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2 South Carolina executions halted until firing squad formed

Jun. 16, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of the firing squad option set out in the state's newly revised capital punishment law. ...

South Carolina Supreme Court blocks 2 executions, citing lack of firing squad option

Jun. 16, 2021 17:47 PM EDT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Supreme Court blocks 2 executions, citing lack of firing squad option.

State court blocks 2 scheduled executions in South Carolina

Jun. 16, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked two executions that had been set for this month under the state’s recently revised capital punishment law. The high court halted the planned executions of inmates Brad Sigmon and Freddie...

Appeals court refuses to reinstate N Carolina abortion ban

Jun. 16, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's ban on most abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy must remain unenforceable, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting arguments that the law should be left intact because prosecutors aren't going after doctors who violate it. ...

Wisconsin justices order new trial in brother-in-law's death

Jun. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his brother-in-law after he allegedly discovered child pornography on his computer deserves a new trial because a jury could decide he acted in self-defense, a divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The justices...

WVa group loses court case over bid to open charter school

Jun. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court has turned back a petition from a group whose attempt to open the state's first charter school was rejected in two northern counties. School boards in Monongalia and Preston counties denied separate applications in...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 16, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 12, 2021. Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis errs in restricting race studies in schools At a time when Americans are crying out for an honest appraisal and greater understanding of the role race plays in our nation’s...

German woman convicted of joining IS, holding Yazidi slaves

Jun. 16, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German-Algerian woman was convicted Wednesday of membership in the Islamic State group and of holding Yazidi women as slaves in Syria after she traveled there as a teenager. She was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. The state court in Duesseldorf...

NJ high court orders new trial in 2013 slaying of cafe owner

Jun. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man serving a 30-year term in the 2013 slaying of a Newark cafe owner, saying police should have read the then-teenage suspect his rights before taking his statement. The state's highest...

W.Va. high court: Governor was right in appointing lawmaker

Jun. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court said Republican Gov. Jim Justice acted within his right when he appointed a lawmaker to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates. The high court said in a filing this month that Justice had not erred in naming...