Latest State courts News

Wyoming governor names state district judge to Supreme Court

Dec. 02, 2021 13:53 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor has tapped a state District Court judge in making his first appointment to the state Supreme Court. Judge John G. Fenn has served on the Fourth Judicial District bench for Johnson and Sheridan counties since 2007. He previously...

Voter rights groups sue over Ohio GOP's congressional map

Dec. 02, 2021 12:46 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawsuits are accumulating against Ohio's new congressional map, just as they did for GOP-drawn maps of new legislative districts, as voting and civil-rights groups allege partisan gerrymandering against the state's ruling Republicans. The latest...

Fischer launches campaign for Kentucky Supreme Court seat

Dec. 01, 2021 19:06 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Joseph Fischer, a mainstay in legislative efforts to restrict abortion, launched his campaign Wednesday for a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court. Fischer, an attorney who has served in the state House for more than two...

NC Supreme Court's No. 2 justice won't seek reelection

Dec. 01, 2021 18:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson announced on Wednesday that she won't seek reelection next year, citing mandatory age limits that would significantly curtail her service if she won. State law requires North Carolina judges and...

Judge blocks law that would allow more guns on campuses

Dec. 01, 2021 17:22 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing legislation that would allow more people to carry guns on public college campuses, a state judge has ruled. District Court Judge Michael McMahon on Tuesday granted the state Board of Regents'...

Pipeline documents case headed to North Dakota high court

Dec. 01, 2021 15:57 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A legal battle is headed to North Dakota's Supreme Court over access to thousands of documents related to the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the company that oversaw security during construction. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer and...

Third lawsuit filed against Idaho's redistricting commission

Dec. 01, 2021 15:34 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A third lawsuit has been filed with the Idaho Supreme Court against Idaho’s redistricting commission over a new map redrawing the state’s 35 legislative districts. Spencer Stucki of Chubbuck, in southeastern Idaho, filed the lawsuit Wednesday...

Ex-WVa Supreme Court Justice Workman recognized for service

Dec. 01, 2021 04:04 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired West Virginia Supreme Court justice is being recognized for her lifetime of service to courts and the practice of law. Margaret Workman has been named the 2021 recipient of the Caplan Award, presented by the West Virginia Association...

Top Wisconsin court affirms GOP's preferred approach to maps

Nov. 30, 2021 18:44 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Republicans in a redistricting dispute, ruling that it saw no need to make significant changes to the maps that have helped the GOP win majorities in the state Legislature and congressional delegation. ...

Michigan drops oil pipeline suit, refocuses on separate case

Nov. 30, 2021 16:59 PM EST

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer abandoned a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at shutting down an oil pipeline that runs through part of the Great Lakes but said the state would continue pursuing a separate case with the same goal. Whitmer's legal maneuver followed a federal judge's...