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Derek Chauvin Appeals for a New Trial

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in opinion pieces on the PrescotteNews website are solely those of the authors. These opinions do not necessarily represent those of the staff of Prescott eNews or its publisher.] Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, has formally requested

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Governor Ducey Signs Legislation To Protect Arizonans’ Personal Property Rights

Governor Doug Ducey today signed bipartisan legislation to ensure innocent Arizonans do not have their property permanently forfeited without a criminal conviction. House Bill 2810 was approved by decisive majorities in the Arizona House and Senate. It becomes law 90 days after the Legislature adjourns. Currently there is no requirement that the government prove that

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Chauvin’s lawyer seeks new trial, hearing to impeach verdict

The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has requested a new trial, saying the court abused its discretion, and he wants a hearing to have the verdict impeached because of what he says is jury misconduct, according to a court document filed Tuesday. Derek Chauvin, who is white,

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The FBI is breaking into corporate computers to remove malicious code – smart cyber defense or government overreach?

The FBI’s latest cybersecurity moves bring the government into new territory – inside privately owned computers. AP Photo/Cliff Owen Scott Shackelford, Indiana University The FBI has the authority right now to access privately owned computers without their owners’ knowledge or consent, and to delete software. It’s part of a government effort to contain the continuing

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High court moves away from leniency for minors who murder

The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday to sentence minors convicted of murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a ruling that reflects a change in course driven by a more conservative group of justices. In a dissent, a liberal justice accused her colleagues of gutting earlier decisions that said life without

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Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death

Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the black man’s neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. Chauvin, 45, was immediately led away with his hands

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