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'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 »

Feds: Michigan Doctor May Have Cut 100 Girls' Genitals

Assistant US Attorney makes 'bombshell' accusation during bond hearing

(Newser) - In April, a Michigan doctor was charged with performing genital mutilation on two young Minnesota girls. On Wednesday, feds dropped what the Detroit Free Press calls a "bombshell" in the case: They estimate not two but up to 100 girls had their genitals cut by Dr. Jumana Nagarwala. "... More »

First Cosby Witness Explains What He 'Made Me' Do

Prosecutors say there is a pattern to his assaults

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial opened Monday with testimony from one of the scores of women who accuse the star of drugging and sexually assaulting them. The woman, identified in earlier reports as "Kacey," testified that when she worked at the William Morris talent agency in Los... More »

Expected at 'He Said-She Said' Cosby Trial: His TV Daughter

And maybe his 'Cosby Show' wife and son, in addition to Keshia Knight Pulliam

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's trial for allegedly assaulting Andrea Constand begins Monday, and at least one member of his former TV family will reportedly be watching from the sidelines, per NBC News . Keshia Knight Pulliam, 38, who played little Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show, is expected to be in the... More »

Woman May Go to Prison for Laughing in Sessions' Hearing

Activist Desiree Fairooz is currently on trial for the outburst

(Newser) - Laughter may be the best medicine, but it's a lawyer, not a doctor, that a Code Pink activist now needs for guffawing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate confirmation hearing. HuffPost reports that 61-year-old Desiree Fairooz is on trial this week after being arrested by US Capitol Police for... More »

Cosby May Soon Regret Joke About Spanish Fly

Comedian's references to supposed aphrodisiac are 'damaging admissions'

(Newser) - Prosecutors preparing to try actor Bill Cosby on sexual-assault charges want to use not only his explosive deposition testimony about getting quaaludes to give to women before sex, but also his riffs on trying to slip women the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly. In a court filing Thursday, they say the... More »

Son Alleges Stepmom Spent 5 Months 'Dehumanizing' Him

Austin McIntosh testified against Jessica Cox Tuesday

(Newser) - "She wanted me to feel dehumanized," Austin McIntosh told a Tennessee jury Tuesday in a trial against his own stepmother. Jessica Cox faces child abuse and aggravated child neglect charges after allegedly starving, beating, and abusing him and his younger brother, Justin, over a five-month period in 2013,... More »

40K Separatists at Catalonia Pol's Trial: 'You Are Not Alone'

Ex-regional leader Artur Mas in hot seat in Spain for arranging 2014 independence vote

(Newser) - In 2014, the ex-leader of Catalonia helped set up a vote on independence from Spain—and on Monday, 40,000 protesters stood up for him outside a Barcelona court. The New York Times reports on the start of the trial for Artur Mas, who was charged with civil disobedience for... More »

Roof: No Witnesses, Evidence in My Defense

Judge tells 22-year-old 'it's a bad idea' to go with that plan for penalty phase of trial

(Newser) - The sentencing phase of Dylann Roof's federal hate-crimes trial, in which he could be given the death penalty, begins Tuesday, and the 22-year-old who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, in 2015 told a judge Wednesday at a pretrial hearing that he still intends to serve as his... More »

Dylann Roof Doesn't Want a Jury Trial

He's asked to have a judge decide his fate

(Newser) - Dylann Roof appears to believe that a federal judge will be more inclined to spare his life than 12 members of the public. The 22-year-old, who could face the death penalty if found guilty of massacring nine people in a historic black church in South Carolina a year ago, filed... More »

Bill Cosby's Wife: Don't Make Me Testify

Camille Cosby wants to postpone her deposition

(Newser) - Lawyers for Bill Cosby's wife have filed an emergency motion to postpone her deposition while she appeals a magistrate judge's order, the AP reports. The motion filed late Saturday says the 71-year-old Camille Cosby's deposition scheduled for Monday should be delayed because she "has had no... More »

Baltimore on Edge as First Trial in Freddie Gray Case Begins

Every prospective juror for officer William Porter's trial knows about the case

(Newser) - Jury selection started Monday in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore cops charged in the death of Freddie Gray , and potential jurors had one thing in common: They had all heard of the 25-year-old Gray, the $6.4 million settlement paid by the city to his family,... More »

Serial's Adnan Syed Gets New Hearing

'What once appeared highly improbable is starting to look more and more probable'

(Newser) - Adnan Syed—the convicted murderer profiled in the massively popular podcast Serial —will get another day in court after a Baltimore judge granted a request for a hearing Friday, the Baltimore Sun reports. According to NBC News , a jury will hear testimony from a former high-school classmate who says... More »

Ex-Auschwitz Guard Will Stand Trial If Doctor Gives OK

'Reinhold H.' faces 170K counts of accessory to murder

(Newser) - A German court is waiting for a doctor's take to see if it can haul a 93-year-old man into court to stand trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder. Officially referred to as "Reinhold H." (though the British press has IDed him as Reinhold Hanning),... More »

Tsarnaev's Fate in Jury's Hands

Attorneys spar in closing arguments of Boston Bomber's trial

(Newser) - Now Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's fate is up to the jury: either life in prison or the death sentence. Attorneys made their closing arguments today in the sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's trial, with prosecutors focusing on the carnage he helped inflict and defense attorneys on his reported remorse, the Boston ... More »

Nun in Tsarnaev Trial: 'His Voice Had Pain in It'

Sister Helen Prejean testifies in Boston Marathon Bomber trial

(Newser) - A Roman Catholic nun grabbed the spotlight today in the sentencing phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's high-profile trial, the Boston Globe reports. "He said emphatically, 'No one deserves to suffer like they did,'" said Sister Helen Prejean about a visit with Tsarnaev. She... More »

Defense Lawyer: Boston Bomber Was a 'Good Kid'

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev led astray by volatile older brother Tamerlan: attorney

(Newser) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers pleaded with a jury today to spare his life, portraying him as "a good kid" led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. During the defense's opening statement of the penalty stage of Tsarnaev's trial, attorney... More »

Tsarnaev Guilty on All Counts, Faces Death Penalty

Next phase of trial begins next week

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty on all 30 counts he faced for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing , including 17 that make him eligible for the death penalty, the AP reports. A US District Court jury in Boston returned the verdict after about 11 hours of... More »

Attorney: Boston Bombing Was Not 'Twist of Fate'

Prosecutor makes closing argument in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial

(Newser) - As he planted a backpack containing a bomb just feet from a group of children, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a cold-hearted decision aimed at spreading terror and punishing America for its wars in Muslim countries, a federal prosecutor told jurors today during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's death penalty trial. "... More »

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