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Public defenders appointed for suspect in drive-by killing

Nov. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing another man in a drive-by shooting following a confrontation at a casino has been appointed two public defenders. A judge appointed the attorneys at a brief court hearing Monday. Francis Giannelli, of Glastonbury, faces murder and weapons...

House lawyer says committee investigating whether Trump lied

Nov. 18, 2019 3:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the House is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s...

Love appointed Montgomery probate judge

Nov. 16, 2019 12:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Attorney JC Love, III is the new probate judge of Montgomery County. The governor signed Love’s appointment letter Friday. Gov. Kay Ivey says he was sworn into office the same day. Love replaces Steven Reed who was sworn in this week as Montgomery mayor. Love also ran in the...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Florida governor appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

Trump contributes foreword to paperback of McConnell book

Nov. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The paperback edition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “The Long Game” includes a foreword from a well-placed political ally: President Donald Trump. In the foreword, shared Friday by the publisher Sentinel with The Associated Press, Trump praises the...

Trump wants Supreme Court to block subpoena for his taxes

Nov. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his tax returns, in a test of the president’s ability to defy investigations. The filing Thursday sets the stage for a high court showdown over the tax returns Trump has refused to release, unlike every...

Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41...

Ivey rescinds judge appointment because of age requirement

Nov. 14, 2019 1:50 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has rescinded an appointment for Montgomery County probate judge after learning the person is too old under state law. Ivey on Wednesday appointed retired Gen. Edward F. Crowell to the position. On Thursday, she announced that she was rescinding the appointment...

Trump appeals court nominee in jeopardy following GOP revolt

Nov. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt from two Republican senators who have said publicly they won't support him. Trump nominated federal judge Halil "Sul" Ozerden of Mississippi to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...