Latest State courts News

Offices including secretary of state contested in Alabama

May. 22, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

The campaigns for U.S. Senate and governor have gotten the most attention leading up to Tuesday’s primary in Alabama, but five other statewide races are on the ballot. With multiple candidates in some races, some nominations may not be decided until after runoff elections scheduled for June 21. ...

New Mexico advocates review plan aimed at education deficits

May. 22, 2022 01:50 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor has presented a long-awaited plan that would set goals for academic proficiency as the state struggles to resolve a lawsuit by frustrated parents who won a court ruling saying the state is failing to provide an adequate education for the vast majority...

Kansas ordered to pay $63 million to former pizza magnate

May. 21, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas must pay former pizza executive Gene Bicknell more than $63 million to settle a long-running dispute over his tax bill. The court ruled on Friday that Bicknell was a Florida resident in 2005 and 2006 when he sold NPC International, which...

Court seeks more from Whitmer about abortion ban challenge

May. 20, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court said Friday it wants more information from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about her request to erase a state abortion ban from decades ago. The court wants five points addressed, including whether it needs to immediately get involved, especially...

Kansas Supreme Court disbars former prosecutor

May. 20, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday disbarred former prosecutor Jacqie Spradling for her conduct during a double-murder trial in Topeka in 2012. The court said while Spradling was a prosecutor in Shawnee County, she engaged in “repeated patterns of misconduct” during the trial of...

Wisconsin's high court broadens who can carry concealed guns

May. 20, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A disorderly conduct conviction can't disqualify someone from obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a unanimous decision that could dramatically broaden who can carry hidden firearms, knives and stun guns. ...

Court says McCloskeys can't advise right-wing group for free

May. 19, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

The Missouri Supreme Court denied a request by U.S. Senate candidate Mark McCloskey and his wife to give free legal advice to a conservative activist group as a condition of their professional probation, but McCloskey said Thursday he'll try to find another right-wing organization to represent. ...

New Mexico court upholds $165M damage awards in FedEx crash

May. 19, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday upheld $165 million of jury awards against FedEx in a wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from a deadly crash involving a Texas family and a contract driver for the delivery company. The 2011 crash on Interstate 10 west of...

Court tosses $300,000 hospital bill for promised $1,300 tab

May. 19, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman who expected to pay about $1,300 for spinal fusion surgery but was billed more than $300,000 by a suburban Denver hospital that included charges it never disclosed she might be liable for. This week’s ruling...

Court: traffic camera fine revenue can reduce state funding

May. 19, 2022 12:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Reducing state funding to local municipalities by the amount those communities collected through the use of traffic cameras doesn't violate the state Constitution, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court also upheld the constitutionality of a law...