Idaho Catholic priest sentenced to 25 years for child porn

U.S. 12/20/18, 19:08

A Roman Catholic priest who possessed more than 2,500 images of what investigators called the most disturbing child pornography they had ever seen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher pleaded guilty to five felonies including possessing and distributing child pornography and a ...

Q&A: What’s in the criminal justice bill – and what isn’t

U.S. 12/19/18, 18:51

Questions and answers about the criminal justice bill that appears to be heading for approval by Congress and being signed into law by President Donald Trump: WHAT'S IN THE BILL? The bill enhances employment and training opportunities so that federal prisoners are better prepared to return to society. It gives judges more ...

Black leaders forged alliance with Trump on sentencing deal

Politics 12/19/18, 17:25

A rare bipartisan deal in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing laws passed after a few black ministers, leaders and lawmakers forged an alliance with President Donald Trump, who some have condemned as racist for the last two years. The reforms could offer a path to freedom for hundreds of black and ...

Judge’s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

Politics 12/19/18, 06:41

A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn's behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Donald Trump's first national security adviser and telling him in a stinging rebuke, "Arguably you sold your country out." Lawyers for Flynn requested the delay Tuesday after a tongue-lashing from ...

Flynn’s sentencing postponed: 4 takeaways

Politics 12/19/18, 00:09

The unexpected delay in Michael Flynn's sentencing raised a new wrinkle in the Russia probe. The former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador, had expected to face no jail time after prosecutors vouched for him, saying he had provided substantial assistance ...

Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed to allow for cooperation

Politics 12/18/18, 13:21

A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing hearing Tuesday for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, after a stunning hearing in which the judge accused Flynn of selling out his country. The delay allows Flynn to continue cooperating with the special counsel's Russia probe and get credit for ...

Critics of criminal justice bill make final push for changes

Politics 12/18/18, 12:08

Critics of a criminal justice bill in the Senate are making a final push to amend the legislation in a way that could kill its prospects. The Senate voted 82-12 Monday evening to advance the bill, which gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. Now ...

Update: Flynn arrives at courthouse for sentencing

Politics 12/18/18, 10:34

The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington ahead of his sentencing hearing. Flynn is to be sentenced at 11 a.m. on Tuesday for lying to the FBI ...

Sentencing bill splits conservatives but expected to pass

Politics 12/17/18, 15:13

Legislation to ease federal sentencing laws is pitting conservatives against each other as President Donald Trump looks to score a major legislative win before the end of the year. The Senate is expected to advance the bill Monday. Final passage would come later in the week, but not until the chamber ...

Ex-Chicago officer’s sentencing date set in McDonald murder

U.S. 12/14/18, 15:55

A judge has set a Jan. 18 sentencing date for a white former Chicago police officer convicted of murder in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, appears for a post conviction hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Dec 14, ...

Woman gets life in California wrong-way, fatal crash

California 12/11/18, 16:08

A Northern California woman who killed a man after she drove head-on into freeway traffic in an apparent suicide attempt has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.The Record Searchlight reports 29-year-old Grace Elizabeth Ward was sentenced during a highly emotional hearing in which she sobbed uncontrollably at ...

Update: Jury asks about consecutive sentences for Fields

U.S. 12/11/18, 11:22

The Latest on jury deliberations on a sentencing recommendation for a man convicted of murder and other charges for driving his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally (all times local):11:20 a.m.Jurors in the trial of a man convicted of murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a ...

Ex-head of New York’s Polytechnic Institute faces sentencing

U.S. 12/11/18, 01:35

The ex-president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program.Alain Kaloyeros, born in Beirut Lebanon in 1956, was the school's president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech ...

Jury to resume deliberations on white nationalist’s sentence

U.S. 12/11/18, 00:39

A Virginia jury is set to resume deliberations on a sentencing recommendation for a man convicted of killing a woman and injuring dozens when he drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally.Jurors spent just under two hours Monday considering a sentence for James Alex Fields Jr. They ...

Jury deciding sentence for man who rammed rally protesters

U.S. 12/10/18, 16:09

Several people who were severely injured when a man drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last year described devastating physical and psychological effects to a jury tasked with making a sentencing recommendation Monday. The man's lawyers argued he acted in self-defense and out of fear, and a ...

Jury to recommend sentence for white nationalist

U.S. 12/10/18, 04:01

The same jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally will now decide his punishment.The jury in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr. will reconvene Monday to hear additional evidence and come up with a sentencing recommendation ...

McConnell blocks sentencing bill, upsetting Grassley, GOP

Politics 12/07/18, 15:17

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.Grassley has spent years working to build a coalition around the bill and is pushing ...

Top lieutenant to ‘El Chapo’ sentenced to life in prison

U.S. 11/30/18, 17:46

A top lieutenant to drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced in a Virginia courtroom Friday to life in prison. Damaso Lopez, a leader in Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, pleaded guilty in September in an Alexandria federal court to drug trafficking charges after being extradited from Mexico earlier this year. The ...

Pence, Kushner head to Capitol for criminal justice push

Politics 11/27/18, 13:01

Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are visiting Capitol Hill as lawmakers from both major political parties push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws.A rare bipartisan coalition is pushing for the criminal ...

Ex-attorney general Kane loses appeal, may soon head to jail

U.S. 11/26/18, 19:05

Pennsylvania's former top state prosecutor is likely to soon find herself behind bars, more than two years after being convicted and sentenced for leaking grand jury information and lying about it.The state Supreme Court announced Monday it will not review former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's conviction, and the Montgomery ...

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