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Myanmar court sets Oct. 1 for Suu Kyi corruption trial

Sep. 17, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption charges is set to begin on Oct. 1, a member of her legal team said Friday. Lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said a judge declared the trial would be held at the Special Court in the capital...

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...

Juvenile court sentencing slated in crash that killed 4

Sep. 14, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

GERMANTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a teenager is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1 in juvenile court in an Ohio crash that killed four people, including a 23-month-old baby. Court records indicate that the 16-year-old entered an admission, the juvenile court...

Higher age of N. Carolina juvenile prosecution becomes law

Aug. 30, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The minimum age for prosecution in North Carolina's juvenile courts will rise later this year from 6 to 8 in legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Roy Cooper. The increase, which marks a compromise from a 10-year-old minimum pushed by many...

Bill raising juvenile prosecution age in NC gets final OK

Aug. 24, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature agreed on Tuesday that only children 8 and older can be prosecuted in the state's juvenile courts — up from the current age of 6. The bill, which the Senate approved unanimously after the...

Justices reject probate court candidate's election challenge

Aug. 24, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling rejecting an election challenge by an unsuccessful county probate court judge candidate. Bobby Harrison Smith had filed a petition to contest the June 2020 election results for Long County...

House OKs raising minimum age for NC juvenile court to 8

Aug. 18, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The minimum age in which a child could be prosecuted in North Carolina's juvenile courts would rise from 6 to 8 in legislation approved by the House on Wednesday. The age threshold change, contained in a broader juvenile justice bill largely...

West Virginia courts to unveil safety, access project

Aug. 18, 2021 04:17 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court is embarking on a new remote technology project to promote safety and access in cases involving sexual assault and domestic violence. Chief Justice Evan Jenkins planned to make the announcement Wednesday in Cabell...

Heir: Sacklers won't settle unless freed from opioid suits

Aug. 17, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

Members of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma won’t contribute billions of dollars to a legal settlement unless they get off the hook for all current and future lawsuits over the company’s activities, one of them told a court Tuesday in a rare public appearance. ...

Judge: ‘Drug court’ gives people a second chance in Alabama

Aug. 15, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Going to jail or keeping your freedom: It doesn’t seem like a hard choice. But for those who’ve navigated the Cullman County Drug Court Program to success, freedom has been an option that’s well earned. Begun in 2008 and guided until recently...