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Bill to aid those convicted by non-unanimous juries shelved

May. 27, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation providing a possible path to freedom for people convicted of felonies by non-unanimous Louisiana juries has been shelved for the current legislative session. The bill would have allowed those convicted by non-unanimous juries to apply for a...

Justices to rule in gun case with US raw from mass shootings

May. 26, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With mass shootings in Texas, New York and California fresh in Americans’ mind, the Supreme Court will soon issue its biggest gun ruling in more than a decade, one expected to make it easier to carry guns in public in some of the largest cities. Already in an...

California aims to shield against Texas-style abortion laws

May. 23, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Monday voted to stop courts in Texas and other states from penalizing abortion providers and volunteers in California, part of Democrats' plan to make the state a sanctuary for women seeking reproductive care should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe...

Supreme Court rules against inmates in right-to-counsel case

May. 23, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled along ideological lines Monday against two Arizona death row inmates who had argued that their lawyers did a poor job representing them in state court. The ruling will make it harder for certain inmates sentenced to death or long terms in prison who...

NC groups, voters urge justices to avoid redistricting case

May. 20, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina advocacy groups and voters who this year persuaded state courts to overturn the legislature's congressional redistricting plan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to avoid hearing arguments on whether such courts must be curtailed in reviewing U.S. House...

Federal judge again extends ban on Kentucky abortion law

May. 19, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday extended an order blocking key portions of a new Kentucky abortion law that had forced the state's two clinics to temporarily halt abortions. The ruling said that the law's 15-week ban on abortions would remain blocked until the...

Here's how abortion clinics are preparing for Roe to fall

May. 19, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of a Tennessee abortion clinic calculated driving distances and studied passenger rail routes as they scanned the map for another place to offer services if the U.S. Supreme Court lets states restrict or eliminate abortion rights. They chose Carbondale...

Abortion rights group files longshot Arizona initiative bid

May. 17, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A newly organized group of abortion rights supporters on Tuesday filed an initiative that seeks to amend the Arizona Constitution to protect the right to abortion. The effort by a group called Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom is a longshot to make the ballot, since...

Editorial Roundup: United States

May. 17, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 15 The Washington Post says that, with midterms coming up, Democrats must act now to have a big impact on financial regulation President Biden likes to tout his role as “Sheriff...

Today in History: May 17, Brown v. Board of Education ruling

May. 17, 2022 00:25 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2022. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 1954, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision which...