BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday rebuffed a request
to release the names of the jurors who convicted Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev of the Boston Marathon bombing and sentenced him to
death, saying it would be premature to do so while he is seeking
a new trial.
Defense lawyers last week said in a filing in U.S. District
Court in Boston that blanket media coverage of the 2013 bombing
and its aftermath influenced the jury and requested that a new
trial be held outside of Boston.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Mexico’s top official in Boston on Friday condemned an attack earlier in the week on a 58-year-old Mexican citizen who two Massachusetts brothers urinated on and then beat because he appeared to be a homeless undocumented immigrant.
The brothers, 38-year-old Scott Leader and 30-year-old Steve Leader, were arrested and ordered held without bail on Wednesday while they await trial on charges including assault and battery, for the purpose of intimidation because of national origin.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts judge on Wednesday approved a request by lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to question a woman they said tipped them off to a juror who should have been disqualified, a move that could upend the former NFL star’s murder conviction.
The former New England Patriots tight end in April was sentenced to life in prison for murdering semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013, in the first of two murder trials before him this year.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for tips leading to the recovery of two paintings by N.C. Wyeth stolen from a Maine collector two years ago in what officials on Tuesday called the most significant art theft in that state’s history.
Six oil paintings by Wyeth, the patriarch of a line of painters known for Maine seascapes, were taken in May 2013 from the home of a prominent real estate developer in the state. The paintings were estimated to be worth up to tens of millions of dollars, officials said.
By Scott Malone
(Reuters) – Connecticut’s top court on Thursday ruled that the state could no longer impose the death penalty, saying that under the state’s constitution it amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
The New England state is the latest to back away from the death penalty, following Nebraska earlier this year and Maryland in 2013. Thirty-one U.S. states still allow for executions.
BOSTON (Reuters) – At least five people were killed in four apparently unrelated shooting incidents around Boston, police said on Thursday, provoking outrage from the city’s mayor who said the violence “has to stop.”
Three of the deaths occurred in two apparently gang-related shootings in Boston late Wednesday – a man in the city’s Mattapan neighborhood and two men in the Roxbury section, about 3 miles away, according to the Boston Police Department. The victims, whose identities were not released, were in their 20s, police said.
By Scott Malone
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, the site of a year of occasionally violent protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teen, will remain under a state of emergency for at least another night, county officials said on Wednesday.
The state of emergency, which gives county police oversight of security in the city of 21,000 people, was declared following a shooting incident at a protest Sunday night to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014.
By Scott Malone
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over last year’s police killing of an unarmed black teenager ended peacefully on Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials said, after shots had been fired and shop windows smashed earlier in the week.
It was the first night since Friday to end without arrests, said St. Louis County police spokesman Shawn McGuire.
By Scott Malone
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – St. Louis County Police released a video on Tuesday that they said shows a suspect, who has been accused of firing on police, drawing a pistol from his pants during protests in strife-torn Ferguson, Missouri.
Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot by police and is in critical condition. He has been charged with four counts of assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of shooting at a vehicle. Bond for Harris, who is black, was set at $250,000.
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – About 150 people have been arrested during several days of protests around Ferguson, Missouri, where largely peaceful demonstrations over police shootings of unarmed black men have been punctuated by flashes of violence.
Police said on Tuesday that 22 people had been arrested overnight in Ferguson and another 63 were arrested for trying to block a highway.