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Some Michigan counties pause jury trials amid COVID surge

Jan. 17, 2022 13:17 PM EST

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Jury trials have been paused in some western Michigan counties due to a surge in coronavirus cases, court officials said Monday. Chief Judge Mark Trusock said all jury trials in Kent County 17th Circuit Court, based in Grand Rapids, were on hold until...

Court to hear appeal of man convicted in son's hot-car death

Jan. 17, 2022 13:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A man whose toddler son died after he left him in a hot car for hours is asking Georgia's highest court to overturn his convictions for murder and child cruelty. Justin Ross Harris, 41, was convicted in November 2016 on eight counts including malice murder in the...

Collecting race data on defendants nearly complete in ND

Jan. 17, 2022 12:35 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A nearly yearlong effort at collecting race data on defendants to identify any potential bias in North Dakota's justice system will come to an end soon. The court rule that took effect in March 2021 requires that prosecutors filing criminal complaints include...

Judge stops Minnesota hospital from disconnecting ventilator

Jan. 17, 2022 11:52 AM EST

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A man who has been suffering from a severe case of COVID-19 and was being kept alive by a ventilator has been moved from a Minnesota hospital to a Texas facility after a judge issued a restraining order stopping the hospital from turning off his machine. ...

Ex-NJ police chief granted delay on reporting to prison

Jan. 16, 2022 12:53 PM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A judge has granted a request by a former New Jersey police chief to delay reporting to federal prison to serve a 28-month sentence on a conviction of lying to the FBI during a hate crime investigation. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler agreed last week that...

Report: Bailey is first woman to lead judicial association

Jan. 16, 2022 12:23 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kanawha County Chief Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey has become the first woman elected as president of the West Virginia Judicial Association, according to a published report. “There’s not a more deserving person,“ Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers,...

Election overhaul in Alaska aimed at reducing partisanship

Jan. 16, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants. A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this...

Domestic violence task force to hold first hearing

Jan. 16, 2022 11:05 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A task force created to review domestic violence cases in New Hampshire’s court system is holding its first hearing this Friday. The hearing will be at the state Supreme Court building in Concord from 1 to 4 p.m. to field input from the public as the task...

No title defense for No. 1: Djokovic deported from Australia

Jan. 16, 2022 07:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Instead of starting the defense of his Australian Open title on Monday, Novak Djokovic was on his way home, a stunning and unprecedented end to his run of success at Melbourne Park. Djokovic has won nine of his 20 Grand Slam trophies at the Australian...

Serbia votes in referendum on constitutional changes

Jan. 16, 2022 07:41 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia held a referendum Sunday on constitutional amendments that the populist government says are needed for the Balkan country to advance in a bid to join the European Union. The ballot focuses on the changes in the election of judges and prosecutors that...