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Police in ‘substantial compliance’ with required reforms

Jan. 24, 2020 5:18 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Justice Department lawyers said Friday they’ve found the Portland Police Bureau in substantial compliance with 190 reforms required as part of a city settlement adopted six years ago. The settlement came after a federal investigation determined officers used excessive...

Ohio judge apologizes for writing homophobic letters in '90s

Jan. 24, 2020 4:42 PM EST

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio deeply apologized Thursday for a pair of homophobic letters-to-the-editor he wrote to his college newspaper in the 1990s. Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard issued the apology to news outlets in Toledo, after WTOL-TV reported on the letters, which are...

Danish court confirms nationwide ban on criminal gang

Jan. 24, 2020 7:29 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court upheld a nationwide ban on a criminal gang issued by police, saying Friday that the Loyal to Familia group should by dissolved as illegal under Denmark’s Constitution. The Copenhagen City Court said the gang, known by its acronym LTF, had been behind gang...

FILE -In this May 17, 2018, file photo Ron Plush, father of Kyle Plush, and his sister-in-law Jody, left, listening to comments from Mayor John Cranley during the City Council's law and public safety committee on the response to the death of Seven Hills student Kyle Plush. Plush, 16, died after being trapped by a fold-up vehicle seat despite making two 911 calls. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, an Ohio judge will rule on whether to move forward with a lawsuit filed by the family of Plush. The suit, filed last year, charges the city, a former city official and four city employees with actions it alleges led to Plush's 2018 death.  (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)

Judge rejects city's effort to end teen death lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2020 10:39 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge decided Wednesday to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a 16-year-old student who died after being trapped by a fold-up vehicle seat, despite making two 911 calls. Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman rejected a motion to dismiss the suit...

Judge: Give Little Rock police officer badge, gun back

Jan. 21, 2020 1:39 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge ordered the city of Little Rock to give an officer fired for fatally shooting a black motorist his badge and gun back as soon as possible, and says the city's police chief will lose his own badge and gun if officials don't comply. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette...

Judge avoids suspension for improper jailing of woman

Jan. 16, 2020 4:47 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge whose ethics were called into question after he jailed a woman he accused of being disrespectful in court will avoid being suspended from the bench. New Jersey's Supreme Court issued a public censure Thursday of Newark Municipal Court Judge Marvin Adames. A state panel on...

Appeals court: California city bound by sanctuary law

Jan. 10, 2020 3:54 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday ruled that a state law limiting police collaboration with federal immigration agents doesn't interfere with a charter city's right to run its own police force. The decision reverses an Orange County judge's 2018 ruling that cities that create...

Retired appeals court chief judge Melvin Shortess dies

Jan. 7, 2020 4:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Funeral services will be held Wednesday for retired 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge Melvin Shortess, who died Friday after suffering a long time with Alzheimer's. Shortess, who retired from the appellate court in 2000 after 10 years as its chief judge, was 86. A funeral...

Judge denies attempt by cities to delay Ohio's new gun law

Jan. 7, 2020 11:37 AM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A judge turned down a request by several Ohio cities to delay part of the state's new gun law that will allow gun owners who believe their rights have been violated to sue a municipality and seek damages. The cities' challenge of the law said it infringes on their ability to regulate...

Weinstein charged with sex crimes in LA on eve of NY trial

Jan. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors charged Harvey Weinstein on Monday with sexually assaulting two women on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013, bringing the new case against the disgraced Hollywood mogul on the eve of jury selection for his New York trial. The case, brought by a task...