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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...

Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

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...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask in line with public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, looks at his lawyer inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court, Sunday, May 24, 2020.  He is the country’s first sitting prime minister ever to go on trial, facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. (Ronen Zvulun/ Pool Photo via AP)

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

May. 24, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — To the sounds of his impassioned supporters chanting outside, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strode into a Jerusalem courtroom Sunday to face corruption charges in a long-awaited trial that has overshadowed three inconclusive elections and deeply divided the country....

Judge won't reconsider lawsuit brought by Madigan opponent

May. 24, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge won't reconsider his decision to throw out a lawsuit alleging Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan conspired to put up sham candidates in a 2016 Democratic primary. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly denied a motion Saturday to reconsider an August decision on a lawsuit...

Kemp names DA to become judge in circuit east of Atlanta

May. 24, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is appointing a district attorney to the bench in a two-county judicial circuit east of Atlanta. Kemp announced Thursday that he was naming Layla H. Zon to a superior court judgeship in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, which includes Newton and Walton counties. She replaced Judge...

Supreme Court looking at case tied to wrongly convicted

May. 24, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court will look at another case that could help wrongly convicted people collect more money from the state. Desmond Ricks spent roughly 25 years in prison before prosecutors in 2017 agreed his murder conviction should be thrown out. Ricks was awarded $1 million...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at courthouse for start of corruption trial

May. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at courthouse for start of corruption trial.

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....