Latest State courts News

The Latest: Karofsky suggests court incumbent is corrupt

Nov. 19, 2019 3:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the three Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates’ first debate (all times local): 2:05 p.m. State Supreme Court challenger Jill Karofsky is suggesting incumbent Justice Dan Kelly is corrupt. Karofsky made the implications during the candidates’ first debate...

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates set for first debate

Nov. 19, 2019 7:37 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly is preparing to face his two challengers in a debate for the first time. Kelly, Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone are scheduled to appear at a debate at the Foley and Lardner law firm’s Madison offices over the noon hour Tuesday. The three...

Ohio Supreme Court keeps camera challenge alive

Nov. 19, 2019 5:26 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court has rejected Toledo’s motion to dismiss a challenge to how the city handles appeals of citations related to camera-captured traffic violations. The high court recently rejected the motion to dismiss a challenge by Susan Magsig, of Woodville. The...

Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Nov. 18, 2019 8:35 PM EST

Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an...

Colorado justices approve medical marijuana during probation

Nov. 18, 2019 8:34 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled people may use medical marijuana while serving probation. KMGH-TV reports the state’s highest court issued the ruling Monday. The justices approved an exception for prosecutors to show evidence that using the drug would run counter to achieving the...

35% fine on having dangerous drugs ruled unconstitutional

Nov. 18, 2019 10:18 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A mandatory 35% fine that’s been on the books for certain drug cases since 1995 has been ruled unconstitutional by the Montana Supreme Court. The Billings Gazette reports that the ruling last week came in a 2016 case out of Dawson County in which one person was fined $75,600...

Conviction upheld for child abuser serving lengthy sentence

Nov. 18, 2019 8:32 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man serving a lengthy sentence for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl nearly nine years before his trial. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports the court unanimously ruled last week that there’s no...

A history of capital punishment in South Dakota

Nov. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Wild Bill Hickok died holding a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights — the dead man's hand. He was shot by Jack McCall, whose death later marked South Dakota's first recorded execution. McCall was hanged for the killing in Yankton on March 1, 1877. The ultimate...

Vermont supreme court wades into issue of forced medication

Nov. 17, 2019 10:28 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says a past finding of incompetence doesn’t mean a mentally ill man was still incompetent when he signed an advanced directive banning involuntary medication. The Rutland Herald reports that the decision, released Friday, rejected a family court...

Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books

Nov. 16, 2019 3:14 PM EST

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has upended a longstanding legal roadblock that has given the gun industry far-reaching immunity from lawsuits in the aftermath of mass killings. The court this week allowed families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre to sue the maker of the AR-15 used in...