Latest Judicial appointments and nominations News

Maine gov nominates superior court judge to top judge post

May. 10, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor on Monday nominated a veteran of the state's court system to serve as the chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, nominated Superior Justice Valerie Stanfill to the position. Stanfill has...

Court rules Kemp naming judge was legal, no election needed

May. 09, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A court has ruled that Gov. Brian Kemp legally appointed a former state senator as a superior court judge, rejecting a lawsuit by an attorney who said there should have been an election and that Kemp waited too long. Senior Judge Michael Karpf...

First Latino justice on California's high court dies at 90

May. 08, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Cruz Reynoso, a son of migrant workers who worked in the fields as a child and went on to become the first Latino state Supreme Court justice in California history, has died. He was 90. Reynoso died Friday at an elder care facility in Oroville,...

Europe's human rights court finds fault with Polish tribunal

May. 07, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights said Friday that Poland’s top court violated a local company’s right to fair trial because a judge on the review panel handling its case had been irregularly appointed to the tribunal. Law experts in Poland...

Appeals judges skeptical about reinstating NC abortion ban

May. 06, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges expressed skepticism on Thursday about reinstating North Carolina's ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, especially after state officials have acknowledged that the prohibition hasn't been enforced. A three-judge panel...

Arkansas lawmakers approve June 30 cutoff for dicamba

May. 06, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday approved a June 30 cutoff date for farmers to use the herbicide dicamba on soybeans and cotton. The vote came hours after the state Supreme Court ordered the removal of half of the regulatory board that set the...

Colorado man suspected in wife's death appears in court

May. 06, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man suspected in the death of his wife who disappeared last Mother's Day made his first appearance in court Thursday to be advised of the charges he could face, including first-degree murder. Barry Morphew, 53, wore an orange-and-white striped...

Prosecutors seek 'special master' to review Giuliani items

May. 04, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to appoint a “special master” to review material seized by the FBI last week from Rudy Giuliani and ensure investigators aren’t able to see records protected by attorney-client privilege, according to court records unsealed...

Augusta's chief judge will retire to resolve ethics probe

May. 04, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta Superior Court Chief Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. gave up his supervisory authority and will leave the bench in June to settle an investigation into allegations of ethics violations, according to an agreement he made with Georgia’s judicial disciplinary board. ...

Montana governor accepting applications for judicial vacancy

May. 04, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is accepting applications and nominations for a District Court judge vacancy in Cascade County under a new law that eliminated the Judicial Nomination Commission and allows the governor to directly fill judicial vacancies between elections. ...