at Bill Cosby's retrial, Heidi Thomas, described the comedian Wednesday as "a serial rapist" as she parried with his lawyers, while second accuser Chelan Lasha tearfully confronted the comedian over a 32-year-old assault allegation: "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?" The... More »

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 »

Army Vets Allegedly Became 'Ninja' Killers

Murder trial for 3 men begins in NY

(Newser) - Upon leaving the US Army, some seek a quiet life. That wasn't the case for Joseph Hunter, or two veterans he recruited for "ninja work," including hit jobs earning them $35,000 each, Assistant US Attorney Patrick Egan said Tuesday in opening statements at the men's... More »

'Incredible' Decision in Serial Podcast Subject's Case

Court upholds new trial for Adnan Syed, but prosecutors have another chance to appeal

(Newser) - Serial subject Adnan Syed moved a step closer to a new trial Thursday when Maryland's Court of Special Appeals upheld a 2016 decision to overturn his murder conviction from 2000 and grant him a retrial. Prosecutors, who objected when a lower court vacated the conviction, haven't said whether... More »

Sub Owner: I Tried to Save Kim Wall, Not Kill Her

Peter Madsen denies murdering journalist as his trial opens

(Newser) - Prosecutors say all the evidence shows that Danish inventor and submarine owner Peter Madsen tortured, murdered, and dismembered Swedish journalist Kim Wall last summer, but Madsen could not have been any clearer as his trial started in Denmark on Thursday: "I deny that I am guilty of the murder... More »

Man Accused of Helping Teen Kill Herself: 'It Be Awesome'

Prosecutors allege Tyerell Przybycien was eager to help Jchandra Brown die

(Newser) - What a Utah man should've done, at least per one friend's advice, when 16-year-old Jchandra Brown told him she wanted to kill herself: talk her out of it. What Tyerell Przybycien is charged with doing instead: helping her set up and carry out her suicide, the Daily Herald ... More »

Wife Plunged 4K Feet After Hubby Allegedly Messed With Chute

It wasn't the first time he tried to kill her, prosecutors allege

(Newser) - On a cloudy day in 2015, British army sergeant Emile Cilliers offered to take his wife skydiving as a treat. It turned out to be anything but. Victoria Cilliers, who'd previously taken part in 2,600 skydives, was helpless when both her main and reserve parachutes failed, sending her... More »

Chemist: VX Traces Present on Kim Murder Suspects

Testimony is first evidence linking nerve agent to Siti Aisyah, Doan Thi Huong

(Newser) - A government chemist testified Thursday he found traces of the banned VX nerve agent on two women being tried in Malaysia on charges of murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader. The testimony was the first evidence linking VX to Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong... More »

After 3 Years, 'Slender Man' Trial Begins

Jury to decide if Anissa Weier suffered from mental illness at time of attack

(Newser) - It's been more than three years since Payton Leutner was stabbed 19 times by two friends in a Wisconsin park in the "Slender Man" stabbing, and this week a jury hears testimony to decide if one of her attackers was mentally competent at the time. Opening statements began... More »

Billionaire Samsung Heir Sentenced to 5 Years In Prison

Lee Jae-yong guilty of bribing former president

(Newser) - A South Korean court has sentenced the billionaire Samsung heir to five years in prison for bribery and other crimes that fed public anger leading to the ouster of Park Geun-hye as South Korea's president. The Seoul Central District Court said Friday that Lee Jae-yong , 49, was guilty of... More »

Bergdahl's Fate Will Solely Be in Judge's Hands

Chooses to have trial heard by judge alone

(Newser) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has decided to be tried by a judge—not a military jury—on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. Bergdahl's lawyers told the court in a brief filing last week that their client chose trial by judge alone, rather... More »

Trumpian Words From Shkreli as Jury Starts Deliberating

'Drain the swamp. Drain the sewer that is the DOJ. MAGA,' he wrote on Facebook

(Newser) - He's been painted as both "brilliant beyond words" and a conman during his securities fraud trial—and on Monday, the jury considering Martin Shkreli's case will start deliberations on whether "inmate" will be added to that list of descriptors, reports the Guardian . Closing arguments took place... More »

At Own Trial, 'Biggest Mouth' in Pharma Finally Closes

Martin Shkreli says he decided against 'risky' move, won't testify

(Newser) - Earlier this month, prosecutors wanted Martin Shkreli to stop the "campaign of disruption" they say he'd been leading during his securities fraud trial, and they were able to get a judge to order him to stop blabbing about his case publicly. Now it looks like those sealed lips... More »

Main Player in S-Town Podcast Gets Trial Date

Charges relate to items allegedly taken from John B. McLemore's property

(Newser) - An Alabama man featured in the hit podcast S-Town is scheduled to go on trial in October on charges related to events in the story. A Bibb County judge signed an order Thursday setting an Oct. 16 trial date for 26-year-old Tyler Goodson of Woodstock, court records show. Goodson has... More »

Prosecutors Want Martin Shkreli to Shut Up

They accuse him of trying to disrupt trial

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli is "making a spectacle of himself" and his securities fraud trial and he needs to be told to be quiet, prosecutors say. Prosecutors have asked a judge for a gag order banning the "Pharma Bro" from talking about the case publicly and discussing it on social... More »

Lady Gaga Cited Not Once, but Twice in Shkreli Trial Opening

Shkreli was simply 'born this way,' defense attorney argues about eccentric client

(Newser) - Is Martin Shkreli "strange" and "weird," with a "dysfunctional personality"? Yes on all counts, per Benjamin Brafman, the ex-pharma CEO's lawyer, who offered what the New York Times calls a "captivating" opening statement at Shkreli's securities fraud trial Wednesday in New York... More »

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Is Going on Trial

His lawyers claim he's penniless

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli's federal trial on securities fraud charges begins this week—and since the former pharmaceutical boss has been dubbed "the most hated man in America," there won't be any shortage of cheerleaders for the prosecution. Shkreli, 34, is accused of illegally taking stock from Retrophin,... More »

Camille Cosby Rips Into Prosecutor ... and the Judge

While Cosby's team claims victory, the judge made some clarifications

(Newser) - Bill Cosby, the comedian once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, is declaring victory this Father's Day after a jury deliberated 52 hours without reaching consensus on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. District Attorney Kevin Steele... More »

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