Across The Nation
FORT WORTH, Texas
Efforts by lawyers for “affluenza” teenager Ethan Couch to have the judge in his case removed, which could have resulted in his release from jail, have failed.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the request was denied Thursday.
Couch’s attorneys had argued this week that Texas District Judge Wayne Salvant has no authority over Couch because the teen’s case should be considered a civil case.
But prosecutor Richard Alpert argued Couch’s case “ceased to be a civil case when it was transferred from juvenile to felony court.”
The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld the state’s death penalty sentencing structure.
Justices on Friday rejected an inmate’s claim that his sentence must be struck down after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Florida’s similar structure.
The Alabama judges said there were enough differences to make Alabama’s method constitutional.
BEACH HAVEN, N.J.
Police say a 59-year-old man who wore a bikini fashioned out of see-through plastic wrap on a New Jersey beach is facing a criminal charge.
They say Stephen Wojciehowski spent two days on a Long Beach Island beach wearing a homemade bikini in which his genitals were clearly exposed and was charged with lewdness.
• CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police in Charlotte say they will release all of the dashcam and body camera video from the fatal shooting of a black man that sparked in riots in the city. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department issued a news release Friday evening saying the department has made arrangements with the family of Keith Lamont Scott to review all the video.
• SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two sexual assault laws in response to national outrage over the six-month jail sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer for assaulting a woman passed out near a trash bin.
Compiled from wire reports