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Vermont's chief trial judge to retire, replacement named

Sep. 19, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The chief of Vermont’s trial courts is retiring after 17 years as a judge, including seven as chief superior judge, the state Supreme Court has announced. Chief Judge Brian Grearson will retire Nov. 1. “Vermont’s...

New trial granted for Lyft driver convicted of raping rider

Sep. 19, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A judge has granted a new trial to Mandan Lyft driver whose 2019 conviction for raping a customer was upheld by the North Dakota Supreme Court. South Central District Judge Bobbi Weiler wrote in an order earlier this week that Corey Wickham’s...

Nevada court: Inmate no longer eligible for death penalty

Sep. 18, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada death row inmate convicted in the 1980 robbery-killing of a man for $2 is no longer eligible for capitol punishment and must be resentenced, the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled. The Nevada justices ruled Thursday that a New York court's recent...

Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election 'investigation'

Sep. 17, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate sued Friday evening in a state court to block a Republican-approved subpoena seeking voter information and to put a stop to what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election. ...

North Carolina judges strike down state’s voter ID law

Sep. 17, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power. Two of...

Oklahoma Supreme Court agrees to expedite mask appeal

Sep. 17, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court will expedite an appeal of an injunction limiting a ban on mask mandates in public schools. The court, in an order dated Wednesday, placed the appeal on its fast-track docket, giving Attorney General John O’Connor 20...

Minnesota high court OKs ballot question on Minneapolis PD

Sep. 16, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday evening for voters in Minneapolis to decide on the future of policing in the city where George Floyd was killed, just ahead of the start of early and absentee voting. The state’s highest court...

Minnesota Supreme Court OKs ballot question on future of Minneapolis Police Department in wake of George Floyd’s death

Sep. 16, 2021 19:01 PM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Supreme Court OKs ballot question on future of Minneapolis Police Department in wake of George Floyd’s death.

Michigan's top court rejects redistricting lawsuit _ for now

Sep. 16, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to deadlines set by a commission that is drawing new maps for seats in Congress and the Legislature, but the legal battle is not over. The court turned down an opportunity to immediately...

Federal court allows Wisconsin redistricting case to proceed

Sep. 16, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A three-judge panel of federal judges on Thursday denied a request by Republicans to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats, a move that keeps the case alive while the GOP-controlled Legislature wants the battle to instead be fought in state courts. ...