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Japan's 'Twitter Killer' on Charges: 'All Correct'

Takahiro Shiraishi, who pleaded guilty, could face death penalty

(Newser) - He allegedly killed and dismembered nine victims, mostly young women, and in court on Wednesday, Takahiro Shiraishi put all doubts about the accusations to rest. "All correct," the 29-year-old defendant known as the "Twitter Killer" said, confirming the murder counts against him during his guilty plea in... More »

Super Bowl Winner Convicted of 'Unconscionable' Crime'

Dana Stubblefield faces 15 years to life for raping disabled babysitter

(Newser) - A former Super Bowl winner and NFL defensive rookie of the year has been found guilty of raping a developmentally disabled woman following a nine-month trial. A jury in Santa Clara County convicted former San Francisco 49ers star Dana Stubblefield of rape by force, oral copulation by force, false imprisonment,... More »

Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Rape, Sent to Jail

But he will likely end up in the infirmary for now

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and could be sent to prison for decades, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement, per the AP . He was convicted on charges stemming from a 2006 sexual assault... More »

2 Died After Trying to Stop His Slurs. Now, a Verdict

Jeremy Christian convicted of murdering 2 men who tried to stop his 2017 tirade on an Ore. train

(Newser) - A man accused of fatally stabbing two people who prosecutors say tried to stop his racist tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Ore., commuter train was convicted of murder Friday after an emotional trial that featured testimony from both women and the sole survivor of the attack... More »

CIA Dosed Whitey Bulger With LSD More Than 50 Times

One of his jurors says she now regrets convicting him for murder

(Newser) - The notorious crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam before being captured. In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors who found Bulger guilty in a... More »

He Got Away With Wife's Murder, Until He Killed Their Son

Karl Karlsen convicted of killing 2nd family member for insurance money

(Newser) - Cindy Karlsen was right to be worried when her husband, following the 2008 death of his son, received $700,000 in insurance money and invested some of it in a $1.2 million life insurance policy for her. She donned a wire and in 2011 recorded Karl Karlsen admitting to... More »

Ex-Sudan Leader Sentenced to 2 Years in Rehab

Omar al-Bashir is convicted of money laundering, corruption

(Newser) - A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a rehabilitation facility. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who's also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of... More »

3 Siblings Were Killed at a Bus Stop. The Verdict Is In

Alyssa Shepherd found guilty of reckless homicide in 2018 crash that killed Indiana children

(Newser) - An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30, 2018,... More »

Verdict Is In on Murder of 'Pakistan's Kim Kardashian'

Model Qandeel Baloch's brother is found guilty in apparent 'honor killing'

(Newser) - He was accused of strangling his own sister to death, a killing that led to calls of revenge from his father and spurred a renewed debate about "honor killings" in Pakistan. Now, a verdict: Reuters reports Muhammad Waseem was found guilty on Friday of murdering 26-year-old fashion model Qandeel... More »

In 11th State to Legalize Pot, a Bonus for 770K

It's not only OK to smoke marijuana recreationally in Illinois—pot convictions will also be expunged

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and over, and the bill makes another big move within its 610 pages. CNN reports that, thanks to HB 1438, about 770,000 state residents with convictions involving pot will be able to have their records... More »

Judges on Reversing Cadet's Rape Conviction: Victim Was Too Quiet

Chief of advocacy group for sexual assault victims calls it 'offensively bad decision' in West Point case

(Newser) - A military appeals court's reversal of a West Point cadet's rape conviction and 21-year prison sentence has outraged sexual assault victim advocates who say the decision is filled with victim-blaming and antiquated notions about rape. But the cadet's attorney says the decision demonstrates the need for checks... More »

Doctor Convicted of 'Ski Rage' Attack on Boy, 12

Dr. Samuel Caruthers' attorney is looking for the verdict to be overturned

(Newser) - On Valentine's Day in 2016, a 12-year-old boy on a snowboard ran into a 10-year-old boy on the bunny slope at New Jersey's Mountain Creek ski resort. The 10-year-old's father didn't take it well—and on Wednesday, he was convicted on a host of charges in... More »

Boston Bomber Appeals: Nix Conviction, Death Sentence

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers say he should never have been tried in Boston

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys don't deny their client was behind the "heinous" 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, along with his late brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But they're now appealing the 25-year-old's conviction and death sentence, arguing that publicity before the trial in Boston was so prevalent and "... More »

Alligators Didn't Get Him. Jury Decides His Wife Did

Denise Williams found guilty on all 3 charges in Mike Williams murder case

(Newser) - Though Denise Williams didn't pull the trigger , a Leon County, Fla., jury found her guilty on Friday of first-degree murder in the 2000 death of her husband, determining she did indeed help mastermind the plot. The 48-year-old was also convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and accessory... More »

Cosby Goes After Judge in Appeals Filing

Lawyers for disgraced comedian outline nearly a dozen issues with his trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's attorneys have been hard at work trying to overturn his sexual assault conviction, and their latest move in the appeals process spells out why they think their client should be freed—as well as temporarily freed while he's waiting on more permanent liberation. Per the AP... More »

He Was Cleared of Girls' Murder in 1987. Now, a Conviction

Witness in Russell Bishop case who flipped in 1987 could face perjury investigation

(Newser) - Nothing can bring back Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, 9-year-old girls murdered in the UK in 1986. "But we know that other children are now safe from the hands of Russell Bishop," family members said Monday as the 52-year-old convicted pedophile was found guilty of sexually assaulting and... More »

Seattle Court Tosses Old Marijuana Convictions

Misdemeanor possession convictions from before Wash. legalized pot to be vacated

(Newser) - It started with a motion filed in April by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to scrub the "red mark" that appears on many people's records for misdemeanor pot possession. Now, a seven-judge panel has ruled in favor of Holmes' motion, signing an order earlier this month that effectively... More »

Male Model Guilty of Murdering Rival

It started with an online feud, London police say

(Newser) - A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute. A jury found George Koh guilty on Monday of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart outside Uzoka's London home, the AP reports. The 25-year-old victim was signed to London's Premier... More »

45 Years Later, Jury Finds Car Accident Was Murder

Donnie Rudd faces a minimum of 14 years for 1973 slaying

(Newser) - A weeklong trial and three hours of jury deliberations have ended a family's "45-year nightmare." Donnie Rudd, a 76-year-old former lawyer, was found guilty Monday of killing his teenage bride , Noreen Kumeta, a month after their 1973 wedding in Illinois' Cook County. Prosecutors argued Rudd staged the... More »

Camille Cosby: Undo Bill's Conviction for America

Comedian's wife fires off lengthy statement attacking legal system, 'unconstitutional frenzy'

(Newser) - In the wake of his conviction for sexual assault, we've heard from Bill Cosby and the women who've accused him . Now Camille Cosby, who's been married to the disgraced comedian for almost 55 years, is taking her turn at the podium, via a statement released Thursday that... More »

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