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File - In this June 15, 2018 file photo, Confetti falls as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, greets supporters after speaking at the Texas GOP Convention, in San Antonio. The Texas Supreme Court has upheld Houston's refusal to allow the state Republican convention to hold in-person events in the city due to the coronavirus pandemic. The court on Monday, July 13, 2020, dismissed an appeal of a state district judge's denial of a temporary restraining order sought by the state Republican Party. The state GOP convention was scheduled to begin Thursday at Houston's downtown convention center. (AP Photo/Eric Gay File)

Texas GOP votes to move convention online after court losses

Jul. 13, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Republican Party of Texas changed course Monday night and accepted a virtual convention after courts refused to force Houston, hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, to let the party stick to its original plans of a massive indoor gathering. The decision came after the state GOP was left...

Judge declines to block rulings on COVID-19 restrictions

Jul. 13, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Having lost another round in legal fights over some of his coronavirus-related actions, Kentucky's governor signaled Monday that he's ready for the state's highest court to settle the disputes. Gov. Andy Beshear's comments came after a state appeals court judge kept in place lower...

Lisa Bjergaard, director of the Division of Juvenile Services within North Dakota's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation poses for a photo, Friday, July 10, 2020 in Bismarck, N.D. A program that allows North Dakota to provide court services to tribal youth is sustainable and beneficial, according to a new report. The Legislature passed a law in 2019 allowing for tribal juvenile services cooperative agreements to provide services for youth adjudicated in tribal courts. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Report: ND program to support tribal youth is sustainable

Jul. 13, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A program that allows North Dakota to provide court services to tribal youth is sustainable and beneficial, according to a new report. Last year, the Spirit Lake Tribe signed the first memorandum of understanding with state officials for a 5-year pilot project, the Bismarck Tribune...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, Cheri Beasley poses for a portrait in the court room from the Chief Justice's seat in Fayetteville, N.C.   In North Carolina's Supreme Court chamber, above the seat held by Beasley, the second African American chief justice, hangs a towering painting of Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin, a 19th century slave owner and jurist who authored a notorious opinion about the “absolute” rights of slaveholders over the enslaved. In October 2018 the state Supreme Court named a commission to review the portraits in the building that houses the court,including Ruffin's. (Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer via AP, File)

Statue of antebellum N.C. chief justice at court removed

Jul. 13, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The statue of a 19th-century North Carolina Supreme Court justice was removed on Monday from the entrance of the state Court of Appeals building. Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin is known in part for a ruling in which he concluded the slave owner's power over his slave was absolute. A...

Nebraska high court rejects move to allow skipping bar exam

Jul. 13, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected a petition to grant all 2020 law graduates a license to practice without taking the bar exam. The petition, filed Friday, sought the change in light of the risk posed by law school graduates congregating in one place to take the exam, the Omaha...

More filings to resume in Georgia courts, but trials on hold

Jul. 12, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's state court system is beginning to resume business even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, but the state's chief justice says there are unlikely to be any jury trials until September or later and is warning against crowded pretrial hearings. State Supreme Court Chief Justice...

Vermont Supreme Court upholds school merger law

Jul. 11, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld a state law that requires some school districts to merge. The high court found in its 3-2 ruling released Friday that the State Board of Education’s implementation of the education reform law, known as Act 46, did not violate...

Washington justices void 1916 tribal rights ruling as racist

Jul. 10, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's Supreme Court on Friday vacated a 1916 ruling that allowed a prosecutor to bring criminal charges against a tribal fisherman as racist and unjust. The justices unanimously said they were compelled to void the decision, even though it was overruled in 1957, because...

Alaska judge declines to block virus aid to businesses

Jul. 10, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge Friday denied a Juneau man's request to block distribution of federal coronavirus relief aid under expanded rules proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration. Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg ruled Eric Forrer had not shown a “clear probability of...

South Carolina high court temporarily bans no-knock warrants

Jul. 10, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily ordered judges to stop issuing "no-knock" search warrants. The announcement, signed by Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty on Friday, said circuit and summary judges cannot sign off on the warrants until they receive further instruction from...