What: Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White must face trial next month on criminal charges for voter fraud that could lead to his removal from office. A judge denied his motion to have the charges dropped.
How: A grand jury indicted White on charges that he falsely used his ex-wife’s address on voter registration and other documents while running for secretary of state. Read More
DIM BULB: A north Idaho man is being put on trial for killing a grizzly bear that wandered onto his 20-acre property while several of his children were playing outside. Jeremy Hill’s community overflowed the courtroom when he was arraigned and has raised $20,000 for his defense. Hill faces as much as a year in prison for the federal misdemeanor of shooting a threatened species. His lawyer will argue for him on the basis of self-defense and protection of family. Read More
Circumstantial evidence is apparently dead in U.S. courts, if the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial is any indication. An Orlando, Fla., jury found Anthony not guilty of either first-degree murder, manslaughter or child abuse in the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony, three years ago. Read More
The attorney for a man accused of brutally assaulting his estranged wife with a hammer said his client should go to prison — possibly for the rest of his life — but he hopes to avoid a needless trial in an already-overburdened court system.
Steve Acosta, 59, has been in jail since April 16, 2008, after what prosecutors allege were two weeks of vicious attacks on Kimberley Celoni at her Twin Peaks home. Celoni reportedly had skull fractures and was permanently disfigured. Read More
One of the two men allegedly connected to a fatal shooting outside a now-shuttered Fisherman’s Wharf-area nightclub last year will stand trial for murder.
Keandre Davis, a 21-year-old from Richmond, and another man allegedly cornered and shot 19-year-old Lawon Hall, also of Richmond, as a large crowd gathered outside Club Suede at about 1:40 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2010. Read More
A little of this, and a lot of that…
Does anyone else find it amusing that the NBA fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using the “F-word” during a game against San Antonio on April 12, but also found it perfectly acceptable for him to use the “F-word”? Read More
As I sit out on the back porch, looking out at the backside of Twin Peaks, my thoughts creep back to the trial of Barry Bonds.
I’ve been trying to come to grips with what was proven at the trial that last week found Bonds guilty of obstructing justice.
I rooted for Bonds. I took my son to root for him, and we rooted together. I don’t remember talking about drugs. We talked about baseball. Read More
As one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived — with or without doping — Barry Bonds’ career can only be properly assessed with statistics.
And as usual with Bonds, the numbers are eye-popping. The U.S. Attorney’s Office spent upward of $6 million, almost eight years and used enough lawyers to bring down the mob in New Jersey. And all Bonds got was the legal equivalent of a knock-down pitch. Read More
US prosecutors took aim at Barry Bonds for his alleged use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs, calling him before a grand jury and eventually taking him to court on perjury and obstruction charges.
Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of the players in the Barry Bonds perjury trial. Read More
Giants fans polled outside of AT&T Park had two words for Wednesday’s verdict in the Barry Bonds trial: Over it.
For many Giants fans, the conclusion of the trial didn’t justify the time and expense of the case, in which jurors convicted the 46-year-old former home run slugger on just one of four charges he was facing. Read More