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Judge agrees to delay in sentencing for Gaetz friend

Oct. 18, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday agreed to push back until next year the sentencing for U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz's friend who pleaded guilty earlier this year to sex trafficking and other charges. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said sentencing for Joel...

Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

Oct. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure's constitutionality plays out in the courts. The administration also took the unusual step of telling the justices they...

Victims express frustration with archdiocese bankruptcy case

Oct. 18, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been nearly three years since the Archdiocese of Santa Fe filed for bankruptcy, and letters sent to a federal judge reflect impatience with the pace of the proceedings. At least 16 letters have gone to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Thuma...

Man convicted of Albuquerque vet's killing to be re-tried

Oct. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man convicted of killing a decorated Army veteran at an Albuquerque ATM in 2016 will get a new trial. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Court of Appeals overturned the convictions of Matthew Chavez in a ruling earlier this...

Feds: Ruling means lobstering to continue in planned closure

Oct. 18, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing regulators said Monday that lobster and crab fishermen can continue to fish until further notice in an area off the coast of Maine that had been slated for restriction from their gear. The new restrictions were intended to protect...

Judge denies request to block lethal injection in Alabama

Oct. 18, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to block Thursday’s scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate convicted of the 1991 kidnap and murder of a woman abducted outside an automatic teller machine. U.S. Chief District Judge Emily Marks on Sunday denied a...

US says Guantanamo detainee can pen letter about torture

Oct. 18, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will allow a Guantanamo Bay detainee to provide information to Polish officials about his torture in CIA custody following the 9/11 attacks. The decision from the Biden administration was included in a letter government...

Probate judge suspended for 2nd time for Facebook posts

Oct. 18, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended the probate judge in Oconee County for 18 months for breaking judicial rules for a second time. Kenneth “Kenny” Johns improperly acted as a character witness for an out-of-state legal proceeding...

Kansas inmates wait months for mental health treatment

Oct. 18, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Inmates with mental health issues are waiting months to get the medication and treatment they need to be deemed competent to assist in their own defense because a state hospital is so overtaxed. Douglas County Sheriff Jay Armbrister said the...

Cuba Gooding Jr. faces February trial in NYC groping case

Oct. 18, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cuba Gooding Jr. will go on trial in February in his New York City groping case, a judge said Monday, with prosecutors planning to portray the actor as a serial offender and the defense contending the case is an example of #MeToo run amok. Judge Curtis...