Latest State courts News

Court rules in favor of Native Hawaiian homestead applicants

Jul. 2, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a ruling on a Department of Hawaiian Homelands waiting list that could result in the state paying millions of dollars to beneficiaries. The justices unanimously ruled Tuesday that the state's conduct resulted in a growing list of Native Hawaiians waiting...

Texas DA files new charges resulting from deadly drug raid

Jul. 1, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The investigation of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid has resulted in charges being filed against six former officers, who are accused of routinely using false information to get search warrants and of lying on police reports, prosecutors announced...

Washington state court hears arguments over car-tab tax cuts

Jul. 1, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court heard arguments about whether a voter-approved car-tab tax cut was legal or if its ballot title misled voters. The state Legislature and Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee suspended some projects and shuffled budgets as if the tax reduction will take effect, but...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 30 The Wall Street Journal on allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan: It is going to be something to behold, on Jan. 21, 2021, when President Biden takes revenge on Russia for paying the Taliban...

Wisconsin court may not rule on voter purge before November

Jul. 1, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court won't hear oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to purge thousands of voters from the rolls until at least September, raising questions about whether the justices will rule before the Nov. 3 presidential election. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the...

Germanwings crash relatives lose court case on compensation

Jul. 1, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Wednesday rejected demands for higher compensation from Lufthansa by eight people who lost loved ones in the deliberate crash of a plane operated by its budget airline Germanwings five years ago. French and German investigators have concluded that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz...

Court rules for retirees in pension dispute with Providence

Jul. 1, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Supreme Court has dealt a legal setback to Providence in disputes with retired city workers that could prove costly. The city violated the U.S. and state constitutions in 2012 when it suspended cost-of-living adjustments on retiree pensions for an indefinite amount of...

Court: Permit for oil refinery planned near national park OK

Jun. 30, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with state regulators in a challenge to an air quality permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state. In a unanimous opinion, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that affirmed...

Judge halts Iowa's new 24-hour waiting period for abortion

Jun. 30, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

An Iowa judge issued an injunction halting the state’s latest abortion restriction, a 24-hour waiting period, on Tuesday, a day before the measure was set to become law. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill Monday, but the order issued by state court Judge Mitchell Turner prevents it from becoming...

Missouri high court says state must pay Planned Parenthood

Jun. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that lawmakers violated the state constitution when they tried to end all government funding of Planned Parenthood. The 6-1 ruling scraps a provision in a state budget law forbidding Medicaid reimbursements to any Planned Parenthood clinic,...