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Lawsuits challenge Oklahoma anti-protest law; riot charges

Jun. 24, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Six Oklahomans have filed two federal lawsuits that challenge a state law intended to crack down on protesters and that allege their civil rights were violated when they were arrested in Oklahoma City in 2020. The anti-protest law is unconstitutionally broad...

Lawsuit filed over deputy's fatal shooting of Arkansas teen

Jun. 23, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Arkansas teenager fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the deputy and a county sheriff over the teen's death. The family of Hunter Brittain filed the lawsuit against...

Oregon man shot with stun gun while in creek sues police

Jun. 23, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A federal civil rights lawsuit alleges two southern Oregon police officers used excessive force against a man who fled from a vehicle stop and was shot with a Taser while standing in a creek. The lawsuit says two Eagle Point officers fired their stun guns at...

Supreme Court rules out suing police for Miranda violations

Jun. 23, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that law enforcement officers can’t be sued when they violate the rights of criminal suspects by failing to provide the familiar Miranda warning before questioning them. The justices ruled 6-3 in favor of a sheriff's deputy...

New Hampshire provisional ballot law challenged in court

Jun. 21, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new law creating a provisional ballot system in New Hampshire faces lawsuits days after it was enacted. The ACLU of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that the law violates the right to privacy the state added to its constitution in 2018 because it...

Former Honolulu prosecutor indicted on bribery allegations

Jun. 17, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. grand jury has indicted Honolulu’s former top prosecutor and four others, alleging that employees of an engineering and architectural firm bribed Keith Kaneshiro with campaign donations in exchange for Kaneshiro’s prosecution of a former company employee. ...

Students sue for review, changes after Oxford High shooting

Jun. 17, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — About 20 students at a Michigan high school where four students were killed in a mass shooting say their constitutional rights to safety and education have been violated and that they want changes to ensure security at school, a law firm representing them said...

Malta activists protest, seek to decriminalize abortion

Jun. 15, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Abortion rights activists filed a legal protest in Malta’s courts on Wednesday demanding the legalization of abortion in the only European Union member where the procedure is criminalized. Toting banners reading “I decide,” “Abortion is a woman’s...

Man charged with fire at Satanic Temple pleads not guilty

Jun. 14, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with setting fire to The Satanic Temple's headquarters in Salem was ordered held without bail Monday. Daniel Damien Lucey, 42, of Chelsea, pleaded not guilty to arson, destruction of a place of worship and civil rights violation...

Lawsuit: Death of Black teen at juvenile center foreshadowed

Jun. 13, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The death of a Black teenager at a Kansas juvenile detention center was foreshadowed five years earlier by a state inspection that noted systemic deficiencies in the facility's handling of children with mental health issues, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed...