- Jurors award man shot by deputy $23.1 million Updated: Feb-03-16 8:22 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - A federal jury awarded $23.1 million on Wednesday to a 22-year-old black man who was unarmed when he was shot and paralyzed by a sheriff's deputy, but Florida lawmakers will have to approve any award above $200,000.
- Utah lawmaker wants to revive polygamy ban with revisions Updated: Feb-03-16 7:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - In the wake of a court decision that de-criminalized polygamy in Utah, a state lawmaker unveiled a proposal Wednesday to revive the ban on living with multiple so-called spiritual wives.
- The Latest: Attorney asks lawmakers to approve jury's award Updated: Feb-03-16 5:54 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - The Latest on the civil trial of a Florida sheriff's deputy who shot and paralyzed an unarmed black man (all times local):
- 2 LA County deputies convicted of jail beating cover-up Updated: Feb-02-16 10:46 pm
LOS ANGELES - Two sheriff's deputies have been convicted of trying to cover up the beating of a handcuffed inmate at the Los Angeles County jail.
- Ferguson residents worried about cost of US-mandated changes Updated: Feb-02-16 10:24 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - Many Ferguson residents expressed concern Tuesday that a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice could financially ruin the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
- Former police chief sues city of Spokane Updated: Feb-02-16 5:16 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - Former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has filed a lawsuit against city officials, contending his civil rights were violated in his forced resignation.
- Former judge pleads guilty to having defendant shocked Updated: Feb-01-16 8:07 pm
A former Maryland judge pleaded guilty Monday to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom.
- Latest: Governor seeks bond issue for Capitol repairs Updated: Feb-01-16 2:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Latest on Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State speech Monday to open the 2016 Oklahoma Legislature:
- Court says Texas inmate swinging a hoe doesn't deserve pay Updated: Feb-01-16 11:41 am
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A federal appeals court says the civil rights of a 37-year-old convicted sex offender aren't violated because he gets no pay for cultivating fields at a Texas prison.
- Charleston tour guide tests trigger free-speech lawsuit Updated: Jan-28-16 2:01 pm
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - In a dispute that's being played out in several historic cities, some would-be Charleston tour guides say their right to free speech is being violated by an ordinance requiring guides to pass written and oral exams.
- Deal would ban solitary confinement for some Indiana inmates Updated: Jan-28-16 11:51 am
INDIANAPOLIS - A proposed settlement of a long-running lawsuit would bar Indiana's prisons from holding inmates with serious mental illnesses in solitary confinement and improve their access to mental health care.
- The Latest: Lawyers seek to counter testimony by ex-wife Updated: Jan-27-16 2:16 pm
PHOENIX - The latest on a trial marking one of the federal government's boldest efforts to crack down on polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah border (all times local):
- Local officials sue to block law prohibiting ballot info Updated: Jan-26-16 5:37 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Local officials filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a new Michigan law they say unconstitutionally restricts their free-speech rights, urging a judge to immediately block it so they can distribute ballot measure information to voters ahead of the March elections.
- Ex-officer gets house arrest, probation in civil rights case Updated: Jan-25-16 4:45 pm
PITTSBURGH - A former Pennsylvania police officer has been sentenced to house arrest and probation for violating the civil rights of a man he threw to the ground and slugged.
- US Supreme Court: Idaho's high court must follow precedent Updated: Jan-25-16 4:38 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Supreme Court says the Idaho Supreme Court erred when it didn't follow the precedent set by an earlier Supreme Court ruling.
- High court rejects Alabama county's appeal over legal fees Updated: Jan-25-16 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday that it won't hear an appeal from lawyers representing Shelby County, Alabama, who tried to recover $2 million in attorney fees from the U.S. government in a case that nullified a key part of the Voting Rights Act.
- Fishing family settles lawsuit with state of Washington Updated: Jan-22-16 8:58 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Members of a commercial fishing family have settled a lawsuit over their constitutional rights with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
- Marijuana group wins free speech lawsuit against Iowa State Updated: Jan-22-16 6:22 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A federal judge ruled Friday that Iowa State University administrators violated the constitutional free speech rights of student members of a pro-marijuana group by barring them from using the university logos on T-shirts.
- Ex-deputy pleads guilty, lied about motorist confrontation Updated: Jan-20-16 3:59 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A former Alabama deputy accused of beating a motorist pleaded guilty to lying about the confrontation Wednesday, but his admission didn't shed any light on the slaying of a friend of the victim who campaigned against police brutality after the assault.
- High court split over police officer's First Amendment case Updated: Jan-19-16 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON - A New Jersey police officer's claim that he was a victim of political retribution drew plenty of sympathy at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it wasn't clear whether the justices would find that Jeffrey Heffernan has a case under the First Amendment.
- Settlement reached in federal lawsuit over traffic stop Updated: Jan-19-16 8:20 am
FARGO, North Dakota - The North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund will pay $142,500 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Richland County Sheriff's Office.
- Court papers: State wrongly charged ex-Pennsylvania justice Updated: Jan-19-16 6:09 am
PITTSBURGH - A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice convicted of using state-paid staff for campaign activities says the state violated her constitutional rights.
- Justices to hear church's appeal of exclusion from state aid Updated: Jan-15-16 4:05 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear a Missouri church's challenge to its exclusion from a state program that provides money to use ground-up tires to cushion playgrounds.
- Ex-transit officer denies assaulting woman at MBTA station Updated: Jan-13-16 2:15 pm
BOSTON - A former transit police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges she assaulted a woman who asked the officer to stop being so aggressive to another woman at an MBTA station, then lied about the confrontation in her official report.
- South Texas jailer charged with raping female inmate in van Updated: Jan-13-16 9:29 am
SAN ANTONIO - A South Texas sheriff's deputy has been charged with raping a female inmate in a transport van in the jail parking lot.