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Judge: Psychologist can testify in retrial of man accused of Naperville arson death

Defense attorneys for a Naperville man facing a retrial for the 1990s arson death of his mother-in-law can call a psychologist to testify about tests the man took that gauge how prone to suggestion he is, a judge ruled Wednesday.

But, the judge ruled, the psychologist should not try to “connect the dots” to express an opinion about William Amor’s confession in 1995 that he started the fire that killed 40-year-old Marianne Miceli. Amor’s attorneys have argued the confession was coerced and false.

The ruling by Judge Liam Brennan was one of several Wednesday as prosecutors and the defense prepare for the Jan. 23 trial of Amor, 62, whose conviction for Miceli’s first-degree murder was vacated in 2017.

Authorities say Amor started the fire in the condominium where he and his wife, Tina Miceli, lived with Tina’s mother in September 1995. Amor had been convicted of the murder in 1997, but the judge

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/crime/ct-met-naperville-arson-retrial-20180103-story.html

Cosby retrial date postponed to spring

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – At the pretrial hearing for former university trustee Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, a judge approved the defense’s motion to push back the retrial to spring.

Cosby’s new defense team also made its first courtroom appearance Tuesday morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse in front of Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O’Neill.

Sam Silver, a board member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project at the Beasley School of Law, is one of the new members of Cosby’s defense. A university spokesperson declined to comment on Silver and Cosby’s shared Temple connection. 

Cosby is also newly represented by California attorney Tom Mesereau, who helped get Michael Jackson acquitted of child molestation in 2005, and Kathleen Bliss, an attorney from Nevada.

The postponed trial date was granted, O’Neill said, because the new lawyers on Cosby’s defense team would need more

Read more at: http://temple-news.com/news/cosby-retrial-date-postponed-spring/

Mistrial declared in retrial of woman accused in killing of 6 children in 1992 fire

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case of a Baltimore woman accused of killing her six children in a house fire in 1992.

Tonya Lucas, 54, was convicted by a jury in 1993 of six counts of first-degree felony murder and was serving six consecutive life terms. But on Tuesday, nine jurors voted to acquit Lucas, said her attorney, Michele Nethercott.

“The result could have obviously been far worse. The majority of the jurors understand the weakness of the state’s evidence,” she said. Nethercott said her client is relieved.

“She was prepared for the worst,” Nethercott said.

Mistrial declared in retrial of woman accused in killing of 6 children …

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case of a Baltimore woman accused of killing her six children in a house fire in 1992.

Tonya Lucas, 54, was convicted by a jury in 1993 of six counts of first-degree felony murder and was serving six consecutive life terms. But on Tuesday, nine jurors voted to acquit Lucas, said her attorney, Michele Nethercott.

“The result could have obviously been far worse. The majority of the jurors understand the weakness of the state’s evidence,” she said. Nethercott said her client is relieved.

“She was prepared for the worst,” Nethercott said.

Jury deliberating in retrial of mother accused of killing 6 children in fire in 1992

Jurors began deliberations Monday in the retrial of a Baltimore woman accused of intentionally setting her home on fire, killing her six children, 25 years ago.

Tonya Lucas, 54, was convicted by a jury in 1993 of six counts of first-degree felony murder and was serving six consecutive life terms. But that conviction was overturned in December 2015 due to discredited arson investigation methods.

During a four-week retrial, prosecutors again sought to show jurors that Lucas intentionally set fire to her East Baltimore home, in the 2400 block of E. Eager St., in hopes of receiving rental assistance from the Red Cross. They also allege she set the fire to cover up her abuse of her 2-year-old son, Gregory Cook, who weighed just 10 pounds.

“The defendant was about to be evicted. How was she going to cover up Gregory?” Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Wisthoff-Ito said in closing arguments Monday afternoon.