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Judge allows post-conviction DNA testing in Starbuck case

A Spokane County Superior Court Judge will allow new testing of DNA collected during the investigation into the brutal killing of Chanin Starbuck in 2013, after a motion from her ex-husband who was convicted of her murder.

Cops who kill often catch a break at sentencing time

George Floyd's death touched off mass protests and calls for police reform that have rippled across the U.S. and in Congress. Derek Chauvin could end up the exception, with a sentence of 30 years behind bars, particularly after the judge who will sentence him agreed Chauvin had committed particular cruelty in Floyd’s death. But if history is any indication, a slam-dunk sentence is not guaranteed.

‘Monster’: 7 life sentences for ex-hospital worker in deaths

A former nursing assistant who killed seven elderly veterans with fatal injections of insulin at a West Virginia hospital was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a federal judge who called her "the monster that no one sees coming.”

Family upset that 2 Americans got Italy’s harshest sentence

The family of one of two Americans, both convicted of a fatal stabbing during a scuffle with an Italian police officer, on Thursday blasted the jury for ordering Italy's harshest punishment of life imprisonment, a sentence frequently meted out to mobsters who assassinate state officials.

Chauvin juror: After intense trial, verdict was ‘easy part’

A juror who cast one of the unanimous votes to convict a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death said Wednesday that deliberations were relaxed and methodical as he and 11 other jurors quickly talked their way to agreement in parts of just two days.

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.