Latest State courts News

Oklahoma judge stays Jan. 6 execution for competency hearing

Dec. 06, 2021 19:44 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state court judge in Oklahoma granted a temporary stay of execution on Monday for a death row inmate convicted of killing a security guard during a 2004 bank robbery in Tulsa. Pittsburg County Associate District Judge Tim Mills issued the stay so that a...

Iowa courts continue mask requirements, allow video hearings

Dec. 06, 2021 18:36 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Masks will continue to be required in Iowa courtrooms and some proceedings may continue to be held via teleconference under orders issued Monday by the Iowa Supreme Court chief justice. “All people entering court-controlled spaces must wear a face mask....

Nevada court sides with gunmakers in Las Vegas shooting suit

Dec. 03, 2021 20:47 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Supreme Court ruled gun manufacturers cannot be held responsible for the deaths in the 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip because a state law shields them from liability unless the weapon malfunctions. The parents of a woman...

University loses 'do-over' bid in COVID restrictions lawsuit

Dec. 03, 2021 18:34 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected a request by the University of Delaware to allow the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a lawsuit over coronavirus restrictions imposed by school officials last year. The judge ruled in August...

NC judges deny requests to block elections under new maps

Dec. 03, 2021 18:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's 2022 elections under new legislative and congressional maps can begin as scheduled next week after state judges on Friday rejected demands from lawsuit filers who claim the lines have to be blocked because they so egregiously favor Republicans. ...

Kentucky judge: Fair board bill infringes on gov’s powers

Dec. 03, 2021 11:58 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ruled against parts of a bill passed by the legislature that gives the agriculture commissioner authority to select a majority of the state fair board and limits the governor’s involvement in the appointments process. ...

Murder sentence reduced after high court drug ruling

Dec. 03, 2021 08:52 AM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The prison sentence for a man convicted of murder was reduced by more than seven years Thursday, following a recent Washington state Supreme Court decision. A jury in 2019 found Matthew McGowan guilty of first-degree murder for tying Michael Boone...

John Hutchison to become WVa Supreme Court chief justice

Dec. 03, 2021 04:07 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — John Hutchison will become the West Virginia Supreme Court’s chief justice on Jan 1. The court announced the move Thursday. As chief justice, Hutchison will become the administrative leader of the state’s judiciary...

Wyoming governor names state district judge to Supreme Court

Dec. 02, 2021 13:53 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor has tapped a state District Court judge in making his first appointment to the state Supreme Court. Judge John G. Fenn has served on the Fourth Judicial District bench for Johnson and Sheridan counties since 2007. He previously...

Voter rights groups sue over Ohio GOP's congressional map

Dec. 02, 2021 12:46 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawsuits are accumulating against Ohio's new congressional map, just as they did for GOP-drawn maps of new legislative districts, as voting and civil-rights groups allege partisan gerrymandering against the state's ruling Republicans. The latest...