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US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Journalists are entitled to hear and not just see the entire process of executing condemned inmates in Arizona, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that criticized Arizona's "checkered past with executions." In the case stemming from what a lawyer called a botched execution, the...

Judge refuses to free extremists who attacked protesters

Sep. 17, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to free members of a white supremacist group on bond while they appeal their convictions for attacking protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled that Rise Above Movement members Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen...

Convicts in 'Bridgegate' asking Supreme Court to toss case

Sep. 17, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Onetime allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are making their case to the U.S. Supreme Court on why their convictions in the so-called Bridgegate case should be thrown out. In a brief being filed Tuesday, Bill Baroni's attorneys cite the overturned conviction of former...

Donor disclosure law dangerous, Koch think tank tells judge

Sep. 17, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new law requiring some political groups to disclose their donors is a "monstrosity" that could ruin organizations, lawyers for the conservative think tank founded by the Koch brothers told a federal judge Tuesday. But the state argued the June law is aimed at uncovering...

Comedian Baron Cohen asks judge to dismiss Roy Moore lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen asked a federal judge to dismiss Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit over a television segment that lampooned Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. Lawyers for Baron Cohen, Showtime Networks and CBS wrote last week in a joint court filing that...

High drama at UK Supreme Court in Brexit challenge case

Sep. 17, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government and its opponents faced off Tuesday at the U.K. Supreme Court in a high-stakes legal drama over Brexit that will determine whether new Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law by suspending Parliament at a crucial time ahead of Britain's impending departure from the...

Silver lining in Epstein saga: New focus on victims' rights

Sep. 17, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Jeffrey Epstein case has brought national attention to victims' rights, from prosecutors shunning Epstein's accusers more than a decade ago to the same women speaking about their suffering at an extraordinary court hearing last month. If there was a silver lining to the saga, attorneys...

Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children lodged an appeal in Australia's highest court on Tuesday against his convictions in the molestation of two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. The High Court registry confirmed that Cardinal...

Is Parliament's suspension illegal? UK's top court to decide

Sep. 17, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit battle is heading to the country's top court. The Supreme Court is set to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament on Sept. 9, sending lawmakers home until Oct. 14 — just over two weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the...

The New York Times faces questions over Kavanaugh story

Sep. 17, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, The New York Times' handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself. The story also gave President Donald Trump and his allies...