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Nevada court adds bloggers to reporter source shield law

Dec. 6, 2019 7:55 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A blogger’s legal fight with a brothel owner who sits on a local lawmaking board has led to a Nevada Supreme Court ruling extending journalism shield law protection to online reporters as well as newspaper, television and radio news gatherers. Sam Toll said Friday from his home 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...

US appeals court backs truckers in legal fight against tolls

Dec. 6, 2019 4:43 PM EST

A federal appeals court has backed the trucking industry in its legal fight to end Rhode Island’s truck tolls. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling to dismiss the suit. The lower court in March said it lacked jurisdiction and the case should be heard in state...

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...

3 Indiana homeowners aim to limit Lake Michigan beach access

Dec. 6, 2019 1:19 PM EST

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Three lakefront property owners in a northwestern Indiana town are challenging a state Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed public access to Lake Michigan beaches. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in a Hammond federal district court on behalf of Porter homeowners Randall and Kimberley...

New Kentucky Supreme Court justice swearing-in ceremony set

Dec. 6, 2019 4:57 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Newly elected Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Christopher Shea Nickell will be sworn in during a formal ceremony in Frankfort next week. Nickell, who was elected in November to fill the vacancy resulting from Justice Bill Cunningham's retirement in February, was sworn in Nov. 24 in...

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...

Secretly recorded conversations admissible in criminal cases

Dec. 5, 2019 9:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Secretly recording someone else’s conversation is illegal in California, but prosecutors can use the illicit recording as evidence in a criminal case, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In their unanimous ruling, the justices cited a 1982 ballot measure passed by voters...

Judge delays decision on suit over Alabama Democratic chair

Dec. 5, 2019 6:20 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by the longtime chair of the Alabama Democratic Party challenging a newly elected leader can continue, at least for now, a judge said Thursday. Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin said he will wait for a decision from the Alabama Supreme Court in an earlier appeal...

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...