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FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, former state prosecutor Frank Fina walks in the Pennsylvania Capitol after oral arguments before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in Harrisburg, Pa. Justices issued a 5-1 decision Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, to suspend Fina's law license for a year and a day, agreeing with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel that Fina's actions were improper in obtaining grand jury testimony about three top university officials by then-Penn State General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Sandusky prosecutor and former Penn State lawyer disciplined

Feb. 19, 2020 1:07 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer who led the child molestation investigation and prosecution of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky lost his law license for a year Wednesday over his handling of a grand jury witness in the case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled. The justices issued...

Group urges court to overturn Harvard admissions case ruling

Feb. 18, 2020 5:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A group that opposes affirmative action urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to overturn a ruling that cleared Harvard University of discriminating against Asian American applicants. Students for Fair Admissions has accused the Ivy League college of deliberating holding down the number of...

FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. Sutton has been placed on death watch. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton was moved to a cell next to the execution chamber early Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, where he'll be under 24-hour surveillance. The 58-year-old is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee inmate moved to death watch; attorneys seek stay

Feb. 18, 2020 4:08 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee inmate Nicholas Sutton was placed on a death watch early Tuesday ahead of his scheduled execution later this week for the decades-old killing of a fellow inmate. Meanwhile, Sutton's attorneys made two last ditch appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. One asks the justices to...

Timeline of events involving capital punishment in Oklahoma

Feb. 13, 2020 2:39 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma had conducted 112 executions from 1976 to October 2015, when the state imposed a moratorium following three consecutive flawed executions or attempted executions. Here is a look at those and other issues surrounding capital punishment in Oklahoma as the state prepares to...

Appeals court won't reconsider inmate's gender surgery case

Feb. 11, 2020 7:07 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate's gender confirmation surgery, ruling Monday that a three-judge panel decision will stand. Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the...

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers a keynote speech during a dedication of Georgia new Nathan Deal Judicial Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. The center is named for a former governor and is the first state building in the history of Georgia that is devoted entirely to the judiciary. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Justice Thomas: Judges must uphold law, even when unpopular

Feb. 11, 2020 4:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Judges must resist the temptation to bend their rulings to personal racial, religious or partisan preferences and instead uphold the rule of law, even when that leads to unpopular decisions, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday. “Each time a judge sidesteps or...

FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Dallas. Paxton on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law that forbids California state employees using taxpayer-funded business trips to expos or conferences in Texas. California adopted the sanctions in response to a 2017 Texas law allowing foster care and adoption agencies to deny services based on religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas asks Supreme Court to repeal a California travel ban

Feb. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law prohibiting state employees from using taxpayer-funded business trips to expos or conferences in Texas. Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the high court to reverse the ban on Monday, the Houston...

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during a discussion on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Ginsburg: Equal Rights Amendment backers should start over

Feb. 10, 2020 8:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Monday that those like her who support an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution should start over in trying to get it passed rather than counting on breathing life into the failed attempt from the 1970s. “I would like to see a...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., listen during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Latest: Bloomberg isn't at debate, but he's name-dropped

Feb. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic presidential debate and the upcoming primary in New Hampshire (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg didn’t qualify for the Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire -- but it didn’t always feel that way. ...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Abel Ochoa. Ochoa is set to be executed by lethal injection Thursday evening, Feb. 6, 2020, convicted of fatally shooting five family members, including his wife and two children, at their home during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas executes man who killed 5, including wife, children

Feb. 6, 2020 8:52 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Dallas man was executed Thursday evening for a shooting in which he killed his wife, two children and two other relatives during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago. Prosecutors say Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and looking for money to buy more drugs when he started...