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A noted jewel thief who discussed her six-decade criminal career in a documentary has been arrested after authorities said she failed to appear in court.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says 86-year-old Doris Marie Payne Monday was arrested at her Atlanta home. She was taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney who could speak for her.

Payne was sought after missing an arraignment March 6 in an alleged 2016 jewelry theft at Perimeter Mall, about 13 miles north of downtown Atlanta.

A judge deemed her too ill to stand trial Feb. 21 in the 2015 theft of a pair of designer earrings from a Saks Fifth Avenue.

Payne, her family and friends discuss her life in the 2013 documentary "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne."


The family of the chief justice who presided over the Supreme Court 160 years ago apologized to the family of an enslaved man who sued for his freedom. Charley Taney on Monday apologized for the words written by his great-great-grand-uncle Roger Brooke Taney in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision.

Roger Taney wrote that African-Americans could not have rights of their own and were inferior to white people. Charley Taney stood outside the Maryland State House on Monday and apologized to Lynne Jackson, the great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott, whose lawsuit prompted the decision.

Jackson accepted the apology for her family and for “all African-Americans.” Monday marked the 160-year anniversary of the decision. The apology took place in front of a statue of Roger Brooke Taney.



Attorneys for Rolling Stone magazine are heading back to federal court to try to overturn a jury's defamation verdict over its botched story "A Rape on Campus."
 
A judge is holding a hearing in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Thursday to consider Rolling Stone's request to throw out the jury's November verdict. The jury awarded University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo $3 million after finding Rolling Stone and a reporter defamed her.

The 2014 story told the account of a woman identified only as "Jackie," who said she was gang raped at the school. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims.

The magazine argues, among other things, there's no evidence reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely acted with actual malice. Eramo's attorneys are urging the judge to keep the verdict.



A Greensboro man has been convicted of killing a college student more than three years ago.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Wednesday that a jury found 35-year-old Bertie McQueen guilty of second-degree murder and robbery charges in the death of 21-year-old Derrick Rogers.

Rogers, who was a student at Guilford Technical Community College, was found shot to death in a parking lot on July 2, 2013.


McQueen's defense had been that he and Rogers were both present at the time of the shooting because of a drug deal.

A third man, 28-year-old Damon Jerel Bell, is charged with accessory after the fact. His case is still pending.

No word yet on McQueen's sentencing.



A Chicago-area judicial candidate who was once on the fast track to a high-salary, high-status job as a judge now faces charges of impersonating a judge when she was a court staff attorney early this year, prosecutors announced Friday.

Rhonda Crawford, 45, is accused of donning a robe in Cook County traffic court on Aug. 11, months after she won the Democratic primary for a judgeship. She is charged with misdemeanor false impersonation and felony official misconduct, which carries a maximum five-year prison term.

Crawford was a shoo-in to win the Nov. 8 until news that she briefly played a judge drew ridicule and condemnation among those who practice law in Cook County, one of the nation's largest judicial districts with its some 400 judges.

In announcing the charges, County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said judges are "at the heart of our criminal justice system."

"Crawford's conduct in this case was offensive to the integrity of our system and cannot be excused or ignored as a mere lapse in judgment," Alvarez said in statement from her office.

Crawford, who became an attorney in 2003, appeared at an initial hearing Friday, when a judge set a personal recognizance bond at $10,000. A message left for her lawyer, Victor Henderson, wasn't returned. He has previously described the incident as, at worst, "a minor infraction."

Crawford told reporters last month she had been shadowing judges to observe how they work when Judge Valarie E. Turner asked in a spur-of-the-moment offer if she wanted to sit on the bench. Crawford did for about five minutes and didn't think anyone believed she was a real judge.



Groups representing liberal streams of Judaism have appealed to Israel's Supreme Court to force the government to implement its decision on equal prayer at a key Jewish holy site.

Israel's government agreed in January to create an equal prayer site at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. The compromise came after three years of negotiations.

The site has been at the center of tensions between the liberal groups, Orthodox leaders and the Israeli government.

But the prayer site was never established. The groups' legal petition submitted Thursday signals their frustration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government, which is propped up by two ultra-Orthodox parties.

The groups accuse the government of violating the right to equality and freedom of worship by not implementing its decision.


Actor Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard pleaded guilty Monday to providing a false immigration document when the couple brought their two dogs into Australia last year, but she managed to avoid jail time over what was dubbed the "war on terrier" debacle.

Prosecutors dropped more serious charges that Heard illegally imported the Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country while Depp was filming the fifth movie in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. A conviction on the two illegal importation counts could have sent the actress to prison for up to 10 years.

Depp and Heard said little to the waiting throng of reporters and fans outside the Southport Magistrates Court on Queensland state's Gold Coast, but they did submit a videotaped apology to the court that was played during Monday's hearing.

It drew gibes online for the couple's grim, wooden appearance as Heard apologized and they both expressed support for protecting Australia's biodiversity, the aim of the strict quarantine regulations that were violated.


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