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Montana to pay lawmaker $75K in ethics complaint lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay House Majority Leader Brad Tschida nearly $75,000 in a lawsuit he filed to strike down a law keeping ethics complaints confidential. An order filed Monday by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris approves the deal between the Republican legislator and...

Magistrate: Mosque bombing case should not be dismissed

Sep. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate is recommending that a judge decline to dismiss charges against an Illinois militia leader who was the alleged ringleader behind the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Michael Hari's attorneys had argued that four counts against him should be dismissed, saying that...

US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Journalists are entitled to hear and not just see the entire process of executing condemned inmates in Arizona, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that criticized Arizona's "checkered past with executions." In the case stemming from what a lawyer called a botched execution, the...

Baltimore police head: No 'deep dive' on corruption case

Sep. 17, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore police have yet to do a "deep dive" internally into the root causes of a major police corruption scandal, but questions about who should conduct a review and when were discussed recently with a federal judge, the police commissioner told a state commission Tuesday. Police...

Judge refuses to free extremists who attacked protesters

Sep. 17, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to free members of a white supremacist group on bond while they appeal their convictions for attacking protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled that Rise Above Movement members Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen...

Convicts in 'Bridgegate' asking Supreme Court to toss case

Sep. 17, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Onetime allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are making their case to the U.S. Supreme Court on why their convictions in the so-called Bridgegate case should be thrown out. In a brief being filed Tuesday, Bill Baroni's attorneys cite the overturned conviction of former...

Donor disclosure law dangerous, Koch think tank tells judge

Sep. 17, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new law requiring some political groups to disclose their donors is a "monstrosity" that could ruin organizations, lawyers for the conservative think tank founded by the Koch brothers told a federal judge Tuesday. But the state argued the June law is aimed at uncovering...

Comedian Baron Cohen asks judge to dismiss Roy Moore lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen asked a federal judge to dismiss Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit over a television segment that lampooned Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. Lawyers for Baron Cohen, Showtime Networks and CBS wrote last week in a joint court filing that...

High drama at UK Supreme Court in Brexit challenge case

Sep. 17, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government and its opponents faced off Tuesday at the U.K. Supreme Court in a high-stakes legal drama over Brexit that will determine whether new Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law by suspending Parliament at a crucial time ahead of Britain's impending departure from the...

Silver lining in Epstein saga: New focus on victims' rights

Sep. 17, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Jeffrey Epstein case has brought national attention to victims' rights, from prosecutors shunning Epstein's accusers more than a decade ago to the same women speaking about their suffering at an extraordinary court hearing last month. If there was a silver lining to the saga, attorneys...