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Whitmer kidnap plot: 2 men acquitted, hung jury for 2 more

Photo: Michael Hills, the defense attorney representing Brandon Caserta, speaks to a scrum of reporters after Casterta was found not guilty of conspiring to kidnap and weapons charges outside the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building and Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, April 8, 2022 A jury on Friday acquitted two men of all charges

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1st trial in Capitol riot ends in conviction on all counts

A Texas man was convicted on Tuesday of storming the U.S. Capitol with a holstered handgun, a milestone victory for federal prosecutors in the first trial among hundreds of cases arising from last year’s riot. A jury also convicted Guy Wesley Reffitt of obstructing Congress’ joint session to certify the Electoral College vote on Jan.

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Black Man Kills White Man, Part I

A black man shoots a white man in the head and claims self-defense. Part One covers opening arguments and prosecution witnesses, including the woman who watched her husband die. When the defense team for accused murderer Theodore Edgecomb — a black Milwaukee man who shot a white man to death — decided to claim self-defense,

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Greg McMichael won’t plead to hate crime in Arbery death

The man who initiated the deadly chase that ended in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery has reversed course and decided to plead not guilty to a federal hate crime in the 2020 killing of the unarmed black man, according to a legal filing late Thursday. Greg McMichael’s decision came days after a U.S. District Court

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Jussie Smollett’s attorney says will appeal guilty verdict

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was convicted Thursday on charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it. In the courtroom as the verdict was read, Smollett stood and faced the jury, showing no visible reaction. He and his family later left the

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