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Arkansas court: Judge can't handle capital murder case

Jan. 14, 2021 7:11 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said a judge who was barred from hearing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty protest can't preside over a capital murder case. Justices granted a request by the state to prohibit Pulaski County Circuit Judge...

Some Uber, Lyft drivers sue over California ballot measure

Jan. 12, 2021 7:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers for app-based ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The lawsuit filed with the California Supreme Court said...

District says it shouldn't have to give workers gun training

Jan. 12, 2021 4:47 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A school district that voted after a deadly shooting to allow employees to be armed argued Tuesday in Ohio’s highest court that they shouldn’t have to first provide police-level training to those workers. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments from both sides in...

FILE - This Feb. 22, 2017, file photo provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Ryan Duke. Georgia's highest court heard arguments Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, on whether taxpayers should cover portions of the legal defense for Duke, a man facing trial in the 2005 slaying of Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade.  (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

Teacher killing trial makes detour to Georgia Supreme Court

Jan. 12, 2021 3:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court heard arguments Tuesday on whether taxpayers should cover portions of the legal defense for a man facing trial in the 2005 slaying of a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade. Ryan Duke had been scheduled to stand trial on...

Murder charge dismissed after debunked bite-mark testimony

Jan. 11, 2021 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Black man who spent more than a quarter-century on death row in the 1992 killing of a white woman. Eddie Lee Howard, now 67, was convicted multiple times of capital murder in the stabbing death of 84-year-old Georgia Kemp of...

Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, sits for a portrait for the Legislature's website, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in a basement hallway of the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Coleman has had a temporary order issued against him in court, directing him to have no contact with the campaign manager of a former opponent. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Lawyer: New Kansas lawmaker reaches deal to end court order

Jan. 7, 2021 7:56 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An incoming Kansas lawmaker who has faced a possible attempt to oust him once he took office has reached a legal agreement with a woman who accused him of harassment to end an anti-stalking court order against him, an attorney says. The order entered by a state court judge last month...

Vegas newspapers back in court in joint operations dispute

Jan. 5, 2021 7:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The rival daily newspapers in Nevada’s largest city are trading new broadsides in their years-long legal fight over one of the last remaining joint-operating agreements in the U.S. Attorneys for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun went before a federal magistrate judge...

Tennessee inmate's execution paused again due to COVID-19

Jan. 5, 2021 6:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday hit pause again on a death row inmate's scheduled execution because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an order, the justices wrote that Oscar Smith’s execution, which was slated to happen Feb. 4, will be stayed pending the court's further...

Court: NC domestic violence order rule harms LGBT people

Dec. 31, 2020 5:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Domestic violence protection orders issued by North Carolina judges to keep apart people in abusive or frightening dating relationships must be granted in same-sex cases as well, a divided state appeals court panel ruled Thursday. North Carolina appears to be the only state that...

South Korea's Vice Justice Minister Lee Yong-gu speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 31, 2020. South Korea has enforced its toughest physical distancing rules at correctional facilities across the country after a major cluster of coronavirus infections flared at a Seoul prison. (Lee Jung-hun/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea enforces tough measures in prisons

Dec. 30, 2020 11:10 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has enforced its toughest physical distancing rules at correctional facilities across the country after a major cluster of coronavirus infections flared at a Seoul prison. The Justice Ministry says that 792 people — 771 inmates and 21 staff — at Seoul’s...