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Kentucky judge blocks certification of 'Marsy's Law' vote

Oct. 15, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Kentucky has ordered officials not to certify the results of an election next month on whether to add protections for crime victims to the state's constitution, saying the question posed to voters on the ballot is misleading. Kentucky is one of six states scheduled to vote...

Judge to decide 'Marsy's Law' ballot question in Kentucky

Oct. 9, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — On election day, the Kentucky legislature will ask voters a yes or no question: "Are you in favor of providing constitutional rights to victims of crime, including the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and the right to be informed and to have a voice in the...

Objections blunt momentum for foreign lobbying law overhaul

Oct. 9, 2018 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A push to give the Justice Department more enforcement authority over the lucrative and at times shadowy world of foreign lobbying is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates. Organizations that range from the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

Scholars: Free speech issues at stake in FBI agent leak case

Oct. 4, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of legal scholars is weighing in on the upcoming sentencing of a former Minnesota FBI agent who admitted he leaked documents to a reporter, saying in court documents filed Thursday that the court should consider the value of the agent's disclosure in determining the proper...

Group takes aim at Oklahoma's failure-to-protect law

Sep. 29, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After Robert Braxton Jr. was convicted of beating his girlfriend's children, he was sentenced in 2006 to probation and two years already served in jail while awaiting trial for the abuse, which included choking, punching and breaking the femur and ribs of a 3-month-old daughter. The...

Arizona city ends contract for immigrant detention center

Sep. 26, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — A small Arizona city has ended its role in an unusual contract that allowed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to run a family detention center in Texas, where lawyers say a child became sick and died after her release. The city of Eloy already had an agreement with ICE and...

Advocacy groups file complaint against GOP Senate candidate

Sep. 17, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A campaign finance watchdog and a gun-safety advocacy group on Monday asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate allegations of illegal campaign coordination between Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association. The Campaign...

Judge orders compound suspects remain in federal custody

Sep. 12, 2018 11:50 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered five former residents of a ramshackle New Mexico compound to remain jailed amid accusations that a woman in the group declared herself a prophet while her partner helped train children for potential attacks on schools, law enforcement agencies...

Judge weighs whether Georgia must switch to paper ballots

Sep. 12, 2018 8:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge who's considering whether Georgia should have to switch from electronic voting machines to paper ballots for the November election called the situation "a catch-22." Voting integrity groups and individuals sued state and county election officials, arguing that the touchscreen...

Court sides with California in fight over Koch group donors

Sep. 11, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday that California's attorney general can collect the names and addresses of top donors to two conservative nonprofit groups, including one with links to the billionaire Koch brothers. The information from Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Thomas...