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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....

Dottie Sandusky Defends Her Husband
Dottie Sandusky Defends
Her Husband

Dottie Sandusky Defends Her Husband

She says Jerry didn't molest boys who slept over

(Newser) - It was a busy day in court for Jerry Sandusky's defense team:
  • Wife defends him: Sandusky's wife, Dottie, said her husband never had inappropriate contact with boys who slept over, reports AP . She also denied that the basement had a soundproof room, and she specifically refuted one man'

Prosecutors Release Zimmerman Witness List

Audio experts, Trayvon Martin's family on the list

(Newser) - Prosecutors gave the public a small, censored look at their case against George Zimmerman yesterday, delivering an eight-page list of witnesses it intends to call to the stand and evidence it intends to use. It also sent evidence to Zimmerman's defense team, though the team would say only that...

Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin Pummeled Me
Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin Pummeled Me

Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin Pummeled Me

Police say witnesses have corroborated much of his account

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin punched George Zimmerman, climbed on top of him, and banged his head into the sidewalk several times before a bloodied Zimmerman shot and killed him. Or at least, that's what Zimmerman told police in the wake of the shooting, and authorities tell the Orlando Sentinel that witnesses...

Prince Harry: Witness for the Prosecution?

Royal family member may testify in robbery case

(Newser) - Prince Harry may testify in a case involving a friend whose cell phone was allegedly stolen late last month, ABC News reports. Harry was on the phone with buddy Thomas van Straubenzee on Nov. 30 when Harry overheard his friend's cell being robbed. Harry drove to south-west London looking...

Sandusky Witness Changed His Story: Insider

Mike McQueary's account at core of Penn State case

(Newser) - The witness whose account of the now-infamous shower encounter sits at the center of the Penn State child abuse case has changed his story over the years, according to the Patriot-News . Much of the case against Jerry Sandusky hinges on former assistant coach Mike McQueary's report that he saw...

Sandusky May Have Tampered With Witness: Lawyer

Coach dined with at least 1 alleged victim

(Newser) - One lawyer in the Penn State abuse scandal is crying foul after Jerry Sandusky reached out to his alleged victims while under a grand jury investigation, MSNBC reports. "One of the questions that raised in my mind, ‘Was this an effort on his part to tamper with witnesses?’...

Witness: Anthony Called Herself 'Good Liar'

Also: Ex scored $4K selling photos of Casey to mag

(Newser) - Casey Anthony told an acquaintance she was a great liar when they spent time together in July 2008, the woman told the court today in Anthony’s murder trial . After talking to someone on the phone, Anthony tossed it aside and said, “Oh my God, I am such a...

Huntsville Survivor Describes 'Methodical' Shooting

Joseph Ng says Amy Bishop shot each victim in head until gun jammed

(Newser) - A survivor of the University of Alabama-Huntsville shooting said the professor charged in the attack methodically shot the victims in the head until her gun apparently jammed and she was pushed out of the room. Associate professor Joseph Ng described the scene, saying that a half an hour into a...

Lone AP Reporter Logs 300 Executions

Writer has seen more deaths than...anyone, perhaps

(Newser) - The fever pitch of executions in Texas since the 1980s has made the taking of a life at Huntsville’s prison almost de rigueur. Newsrooms that used to send a reporter every time an inmate was put to death now rely on the AP—and one AP writer in particular:...

Knox Lied About Sex Murder Under Stress: Witness

Forty-hour interrogation disoriented suspect, neurologist testifies

(Newser) - Amanda Knox was telling the truth when she said she was lying, a neurologist testified today. Professor Carlo Caltagirone, the final witness in Knox's 8-month trial, backed up the suspect's claim that she had confessed to overhearing Meredith Kercher's murder because of stress, the Daily Mail reports. "Situations of...

Jaycee Likely to Testify Against Garridos

Lawyer says she's doing 'remarkably well' with family reunion

(Newser) - Jaycee Lee Dugard will likely testify against the couple who held her captive for 18 years, says her family’s lawyer. “Jaycee will, in all likelihood, be a witness for the prosecution,” he told CBS’ Early Show. “She’s aware of that and understands that. That day...

Madoff Lieutenant Expected to Blow Lid Off Scam

(Newser) - Investigators see yesterday's guilty plea of Bernard Madoff's right-hand man as a major breakthrough in their efforts to untangle the elaborate Ponzi scheme, BusinessWeek reports. Frank DiPascali, chief financial officer at Madoff's firm, has promised to cooperate with prosecutors and is expected to name other people involved in the scam...

US Used Mentally Ill Witness at Gitmo

Detainee with antisocial personality disorder testified against others

(Newser) - Justice Department lawyers withheld records detailing the mental illness of a witness used against numerous fellow Guantanamo detainees, McClatchy Newspapers report. "How can this court have any confidence whatsoever in the United States government to comply with its obligations and to be truthful?" asked a federal judge, who ruled...

Kercher Neighbors Heard Screams, Court Told

(Newser) - Witnesses in the Amanda Knox trial testified today that they heard screams and the sound of multiple people fleeing the scene the night of Meredith Kercher’s murder, ABC News reports. An elderly woman who lives near the crime scene said she heard a scream that “made my skin...

Shopkeeper Testimony Cuts Hole in Knox Alibi

(Newser) - An Italian shopkeeper has contradicted Amanda Knox's claim that she slept in the day after her roommate was murdered, ABC News reports. Marco Quintavalle testified in Italy yesterday that Knox, 21, dropped by his store early on the morning of Nov. 2, 2007—when Knox says she was at the...

Peterson's Stepbrother: I Helped Dump Stacy's Body

Lack of progress spurs witness to go public

(Newser) - When Thomas Morphey helped stepbrother Drew Peterson load a blue barrel into his car, there was no doubt in his mind what was inside: Stacy Peterson’s body. A distraught Morphey tried to kill himself, then turned state’s evidence. But 17 months later, he’s never appeared in court,...

DOJ Pulls Prosecutors Off Stevens Case

Judge finds lawyers in contempt for withholding documents

(Newser) - The Justice Department has yanked the team that prosecuted Ted Stevens off any future action in the case, Politico reports, after the judge found four of the lawyers—including chief prosecutor Brenda Morris—in contempt. Morris and company raised the judge’s ire by withholding documents related to FBI agent...

Knox, Kercher Feuded Over Boys, Chores: Housemate

Accused killer showered in bloody bathroom, she said

(Newser) - British student Meredith Kercher and her accused killer Amanda Knox got along well when they first moved into their shared house in Italy, but tensions grew over boys and housework, another housemate testified. She said Knox frequently brought men home, while Kercher never did, and Knox sometimes “missed her...

Agent, Witness in Stevens Case Had a Fling, Defense Says

Ted's team wants new trial over secret-sharing

(Newser) - Lawyers for former Sen. Ted Stevens say the head FBI agent in his corruption case got a little too cozy with a key witness against Stevens, Politico reports. The defense lawyers cite an FBI whistleblower's memo that “strongly suggests that the inappropriate relationship” between the agent and an oilman...

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