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Supreme Court backs police in traffic stops

Apr. 6, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police can pull over a car when they know only that its owner's license is invalid, even if they don't know who's behind the wheel, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court said in an 8-1 decision that unless there's reason to believe otherwise, it's common sense for an officer to think...

A worker helps voter outside the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building Monday March 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. The city is now allowing drive up early voting for the state's April 7 election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin GOP appeals to Supreme Court on extended voting

Apr. 4, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday's primary, despite public health fears about in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans are asking the high court to undo a federal judge's ruling this week that...

Court denies Seattle’s bid for wealthy household income tax

Apr. 4, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s Supreme Court has denied Seattle’s bid to reinstate an income tax on wealthy households. In a majority decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday declined to review the city’s request to overturn rulings against the tax by a King County Superior Court judge and...

Grand juries, jury trials in Iowa suspended until mid-July

Apr. 4, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an order suspending grand jury hearings and criminal jury trials until mid-July in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Chief Justice Susan Christensen issued the order Thursday, saying trials and hearings already in progress will continue,...

A worker leaves the the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building Monday March 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. The city is now allowing drive up early voting for the state's April 7 election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin limps toward Tuesday election despite virus fears

Apr. 3, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attempt to conduct an election in the midst of a coronavirus crisis lurched forward Friday, with a Democratic governor pushing for an all-mail election to replace in-person voting and Republican leaders refusing to budge. Just three days before Tuesday's spring primary...

This combination of Nov. 19, 2019 photos shows Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky, left, and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, during a candidate's forum for a seat on the state Supreme Court. Wisconsin voters are about to choose the next state Supreme Court justice. Incumbent conservative Justice Kelly and liberal challenger Karofsky will square off in the April 7, 2020 spring election despite the coronavirus crisis. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Court hopefuls push through coronavirus to Election Day

Apr. 3, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin residents may be more worried about whether they'll be able to feed their families than voting as the coronavirus shutdown stretches on. But someone has to pick the state's next Supreme Court justice in Tuesday's spring election. The ballot features a matchup between...

Governor appoints lawyer with GOP ties to Iowa Supreme Court

Apr. 3, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor on Friday appointed a West Des Moines lawyer with longtime ties to the state GOP as the newest Iowa Supreme Court justice. Gov. Kim Reynolds named Matthew McDermott to fill the vacancy left when former Justice David Wiggins, a Democratic appointee,...

Nebraska high court rejects death row inmate's latest appeal

Apr. 3, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has again rejected a post-conviction appeal by a man on the state's death row for raping and killing a teenage newspaper carrier in western Nebraska in 2003. Jeffrey Hessler, of Gering, argued in his appeal that Nebraska's capital punishment procedure is...

Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

Apr. 3, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more than other customers, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that strikes down proposed rates from two companies. The state's highest court found the proposals by Westar and Kansas Gas and Electric...

Lawmaker wants Omaha courthouse closed, citing COVID-19 case

Apr. 2, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A state senator whose Omaha law practice often takes him into the Douglas County Courthouse has raised the volume of his calls to close it, citing the COVID-19 diagnosis of a prosecuting attorney. The prosecutor found out Monday that he was infected. The more than 50 people he'd...