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Justices consider Harvard case on race in college admissions

Jun. 13, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue — whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices could say as soon as Monday whether they...

Study: Illinois public defenders struggle with big caseloads

Jun. 12, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Public defenders across Illinois are struggling with excessive caseloads and a lack of independence that is negatively affecting their clients, according to a new study commissioned by the Illinois Supreme Court. The study, which was released Tuesday,...

Montana law upheld allowing governor to appoint judges

Jun. 11, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a new law allowing the governor to directly nominate judges to fill vacancies — giving Gov. Greg Gianforte and the Republican-controlled Legislature a win in the first of a series of challenges to laws...

Judge appoints ex-judge to oversee Giuliani devices' review

Jun. 09, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former federal judge was formally appointed Wednesday to ensure attorney-client privilege is protected in the examination of multiple electronic devices seized from Rudy Giuliani. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan appointed Barbara Jones...

Study: Racial diversity stagnated on corporate boards

Jun. 08, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many U.S. companies have rushed to appoint Black members to their boards of directors since racial justice protests swept the country last year. But in the two preceding years, progress on increasing racial diversity on boards stagnated, a new study...

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman stepping down

Jun. 07, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman announced Monday she is stepping down after more than a decade on the state's highest court. The Republican on Monday told Gov. Greg Abbott that she will leave the bench effective Friday. She was Texas' first...

Schumer recommending 2 voting rights lawyers to be judges

Jun. 07, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat is recommending President Joe Biden nominate two prominent voting rights attorneys to serve as judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and on the federal bench in Manhattan. Sen. Chuck Schumer has recommended the...

Judge grants prosecutor's recusal request from police case

Jun. 04, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge on Friday granted a request from the district attorney in Atlanta to recuse her office from prosecuting the police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks and instructed the state attorney general to appoint another prosecutor. Fulton County...

Judge says he'll appoint ex-judge in review of Giuliani raid

Jun. 04, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Friday he was appointing a former federal judge to oversee a review of materials seized in raids on the home and office of Rudy Giuliani, who served as former president Donald Trump's personal lawyer. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken...

Trump's grip on GOP sparks fears about democratic process

Jun. 04, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

Seven months after Election Day, former President Donald Trump's supporters are still auditing ballots in Arizona's largest county and may revive legislation that would make it easier for judges in Texas to overturn election results. In Georgia, meanwhile, the...