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Nebraska high court rejects Omaha serial rapist's appeal

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and the up to 200-year prison sentence for an Omaha serial rapist. On Friday, the high court rejected 43-year-old Brandon Weathers' arguments that his trial lawyer was ineffective and that his constitutional rights had been violated...

Alaska judge weighs whether to dismiss veto lawsuit

Nov. 5, 2019 9:17 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit by a civil liberties group saying Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto of nearly $335,000 from the state court system budget was unconstitutional and retaliatory. Attorneys for the state contend the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is...

2nd white man sentenced in 2017 Mississippi cross burning

Nov. 5, 2019 6:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A second white man has been sentenced to federal prison for his part in burning a cross in 2017 in the yard of an African American family in south Mississippi. During a hearing Tuesday in Hattiesburg, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Graham Williamson, 38, to three years...

Relatives of man fatally shot by police reach $1M settlement

Nov. 4, 2019 5:57 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Relatives of a Kansas man who was fatally shot by a police officer have settled a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit for $1 million. The Kansas City Star reported the settlement Monday for the family of Antonio Garcia Jr. Garcia was killed by a Leavenworth officer on July 11,...

Justices seem OK with car stop over owner's invalid license

Nov. 4, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems ready to say police may pull over a car when they know only that its owner's license is not valid — even if they don't know who's driving. The issue of traffic stops based on information gleaned from motor vehicle records has become more pressing with the...

Judge finds man threatened transgender health club patron

Nov. 4, 2019 1:02 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The attorney general's office says a man has been found guilty of violating the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act by repeatedly threatening to kill a transgender woman at a health club based on his belief that she shouldn't have used the women's locker room. A judge issued an injunction...

Guard linked to beating had been subject of complaints

Nov. 2, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A guard accused in a lawsuit of beating a female inmate so severely she was left paralyzed had previously been accused of trading cigarettes for sex, insubordination, harassing inmates and other actions at a Florida prison, according to a news report. Despite the long history of...

Judge: Georgia sheriff can't put Halloween warning signs up

Oct. 30, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Georgia sheriff from posting signs in front of the homes of three registered sex offenders warning people not to trick-or-treat there. Judge Marc Treadwell in Macon ruled Tuesday that the sex offenders were likely to win their argument that Butts County...

Immigrant victimized by ICE forgery doesn't have to pay fees

Oct. 29, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday criticized the Justice Department for seeking legal fees from a Mexican immigrant who was the victim of a forgery by a government lawyer. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein on Tuesday denied the department's effort to make Ignacio Lanuza and his attorneys pay...

Paper: Family suit in police shooting settled for $2 million

Oct. 29, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of a black teenager killed by a white Pennsylvania police officer has been settled for $2 million, a newspaper reported. A federal judge Tuesday approved dismissal of the suit against the city of East Pittsburgh and earlier did the same...