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As Dems zero in on White House, Trump racks up court losses

Dec. 7, 2019 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump knows he has fierce Democratic adversaries in Congress. But there is also ample push-back from the Judiciary branch, where black-robed judges who sit in courtrooms just blocks from the Capitol and in New York City have repudiated his view of executive power. Federal...

Beshear chooses Cameron to fill remainder of his term as AG

Dec. 6, 2019 7:05 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reaching across party lines, Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Friday that he will appoint Republican Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron to become Kentucky's top law enforcement officer a few weeks early. Cameron's selection to serve the final weeks of Beshear's term as...

Rhode Island's former Superior Court presiding justice dies

Dec. 6, 2019 3:03 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The retired presiding justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court has died. A court spokesman in an emailed statement said Joseph F. Rodgers Jr. died at his South Kingstown home early Friday. He was 78. The statement did not give a cause of death, but his daughter, Superior Court...

Supreme Court to hear Delaware courts political balance case

Dec. 6, 2019 2:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to resolve a dispute over Delaware's requirement of a political balance among state court judges. Delaware says the outcome could affect the makeup of regulatory commissions in many states. The justices will hear an appeal from Delaware Gov. John Carney of...

After 14 years, eastern North Carolina judgeship gets filled

Dec. 5, 2019 7:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The nation's longest federal court vacancy ended Thursday after nearly 14 years of foot-dragging and politics as the U.S. Senate confirmed a university professor to a North Carolina trial court seat in a bipartisan vote. The chamber voted 68-21 to confirm Richard E. Myers, a former...

Ex-judicial panelists: Abbott ousted them over gay marriage

Dec. 5, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former members of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct said they believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed them from the panel because he disagreed with them over a same-sex marriage case. Abbott, a Republican, had appointed Amy Suhl and Maricela Alvarado to the commission in June of...

Biden scrap with voter risks overshadowing critique of Trump

Dec. 5, 2019 6:37 PM EST

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden sought to capitalize on President Donald Trump's icy reception from world leaders by portraying himself on Thursday as someone who is well versed in foreign affairs and can restore American prestige abroad. But his moves risked being overshadowed by a testy confrontation...

Georgia high court justice announces plan to resign in March

Dec. 5, 2019 4:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Supreme Court justice has announced that he plans to resign before the end of his term. The court released a statement Thursday saying Justice Robert Benham plans to leave the bench March 1. That's before his current term ends a year from now. In the statement, Benham noted that...

US Attorney Lydon approved to be federal judge in SC

Dec. 5, 2019 3:42 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon to be a federal judge in South Carolina. Lydon was named to her new post in a 76-13 vote. She was nominated in September to become a U.S. District Court judge by President Donald Trump. Lydon. 57, has been the top...

Governor appoints long-time judge to Vermont Supreme Court

Dec. 5, 2019 10:56 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A 20-year veteran of the Vermont judiciary will become the next associate justice on the Vermont Supreme Court, Gov. Phil Scott announced Thursday. Superior Court Judge William Cohen will replace Associate Justice Marilyn Skoglund, who retired in September. Cohen will be sworn in...