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Oakland County judge charged with assaulting man

Nov. 26, 2021 10:08 AM EST

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge was arrested on a domestic assault charge, authorities said. The alleged incident Wednesday involved Oakland County Judge Kathleen Ryan and a man who had a relationship with her, Wixom police said. “The...

Judge sends Wichita woman to prison for ex-stepdad’s murder

Nov. 24, 2021 17:11 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Wichita woman to life in prison for murdering her ex-stepfather during a plot designed to get back at him for allegedly molesting her as a child. Micaela L. Spencer, 27, will serve at least 50 years for...

Hochul nominates judge from western NY for state's top court

Nov. 24, 2021 10:31 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A veteran judge from western New York was nominated Wednesday by Gov. Kathy Hochul to serve on the state's highest court. If Justice Shirley Troutman is confirmed by the state Senate, she will be the second-ever Black woman to serve on the Court of...

Federal agent charged with pulling work gun on bar patron

Nov. 23, 2021 18:54 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Drug Enforcement Administration agent from Colorado was charged Tuesday with felony assault with a weapon for reportedly pulling his government-issued handgun on a man at a Bozeman bar while he was intoxicated. Ryan Donahue, 32, of Parker,...

Tennessee judge vacates 2 death sentences for inmate

Nov. 23, 2021 15:31 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Moments before a Tennessee judge freed him from death row, Pervis Payne walked into a courtroom, hugged his lawyer and wept. Payne, who was sentenced to death in the 1987 killings of a mother and daughter, held attorney Kelley Henry tightly and...

Judge rules for city in lawsuit over no-knock warrants

Nov. 23, 2021 11:18 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A judge has ruled against a police union in a lawsuit that sought to stop a ban on no-knock warrants in Kentucky’s second-largest city. A Fayette County judge agreed on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the local police union, the Lexington...

Judge to decide redistricting in St. Louis County

Nov. 23, 2021 09:48 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — For the fifth decade in a row, a federal judge will decide on how to draw County Council lines in St. Louis County after Republicans and Democrats on the redistricting commission failed to reach agreement. The St. Louis...

WVa court dissolves injunction in paycheck union dues suit

Nov. 22, 2021 16:26 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court on Monday gave a temporary setback to labor groups who challenged a new law prohibiting union dues or fees from being withheld from state employee paychecks. The five-member court said a Kanawha County circuit judge...

Historic downtown Miami courthouse to open after inspection

Nov. 21, 2021 13:14 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The historic courthouse in downtown Miami is set to reopen after an engineering inspection spurred by the collapse of a nearby beachfront condominium. The 27-story Dade County Courthouse, built in 1928, never completed its required 40-year safety...

Trial takeaways: Arbery's killer testifies; pastors rally

Nov. 21, 2021 09:58 AM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery took the witness stand to tell jurors he pulled the trigger fearing for his own life. But he also said Arbery didn’t threaten him during the five-minute chase before the shooting. Meanwhile, hundreds of...