JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has said a majority of members on the board tasked with redrawing Alaska's political boundaries appeared to have adopted a map that splits the Eagle River area into two Senate districts for “political reasons,” and he ordered a new map to be used this year.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials have released a draft plan to address an ongoing education lawsuit brought by underserved K-12 students, and education advocates and tribal leaders are expected to comb through the document in the coming days.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision reverberated in political battleground Michigan, where a near-total abortion ban may take effect again after nearly 50 years and is unlikely to be changed by the Republican-led Legislature.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House gave final approval Thursday to a Texas-style abortion ban that prohibits the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After New York's highest court threw out new congressional district maps drawn by the state Legislature, the task of redrawing them has fallen to a rural judge and a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Frustrated Democrats in Ohio took the unusual step Thursday of calling their own political mapmaking hearing of sorts, inviting public testimonials and streaming the proceeding on Facebook.
After New York state's top court this week crushed Democratic hopes of coming out ahead in this decade's redistricting cycle, the party faces an increasingly precarious legal environment in the hyper-partisan battle over drawing legislative lines.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has set a May 3 deadline for challenges to a revised redistricting plan for Alaska.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Matthews, in an order dated Wednesday, said the accelerated timeline takes into account a June 1 candidate filing deadline for the August primary.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the state’s Republican-led Legislature still deadlocked on redistricting, Missouri now faces lawsuits in both federal and state court asking the judiciary to intervene and order a new U.S.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man sentenced to death for fatally shooting a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy in 2018 before setting fire to his patrol car with his body inside is now facing an additional federal sentence of life in prison.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in Oklahoma’s ongoing battle with Native American tribes over the state's authority to prosecute people accused of crimes on Native American lands, following a 2020 Supreme Court decision.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers on Monday ended a spring break with more room to cut taxes and boost state spending than they had even a few weeks ago but potentially facing another debate over political redistricting.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas district court judge on Monday struck down a new Republican-backed congressional map that would likely make it harder for the only Democrat in the state's delegation to win reelection this year.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama prison officer has been indicted on federal charges of assaulting three inmates and then submitting a false statement about the incident, prosecutors said Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Thursday that a federal appeals court was wrong when it ordered Michigan to retry or release a convicted murderer because his rights were violated when he was shackled at trial.
BERLIN (AP) — A court has ruled that an Austrian man who kept his daughter captive for 24 years and fathered seven of her children should be moved from psychiatric detention to a normal prison.
However, Josef Fritzl will remain where he is while an appeal by prosecutors is under consideration.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The white men convicted of hate crimes for chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery as he ran in their Georgia neighborhood have been scheduled for sentencing this summer in federal court.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of an inmate facing execution this week who sought to have his case reopened after an unknown person’s DNA was found on one of the murder weapons.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Several businesses and residents have filed suit in state court in Pennsylvania seeking to overturn Philadelphia's renewed indoor mask mandate scheduled to be enforced beginning Monday in an effort to halt a surge in COVID-19 infections.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has a new chief justice who will oversee the administration of the judiciary and act as an advocate for state courts at the legislature on budgetary and other matters.
BERLIN (AP) — A German court convicted a Russian man of espionage and gave him a one-year suspended sentence on Wednesday for passing research including information about European rockets to Russian intelligence.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate unanimously voted on Tuesday to confirm the first Black justice to the state's highest court.
A legislative panel voted last week to confirm Rick Lawrence to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge has ruled that Democrat Abby Finkenauer cannot appear on the June 7 Iowa primary ballot for U.S. Senate because she didn't gather enough petition signatures, potentially knocking off the candidate considered by many to be the party’s best chance to unseat Republican U.S.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a Michigan court to recognize the right to get an abortion under the state constitution and to overturn a 176-year-old ban in the state that might take effect again if the U.S.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A man accused of shooting at a candidate for mayor of Louisville was hit with new federal charges Thursday, the U.S.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina lawsuit that attempts to block a law permitting four Charlotte-area municipalities to operate their own charter schools can't go forward, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A western North Carolina city's decision to remove a downtown monument honoring a Civil War-era governor was upheld Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals.
