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Court ruling could erase 20,000 drunken driving convictions

Nov. 13, 2018 2:55 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A ruling issued Tuesday by the New Jersey Supreme Court could cause more than 20,000 drunken driving convictions to be vacated. The justices unanimously found that criminal charges pending against a state police sergeant made breath-testing device test results from five counties...

Supreme Court to hear Virginia GOP's districting appeal

Nov. 13, 2018 11:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts that have been struck down by a lower court as racially discriminatory. The case involves 11 districts in the Virginia House of Delegates. Democratic voters...

Former SS guard testifies he was aware of camp conditions

Nov. 13, 2018 10:57 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS concentration guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder painted himself Tuesday as an unwilling participant in the Nazi machinery of death. Johann Rehbogen is accused of working as a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp east of Danzig, which is...

Special session canceled after West Virginia justice resigns

Nov. 12, 2018 12:27 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The resignation of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges prompted the governor Sunday to cancel a special legislative session that was to consider the justice's removal. It was the latest development in an impeachment scandal miring some past...

Special session canceled after West Virginia justice resigns

Nov. 11, 2018 7:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The resignation of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges prompted the governor Sunday to cancel a special legislative session that was to consider the justice's removal. It was the latest development in an impeachment scandal miring some past...

The Latest: W.Va. lawmakers won't meet after justice resigns

Nov. 11, 2018 6:08 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry (all times local): 5:55 p.m. An upcoming special session of the West Virginia Legislature to consider removing suspended and convicted Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been canceled. Both the...

West Virginia high court scandal: convicted justice resigns

Nov. 10, 2018 10:23 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice who was recently convicted of 11 federal charges is stepping down just ahead of a special legislative session to consider his removal, the governor's office disclosed Saturday. It was the latest development in an impeachment scandal...

'Magic' campaign lands 17 black women on Houston courts

Nov. 10, 2018 10:48 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston area's courts are going to be a lot more diverse thanks to a group of 17 African-American women and their "magic." The women, who were part of an effort dubbed the "Black Girl Magic" campaign, all won races Tuesday to be judges in various Harris County courts in an election that...

The Latest: Palm Beach, Broward judges side with Scott

Nov. 9, 2018 6:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida election (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Judges in Palm Beach and Broward counties have sided with Florida Gov. Rick Scott against two supervisors of elections. Circuit Judge Krista Marx on Friday ordered Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher...

Court rejects Indiana man's appeal in arson deaths of 2 kids

Nov. 8, 2018 1:26 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence of a man in a 2010 house fire that killed his fiancee's two children. All five justices agreed in Wednesday's decision that Jeffrey Weisheit was guilty of crimes, though Chief Justice Loretta Rush thought Weisheit should...