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Furor over comments about shutting supreme court in Brazil

Oct. 22, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Three supreme court justices on Monday criticized the son of presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro for saying that Brazil's top court could be closed if it tried to remove his father from the presidency. Chief Justice Jose Dias Toffoli said in a statement that "attacking the judiciary...

Congregants at oldest US synagogue ask high court to step in

Oct. 22, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Congregants at the oldest synagogue in the United States asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review a decision giving a New York congregation control of Rhode Island's Touro Synagogue and a set of bells valued in the millions. Lawyers for Newport's Congregation Jeshuat Israel...

Fury over reported federal plan targeting transgender people

Oct. 22, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — LGBT leaders across the U.S. reacted with fury Monday to a report that the Trump administration is considering adoption of a new definition of gender that would effectively deny federal recognition and civil rights protections to transgender Americans. "I feel very threatened, but I am...

West Virginia governor renews call for justice's resignation

Oct. 22, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor has renewed his call for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry to resign. Responding to a question about Loughry at a news conference Monday, Gov. Jim Justice said "it just seems to me like the right thing is resignation and go on down the...

Judge: Michael Avenatti must pay $4.85M in ex-lawyer's suit

Oct. 22, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Porn actress Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti must pay $4.85 million to an attorney who worked at his former law firm, a California judge ruled Monday, marking the first time the potential presidential candidate is being held personally liable in the lawsuit over back pay. Los...

Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial

Oct. 22, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Young activists who are suing the U.S. government in a high-profile climate change lawsuit say the case poses important constitutional questions that should fully be evaluated at trial next week. The 21 young people issued a response Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily put the...

Jury deliberates fate of 3 men in college basketball scandal

Oct. 22, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has begun deliberating the fate of three men charged with conspiring to cheat major college basketball programs by paying young athletes to sign with schools sponsored by Adidas. Attorneys for the defendants say their clients broke NCAA rules but no laws. Deliberations began Monday...

AP Exclusive: Sandra Day O'Connor withdraws from public life

Oct. 22, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, has stepped back from public life. For more than a decade after leaving the court in 2006, O'Connor kept up an active schedule: serving as a visiting federal appeals court judge, speaking on issues she cared about and founding her...

Poland: Top court judges return from forced retirements

Oct. 22, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Several Supreme Court judges in Poland returned from government-imposed retirements Monday after the European Union's top court ordered their reinstatements. Dozens of supporters chanted "Constitution," the catchword of the anti-government opposition, as they greeted the six judges as...

Iran upholds death sentences for 2 convicted of fraud

Oct. 22, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is reporting that the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences for two individuals convicted of financial crimes. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi said Monday that the two were convicted of "spreading corruption on earth," a term used for crimes...