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Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps ballot boxes in place for now

Jan. 28, 2022 19:33 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday allowed absentee ballot boxes to remain in place for the Feb. 15 statewide spring primary election for local offices, but said it will decide later about their legality going forward. The court agreed to take the...

Alabama appeals to Supreme Court in redistricting fight

Jan. 28, 2022 19:12 PM EST

Alabama on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to place a hold on a ruling that will require the state to draw new congressional districts, Lawyers for the state asked the justices to stay a preliminary injunction issued by a three-judge panel on Monday. The injunction blocks the...

Oregon chief justice asks lawyers to act as public defenders

Jan. 28, 2022 18:21 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters in an unusual public request is asking members of the State Bar to take on clients in need of public defense. In a letter Thursday, Walters asked members to “help in representing those who are accused of a...

Kansas Supreme Court takes no action against former judge

Jan. 28, 2022 15:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday it would take no further action against a former county judge who sent nude photos of himself to a online site of swingers. The court accepted a disciplinary panel’s ruling that former Russell County Magistrate Judge Marty...

N. Carolina governor vetoes GOP bill pushing primary to June

Jan. 28, 2022 13:39 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper refused on Friday to delay North Carolina's primaries by another three weeks to June, vetoing a measure that Republican legislators said would allow them more time to redraw their redistricting plans if the state Supreme Court strikes down boundaries. ...

Biden’s vow of Black justice a nod to his most loyal voters

Jan. 28, 2022 11:50 AM EST

As he struggled to survive the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden made a striking pledge before voting began in heavily African American, must-win South Carolina: His first Supreme Court appointment would be a Black woman. On Thursday, with his poll numbers reaching new lows and his...

Supreme Court sides with trailer court in pit bull attack

Jan. 28, 2022 11:26 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled a Yankton trailer court owner isn't liable for injuries to a child who was attacked by a tenant's dog. Teresa Burgi appealed a case she brought on behalf of herself and as a guardian for the boy who was injured at the...

Who's who among some possible top Supreme Court contenders

Jan. 27, 2022 21:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement gives President Joe Biden a chance to make his first nomination to the high court. It's also a chance for Biden to fulfill a campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to be a justice. Some things to know...

Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice

Jan. 27, 2022 20:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden strongly affirmed Thursday that he will nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, declaring such historic representation is “long overdue” and promising to announce his choice by the end of February. In a White House...

Idaho Supreme Court upholds new legislative district map

Jan. 27, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the state's new map redrawing Idaho's 35 legislative districts, finding that four separate lawsuits against the Idaho Commission for Reapportionment failed to show that the way the map split some counties was unreasonable. ...