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Beshear becomes target of lawsuit claiming abuse of power

Dec. 11, 2019 6:20 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For nearly four years as Kentucky attorney general, Andy Beshear filed a series of lawsuits accusing then-Gov. Matt Bevin of abusing his executive powers. Now Beshear is being sued by the people he ousted from the state school board on his first day as governor. The new Democratic...

Germany: 91-year-old neo-Nazi denied early release

Dec. 11, 2019 10:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court decided Wednesday that a notorious 91-year-old neo-Nazi serving a two-year sentence for Holocaust denial shouldn't be released early. Ursula Haverbeck was convicted of incitement by a court in the northern town of Verden in 2017 and started serving her sentence last year....

Missouri, Planned Parenthood argue in court over funding

Dec. 10, 2019 12:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Government funding for Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics is at stake in a lawsuit argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. State attorneys asked Supreme Court judges to back the Republican-led Legislature's decision to block funding from Planned Parenthood. The...

Court to hear resentencing bid in Arizona death penalty case

Dec. 9, 2019 2:24 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday by an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a new sentencing trial, arguing the horrific physical abuse that he suffered as a child wasn’t fully considered when he was first sentenced. The appeal of James Erin McKinney could...

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place

Dec. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. Enforcement of the law had been on hold...

New Hampshire to Supreme Court: Leave nudity laws to locals

Dec. 7, 2019 12:36 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There's no reason for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on New Hampshire's “Free the Nipple” case, the state attorney general said this week. The high court is deciding whether to accept the appeal of three women who were convicted of public nudity at Weirs Beach in...

S. Carolina civil right lawyer, 1st Amendment champion dies

Dec. 6, 2019 4:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina civil rights lawyer who helped redefine free speech rights for attorneys has died. Edna Smith Primus died Nov. 29 at age 75, The State newspaper reported. One of the first black women to practice law in South Carolina, Primus worked with the American Civil Liberties...

Supreme Court to hear Delaware courts political balance case

Dec. 6, 2019 2:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to resolve a dispute over Delaware's requirement of a political balance among state court judges. Delaware says the outcome could affect the makeup of regulatory commissions in many states. The justices will hear an appeal from Delaware Gov. John Carney of...

Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman's 1991 killing

Dec. 5, 2019 10:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death penalty in...

Michigan victims wrongly accused of fraud win again in court

Dec. 5, 2019 6:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Residents who were falsely accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment benefits system won another victory Thursday when the state appeals court ruled 3-0 that their lawsuit seeking financial damages should proceed. The Michigan Supreme Court decided in April to allow the affected...