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US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

Oct. 19, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Chief Justice John Roberts signed an order...

W.Va. Senate postpones acting on impeachment trial ruling

Oct. 15, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Monday postponed the impeachment trial of a state Supreme Court justice after a judge who was to preside over the trial did not show up. The trial of Justice Margaret Workman was to begin Monday, but Acting Chief Justice Paul Farrell was absent in light...

West Virginia court blocks justice's impeachment trial

Oct. 11, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of judicial stand-ins Thursday blocked the upcoming impeachment trial of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, citing constitutional issues and errors in preliminary impeachment proceedings. Five acting justices on the Supreme Court ruled in a 69-page...

Judge to decide 'Marsy's Law' ballot question in Kentucky

Oct. 9, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — On election day, the Kentucky legislature will ask voters a yes or no question: "Are you in favor of providing constitutional rights to victims of crime, including the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and the right to be informed and to have a voice in the...

Amid Kavanaugh fallout, book looks at presidents, justices

Oct. 8, 2018 8:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mired in the Korean War, President Harry Truman began plotting a federal government takeover of American steel companies to head off a strike. Before he followed through with his plan, he secretly asked Chief Justice Fred Vinson, his close friend and poker buddy, how the Supreme Court...

Scholars: Free speech issues at stake in FBI agent leak case

Oct. 4, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of legal scholars is weighing in on the upcoming sentencing of a former Minnesota FBI agent who admitted he leaked documents to a reporter, saying in court documents filed Thursday that the court should consider the value of the agent's disclosure in determining the proper...

Judge: Democrats in Congress can sue Trump over emoluments

Sep. 28, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal district judge in Washington ruled Friday that a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives have legal standing to sue President Donald Trump to prove he violated the U.S. Constitution's emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign and...

Ex-West Virginia justice blames impeachment on gender bias

Sep. 26, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An impeached former West Virginia Supreme Court justice has filed a federal lawsuit accusing elected officials of gender bias and other violations. Former Justice Robin Davis' 40-page lawsuit filed Wednesday said she would not have been impeached "had she not been a woman." It...

Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm

Sep. 24, 2018 8:04 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the president-elect of the Maldives, spent his youth marching in the streets for democracy. He was elected to Parliament at age 32 as an independent candidate, helping to draw up a new constitution. But unlike other reformers of his generation, Solih was...

West Virginia chief justice wants impeachment delayed

Sep. 21, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court's chief justice is asking the court to delay impeachment proceedings against her by the state Senate. Chief Justice Margaret Workman filed a petition Friday morning arguing the state Senate's articles of impeachment are not constitutional. The...