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  • 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.

  • Court won't review Michael Jackson doctor's case 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:52 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment.

  • Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:28 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week.

  • Governor appoints judge to oversee watchdog agency 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:16 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a fellow Democrat and judge to lead California's campaign watchdog agency on Wednesday, in the wake of ethics scandals that have led to federal charges against two Democratic state senators accused of political corruption and the conviction of a third lawmaker on voter fraud and perjury charges.

  • Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:38 pm
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bill prohibiting jail for fines heads to governor 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:10 pm
  • DENVER - A proposal to stop jailing poor people for being unable to pay municipal court fines is expected to be signed into law in Colorado.

  • 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.

  • Bar to take up ethics complaint against DA 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:37 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - A man whose murder conviction was tossed out on appeal alleges that Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill acted unethically in his 2009 trial by arranging a secret signal with a witness, who was to let the prosecutor know if she could identify the shooter in court.

  • Property owners challenge Miss. fire district fees 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:31 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - The U.S. Supreme Court will consider May 15 whether to hear an appeal over whether a Mississippi fire protection district can charge a fee for its services to local property owners.

  • Supreme Court reverses sex offender's commitment 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:29 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Supreme Court has taken the unusual step of reversing the commitment of a man to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and sent the case back to a lower court for further proceedings.

  • Ex-mayor's corruption conviction, sentence upheld 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:25 pm
  • HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - A federal appellate court has upheld the corruption conviction of the former mayor of New Jersey's largest suburb and the prison sentence he received.

  • 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.

  • Court shooting sheds light on 'Tongan Crips' 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:16 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - This week's fatal shooting of a gang member by a U.S. marshal inside Salt Lake City's federal courthouse during the man's trial has put the spotlight on his relatively unknown street gang.

  • 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.

  • Warrantless GPS tracking before court decision OK 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 1:02 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Evidence gathered from GPS trackers that police placed on cars before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they needed warrants is admissible in court, a Wisconsin appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • Hall County to carve out space for new judge 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:18 pm
  • GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska - Hall County officials have decided to carve out space in the cramped courthouse to make room for a new, part-time judge.

  • 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.

  • Arguments set in prison guard killing lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:56 am
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A federal judge is hearing arguments in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a South Dakota State Penitentiary guard slain by inmates three years ago.