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Court: Md transit agency violated 4th Amendment over fares

Nov. 15, 2019 6:25 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — An appeals court has ruled the Maryland Transit Administration violated the constitutional rights of passengers when sweeping train cars to ensure fares were paid. The Daily Records reports the Court of Special Appeals on Thursday said the suspicionless sweep amounted to unconstitutional...

St. Paul cop testifies fellow officer’s kicks unnecessary

Nov. 14, 2019 8:05 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul police officer testified Thursday that he believed a fellow officer’s three kicks to a suspect who was being bitten by a police dog were unnecessary. Officer Brian Ficcadenti testified during the federal trial of Officer Brett Palkowitsch, who is charged with...

County agrees to pay $10M to settle Oklahoma jail death suit

Nov. 13, 2019 1:05 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the death of a 37-year-old man, who died in 2011 after lying naked in a Tulsa County, Oklahoma, jail cell for five days with a broken neck. Documents filed in federal court in Tulsa last Thursday said the estate of Elliott Williams and...

Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions

Nov. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research. The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision...

Jail inmates sue over North Carolina county's bail system

Nov. 12, 2019 4:24 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A group of North Carolina jail inmates filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a county's cash bail requirements, saying the system unfairly jails the poor while letting people with money go home. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of three...

Nebraska high court rejects Omaha serial rapist's appeal

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and the up to 200-year prison sentence for an Omaha serial rapist. On Friday, the high court rejected 43-year-old Brandon Weathers' arguments that his trial lawyer was ineffective and that his constitutional rights had been violated...

Alaska judge weighs whether to dismiss veto lawsuit

Nov. 5, 2019 9:17 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit by a civil liberties group saying Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto of nearly $335,000 from the state court system budget was unconstitutional and retaliatory. Attorneys for the state contend the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is...

2nd white man sentenced in 2017 Mississippi cross burning

Nov. 5, 2019 6:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A second white man has been sentenced to federal prison for his part in burning a cross in 2017 in the yard of an African American family in south Mississippi. During a hearing Tuesday in Hattiesburg, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Graham Williamson, 38, to three years...

Relatives of man fatally shot by police reach $1M settlement

Nov. 4, 2019 5:57 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Relatives of a Kansas man who was fatally shot by a police officer have settled a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit for $1 million. The Kansas City Star reported the settlement Monday for the family of Antonio Garcia Jr. Garcia was killed by a Leavenworth officer on July 11,...

Justices seem OK with car stop over owner's invalid license

Nov. 4, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems ready to say police may pull over a car when they know only that its owner's license is not valid — even if they don't know who's driving. The issue of traffic stops based on information gleaned from motor vehicle records has become more pressing with the...