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Coroner: 1 dead after shooting at Mississippi courthouse

Jan. 15, 2021 7:01 PM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting Friday at a county courthouse, a Mississippi coroner said. Coroner Brian Switzer told the Sun Herald that one person died after the shooting at the Harrison County Courthouse in Biloxi. WLOX-TV reported that a security guard...

Boston police arrest former prosecutor for rape, burglary

Jan. 15, 2021 6:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former Suffolk County prosecutor and defense attorney was arrested Friday afternoon by Boston police and charged with rape. Investigators said Gary Zerola — once named one of “People” magazine’s most eligible bachelors — had been wanted on a warrant issued...

A person walks by newly-placed barricades around the Supreme Court Building, the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

High Court rules for city of Chicago in vehicle impound case

Jan. 14, 2021 11:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says that when a person's car has been impounded and they file for bankruptcy, the car does not have to be immediately returned. In an opinion announced Thursday, Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a unanimous eight-justice court that “mere retention" of a debtor's...

District says it shouldn't have to give workers gun training

Jan. 12, 2021 4:47 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A school district that voted after a deadly shooting to allow employees to be armed argued Tuesday in Ohio’s highest court that they shouldn’t have to first provide police-level training to those workers. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments from both sides in...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014 file photo, Vatican Gendarmes, background, take position prior to the start of a ceremony for the opening of the Vatican judicial year, outside the Vatican's Court Palace. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Probe highlights Vatican legal system's limited protections

Jan. 12, 2021 2:16 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A criminal investigation into a Vatican real estate investment is exposing weaknesses in the city state’s judicial system and a lack of some basic protections for those accused — highlighting the incompatibility of the Holy See’s procedures with European norms. The...

New Hong Kong Chief Justice Andrew Cheung listens to reporters questions during a press conference in Hong Kong Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Hong Kong’s new top judge warned Monday that the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s courts need to show they are impartial amid a flurry of politically charged cases or risk losing public trust. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong's new top judge urges impartiality in courts

Jan. 11, 2021 8:17 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s new top judge warned Monday that the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s courts need to show they are impartial amid a flurry of politically charged cases or risk losing public trust. Hong Kong has been in a state of political crisis after months of...

Hong Kong Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma listens to reporter's questions during a press conference before he steps down at the end of his term in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Ma repeatedly defended Hong Kong's judiciary during the last year of his tenure, a turbulent year in which the idea of justice and rule of law in Hong Kong came under the spotlight, in part because of a new National Security Law. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong's top judge cautious on calls for judicial reform

Jan. 5, 2021 4:51 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s outgoing top judge said Tuesday that calls for reform of the city’s judiciary cannot be based on dissatisfaction with court rulings, as pro-Beijing figures and state-owned media step up criticism of the city’s legal system. “(The) judiciary’s...

Court: Ohio county order violated Christian schools' rights

Dec. 31, 2020 5:51 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court Thursday provided the go-ahead for Christian schools in an Ohio county to resume holding in-person classes during the pandemic. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel unanimously granted an injunction to Christian schools in the Toledo area who...

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, arrives the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Hong Kong government prosecutors appeal against the bail granted to Lai.  Lai was granted bail on Dec 23, nearly three weeks after he was remanded in custody over fraud and national security-related charges.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed after bail revoked

Dec. 31, 2020 5:30 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's highest court on Thursday revoked media tycoon Jimmy Lai's bail after prosecutors succeeded in asking the judges to send him back to detention. Lai had been granted bail on Dec. 23 after three weeks in custody on charges of fraud and endangering national security. His appeal...

In this 2016 photo, Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark C. Fleegle reads during a court proceeding in Zanesville, Ohio. In December 2020, Fleegle, who failed to adopt written rules for mask wearing and other coronavirus prevention measures, has been barred from overseeing two upcoming trials. His lack of written procedures makes it difficult for jurors and others to know what's expected of them, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said in an order. (Chris Crook/Times Recorder via AP)

Ohio judge pulled from cases over coronavirus concerns

Dec. 23, 2020 10:24 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge who failed to adopt written rules for mask wearing and other coronavirus prevention measures has been removed from two cases by the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Although Muskingum County Court Judge Mark Fleegle announced some preventative steps after a...