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Michael Jackson's Family Can't Revive $1.5 Billion AEG Case

A jury ruled in 2013 that concert promoter AEG Live isn't responsible for the King of Pop's death. read more

Feds: Man gave varying accounts in wives' deaths

9 hours agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Federal prosecutors say jury hearing murder case against Colo. man Harold Henthorne should also know about the "bizarre" death of his first wife, not just wife number two

New Mexico prosecutor refuses to indict cops after grand jury calls shooting ‘unjustified’

11 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

A New Mexico special prosecutor, brought in to handle a case where two police officers were accused of shooting at a stolen SUV as it was being driven away, has declined to indict the officers despite a grand jury calling the shooting unjustified, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican. Roswell District...

Final charge dropped for Detroit cop in fatal raid

11 hours agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Two juries failed to reach a verdict in case of officer who fatally shot 7-year-old girl during 2010 raid

UNIVERSITIES REALLY NEED TO GET OUT OF THE SEXUAL-ASSAULT BUSINESS: All charges dismissed against 5…

UNIVERSITIES REALLY NEED TO GET OUT OF THE SEXUAL-ASSAULT BUSINESS: All charges dismissed against 5 William Paterson students in sex assault case. Ron Ricci, an attorney for Latimer, said the case was presented to a grand jury on Monday, and the panel declined to indict after a one-day presentation. “The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office conducted […]

Slamdance Awards: ‘Sweet Mickey For President’ & ‘Think Ink’ Among Winners

The 31st Sundance Film Festival won't be handing out its Awards until January 31 but tonight the 21st Slamdance Film Festival gave out its trophies in the Audience, Jury, and Sponsored Categories. With a film by a former member of The Fugees among the winners, the ceremony was at the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street in Park City. Show More Summary

Grand-jury leaks shouldn't get shield law protection, says grand jury

In a story that reminds me of The Onion’s “Area Man” series, a group of ?randomly selected Pennsylvania citizens, with no collective policymaking expertise, has recommended that the state legislature change its shield law to narrow the protections for journalists. Show More Summary

Tiny Doo, Billie Holiday, and the Longstanding Crime of Black Music

San Diego authorities will be asking a jury to give Brandon Duncan 25-to life for the crime of recording a rap album. And if you think that's strange, think again.

EEOC Wins 'Mark of the Beast' Religious Discrimination Suit

Here's what's not interesting about this case brought by the EEOC: An employee was forced to retire because of his religious beliefs. A West Virginia jury found in favor of the employee, Beverly R. Butcher Jr., and awarded him $150,000. Here's what is interesting about this case: Butcher's employer, Consol......

Morning Roundup: Tunnel Vision Edition

In the news: A history of women in D.C. politics, new attorney general will report for jury duty, and more. [ more › ]

Judge Narrows JM Eagle Verdict To Five Plaintiffs, Dealing Blow To Whistleblower Case

A federal judge has slashed the effect of a jury verdict in a whistleblower case against PVC maker JM Eagle, while questioning what went on at trial.

“The pumpkin weighed 8.4 ounces and was ‘squishy.'”

A Florida appeals court has reinstated a jury’s verdict of no liability in the case of a woman who while shopping at Wal-Mart was struck in the back with an 8.4 ounce (that’s ounce, not pound) ornamental pumpkin. According to the court’s footnote 1, the projectile in question was “squishy.” The trial lasted three weeks. Show More Summary

Sundance 2015: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

One of the hottest tickets at this year’s Sundance film festival was for a U.S. Dramatic Competition film that entered the event as an under-the-radar offering and ended as the presumptive favorite to win the Grand Jury Prize (and, even...Show More Summary

Wednesday Afternoon Open Thread

Funk legend Sly Stone, who was living in a van a few years back, was awarded $5 million in damages after an LA jury found that business managers had ripped him off. I hope he can collect from the vultures. Open thread! This space reserved for your ad.

Why Rolling Stone Writer Chose UVA, Not Vanderbilt, for Gang Rape Exposé

2 days agoNews : Reason

A jury convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players—Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey—of gang raping a female student during a night of heavy drinking and drug use. Authorities had plenty of graphic evidence to make their case, including photos, videos, and damning testimony. Show More Summary

Public Advocate Letitia James: Grand jury system is 'flawed'

There is a new defendant in the explosive Eric Garner case — the grand jury system.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Rape culture; sexual assault] The two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a female classmate were found guilty on all counts yesterday, after the jury deliberated for fewer than four hours. Show More Summary

Sly Stone awarded $5 million in back royalties, damages

Seminal soul and funk composer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in royalties and damages by a Los Angeles County court. In a unanimous jury decision, the court found that Stone, born Sylvester Stewart, was denied royalties by his former manager Jerry Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and...

Jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

LOS ANGELES — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and Even St. Show More Summary

People Ain’t Isht: Vanderbilt Footballer Rolls His Eyes At Jury As He Is Convicted Of Raping College Co-Ed

Vanderbilt Football Players Convicted Of Rape bangs gavel Via DailyMail A jury in Nashville, Tennessee found Brandon Vandenburg, 21, and Cory Batey, who turned 21 on Tuesday, guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. The decision took just three

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