Latest Supreme courts News

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court says president's actions unlawful

Dec. 13, 2018 9:33 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional, a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the Indian Ocean nation in political crisis. A seven-judge bench of...

EU court upholds German public broadcasting fee system

Dec. 13, 2018 4:57 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's highest court has ruled that a fee all German households have to pay to finance the country's public broadcasters complies with EU law. The European Court of Justice decided Thursday the system, which allows broadcasters to enforce collection, doesn't constitute illegal...

West Virginia governor appoints friend to Supreme Court

Dec. 12, 2018 6:34 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lifelong friend of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was appointed to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to fill the seat of convicted former Justice Allen Loughry. Justice made Raleigh County Circuit Judge John A. Hutchison his third appointee to a court rocked by an impeachment...

Sri Lanka's sacked prime minister wins confidence vote

Dec. 12, 2018 8:05 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's former prime minister whose October sacking by the president precipitated a political crisis won a confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday. Ranil Wickremesinghe received 117 votes in favor in the 225-member legislative body. The result is expected to increase...

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to allow asylum ban

Dec. 11, 2018 5:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Two federal courts have temporarily blocked the policy President Donald Trump announced in November in response to caravans of...

Defamation lawsuit against activist continues in state court

Dec. 11, 2018 12:29 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine activist who accused an orphanage founder in Haiti of being a serial pedophile asked the state supreme court on Tuesday to dismiss a defamation lawsuit that was moved from federal court. An attorney for Paul Kendrick told justices that the assertions were protected by a Maine...

The Latest: German court rejects case against migration pact

Dec. 11, 2018 8:15 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Germany's highest court has thrown out a string of complaints by people asking it to prevent the country's government from joining a U.N. pact on migration. The Federal Constitutional Court made its ruling Friday on the...

Mexico's president, judiciary in standoff over pay

Dec. 10, 2018 6:21 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's new president said Monday that salaries for some in the country's judicial branch are "offensive" and that he will leave it to the Congress to implement his call for austerity. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador showed no sign of budging in his standoff with Mexico's judges,...

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

Dec. 10, 2018 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an...

Justices reject county's appeal over woman's time in jail

Dec. 10, 2018 10:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected a Mississippi county's appeal in the case of a woman who was jailed for more than three months without seeing a judge. The court's order on Monday leaves in place a federal judge's ruling that Choctaw County and its sheriff are liable for violating the...