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Court lifts block on 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday lifted a judge's ruling that has blocked four Arkansas abortion restrictions from taking effect, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner’s consent...

FILE - In this photo from Wednesday, March 4, 2020, E. Jean Carroll talks to reporters outside a courthouse in New York. A New York judge has knocked down President Donald Trump’s bid to delay a lawsuit from Carroll, who accused him of rape. Manhattan judge Verna Saunders says in a decision released Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 that the presidency doesn’t shield Trump in the case.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Judge nixes Trump bid to delay suit from woman alleging rape

Aug. 6, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge knocked down President Donald Trump's bid to delay a lawsuit from a woman who accused him of rape, ruling in a decision released Thursday that the presidency doesn't shield him from the case. Pointing to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the president isn't immune...

Judge: Doctrine shielding police from lawsuits is wrong

Aug. 5, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi has issued a sharply worded ruling that calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the principle of qualified immunity, which protects law enforcement officers from being sued for some of their actions. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump administration won't accept new DACA applications

Jul. 29, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will reject new applications and shorten renewal periods for an Obama-era program that shields young people from deportation, taking a defiant stance after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to let it be scrapped completely. The move, detailed in a...

In this March 4, 2020, file photo, E. Jean Carroll arrives at court in New York. Carrolls's attorney believes that when the Supreme Court decided that the presidency isn't a shield against a New York prosecutor's criminal investigation, the same principle would apply to civil matters. He contends that Carroll's defamation case against the president should be able to move forward. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Trump tax ruling a new front in defamation suits against him

Jul. 17, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court decided this month that the presidency isn’t a shield against a New York prosecutor’s criminal investigation, the justices didn’t say whether the same goes for civil suits against the president in state courts. That has quickly become a...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks during a news conference at his office in Oklahoma City, Okla. Hunter announced Thursday, July 16, 2020, that his office and five major Native American tribes in Oklahoma have reached an agreement on civil and criminal jurisdiction after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Under the agreement, the state would have criminal jurisdiction over non-Native American offenders throughout the treaty territories, with some exceptions, while the tribes would have jurisdiction over offenders who are tribal citizens. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Oklahoma AG reaches jurisdiction agreement with five tribes

Jul. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s attorney general and five major Native American tribes in Oklahoma on Thursday announced an agreement on proposed federal legislation regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Republican Attorney General Mike Hunter...

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, after stepping off Marine One. Trump is returning from Atlanta. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Lawyer: Trump's delay moves over taxes harms probe of others

Jul. 16, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s efforts to stall the release of his personal and corporate taxes to a New York state grand jury is jeopardizing the criminal probe of other individuals and entities and could “kill this case," an attorney told a judge Thursday in urging fast action....

In this 1998 photo, Wesley Ira Purkey, center, is escorted by police officers in Kansas City, Kan., after he was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Purkey was also convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl and is scheduled to be executed on July 15, 2020, in Terre Haute, Ind. (Jim Barcus/The Kansas City Star via AP)

US executes 2nd man in a week; lawyers said he had dementia

Jul. 16, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The United States on Thursday carried out its second federal execution in three days following a hiatus of nearly two decades, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the...

Protesters against the death penalty gather in Terre Haute, Ind., Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening at the federal prison in Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Mental fitness claim halts 2nd federal execution -- for now

Jul. 15, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who was set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus. Legal wrangling continued Wednesday night with execution still...

President Donald Trump speaks during a law enforcement briefing on the MS-13 gang in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Lawyers: Trump might claim harassment in tax return quest

Jul. 15, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A week after losing a Supreme Court ruling, President Donald Trump’s lawyers said Wednesday they're considering challenging a subpoena for his tax records by criminal prosecutors on grounds that it's a fishing expedition or a form of harassment or retaliation against him. The plans...