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Today in History

Oct. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2019. There are 71 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1892, schoolchildren across the U.S. observed Columbus Day (according to the Gregorian date) by reciting, for the first time, the original version of "The Pledge of...

Indiana attorney general faces hearing on future as lawyer

Oct. 19, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The professional future of Indiana's attorney general is at stake with a disciplinary hearing that threatens his law license after allegations that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year. A former state Supreme Court justice will open a perhaps weeklong hearing Monday on the...

Judge opposed by abortion foes finalist for top Kansas court

Oct. 18, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A trial-court judge opposed by Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group is among three finalists to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy with conservatives pushing measures to rein in the state's highest court. A state nominating commission led by attorneys selected Shawnee County...

Appeals court to hear judge appointment law case arguments

Oct. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals has decided to hear arguments in a case in which Democratic lawmakers and lawyers sued Gov. Kim Reynolds to challenge a new law that gives the governor more power over the selection of supreme court and appeals court judges. Chief Judge Thomas Bower said in...

Trump plans to nominate Kindred for Alaska judgeship

Oct. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to nominate Joshua Kindred to a federal judgeship in Alaska. The White House made the announcement Wednesday. According to Kindred's bio, he is the regional solicitor for the U.S. Interior Department in Alaska. He has previously worked as environmental...

Federal courthouse in Minneapolis named after Judge Murphy

Oct. 16, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal courthouse in Minneapolis is being named after a judge who is seen as a trailblazer in the Twin Cities legal community. Judge Diana Murphy was the first woman appointed to the federal bench in Minnesota in 1980, and later became the first woman to sit on the 8th Circuit Court...

Interim prosecutor appointed; 6 vie for permanent job

Oct. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Six Vermont lawyers are hoping to become the next permanent state's attorney in Caledonia County. The Caledonian Record reports the six candidates to succeed Lisa Warren will address the Caledonia County Republican Committee. The committee will forward three names to Gov. Phil...

Anti-abortion group opposes Kansas Supreme Court candidates

Oct. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group launched an effort Tuesday to block two candidates for a state Supreme Court vacancy even before a state commission selects finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, an abortion rights supporter, to consider. The unusually vocal and public...

Justices seem likely to uphold Puerto Rico oversight board

Oct. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that was deepened by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices voiced skepticism on Tuesday about a constitutional challenge to the oversight...

Court orders new sentencing for Alabama death row inmate

Oct. 15, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Alabama man condemned to die for a killing more than 30 years ago should get a new sentencing hearing because of questions over his mental competence. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released the decision Tuesday in the case of James...