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New York judge resigns after compliant about noose posting

Sep. 17, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town judge resigned following a complaint about a Facebook post that featured a noose, a Trump campaign slogan and a phrase about making "evil people" fear punishment. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Tuesday that Altona Town Court Justice...

Oklahoma governor appoints Kane to state Supreme Court seat

Sep. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed Osage County District Judge John Kane to a vacant seat on the state Supreme Court. Stitt announced the appointment on Tuesday, choosing from among three applicants submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission. Kane will serve in the seat...

Justice officials criticize city's English language program

Sep. 17, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal justice officials say the Providence school district had failed its English learning student population for years. The Boston Globe reports it received a letter sent to the city by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in 2018, stating the district was setting up...

Oklahoma judge accused of not filing income tax returns

Sep. 17, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County district judge has been indicted on four counts of failing to file state income tax returns. Court records indicate the misdemeanor charges were filed Tuesday against 43-year-old Kendra Coleman of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma's multi-county grand jury accused Coleman of...

Maryland county officials discuss racial equity program

Sep. 17, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Officials in Maryland's largest county are scheduled to discuss a measure to create a program to address issues of racial equity and social justice. Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro and other county officials are scheduled on Tuesday to discuss a bill to create a...

Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations

Sep. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 4-3 decision reversed...

Men charged in courthouse break-in suspected in other case

Sep. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities suspect that two cybersecurity workers charged with breaking into an Iowa courthouse were also responsible for a late-night entry into the courthouse in Des Moines. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Monday that based on surveillance footage, investigators believe...

System slow to resolve complaints of Chicago police torture

Sep. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Decades after evidence first emerged that Chicago police detectives were repeatedly winning confessions through coercion and torture, the Cook County criminal justice system struggles to respond to the complaints of hundreds of defendants that they were coerced years ago into falsely...

Eyman ordered to disclose source of $800K in donations

Sep. 14, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman has been hit with further sanctions after spending months in contempt of court for refusing to disclose information about his finances and his business in a campaign finance lawsuit against him. The Seattle Times reports a Thurston County judge ruled Friday Eyman...

Man gets 40 years for fake legal filings

Sep. 14, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for filing numerous fake legal documents against public officials. Lee County court records show that 45-year-old Randal Rosado was sentenced Friday. He was convicted in July of six counts of unlawful retaliation against public...