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Court: GOP mapmaker's files allowed in gerrymandering trial

Court: GOP mapmaker's files allowed in gerrymandering trialA few dozen computer files recovered from the home of a deceased Republican redistricting consultant can be offered as evidence in next week’s partisan gerrymandering trial in North Carolina, state judges ruled on Friday. The three-judge panel presiding over the trial that starts Monday sided with the election reform group Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party and registered Democratic voters who are suing Republican lawmakers and challenging state House and Senate boundaries drawn in 2017. The plaintiffs subpoenaed documents from the estranged daughter of longtime GOP mapmaker Tom Hofeller that turned out to be more than 75,000 files from 22 hard drives and thumb drives that she said she came across while looking for personal mementos.



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Slain Danish student's mother urges death sentences in Morocco trial

Slain Danish student's mother urges death sentences in Morocco trialSalé (Morocco) (AFP) – The mother of a Danish student beheaded along with another Scandinavian woman while hiking in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains called Thursday for the suspected jihadist killers to face the death penalty as their trial neared its end. “The most just thing would be to give these beasts the death penalty they deserve, I ask that of you,” said Helle Petersen in a letter read by her lawyer in an anti-terrorist court in Sale, near the capital Rabat. “My life was destroyed the moment that two policemen came to my door on December 17 to announce my daughter’s death,” the mother of 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen wrote in the letter, read out in total silence and with the defendants’ faces impassive.



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A Saudi princess, a bodyguard and a workman: French trial to open

A Saudi princess, a bodyguard and a workman: French trial to openThe king of Saudi Arabia’s daughter is a “caring, humble” person who is the victim of false allegations that she ordered a bodyguard to beat up a workman in her luxury flat in Paris, the princess’ lawyer said. Princess Hassa bint Salman is due to go on trial in absentia on Tuesday on charges of complicity to violence with a weapon and complicity to kidnap an Egyptian-born artisan who was carrying out repairs at her father’s residence on the exclusive Avenue Foch in September 2016. According to the indictment, seen by Reuters, workman Ashraf Eid told police the bodyguard bound his hands, punched and kicked him and forced him to kiss the princess’ feet after she accused him of filming her on his cell phone.



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A Saudi princess, a bodyguard and a workman: French trial to open

A Saudi princess, a bodyguard and a workman: French trial to openThe king of Saudi Arabia’s daughter is a “caring, humble” person who is the victim of false allegations that she ordered a bodyguard to beat up a workman in her luxury flat in Paris, the princess’ lawyer said. Princess Hassa bint Salman is due to go on trial in absentia on Tuesday on charges of complicity to violence with a weapon and complicity to kidnap an Egyptian-born artisan who was carrying out repairs at her father’s residence on the exclusive Avenue Foch in September 2016. According to the indictment, seen by Reuters, workman Ashraf Eid told police the bodyguard bound his hands, punched and kicked him and forced him to kiss the princess’ feet after she accused him of filming her on his cell phone.



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US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trial

US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trialA decorated US Navy SEAL was found not guilty Tuesday of murdering a captive teenage militant in Iraq, the most serious of the charges brought against him during a two-week war crimes trial in San Diego. Edward Gallagher, 40, was likewise acquitted of two counts of attempted murder against Iraqi civilians, but was convicted of posing for a photograph beside the corpse of the captive Islamic State (IS) group fighter. The maximum sentence he could face is four months imprisonment, meaning he is set to walk free following Tuesday's verdict on account of the nine months he has already served in pre-trial confinement.



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US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trial

US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trialA decorated US Navy SEAL was found not guilty Tuesday of murdering a captive teenage militant in Iraq, the most serious of the charges brought against him during a two-week war crimes trial in San Diego. Edward Gallagher, 40, was likewise acquitted of two counts of attempted murder against Iraqi civilians, but was convicted of posing for a photograph beside the corpse of the captive Islamic State (IS) group fighter. The jury found Gallagher “not guilty of murder, not guilty of stabbing, not guilty of shooting, not guilty of all those things, they found him guilty of taking a photograph,” Timothy Parlatore, one of Gallagher’s attorney’s, told journalists outside the courthouse.



