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West Virginia Supreme Court rejects pay cycle dispute appeal

Apr. 21, 2021 04:34 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from five state employees who claimed the state's switch of their pay cycles to every two weeks was unconstitutional. The high court Tuesday affirmed a ruling last year by a Kanawha County...

EXPLAINER: Why 1 murder count against Chauvin may not stick

Apr. 20, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors fought hard to add a third-degree murder charge against former police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, but a conviction on that charge alone could set up a problematic scenario for them. That’s because another fired...

Court upholds sentences for 2 convicted of murder as teens

Apr. 20, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The sentences of two men convicted of murder as teenagers decades ago were upheld Tuesday by the New Hampshire Supreme Court, which disagreed with their lawyers that the terms amount to life imprisonment. Robert Dingman, 42, was 17 when he and his...

Supreme Court rejects defendant's appeal in 2015 slaying

Apr. 20, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the life prison sentence given to a man who plotted the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, a 22-year-old Rapid City woman. Jonathan Klinetobe pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors...

Supreme Court rejects lingering 2020 election challenge case

Apr. 19, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday said it will not hear a case out of Pennsylvania related to the 2020 election, a dispute that had lingered while similar election challenges had already been rejected by the justices. The high court directed a lower court to...

State Supreme Court to consider women-only areas of gyms

Apr. 18, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case that could have a wide-ranging effect on anti-discrimination laws. The court will consider whether it is discriminatory for gyms to have areas restricted to women only that formerly were...

2020's election keeps coming up in 2021's high court race

Apr. 16, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the Republican primary in Pennsylvania's top-of-the-ticket election contest this year, one particular subject keeps coming up on the campaign trail: last year's presidential election. The campaign for an open state Supreme Court seat follows...

NC court: Landlord not liable for tenants' violent dog

Apr. 16, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A landlord can't be held liable for a child's injuries caused by a dog owned by tenants because he wasn't told the animal posed a danger to visitors, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday. The court unanimously upheld lower...

Massachusetts looks to bar Robinhood in state; company sues

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stakes are rising in Massachusetts’ legal battle against Robinhood Financial, and regulators are asking for the popular trading app's brokerage registration to be revoked, which would effectively bar it from the state. Robinhood, meanwhile, calls the...

Iowa court upholds 2019 law on documents filed in appeals

Apr. 16, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld a portion of a 2019 law that prohibits people seeking an appeal of their criminal conviction from filing documents on their own when they're represented by an attorney. The case centered on an appeal...