Latest State courts News

Court: Tourette's patient can sue for being denied procedure

Jan. 16, 2021 9:38 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A woman who has Tourette’s syndrome may proceed with her lawsuit against a surgeon who declined to repair her injured shoulder because of her disability, the state Supreme Court ruled. The doctor performed surgery on Carol Cutting's injured shoulder but opted not to repair her...

2 Hawaii men indicted in 2014 hate crime case on Maui

Jan. 16, 2021 2:41 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charged two Hawaii men with one count of a hate crime after they allegedly attacked a white man who was attempting to move into their Maui neighborhood. Court documents said Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. punched, kicked and used a shovel...

Court: Law that reduced drug sentences not retroactive

Jan. 15, 2021 5:08 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 2015 Connecticut criminal justice reform law that reduced prison time for certain drug possession crimes does not apply retroactively, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision affecting some convicts seeking to have lengthy drug-related sentences cut short. Justices said...

Maine Supreme Court upholds prison sentence for 2018 murder

Jan. 15, 2021 5:03 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a 40-year prison sentence for a man convicted of murder in 2018 for the shooting of his domestic partner. Anthony Leng pleaded guilty in 2019 to shooting his longtime partner, Sokha Khuon, and the judge imposed the maximum sentence allowed...

Ohio Supreme Court sets date for ancient burial mound case

Jan. 15, 2021 4:41 PM EST

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for debate over providing public access to a set of ancient burial mounds. At issue before the court is the 2,000-year-old Octagon Mounds in Newark in central Ohio, part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. The earthworks, with several...

Justice McDonald receives final legislative confirmation

Jan. 15, 2021 2:29 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald received final legislative confirmation Friday to serve a second eight-year term on the bench as an associate justice, two years after he lost a bid to become the court's chief justice. The state Senate voted 26-6 with two...

Nevada judge who denied Trump campaign appeal was threatened

Jan. 15, 2021 1:23 PM EST

CARSON CITY (AP) — Carson City’s district attorney said authorities are investigating a threat made against a state judge who dismissed a lawsuit brought by President Donald Trump’s campaign seeking to nullify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win in Nevada. Carson City Sheriff Ken...

Mississippi governor names new Court of Appeals judge

Jan. 15, 2021 11:26 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has chosen a Gulf Coast prosecutor to become a new judge on the state Court of Appeals. Joel Smith has been district attorney since 2012 in Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties. He will fill a seat that has been vacant since last spring, when Sean Tindell...

Arkansas court: Judge can't handle capital murder case

Jan. 14, 2021 7:11 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said a judge who was barred from hearing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty protest can't preside over a capital murder case. Justices granted a request by the state to prohibit Pulaski County Circuit Judge...

FILE - In this June 29, 2010, file photo, Wisconsin Supreme Court justices meet in the court chamber in Madison, Wis. The Court turns its attention to redistricting on Thursday Jan. 14, 2021, considering a request backed by Republicans to change its current procedures for handling cases related to the once-a-decade process of drawing new political boundaries. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley File)

Wisconsin justices skeptical of GOP redistricting proposal

Jan. 14, 2021 1:55 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican-backed push to fast-track redistricting lawsuits in the Wisconsin Supreme Court met with skepticism during a Thursday hearing, with the court's conservative chief justice questioning why the proposal was necessary and how the thinly staffed court could be expected to draw...