Latest State courts News

San Francisco pier shooter seeks dismissal of gun charge

Jan. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican man who touched off a fierce immigration debate over his role in the shooting death of a woman walking on a San Francisco pier is seeking to overturn his felony gun possession conviction. It was the only charge he was found guilty of after a jury acquitted him of murder. Jose...

DeSantis picks 2nd Miami appeals judge for Supreme Court

Jan. 14, 2019 4:36 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday chose a second Miami appeals judge for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court, continuing to move the state's highest court in a more conservative direction. DeSantis announced Monday that Robert Luck is his latest choice. Luck, 39, a former Miami federal...

High court: KY death row inmate's case should get new look

Jan. 14, 2019 11:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling Kentucky's highest court to take another look at the case of a serial murder on death row. The court Monday told the Supreme Court of Kentucky to revisit Larry Lamont White's death sentence in light of a 2017 Supreme Court ruling. That ruling involved a man...

Supreme Court will hear Wisconsin drunk driving case

Jan. 11, 2019 4:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a Wisconsin drunk driving law that has parallels in other states. Wisconsin law says law enforcement officials can draw blood from an unconscious driver without a warrant if they suspect the person was driving drunk. The case the court...

Court refuses Alabama officer's immunity claim in killing

Jan. 11, 2019 12:52 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man nearly three years ago can be prosecuted on a murder charge, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. The all-Republican court rejected defense claims that Aaron Cody Smith, 25, is immune from prosecution in the fatal...

Gerrymandering lawsuits linger as next redistricting nears

Jan. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EST

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties. First up was a court hearing Thursday in...

Kansas abortion foes brace for state Supreme Court decision

Jan. 10, 2019 12:28 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Kansas have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from the state's highest court that protects the right to have an abortion and potentially upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate. The Kansas Supreme Court is...

Suit attacking Super Bowl ticket policies meets court defeat

Jan. 9, 2019 1:47 PM EST

Super Bowl tickets don't figure to get any easier to come by — or any cheaper, probably — after a court ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by a fan against the National Football League. New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled that the NFL didn't violate state consumer fraud laws with its ticketing...

DeSantis picks female Cuban-American for state's high court

Jan. 9, 2019 1:11 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — With the first of his three picks for the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday chose a female Cuban-American appellate judge to become the state's newest justice. Barbara Lagoa, for the past 12 years a judge on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami, was...

US Supreme Court asked to review W.Va. judicial impeachments

Jan. 8, 2019 8:26 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review a decision that derailed impeachment trials for West Virginia Supreme Court justices. House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw said the intent of Tuesday's filing was not to seek permission to restart impeachment proceedings. He said...