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Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to delay action for 30 days on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case — to allow both sides time to analyze it.
 
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reportsthe U.S. Attorney's Office said the motion filed jointly Thursday proposes that parties file a briefing schedule or update the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on discussions after 30 days.

McDonnell was convicted in 2014 of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

The Supreme Court overturned McDonnell's conviction in June, saying his actions were distasteful but didn't necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the lower court to decide whether there's enough evidence for another trial.



Arkansas' highest court has denied a request to reconsider its June ruling upholding the state's execution secrecy law, but justices issued a stay that prevents the state from setting new execution dates as some inmates appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
The Arkansas Supreme Court issued an order Thursday denying a rehearing request by attorneys representing nine inmates who challenged the law that requires the Department of Correction to conceal the maker, seller and other information about the drugs. The inmates have argued the law could lead to cruel or unusual punishment and reneges on an earlier pledge by the state to share information.

The order also grants a request to delay putting the ruling into effect so the inmates can appeal the drug protocol to the U.S. Supreme Court.


A Sioux Falls woman who has admitted to stabbing her husband during a dispute on New Year's Eve has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Argus Leader reports that 24-year-old Mirna Bolbito was sentenced Tuesday, two months after she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a plea deal with prosecutors that called for a more serious charge to be dismissed.

Police say Bolbito's 30-year-old husband suffered life-threatening injuries during the dispute over the TV.

Bolbito and her attorneys told the court during the sentencing hearing Tuesday that her husband repeatedly beat her for years. They said the attacks dated back to when they lived in Guatemala.

Bolbito says she did not mean to severely harm her husband and she acted in self-defense.



Lawyers for eight death row inmates in Arkansas say their challenge of the state's execution procedures should warrant a U.S. Supreme Court review that would likely revisit the high court's ruling on an Oklahoma case.
 
The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled against the prisoners last month, but the inmates' lawyers want the court to withhold a final order pending a possible U.S. Supreme Court review.

The office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed papers Thursday saying there are no federal issues at stake that could prompt a look by the nation's highest court and asked the state court to allow the inmates' executions to be carried out. However, in court papers filed late Monday, the inmates' lawyers said justices may want to look again at a challenge to the surgical sedative midazolam that Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip filed. Oklahoma uses a three-drug protocol, starting with midazolam.

Glossip was hours away from his scheduled execution last September when prison officials realized they had received potassium acetate, not potassium chloride. A separate review revealed that another inmate, Charles Warner, was given potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride as one of three drugs when he was put to death in January of last year.

When upholding Arkansas' execution protocol, the Arkansas Supreme Court cited the Glossip case.

"Glossip has resulted in unmitigated disaster in Oklahoma," the Arkansas inmates' lawyers wrote Monday. "Since the Supreme Court approved of the midazolam protocol there, Oklahoma authorities have shown that they cannot properly carry out the protocol.


An attorney for a Florida man charged with fatally shooting a patient and employee at a hospital in an apparent random attack says his client is severely mentally ill.
 
Harley Gutin is an attorney for 29-year-old David Owens. He said Monday that his client is incompetent to stand trial.

Titusville, Florida, police say Owens entered Parrish Medical Center early Sunday and fatally shot 88-year-old patient Cynthia Zingsheim and employee Carrie Rouzer, who was sitting in Zingsheim's room. Owens has been charged with two counts of murder and is being held at the county jail.

Gutin says Owen's family had been trying desperately in recent weeks to get him long-term mental health care.

Gutin says he has no idea how Owens was able to get a gun.



The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after nearly five years of hospital detention — a decision the grateful ex-leader indicated can help her deal with those who "through self-serving interpretation and implementation of the law" made her suffer.
 
The 15 justices voted 11-4 to grant Arroyo's petition seeking to dismiss the case before the special anti-graft Sandiganbayan court because of insufficient evidence, Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said. The case involved the alleged misuse of 366 million pesos ($7.8 million) from the state lottery agency, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Arroyo thanked the court "for finally stopping the persecution I had unjustly gone through the last five years" and President Rodrigo Duterte "for allowing due process to take its course."

She released a statement while still detained in the hospital, with the serving of the court's order for an immediate release apparently delayed by paperwork.

"It is my fervent hope that nobody else will suffer the persecution that had been levied on me through self-serving interpretation and implementation of the law," she said. "And that the disregard for truth for which I was made to suffer be dealt with accordingly at the soonest possible time."

Arroyo was detained under former President Benigno Aquino III, who accused her of corruption and misrule. Aquino's successor, Duterte, however, has said the plunder case against her was weak. She rejected his offer of a pardon because it would require that she be first convicted, preferring to fight the allegation.

Aquino has not commented on the court decision. But his former justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima said the Supreme Court seems to have assumed a role as a "trier of facts" in the case, supplanting the anti-graft court's assessment when it declared there was insufficient evidence of guilt.



A judge has dismissed the charges against a north Georgia newspaper publisher and his attorney who were jailed in an open records dispute.
 
Multiple news media report that Senior Judge Richard Winegarden on Monday dismissed the charges against Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and attorney Russell Stookey after holding a hearing.

The two were indicted June 24 on charges of identity theft and attempt to commit identity theft stemming from subpoenas they issued. The indictment also accused Thomason of making a false statement in an Open Records Act request.

The case stems from a legal battle with a court reporter and the payment of the reporter's legal bills from a judge's operating account.

The charges drew condemnation from journalism organizations and garnered national attention.


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