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Tori Stafford's killer seeks public money to fund appeal of murder conviction

TORONTO - The jury that convicted Michael Rafferty of killing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford should have considered that he might have been only an accessory after the fact to her brutal murder, Ontario's Appeal Court was told Monday. The argument was part of lawyer Paul Calarco's attempt to convince the court that there is merit to an appeal of Rafferty's convictions for first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping.

Men tried to decapitate British soldier, trial hears

Two men accused of the gruesome murder of a British soldier tried to hack off his head in broad daylight on a London street to avenge the deaths of Muslims abroad, their trial heard Friday. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering 25-year-old Lee Rigby in May as he walked to his barracks in Woolwich, south London. The two defendants, both Britons of Nigerian descent, deny the murder charge in the trial at London's Old Bailey court.

Men tried to decapitate British soldier, trial hears

Two men charged with the gruesome murder of a British soldier attempted to hack off his head in broad daylight on a London street, a court heard as their trial opened Friday. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering 25-year-old Lee Rigby as he walked to his barracks in Woolwich, south London, in May. The two defendants, both Britons of Nigerian descent who have asked to be identified by Muslim names in court, deny murder.

Supreme Court will hear case on lack of aboriginals on juries

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal in a case where an Ontario manslaughter conviction was overturned because of a lack of aboriginal jurors. The Ontario Court of Appeal found the absence of aboriginals on the jury violated Clifford Kokopenace’s constitutional rights, and threw out his 2008 conviction. The appeal justices ruled in a split decision last spring that the province had long known of the problem of aboriginal under-representation on juries but did little to address the issue.

A look at how Brenda Moreside's case has wound through the legal system

A look at how Brenda Moreside's case has wound through the legal system: Feb. 13, 2005: Brenda Moreside calls 911 to report that her drunken boyfriend is breaking into their home in High Prairie, Alta. She's told there's nothing RCMP can do because it's his house too. Feb. 25, 2005: Mounties act on a tip and find Moreside's body in the home. She had been stabbed to death. Feb. 26, 2005: Officers arrest Stanley Willier at his brother's apartment in Edmonton and charge him with second-degree murder.

Judge rejects bid to move murderer Jodi Arias sentencing retrial

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge has rejected a bid by convicted boyfriend killer Jodi Arias to move her sentencing phase retrial from Phoenix despite the widespread publicity surrounding the sensational murder case, court documents showed on Friday. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens also ruled that video cameras that streamed the original trial live each day to throngs of Internet viewers will not be allowed back when the case resumes. She did not give a reason for that decision.

Former Quebec doctor in custody on murder warrant in fatal stabbing of his kids

MONTREAL - A former Quebec doctor ordered to face a new trial in the fatal stabbings of his children is in custody again. Police in Quebec say Guy Turcotte surrendered Wednesday just hours after Quebec's top court ordered a new trial in the case. The Crown said it intended to charge Turcotte, once again, with two counts of first-degree murder. Police said Turcotte was to be arraigned on Thursday. Turcotte is the former cardiologist who was charged after his children were repeatedly stabbed one night in February 2009.

Second retrial set for Arizona man accused in 1991 ‘temple murders'

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A man accused of killing nine people at a Thai Buddhist temple west of Phoenix over two decades ago will go on trial for the third time next month after a jury deadlocked on whether he was guilty of Arizona's deadliest mass murder. An Arizona judge on Thursday ordered jury selection to begin anew on November 18 in the case of Johnathan Doody, who was accused of killing six monks and three others at the temple in 1991 in execution-style murders that drew international attention.

Appeal Court overturns verdict, orders new trial in death of Winnipeg teen

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Court of Appeal on Wednesday ordered a new trial for a man convicted in the 1984 murder of a teenage girl. The Appeal Court ruled that the trial judge was wrong to deny Mark Edward Grant's lawyer the right to present evidence that Candace Derksen might have been killed by someone else. Another girl had been abducted in a similar fashion nine months after Derksen's death when Grant was in custody.

Former Vivendi boss begins appeal in Paris court

PARIS (Reuters) - Jean-Marie Messier, the former boss of Vivendi <VIV.PA> who drove the media-and-telecom group to the brink of bankruptcy, began his appeal on Monday against a 2010 conviction for embezzlement and giving misleading information to shareholders. A Paris criminal court handed Messier a three-year suspended sentence and fined him 150,000 euros ($206,900) in the case. The appeal is expected to last five weeks.
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