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North Dakota Supreme Court may weigh in on Marsy's Law

Apr. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court could soon clarify who is considered a victim under Marsy's Law, which embedded victim's rights into the state constitution. The high court is expected to rule in the upcoming months in a case that uses the 2016 constitutional amendment to dispute...

Environmental groups file another suit over forest grazing

Apr. 18, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmentalists are continuing their legal battle against grazing in a national forest in south central Oregon with a lawsuit over federal management of a 170,000-acre livestock allotment. The complaint filed by Concerned Friends of the Winema and four other groups marks the fourth...

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation...

Attorney general finds 1,700 more unprosecuted felony cases

Apr. 17, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general has discovered more felony cases not prosecuted by his predecessor. In addition to the 1,300 cases publicized in December, a review found about 1,700 more cases that had not been entered into the Superior Court computer system to complete the charging...

Montana Senate sends Medicaid expansion bill back to House

Apr. 16, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate on Tuesday passed bills to continue the state's Medicaid expansion program and improve investigations of missing persons' reports just under the deadline for bills with amendments to be transmitted to the House. Lawmakers also supported a bill to end the statute of...

Swedish prosecutors could pursue Assange for sex-crimes case

Apr. 12, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — When Julian Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012, he was fleeing from sexual assault accusations against him in Sweden. Swedish authorities could still go after the WikiLeaks founder, who was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew its protection and...

Washington sexting bill aims to shield teens from adult law

Apr. 11, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Legislation aimed at keeping youth who send sexually explicit texts from being charged under adult sex crime laws has cleared the Legislature in Washington state. The bill , which passed late Wednesday night, would create a new group of crimes reserved specifically for minors who are...

Mnuchin postpones decision on handing over Trump tax returns

Apr. 11, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has missed a deadline to deliver President Donald Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee chairman. It's another early step in a battle between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats over access to Trump's business and financial...

Actions toward abuse reporting, prosecutions clear NC Senate

Apr. 10, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators are advancing new ways to demand the reporting of child abuse, the prosecution of offenders and the protection of children from sex offenders who are online. The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday for legislation called the "SAFE Child Act." The measure...

US jury finds ex-priest guilty of sex abuse in New Mexico

Apr. 10, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. jury found a former Roman Catholic priest who was captured in Morocco guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico in the early 1990s. The jury reached the verdict against 81-year-old Arthur Perrault following a...