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Maryville judge appointed to Missouri Court of Appeals

Mar. 28, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is appointing Nodaway County Associate Circuit Judge Doug Thomson of Maryville to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District. Thomson will replace Judge Victor C. Howard, who retired in November 2019. Thomson has a bachelor's degree from Missouri...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019, file booking photo, provided by the Marinette County Jail is Raymand Vannieuwenhoven. A judge has ruled that the 83-year-old man charged with killing a camping couple in a Wisconsin park in 1976 is not mentally competent to stand trial. During a hearing Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Marinette County court, Judge James Morrison ruled that Vannieuwenhoven didn't understand the proceedings and couldn't assist in his own defense against two counts of first-degree murder. (Marinette County Jail via AP, File)

Judge: Man accused in 1976 killings not competent for trial

Mar. 27, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ruled that an 83-year-old man charged with killing a camping couple in a Wisconsin park in 1976 is not mentally competent to stand trial. During a hearing Thursday in Marinette County court, Judge James Morrison ruled that Raymand Vannieuwenhoven did not understand the...

Ferguson settles municipal court fees lawsuit for $1.7M

Mar. 25, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson, Missouri, has agreed to a $1.7 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accused its municipal court of charging illegal court fees, attorneys involved in the case said Wednesday. A judge on Tuesday approved a preliminary settlement. A final hearing is...

Judge: Clay County violated law denying reporter's request

Mar. 24, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Clay County violated a Missouri transparency law by denying a reporter their request to inspect government records, a judge ruled Monday. Judge Roger Prokes ruled Clay County committed two violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law when it rejected a Kansas City Star reporter copies of...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, Mauricio Torres is escorted out of the Benton County Courthouse Annex, in Bentonville Ark. A state judge on Thursday, March 19, 2020 said he won't reconsider the mistrial he granted to the Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick. (Charlie Kaijo/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Judge: Arkansas man to get third trial in son's death

Mar. 19, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday said he won't reconsider the mistrial he granted to an Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick. Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren rejected a request by prosecutors to limit the mistrial he...

In this undated photo, Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Charles Smith poses for a photo in Mississippi. Police said Smith was shot and critically wounded Monday, March 16, 2020, outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Meridian, Miss.  (The Meridian Star via AP)

Police say shooting of Mississippi judge was 'personal'

Mar. 18, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The recent shooting of a Mississippi judge outside a courthouse was “personal,” authorities said Tuesday. Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot near his abdomen Monday morning outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse as he was exiting his truck to go into the...

Justice on hold: coronavirus prompts court delays, closings

Mar. 16, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California courts are delaying trials and even temporarily closing their doors in hopes of preventing the spread of the new coronavirus, moves intended to balance public safety with due process that could leave some cases in limbo for weeks. The Contra Costa County Superior Court is...

Judge: Cancellation of high court election was legal

Mar. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state legally canceled a scheduled May 19 election for a seat on the state's highest court, a judge ruled Monday, saying the governor can rightfully fill the post even though a judge who is resigning won't leave until November. Two would-be candidates had accused...

Police block off streets following the shooting of Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Charles Smith outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse, in Meridian, Miss., on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Smith was shot and critically wounded in the parking lot outside the courthouse.  (Dave Bohrer/The Meridian Star via AP)

Mississippi judge shot, critically wounded near courthouse

Mar. 16, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A judge has been shot and critically wounded outside a courthouse in Mississippi, police said. Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot Monday morning in the parking lot outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Meridian, WTOK-TV reported. Smith was getting out of truck to go...

Joseph James DeAngelo, charged with being the Golden State Killer, talks with his attorney, Diane Howard, during his appearance in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, March 12, 2020. Superior Court Judge Steve White approved prosecutors' request to take more DNA samples from DeAngelo over the objections of his defense attorneys. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Judge OKs more DNA tests from alleged Golden State Killer

Mar. 12, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge on Thursday approved prosecutors’ request to take more DNA samples from a man charged with being the infamous "Golden State Killer" who eluded arrest for decades. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White also told prosecutors to...