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Sen. Collins, potential swing vote, to meet with Kavanaugh

Aug. 21, 2018 12:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to meet with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who's seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation. Collins supports abortion rights and has vowed to oppose any nominee who has "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade. But...

Panel won't dismiss complaint over judge's execution protest

Aug. 20, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A disciplinary panel said Monday it won't dismiss an effort to sanction an Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline...

Kavanaugh in memo pushed graphic sex questions for Clinton

Aug. 20, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested that attorneys preparing to question President Bill Clinton in 1998 seek graphic details about the president's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The questions are part of a two-page memo in which Kavanaugh advised Independent Counsel...

West Virginia Senate OKs rules for impeachment trials

Aug. 20, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate set the course Monday for an unprecedented impeachment trial of three Supreme Court justices who have been assailed for spending of more than $3 million on court office renovations at a time when the state was grappling with millions of dollars in budget...

Fearful of losing Roe, left pushes Schumer for action

Aug. 20, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least once a week, they assemble in Capitol meeting rooms for an hour-long strategy session. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer convenes the gatherings, which regularly include several Democratic senators, a dozen Senate aides and representatives of about 20 liberal organizations....

Virginia asks high court to hear appeal on sniper sentencing

Aug. 17, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the state's appeal of a ruling granting new sentencing hearings for the man serving life terms for the sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region when he was a teenager. Attorney General Mark...

Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

Aug. 16, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump...

Suburban Chicago man charged in prominent attorney's death

Aug. 16, 2018 1:57 AM EDT

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 66-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged in the death of a prominent attorney who argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Northfield police say John Gately III of Winnetka was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting late Monday of...

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

Aug. 15, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday....

Expensive renovations lead to impeachment, political feud

Aug. 15, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A taste for blue suede sofas, inlaid wooden floor maps and glass countertops has led to the retirement of two West Virginia Supreme Court justices and the impeachment of three others. It also has created a political firestorm, as Democrats accuse the Republican-led legislature of...