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Minnesota high court OKs ballot question on Minneapolis PD

Sep. 16, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday evening for voters in Minneapolis to decide on the future of policing in the city where George Floyd was killed, just ahead of the start of early and absentee voting. The state’s highest court...

Minnesota Supreme Court OKs ballot question on future of Minneapolis Police Department in wake of George Floyd’s death

Sep. 16, 2021 19:01 PM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Supreme Court OKs ballot question on future of Minneapolis Police Department in wake of George Floyd’s death.

Michigan's top court rejects redistricting lawsuit _ for now

Sep. 16, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to deadlines set by a commission that is drawing new maps for seats in Congress and the Legislature, but the legal battle is not over. The court turned down an opportunity to immediately...

Federal court allows Wisconsin redistricting case to proceed

Sep. 16, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A three-judge panel of federal judges on Thursday denied a request by Republicans to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats, a move that keeps the case alive while the GOP-controlled Legislature wants the battle to instead be fought in state courts. ...

Planned Parenthood clinic shooting suspect ruled incompetent

Sep. 16, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015 is incompetent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Thursday, delaying U.S. prosecutors' efforts to bring the suspect to trial after he was repeatedly deemed incompetent in state court. ...

California Supreme Court justice leaving to head think tank

Sep. 16, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Supreme Court justice said Thursday that he will leave after next month to head an international think tank, giving Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom his second appointment to the high court. Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar will...

Minnesota Supreme Court says pardon votes must be unanimous

Sep. 16, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that unanimous votes are required for the state Board of Pardons to grant clemency. Justices overruled a lower court that had declared the 124-year-old standard to be unconstitutional. The order by...

Court: Oklahoma has no concurrent authority on tribal lands

Sep. 16, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday again ruled that Oklahoma has no concurrent jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal lands by non-American Indians against American Indians. The court rejected the state’s appeal of the...

Court rejects truck driver's appeal in crash that killed 7

Sep. 16, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal for a bail hearing for a truck driver who's been in jail since he was charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists in 2019. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 25, of West Springfield,...

Court: Cincinnati billboard tax violates First Amendment

Sep. 16, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A tax levied by the city of Cincinnati on billboard companies in an effort to close a budget shortfall is an unconstitutional of First Amendment rights to free speech, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justice Sharon Kennedy, writing the...