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Case against Alex Jones can proceed, Connecticut judge says

Aug. 15, 2022 21:23 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Monday cleared the way for a defamation lawsuit in Connecticut to proceed against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The case was filed by relatives of some victims of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary...

2 new Family Court judges appointed in West Virginia

Aug. 05, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed two new Family Court judges. David L. Jackson was appointed to serve in the Second Circuit, which includes Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, while Robert M. Ilderton will serve in the Ninth Circuit serving...

Hearing set for 2 teens in pastor's killing in Memphis

Aug. 02, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A hearing has been set for two youths who may be charged as adults in the carjacking and fatal shooting of a United Methodist Church leader in Memphis, Tennessee. A Juvenile Court judge on Monday set a Sept. 12 hearing for two 15-year-old boys charged with...

Report: Juvenile Court made progress under DOJ oversight

Jul. 30, 2022 09:30 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Although Shelby County’s Juvenile Court made progress during the six years it was monitored by the federal government, “there is still compelling evidence of ongoing constitutional and legal violations,” an independent expert commissioned by nonprofit Just City...

Application period open for West Virginia judicial openings

Jun. 23, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is taking applications for two Family Court vacancies. The Second Family Court Circuit serves Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel counties. The Ninth Family Court Circuit serves Logan County. The...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 16, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

The Times and Democrat. June 16, 2022. Editorial: Guardians ad litem can make big difference It’s not uncommon in many situations to hear people ask: “How can I help?” In the case of children in the family court system because of abuse and...

North Alabama county opens mental health court

Jun. 11, 2022 00:08 AM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — A new mental health program is now a part of north Alabama judicial circuit, augmenting other programs already in place aimed at addressing the underlying issues that may contribute to nonviolent criminal behavior. Overseen by presiding Circuit Judge Greg...

Five teenagers plead not guilty in killing of Kansas man

Jun. 06, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Five of six young suspects who are charged in the shooting death of a Kansas man pleaded not guilty Monday in juvenile court to first-degree murder. The six suspects are charged in the May 14 death of 19-year-old Marco Cardino of Smithville, Missouri. His body...

In historic shift, far fewer teens face adult US courts

Jun. 06, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

David Harrington spent a tense eight months in a Philadelphia jail when he was a teenager — the result of a robbery charge in 2014 that automatically sent his case to the adult court system under state law. Only 16 at the time, he said he got into fights and spent time in...

Court seeks more from Whitmer about abortion ban challenge

May. 20, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court said Friday it wants more information from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about her request to erase a state abortion ban from decades ago. The court wants five points addressed, including whether it needs to immediately get involved, especially...