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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...

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...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Georgia executes man for store clerk's killing in 1994

Nov. 13, 2019 11:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death late Wednesday night, authorities said. Inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He made...

The Latest: Georgia executes man for ‘94 store clerk killing

Nov. 13, 2019 11:31 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a Georgia death penalty case (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Georgia has executed a man convicted of the 1994 killing of a convenience store clerk. Officials say 52-year-old Ray Jefferson Cromartie was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of...

Australia’s highest court will hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal

Nov. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes...

German mom convicted of faking kids’ sicknesses for cash

Nov. 13, 2019 9:54 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a 49-year-old woman of child abuse and fraud for claiming her children suffered from bogus medical conditions for years to receive additional social assistance. News agency dpa reported the woman was sentenced to eight years in prison in Luebeck state court...

3 Indiana judges suspended for fight that led to shooting

Nov. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has temporarily suspended three judges who were involved in a fight in downtown Indianapolis during which two of them were shot. The order Tuesday says the justices imposed the suspensions after finding that Clark County judges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs...

Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

Nov. 12, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people. The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms, which argued it should be shielded by a...

The Latest: Industry group confident gun-maker will win suit

Nov. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a lawsuit to move forward against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A leading gun industry group says it believes the U.S. Supreme Court should have reviewed and dismissed a...