Tag: Trials

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People

Patti LaBelle’s bodyguard acquitted of assault

Singer Patti LaBelle testifies on the witness stand at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse for the lawsuit against her bodyguards on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran) HOUSTON (AP) — Singer Patti LaBelle’s bodyguard has been acquitted misdemeanor assault in a confrontation with a drunken West Point cadet at a Houston airport terminal.

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National

New trial sought for SC boy, 14, executed in 1944

An undated photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History) by Jeffrey CollinsAssociated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of a 14-year-old Black boy executed in 1944 for killing two White girls are asking a South Carolina judge to take the unheard-of move of granting him a new trial in hopes he will be cleared of the charges. George Stinney was convicted on a shaky confession in a segregated society that wanted revenge for the beating deaths of two girls, ages 11 and 7, according to the lawsuit filed last month on Stinney’s behalf in Clarendon County.

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People

LaBelle son testifies for bodyguard in Texas trial

Singer Patti LaBelle leaves the courtroom after testifying at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse for the lawsuit against her bodyguard Efram Holmes on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran) HOUSTON (AP) — The son of singer Patti LaBelle told a Texas jury on Friday that he was hit in the face by a man at a Houston airport terminal after the man shouted racial slurs at his mother. Zuri Edwards testified in the misdemeanor assault trial of his mother’s bodyguard, Efrem Holmes, 45, who hit Richard King at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011.

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National

Jury finds retaliation in 1st of 4 Iowa bias trial

In this April 17, 2013 file photo, plaintiffs, from left, Charles Zanders, Tereasa Jefferson, Beverly Couch and Wilbur Devine Jr., look on during a news conference about a racial bias class action lawsuit against the state of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by David PittAssociated Press Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury on Thursday awarded a Black woman $130,000, finding that Iowa Workforce Development officials retaliated against her after she filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. The jury found Dorothea Polk, 52, was the subject of retaliation when she was fired from her mail clerk job in 2006.

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1st trial begins in group of Iowa bias claims

In this April 17, 2013 file photo, plaintiffs, from left, Charles Zanders, Tereasa Jefferson, Beverly Couch and Wilbur Devine Jr., look on during a news conference about a racial bias class action lawsuit against the state of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by Ryan J. FoleyAssociated Press Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection started Tuesday in the first of what could be several trials over claims that managers in Iowa’s executive branch discriminated or retaliated against Black state workers and job applicants.

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International

Norway rocker in French court for alleged racism

Norwegian heavy metal rocker Kristian Vikernes, 40, arrives at the Paris courthouse to answer charges of allegedly inciting racial hatred and other charges linked to his alleged anti-Semitic and xenophobic messages, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) PARIS (AP) — A Norwegian heavy metal rocker on trial in France on charges of inciting racial hatred has had his case adjourned until June 3.

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National

NY case puts N-word use among Blacks on trial

Rob Carmona by Larry NeumeisterAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury has awarded $30,000 in punitive damages to a Black woman who sued her Black ex-boss after he unleashed an N-word tirade at her last year. In a case that gave a legal airing to the debate over use of the N-word among Blacks, a federal jury has rejected a Black manager’s argument that it was a term of love and endearment when he aimed it at Black employee.

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Zimmerman cleared in shooting of Trayvon Martin

Darrsie Jackson, center, reacts after hearing the verdict of not guilty in the trial of George Zimmerman with her children Linzey Stafford, left, 10, and Shauntina Stafford, 11, at the Seminole County Courthouse, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had been charged with the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was cleared of all charges in the shooting of Martin, the unarmed Black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. (AP Photo/John Raoux) by Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider Associated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

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Questions jurors must consider in Zimmerman trial

TRAYVON MARTIN by Mike Schneider SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The six female jurors who will determine whether George Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year entered a second day of deliberations Saturday. During almost three weeks of testimony, they listened to 56 witnesses — 38 for the prosecution and 18 for the defense. A number of items have been the source of conflicting testimony, and jurors will have to sort out those contradictions in the deliberation room.