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Judge halts funeral plans for woman shot at home by officer

Oct. 18, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A probate court judge has halted a funeral scheduled for Saturday for a woman shot in her home by a Fort Worth police officer. Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson on Friday issued a temporary restraining order sought by Marquis Jefferson, the father of Atatiana Jefferson....

Oregon panel recommends barring ICE from courthouse arrests

Oct. 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Seeking to halt federal agents from arresting people in courthouses for immigration violations, a panel of judges in Oregon has asked the state's Supreme Court chief justice to impose a rule stating that no one should be subjected to arrest without a warrant. Several judges on the...

Man convicted of killing senator's nephew gets life sentence

Oct. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a nephew of Montana Sen. Jon Tester has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced 25-year-old John A. Radavich on Friday for the slaying of...

Man convicted of killing in decapitation killing

Oct. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death and decapitating her as their 3-year-old daughter watched has been convicted of murder in a stipulated trial. KOMO reports that a Skagit County Superior Court judge handed down the verdict Wednesday against 32-year-old Timothy...

Judge: Outside help OK for Seattle Police accountability

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the city of Seattle may consult outside experts to study ways to fix flaws in the Seattle Police Department's internal investigations of officers accused of misconduct. But The Seattle Times reports that U.S. District Judge James Robart, who is presiding over a 2012...

Jury: No criminal wrongdoing by police in fatal shooting

Oct. 15, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing by Portland police who fatally shot Lane Martin in the courtyard of a Portland apartment complex. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the grand jury determined Monday the fatal shooting by officer Gary Doran was "a lawful act...

The Latest: Judge sets $80K bond for cop who shot naked man

Oct. 14, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a jury acquitting a former Georgia police officer of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed naked veteran (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A judge has set a bond of $80,000 and ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew for a former Georgia police officer convicted of aggravated...

2 charged in Kansas bar shooting roamed free, despite past

Oct. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two convicted felons facing criminal charges over a Kansas bar shooting that killed four people and wounded five others had previous brushes with the law that could have kept them behind bars had judges and other officials made different decisions, according to a review of court...

Supreme Court prohibits courthouse security test break-ins

Oct. 10, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court issued an immediate order Thursday that prohibits physical break-ins of courthouses or entry outside of regular business hours by cybersecurity testers after two workers hired by state court administrators were arrested for breaking into the Dallas County...

'Dumbest' judge Neely seeks WVa Supreme Court seat again

Oct. 9, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who once joked that he was "America's laziest and dumbest judge" announced Wednesday that he'll seek a seat on the court again next year. Richard Neely was elected to the court at age 31 in 1972. He served until stepping down in 1995 to...