- Lawmakers say mental health improved, critics disagree Updated: May-05-15 3:58 pm
SEATTLE - Lawmakers say the Legislature made significant improvements during the 2015 session to provide services for Washington's mentally ill, but critics say some of the bills passed in an effort to fix a system sharply criticized by the courts could make matters worse and lead to more litigation.
- New Mexico woman in flashing lights free speech lawsuit Updated: May-05-15 2:14 pm
ALBUEQUERQUE, New Mexico - A New Mexico woman cited for flashing her headlights at an oncoming car with police officer inside says the ticket violates her free speech rights.
- Militia members lose appeal in lawsuit tied to FBI probe Updated: May-05-15 12:34 pm
DETROIT - Three members of a southern Michigan militia acquitted during a high-profile trial have failed to persuade an appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit against federal investigators.
- Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, costly Updated: May-05-15 10:11 am
BALTIMORE - Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.
- Domestic violence victim files federal civil rights lawsuit Updated: May-05-15 10:07 am
FRESNO, California - A domestic violence victim is suing her ex-boyfriend for federal civil rights violations.
- Court to weigh law barring false statements in campaigns Updated: May-02-15 9:57 am
BOSTON - When state Rep. Brian Mannal noticed flyers accusing him of putting the interests of sex offenders over families last year, the Barnstable Democrat saw more than just the rough and tumble of Massachusetts politics.
- Colorado pair files lawsuit over Wyoming coal protest arrest Updated: Apr-29-15 6:59 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Two Colorado residents have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit charging they were jailed in violation of their constitutional rights after unfurling a banner critical of Peabody Energy Corp. at the company's annual shareholders' meeting at a college campus in Gillette two years ago.
- Court: Family of teen shot across border can't sue in US Updated: Apr-24-15 7:44 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
- $55K settlement reached in civil rights lawsuit Updated: Apr-23-15 12:37 am
EAST HAVEN, Connecticut - Officials have reached a $55,000 settlement in a civil rights lawsuit brought by a New Haven woman against the town of East Haven and eight police officers.
- 2 W.Va. men win lawsuit against assistant police chief Updated: Apr-22-15 3:20 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A federal jury has ordered an assistant police chief in Gilbert to pay $7,500 in medical bills apiece for two Mingo County men who claimed their civil rights were violated when they were beaten by officers in 2011.
- County accused of illegally seizing property of homeless Updated: Apr-17-15 4:47 pm
RENO, Nevada - A lawyer for a homeless Reno man has filed a civil rights lawsuit accusing sheriff's deputies of routinely seizing and destroying homeless people's property without prior notice or due process.
- Lawsuit filed by man turned away from spreading beliefs Updated: Apr-17-15 4:31 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A man turned away from spreading his religious beliefs at a fair in St. Paul is suing the city and police.
- 3 former guards plead guilty to violating inmate's rights Updated: Apr-17-15 9:41 am
PANAMA CITY, Florida - Three former Florida Panhandle prison guards have pleaded guilty to violating an inmate's civil rights.
- Request denied to end limit on activities at Lincoln arena Updated: Apr-15-15 4:58 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A federal judge has denied a request to temporarily block limits on leafleting and other activities outside Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena.
- Court upholds decision to dismiss suit on gay conversion ban Updated: Apr-13-15 11:05 am
PHILADELPHIA - A judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy was upheld Monday by a federal appeals court.
- Ohio trooper gets 5 years for coercing women motorists Updated: Apr-09-15 4:27 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper accused of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges was sentenced to five years in federal prison Thursday for violating their civil rights.