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Governor names advisory committee for judicial nomination

May. 14, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte on Friday named an advisory council to help him identify candidates to fill a District Court vacancy in Cascade County under a new law that allows the governor to directly make the appointment. The Montana Senate did not confirm...

Judge voids results of longshoremen's union election

May. 14, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has granted a request by the U.S. Department of Labor to void a union election held by a Delaware chapter of the International Longshoremen’s Association. The judge declared Thursday that the results of a May 2019 held by Local 1694...

New circuit judge in Kanawha being sworn in next week

May. 13, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia family court judge will be sworn in next week as a circuit judge, officials said. Family Court Judge Kenneth Ballard will be sworn in Monday as a circuit judge in Kanawha County, a statement from the West Virginia Supreme Court...

Judge dismisses NRA bankruptcy case in blow to gun group

May. 11, 2021 22:13 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case Tuesday, leaving the powerful gun-rights group to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business. The judge was tasked with...

Review: Stacey Abrams writes a legal-political thriller

May. 11, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

“While Justice Sleeps,” Stacey Abrams (Doubleday) “While Justice Sleeps” is a deftly written page-turner — understated action, vivid characters and a tense, plausible plot. The author, a former Georgia House of Representatives member and...

Maine gov nominates superior court judge to top judge post

May. 10, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor on Monday nominated a veteran of the state's court system to serve as the chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, nominated Superior Justice Valerie Stanfill to the position. Stanfill has...

Court rules Kemp naming judge was legal, no election needed

May. 09, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A court has ruled that Gov. Brian Kemp legally appointed a former state senator as a superior court judge, rejecting a lawsuit by an attorney who said there should have been an election and that Kemp waited too long. Senior Judge Michael Karpf...

First Latino justice on California's high court dies at 90

May. 08, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Cruz Reynoso, a son of migrant workers who worked in the fields as a child and went on to become the first Latino state Supreme Court justice in California history, has died. He was 90. Reynoso died Friday at an elder care facility in Oroville,...

Europe's human rights court finds fault with Polish tribunal

May. 07, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights said Friday that Poland’s top court violated a local company’s right to fair trial because a judge on the review panel handling its case had been irregularly appointed to the tribunal. Law experts in Poland...

Appeals judges skeptical about reinstating NC abortion ban

May. 06, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges expressed skepticism on Thursday about reinstating North Carolina's ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, especially after state officials have acknowledged that the prohibition hasn't been enforced. A three-judge panel...