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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during First in the South Dinner, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Florida lawsuit questions Sanders' Democratic bona fides

Feb. 25, 2020 8:58 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a state where elections and litigation are intertwined, add this to Florida's ballot box saga: A pair of Floridians are asking a court to remove Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic front-runner for president, from the state's March 17 primary ballot. Although Sanders is...

Rhode Island inmates sue to overturn Civil Death Act

Feb. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island inmates serving life in prison are suing to overturn a state law that declares them civilly dead. Joshua Davis, 34, and James Lombardi, 35, argued in federal court Monday that the Civil Death Act violates their first and fifth amendment rights by preventing them...

Tennessee Supreme Court lets opioids case move forward

Feb. 25, 2020 1:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from pharmaceutical companies asking to be dismissed as defendants in an opioid lawsuit. The suit was filed in Campbell County in 2017 by six Tennessee district attorneys whose districts are along the Interstate 75 corridor. They are...

Do guns and drinks mix at home? Court hearing man's case

Feb. 25, 2020 11:40 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Having a few too many at home shouldn't make handling one's own firearm illegal, according to an Ohio man challenging his arrest on a charge of possessing a weapon while intoxicated. The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments in his case Tuesday, with a decision not expected for several...

Judge hits pause button on removal of slave auction block

Feb. 25, 2020 8:53 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge in Virginia has hit the pause button on a city's plans to remove a 175-year-old slave auction block from a city's downtown street corner. The Free Lance-Star reported Monday that Circuit Court Judge Sarah Deneke has agreed to a 15-day stay of her order to remove the...

This combination of undated photos provided by the The Tennessee Department of Correction shows Pervis Payne, left, and Byron Black. Tennessee has set two new execution dates, just days after putting to death its seventh inmate in the past year-and-a-half. On Monday, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered an Oct. 8 execution date for inmate Black and a Dec. 3 execution date for Payne. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Tennessee continues push for executions, setting 2 more

Feb. 24, 2020 9:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee on Monday set two new execution dates, days after putting to death its seventh inmate in the past year and a half. The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered an Oct. 8 execution date for Byron Black and a Dec. 3 execution date for Pervis Payne. Black was convicted by a Nashville...

Alabama inmate spared by dementia argument dies on death row

Feb. 24, 2020 6:48 PM EST

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate spared from execution by questions over whether dementia had erased memories of his crime has died on death row at the age of 69, state officials said Monday. Vernon Madison spent more than three decades on Alabama's death row for the killing of a police officer in...

This undated photo provided by the Iowa Judicial Branch shows Iowa Supreme Court Justice Susan Christensen. The Iowa Supreme Court elected Justice Christensen as its next chief justice on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, making her only the second woman to rise to chief of the seven-member court. (Brent Isenberger/Brent Isenberger Photography via AP)

Iowa Supreme Court elects Susan Christensen chief justice

Feb. 24, 2020 4:48 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court elected Justice Susan Christensen as its next chief justice on Monday, making her only the second woman to rise to chief of the seven-member court. Appointed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in 2018, Christensen is part of a new more conservatively constituted...

Lansing-area judge to lead statewide court office

Feb. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing-area judge who has been outspoken about how Michigan's local courts are financed is resigning to become administrator of the state court system. Tom Boyd has been a District Court judge in Ingham County since 2005. The Michigan Supreme Court, in announcing the appointment,...

FILE - This April 26, 2016 file photo shows author Jon Krakauer in Bozeman, Mont.  The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of rape will remain confidential after the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer.  (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

Supreme Court won't hear case brought by author Jon Krakauer

Feb. 24, 2020 1:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of rape will remain confidential after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer. Krakauer had made a public records request for the documents in 2014 while writing...