Latest State courts News

Planned Parenthood shooting suspect insists he's competent

Dec. 13, 2019 2:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015 appeared in court in Denver on Friday on new charges and insisted he is competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors have asked the judge to order a new mental evaluation for...

Court won't halt lawsuits against doctor in murder case

Dec. 12, 2019 3:46 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital doctor who pleaded not guilty to murder in 25 patients' deaths was unsuccessful in his latest bid to pause more than a dozen related lawsuits while the criminal case is pending. A state appeals court dismissed the appeals from William Husel and his former employer,...

Court: Teen charged in officer's death can be tried as adult

Dec. 12, 2019 11:07 AM EST

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — A teenager charged in the 2017 killing of an Arkansas police officer can be tried as an adult, the state Court of Appeals ruled. Derrick Heard was 16 when he was charged as an adult with capital murder for the shooting death of Newport Lt. Patrick Weatherford. Heard's attorney, Ronald...

German doctor fined again over abortion advertising ban

Dec. 12, 2019 10:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German doctor has been convicted for the second time of violating a ban on advertising abortions in a case that has become a rallying point for opponents of the law. News agency dpa reported Thursday that Kristina Haenel was fined 2,500 euros ($2,775) by the state court in the central city...

Beshear becomes target of lawsuit claiming abuse of power

Dec. 11, 2019 6:20 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For nearly four years as Kentucky attorney general, Andy Beshear filed a series of lawsuits accusing then-Gov. Matt Bevin of abusing his executive powers. Now Beshear is being sued by the people he ousted from the state school board on his first day as governor. The new Democratic...

Germany: 91-year-old neo-Nazi denied early release

Dec. 11, 2019 10:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court decided Wednesday that a notorious 91-year-old neo-Nazi serving a two-year sentence for Holocaust denial shouldn't be released early. Ursula Haverbeck was convicted of incitement by a court in the northern town of Verden in 2017 and started serving her sentence last year....

Missouri Supreme Court denies death row inmate's appeal

Dec. 10, 2019 5:04 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges have denied a death row inmate's appeal. David Hosier was sentenced to death for killing Angela Gilpin in 2009. The 64-year-old had a relationship with Gilpin while she was separated from her husband, who also was shot to death in her Jefferson City...

Missouri, Planned Parenthood argue in court over funding

Dec. 10, 2019 12:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Government funding for Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics is at stake in a lawsuit argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. State attorneys asked Supreme Court judges to back the Republican-led Legislature's decision to block funding from Planned Parenthood. The...

Court to hear resentencing bid in Arizona death penalty case

Dec. 9, 2019 2:24 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday by an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a new sentencing trial, arguing the horrific physical abuse that he suffered as a child wasn’t fully considered when he was first sentenced. The appeal of James Erin McKinney could...

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place

Dec. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. Enforcement of the law had been on hold...