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2nd white man sentenced in 2017 Mississippi cross burning

Nov. 5, 2019 6:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A second white man has been sentenced to federal prison for his part in burning a cross in 2017 in the yard of an African American family in south Mississippi. During a hearing Tuesday in Hattiesburg, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Graham Williamson, 38, to three years...

Relatives of man fatally shot by police reach $1M settlement

Nov. 4, 2019 5:57 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Relatives of a Kansas man who was fatally shot by a police officer have settled a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit for $1 million. The Kansas City Star reported the settlement Monday for the family of Antonio Garcia Jr. Garcia was killed by a Leavenworth officer on July 11,...

Justices seem OK with car stop over owner's invalid license

Nov. 4, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems ready to say police may pull over a car when they know only that its owner's license is not valid — even if they don't know who's driving. The issue of traffic stops based on information gleaned from motor vehicle records has become more pressing with the...

Guard linked to beating had been subject of complaints

Nov. 2, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A guard accused in a lawsuit of beating a female inmate so severely she was left paralyzed had previously been accused of trading cigarettes for sex, insubordination, harassing inmates and other actions at a Florida prison, according to a news report. Despite the long history of...

Judge: Georgia sheriff can't put Halloween warning signs up

Oct. 30, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Georgia sheriff from posting signs in front of the homes of three registered sex offenders warning people not to trick-or-treat there. Judge Marc Treadwell in Macon ruled Tuesday that the sex offenders were likely to win their argument that Butts County...

Immigrant victimized by ICE forgery doesn't have to pay fees

Oct. 29, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday criticized the Justice Department for seeking legal fees from a Mexican immigrant who was the victim of a forgery by a government lawyer. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein on Tuesday denied the department's effort to make Ignacio Lanuza and his attorneys pay...

Paper: Family suit in police shooting settled for $2 million

Oct. 29, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of a black teenager killed by a white Pennsylvania police officer has been settled for $2 million, a newspaper reported. A federal judge Tuesday approved dismissal of the suit against the city of East Pittsburgh and earlier did the same...

Kansas court strikes down part of law criminalizing threats

Oct. 25, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators went too far by criminalizing violent language not backed up by an intent to act, the state's highest court ruled Friday in striking down part of a law that it says violates free speech rights. The Kansas Supreme Court kept in place portions of the 2010 law banning...

Prosecutors: Virginia city can move Confederate monument

Oct. 23, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Norfolk, Virginia, can relocate a Confederate monument despite a state law barring the removal of war memorials, the city's top prosecutor and the state's attorney general argue in a lawsuit. The two filed a motion Tuesday seeking to dismiss a city lawsuit filed against them that says...

Artist sues over Missouri's 'Indian-made' law

Oct. 21, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A California woman who is a member of a tribe that is not yet recognized by the federal government is suing over a Missouri law that says only artists from federally recognized tribes can market their creations as "Indian-made." Peggy Fontenot alleges that the law is a violation of...