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Navy Seals discussed chief officer's alleged war crimes in WhatsApp group, trial hears

Navy Seals discussed chief officer's alleged war crimes in WhatsApp group, trial hearsA US Special Operations Chief’s trial may have shed new light on internal strife between Navy Seals, the select military group that handles select missions requiring a high level of skill.A WhatsApp group formed for Navy Seals to discuss alleged war crimes committed by their chief officer, Eddie Gallagher, eventually lead to formal allegations that he fatally stabbed a wounded Islamic State teenager being held captive and shot innocent civilians. Gallagher has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Closing arguments for his trail, where a jury of mostly combat Marines will decide his fate, are expected Monday. The WhatsApp group was called “The Sewing Circle,” and members served in Gallagher’s group. Nearly a dozen have testified over the case’s trial, many under immunity, in order to depict the alleged crimes.Seven Seals said the Special Operations Chief, who was trained as a medic, stabbed a 17-year-old Islamic State prisoner on May 3, 2017, moments after he and the other medics treated the teenager. Two Seals testified they saw Gallagher plunge his knife into his neck, including Sewing Circle member Special Operator Corey Scott, who unexpectedly said during the trial that he was the one who ultimately killed the teen by plugging his breathing tube with his thumb as an act of mercy. In the group chat, Gallagher was referred to as “El Diablo,” Spanish for “the devil.” At one point, Mr Scott texted, of his platoon chief, “Not sure how to handle him, but he is ready to fight and kill.”Lawyers for Gallagher say The Sewing Circle was used to orchestrate “a smear campaign” against their client. A Seal troop commander told the court that he suspected allegations against Gallagher and took no action on them months because they surfaced Gallagher was being considered for a Silver Star and a promotion. Platoon members testified that the team was fractured.They say the group chat distinguished itself from the “Real Brotherhood,” which is what supporters of Gallagher, who has become a cause to champion among conservatives, including president Donald Trump, have taken to calling themselves. “The Real Brotherhood is people who are OK with war crimes,” said Dylan Dille, a former Seal sniper from the platoon who testified that Gallagher took shots at civilians from the sniper tower, hitting an old man and young girl. One agent who testified said that “Every single sniper in the platoon said he (Gallagher) was not a good sniper,” and that he consistently fired recklessly. In the group chat, his shooting style was discussed as well.“I shot more warning shots to save civilians from Eddie than I ever did at ISIS. I see an issue with that,” SEAL sniper Dalton Tolbert texted the group at one point. Gary Solis, a former military judge and Marine Corps prosecutor who teaches law at Georgetown University, told the AP that he believes the trial’s revelations will “alert the Seal community that the rules apply to them.”“Seals, it seems to me, have been seeing themselves as God-like on the battlefield,” he said, “and there is a real danger in taking that view of one’s unit or one’s self.”



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Venezuelan deputy faces trial for drone 'hit' attempt on Maduro

Venezuelan deputy faces trial for drone 'hit' attempt on MaduroA Venezuelan politician accused of an attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro using explosing drones will face trial after a court on Monday accepted charges against him, his lawyer said. Opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens faces 30 years in prison if found guilty of the brazen attempt to kill Maduro as he attended a military parade in downtown Caracas on August 4, 2018. Two drones packed with explosives flew towards President Maduro, causing panic among soldiers and civilians when they detonated during his speech.



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Jury begins deliberations in U.S. Navy SEAL's war crimes trial

Jury begins deliberations in U.S. Navy SEAL's war crimes trialA military jury began deliberations on Monday in the war crimes trial of a U.S. Navy SEAL after closing arguments in which prosecutors said the defendant’s own words proved his guilt and the defense cited a lack of physical evidence to support the charges. The case against Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, whose prosecution has drawn White House interest, went to a seven-member jury of U.S. Marines and Navy personnel as the trial phase of his court-martial entered its third week. The jurors were to due resume deliberations on Tuesday morning.



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Judge: Rep. Duncan Hunter's trial can detail alleged affairs

Judge: Rep. Duncan Hunter's trial can detail alleged affairsJurors can hear evidence of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter’s alleged extramarital affairs when they consider charges the California Republican looted campaign cash to finance vacations, golf outings and other personal expenses, a judge said Monday. Prosecutors revealed salacious details about the married congressman’s lifestyle in court filings last week, saying he used campaign money to illegally finance a string of romantic relationships with lobbyists and congressional aides. U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan said the allegations were relevant to whether campaign money was spent illegally and spoke to motive and intent.



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