Latest Judicial appointments and nominations News

Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused

Aug. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. Circuit Judge Albert Johnson ruled last month case will be held on the administrative docket until a related defamation case against...

Appeals court expands minor leaguers salary lawsuit

Aug. 16, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has expanded a lawsuit by minor league baseball players alleging they are being paid less than minimum wage. Players sued major league teams in February 2014, claiming most earn less than $7,500 annually in violation of several laws. Magistrate Judge Joseph C....

AP Interview: Puerto Rico governor to stay, fight corruption

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As a child, Puerto Rico's newest governor said she would stand on her balcony and hold imaginary trials, always finding the supposed defendants guilty. Now, after more than 32 years of public service as a district attorney and justice secretary, Wanda Vázquez finds herself...

Trump nominates law professor for judicial vacancy

Aug. 15, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a law professor who previously worked as a prosecutor, defense attorney and journalist to fill the nation's longest federal judiciary vacancy. Trump nominated Richard E. Myers on Wednesday to be a trial judge in the Eastern District of North...

Correction: Prison Recordings story

Aug. 15, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about an investigation into the use by prosecutors of prison recordings, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the special master appointed by the judge. The special master was David Cohen, not Steve Clymer who defended the U.S. attorney's office. A...

Gun-control backers concerned about changing federal courts

Aug. 11, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings. How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern among gun control advocates in...

Florida governor asks high court to rule on felon voting

Aug. 9, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican governor on Friday asked the state's high court to rule on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored in a move that competes with ongoing litigation in federal court on that same question. Gov. Ron DeSantis...

Arizona prosecutor who questioned Kavanaugh accuser promoted

Aug. 9, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sex-crimes prosecutor who questioned Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegation against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been promoted to a top prosecutorial job in metro Phoenix. Rachel Mitchell was named chief deputy of the Maricopa County Attorney's...

Puerto Rico, with 3 governors in a week, considers a 4th

Aug. 8, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A day after Puerto Rico got its third governor in less than a week following angry street protests, top officials from new leader Wanda Vázquez's own party talked openly Thursday about their desire to see a fourth take over the position. Senate President Thomas Rivera...

Appeals court panel hears high-stakes Kentucky abortion case

Aug. 8, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

Federal appeals judges should restore a Kentucky law at the heart of a licensing fight that threatened to close the state's last abortion clinic, an attorney for Gov. Matt Bevin argued Thursday. Pointing to the high stakes involved, however, the clinic's attorney warned that the law's application by the...