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'This is a game changer': Bill Cosby should steel himself for more sexual assault charges after guilty verdict, legal experts say

'This is a game changer': Bill Cosby should steel himself for more sexual assault charges after guilty verdict, legal experts sayBill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction could lead to a wave of new cases against the ageing actor, legal experts have said. The famed stand-up comedian and sitcom star was convicted in Pennsylvania on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former basketball player Andrea Constand. Dozens of women have also publicly accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them.



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Hollywood Celebrities React To Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict

Hollywood Celebrities React To Bill Cosby Guilty VerdictComedian Bill Cosby was found guilty on Thursday in Montgomery County,



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#BoycottSanFrancisco hashtag trending after Kate Steinle case verdict

#BoycottSanFrancisco hashtag trending after Kate Steinle case verdictEmotions ran hot on Twitter with many users standing behind a hashtag reading #BoycottSanFrancisco to voice their criticisms after the surprise not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder case.



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Bosnian Serb warlord Ratko Mladić disrupts genocide verdict hearing

Bosnian Serb warlord Ratko Mladić disrupts genocide verdict hearingRatko Mladić, the Serb warlord who terrorised Bosnia in the 1990s, was on Wednesday forcibly removed from court after a shouting outburst delayed the reading of the verdict in his trial for the last genocide committed in Europe. The delay was extended as rumours began to circulate that the former Bosnian Serb commander, who had appeared healthy when sitting in court, had suddenly been taken ill. As he entered the ICTY courtroom, Mladic had infuriated relatives of the victims as gave a broad smile and gave a thumbs up to the cameras.



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Exonerated Baltimore man: $15 million verdict brings justice

Exonerated Baltimore man: $  15 million verdict brings justiceBALTIMORE (AP) — Sabein Burgess spent nearly two decades behind bars for a murder he always insisted he had nothing to do with. Now, a federal jury has given final vindication to the wrongfully convicted man by awarding him $ 15 million in his lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and two detectives.



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No verdict on 1st day of jury work in burning death trial

No verdict on 1st day of jury work in burning death trialBATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jurors deliberated more than four hours Sunday without reaching a verdict in the trial of a Mississippi man charged with burning a woman to death in 2014. The judge sent the sequestered group back to their hotel for the night, and court will be back in session for more deliberations Monday.



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'Hallelujah.' Family of Holly Bobo Thanks God After Guilty Verdict in Murder Case

'Hallelujah.' Family of Holly Bobo Thanks God After Guilty Verdict in Murder Case"She's waiting on the other side"



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'Hallelujah': Slain nursing student's family praises verdict

'Hallelujah': Slain nursing student's family praises verdictSAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — It was a prayer circle 6 ½ years in the making.



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Mayor: St. Louis 'on edge' awaiting police shooting verdict

Mayor: St. Louis 'on edge' awaiting police shooting verdictST. LOUIS (AP) — The mayor of St. Louis says the city is "on edge" as it awaits a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of former police officer Jason Stockley, in part because of a troubled history of justice in St. Louis and nationwide.



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Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra 'has fled Thailand', sources claim after verdict no-show

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra 'has fled Thailand', sources claim after verdict no-showOusted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled Thailand, sources close to her said on Friday, as the Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant after she failed to attend the court for the verdict in a negligence case brought against her by the ruling junta. "She has definitely left Thailand," one of the sources, who is also a member of the Shinawatra's Puea Thai Party, told Reuters. He declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of Yingluck. Another source confirmed that she had gone. The sources did not give details of her current whereabouts. Lawyers of former Yingluck Shinawatra are surrounded by media reporters after she failed to appear the Supreme Court on Friday Credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images Yingluck missed a court appearance on Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant and the kingdom's junta to step up border controls. Thousands of supporters – outnumbered by security forces – waited from dawn for a glimpse of Thailand's first female prime minister, but she did not show, prompting fevered speculation that she may have joined her billionaire brother Thaksin in self-exile. "Her lawyer said she is sick and asked to delay the ruling… the court does not believe she is sick… and has decided to issue an arrest warrant," fearing she may flee the country, lead judge Cheep Chulamon told the court, rescheduling the verdict to September 27. Supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra react while wait for her at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand  Credit: REUTERS Thailand is deeply divided between the Shinawatras and their political base, which is mainly drawn from the rural poor, and a royalist army-aligned elite, who loathe the clan and refuse to cede power to democratic governments. Yingluck's government was removed by a military coup in 2014. If convicted for negligence over a flagship rice subsidy policy, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a life ban from politics. "I just learned that she did not show up (at court)," junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters. "I have ordered border checkpoints to be stepped up," he said, including local and major routes out of the country. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to deliver closing statements in her trial at the beginning of August Credit: EPA Mystery over Yingluck's whereabouts was compounded by a parade of lawyers who brushed off suggestions that she has already fled the country – possibly to Singapore. "I was told at 8am that she was sick from Meniere's disease and felt vertigo, so she asked the court to postpone," her lawyer Norawit Larleng, told a throng of reporters outside the court. He added "I don't know," when asked whether she was still in Thailand. Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra also a former premier, fled Thailand in 2008 before he was convicted of graft and handed a two year jail term. He has not returned since and his Thai passport has been revoked. He is believed to use a Montenegrin passport to travel between homes in Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Thaksin remains a galvanising force for his party and a canny political operator. The clan have clung on in Thailand's treacherous political game for more than a decade despite two coups, deadly protests, a cascade of legal cases and asset seizures. A conviction – and jail – for Yingluck, 50, would be a gut punch to the Shinawatra political dynasty. Billionaires and generals Yingluck's flagship rice subsidy poured cash on her family's rural political heartland, paying up to twice the market rate for the grain. But it was beset by graft and led to billions of dollars of losses. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying she is the victim of a "subtle political game." To many supporters Yingluck is finally emerging from her elder brother's shadow, drawing on a star quality throughout her 18 month trial absent amongst the gloomy cast of ageing generals who rule Thailand. Rumours of her flight were met with understanding from supporters who lingered outside the court. "The Thai prime minister has done her best, she has sacrificed a lot," said 64-year-old Seksan Chalitaporn. "Now the people have to fight for themselves." If she has escaped, some of Yingluck's enemies will rue the chance to convict and sentence a leading figure from a dynasty accused of graft and nepotism. Supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra wait for her at the Supreme Court in Bangkok Credit: REUTERS In a Facebook post on Thursday Yingluck asked her followers to stay home to avoid any incidents stoked by people with "ill-intention against the country and us". The Shinawatra family emerged as a political force in 2001 when billionaire patriarch Thaksin swept to power. He jump-started the economy and provided the most extensive pro-poor welfare schemes in Thai history. But critics accused him of using political power to further his business interests. He remains loathed by the Bangkok royalist elite but cherished by the rural poor. A coup toppled him in 2006 and he fled overseas. Historically the Shinawatras have been able to mobilise huge crowds of supporters – known as the "Red Shirts" – to take to the streets when the family's political fortunes have waned. But three years of repressive junta rule has successfully quashed any widespread opposition to the military for now. The country's democratic future also looks bleak, with a junta-scripted constitution severely cramping the power of any future elected governments. The junta has trailed elections for next year, but the timetable has repeatedly slipped.



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