Here are the top news stories for today, May 12, 2023:
1. Supreme Court throws out convictions in sweeping New York corruption probe
The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the convictions of two former top aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a bribery case, ruling that the state's anti-corruption law was too broad.
The case involved Joseph Percoco, Cuomo's former top aide, and Todd Howe, a lobbyist who worked for Percoco. They were convicted in 2018 of accepting bribes from companies that did business with the state.
The Supreme Court ruled that the state's anti-corruption law violated the First Amendment by criminalizing conduct that is protected by the right to free speech. The court said the law was too broad because it could be used to prosecute people for engaging in ordinary political activities, such as making campaign contributions or lobbying government officials.
The ruling is a major victory for Cuomo, who has been dogged by corruption allegations for years. It is also a setback for the state's anti-corruption efforts.
2. Man accused in deadly shooting at Taiwanese church in California is indicted on 98 charges
A man accused of opening fire at a Taiwanese church in California, killing one person and injuring five others, has been indicted on 98 charges.
The suspect, David Chou, 68, is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, and hate crimes. He is accused of opening fire at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods on May 15, 2022.
The shooting was motivated by Chou's hatred of Taiwanese people, according to prosecutors. He is a Chinese national who was born in Taiwan.
Chou is being held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again on June 13.
3. Natalee Holloway case suspect to be extradited to U.S. in alleged fraud targeting her mom
A Dutch man who is a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway is expected to be extradited to the United States to face charges of fraud.
The suspect, Joran van der Sloot, is accused of conspiring to defraud Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, by offering to sell her information about her daughter's disappearance.
Holloway was an American teenager who disappeared while on vacation in Aruba in 2005. Van der Sloot was one of the last people seen with her.
He has been convicted of murder in Peru in a separate case. He is currently serving a 28-year sentence in that country.
4. Utah mom accused of killing husband with fentanyl tried to poison him before, family says
A Utah woman accused of killing her husband with fentanyl tried to poison him with arsenic before, her family says.
The suspect, 41-year-old Meagan Huntsman, is accused of injecting her husband, Darren West, with fentanyl in January 2023. West died of an overdose.
Huntsman's family says she tried to poison West with arsenic in 2021. They say she put arsenic in his food and drinks, but he did not get sick.
Huntsman is being held without bail. She is scheduled to appear in court again on June 13.
5. Parents' fraud convictions in college admissions scandal overturned by appeals court
The parents of two students who were convicted in the college admissions scandal have had their convictions overturned by an appeals court.
The parents, William McGlashan Jr. and Jane Buckingham, were among 57 people charged in the scandal, which involved wealthy parents paying bribes to get their children into elite colleges.
McGlashan and Buckingham were convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. They were sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 in fines.
But an appeals court on Monday overturned their convictions, saying that the government had not proven that they knew that they were breaking the law.
The ruling is a major victory for the parents, who have been fighting their convictions for years. It is also a setback for the government's efforts to prosecute parents in the college admissions scandal.
These are just a few of the top news stories for today. For more news, please visit your local news source or a reputable online news outlet.