Latest Special courts News

State's Attorney's Office gets new program associate

Oct. 17, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICK (AP) — For the newest member of the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, sentencing can actually be a positive start to the day. Lindsay Barnhart, the community and diversion programs legal office associate, spent part of Tuesday morning in the...

Criticism of Afghanistan withdrawal leads to court-martial

Oct. 13, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A former Marine battalion commander relieved of his duties after he made comments critical of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will plead guilty in a special court-martial, his attorney said Wednesday. Tim Parlatore, an attorney...

Australian court overrules judge who socialized with lawyer

Oct. 05, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Wednesday overturned a ruling of a family court judge who did not declare he had coffee chats with a lawyer involved in the case. The five High Court judges unanimously agreed that the 2018...

Washington Supreme Court unanimously OKs tax on big banks

Sep. 30, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a new tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state’s regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax — a tax added on top of other taxes —...

Appeals are mounting in Purdue Pharma bankruptcy settlement

Sep. 29, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

Objections to a historic settlement with Purdue Pharma are mounting in the form of appeals, with Rhode Island's attorney general saying Wednesday the plan doesn't hold the OxyContin maker or its owners accountable for its role in sparking the opioid crisis. Rhode Island...

Ex-juvenile court judge pleads guilty to child porn charges

Sep. 28, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former juvenile court judge in Wisconsin pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts of distributing child pornography. Brett Blomme, 39, a onetime Milwaukee County children's court judge, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years...

Myanmar court sets Oct. 1 for Suu Kyi corruption trial

Sep. 17, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption charges is set to begin on Oct. 1, a member of her legal team said Friday. Lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said a judge declared the trial would be held at the Special Court in the capital...

Court: Cincinnati billboard tax violates First Amendment

Sep. 16, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A tax levied by the city of Cincinnati on billboard companies in an effort to close a budget shortfall is an unconstitutional of First Amendment rights to free speech, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justice Sharon Kennedy, writing the...

Juvenile court sentencing slated in crash that killed 4

Sep. 14, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

GERMANTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a teenager is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1 in juvenile court in an Ohio crash that killed four people, including a 23-month-old baby. Court records indicate that the 16-year-old entered an admission, the juvenile court...

Higher age of N. Carolina juvenile prosecution becomes law

Aug. 30, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The minimum age for prosecution in North Carolina's juvenile courts will rise later this year from 6 to 8 in legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Roy Cooper. The increase, which marks a compromise from a 10-year-old minimum pushed by many...