By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. team prosecuting accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked defense attorneys on Friday to notify them by next month if they plan to make the 20-year-old defendant's mental faculties an issue at trial. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors asked a judge to require the defense to notify them by May 7 if they plan "to introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition of the defendant which bears on either the issue of guilt or the issue of punishment." Attorneys for Tsarnaev, who could face the death penalty if convicted of the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264, could argue that the defendant is not wholly responsible for his actions or not deserving of execution, legal experts said. "There aren't a lot of directions you can go as a defense attorney," said Walter Price, a former federal prosecutor. "One of them is always mental and if you think you have the potential to argue that the defendant had diminished mental capacity or insanity, you have to prove it." Federal court rules require defense attorneys to notify prosecutors of their plans to mount such a defense to give the prosecution time to conduct its own expert review.
(Reuters) - A woman who threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former U.S. secretary of state was delivering a speech in Las Vegas has been released from jail, and faces possible charges after her arrest for disorderly conduct, officials said on Friday. Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, was released on her own recognizance just before midnight on Thursday, said Tess Driver, a spokeswoman for the Clark County District Attorney's Office. Clinton was giving a speech on Thursday at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas when a protester who was not a ticketed guest and was being approached by Secret Service agents threw a shoe at her, said Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie Video news footage showed Clinton, 66, a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, move to crouch as a flying object flew past her on stage.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit can move ahead with a plan to settle a ruinous multimillion-dollar debt with two banks for $85 million, a judge said Friday as he also urged the bankrupt city and other creditors to reach more deals.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiracy and other federal charges in an alleged pursuit of secret consulting roles with two congressional campaigns.
By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland, who was forced to resign from office a decade ago for corruption, pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges he violated campaign laws. Rowland, who spent 10 months in prison in 2005 and 2006, told the judge he understood the seven-count indictment filed on Thursday that accused the 56-year-old Republican of trying to conceal payments made to him by two congressional campaigns that he worked on in 2009 and 2012. The candidate in the 2012 campaign, Lisa Wilson-Foley, and her husband, last month pleaded guilty to charges involving illegal campaign contributions. Rowland's attorney, Reid Weingarten, told reporters after the arraignment that Rowland would "aggressively challenge" the charges.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago who is being treated for cancer, said Friday that the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to begin formally searching for his successor as head of the nation's third-largest diocese.