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Judge reprimanded over comment deemed sexually suggestive

Oct. 19, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Supreme Court has issued a public reprimand of a former municipal court judge after a judicial conduct panel concluded that he made a suggestive comment to a female defendant. Judge Hector Rodriguez was serving in Franklin Township in...

Man convicted in bartender's 2017 killing

Oct. 19, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore County jury has convicted a man of felony murder in the killing of a popular bartender four years ago in Baltimore city. Jurors also convicted Malik Mungo, 21, of robbery and gang charges Monday, news outlets report. Sebastian Dvorak, a...

Probate judge suspended for 2nd time for Facebook posts

Oct. 18, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended the probate judge in Oconee County for 18 months for breaking judicial rules for a second time. Kenneth “Kenny” Johns improperly acted as a character witness for an out-of-state legal proceeding...

Judge puts middle Georgia mayoral candidate back on ballot

Oct. 18, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — A judge has put a middle Georgia mayoral candidate back on the ballot, ruling Jeffery Lundy had lived in Fort Valley long enough to seek office. Local news outlets report Peach County Superior Court Judge Connie Williford last week reversed...

Indiana county may cash in as Illinois bans detentions

Oct. 16, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

BRAZIL, Ind. (AP) — Clay County is a lot like the other counties around it: rural, overwhelmingly white, lower middle class, and very Republican. But one thing that sets the county apart is its local jail, which is the only jail in Indiana that holds immigrants and asylum-seekers in U.S....

California judge tentatively rejects cutting inmate crowding

Oct. 15, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the...

Court: Town must turn over emails to gas pipeline builder

Oct. 15, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

A judge on Friday ordered the release of emails between officials in a Philadelphia suburb and the developer of a natural gas pipeline that was charged with environmental crimes related to construction of the multi-billion-dollar project. Officials in Middletown Township...

Arizona Senate's election review records again ruled public

Oct. 15, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s contention that it can withhold a raft of communications between its leaders and private contractors they hired to conduct an unprecedented review of the 2020 election results in the state’s most populous...

OR court: Illegal to deny gun sales to people 18 and 20

Oct. 15, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out an age discrimination lawsuit against a gun retailer, declaring it illegal to deny gun sales to buyers between the ages of 18 and 20. Brandy Dalbeck filed a $10,000...

Man arrested after paint thrown on Confederate monument

Oct. 14, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man was arrested on criminal mischief and other charges after someone threw paint on a Confederate monument that has been the subject of protests at the Lauderdale County Courthouse, the TimesDaily reported. Sheriff's Lt. Joe Hamilton...