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City sues to remove Confederate monument, citing free speech

Aug. 20, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The city of Norfolk, Virginia, is claiming in a lawsuit that its free speech rights are being violated because a state law won't let it remove an 80-foot (24-meter) Confederate monument from its downtown. Norfolk's lawsuit employs a relatively novel and untested legal strategy in the...

US sued over Honduran man's suicide after family separation

Aug. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A new lawsuit blames the Trump administration's family separations for the death by suicide of a Honduran father after being separated from his 3-year-old child. The widow of Marco Antonio Muñoz sued the U.S. government and South Texas' Starr County, which operated the local jail where...

Supreme Court asked to take up 'Serial' podcast murder case

Aug. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a Maryland man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast "Serial" are asking the Supreme Court to step into the case. Lawyers for defendant Adnan Syed say in court papers Monday that the justices should order a new trial for Syed and reverse a Maryland court...

Sacramento files lawsuit to ban 7 men from business district

Aug. 18, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The city of Sacramento has filed an unusual lawsuit to ban seven men considered to be a "public nuisance" from a popular business corridor. The lawsuit alleges the men are "drug users, trespassers, thieves ... and violent criminals" who have illegal weapons and ammunition and have...

Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons ban

Aug. 15, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among the...

New Jersey's medically assisted suicide law put on hold

Aug. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge put a temporary hold on a new law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs. The order means that New Jersey's recently enacted measure cannot be enforced by the state attorney general and comes in response to a lawsuit brought by a doctor practicing...

Oregon Corrections Department faces $1M civil rights lawsuit

Aug. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former employee is suing the Oregon Department of Corrections for almost $1 million. The Statesman Journal reported Wednesday that Gary Sims says the department's diversity office unlawfully retaliated against him for aiding employees with discrimination complaints. Sims' lawsuit filed...

Court voids stalking injunction involving Florida senator

Aug. 14, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A stalking injunction imposed on a man who disagrees with a Florida state senator's views on sex offenders has been overturned by an appeals court. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that the injunction violated Derek Logue's free speech rights and did not meet...

Judge sanctions white nationalists in Charlottesville case

Aug. 9, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has sanctioned white nationalists for their "unacceptable" behavior in a lawsuit against them in connection with a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, nearly two years ago. The judge on Friday ordered Elliot Kline, Matthew Heimbach, and the organization...

City: Police killing of naked, unarmed teen was justified

Aug. 8, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police in an Oklahoma City suburb were justified when they fatally shot a black teenager who was naked and unarmed, an attorney for the city argues in a response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by the teen's parents. The parents of Isaiah Mark Lewis contend in their federal lawsuit...