Latest Judiciary News

Weber County sent 4 juveniles to Utah State Prison last year

Jan. 20, 2020 11:14 AM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A 17-year-old boy walked into an Ogden courtroom on a sunny June day, shackled and wearing a Weber County Jail uniform. Facing adult charges and prison time, Mario Segura asked the judge for another chance. “Once you’re in the adult system there’s no way of getting...

Cuomo set to announce special election despite legal fight

Jan. 20, 2020 11:10 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears ready to set an April 28 special election — the same day as the state's presidential primary — to fill a congressional seat left vacant by a western New York Republican who has since been convicted of insider trading. Republican leaders have...

Opposition leader Juan Guaido holds a session at a theater in the El Hatillo neighborhood after opposition lawmakers' vehicles were attacked by government supporters while driving to the National Assembly in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. It's the second time this month that lawmakers have been barred from from the building that houses the only branch of government out of control of President Nicolas Maduro's government. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela's Guaido to meet Pompeo in Colombia

Jan. 19, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó has traveled to Colombia to participate alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a regional counter-terrorism meeting — a new show of support by the Trump administration for the man it says is the country's legitimate leader. From...

Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

Jan. 19, 2020 12:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for drug trafficking. Prosecutors say Jeremy Rodriguez, 22, was part of a drug trafficking organization selling large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine in the Hartford-area. The Hartford...

Utah County attorney wants to rethink criminal justice

Jan. 19, 2020 11:57 AM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — David Leavitt loses sleep at night when he thinks about how many jury trials in Utah County haven’t taken place because those accused of crimes have instead accepted plea bargains. This bothers the Utah County Attorney because accepting a plea bargain, which usually involves a...

Indiana mulls law aiming to limit Lake Michigan beach access

Jan. 19, 2020 9:40 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would undo a landmark Indiana Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that the shoreline of Lake Michigan is unquestionably owned by the state and held in trust for use by all residents. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Doug Miller,...

Northern Indiana county seeks to overturn dam repairs ruling

Jan. 19, 2020 9:36 AM EST

PERU, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana county is seeking to overturn a court ruling that puts it on the hook for costly repairs to six aging dams in a lake-filled subdivision. Miami County is challenging a Marion County judge’s August ruling which found that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources...

Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state Legislature. Among the hurdles they'll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation's toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Texas and other states, voters face a variety of barriers

Jan. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Democrats believe they have a shot at making gains this year in Republican-dominated Texas, including winning control of one house of the Legislature for the first time in nearly two decades. Persuading voters isn't their only challenge. Voting and registration rules crafted by Republicans in recent years also...

US appeals court to hear Florida Confederate monument debate

Jan. 19, 2020 5:30 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court will consider a dispute over the movement of a Confederate soldier from a prominent town square park to a veterans memorial park. The Lakeland Ledger reports that the Atlanta-based court agreed to hear an appeal by Save Southern Heritage, which describes itself...

The Stewart Detention Center is seen through the front gate, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Lumpkin, Ga. The rural town is about 140 miles southwest of Atlanta and next to the Georgia-Alabama state line. The town’s 1,172 residents are outnumbered by the roughly 1,650 male detainees that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said were being held in the detention center in late November. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos

Jan. 19, 2020 12:02 AM EST

LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP) — In a locked, guarded courtroom in a compound surrounded by razor wire, Immigration Judge Jerome Rothschild waits -- and stalls. A Spanish interpreter is running late because of a flat tire. Rothschild tells the five immigrants before him that he’ll take a break before the...