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Georgia DA asks for special grand jury in election probe

Jan. 20, 2022 14:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor looking into possible attempts to interfere in the 2020 general election by former President Donald Trump and others has asked for a special grand jury to aid the investigation. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Thursday sent a...

EXPLAINER: What's a special grand jury and how does it work?

Jan. 20, 2022 13:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor who’s investigating possible attempts by former President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia on Thursday called for a special grand jury to help move the case along. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis...

Judge heard on video mocking lawyer removed from court

Jan. 19, 2022 18:25 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge who made sexist comments about an attorney during a conversation in his courtroom that he did not realize was being broadcast live on YouTube has been removed from the bench, officials announced Wednesday. In an order released to the media, Cook...

Bond set in 1 county for Missouri boarding school doctor

Jan. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EST

A doctor charged with 11 counts of child sexual abuse involving students at a Missouri boarding school has been given bond in one county but is still awaiting word on whether he will be released from jail. A Greene County Circuit judge on Tuesday set a $250,00 bond for Dr. David...

Domestic violence charges filed against judge in Tri-Cities

Jan. 19, 2022 12:20 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A judge in eastern Washington has been charged with domestic violence assault, according to court documents. Benton-Franklin Superior Court Judge Sam Swanberg was cited with two counts of fourth-degree assault domestic violence in Franklin County District...

$1M bail set in shooting deaths of brothers in Three Forks

Jan. 18, 2022 19:34 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a Three Forks man charged with killing two brothers during a weekend fight. Zachary Eugene Norman, 24, made an initial appearance in Gallatin County Justice Court on two counts of deliberate homicide for the shootings...

Man who shot his wife in SUV wants murder conviction tossed

Jan. 18, 2022 16:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a man convicted of murder for fatally shooting his wife as they rode in an SUV in Atlanta say he did not have a fair trial and are asking Georgia's highest court to overturn his conviction. Claud “Tex” McIver, 79, is serving a life sentence after...

Colorado official sues to stop clerk from running 2022 vote

Jan. 18, 2022 14:11 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado’s secretary of state has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to remove Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters from administering the 2022 election. The action comes amid federal and state investigations into an alleged breach of security involving election...

Grand jury: No indictment in shooting death by Iowa deputy

Jan. 18, 2022 12:39 PM EST

CHELSEA, Iowa (AP) — A Tama County grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing by law enforcement in the fatal shooting of a man by a sheriff’s deputy during an armed confrontation last October. The grand jury declined to return an indictment in the shooting that killed...

Coconino County to hire judge to help with backlog of cases

Jan. 17, 2022 14:17 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino County is using federal relief funds to address a backlog of court cases that were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The county anticipates spending $500,000 from its share of American Rescue Plan Act funding to hire a new judge and...