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24 Years Later, Science Overturns Arson Conviction

Han Tak Lee imprisoned for allegedly murdering daughter

(Newser) - In 1990, Han Tak Lee was convicted of murdering his daughter. Now, almost a quarter-century later, a judge says the 79-year-old's conviction rested on a scientific inaccuracy—and the former New York businessman is finally out of prison, the AP reports. According to a review of his case finished... More »

Whitey Bulger's FBI Pal Has Murder Verdict Tossed

Justices say that because he didn't pull the trigger, John Connolly couldn't be tried

(Newser) - Whitey Bulger's longtime FBI handler might be on the verge of freedom, after an appeals court threw out his murder conviction yesterday. In a 2-1 decision, the Miami judges ruled that because John Connolly Jr. hadn't actually pulled the trigger, he should never have been tried for the... More »

DNA Leads to Conviction in 22-Year-Old Rape-Murder

San Francisco man raped, killed woman in burglary case: jury

(Newser) - A San Francisco man who went to prison decades ago as a burglar has now been convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1991. Otis Hughes, 61, was imprisoned for burglary after the death of Karen Wong, whose apartment appeared to have been ransacked, police said. After he was... More »

India Convicts 3 in Gang Rape of American

Verdict comes on heels of Delhi bus anniversary

(Newser) - India today convicted three Nepalese men in the gang rape of an American tourist in a small Himalayan town, reports the Wall Street Journal , with each of the men drawing a 20-year prison term. The woman, then 30, now 31, was assaulted after accepting a ride back to her guesthouse... More »

Man Convicted in Slaying of Redskins Star

Eric Rivera Jr. was 17 at time of burglary gone wrong

(Newser) - A South Florida jury has convicted a 23-year-old man of second-degree murder in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched home burglary. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating about 16 hours over several days in the case of Eric Rivera Jr. They also found... More »

Teen Says Shooting Plot Was 'Joke', Is Found Guilty

Sammie Chavez didn't convince the jury

(Newser) - A teenager who authorities say tried to recruit classmates for a mass shooting and bomb attack at his school in Bartlesville, Okla., has been convicted in a plot to kill students, teachers, and police officers. A jury found 19-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez guilty of planning to cause bodily harm and... More »

5 Costa Concordia Workers Guilty in Wreck: Court

But they may not face jail

(Newser) - Five Costa employees have been found guilty of manslaughter, negligence, and shipwreck in last year's Concordia disaster. Four crew members and the crisis-response director have been sentenced to prison terms between 18 months and two years and 10 months, the BBC reports, but they're unlikely actually to serve... More »

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Found Guilty

Kwame Kilpatrick headed back to prison after racketeering conviction

(Newser) - Kwame Kilpatrick is headed back to prison after a jury today convicted the former Detroit mayor and rising Democrat star on a host of corruption-related charges, including racketeering conspiracy, extortion, mail fraud, and tax charges. Kilpatrick shook his head as the verdicts were read out, the Detroit Free Press reports.... More »

Ukraine Convicts Ex-Cop Chief in Journo's Beheading

Olexiy Pukach says he was ordered to kill Georgy Gongadze

(Newser) - A former police chief has been convicted in the 2000 murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, the BBC reports. Olexiy Pukach has been sentenced to life in prison in the high-profile case; the court says he killed Gongadze and cut off his head afterward. Pukach has confessed to the killing, saying... More »

Judge Tosses 'Bewildering' Murder Conviction

Frees defendant after 23 years in prison

(Newser) - A federal judge yesterday overturned the decades-old murder conviction of a Brooklyn man, lambasting the trial judge's decisions as "incomprehensible," the jury's conclusion as "bewildering," the man's lawyers as "indolent and ill prepared," and the prosecutors as "overzealous and deceitful.... More »

California Rape Law Only for Married Women: Court

If attacker impersonates boyfriend, it's not rape: ruling

(Newser) - If an attacker has sex with a California woman by pretending to be her husband, that's rape. But if she's not married and he's impersonating her boyfriend, it's a different story, according to a state appeals court. Judges unanimously overturned the conviction of Julio Morales, who... More »

Melrose Place Actress Guilty of Vehicular Homicide

Locane-Bovenizer cleared of more serious manslaughter charge

(Newser) - A New Jersey court convicted former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer of vehicular homicide and assault by auto today, charges that could send the 40-year-old to prison for more than a decade, the Star-Ledger reports. But the jury cleared Locane-Bovenizer on the more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter. Locane-Bovenizer killed... More »

Court Throws Out bin Laden Driver's Conviction

Salim Ahmed Hamdan's activities weren't a war crime at the time: US court

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's former driver is off the hook in his conviction for supporting terrorism. A federal appeals court in Washington has overturned Salim Ahmed Hamdan's conviction in a 3-0 ruling, the AP reports. Its reasoning: When Hamdan was involved in the activities that landed the conviction, material... More »

New York Man Convicted in Subway Bomb Plot

Adis Medunjanin faces life in prison

(Newser) - A New York man has been found guilty in a 2009 subway bomb plot . Adis Medunjanin, who was also convicted of training with al-Qaeda and seeking to join the Taliban, could receive life in prison, the New York Daily News reports. The conviction comes after fellow plotters Zarein Ahmedzay and... More »

Ravi Found Guilty in Gay Spycam Case

Rutgers student may be deported to India in Tyler Clementi case

(Newser) - A jury convicted ex-Rutgers student Dharun Ravi of hate crimes and other offenses today for using a webcam to record and distribute video that outed his roommate, Tyler Clementi, as gay. After three days of deliberations, the jury found Ravi guilty of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy for making... More »

Bad News for Man Who Hated Karaoke Singer's Voice

...and then punched the singer

(Newser) - What not to do when you're not a fan of someone's karaoke prowess: After complaining about a 79-year-old man's singing in a hotel bar, a man in upstate New York punched the elderly singer, breaking his nose and facial bones and putting his head through a window.... More »

Ingmar Guandique Guilty of Murdering Chandra Levy

Direct evidence was scant, but prosecution prevails

(Newser) - A jury has found Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique guilty of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy back in May 2001, when her disappearance became a national sensation. Guandique was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for attacking Levy while she exercised in Washington's Rock Creek Park. More »

Warren Jeffs Gets New Trial in Rape Case

Jury in polygamist leader's trial got bad instructions: court

(Newser) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who has been serving 10 years to life for being an accessory to rape , was granted a new trial today, the Deseret News reports. The Utah Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the jury instructions delivered during Jeffs' 2007 trial were faulty. "We regret the... More »

Dem Ex-Con Traficant Mulls Another House Run

Populist former representative wants back in after 7 years for fraud

(Newser) - Jim Traficant is betting his brand of populism has survived the 7 years he’s been away from Ohio politics, and is exploring a run for the House of Representatives that spooks both parties. Traficant says the recent victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts is indicative of popular outrage,... More »

Vegas Shooter Killed His Brother in 1976

Johnny Wicks also implicated in rape, robbery, domestic abuse

(Newser) - The man who killed a court officer, wounded a US marshal, and died himself in a hail of police bullets in Las Vegas on Monday was no stranger to the criminal justice system. The most egregious of Johnny Wicks’ transgressions was a 1976 conviction for the murder of his own... More »

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