After guilty verdict, a bad day for Percoco may be wors…

ALBANY – Tuesday was a bad day for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The corruption conviction of his onetime right-hand man and political fixer Joseph Percoco, who is now facing a possible 50-year prison sentence, opened Cuomo up in an election year to a barrage of relentless public attacks from Republicans and no rush from many Democrats to support the head of their party in New York State. He was not charged with any wrongdoing and his name was not mentioned once during the last day of the nearly eight-week trial,Read More

Pakistan court to deliver ‘blasphemy’ murder verdict

Image copyright AFP Image caption The murder had lead to an outpouring of solidarity and grief A court in Abbottabad, Pakistan, is set to deliver its verdict in the case of the fatal lynching of student Mashal Khan. Mr Khan was dragged out of his university accommodation in April 2017 by a crowd of hundreds of his fellow students who accused him of blasphemy. He was badly beaten before being shot and his body mutilated. Fifty-nine people have been on trial over his murder, including three alleged ringleaders. The trialsRead More

Brazil poised for Lula appeal verdict

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is currently the frontrunner in Brazil’s 2018 presidential elections Three judges in Brazil will shortly decide whether to uphold a prison term given to the country’s former President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The ruling could prove vital to Brazil’s political future. Despite being convicted of corruption and money-laundering in July 2017, Lula is hoping to win another term as president at elections this October. He firmly denies the allegations against him, which he says are designed to stop himRead More

McMafia: Critics give their verdict on new BBC drama

Image caption James Norton is the subject of James Bond rumours The BBC’s latest TV drama, McMafia, has debuted with largely positive reviews from the critics. James Norton – of Happy Valley and War and Peace fame – plays the son of a former Russian “Godfather”, who is trying to follow a straighter path. Guardian critic Lucy Mangan described it as “beautifully put together” adding that “the script is a cut above average”. “There is a sense of much more power and energy waiting to be unleashed.” The Telegraph’s GerardRead More

Kate Steinle not guilty verdict sparks shock from polit…

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the illegal immigrant accused of murdering Kate Steinle in July 2015 on a pier in San Francisco, was found not guilty on Thursday night. Steinle’s death sparked a national debate regarding illegal immigration and sanctuary cities such as San Francisco. Politicians and media figures have voiced their shock and anger over the verdict. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted, “Jury convinced that illegal alien killed Kate Steinle accidentally. She would still be alive if we had a wall.” Former congressman Joe Walsh, in response to the verdict, tweeted:Read More

Former Ariz. cop Philip Brailsford learns verdict in hi…

PHOENIX — A former Arizona police officer was acquitted Thursday of a murder charge in the 2016 fatal shooting of an unarmed man outside his hotel room as officers were responding to a call that someone there was pointing a gun out a window. The verdict cleared Philip Brailsford, 27, of criminal liability in the 2016 death of Daniel Shaver, of Granbury, Texas. He was also found not guilty of reckless manslaughter, reports CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV. The shooting occurred in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa after officers ordered ShaverRead More

Robin Abcarian: The verdict in the Kate Steinle murder …

The family of Kate Steinle chose not to be in court on the day jurors rendered their verdict in the case of the undocumented Mexican immigrant who was accused in her death. It was probably for the best. In a decision many found shocking, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of all but the least serious charge he faced. Who could blame them for not wanting to be part of the spectacle that was sure to follow any verdict? At their moment of greatest pain, the family had already beenRead More

Trump calls Kate Steinle verdict ‘disgraceful,’ says ‘n…

President Trump late Thursday tweeted that the not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial was “disgraceful,” highlighting his apparent frustration at the resolution of a case he had cited during his presidential campaign as a justification for tougher immigration enforcement. “A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case!” Trump tweeted after the jury rejected possible charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder. “No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.” Jim Steinle, who was walking with his 32-year-old daughter when she wasRead More

Verdict in Steinle case falls short for left-leaning SF…

Paulina Dedaj Thursday’s not-guilty verdict in the trial over Kate Steinle’s murder even has San Francisco’s left-leaning newspaper saying justice was not served. The editorial board at the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday criticized the acquittal of suspect Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an ex-convict facing a sixth deportation.  “No verdict in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate could deliver satisfactory justice for the killing of Kate Steinle,” the newspaper wrote. “No verdict in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate could deliver satisfactory justice for the killing of Kate Steinle.”Read More

Trump calls Kate Steinle verdict “disgraceful”

President Trump tweeted there was a “disgraceful verdict” after a Mexican man was found not guilty of murder in a high-profile killing that touched off a fierce immigration debate. Mr. Trump’s tweet comes three hours after Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty in the killing of Kate Steinle. Jurors did convict him of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Mr. Trump says it is “no wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.”  A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! NoRead More