Latest State courts News

St. Louis County reaches settlement in 1996 murder case

Jul. 30, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who was released from prison last year after the Missouri Supreme Court vacated his life sentence for murder has reached a $6.6. million settlement with St. Louis County. St. Louis County officials began the process of issuing the money on Friday...

Wisconsin Republican expands 2020 election investigation

Jul. 30, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The highest ranking Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly said Friday that he was expanding a probe into the 2020 presidential election, saying it will take more investigators and time than originally planned. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos signed...

Kansas Court: Man who killed woman not a sex offender

Jul. 30, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man who beat an Overland Park woman and then left her to die does not have to register as a sex offender, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday. Korrey Raine White Rinke was sentenced i n December 2019 to life in prison with a chance of parole in...

On belay: Supreme Court revives lawsuit over zip line injury

Jul. 30, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A dispute between siblings over a zip line injury is returning to court in suburban Detroit. The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday revived a lawsuit by Doreen Rott, who had knee surgery after zip lining in brother Arthur Rott's yard in...

EXPLAINER: Why WVa residents are worried about evictions

Jul. 30, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only...

EXPLAINER: Will Rhode Island's $200M for rent aid be enough?

Jul. 30, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden’s administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was...

EXPLAINER: How might Michigan do without eviction safeguard?

Jul. 30, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the...

State's top court: Detroiters can vote on city constitution

Jul. 29, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for a vote next week on major changes to Detroit's constitution that critics claim could ruin the city's delicate finances. The state Supreme Court, in a 4-3 order, said the ballot question isn't doomed...

Single question OK for power line referendum, court says

Jul. 29, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court on Thursday rejected an attempt to separate a referendum proposal to stop a 145-mile transmission line into three questions, instead of one, on the ballot this fall. The referendum question asks voters if they want to stop...

Michigan restricts use of restraints on teens in courts

Jul. 29, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is restricting the use of handcuffs and other restraints on juveniles when they appear in court. They can't be used unless a judge determines that a restraint would prevent harm or there's a belief that a child might dash...