Latest Judicial appointments and nominations News

The Latest: Lame-duck parties can file briefs until Monday

Mar. 22, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republicans' attempt to stay an order blocking their lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Wisconsin appeals court won't decide until at least Monday whether to reinstate...

Filing: Indiana AG Hill declines hearing on groping claims

Mar. 22, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is seeking to stop the possible appointment of a hearing officer or panel to weigh whether Hill committed professional misconduct when he allegedly drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers at a bar. Hill's legal...

Dunleavy keeps open court seat, questions nomination process

Mar. 21, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has declined — for now — to fill a seat on the Palmer Superior Court, citing questions with the process used in sending nominees to him for consideration. Dunleavy sent a letter to the Alaska Judicial Council saying he believed there were qualified...

The Latest: Mix-up delays request for nomination details

Mar. 21, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the judicial nominating process in Alaska (all times local): 5 p.m. The executive director of the Alaska Judicial Council says a clerical mix-up resulted in her not receiving a request from Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office for more information on the council's judicial...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

Gov. Justice appoints doctor to state education board

Mar. 21, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a doctor to the state board of education. The Republican governor announced Wednesday that Daniel Snavely will fill a vacant seat on the nine-member board. He says Snavely works as the medical director at St. Mary's Regional Wound Center and as an...

Lawyer accused of misspending client money ordered suspended

Mar. 21, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has suspended a Providence lawyer amid allegations that he misspent his clients' money on golfing and airline flights. The court agreed on Friday to immediately suspend Peter Leach from practicing law and to appoint the court's chief disciplinary...

Alaska board nominee Shaw withdraws nomination

Mar. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Ketchikan school board president has withdrawn his nomination for a state judicial conduct commission. Gov. Mike Dunleavy nominated Trevor Shaw for the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct. Shaw faced questioning over his relationship to a former Ketchikan teacher accused of...

Twitter flap forces Kansas governor to drop court nominee

Mar. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Posts on a Kansas judge's Twitter feed that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump prompted Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to withdraw his nomination Tuesday for the state's second-highest court and raised concerns about her vetting process. Labette County...

Poling named circuit judge in West Virginia's Raleigh County

Mar. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A new judge has been appointed to West Virginia's 10th Judicial Circuit Court. Gov. Jim Justice named Darl W. Poling of Beckley to the seat, which was vacated by Judge John Hutchison. Hutchison was appointed justice of the state Supreme Court. The 10th Circuit serves Raleigh County....