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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla. A federal judge has ruled that the Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle has acknowledged he is unlikely to have the last word, expecting the administration of Republican Gov. DeSantis to launch an appeal. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote

May. 24, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday. The 125-page ruling was issued by U.S. District Court Judge...

Group appeals order in favor of Maryland lockdown rules

May. 24, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several state lawmakers, religious leaders and other plaintiffs are appealing a federal judge’s refusal to strike down a stay-at-home order and other restrictions that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Court upholds ban on in-person church services in California

May. 24, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court has upheld California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on in-person church services amid the coronavirus pandemic, in a split ruling that found that government’s emergency powers override what in normal times would be fundamental constitutional rights. The 9th...

Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid. If the judge declines to do so, justices said Saturday that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff must explain why and give the...

Virus threat prompts prison release of convicted Chicago cop

May. 23, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered that a former Chicago police officer convicted of conspiring with a gang member in the kidnappings and robberies of drug dealers released from prison more than six years early due to the threat of the coronavirus. The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that U.S....

Judge rules Burt Lake Band can apply for federal recognition

May. 23, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BURT LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians can reapply for federal recognition, and tribal authorities have until next week to respond. In March, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of the American...

Ruling allows warrantless search of probationer's cellphone

May. 23, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Supreme Court decision in a privacy rights case from Pima County says authorities could legally conduct a warrantless search of the cellphone of a man who was on felony probation. The court's unanimous decision Friday overturned a trial judge's ruling that prosecutors could not...

A homeless encampment is seen at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Beaudry Ave. as traffic moves along the 110 freeway below during the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Judge orders Los Angeles to move thousands of homeless

May. 22, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Los Angeles city and county to move thousands of homeless people living near freeways after an agreement on a plan fell through. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter issued a preliminary injunction requiring the relocation, by Sept. 1, of an estimated 6,000...

Court rejects appeal from man convicted in dying blink case

May. 22, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal court on Friday turned down an appeal from an imprisoned Cincinnati man whose 2013 murder trial hinged on the paralyzed, hospitalized victim having blinked his eyes to identify a picture of his shooter before dying. The convicted man, Ricardo Woods, challenged how that blinking...

Ruling: Kansas sheriff not entitled to immunity from lawsuit

May. 22, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas sheriff is not entitled to immunity from a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed black man who was shot in the back following a police chase, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Harvey County...