Legal proceedings

The statue of George Washington is seen beneath the Rotunda in the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. The House passed an extensive criminal justice bill Thursday that will reduce some of the harshest sentences for federal drug offenders and boost prison rehabilitation programs. The bill passed 358-36 and now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 20, 2018 - 1:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a wide-ranging criminal justice bill on Thursday that will reduce some of the harshest sentences for federal drug offenders and boost prison rehabilitation programs, handing President Donald Trump a legislative victory amid the turmoil over how to avoid a partial...
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Johnnie Barto heads to Cambria County courtroom No. 3 for his hearing on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 in Ebensburg, Pa. The former Pennsylvania pediatrician pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing two family members and admitted to sexually assaulting more than two dozen patients. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 1:10 pm
Nearly two decades after Pennsylvania state regulators let him off the hook, a former pediatrician admitted in court Thursday that he sexually assaulted 31 children, most of them patients. Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two family members and admitted to sexually...
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Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Supreme Court, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in New York. Judge James Burke will decide on the future of his sexual assault case, which has been clouded by allegations that police acted improperly in the investigation that led to his arrest. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
December 20, 2018 - 7:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge declined to dismiss sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein Thursday, rejecting the latest push from the disgraced film producer's lawyers to have his indictment thrown out. Judge James Burke's ruling buoyed a prosecution that has appeared on rocky ground in...
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FILE - In this May 12, 2016, file photo, then Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn arrives for a joint press conference with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in Yokohama, near Tokyo. At left is Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa. Japan's court has denied the prosecutor's request to extend detention of ex-Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
December 20, 2018 - 5:18 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court denied prosecutors' request Thursday to extend the detention of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has been charged with underreporting his pay. The Tokyo District Court said it rejected the request for another 10-day detention for Ghosn over an additional...
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December 20, 2018 - 1:37 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 has appeared in court amid high security, as preparations begin for his trial, which is due to start next month. Mehdi Nemmouche is charged with "terrorist murder" for gunning down the four with a...
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December 20, 2018 - 1:30 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court said Thursday it won't put on trial a former guard at the Nazis' Majdanek death camp who was charged with being an accessory to murder, arguing that the 97-year-old is too sick to face court proceedings. The Frankfurt state court cited a comprehensive medical assessment...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2008, file photo, Juelz Santana arrives at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in New York. Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Newark, New Jersey, to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
December 19, 2018 - 8:03 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Juelz Santana has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for trying to get a loaded gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport. Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, was sentenced Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey, to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty...
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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., center, talks with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, before they participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, on prison reform legislation. A criminal justice bill passed in the Senate gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 19, 2018 - 6:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...
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In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Honduran asylum seekers enter the U.S. at San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. A federal judge has blocked restrictive Trump administration policies that prevented some immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
December 19, 2018 - 6:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan declared that some of the guidance that then-Attorney...
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December 19, 2018 - 5:28 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of Buzzfeed, which had been sued by a businessman for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump's purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. election. Judge...
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