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Prosecutor Pleads Guilty as Jury Deliberates

Georgia DA Mark Jones accepts plea deal

(Newser) - As a jury was deliberating over his fate, a Georgia district attorney on Monday pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from improper acts while in office and agreed to resign. Mark Jones had already been suspended as Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit district attorney after the state attorney general’s office obtained...

No Charges in Death of Andrew Brown in North Carolina

Prosecutor calls deputies' actions justified

(Newser) - "No officers will be criminally charged," a North Carolina district attorney announced Tuesday in the case of Andrew Brown Jr., who was shot to death by sheriff's deputies who had gone to his home to arrest him. "The officers' actions were consistent with their training and...

Cyrus Vance, DA Investigating Trump, Has Big Personal News

Manhattan district attorney won't seek reelection, will retire on Dec. 31

(Newser) - Cyrus Vance Jr.—the Manhattan district attorney who prosecuted Harvey Weinstein and is now leading a criminal investigation of Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on potential bank, insurance, and tax fraud—has just set in motion the hourglass on his remaining time in office. In an interview published...

DA's Husband Charged With Pulling Gun on BLM Protesters

'I will shoot you,' said husband of LA County DA

(Newser) - The husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been charged with pointing a gun at Black Lives Matter members who demonstrated outside the couple’s home the day before she faced a primary election in March. The state attorney general filed three misdemeanor charges Monday in Los...

What Happened to Ahmaud Arbery, per His Autopsy

13 shotgun pellets exited his back, 11 remained embedded in his chest, medical examiner finds

(Newser) - Ahmaud Arbery died of "multiple shotgun wounds sustained during a struggle for the shotgun," according to an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The April 1 autopsy report concluded the 25-year-old was shot three times on Feb. 23, including twice in the chest. Eleven shotgun pellets were...

Prosecutor's Husband Waves a Gun at Protesters

Black Lives Matter activists had gathered outside district attorney's LA home

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County district attorney has apologized—and said her husband is sorry, too—after protesters outside her home were threatened with a gun. Jackie Lacey's husband, David, stood in the doorway early Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports, and told the protesters: "I will shoot you....

Appeals Court Rejects Trump Assertion of Immunity

But president's attorneys plan to appeal to Supreme Court in fight over tax returns

(Newser) - President Trump ran into another legal setback Monday in efforts to keep his tax returns out of the hands of criminal investigators in New York. A federal appeals court declared that Trump's accountant must turn over the returns to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr....

DA Who Inspired a Law & Order Character Dies
DA Who Inspired
Law & Order 
Character Dies

DA Who Inspired a Law & Order Character Dies

Longtime Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau dies at age 99

(Newser) - He drew a guilty plea from "Preppy Killer" Robert Chambers, helped put John Lennon's killer behind bars, and even inspired Law & Order character Adam Schiff. Now, Robert Morgenthau, the Manhattan district attorney feared by white-collar criminals in New York City for 35 years, has died at the...

Inmate Charged in DA Murder Plot: He'll Get 'F---ing Pizza'

Alleged gang member Billie Allen wanted to take out Colorado DA, authorities say

(Newser) - An overheard conversation between inmates in a Colorado jail sounded on the surface like a casual chat about a pizza delivery. But upon closer listen, a deputy realized something more chilling was afoot, and now an alleged gang member has been charged with plotting to murder the Weld County district...

Salt Lake City DA Wants FBI on Arrested Nurse Case

Alex Wubbels' civil rights may have been violated under 'color of law,' he says

(Newser) - The FBI has apparently gotten involved in the case of a Utah nurse arrested for not allowing a police officer to draw blood from a patient. Per KSL , Salt Lake City DA Sim Gill has reported he submitted a formal request to the agency to see if Alex Wubbels' civil...

A New Explanation for Our Huge Prison Population

It's not just the war on drugs, says law professor John Pfaff

(Newser) - The US prison population hit a record 1.62 million in 2009, and there's a widely accepted explanation for that: the war on drugs. But law professor John Pfaff is proposing a very different explanation, and he explains it in an interview with Leon Neyfakh at Slate . Only 17%...

Prosecutor Shot Dead in Northernmost US City

Suspect held in Alaska killing

(Newser) - America's northernmost city has been stunned by the shooting death of an assistant district attorney. In what could be Alaska's first targeted killing of a state prosecutor in memory, Brian Sullivan, 48, was shot dead at a home in Barrow Monday night, and suspect Ronald Fischer, 47, is...

Texas Charges Woman With DA Murders
Texas Charges Woman With
DA Murders

Texas Charges Woman With DA Murders

Husband, disgraced justice of peace, also likely to be charged

(Newser) - Someone has been charged for the murder of a Texas DA and his family —and it's not an entirely expected suspect. Kim Williams, 46, was arrested and booked on capital murder charges this morning, and is being held on a $10 million bond, the Dallas Morning News reports....

Texas Eyes Disgraced Official in DA Killings

Plus: Mike McLelland was shot at 20 times

(Newser) - Investigators are zeroing in on a former official as they investigate the deaths of two Texas prosecutors. The fired local official had threatened victims Mike McLelland and Mark Hasse, insiders tell the Los Angeles Times . The unnamed person of interest was convicted two years ago of stealing public property and...

Dead Texas DAs 2 of Just 14 Such Deaths Since 1912

AP reviews prosecutor killings in last century

(Newser) - As if the murders of two Texas prosecutors in the last two months isn't jarring enough, the AP's review of such killings puts the deaths in a new light: Since 1912, just 14 prosecutors have been killed. That's according to stats kept by the National District Attorneys...

Slain Texas DA Carried Gun, Even When Dog-Walking

Mike McLelland had linked recent murder to white supremacists

(Newser) - The north Texas district attorney found murdered with his wife yesterday had been carrying a gun to guard against possible assassins, the AP reports. Wary after one of his assistant prosecutors was killed, Mike McLelland kept the weapon on him at all times, even when walking his dog (he figured...

Texas DA Killed in Office's 2nd Murder in 2 Months

Mike McLelland and wife found gunned down in their home

(Newser) - A Texas district attorney and his wife have been gunned down in a flurry of bullets inside their own home, becoming the second member of his office killed in two months, reports the Dallas Morning News . Sources said the door of Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland was kicked in, in...

Aurora DA: Plea Deal 'Extremely Unlikely'

Prosecutors slam what they call a publicity stunt

(Newser) - Prosecutors have all but nixed James Holmes' reported offer of a guilty plea to dodge the death penalty. They're "extremely unlikely" to accept the proposal without "specific access to information" on Holmes that, so far, his team has refused to provide, they say, per the Denver Post...

NY Prosecutor Admits Lying About His Porn Star Past

Mark Suben appeared in adult films in '70s

(Newser) - A district attorney in upstate New York has admitted that he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s, then lied about it during his second campaign. Mark Suben, the DA in Cortland County near Syracuse since 2008, held a news conference yesterday to fess up. "Recently materials have been...

DA Under Fire in Flailing Case of Strauss-Kahn

DA office plagued by poor morale, infighting, say critics

(Newser) - The meltdown of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case is shining a spotlight on Cyrus Vance Jr, the Manhattan district attorney, and the results aren't pretty. In the 18 months Vance has been DA, the Manhattan office has gone from being the pre-eminent DA's office in the country to being...

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