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Officers, inmates testify in Tennessee prison escape hearing

Nov. 20, 2019 6:57 PM EST

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate charged with killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison was seen riding a tractor by guards and a fellow prisoner before a search for him began, according to testimony presented Wednesday during a court hearing. Curtis Ray Watson appeared before a judge...

Teen accused of killing parents, sister appears in court

Nov. 20, 2019 4:59 PM EST

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A teenager charged with shooting and killing his parents, sister and a family friend when he was 16 has made his initial appearance in adult court. Monmouth County prosecutors announced Friday that Scott Kologi’s (kah’-LOGE’-ee) case would be moved out of family...

Judge rules waist chains removed from inmates at courthouses

Nov. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ruled that jail inmates will no longer be chained around the waist inside Orange County courthouses. The Orange County Register reports that Superior Court Judge Kathleen Roberts ruled Monday that the order could end a policy by the Orange County Sheriff’s...

Portland must stop charging excessive public record fees

Nov. 20, 2019 8:51 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County judge has ruled that Portland must stop charging excessive fees for routine email and document searches to fulfill public records requests. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Circuit Court Judge Shelley D. Russell’s ruled Monday that the city’s current...

Oklahoma court says cities may regulate medical marijuana

Nov. 19, 2019 6:59 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that cities may approve some regulations of the medical marijuana industry. The court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by the city of Broken Arrow in a case filed by marijuana grower Austin Miller. Miller said the city exceeded its authority in 2018...

Judge: Death row inmate hasn’t proven prejudice by juror

Nov. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate nearing execution has failed to prove a juror was prejudiced against him when she helped sentence him to death decades ago, a judge ruled Tuesday. In his ruling, Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole declined to reopen 53-year-old Lee...

Arkansas TV reporter gets 3-day sentence for taping in court

Nov. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EST

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas county judge has sentenced a television reporter to three days in jail for recording a hearing in a homicide case. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren sentenced KNWA reporter Nkirurka Omeronge on Tuesday. Karren found her...

Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

Nov. 19, 2019 3:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection. In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook...

Jury convicts Oklahoma man of murder in officer’s death

Nov. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EST

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A jury deliberated for less than an hour before convicting a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a police officer in central Oklahoma. The Pottawatomie County jury on Monday convicted 38-year-old Byron James Shepard for the 2017 killing of Officer Justin Terney, who...

AG announces $1.5m to expand drug and diversion courts

Nov. 18, 2019 10:44 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul is divvying up $1.5 million in grants for drug courts. The 2019-21 state budget includes $1.5 million for expanding drug courts. Such courts provide alternatives to prosecution and incarceration for offenders who abuse alcohol and other drugs. Kaul announced...