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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...

Judge puts middle Georgia mayoral candidate back on ballot

Oct. 18, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — A judge has put a middle Georgia mayoral candidate back on the ballot, ruling Jeffery Lundy had lived in Fort Valley long enough to seek office. Local news outlets report Peach County Superior Court Judge Connie Williford last week reversed...

Indiana county may cash in as Illinois bans detentions

Oct. 16, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

BRAZIL, Ind. (AP) — Clay County is a lot like the other counties around it: rural, overwhelmingly white, lower middle class, and very Republican. But one thing that sets the county apart is its local jail, which is the only jail in Indiana that holds immigrants and asylum-seekers in U.S....

California judge tentatively rejects cutting inmate crowding

Oct. 15, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the...

Court: Town must turn over emails to gas pipeline builder

Oct. 15, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

A judge on Friday ordered the release of emails between officials in a Philadelphia suburb and the developer of a natural gas pipeline that was charged with environmental crimes related to construction of the multi-billion-dollar project. Officials in Middletown Township...

Arizona Senate's election review records again ruled public

Oct. 15, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s contention that it can withhold a raft of communications between its leaders and private contractors they hired to conduct an unprecedented review of the 2020 election results in the state’s most populous...

OR court: Illegal to deny gun sales to people 18 and 20

Oct. 15, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out an age discrimination lawsuit against a gun retailer, declaring it illegal to deny gun sales to buyers between the ages of 18 and 20. Brandy Dalbeck filed a $10,000...

Man arrested after paint thrown on Confederate monument

Oct. 14, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man was arrested on criminal mischief and other charges after someone threw paint on a Confederate monument that has been the subject of protests at the Lauderdale County Courthouse, the TimesDaily reported. Sheriff's Lt. Joe Hamilton...

Judge blocks Baltimore from banning Catholic group's rally

Oct. 13, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

Baltimore city officials can’t ban a conservative Roman Catholic media outlet from holding a prayer rally at a city-owned pavilion during a U.S. bishops’ meeting next month, a federal judge has ruled, saying the First Amendment right to free speech is “at the heart of this case." ...

Judge rules Mesa County clerk cannot oversee Nov. elections

Oct. 13, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Colorado county elections clerk cannot be involved in the November elections after multiple investigations, including a criminal probe by the FBI, were opened into a security breach of the county's voting machines. Judge Valerie...