NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for nine robberies in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama _ including one where he ordered a cheeseburger before robbing a fast-food restaurant. The U.S. attorney's office for Eastern Louisiana says Monday that 32-year-old Christopher Simms of New Orleans was sentenced Thursday. Court documents show Simms pleaded guilty to robbing four restaurants, three stores and two banks in January and February 2016.
(AP) - An Alabama Democrat running for the U.S. Senate is touting his role in convicting two Ku Klux Klansmen for the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls at the height of the civil rights movement. Doug Jones got "justice for Alabama" the new television spot says. The 63-year-old Democrat is trying to upset Republican Roy Moore in a Dec. 12 general election in the heavily GOP state. The winner will take the seat held previously by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama attorney has died days after she collapsed in court while giving closing arguments in a murder trial. Jean Darby died Saturday in a Florence hospital. People in the courtroom said 64-year-old Darby appeared to stumble Thursday. She caught herself on the jury box and collapsed.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys for inmates argue Alabama has submitted a vague and inadequate plan to correct mental health care that a federal judge ruled was horrendously inadequate. Attorneys for inmates criticized the state's proposal in a court filing submitted last week to U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.
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