News groups fight to keep Harvey Weinstein’s hearing open

Entertainment 04/22/19, 07:56

Both sides in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case want the media and the public barred from the disgraced movie mogul's next court appearance.News organizations including Thee Associated Press are fighting to keep the hearing open plan to file a petition Monday with the court.Prosecutors say a Friday hearing should be ...

Both sides want Weinstein hearing closed to media, public

Entertainment 04/17/19, 13:27

Both sides in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case want the media and the public barred from the disgraced movie mogul's next court appearance. Prosecutors argue the April 26 hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein's right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose allegations against him aren't ...

Michigan State exhibit shares Nassar abuse victims’ stories

Sports 04/15/19, 18:48

The Michigan State University Museum is staging an exhibit created in collaboration with the sexual assault victims of now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar. "Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak" opens Tuesday. The exhibit incorporates and is inspired by teal ribbons that were tied to trees around campus as a reminder ...

Man gets life for killing teen who accused him of rape

U.S. 04/15/19, 16:45

A judge has sentenced a western Michigan man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl who accused him of rape.Forty-three-year-old Quinn James of Wyoming, Michigan, learned his sentence Monday after a Grand Rapids jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Mujey Dumbuya. Her ...

Swedish prosecutors could pursue Assange for sex-crimes case

Europe 04/12/19, 13:21

When Julian Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012, he was fleeing from sexual assault accusations against him in Sweden. Swedish authorities could still go after the WikiLeaks founder, who was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew its protection and allowed British police to drag him out ...

Woman who alleged rape by ex-MSU players speaks publicly

Sports 04/11/19, 14:21

A Michigan State University student who sued the school after alleging three former men's basketball players gang-raped her in 2015 said at a news conference Thursday that she wants to encourage other "silent survivors" of sexual assault to tell their stories.Bailey Kowalski, 22, who will graduate in May with a ...

Update: Jurors at officer’s murder trial hear 911 calls

U.S. 04/10/19, 11:38

The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime (all times local):11:35 a.m.A defense attorney for a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 ...

Opening statements loom in ex-cop’s murder trial

U.S. 04/07/19, 22:50

Jurors could hear opening statements soon in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.Attorneys will continue questioning potential jurors in the case Monday. Mohamed Noor is charged with murder and ...

Suspension urged for judge who told woman: ‘Close your legs’

U.S. 04/04/19, 15:43

An ethics committee has recommended a three-month, unpaid suspension for a New Jersey judge who told a woman she could "close your legs" to prevent a sexual assault.The committee released its recommendation to the state Supreme Court Wednesday in the case of Superior Court Judge John Russo, who sits on ...

Attorneys, judge to keep winnowing jury pool for cop trial

U.S. 04/04/19, 00:04

A judge and attorneys are set to continue winnowing the jury pool Thursday for the murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.Another 10 prospective jurors were excused Wednesday for the ...

Virginia Lt. Gov. seeks investigation of assault allegations

U.S. 04/03/19, 11:17

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Wednesday he's asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him.Speaking at a news conference, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue and the sexual encounters he had with the women were consensual.His lawyer has ...

Lieutenant governor’s accuser says she has nothing to gain

U.S. 04/02/19, 09:08

The second of two women to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault said she had been friends with him for more than a year before he locked her in a room and raped her."I completely trusted him," Meredith Watson said through tears in an interview aired Tuesday ...

Jury selection begins in former Minneapolis officer’s trial

U.S. 03/31/19, 22:47

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.Mohamed Noor, 33, is charged in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in ...

Trial to begin for Minneapolis cop who shot Australian woman

U.S. 03/31/19, 10:46

A Minneapolis police officer is set to stand trial for the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening in the alley behind her home. Mohamed Noor, who was fired after the July 2017 shooting, is charged with murder in ...

$2M to victim of sex abuse by priest who made him confess

U.S. 03/26/19, 11:24

A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $2 million to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest who made him say confession after the assaults. The settlement with the Diocese of Erie was announced Tuesday by the victim's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian. The defrocked priest, ...

Update: Man maintains innocence in cold case arrest

U.S. 03/19/19, 18:48

The Latest on the arrest of a man in a 1999 cold case (all times local): 6:30 p.m. An attorney for a man arrested and accused of the 1999 killings of two teenage girls in Alabama says the man maintains his innocence. David Harrison, an attorney for Coley McCraney, said Tuesday that he ...

Update: Pediatrician’s victims speak out at sentencing

U.S. 03/18/19, 11:05

The Latest on pediatrician's sentencing for sexually assaulting 31 children (all times local):12:05 p.m.Victims of a former Pennsylvania pediatrician have given statements before his sentencing in the sexual assault of 31 children, describing how he destroyed their lives, caused them to feel hopelessness and made them fear doctors.This undated file ...

Pediatrician to be sentenced for assaulting 31 children

U.S. 03/18/19, 00:06

A former Pennsylvania pediatrician is scheduled for sentencing Monday in the sexual assault of 31 children, most of them patients, in a case that state medical regulators failed to act on nearly two decades ago. Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown will be sentenced on dozens of counts, including aggravated indecent assault ...

Ken Starr says he raised money for ex-player’s rape defense

Sports 03/13/19, 13:42

Former Baylor University President Ken Starr said Tuesday that he raised money on behalf of a former Baylor football player who was recently acquitted of sexual assault.Starr told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he hosted a fundraiser at his home for the legal defense fund of Shawn Oakman, a former star ...

New York, feds join to get 100K rape kits tested around US

New York 03/12/19, 16:31

Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring over 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officials say. It's estimated that another 155,000 or more sex assault evidence kits ...

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