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Judge briefly blocks parts of Oklahoma law limiting protests

Oct. 28, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma federal judge has temporarily blocked parts of a new state law that makes it a misdemeanor for people to unlawfully obstruct a public street or highway during a protest. U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron also put on hold Wednesday a...

Oklahoma set to resume lethal injections after 6-year pause

Oct. 28, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A 60-year-old Oklahoma man who stabbed a prison cafeteria worker to death in 1998 is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday in the state’s first attempt to administer the death penalty since a series of flawed executions more than six years ago. ...

S.D. high court: Warrants in Sanford probe will be unsealed

Oct. 28, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Search warrants will be unsealed in an investigation into billionaire banker-turned philanthropist T. Denny Sanford for possible possession of child pornography, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled. The unanimous ruling, dated Wednesday and...

State's top court looks at law that makes convicts pay bills

Oct. 28, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look again at a law that allows communities to collect millions of dollars from poor criminal defendants to pay salaries, keep lights on and wax floors in courthouses up and down the state. The issue is whether...

Man deemed mentally fit for trial in courthouse shooting

Oct. 28, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge has concluded a man accused of opening fire a year ago on a security officer outside a federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix is now mentally fit to stand trial. Earlier this year, James Lee Carr was sent to a medical facility after the...

Assange lawyer dismisses US promises over extradition

Oct. 28, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.S. government promises that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not face harsh prison conditions if he is extradited to face American justice are not enough to address concerns about his fragile mental health and high risk of suicide, a lawyer defending him argued...

High court candidate alters ad after complaint from opponent

Oct. 28, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has revised an ad attacking his opponent after the state bar association notified him it ran afoul of its judicial campaign advertising standards. A top campaign aide to Commonwealth...

Drug conviction reversed, evidence acquired illegally

Oct. 28, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a man's marijuana possession conviction, saying that evidence obtained by police during two warrantless searches was unlawfully acquired, and a search warrant produced later relied on that evidence. ...

Minister: Poland should not pay any of its EU court fines

Oct. 28, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s justice minister said Thursday the European Union member should not pay any of the total $1.8 million daily fines the EU’s top court imposed for Warsaw’s ignoring its injunctions on changes to the judiciary and operation of a lignite mine. ...

Ex-Gary officer indicted for allegedly using excessive force

Oct. 28, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former Gary police officer for allegedly using excessive force against a man he had handcuffed and placed under arrest during a traffic stop. Terry Peck, 46, is accused of deprivation of rights under color of law...