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Arizona evictions up, but not close to pre-pandemic levels

Dec. 03, 2021 19:06 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Eviction filings are creeping up in Arizona, but they are not even close to pre-pandemic levels as agencies do a better job of getting out rental aid, court officials and advocates say. Scott Davis, spokesman for the Maricopa County Justice Courts, which...

Group asks judge to find Wisconsin GOP leader in contempt

Dec. 03, 2021 14:25 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A liberal group asked a judge on Friday to find Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in contempt of court for not following a November court order to turn over records about a secretive review of the 2020 election that Republicans have been conducting for months. ...

Grand jury indicts security guard in store customer shooting

Dec. 02, 2021 23:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County grand jury has returned a murder indictment against a security guard who wasn’t certified to carry a gun on the job for shooting to death a customer outside a Lowe’s Home Care Center in North Portland. Logan C. Gimbel, 28,...

DA: Overworked assistant set bail too low for parade suspect

Dec. 02, 2021 18:42 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County's top prosecutor said Thursday that a young assistant in his office rushed to set $1,000 bail for a man before he allegedly drove his vehicle through a Christmas parade because she was overworked and never saw his risk assessment. ...

Arizona judge takes narrow view of legislative privilege

Nov. 30, 2021 18:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate can't claim legislative privilege to avoid releasing a wide variety of records from the review of the 2020 vote count conducted on behalf of Republican leaders, a judge ruled Tuesday. Meanwhile, a lawyer for Cyber Ninjas, the firm...

Confederate group opposing suit over Tuskegee monument site

Nov. 30, 2021 17:21 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Confederate heritage group will fight an Alabama county's lawsuit that could lead to the removal of a rebel monument in the heart of nearly all-Black Tuskegee, the group's lawyer said Tuesday. While Macon County has asked a court to give it the...

Current lawmaker rare appointee among 12 California judges

Nov. 29, 2021 22:52 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom took the rare step of appointing a sitting California state lawmaker to one of 12 judgeships Monday, triggering a special election for the Los Angeles County seat. Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat from Monterey Park, will fill...

Woman's early release in deadly school bus crash denied

Nov. 29, 2021 16:58 PM EST

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Monday blocked the early prison release of a woman convicted in a 2018 crash that killed three siblings who were crossing a rural northern Indiana highway to board a school bus. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Greg Heller denied...

Oakland County judge charged with assaulting man

Nov. 26, 2021 10:08 AM EST

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge was arrested on a domestic assault charge, authorities said. The alleged incident Wednesday involved Oakland County Judge Kathleen Ryan and a man who had a relationship with her, Wixom police said. “The...

Judge sends Wichita woman to prison for ex-stepdad’s murder

Nov. 24, 2021 17:11 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Wichita woman to life in prison for murdering her ex-stepfather during a plot designed to get back at him for allegedly molesting her as a child. Micaela L. Spencer, 27, will serve at least 50 years for...