Latest State courts News

Appeals court sends murder case back to court

Feb. 21, 2020 8:34 AM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — An 18-year-old man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as a 16-year-old in 2018 has had his case returned to Skagit County Superior Court. The state Court of Appeals ruled last week that a judge must re-examine whether Cristian Alexander Quijas, who was 15 when he shot and...

Nevada court: Police body video of juveniles not open record

Feb. 20, 2020 9:21 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police body-camera video involving juveniles is not a public record. A three-justice panel denied a national Republican political group’s bid to obtain Las Vegas police body camera video footage from a 2017 incident involving...

Feds nab 2 men through new anti-'sanctuary' policy campaign

Feb. 20, 2020 2:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Federal immigration officials in Massachusetts say a newly launched campaign to alert the public of immigrants living in the country illegally who have been released by local officials under “sanctuary” policies is having an impact. U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Arkansas court won't reconsider inmate's DNA testing bid

Feb. 20, 2020 1:18 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said it won't reconsider its ruling rejecting a death row inmate's request for new DNA testing of evidence that his attorneys say could exonerate him. In a 5-2 decision, justices rejected Stacey Johnson's petition for rehearing over the...

Court rules residents can contest cruise ship terminal plan

Feb. 20, 2020 4:05 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — TheSouth Carolina Supreme Court ruled that residents have the legal right to challenge the proposed construction of a new cruise ship terminal in Charleston. The ruling Wednesday sends the case back to administrative law court, news outlets reported. The State Ports Authority has...

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 6:06 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...

Challenges to Iowa judge selection law fail in appeals court

Feb. 19, 2020 5:49 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals refused on Wednesday to let a group of lawmakers and attorneys move forward with two lawsuits challenging a law passed last year that gave the governor more power over the selection of Supreme Court and appeals court judges. One case was filed by a group...

Court: Convicted rapist can argue his lawyer was ineffective

Feb. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A man convicted of rape in Idaho and sexual assault in Pennsylvania after prosecutors said he duped then drugged and assaulted women in both states will get a chance to argue his Idaho attorney was ineffective under a new ruling from the Idaho Supreme Court. The ruling handed down...

FILE - This Dec. 17, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside the building housing the Las Vegas Review-Journal in Las Vegas. A Nevada judge says the Las Vegas Review-Journal owes $1.9 million and counting to its crosstown rival Las Vegas Sun in an ongoing legal battle over profit sharing under their joint-operating agreement. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Judge: Vegas newspaper owes $1.9M to rival under joint pact

Feb. 19, 2020 5:07 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, owes $1.9 million and counting in a profits-and-costs dispute with its crosstown rival Las Vegas Sun under one of the few remaining newspaper joint-operating agreements in the U.S., a state court judge said. Benjamin Lipman,...

Wyoming high court rules against town in daycare tax case

Feb. 19, 2020 4:53 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled against a small town that sought to avoid paying taxes on a daycare business. The justices ruled Wednesday in favor of the Laramie County treasurer and assessor, saying the town of Pine Bluffs in southeastern Wyoming can't claim the daycare is...