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California pastor vows to hold indoor worship despite order

Aug. 8, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The pastor of a California church has vowed to continue holding indoor worship in defiance of coronavirus health orders after a judge issued a temporary restraining order barring the church from doing so. “I wish it didn’t have to come to this, I really do, but we will...

Suit claiming bats, rats at courthouse goes to Supreme Court

Aug. 8, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama appeals court ruled it doesn't have the power to decide whether to dismiss an employee lawsuit claiming a west Alabama courthouse is infested with rodents and bats. The Court of Civil Appeals, in a decision Friday, said the Alabama Supreme Court needed to consider the...

Rulings move pot, justice reform measures closer to ballot

Aug. 7, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County judges on Friday rejected challenges to two proposed voter initiatives, one implementing criminal sentencing reform and the other legalizing recreational marijuana. If the rulings are upheld after expected appeals to the state Supreme Court and if enough qualifying signatures...

Court rules in lawsuit challenging voter guide statement

Aug. 7, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled against state schools chief Chris Reykdal, who sued his reelection opponent, Maia Espinoza, for defamation. The Seattle Times reports that in her official voter guide statement, Espinoza claimed Reykdal championed a policy that taught sex positions to fourth...

Seattle brothers sentenced to 40 years in homeless shooting

Aug. 7, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two brothers were sentenced to 40 years in prison each after they were found guilty of fatally shooting two people and injuring three others during a 2016 robbery at a former homeless encampment, a judge said. King County Superior Court Judge Sean O’Donnell sentenced 22-year-old James...

Bowlen family feud trial pushed back from September to 2021

Aug. 6, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — The Denver Broncos ownership trial that was supposed to begin next month has been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 1 via videoconference in front of Arapahoe County Court Judge John E. Scipione. It’s now...

Seattle crowd-control restraining order extended

Aug. 6, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice attorneys and city officials in Seattle will extend a federal court order that prevented a city ordinance banning the police use of tear gas and less-lethal weapons from being implemented. A temporary order restricting the implementation of the measure was issued...

State Supreme Court is urged to remove Lapeer County judge

Aug. 5, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A watchdog agency is recommending the removal of a Lapeer County judge who deposited money from bad check cases in his personal bank account when he was prosecutor. Judge Byron Konschuh also made false statements and failed to disqualify himself from more than 100 cases despite a...

Jury trials have resumed at Maricopa County Superior Court

Aug. 5, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Jury trials have resumed in Maricopa County Superior Court after weeks of being put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trials were initially suspended in March and the stoppage lasted until June 15. At that point, trials were allowed again on a limited basis with increased...

Missouri judge asks city sheriff to suspend eviction notices

Aug. 4, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri judge has asked a city sheriff to temporarily stop serving eviction notices until officials can assess mortgage and tenant assistance applications. St. Louis Circuit Court Presiding Judge Rex Burlison made his request to Sheriff Vernon Betts on Monday, the St. Louis...