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Judges consider state court's power over Trump in lawsuit

Oct. 18, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump's bid to shut down a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could a New York court order the president to jail if he were to buck an order in the case? The question came up...

The Latest: Judges weigh state court's power over Trump

Oct. 18, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a former "Apprentice" contestant's lawsuit against President Donald Trump (all times local): 4 p.m. Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump's bid to shut down a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could...

Arkansas justices challenge ethics charges over judge's case

Oct. 17, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Five Arkansas Supreme Court justices on Wednesday challenged efforts to sanction them over the court's decision to prohibit a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration from hearing any execution-related cases. The justices filed a lawsuit with their court...

Florida Supreme Court: Next governor will pick new justices

Oct. 16, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's next governor and not incumbent Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick three new justices to the state Supreme Court, the court ruled Monday in a decision with major implications in this year's gubernatorial campaign. In a major rebuke to Scott, the Supreme Court concluded that...

Man who killed his parents requests lighter sentence

Oct. 15, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man sentenced to life in prison without parole as a teenager for killing his parents hopes a judge will reconsider the case and give him a lighter sentence. WMUR-TV reports that a resentencing hearing in Strafford County Superior Court began Monday over whether Robert...

W.Va. Senate postpones acting on impeachment trial ruling

Oct. 15, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Monday postponed the impeachment trial of a state Supreme Court justice after a judge who was to preside over the trial did not show up. The trial of Justice Margaret Workman was to begin Monday, but Acting Chief Justice Paul Farrell was absent in light...

Candidates running for West Virginia's Supreme Court Nov. 6

Oct. 13, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

A Nov. 6 special election is set for two West Virginia Supreme Court seats vacated by the retirements of justices Menis Ketchum and Robin Davis. Here is a look at the 10 candidates in each race, including their occupation and hometown. Ketchum's seat runs through 2020; Davis' seat runs through 2024. The elections...

After impeachments, West Virginia voters to choose justices

Oct. 13, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters head to the polls next month to decide whether to allow Gov. Jim Justice's two picks for the state Supreme Court to continue serving. Justice appointed U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and former GOP House Speaker Tim Armstead to the high court to serve out the terms of...

Federal jury convicts suspended justice on 11 of 22 charges

Oct. 12, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal jury convicted a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice on Friday of 11 of the 22 charges he faced at his criminal trial. Suspended Justice Allen Loughry was found guilty of seven of 17 wire fraud charges accusing him of using state cars and fuel cards for his own...

Supreme Court rejects Tennessee death row inmate efforts

Oct. 11, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected two last-ditch efforts to save the life of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski, apparently clearing the way for his execution despite a delay caused by legal wrangling. The court rejected a challenge of Tennessee's lethal injection protocol and...