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Oregon Supreme Court Justice Balmer retiring after 21 years

Oct. 03, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Supreme Court Justice Thomas Balmer has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Balmer, 70, said in a statement Monday that he had written a letter to Gov. Kate Brown announcing his retirement, calling it an honor and the privilege of a...

Jury pool warned of rough talk in trial tied to Whitmer plot

Oct. 03, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Questions about guns, secretly recorded “repugnant” talk and even the Jan. 6 Capitol riot dominated jury selection Monday in the third trial connected to a 2020 anti-government plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Dozens of potential jurors...

Indiana ACLU: No rush to halt judge's pause on abortion ban

Oct. 03, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

Indianapolis (AP) — Attorneys for Indiana abortion rights supporters argued Monday there is no rush to suspend a judge's decision temporarily letting abortions continue in the state. It's the latest legal step in the fight over the state's recent abortion ban. Indiana's abortion...

High court passes on Indiana case involving death of boy, 2

Oct. 03, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a man sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in a shooting that killed a northern Indiana boy who was playing outside. The high court announced Monday that it would not take up the case of Tyre...

New Mexico AG wants state's anti-corruption law strengthened

Oct. 03, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is calling on lawmakers to strengthen the state’s anti-corruption law. A recent ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of criminal charges against four defendants, and Balderas told the...

Black representation in Alabama tested before Supreme Court

Oct. 03, 2022 05:16 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The invisible line dividing two of Alabama's congressional districts slices through Montgomery, near iconic sites from the civil rights movement as well as ones more personal to Evan Milligan. There’s the house where his grandfather loaded people into his...

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...