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Measure on Portland government to appear as-is on ballot

Aug. 15, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County judge has ruled that a sweeping proposal to change the form of government and election system in Portland, Oregon, should advance to November’s ballot, rejecting a legal challenge from a city business organization. The Portland Business...

Judge refuses to immediately block Georgia abortion ban

Aug. 15, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A state judge refused Monday to immediately stop enforcement of Georgia's restrictive abortion law, which took effect last month and bans most abortions once fetal cardiac activity is present. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled he did not have...

Tribe wins injunction blocking county voting plan

Aug. 12, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An American Indian tribe has won a court order blocking Lyman County officials’ plan to hold an at-large election for county commissioners in November. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Friday that the county has developed a plan that would give...

Judge tells Lyman County to work with tribe on election plan

Aug. 12, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge temporarily ordered a South Dakota county to work with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe to implement by November a redistricting plan to allow for the election of tribal candidates to the County Commission. The tribe had sued Lyman County,...

Judge to decide if Scott Peterson victim of jury misconduct

Aug. 11, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

Scott Peterson's trial attorney missed an opportunity to grill a California juror about bias who eventually helped send him to death row for murdering his pregnant wife and unborn child, his appellate lawyer conceded Thursday while arguing the former fertilizer salesman deserves a new trial because...

Suspended deputy constable allegedly didn't act to stop rape

Aug. 11, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A deputy constable for one of New Orleans’ city courts has been suspended while authorities investigate a complaint that he did not act when a witness told him a woman was being raped. The constable for 2nd City Court told New Orleans news outlets the deputy...

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...

Lack of jurors forces delay in Alabama double murder trial

Aug. 10, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — A judge rescheduled the trial of an Alabama trucker charged with murder in the killings of two teenagers in 1999 after too few jurors showed up for the start of the case. Dale County Circuit Court Judge William H. Filmore delayed the trial of Coley McCraney, 48,...

Murder charges reinstated in crash that killed troopers, man

Aug. 10, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has reinstated third-degree murder charges against a woman in a crash on a Philadelphia interstate that claimed the lives of two Pennsylvania troopers and a civilian earlier this year. Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom’s decision Wednesday comes...

Colorado Democratic state lawmaker faces voting charge

Aug. 10, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An El Paso County grand jury has indicted Democratic state Sen. Pete Lee, chair of the chamber’s judicial committee, on one count of voting outside the district where he resides in 2020, in violation of state law. Lee vigorously denies the charge, an attorney for...