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Idaho city asks judge to reject anti-mask group's lawsuit

Oct. 20, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The city of Hailey is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit brought by an anti-mask group, arguing the group's members can't show they've actually been harmed by a local mask mandate. The city of Hailey and other central Idaho towns...

Judge reprimanded over comment deemed sexually suggestive

Oct. 19, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Supreme Court has issued a public reprimand of a former municipal court judge after a judicial conduct panel concluded that he made a suggestive comment to a female defendant. Judge Hector Rodriguez was serving in Franklin Township in...

Court: Town must turn over emails to gas pipeline builder

Oct. 15, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

A judge on Friday ordered the release of emails between officials in a Philadelphia suburb and the developer of a natural gas pipeline that was charged with environmental crimes related to construction of the multi-billion-dollar project. Officials in Middletown Township...

Judge blocks Baltimore from banning Catholic group's rally

Oct. 13, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

Baltimore city officials can’t ban a conservative Roman Catholic media outlet from holding a prayer rally at a city-owned pavilion during a U.S. bishops’ meeting next month, a federal judge has ruled, saying the First Amendment right to free speech is “at the heart of this case." ...

Judge: Kansas City's plan to divert police funds was illegal

Oct. 05, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge ruled Tuesday that Kansas City officials violated state law when they moved toward shifting 18% of the police department's budget into community services. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Campbell sided with a...

Court: Town didn't have authority to fix property assessment

Oct. 01, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A judge was wrong to decide that the town of Merrimack could correct its undervaluation of the Merrimack Premium Outlets Center by adjusting its assessment, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Friday. In 2016, the town conducted a revaluation...

Baltimore argues Catholic group's rally could bring violence

Sep. 30, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

A conservative Roman Catholic media outlet seeking to stage a rally during a U.S. bishops' meeting in Baltimore claims city officials canceled the event because they disapprove of its religious message. The city says the gathering poses a threat to public safety, claiming the fringe group...

Court says city can ban Confederate flag in veterans parade

Sep. 28, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia city did not violate the constitutional rights of a Sons of Confederate Veterans group when it banned the Confederate battle flag from its annual parade honoring veterans of American wars, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Richard Leake and...

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A...

Georgia judge upholds disqualification of mayoral candidate

Sep. 27, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge Monday upheld a city official’s decision to disqualify a candidate for mayor because of a past felony conviction. Julius Hall had filed paperwork to run in the November election for mayor of Port Wentworth, a city of 11,000...