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By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man suspected in the burnings of three African American churches in Louisiana will remain in jail, denied bond Monday by a judge, as state prosecutors added new charges declaring the arsons a hate crime. Twenty-one-year-old Holden Matthews, the son of...
By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four African Americans can move ahead with a lawsuit seeking damages from a Louisiana district attorney's office over the racial composition of juries, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell in Alexandria ruled Monday in a 2015 lawsuit that...
R. Kelly’s defense team is going after the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, accusing the prosecutor of colluding with celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti who they say manipulated her into charging the singer with sexual abuse, CBS News reports. Defense attorney Steve Greenberg is banking on email evidence that he...
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Plot twist. The charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped, according to CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar, who tweeted the breaking news on Tuesday morning. Earlier this month, a Cook County jury indicted the 36-year-old on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report in relation...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris this week announced his choice of Phyllis Aluko to serve as the next chief public defender. If approved by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, Aluko would become the first African-American female to serve in the role. “The Law Office of the Shelby County Public Defender...
With the goal of “nothing less than to be a pioneer in pretrial services,” Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Llana Greer as executive director of Pretrial Services for Shelby County. “We plan to expand the use of efficient, accurate, and unbiased tools. We want to make an impact...
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By TAMMY WEBBER and DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's day began with a nationally televised broadcast in which he whispered, cried and ranted while pleading with viewers to believe him: He'd never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will. The day...
Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael on Friday carved out a portion of his third annual State of the Court address to say that he welcomes juvenile justice reform being promoted by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Commission. “I know we’re all looking forward to new facilities,” Michael...
by Laruen Victoria Burke -- On the night of February 16, the Chicago Police Department announced that their investigation into the alleged hate attack on actor Jussie Smollett had “shifted.”  The actor was allegedly attacked by two men in the early morning hours of January 29 in Chicago.  Smollett has been...
by Adrian Sainz -- A judge set a trial date Friday for Billy Ray Turner, who faces weapons charges in connection with former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s slaying, while also casting doubt about whether the separate murder trial in the high-profile case requires a change of venue. Shelby County Criminal Court...