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Judge reduces legal fees after alleged false arrests in Utah

Sep. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — A northwestern Utah county must pay $135,200 in attorney fees for the alleged false arrests of two Black men after a federal judge reduced the original amount owed by Box Elder County by about $90,000. Judge Dale Kimball's Sept. 10 ruling stems from the December 2016 arrests of...

This undated booking file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell, of New Hampshire. On Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, a federal jury in Concord, N.H., found a Cantwell guilty of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Jury finds white nationalist guilty of rape threat

Sep. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — A self-proclaimed white nationalist who rose to prominence during a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty Monday by a federal jury of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. Christopher...

Federal investigation of Overland Park teen's shooting death

Sep. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal agents are investigating the shooting death of an Overland Park teenager by a police officer for possible civil rights violations, an FBI spokeswoman said Thursday. John Albers, 17, was killed in January 2018 as he backed a minivan out of his family's home. Officers...

Idaho man sues over state's anti-sodomy law

Sep. 24, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man represented by a coalition of civil rights attorneys is suing the state's attorney general over Idaho's so-called “infamous crime against nature” law, which makes it illegal to have oral or anal sex. The man, who uses the pseudonym “John Doe,”...

Public elementary school teachers Julia and Seth Hooper pick up their children Emry, 7, and Ivy, 4, on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Western Heights Learning Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Hoopers said Emry will attend a private school at the center this fall because public schools won't be in person. Emry struggled with online learning in the spring and his parents were unable to help him while simultaneously teaching other online classes. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Push to reopen private schools arrives in federal court

Sep. 23, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday weighed whether pandemic-related occupancy limits on private schools in New Mexico violate constitutional rights to equal protection and freedom of assembly, in a case closely watched by the Trump administration. The lawsuit by the father of a 7th-grader...

FILE - In this June 18, 2007, file photo Ed Brown talks to reporters during a news conference in Plainfield, N.H. Brown is awaiting a Sept. 29, 2020, re-sentencing over a months-long armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 to protest a tax evasion conviction. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Tax protester in 2007 standoff requests time served sentence

Sep. 19, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man up for resentencing this month over a monthslong armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 to protest a tax evasion conviction says he should be sentenced to the 13 years he has already served. Edward Brown, 78, was sentenced to 37 years in prison after the standoff at his...

Former VA doctor pleads guilty to molesting patients

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that he molested three male patients and violated their civil rights. Jonathan Yates pleaded guilty in court filings to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law, which...

Poll workers try to pass the time during a long morning with no voters up to this point at precinct 38 at Chastain Middle School in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, during the GOP nominee runoff election between Brian Flowers and Thomas Carey for the District 2 Congressional seat. The winner will advance to the November general election to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Mississippi absentee ballot rules challenged amid pandemic

Sep. 17, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Voting rights groups filed papers Thursday asking a federal judge to temporarily lift some limitations in Mississippi’s absentee voting process. They said doing so would ease some safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic. Mississippi requires absentee ballot applications...

Defense condemns 'rush' to convict in four Nevada killings

Sep. 16, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Public defenders say the state's “rush” to convict an immigrant of four capital killings in northern Nevada violates his Constitutional rights as they press for an indefinite trial delay due to COVID-19 travel restrictions keeping them from gathering evidence in El Salvador...

Federal appeals court strikes down transit ad space lawsuit

Sep. 14, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has struck down a policy of Philadelphia’s main transit agency that forbids advertising regarding issues it considers political or of public debate. In a ruling made public Monday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia determined the...