Latest State courts News

Max Baer, Pennsylvania Supreme Court's chief justice, dies

Oct. 01, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Max Baer, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has died only months before he was set to retire, the court confirmed Saturday. He was 74. Baer died overnight at his home near Pittsburgh, the court said in a news release. The court didn't give a...

Highway named after Botetourt’s ‘most famous native son’

Oct. 01, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

GALA, Va. (AP) — He won in the dogfights of World War II, he won in the Olympic boxing ring, and he won in Virginia Supreme Court, and now, a stretch of highway in Botetourt County is named in honor of Norvel LaFallette Ray Lee. Descendants of Lee recently traveled to his...

Michigan women fight to preserve abortion, 1 chat at a time

Oct. 01, 2022 00:50 AM EDT

UTICA, Mich. (AP) — At a wine bar in suburban Detroit, about a dozen women strategized about how to preserve the right to abortion in their state. This was not a typical political event; there were no microphones, no literature to hand out and few who would consider themselves...

Trump fraud lawsuit goes to judge who held him in contempt

Sep. 30, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general’s lawsuit accusing Donald Trump and his company of fraud has been assigned to a state court judge who repeatedly ruled against the former president in related subpoena disputes — including holding him in contempt, fining him $110,000 and forcing...

Tennessee high court reverses Judd death investigation order

Sep. 30, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s high court on Thursday vacated a ruling that required police to publicly release their investigation of country singer Naomi Judd’s death. The state Supreme Court did not rule on whether the records can be released, but sent the case back to...

Abortion ruling intensifies fight over state supreme courts

Sep. 30, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

Surrounded by states with abortion bans that took effect after Roe v. Wade fell, Illinois is one of the few places where the procedure remains legal in the Midwest. Abortion-rights supporters are worried that might not last. Their concern is shared in at least a half-dozen states,...

Execution set for Missouri inmate who killed ex-girlfriend

Sep. 29, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday set a January execution date for Scott McLaughlin, who was convicted of raping and killing an ex-girlfriend 19 years ago. The execution at the state prison in Bonne Terre, scheduled for Jan. 3, would come six weeks after another convicted killer...

Michigan Supreme Court takes major car insurance case

Sep. 29, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether major changes in car insurance law apply to people who were catastrophically injured before summer 2019. The case is being closely watched by insurers, health-care providers and long-term victims of...

US high court asked to undo Indiana Lake Michigan ruling

Sep. 29, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Three property owners with land along northwest Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a 2018 ruling by Indiana's high court which declared that the shoreline is owned by the state for the public’s enjoyment. In their...

MN Supreme Court: Farm country stream is protected waterway

Sep. 29, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled a western county in the state must conduct an environmental review to determine whether a proposed drainage ditch improvement could harm one of the last free-flowing creeks in the heavily agricultural area. The ruling...