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House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, speaks about the legislative session with Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: La. session ends with petition debated for months

Oct. 25, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The direct strike at Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions didn't come through legislative action in the special session that Republican lawmakers called primarily to undermine the Democratic governor's rules. Instead, House Republicans started their legal...

Tennessee death row inmate's family awaits miracle DNA test

Oct. 25, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Payne believes his son is innocent of murder. He believes that for 33 years, his son has been wrongfully imprisoned, facing the death penalty. And he believes that God has allowed it, choosing this family like the biblical Queen Esther for God’s glory to be manifested....

Former police officer acquitted on sex assault allegations

Oct. 25, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A former northeastern Pennsylvania police officer accused of using his badge to sexually assault eight women while on duty has been acquitted on all counts. Robert Collins, 55, of Wright Township, had retired last year after a dozen years as a Wilkes-Barre officer. He was facing 36...

In a provided campaign handout photo, appeals court Judge Brock Swartzle, is shown. Two seats are up for election on the Michigan Supreme Court. If Elizabeth Welch and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack win, Democratic nominees will be in the court's majority for the first time since 2010. The Republican nominees are Swartzle and Mary Kelly. (Chelsea Whitman via AP)

Decision that 'undermined' Gov. Whitmer spices up court race

Oct. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A decision that torpedoed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic has led to calls for political payback in the election for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court. The court struck down reams of orders to control the spread of the coronavirus, saying...

Iowa telemarketers ordered to pay $820,000 for fraud

Oct. 24, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered a Quad Cities couple who operated two telemarketing firms to pay $820,000 for consumer fraud. Misty and Paul Barnes and their companies, telemarketing firms PM Specialties and Milestone Consulting, were sued in February by the Iowa Attorney General for a range of...

2 men get new trial after deliberating jurors used internet

Oct. 24, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s appeals court has granted a new trial to two men in a 2009 killing after finding that jurors used the internet to do research during deliberations. The appeals court on Thursday affirmed a decision by a Wayne County judge who said that "extraneous information" influenced...

Mayor's judge support disappoints juvenile justice advocates

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Juvenile justice reform advocates said they are disappointed with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for headlining an election fundraiser for Cook County Judge Michael Toomin, who is running for another six-year term. Toomin, the county’s presiding juvenile justice division judge, has been...

This May 11, 2018 photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Scott Peterson. Northern California prosecutors said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 they will again seek the death penalty for Peterson in the slaying of his pregnant wife and unborn son nearly 19 years ago, even as a county judge considers throwing out his underlying conviction because of a tainted juror. Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager acted after the California Supreme Court in August overturned Peterson's 2005 death sentence in a case that attracted worldwide attention. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

California prosecutors again seek death for Scott Peterson

Oct. 24, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors said Friday they again will seek the death penalty for Scott Peterson even as a county judge considers throwing out his conviction for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, because of juror misconduct during a 2005 trial that riveted the nation. ...

Illinois high court: Suspended officers can sue for back pay

Oct. 23, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that officers who were suspended while undergoing disciplinary proceedings can sue the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for backpay lost during their suspensions. In the 4-3 decision on Thursday, the state's high court upheld an appeals court's ruling...

Appeals court stays Wisconsin limits on gatherings

Oct. 23, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ restrictions on indoor public gatherings pending appeal, dealing the Democratic governor a setback in his efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The ruling from the 3rd District Court of Appeals...