Latest State courts News

Inmate sentenced to death will get new trial in 1997 slaying

May. 20, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 49-year-old man sentenced to death will get a new trial in the 1997 slaying of a Cincinnati convenience store owner. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a 2018 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that agreed with attorneys for Ahmad Fawzi Issa (AH'-mahd FOW'-zee EE'-sah)...

Ohio man sues white supremacists over 2017 Virginia rally

May. 17, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

An Ohio man has is suing white supremacists and neo-Nazi protesters in federal court, saying he was severely injured during their rally in Virginia two years ago. Bill Burke of Athens, Ohio, filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Ohio. He says he was struck by the car driven by James Alex Fields Jr.,...

Orioles-Nats dispute set for July 12 court arguments

May. 17, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has set July 12 for oral arguments in the long-running dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over money from the cable channel they jointly own, Supreme Court Justice Joel M. Cohen on Friday accepted the schedule proposed by the teams. Washington...

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

May. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the Iowa State...

The Latest: Alabama executes man for 1997 quadruple killing

May. 17, 2019 1:27 AM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled Alabama execution of a man convicted in a quadruple killing (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Prison officials say 41-year-old inmate Michael Brandon Samra was pronounced dead at 7:33 p.m. following a lethal injection at the state prison at Atmore. Samra and a...

Alabama man executed for helping commit a quadruple killing

May. 16, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A man condemned for his role in a quadruple killing that followed a dispute over a pickup truck was put to death Thursday in Alabama after declining to make any last-minute appeals. Michael Brandon Samra, 41, was pronounced dead at 7:33 p.m. following a three-drug lethal injection at...

Wisconsin justices say county can order town to rename roads

May. 16, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court says county officials can order a town to rename more than a quarter of its roads. A 1957 state law allows counties to establish a rural naming or number system in towns to help emergency responders find locations. Marathon County officials decided in 2016...

Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions

May. 16, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Republican governor has signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every...

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

May. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups' claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers during a lame-duck session last year,...

The Latest: Conservative justices question lame-duck case

May. 15, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on oral arguments before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a lawsuit challenging Republican-authored lame-duck laws weakening Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Conservative-leaning justices on the Wisconsin Supreme...