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Judge denies new trial request in Mollie Tibbetts case

A judge on Monday rejected a convicted man’s request for a new trial in the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was found in a cornfield weeks after she disappeared while out for a run near her small hometown. Judge Joel Yates’ ruling cleared the way for sentencing to proceed

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Chauvin gets 22 1/2 years in prison for George Floyd’s death

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations. The punishment — which came after Chauvin broke his yearlong silence to offer condolences to

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‘Blame Trump’ defense in Capitol riot looks like a long shot

The “Trump-made-me-do-it” defense is already looking like a long shot. Facing damning evidence in the deadly Capitol siege last month — including social media posts flaunting their actions — rioters are arguing in court they were following then-President Donald Trump’s instructions on Jan. 6. But the legal strategy has already been shot down by at

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