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EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense argues he acted reasonably

Apr. 19, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys and witnesses have used the words “reasonable” or “unreasonable” often at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd ’s death. Derek Chauvin's defense attorney put the...

EXPLAINER: How is 'reasonableness' key to Chauvin's defense?

Apr. 17, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys and witnesses have used the words “reasonable” or “unreasonable” often at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. It's no coincidence. The concept of reasonableness...

High court takes up case on virus relief funding for tribes

Apr. 17, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine who is eligible to receive more than $530 million in federal virus relief funding set aside for tribes more than a year ago. More than a dozen Native American tribes...

Arizona legislation fetes civil rights icon Fred Korematsu

Apr. 15, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is honoring late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, whose fight against Japanese American internment went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday signed legislation establishing a “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties...

Cherokee Nation AG: Congress must allow state-tribe compacts

Apr. 07, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Congress must take action to allow American Indian tribes to compact with state governments to prosecute crimes in Indian Country, Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill said Tuesday. The tribe has filed charges in 440 criminal cases...

Missouri House condemns Dred Scott ruling

Mar. 31, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's state House on Wednesday formally condemned the U.S. Supreme Court's 1857 ruling denying U.S. citizenship to Dred Scott and other Black Americans. The GOP-led House voted 152-0 in favor of the resolution, which describes the court...

High court: More police excessive force suits can go forward

Mar. 25, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with a New Mexico woman who was shot by police as she drove away from them, in a case that will allow more excessive force lawsuits against police to go forward. The justices ruled 5-3 on Thursday that Roxanne Torres' suit...

Guns are on Supreme Court's agenda days after mass shootings

Mar. 25, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A possible expansion of gun rights is on the Supreme Court's agenda, days after mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia. The justices are meeting in private Friday to discuss adding new cases to their docket for the fall. Among the prospects is an...

Former Washington state auditor faces prison over tax fraud

Mar. 24, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A former Washington state auditor has exhausted his appeals and now faces a 366-day federal prison sentence after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for review of his case. That denial Monday represented the last avenue of appeal for Troy...

Top court declines appeal of murderer studying to be priest

Mar. 22, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted murderer in Connecticut who says he is studying to become a Roman Catholic priest has lost his legal fight against state prison officials he accused of violating his constitutional rights by blocking his orders of used religious books and other materials....