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A woman enters the Oregon Department of Justice building in Salem, Ore., Thursday, May 28, 2020, the same day that the state supreme court and the appeals court began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries. The U.S. Supreme Court in April ruled that nonunanimous jury convictions are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

May. 28, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that will be scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are...

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Judge sets June 4 hearing for suspects in Arbery slaying

May. 27, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge has scheduled a hearing next week for three men charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, court officials said Wednesday. Glynn County Magistrate Court Judge Wallace E. Harrell set a preliminary hearing for June 4, said court clerk Luetrice Lott. The...

Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid. If the judge declines to do so, justices said Saturday that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff must explain why and give the...

German farmer jailed for drowning wife in liquid manure

May. 20, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 55-year-old farmer in Germany has been convicted of drowning his wife in liquid manure in 2018, after a court dismissed his claim that she fell into a slurry pit by accident. German news agency dpa reported that the Augsburg regional court on Wednesday sentenced the defendant to...

FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people hold signs protesting Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's executive order that shut down much of the state's economy and imposed social distancing, in her effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, rally outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. A judge in rural Oregon on Monday, May 18, tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Brown, saying she didn’t seek the Legislature's approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon high court keeps state virus restrictions in place

May. 19, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has kept statewide virus restrictions in place by halting a judge’s order to end them in a lawsuit claiming the governor exceeded her authority when she shut down in-person religious services. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff ruled Monday...

FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people hold signs protesting Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's executive order that shut down much of the state's economy and imposed social distancing, in her effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, rally outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. A judge in rural Oregon on Monday, May 18, tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Brown, saying she didn’t seek the Legislature's approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon Supreme Court halts order nixing virus restrictions

May. 18, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court late Monday halted a rural judge's order earlier in the day that had tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff had ruled that Brown erred by not seeking the...

This Tuesday, May 5, 2020 booking photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office shows Shelly Luther. Luther was ordered to spend a week in jail after she continued to operate her business despite being issued a citation last month for keeping open her Dallas salon due to restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luther's hearing occurred as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott relaxed more restrictions statewide, allowing barbershops and hair salons to reopen Friday. (Dallas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Dallas salon owner jailed for defying virus shutdown order

May. 6, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' Republican governor and top law enforcement officer on Wednesday came to the defense of a Dallas hair salon owner who was jailed for keeping her business open in defiance of the governor's restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Shelley Luther was booked in the Dallas...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2016, file photo, Justin Ross Harris listens to jury selection during his trial at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. A new appeal hearing has been set for the Georgia man who was convicted of murder after his toddler son died inside a hot SUV. (Stephen B. Morton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool, File)

Hearing set for Georgia man guilty in hot car death of son

May. 6, 2020 5:56 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who was convicted of murder after his toddler son died inside a hot SUV will get a new hearing to appeal his case. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark will hear Justin Ross Harris’ appeal in December, nearly four years after he was convicted for...

High court rules for towns in land use dispute with state

Apr. 30, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has overturned a lower court decision and ruled that the state is required to follow the same rules as private developers and get the same local planning permits for building projects. The decision issued Wednesday stemmed from local opposition to a...

Court: City must pay for claims police officers planted guns

Apr. 25, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s highest court has ruled that the city of Baltimore must pay for two settlements resolving claims that police officers from a rogue unit planted guns during arrests. The Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision Friday rejected the city’s argument that officers...