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Puerto Rico high court: Not guilty verdict must be unanimous

Sep. 09, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that not guilty verdicts in criminal cases must be unanimous, marking a significant change in how jury trials are conducted in the U.S. territory. For nearly seven decades, Puerto Rico’s...

Tribes, states seek review of Native child adoptions case

Sep. 08, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case that centers on whether Native Americans should receive preference in adoptions of Native children. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a sharply divided ruling in April over the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 08, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. September 2, 2021. Editorial: Florida should brace for a Texas-style attack on women’s reproductive rights ‘The misogyny rippling through this law is staggering.’ At midnight Sept. 1, the constitutional...

Oklahoma AG drops appeal in state death penalty case

Sep. 03, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor said Friday that he is dropping his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the first-degree murder case of death row inmate Shaun Bosse. O’Connor said he made the decision after a state appellate court ruled...

Arizona abortion foes mulling steps after high court ruling

Sep. 02, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Abortion opponents in Arizona are carefully mulling a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows a Texas law banning abortion after a heartbeat can be detected — though they aren't ready to say whether they would try to pass a similar law here. The high...

Advocates: More will come to New Mexico to seek abortions

Sep. 02, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Texas law that bans most abortions will likely result in more people coming to New Mexico for the procedure, advocates and legal experts said Thursday. The state already was among the ones that...

Idaho special session for Texas-type abortion law unlikely

Sep. 02, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers being called back to the Statehouse to pass a law similar to one in Texas banning most abortions is not likely, top elected officials said Thursday. Republican Gov. Brad Little said it’s up to the Senate and House if they want to...

Lawmaker: North Dakota may use Texas abortion law as model

Sep. 02, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A lawmaker who heads North Dakota’s anti-abortion legislative caucus said Thursday it’s likely the Republican-led Legislature will seek to pass a measure mirroring a new Texas law that virtually bans all abortions and that the Supreme Court has allowed to remain in...

Biden blasts high court failure to block Texas abortion curb

Sep. 02, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday blasted the Supreme Court's decision not to block a new Texas law banning most abortions in the state and directed federal agencies to do what they can to “insulate women and providers” from the impact. Hours...

New York lawmakers vote to extend eviction moratorium

Sep. 01, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Democratic-led Legislature voted Wednesday to extend an eviction and foreclosure moratorium for commercial and residential tenants who fell behind on their rent because of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat,...