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Sons of Confederate Veterans can't appeal statues' removal

Oct. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court will not consider an appeal related to Memphis' removal of statues of Confederate leaders Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis from two parks. City officials circumvented a state law limiting the removal of historical memorials from public property by...

Indiana attorney general tries barring testimony against him

Oct. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is trying to block two women from testifying about allegations of sexual misconduct as he prepares for an upcoming disciplinary hearing on separate claims that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year. The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary...

High court weighs state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 16, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether states can prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in Kansas' appeal of a state court ruling that threw out three convictions after concluding the state was seeking to...

Court seems split on possible resentencing for teen sniper

Oct. 16, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal and conservative justices seemed split Wednesday on whether to grant a new sentencing hearing to Lee Boyd Malvo , one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002 when he was a teenager. The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Malvo, who was 17 at the...

Voting chief fires back against bid to derail ballot measure

Oct. 16, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top elections official defended the language of a constitutional amendment ballot question Wednesday and urged a state court to deny a pending request to stop it from going before voters next month. Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar filed her response to a...

Justices seem likely to uphold Puerto Rico oversight board

Oct. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that was deepened by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices voiced skepticism on Tuesday about a constitutional challenge to the oversight...

High court to consider state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 14, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction that could...

Court: Boarding school owner can question accuser's history

Oct. 11, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The founder of an Iowa boarding school for troubled youth will get another chance to try to discredit a student whose testimony helped convict him of sexual abuse charges, under a court ruling issued Friday. The Iowa Supreme Court ordered a hearing that will allow Midwest Academy...

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...