Latest State courts News

Ex-USC gynecologist charged in sex assaults of 16 patients

Jun. 26, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former campus gynecologist at the University of Southern California was charged Wednesday in the sexual assaults of 16 patients at the campus student health center, authorities said. Dr. George Tyndall has been the subject of a Los Angeles police investigation for more than a year...

Supreme Court tosses defamation claim against victims' group

Jun. 26, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has dismissed a defamation claim against an organization that helps victims of domestic violence, saying the group had no duty to investigate a woman's claims that she had been abused. But the Supreme Court sent the case against the woman back to a lower court...

Court: IBM owes Indiana more than $70M in automation dispute

Jun. 26, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Supreme Court has decided IBM Corp. must pay the state more than $70 million over the company's failed effort to automate much of the state's welfare services. The court ruling released Wednesday upholds lower court rulings in the case that began in 2010 when Indiana and...

Court: No reason to believe co-worker knew of illegal act

Jun. 26, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled that the co-worker of a man who had sex with an underage girl wasn't obligated to report it because there was no reason to believe that he knew about the relationship. Both men worked as emergency medical technicians. One of them was 44 years old...

Judge ordered to trial for alleged crimes in divorce case

Jun. 26, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Livingston County judge has been ordered to trial on criminal charges related to her divorce. The decision Wednesday came a week after the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments about removing Theresa Brennan from the bench in a separate matter . Brennan is accused of perjury and...

Kansas abortion ruling prompts new attack on death penalty

Jun. 26, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue that the abortion decision means the state's courts can...

Supreme Court denies appeal of Oklahoma death sentence

Jun. 25, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man sentenced to death for a fatal stabbing during an Oklahoma City robbery nearly 20 years ago. Attorneys for 39-year-old Tremane Wood argued in the appeal that he received ineffective legal assistance during his trial over the 2001...

Cardi B pleads not guilty to new charges in strip club brawl

Jun. 25, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B was arraigned Tuesday on new felony charges in connection with a fight last year at a New York City strip club. "Not guilty, sir, honor," said the rapper dressed in a dark blue and light pink pantsuit with her hair tinted blue as she pleaded in state court to...

Minnesota appeals court orders hearing on PolyMet permit

Jun. 25, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A district court must determine if state environmental regulators improperly sought to suppress a federal agency's serious concerns about the pollution risks arising from a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The St. Paul-based...

Oklahoma Supreme Court declines to take liquor lawsuit

Jun. 25, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a lower court should first consider a case brought by a group of liquor wholesalers who are challenging a change in the state's alcohol laws. The court rejected the request Monday to immediately take the lawsuit and issue an injunction blocking the law...