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Entries in kidnapping (2)


Appeals court halts trial of Elizabeth Smart kidnapping suspect

Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) -- A federal appeals court halted the trial of a man accused in the 2002 kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart just as it got under way Thursday in order to review the defense's request to move the trial outside the state.

Brian David Mitchell, 57, is charged with snatching then-14-year-old Smart at knifepoint from her family's Salt Lake City home early on June 5, 2002.

On Wednesday, Mitchell's attorneys filed a petition with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado, asking it to force the federal court to move his case outside Utah -- and to halt the trial while it considered that request. The court agreed to the request for a stay Thursday. The appeals court denied an earlier change of venue motion, filed October 26, as premature.

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Legal Headline News 2/16/2010

The Justice Department is investigating whether officials of Blackwater Worldwide tried to bribe Iraqi government officials in hopes of retaining the firms security work in Iraq after a deadly shooting episode in 2007, according to current and former government officials.

Four pensioners have appeared in a German court charged with kidnapping a financial adviser they blamed for making rotten US property investments.

Justice Department and cell phone records can be obtained from wireless carriers without a warrant. This allows tracking for GPS geographical locations on mobile devices.

The oldest death row inmate in the United States, who spent most of his life behind bars, has died of natural causes at age 94.

A New Bedford couple is suing Bank of America for $500,000 because of what they call a foreclosure nightmare.The bank seized their house and locked it up, but they say it was all a terrible mistake.