Latest State courts News

Cancellation of Atlanta festival sparks new fight over guns

Aug. 11, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tens of thousands of Music Midtown festivalgoers are no longer going to descend on Atlanta’s massive Piedmont Park next month to cheer on hip-hop star Future or watch beloved rock band My Chemical Romance take the stage. In fact, some people are convinced Atlanta...

Newsom picks 1st Latina state Supreme Court chief justice

Aug. 10, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday nominated Patricia Guerrero to be the state's next chief justice, picking the daughter of Mexican immigrants to lead the nation's largest judicial system. Guerrero, 50, would replace Chief Justice Tani...

Tennessee Supreme Court picks Skrmetti as attorney general

Aug. 10, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday announced that Jonathan Skrmetti has been selected to be the state's next attorney general. Skrmetti replaces Attorney General Herbert Slatery, a Republican who announced in May that he wouldn't seek another...

Ohio high court upholds project to build Lake Erie wind farm

Aug. 10, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A company can proceed with plans to build what will be the first freshwater offshore wind-powered electric-generation facility in North America, in Lake Erie off the coast of Cleveland, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. At issue is the 2020 approval by...

In reversal, Brazil court reopens case of rainforest park

Aug. 09, 2022 23:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After declaring the decision final, a state court backpedaled Monday and reopened a lawsuit that invalidates a protected area in Brazil’s Amazon. The judicial reversal is a setback for a cattle rancher dubbed the rainforest’s worst perpetrator. The Mato...

Montana abortion laws remain blocked during legal challenge

Aug. 09, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that temporarily blocks three abortion laws passed by the 2021 Legislature from taking effect while legal challenges play out. The ruling prevents the state from enforcing laws that ban abortions...

Justice Department asks judge to pause Idaho abortion ban

Aug. 09, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway. Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Aug. 09, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. August 3, 2022. Editorial: Kansas voters spoke loudly on abortion: Trust women. Now politicians must listen The nation now knows, and the world: Kansas remains a free state. In a stunning display of common sense, Kansas voters Tuesday...

Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud Arbery’s death

Aug. 08, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The white father and son who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighborhood each received a second life prison sentence Monday — for committing federal hate crimes, months after getting their first for murder — at a hearing that brought a close to more than...

Judge: Green Party candidate belongs on N. Carolina ballot

Aug. 05, 2022 22:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Green Party’s U.S. Senate candidate must be placed on the November ballot, a federal judge ruled Friday, despite Democrats’ repeated attempts to block the progressive party from spoiling one of their best shots at flipping a seat in the narrowly divided...