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Cleric extradited from Jamaica to NYC on terrorism charges

Aug. 14, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A radical Islamic cleric has been extradited to New York City on charges he recruited followers and fighters for the Islamic State through fiery online lectures and militant propaganda, prosecutors said Friday. Abdullah al-Faisal, who had been behind bars in Jamaica, pleaded not guilty in...

Court hears high-stakes Kentucky 'historical racing' case

Aug. 14, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a high-stakes case over the legality of “historical horse racing" machines that are lucrative moneymakers for racetracks and the thoroughbred industry. Attorneys for racing interests and The Family Foundation argued Friday over the...

FILE - In this April 20, 2012 file photo,  Marcus Robinson, an inmate on N.C.'s death row, listens as Cumberland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks found that racial bias played a role in Robinson's trial and sentencing and he should be removed from death row and serve a life sentence.  North Carolina's Supreme Court will let Robinson, a death row inmate serve out a lifetime prison sentence he was previously granted. The narrow 4-3 ruling, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, may also allow three other inmates facing the death penalty to get similar relief under the now-defunct Racial Justice Act. (Shawn Rocco/The News & Observer via AP)

NC death row inmate to serve life in prison, court rules

Aug. 14, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man on death row in North Carolina will soon have his sentence reduced to life without parole, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Marcus Robinson is one of four inmates to initially get death penalty sentences reduced using the legal process outlined in the now-defunct Racial...

Georgia court ponders charges for deputies in stun gun death

Aug. 14, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Supreme Court is deciding whether three sheriff's deputies should be immune from prosecution in the 2017 death of a Black man who authorities repeatedly shot with a stun gun. A judge last year ruled that Sgt. Henry Lee Copeland and deputies Michael Howell and Rhett Scott were...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses are facing recent lawsuits from people hoping a court decision in 2019 has shown a way around time limits for filing litigation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Slew of church abuse lawsuits hinges on state court decision

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have been hit with about 150 lawsuits from people who say they were sexually abused as children by priests and hope a state court decision last year has shown a way around time limits for legal claims. Lawyers involved in the litigation say they...

New project aims to reduce evictions in Jefferson County

Aug. 14, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has announced an initiative aimed at reducing eviction cases in the state's largest county. The Eviction Diversion Pilot Project will begin operating in Jefferson District Court on Aug. 24, the Administrative Office of the Courts said. It will connect...

Power corridor referendum is unconstitutional, court says

Aug. 13, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A referendum aimed at overturning approval of a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor is unconstitutional, and should be removed from the November ballot, the state supreme court ruled Thursday. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court concluded that the referendum "fails to meet the...

Justices overturn $2.9M award to Yakima nurses for unpaid OT

Aug. 13, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has narrowly overturned a decision awarding $2.9 million to home care and hospice nurses in Yakima who said they were pressured to work unpaid overtime and miss meal breaks. In a 5-4 ruling Thursday, the court said it didn't condone the behavior of now-shuttered...

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. sits in court during a hearing in his sexual misconduct case, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in New York. A judge ordered the courtroom outfitted with Plexiglas and other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has delayed the trial indefinitely.  (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)

Cuba Gooding Jr wears 'Black Lives Matter' mask to court

Aug. 13, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sporting a “Black Lives Matter” face mask, Cuba Gooding Jr. showed up at a New York City court on Thursday to hear lawyers argue over what restrictions to place on testimony at his sexual misconduct trial. The Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” actor Gooding wore the...

High court: Rhode Island mail-in voters don't need witnesses

Aug. 13, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail through November's general election without getting signatures from two witnesses or a notary. State officials had agreed to suspend the witness requirement because of the...