Latest State courts News

Iowa Supreme Court says stand-your-ground law has limits

Nov. 22, 2019 1:12 PM EST

An Iowa law allowing people to use lethal force to defend themselves doesn’t apply to defendants who engaged in criminal activity prior to the perceived threat, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling reverses an Iowa Court of Appeals’ order in May issuing a new trial to Miguel Angel...

Court: .09% not enough to convict for drunken driving

Nov. 22, 2019 8:25 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a driver whose blood alcohol content registered .09% nearly two hours after he was stopped should not have been convicted of drunken driving. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the legal limit for driving is .08 percent, but the Supreme Court said...

California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

Wyoming Supreme Court hears public defender case arguments

Nov. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has heard opposing arguments in a case involving public defender representation in state courts. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the court case between State Public Defender Diane Lozano and Campbell County Circuit Judge Paul Phillips began in May, when...

Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins named acting chief

Nov. 21, 2019 11:21 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins will serve as the court’s chief justice until a successor to Chief Justice Mark Cady can be appointed. Cady died unexpectedly Nov. 15 at age 66. A court spokesman says Thursday that Iowa law requires the chief justice to name another...

Court to hear cellphone evidence case involving probationer

Nov. 21, 2019 12:19 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case involving privacy rights and a warrantless search of the cellphone of a man who was on felony probation. The court agreed Tuesday to review a state Court of Appeals ruling last March in favor of allowing prosecutors to present evidence...

Ex-Houston officers face federal charges in deadly drug raid

Nov. 20, 2019 6:02 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former Houston police officers are facing federal charges accusing them of providing false information in a January drug raid that left two people dead and several officers injured, authorities said Wednesday. The federal counts follow state charges filed in the case in August, including...

2 Florida Supreme Court justices quickly move to new jobs

Nov. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will have to make his fourth and fifth state Supreme Court appointments since taking office in January. The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the appointments of Florida Supreme Court Justices Robert Luck and Barbara Lagoa to the 11th U.S. Circuit...

Lawyer, tribal judge named to Oklahoma Supreme Court

Nov. 20, 2019 2:16 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tishomingo attorney who is also a Chickasaw Nation district judge has been appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday announced the appointment of Dustin Rowe to the court to fill the vacancy left when Judge Patrick Wyrick was appointed a federal judge....

Public memorial service set for Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady

Nov. 20, 2019 6:03 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The family of Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady is holding a public memorial service to celebrate his life at Drake University in Des Moines, where Cady earned undergraduate and law degrees. Cady, of Fort Dodge, died unexpectedly Friday night of a heart attack in Des Moines. He...