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Stories with subject: National courts
  • Feds: Action taken to fix mistakenly awarded work permits 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 1:28 pm

    HOUSTON - Problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold, the Justice Department said in newly filed court documents.

  • Mississippi Silicon lawsuit dismissed by federal judge 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 1:17 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge has ended the legal fight over a silicon metal plant being built in northeast Mississippi.

  • Federal judge dismisses former chief justice's lawsuit 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 11:22 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A federal judge has dismissed former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson's lawsuit alleging her colleagues improperly stripped her of her title, ruling the justices were within their authority under a newly adopted constitutional amendment.

  • Closing arguments completed in challenge to NC voter law 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:01 pm

    WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - Closing arguments wrapped up Friday in the legal challenge to North Carolina's election law, leaving the fate of the controversial legislation in the hands of the federal judge who heard the case.

  • Judge orders Goodell, Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19 story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 6:59 pm

    NEW YORK - The federal judge handling Tom Brady's attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court twice in mid-August.

  • Retired Chancery Judge Edward Prisock dies 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 6:50 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Retired Mississippi Chancery Judge Edward Prisock of Louisville has died of pancreatic and liver cancer.

  • Parents trying to keep dead daughter's farewell notes sealed 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 6:34 pm

    LAS VEGAS - The unpublished farewells of a seventh-grader who killed herself are the focus of a federal court battle between her parents who helped change Nevada school bullying law and Las Vegas school officials who say the writings shed new light on allegations that campus officials failed to tell the parents the girl was being victimized.

  • Federal judge dismisses Des Moines speed camera lawsuit 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 6:34 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by seven Iowa residents who claimed the city of Des Moines violated their constitutional rights by operating an automated speed detection camera on Interstate 235.

  • Lawsuit from prisoner who sought an abortion dismissed 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 3:19 pm

    FLORENCE, Alabama - A federal judge said he would dismiss a lawsuit filed by a pregnant prisoner who sought an abortion after the woman told him during a hearing Friday she had changed her mind and now wants to deliver the child, a reversal called "highly suspicious" by one of her lawyers.

  • Judge: Virginia can ban future Confederate license plates 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 3:01 pm

    DANVILLE, Virginia - Virginia can ban the Confederate flag from specialty license plates the state issues in the future, a federal judge said Friday, but no decision has been announced on whether existing tags can be revoked.

  • Judge sets date for first trial from Paulsboro derailment 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:18 pm

    CAMDEN, New Jersey - A trial date has been set for lawsuits stemming from a 2012 train derailment in southern New Jersey.

  • Data shows few Latino voters in Yakima so far 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 1:28 pm

    YAKIMA, Washington - A new elections system designed to increase the number of Latinos voting in Yakima so far isn't generating much interest at the ballot box.

  • Court affirms sentence in manslaughter case on Navajo Nation 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 9:25 am

    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - A federal appeals court has upheld a 19-year sentence for a man convicted of killing his neighbor after an argument over goats.

  • Federal judge takes nuanced approach in US terrorism cases story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:21 am

    MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. District Judge Michael Davis had seen this in his courtroom before - a young Somali-American who hadn't previously been a troublemaker was now accused of conspiring to leave the U.S. and join the Islamic State group.

  • Appeals court allows prison lawsuit to continue 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:19 am

    DOVER, Delaware - A federal appeals court says a Delaware prison inmate can continue to pursue a lawsuit challenging conditions of his confinement.

  • Alabama judge orders hearing on prisoner's abortion request 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:53 pm

    FLORENCE, Alabama - A federal judge is ordering a hearing after an Alabama prisoner dropped her request to obtain an abortion.

  • US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.

  • Meeting in federal case on sex offender lockup ruled private 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:18 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - When Gov. Mark Dayton, top legislators and other public officials head into a federal courthouse next month to discuss Minnesota's embattled sex offender program, the assembly will be closed to the public.

  • Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:14 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect.

  • Saudi Arabia asks NY judge to drop it from Sept. 11 lawsuit 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:00 pm

    NEW YORK - Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom told a judge Thursday.

  • House speaker protested by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:49 pm

    PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi - About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair.

  • Guatemala court lifts immunity for 3 lawmakers in graft case 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:37 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's Supreme Court has withdrawn the immunity from prosecution for three members of congress with alleged links to corruption.

  • Appeals court upholds convictions in Petro America case 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:34 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A federal appeals court panel has upheld the convictions of five people for bilking mostly poor investors out of millions of dollars with promises that they could become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams by spending as little as $100.

  • Contempt filings dropped against reporters covering Hastert 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 3:32 pm

    CHICAGO - Two national television reporters cited for violating media security rules at former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment last month won't face sanctions after their attorneys apologized to a judge.

  • Maine House speaker sues governor over loss of school job 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 2:56 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves on Thursday filed a civil rights lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage for threatening to withhold funds from a school for at-risk youth to get Eves removed from a job, saying it was time for someone to stand up to governor's abuse of power.