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Georgia courts, investigators say they're tackling backlogs

Jan. 19, 2022 15:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's state court system on Wednesday told lawmakers they're trying to pass out federal money as fast as they can to help courts catch up with pandemic-related backlogs, while the leader of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it's a challenge to station a...

June 13 date set for state trial for 3 cops in Floyd's death

Jan. 19, 2022 14:35 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A state court trial for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd has been rescheduled for June 13, after both the defense and prosecutors requested a postponement. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao face charges of aiding and...

Push to stop House map carving Nashville has legal obstacles

Jan. 19, 2022 14:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrats and voting rights organizations have blasted Tennessee Republicans for what they say is a brazen effort to dilute the state's Black vote by carving up booming Nashville into three likely GOP-controlled congressional districts. But their legal path for getting the...

Wisconsin Supreme Court weighs competing redistricting maps

Jan. 19, 2022 13:42 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Wednesday weighed which map they should order enacted to set political boundaries for the next decade in the battleground state, with competing partisan interests arguing why theirs was the best option. The daylong hearing...

Media groups protest restrictions for 3 ex-officers' trial

Jan. 18, 2022 20:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of media groups says restrictions on access to the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death amount to an unconstitutional closing of the courtroom. Citing the risks of the pandemic, U.S....

Jim Obergefell, face of gay marriage, to run for Ohio House

Jan. 18, 2022 10:25 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Gay rights advocate Jim Obergefell, whose name was atop the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, announced Tuesday that he's running for a seat in the Ohio legislature. Obergefell, a Democrat, said he wants Ohio to be a place where...

'No end in sight:' Texas abortion clinics dealt new setback

Jan. 17, 2022 22:47 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' ban on most abortions is likely to stay in effect for the foreseeable future, opponents fighting the law said Monday night, after a federal appeals court ruled against sending the case back to only judge who has ever blocked the restrictions. The...

Election overhaul in Alaska aimed at reducing partisanship

Jan. 16, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants. A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this...

Western Circuit Bar remembers State Court Judge in Athens

Jan. 16, 2022 00:13 AM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When State Court Judge Kent Lawrence died in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the cancellation of traditional funeral services. On Monday, the Western Circuit Bar Association held a belated memorial service luncheon in Athens for the longtime Clarke...

Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments over redistricting

Jan. 15, 2022 11:33 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments in four separate lawsuits brought against the state's redistricting commission on Friday, all of them challenging various aspects of the new legislative district map. The bipartisan Idaho Commission for Reapportionment is...