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Dane County Judge Karofsky enters Supreme Court race

May. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky has officially entered the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court next year. Karofsky on Thursday announced her candidacy, after she said in April that she had planned to get into the race. Karofsky is running for the seat currently held by...

Judge orders file in Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed

May. 23, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago ordered the file in Jussie Smollett's criminal case unsealed Thursday, saying the actor's actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy. The order by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins follows requests by The Associated Press and...

The Latest: Judge: Actor didn't appear to be seeking privacy

May. 23, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a judge's order unsealing the file from actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case (all times local): 1 p.m. A judge that ordered the file from Jussie Smollett's criminal case unsealed says the actor's actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy....

Arkansas Supreme Court dismisses case over 2018 dicamba ban

May. 23, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed the state's appeal of a judge's decision to block the enforcement of a 2018 herbicide ban, saying the case is moot now that new restrictions are in effect. Justices on Thursday dismissed the appeal of a Clay County judge's order prohibiting...

Oklahoma court upholds convictions, life sentences for 3 men

May. 23, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed the first-degree murder convictions and life sentences of three men in separate cases, including a 24-year-old man convicted in the stabbing death of a co-worker. Dakota Joe Spainhower was convicted by a jury in Creek County in the...

Judge overseeing Seattle police reforms orders oversight fix

May. 22, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal judge overseeing reforms in the Seattle Police Department has ordered the city, the Department of Justice and others to fix ongoing inadequacies surrounding officer accountability, and said he will extend court oversight of the department until they do so. U.S. District Judge...

Judge reverses Missouri trooper's loss of officer license

May. 22, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has reversed the revocation of the peace officer license of a Missouri highway patrolman who was driving a boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green on Monday sent proceedings against trooper Anthony Piercy back to...

Party-endorsed judicial candidates win spots on fall ballot

May. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The endorsed candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties won contested races to run for open seats on a statewide appellate court. The winners secured spots on the fall ballot in Tuesday's primary election to fill two open seats on the state Superior Court. Each party had a...

Labor lawyer, prosecutor win spots on fall court ballot

May. 21, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A steelworkers' union lawyer and a county prosecutor have been nominated to run for open seats on a statewide appellate court. Democrat Amanda Green-Hawkins, a Pittsburgh lawyer, and Republican Megan King, a Chester County prosecutor, won spots on the fall ballot in Tuesday's primary...

Former judge files new motions in Jussie Smollett case

May. 21, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former judge who wants a special prosecutor appointed in the Jussie Smollett case is back in court with new motions to obtain her goal. Sheila O'Brien on Tuesday filed three motions in Cook County Circuit Court attempting to get the case before a different judge. At a hearing last week,...