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Stories with subject: National courts
  • New Yuma courthouse named for judge unveiled 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:31 pm
  • YUMA, Arizona - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several current lawmakers from Arizona dedicated a new federal courthouse Thursday named for the judge who was killed in the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage.

  • 2 men end federal lawsuit over Kansas voter ID law 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:34 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Two elderly northeast Kansas men have dropped a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, with a trial in federal court not set until next year.

  • Judge denies defense request in email scandal case 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:22 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A federal judge dealt a potential setback Thursday to a defense strategy of Gov. Susana Martinez's former campaign manager, who is charged with hijacking the campaign's email system after Martinez took office.

  • SC Supreme Court: No Libertarian Party primary 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:35 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the law that governs how South Carolina's elections are conducted, dismissing the Libertarian Party's arguments against it - and potentially averting an Election Day disaster.

  • Substance at Reno federal courthouse is sugar 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:25 pm
  • RENO, Nevada - A white substance that spilled from an envelope caused some anxious moments at the Reno federal courthouse before hazardous materials experts determined it was sugar.

  • Court won't rehear case on Ohio exotic animals law 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:24 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - An attorney for seven animal owners in Ohio says they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court refused to rehear the owners' challenge to the state's law on dangerous, wild animals.

  • Sharpton may protest Astorino's NY campaign 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:34 pm
  • WHITE PLAINS, New York - Republican candidate Rob Astorino's campaign for governor may soon be dogged with protests about his housing desegregation dispute with the federal government.

  • Bond denied for woman charged in NC kidnapping 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:19 pm
  • ATLANTA - A federal judge in Atlanta has denied bond for a woman facing charges in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.

  • Federal judge: Open NY village to minorities 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:01 pm
  • MINEOLA, New York - A federal judge has ordered officials in a predominantly white and affluent suburban New York village to take concrete steps to open its community to minorities.

  • Conviction of former Tulsa police officer upheld 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:25 pm
  • TULSA, Oklahoma - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Tulsa police officer who was found guilty of perjury and civil rights violations in a corruption scandal that shook the Tulsa Police Department.

  • Chiquita asks court to toss terror payments case 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:52 pm
  • MIAMI - Chiquita Brands International asked a federal appeals court Thursday to dismiss lawsuits filed against the produce giant by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed in a bloody civil war, contending the cases do not belong in a U.S. court.

  • Judge agrees to delay gambling trial in Anderson 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:46 am
  • ANDERSON, South Carolina - A federal judge has agreed to delay the case of two Anderson County men charged with illegal gambling and money laundering.

  • Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:48 am
  • EUGENE, Oregon - Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Group wants Miami-Dade sewer dispute reopened 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:05 am
  • MIAMI - Environmental advocates want a federal judge to reopen their case against Miami-Dade County and the U.S. government over repairs to a crumbling sewer system.

  • Gay rights group seeks to expand marriage case 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:55 pm
  • CINCINNATI - A gay rights group wants to intervene in a court case that's being appealed, hoping to persuade a federal court to overturn Ohio's gay marriage ban and allow same-sex couples to wed in the state.

  • Drug company objects to new Massachusetts rules 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • BOSTON - A San Diego company that makes the new prescription painkiller Zohydro says it is disappointed with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to impose new restrictions on the drug after a federal judge said his attempt to ban it outright was unconstitutional.

  • High court nixes $3.4M award to child pornography victim 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:40 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

  • Transcript: Man shot by US marshal vowed to behave 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:22 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - A man who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal trial in Utah this week promised the judge at the start of the hearing that he behave.

  • Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:53 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed criminal charges against a former Blackwater security guard whose actions allegedly triggered the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

  • US court revives European suit vs. R.J. Reynolds 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:16 pm
  • NEW YORK - A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated the European Union's 12-year-old lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe and orchestrated a global money laundering scheme with organized crime groups.

  • Court upholds NC gang member's death sentence 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:07 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court has upheld a gang member's death sentence for killing two brothers at a North Carolina restaurant.

  • Streets in Tucson reopen after bag checks out OK 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 1:21 pm
  • TUCSON, Arizona - Local streets adjacent to the federal courthouse in downtown Tucson have reopened after authorities checked out a suspicious item found in front of the courthouse Wednesday morning.

  • Ex-Ohio cop freed in killing can stay free for now 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:50 pm
  • CINCINNATI - A former Ohio police captain released after nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife's killing can remain free as the state's highest court considers whether to take on his case, the court ruled Wednesday.

  • Court won't overturn death sentence for Ky. man 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:02 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to overturn the death sentence of a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.

  • Court-ordered tobacco ads will include black media 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 11:29 am
  • WASHINGTON - The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including media outlets that target more of the black community in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking, according to a brief filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday.