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Vermont supreme court wades into issue of forced medication

Nov. 17, 2019 10:28 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says a past finding of incompetence doesn’t mean a mentally ill man was still incompetent when he signed an advanced directive banning involuntary medication. The Rutland Herald reports that the decision, released Friday, rejected a family court...

Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books

Nov. 16, 2019 3:14 PM EST

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has upended a longstanding legal roadblock that has given the gun industry far-reaching immunity from lawsuits in the aftermath of mass killings. The court this week allowed families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre to sue the maker of the AR-15 used in...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Arguments set for case of Ohio gun owner drunk inside house

Nov. 16, 2019 9:05 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in February to decide whether a law prohibiting gun owners from carrying firearms while intoxicated should be applied inside a gun owner’s home. Lawyers for a Clermont County man arrested in 2018 after he acknowledged having an...

N Carolina legislative districts set for 2020 as appeal ends

Nov. 15, 2019 7:00 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s legislative districts are set for the 2020 elections after the state Supreme Court refused on Friday to fast-track a redistricting appeal. That decision led the plaintiffs who successfully sued based on partisan bias claims to end their legal challenges. The...

Tribes say sacred site at risk in Vegas water pipeline fight

Nov. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — For most drivers on U.S. Highway 50 in northeastern Nevada, the Spring Valley is a blur of open road, trees and windmills between Ely and Great Basin National Park. For Rupert Steele, it’s a place to slow down and sing the songs Shoshone people have passed person-to-person across...

Arkansas court rules driver wasn’t negligent in fatal crash

Nov. 15, 2019 3:13 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A driver who crashed his pickup truck into another vehicle on a state highway, killing a family of four, was not criminally negligent, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled. In a decision issued Thursday, the court said there’s no evidence Benjamin Ward Ledwell was speeding,...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 15, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Editorials from around New England CONNECTICUT The Sandy Hook lawsuit is about to expose how the AR-15 is marketed to Americans. That’s good news for all of us. Hartford Courant Nov. 13 The people who sell the weapon of choice for mass killers are going to have to reveal exactly how they peddle their...

Oregon’s chief justice bars ICE from courthouse arrests

Nov. 14, 2019 8:13 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Seeking to halt federal agents from arresting people in courthouses for immigration violations, Oregon’s Supreme Court chief justice on Thursday prohibited civil arrests in state courthouses unless the arresting agency has a judicial arrest warrant. This sets up a potential...

Colorado appeals court upheld sanctions against prosecutors

Nov. 14, 2019 4:44 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado appeals court has ruled that the decision to dismiss a negligent homicide charge would stand against prosecutors in the Noe Gamez-Ruiz case. KCNC-TV reports that the state Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously Thursday that sanctions should stand against Arapahoe County...