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Prosecutors stake opposite positions in death penalty appeal

Jul. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association have staked out opposing positions in a case that will determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday his own review found the...

Harris blasts, and takes money from, Epstein's law firm

Jul. 15, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said their former law firm's work on behalf of the financier accused of sexual...

State to better track guns used in crimes as violence soars

Jul. 11, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania attorney general's office launched an effort Thursday to improve the use of firearms databases, so law enforcement can better track guns used in crimes and, ultimately, clamp down on gun violence. The move comes amid a surge in such violence in Philadelphia. The...

More than 500 applicants vie to sell legal pot in Missouri

Jul. 4, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A retired cardiologist, an attorney with a high-profile law firm and a city councilman are among the more than 500 names on applications to sell medical marijuana in Missouri. Missouri on Tuesday released the names of those who want to sell medical marijuana and the cities where they want...

AG tosses part of closure complaint against Kansas Senate

Jul. 1, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A government transparency group says the Kansas attorney general's office has dismissed part of a formal complaint, while continuing to investigate whether the public was denied the right under the Open Meetings Act to observe Senate business after the visitor gallery was closed during...

Alabama woman charged in fetal death, her shooter goes free

Jun. 28, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama district attorney's office hasn't decided whether to prosecute a woman indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight. Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December...

Group to try again with medical marijuana initiative

Jun. 27, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attorney representing a group trying to get a medical marijuana initiative on the Idaho ballot says it's going to try again after an initial petition was rejected. State officials told the Idaho Cannabis Coalition some of the 20 signatures needed for initial approval weren't valid...

Indiana attorney general sued over groping allegations

Jun. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general is facing allegations of sexual harassment and defamation in a federal lawsuit filed by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year. The women and their lawyers announced the lawsuit against Republican state Attorney General Curtis...

21 Savage donates $25K for legal aid for detained immigrants

Jun. 14, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage has given $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center after the watchdog organization helped him while he was in federal immigration custody earlier this year. The rapper, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested Feb. 3 in what U.S....

Oregon public defenders mobilize for pay, staffing overhaul

Jun. 13, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Facing an ever-mounting caseload, dozens of public defenders in Oregon walked out of courthouses and into the Statehouse this week to lobby for a bill that would fix a staffing shortage and an outdated contract payment system that has some attorneys representing more than 200 clients at...