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Texas woman fights to keep name out of lawsuit alleging rape

Dec. 6, 2019 12:07 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas woman is fighting for anonymity in a lawsuit alleging she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker, but a federal judge who plans to dismiss the case has ordered that her name be made public first. While an appeals courts put the order on hold, legal experts say such actions are not...

Lawyer: Accused Texas school shooter sent to mental hospital

Dec. 5, 2019 7:01 PM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school was moved to state mental health hospital Thursday after a judge ruled last month that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 19, has been transferred from the county jail in...

Michigan victims wrongly accused of fraud win again in court

Dec. 5, 2019 6:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Residents who were falsely accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment benefits system won another victory Thursday when the state appeals court ruled 3-0 that their lawsuit seeking financial damages should proceed. The Michigan Supreme Court decided in April to allow the affected...

Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case

Dec. 5, 2019 5:40 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a newspaper cannot use the state's fair report privilege law as a shield against a defamation lawsuit for a story that was based on a one-on-one interview with a police detective. The unanimous ruling found that the privilege only...

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

Dec. 5, 2019 4:27 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates used pieces of shirts or bedsheets to hide their faces. What happened at the jail on that Friday afternoon in May...

A reason Democrats won't wait: Trump cases tied up in court

Dec. 5, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal scholar Jonathan Turley told House Democrats that they are rushing the impeachment of President Donald Trump and that they instead could be enlisting the courts to try to help procure the testimony of key figures in Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe...

Judge upholds arbitration in Las Vegas newspaper battle

Dec. 5, 2019 2:32 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has upheld an arbitrator’s finding in an ongoing legal battle over one of the few remaining U.S. newspaper joint-operating agreements, ruling that the dominant Las Vegas Review-Journal has to submit to an audit and pay profits and expenses that its crosstown rival Las...

Federal court considers bathroom use by transgender student

Dec. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A student has the right to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, a lawyer told a federal court Thursday, arguing that the issue is about the right of transgender students to “equal dignity." But the Florida school district that's appealing a lower court order in...

Judge frees jail officers charged with excessive force

Dec. 5, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge in Baltimore has agreed to release from custody a group of correctional officers charged with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in the city. The Baltimore Sun reports that a prosecutor asked Wednesday for some of the 25 indicted officers to be held until...

Convicted Estonian official in NATO spy scandal released

Dec. 5, 2019 8:07 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — An Estonian court has decided to release on parole a former security official who was found guilty of treason for passing on top NATO secrets to Russia in a case widely considered to be one of the worst spy scandals within the military bloc. The Tartu County Court said Thursday that Herman...