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Wisconsin high court strikes down incapacitated driver law

Jun. 18, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down a state law Friday that allowed for taking blood samples from suspected drunken drivers who are incapacitated, ruling that it is unconstitutional. The court upheld a state appeals court ruling from...

Iowa Supreme Court bars warrantless police searches of trash

Jun. 18, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned police from searching people’s uncollected trash without a warrant, outlawing an investigative technique that had been used for decades. The court ruled 4-3 that officers commit an unreasonable...

Iowa's high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Jun. 18, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. ...

Ex-principal jailed for recording girls can appeal sentence

Jun. 18, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former school principal serving a five-year prison sentence for secretly recording teenage girls in his home will be able to appeal his sentence, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday. The high court reversed a decision by a lower court that...

Wisconsin high court strikes down incapacitated driver law

Jun. 18, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down a state law Friday that allowed for taking blood samples from suspected drunken drivers who are incapacitated, ruling that it is unconstitutional. The court upheld a state appeals court ruling from...

Arkansas district judge to run for state Supreme Court seat

Jun. 17, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas district judge has announced he's running for a seat on the state Supreme Court. District Judge Chris Carnahan, 49, said Wednesday that he is seeking the post currently held by Robin F. Wynne on the Arkansas State Supreme Court. ...

Florida Supreme Court says no to marijuana ballot proposal

Jun. 17, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow recreational marijuana use in Florida won't be on the 2022 ballot after the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the ballot language was misleading. The court, in a 5-2 decision, said proposed...

Selection process begins for Supreme Court succession

Jun. 17, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The selection process is underway to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court with the departure of Barbara Vigil at the end of June. A bipartisan nominating commission is scheduled on Thursday to interview candidates for the high court...

2 South Carolina executions halted until firing squad formed

Jun. 16, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of a firing squad option set out in the state's newly revised capital punishment law. ...

South Carolina Supreme Court blocks 2 executions, citing lack of firing squad option

Jun. 16, 2021 17:47 PM EDT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Supreme Court blocks 2 executions, citing lack of firing squad option.