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Sep 13, 2023

Paxton impeachment trial verdict could come this week

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A verdict in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment trial could happen as soon as this week. Testimony resumed Tuesday in the trial that could permanently remove the Republican from office over allegations of corruption and bribery. One of the 20 articles of impeachment centers on an extramarital affair Paxton had with a woman who worked for one of campaign contribu[...]

Jul 19, 2023

Judge nixes Trump’s bid to move hush-money criminal case

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Donald Trump's bid to move his hush-money criminal case from New York state court to federal court. He ruled that the former president had failed to meet a high legal bar for changing jurisdiction. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein's decision Wednesday sets the stage for Trump to stand trial in state court in Manhattan as early as next spring, [...]

Jul 19, 2023

Judge signals December may be too soon for Trump documents case

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A federal judge has signaled that December may be too soon to begin Donald Trump's criminal trial concerning the mishandling of classified documents. But Judge Aileen Cannon did not say whether she would agree to Trump's request to put the trial off until after the 2024 election. She says she will issue a written order "promptly" after a nearly two-hour hearing Tuesday in fed[...]

Mar 20, 2023

The law lesson of Susanna and the Elders

by Paul Mark Sandler BridgeTower Media Newswires BALTIMORE, MD — What is the oldest historical example of cross-examination in trial? Believe it or not, it is in the Bible! Trial advocates today, as in prior generations, stand on the crest of a wave. The wave is not water, but history. Awareness of the talent and […]

Sep 25, 2019

To succeed at trial, ‘follow the paint’

  My father is a minor celebrity. He’s a successful artist. He has a television show on PBS. He’s won an Emmy. He’s taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When asked to talk about painting a picture, he has a singular message: Follow the paint. What does this mean? It means that, of course, […]

Dec 13, 2018

5-year delay didn’t violate speedy trial rights

  A Rowan County man convicted of molesting a young child did not do enough to assert his right to a speedy trial during the 63-month period between his arrest and trial, and as a result, his constitutional right to a speedy trial was not violated, a divided North Carolina Court of Appeals panel has […]

Feb 22, 2016

10 rules to improve your chance of winning at trial

It can be easy for lawyers both old and new (but particularly new) to get so wrapped up in all the complex discussions about the psychology of trial that they overlook the fundamentals of winning. So for plaintiffs’ lawyers just starting a practice, or veterans who may have drifted off track, let’s look at some […]

Sep 24, 2015

7 family members sentenced in sex abuse case; 1 to be tried

HERTFORD (AP) — Authorities say one of six brothers accused of sexually abusing a young girl over 10 years has refused a plea bargain and is scheduled for trial next year. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported ( ) that five brothers and the girls’ parents have been sentenced. The parents pleaded guilty to felony sex abuse […]

Sep 8, 2015

Prosecutor refuses imprisoned killer’s fast trial request

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A convicted killer says he only has four months to live and wants to be tried in a Gaston County murder case before he dies. But a prosecutor told The Gaston Gazette that 58-year-old Jerry Case is already serving a 30-year sentence in an unrelated kidnapping case and he sees no […]

Oct 17, 2014

Prosecutor wants 10 years in prison for Pistorius

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial urged the judge on Friday to send the Olympic athlete to prison for at least 10 years, calling it the minimum acceptable term and noting the horrific nature of the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce […]

Sep 30, 2014

Jury selection begins in trial for murder-for-hire killing

Jury selection is beginning in Alamance County for a man charged in a 2007 murder-for-hire killing.

May 16, 2014

Judge asked to keep murder charge in Wilmington

WILMINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors in Wilmington are asking a judge to allow them to move forward on a murder charge against a 51-year-old man, even though the body of the victim hasn’t been found. A preliminary hearing for James Bradley began Thursday and is expected to continue Friday. He is charged with murder in the […]

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