Latest State courts News

More Vermont courthouses ready to reopen for live trials

Apr. 11, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

Eight Vermont courthouses are once again ready for jury trials. The Vermont Judiciary announced recently that the move comes after a year of work to construct barriers, test and improve air circulation and filtration systems, and develop process and facility enhancements...

Prosecutor won't retry parents in baby's death a decade ago

Apr. 10, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A prosecutor says he won't retry a Georgia couple for their newborn daughter's death more than a decade ago after the state's highest court overturned their murder convictions. Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit Mark Jones has filed motions to drop all...

Idaho governor given petition to veto voter initiative bill

Apr. 09, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho Supreme Court justice has delivered a petition to the governor's office with more than 16,000 signatures that urges him to veto a bill that would make it more difficult to put voter initiatives on the ballot. The bill has already been...

West Virginia governor signs 4 bills into law

Apr. 09, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed into law several bills on Friday, such as reducing taxes on arms and ammo manufacturing and establishing a new intermediate state court. At a bill signing ceremony, he also signed a bill that...

Nevada justices strike down deadline in death penalty case

Apr. 09, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court struck down a deadline Friday that a district judge set later this month for a Salvadoran immigrant’s lawyers to file a motion claiming he’s intellectually disabled and therefore can’t be executed if convicted of murdering a Reno couple and...

Supreme Court tie keeps donor's records in play at U-M

Apr. 09, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An attorney seeking access to documents donated to the University of Michigan won a key decision Friday as a result of a tie at the Michigan Supreme Court. The documents were from the late Dr. John Tanton of Petoskey, who was considered to be an...

Lawmakers given more time to redraw Oregon political lines

Apr. 09, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Legislature will have until Sept. 27 to complete the redistricting process, giving lawmakers more time to draw political boundaries following a delay in crucial census data. The unanimous decision...

Wisconsin Supreme Court says don't purge voters from rolls

Apr. 09, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state elections commission should not remove from the rolls voters flagged as possibly having moved, something Democrats fought and conservatives have wanted done for nearly two years. The court’s...

Poisoning death conviction vacated, man heads back to trial

Apr. 09, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge has vacated the conviction of a man who is heading back to trial in Kenosha County on charges of killing his wife with antifreeze. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled last month that Mark Jensen deserves a new trial in the 1998 death of his...

Judge on Michigan's top court works while overseas

Apr. 08, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan Supreme Court justice said Thursday that he has been overseas for three months, participating in an international program to improve society's perception of people with disabilities while pulling all-nighters to keep up with his work back home. ...