Latest Supreme courts News

Top judge sworn in as Pakistan's Supreme Court chief justice

Jan. 18, 2019 7:09 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top Pakistani judge has been sworn in as the country's new chief justice of the Supreme Court at a ceremony attended by President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and other officials. Asif Saeed Khosa, previously a judge on the high court, began his new duties Friday. He replaces...

2 abortion-rights bills introduced in legislature

Jan. 17, 2019 1:58 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two proposals to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade in Rhode Island law have been introduced to keep abortion legal in the state. Rep. Edith Ajello and Sen. Gayle Goldin, both Providence Democrats, re-introduced the Reproductive Health Care Act in the House and Senate on...

India's top court paves way for bars with dancers to reopen

Jan. 17, 2019 5:59 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for the reopening of Mumbai's dance bars, which had been a nightlife staple in the country's entertainment capital until they were outlawed six years ago. The court ruled that the bars featuring young women paid to wear sexy clothing and...

Arpaio appeals prosecutor's appointment in pardon case

Jan. 17, 2019 12:28 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the appointment of a special prosecutor to defend a ruling by the judge who refused to erase Arpaio's record after President Donald Trump pardoned his contempt of court conviction. The former sheriff made his filing...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

SD Senate thanks Thune, Rounds for supporting Kavanaugh

Jan. 16, 2019 5:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota senators have approved a resolution praising Republican U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds for voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The chamber voted 22-13 Wednesday for the resolution, which also wishes Kavanaugh a "long and satisfying tenure on the...

San Francisco pier shooter seeks dismissal of gun charge

Jan. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican man who touched off a fierce immigration debate over his role in the shooting death of a woman walking on a San Francisco pier is seeking to overturn his felony gun possession conviction. It was the only charge he was found guilty of after a jury acquitted him of murder. Jose...

Media reports say chair of Israel Bar Association arrested

Jan. 16, 2019 2:39 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reported Wednesday that the chairman of the country's Bar Association was arrested for allegedly trading sexual favors for judicial promotions. Effi Naveh, a member of the committee that appoints judges, appeared in court for an extension of his arrest in a case that has...

Justices appear ready to void Tennessee alcohol sales law

Jan. 16, 2019 1:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to strike down a Tennessee provision that requires people to live in the state for two years before obtaining a license to sell alcohol. Several justices said the restriction unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state economic...

Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

Jan. 16, 2019 7:50 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate. She spends her days in seclusion for fear of being targeted by angry mobs clamoring for her death. In her...