The Associated Press Amanda Knox’s lawyers have formally asked Italy’s court of last resort to review the U.S. student’s appeals court conviction for the 2007 stabbing murder of her British roommate. Defense lawyer Luciano Ghirga told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the paperwork was submitted last week to the Court of Cassation, Italy’s highest criminal court. Knox’s…More
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TACOMA (AP) — A state court of appeals has upheld the 420-year prison sentence given to the getaway driver for the man who ambushed and killed four Lakewood police officers. Darcus Allen was convicted of four counts of aggravated murder for his role in the November 2009 shooting. He appealed, arguing that a prosecutor misstated the…More
The Associated Press Amanda Knox says her lawyers filed an appeal of her Italy slander conviction Monday with the European Court of Human Rights, an international court in France. The slander conviction was based on statements the student from Seattle made to police in November 2007 when she was being questioned about the slaying of her British…More
SPOKANE (AP) —
The state Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a post-appeal petition from Spokane serial killer Robert Yates, ruling that none of his claims of trial error merited review or a hearing.
Yates’ petition raised 25 grounds for relief, including ineffective assistance of counsel, juror bias and numerous procedural issues.
Yates, 60, in 2000 pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in Spokane County in a deal in which he was sentenced to 408 years in prison instead of death. Two years later he was sentenced to death for two murders in Pierce County in 1997 and 1998. He is on death row at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
“Yates has failed to establish any meritorious claims,” the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. “We therefore dismiss Yates’s personal restraint petition.”More
Publishers of the yellow pages are taking to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals their legal challenge to a law that allows Seattle residents to opt out of receiving the phone books. The appeal was filed Monday by Dex Media West, SuperMedia LLC and the Yellow Pages Association (now known as the Local Search Association.) The companies argue that the…More