An appeals panel unanimously affirmed Superior Court Judge Alan Thornburg's decision last year to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an historic preservation group.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man accused of taking part in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and still facing federal charges was sentenced Monday to 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty in state court to a count of criminal weapons possession.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge said environmental groups may proceed with a lawsuit seeking to halt expansion of a cattle farm in northeast Iowa near a prized trout stream.
Judge Michael Huppert on Monday ruled against the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which sought to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club Iowa Chapter and Iowa State Council of Trout Unlimited.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A retired judge who has managed longstanding litigation on K-12 education spending in North Carolina for years said he's received no direct explanation why he's not handling the next portion of the case.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former emergency room doctor at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington was sentenced Tuesday to more than eight years in prison after his guilty plea to a federal child pornography charge.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court ruled Tuesday that fantasy sports contests like those run by FanDuel and DraftKings are allowed under the state constitution, turning back a challenge to the popular games.
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle policy meant to reduce evictions after the end of the city's eviction moratorium has been struck down by the Washington State Court of Appeals.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada Supreme Court panel has rejected an appeal in a legal battle between UFC President Dana White and a Las Vegas man who went to prison for trying to extort White in a sex-tape case.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Long-pending lawsuits stemming from toxic waste contamination in Niagara Falls’ notorious Love Canal neighborhood have a new court date in May.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman charged with setting fire to two police vehicles during civil disorder in Philadelphia following 2020 protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to lesser offenses in an agreement with federal prosecutors.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota public defenders reached a tentative contract agreement, union officials said Saturday, averting a walkout that threatened to bring much of the state court system to a standstill.
North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to curtail state courts' powers to intervene in the drawing of congressional districts as part of an ongoing battle over electoral maps.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against a North Carolina police officer who fatally struck a pedestrian while responding to a call should not be allowed to proceed, the state Court of Appeals ruled, saying there is no evidence the officer acted in a grossly negligent manner.
ATLANTA (AP) — The justices on Georgia's highest court have unanimously selected the next leader of the state's judicial system.
State Supreme Court Presiding Justice Michael Boggs will take over when Chief Justice David Nahmias steps down from the court on July 17.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal court in Las Vegas has signaled that the public might get a look at a Las Vegas police report compiled about Cristiano Ronaldo after a Nevada woman claimed in 2018 that the international soccer star raped her in 2009.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city's red-light camera program is unconstitutional because too little of the money it generates through penalties ends up with the local school system, the state Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge could soon become the first state appellate court judge to stand trial before the state Judicial Qualifications Commission for alleged ethics violations.
A recent decision by the Georgia Supreme Court paves the way for the trial involving Christian Coomer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge agreed Thursday to postpone hearing evidence in the criminal case accusing ex-Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs of driving drunk and causing a high-speed crash that killed a woman last November.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for Democrats, the Supreme Court has turned away efforts from Republicans in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to block state court-ordered congressional districting plans.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland state delegate seeking the Republican nomination for governor has been disbarred from practicing law by a state court following a complaint by the Attorney Grievance Commission.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday refused to dismiss three lawsuits that challenge new Republican-drawn congressional redistricting maps.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt made the request, arguing that the state court system does not have jurisdiction to decide disputes over redistricting for federal offices.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man accused in state court of killing an elderly Rapid City woman has been sentenced in federal court to 10 years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.
Judge Jeffrey Viken gave James Jumping Eagle the maximum sentence for the felony in court Thursday.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Tuesday granted a motion by federal prosecutors to dismiss an indictment against a man accused of participating in a street feud involving a drug kingpin that resulted in the kidnapping and slaying of a woman and the shooting of a 6-year-old boy.