Latest State courts News

Supreme Court rules in non-disclosure of session supporters

Oct. 28, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court is siding with a legislative leader who has refused to disclose the names of lawmakers who signed a petition calling for a special session on impeachment of the state's attorney general. The high court ruled Wednesday...

Ruling: Policy, not DNA, decides competing paternity claims

Oct. 27, 2021 23:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona court says state law comes down in favor of a man who voluntarily acknowledged paternity of a child and not another man shown by DNA results to be the child's genetic father. The state Court of Appeals decision Tuesday said Arizona law law...

California high court won't hear Brad Pitt divorce appeal

Oct. 27, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider Brad Pitt's appeal of a court ruling that disqualified the judge in his custody battle with Angelina Jolie. The court denied a review of a June appeals court decision that said the...

Indiana man asks court to review sentence in wife's slaying

Oct. 27, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man who was sentenced to 65 years in prison last year for killing his wife and dismembering and hiding her body has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to review his sentence. Judson K. Hoover's petition to the state's high court...

State drops open container citation against Alaska lawmaker

Oct. 26, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An open container citation issued to an Alaska state lawmaker has been dismissed because the trooper who issued the citation is no longer in state employment after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor. State Sen. Josh Revak, an Anchorage...

Virus cut access to courts but opened door to virtual future

Oct. 26, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

Just two reporters were allowed inside a Georgia courtroom to serve as the eyes and ears of the public when jury selection began for the men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery. Pandemic restrictions also kept reporters and the public out of the courtroom during the sex-trafficking trial of...

'Groveland Four' charges could be dropped 70 years later

Oct. 26, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A local prosecutor has filed a motion to clear the names of four young African American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman more than seven decades ago in what is considered one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Jim Crow-era Florida. ...

Idaho leaders OK paying legal fees in ballot initiative case

Oct. 25, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little, leaders in the state House and Senate and the attorney general on Monday approved paying $152,000 in legal fees to the winning side after Idaho lost a court challenge to a new law making it harder for voters to get initiatives on the ballot. ...

Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks 3 new anti-abortion laws

Oct. 25, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Supreme Court on Monday blocked three anti-abortion laws that were scheduled to take effect Nov. 1 that abortion rights supporters say would have devastated abortion access in the state. In a 5-3 ruling , the court granted a temporary...

Woman's conviction for '91 killing of son gets rehearing

Oct. 25, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

Attorneys argued again in court Monday over whether a Florida woman's 2016 conviction for killing her 5-year-old son 25 years earlier was flawed because prosecutors didn’t present enough evidence to prove the case. Michelle Lodzinski was the central figure in one of New...