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Sergeant showed ‘pattern of deceit’ in black man's arrest

May. 29, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — West Linn Police Sgt. Tony Reeves, who was the lead investigator in the wrongful arrest of a black man in Portland, will never again be called to testify in any county criminal court case and should have his police certification revoked, Clackamas County’s district attorney...

Gulls occupy the 31st Street Beach in Chicago on Monday, May 25, 2020, where on a typical Memorial Day thousands of people would flock. The city's lakefront continues to be closed as some COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Pritzker: All Illinois regions have met conditions to reopen

May. 28, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced an end to his 10-week-old stay-at-home order, declaring that every region of the state has met conditions necessary to allow more social interaction amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The state will move into the third phase of the Democrat's...

Lee appoints new judge to appeals court

May. 28, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday that he appointed Kristi M. Davis to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. “Kristi Davis has an extensive background in civil cases as both an attorney and judge, and she will be an exceptional addition to the Court of Appeals,” Lee...

A woman enters the Oregon Department of Justice building in Salem, Ore., Thursday, May 28, 2020, the same day that the state supreme court and the appeals court began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries. The U.S. Supreme Court in April ruled that nonunanimous jury convictions are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

May. 28, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that will be scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are...

Judge considering challenge to Inslee emergency virus orders

May. 28, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A judge in central Washington state is considering whether Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency stay-at-home orders issued in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are constitutional or should be lifted. The orders were issued two months ago and resulted in the closure of businesses, places of...

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Judge sets June 4 hearing for suspects in Arbery slaying

May. 27, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge has scheduled a hearing next week for three men charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, court officials said Wednesday. Glynn County Magistrate Court Judge Wallace E. Harrell set a preliminary hearing for June 4, said court clerk Luetrice Lott. The...

Lee appoints new judge in Rutherford, Cannon counties

May. 27, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed Bonita Jo Atwood as a Circuit Court judge for Rutherford and Cannon counties. Lee's office said in a statement Tuesday that Atwood is filling a vacancy created in the 16th Judicial Circuit by the retirement of Judge Royce Taylor in March. A...

Montana asks state court to overturn mail ballot ruling

May. 26, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's attorney general asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn a Yellowstone County judge’s ruling that would allow absentee ballots to be counted as long as they’re postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the following Monday. District Judge...

Judge won't dismiss order tossing out virus restrictions

May. 26, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A rural Oregon judge says he won’t dismiss his ruling which tossed out Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home orders to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew B. Shirtcliff told the state Supreme Court...

Missouri open records lawsuit sent back to lower court

May. 26, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday sent a lawsuit over fees charged by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's administration for an open records request back to a lower court for further consideration. St. Louis attorney Elad Gross, a Democratic candidate for Missouri Attorney General, sued in 2018...