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Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

Feb. 17, 2019 11:06 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at...

Alabama Confederate statue law to stay in effect amid appeal

Feb. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama law that prohibits cities from removing Confederate monuments will remain in effect while the state appeals a judge's ruling that declared the statute constitutional, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. Justices granted the request of Attorney General Steve Marshall...

Kentucky closer to banning most abortions if Roe overturned

Feb. 15, 2019 4:01 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took a step closer toward preparing for a possible post-Roe v. Wade era on Friday. The state House overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban most abortions in Kentucky if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark decision that legalized the procedure nationwide. The chamber's...

Kansas' abortion uncertainty fuels response to New York law

Feb. 14, 2019 5:07 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas abortion opponents are as eager as ever to impose new restrictions but aren't sure of their options because the state's legal climate is uncertain. So in the meantime, they're putting their energy into condemning New York's new law protecting abortion rights. The Kansas Senate...

Judge sued over calling immigration on couple's wedding day

Feb. 14, 2019 12:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man who says he was unlawfully detained on his wedding day by a Pennsylvania judge who wrongly suspected he was in the United States illegally filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, alleging violations of his constitutional rights. Alexander Parker sued Camp Hill-based District Judge...

Satanic Temple member loses fight on Missouri abortion law

Feb. 13, 2019 7:03 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a Satanic Temple member's religious challenge to a state law that requires one of the nation's longest waiting periods for abortion and mandates that women be offered an ultrasound first. At issue is Missouri's "informed consent"...

Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice gets 2 years for corruption

Feb. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment and corruption scandal was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday. "I have not seen evidence of remorse," U.S. District Judge John T....

The Latest: Ex-West Virginia Supreme Court justice sentenced

Feb. 13, 2019 4:26 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry's sentencing (all times local): 4:25 p.m. A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice at the center of an impeachment scandal has been sentenced to two years behind bars. A federal judge in Charleston, West...

Ginsburg illness casts spotlight on long-term court absences

Feb. 13, 2019 10:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she's not the first justice to be away for a while and her absence hardly compares with those of some of her predecessors. The day before the Supreme Court began its...

Tennessee mulls 1 less court review before executions

Feb. 12, 2019 2:55 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Tennessee ramps up for another round of executions, the Republican-led Legislature is considering eliminating one level of state court review of death sentences. A bill named for fallen Dickson County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker would provide for automatic reviews of death...