WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita City Council on Tuesday voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and fentanyl test strips in the state's largest city.
The move would eliminate between 750 and 850 prosecutions a year from the municipal courts.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has reinstated third-degree murder charges against a woman in a crash on a Philadelphia interstate that claimed the lives of two Pennsylvania troopers and a civilian earlier this year.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman charged with attacking a mother and daughter for speaking Spanish in 2020 has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man was convicted of criminal littering and ordered to pay about $300 for repeatedly placing boxes full of flowers on the grave of his fiancee, whose father didn't like the decorations or approve of their relationship.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's top schools official was fined $100 after she pleaded no contest to a citation alleging she illegally passed a stopped school bus while children were boarding.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen on Wednesday entered the plea meaning that she did not not admit guilt but was not contesting the charge, according to Helena Municipal Court records.
BOSTON (AP) — Mario Batali was found not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Tuesday, following a swift trial in which the celebrity chef waived his right to have a jury decide his fate in a criminal case that arose from the global #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials have asked city judges to expunge 4,000 minor misdemeanor marijuana convictions, joining other U.S. cities, counties and states that have made similar moves.
City officials filed motions with the Cleveland Municipal Court on Wednesday to expunge the records of those convicted of possessing 20 grams (0.7 ounces) of marijuana or less dating back to 2017.
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi city is holding an amnesty day next month to work with residents to resolve unpaid fines.
The City of Meridian Municipal Court on Feb. 24 will work with residents who appear in person from 8 a.m.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in a South Carolina city are looking at the possibility of buying and renovating a large building as a new home for its police and fire departments and municipal court.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Rights groups are urging Cambodian authorities to release an autistic teenager who was sentenced to eight months in prison for social media posts critical of the government, saying Tuesday his case was being misused to intimidate his opposition activist parents.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Supreme Court has issued a public reprimand of a former municipal court judge after a judicial conduct panel concluded that he made a suggestive comment to a female defendant.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge who suggested to a domestic violence suspect that men are “in control” has been suspended without pay two years after he made the comments.
The state Supreme Court announced Friday it adopted the recommendation of a panel on judicial conduct to suspend Municipal Court Judge Steven Brister for one month, beginning on Sept.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man charged in the deaths of two central Ohio men authorities say were killed after meeting the suspect online was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.
A Franklin County municipal court judge on Saturday ordered 19-year-old Talent Bradley, of Coshocton, held on $1 million each in the deaths of Robert Goodrich of Westerville and Robert Gwirtz of Columbus.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A county judge in Washington state has granted a temporary injunction in a civil lawsuit that stops the city of Bellingham from investigating working conditions at the Bellingham Municipal Court.
GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge is turning to community mediation to try to resolve the case of a middle school vice principal who threw beer at people who were filming his wife's rant against a transgender woman's use of a public women's restroom.
GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey vice principal who threw beer at a group of people who were filming his wife's rant against a transgender woman's use of a women's restroom, and the people who got hit with the beer are accusing each other of harassment.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge has dismissed charges against a former police officer seen on video lowering the mask of at least one protester before dousing a group with pepper spray as they knelt on a city interstate during a demonstration last summer.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a state law limiting restitution awards for economic losses caused by certain criminal driving offenses that cause another person to be killed or seriously injured...
ATLANTA (AP) — A suburban Atlanta district attorney has been indicted on charges that he improperly sought to have a municipal court dismiss a charge against the female employee he is accused of sexually harassing...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A motorcyclist cited for turning his license plate upside down because he thought “it was cool” has lost another bid to rescind a traffic ticket he received...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge whose ethics were called into question after he jailed a woman he accused of being disrespectful in court will avoid being suspended from the bench...
ATLANTA (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta ordered city courts Monday to soon begin restricting public access to records involving people cited for minor marijuana offenses...
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The espionage trial of two Cambodian journalists who formerly worked for a U...
ATLANTA (AP) — Judges in Atlanta illegally impose "pay-or-jail" sentences on poor people, requiring them to pay a set fine or, if they're unable to pay, to spend time in jail, according to a legal advocacy group.
Halloween weddings offered by Akron Municipal Court judge
Bail reform in Cuyahoga County has been slow going
CLEVELAND, Ohio - It's been almost three years since Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish unveiled a series of bail reforms designed to make the justice system more fair and less costly.
Bail reforms embraced by Cuyahoga County judges, lawyers, top judge says
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Judges and lawyers from across Northeast Ohio have embraced recommendations for reforming the region's justice system and have called on Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish to pay for the needed changes, according to the county's top judge.
Sarah Levison, an unsuccessful candidate in Longmont's 2017 election contest for mayor, believes she followed campaign finance disclosure requirements "ethically and completely," according to a written brief her attorney filed in Longmont's Municipal Court this week.
Michelle D. Earley to replace retiring Ronald Adrine as Cleveland Municipal Court's chief judge
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Michelle D. Earley has been unanimously selected by her fellow Cleveland Municipal Court judges to be the court's new administrative and presiding judge.
Now is the time to plan for municipal court consolidation in Cuyahoga County
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Some advocates of court reform believe it's time for the 13 municipal courts in Cuyahgga County to consolidate, perhaps merging into one countywide court.
Hamilton County Municipal Court is a model for equal justice and efficiency: Justice for All
Hamilton County Municipal Court is a model for equal justice and efficiency: Justice for All
Bail reform to be tested soon in Cuyahoga County
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and three municipal courts are likely to become test sites for bail reform next year.
That's according to John Russo, administrative judge for the common pleas court and leader of an ongoing pretrial justice review in the county.
Roseburg City Council picked a new municipal court judge during its regular meeting Monday.
Council members unanimously voted to appoint Jason Mahan as the city's new municipal court judge.
Council President Tom Ryan said he was pleased that the city had two good candidates for the position.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — You wouldn't think an 80-year-old judge would make for a viral video, but somehow Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio has been winning hearts and clicks on Facebook with a mix of compassion, humor and a rotating cast of the poor souls who have been ticketed in Providence...
Judge Sheila Kolar filed Thursday for another four-year term as Billings Municipal Court judge.
First appointed to the bench in 2011 and then elected to a four-year term in 2013, Kolar said she most appreciates the opportunity “to work with people with misdemeanors before they become felons.”
After a couple of years when hearings on alcoholic beverage infractions - usually for serving patrons under age 21 - were a frequent part of Statesboro City Council meetings, the council will turn future hearings over to an administrative judge.
Magnolia Municipal Court Judge Robert Rosenquist announced today the municipal court will begin a "Warrant Resolution Program" Feb. 13-24 for anyone with outstanding warrants through the court.
Individuals with arrest warrants can go to the court and set up a court date to speak with the prosecutor and judge without posting a bond per violation or being arrested.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A veteran NFL running back with two Super Bowl rings has pleaded no contest and paid a fine to settle a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.
Court documents at Eaton Municipal Court first obtained Monday by The Associated Press showed that Ahmad Bradshaw paid $351 in fines and costs under a plea agreement.