- Amite County courthouse getting makeover from grant Updated: May-28-15 6:10 am
LIBERTY, Mississippi - There's a reason why the courtroom of the Amite County courthouse has been in use longer than any other in the state.
- Federal judge sets new trial date for accused Ohio terrorist Updated: May-28-15 3:49 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge has set a new trial date for an Ohio man charged with plotting a U.S. attack after receiving overseas terrorism training.
- First hearing in House lawsuit over Obama health law Updated: May-28-15 3:39 am
WASHINGTON - Obama administration attorneys are urging a federal judge to throw out an election-year lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law.
- Hawaii Supreme Court dismisses gay marriage challenge Updated: May-27-15 9:17 pm
HONOLULU - The state Supreme Court is dismissing a lawsuit challenging Hawaii's gay marriage law.
- New election option for NC justices passes Senate panel Updated: May-27-15 7:47 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The idea of giving some North Carolina appellate court judges the option to run for re-election without facing a challenger is gaining traction at the legislature.
- Judge considers best option for girl charged in stabbing Updated: May-27-15 7:42 pm
WAUKESHA, Wisconsin - One of the two Wisconsin girls charged with trying to kill a friend to please a fictitious horror character would have her mental health issues better served in juvenile court, defense attorneys told a judge Wednesday.
- County won't join Arpaio in trying to disqualify judge Updated: May-27-15 6:56 pm
PHOENIX - Maricopa County officials declined Wednesday to join Sheriff Joe Arpaio in asking that the judge in the lawman's racial profiling lawsuit be disqualified from presiding over the 7-year-old case.
- Abrahamson appeals order allowing her to be replaced Updated: May-27-15 6:39 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a federal court ruling temporarily denying her attempt to remain as chief justice.
- US high court: California county drug disposal law stands Updated: May-27-15 6:35 pm
OAKLAND, California - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.
- Appeals court upholds conviction of ex-NYC councilman Updated: May-27-15 6:34 pm
NEW YORK - A former New York City councilman was properly convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
- US won't seek high court review in immigration case Updated: May-27-15 6:32 pm
WASHINGTON - The government will not ask the Supreme Court to review a judge's decision that put on hold President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
- Lawyer: Confinement of chimps for research akin to slavery Updated: May-27-15 6:31 pm
NEW YORK - A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a state university told a judge Wednesday that their confinement for research purposes is akin to slavery, the involuntary detention of people with mental illnesses and imprisonment.
- Abortion ban based on heartbeat rejected by appeals court Updated: May-27-15 4:18 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A federal appeals court struck down one of the nation's toughest abortion restrictions on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower court that ruled an Arkansas law unconstitutionally burdens women by banning abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat.
- New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized Updated: May-27-15 4:18 pm
WASHINGTON - New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands - and the drinking water of 117 million Americans - are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.
- Appeals court keeps school redistricting challenge alive Updated: May-27-15 4:06 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A ruling by a federal appeals court has kept alive the challenge to Wake County school board election maps drawn in 2013 by the Republican-led state legislature.
- Health law court case winner could be political loser Updated: May-27-15 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON - The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser.
- Lawmakers make Pleicones 1st new chief justice in 15 years Updated: May-27-15 1:53 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina lawmakers elected Supreme Court associate justice Costa Pleicones the state's first new chief justice in 15 years on Wednesday, but he won't have the job for long.
- Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of Earhart lawsuit Updated: May-27-15 1:21 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet to continue raising funds for the search.
- Int'l court case against Ivory Coast ex-1st lady admissible Updated: May-27-15 12:51 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - International Criminal Court appeals judges upheld a ruling Wednesday that the court can prosecute Ivory Coast's former first lady on charges including murder and rape linked to violence that left 3,000 people dead after the country's disputed 2010 presidential election.
- Commissioner to reactivate $500,000 campaign donation case Updated: May-27-15 11:57 am
HELENA, Montana - The state commissioner of political practices is reactivating a complaint against 2012 GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill for accepting a $500,000 campaign donation from the Montana Republican Party.
- BLM ordered to prove routes don't harm cultural sites Updated: May-27-15 11:52 am
SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge has ordered the Bureau Land of Management to document that its designation of motorized routes in central Utah will not harm wildlife and archaeological resources.
- Maricopa County court creating unit for commercial cases Updated: May-27-15 11:46 am
PHOENIX - Arizona's largest trial court is about to embark on a three-year experiment aimed at making litigation easier for business and the state more business friendly in general.
- Dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel prize headed for mediation Updated: May-27-15 11:44 am
ATLANTA - A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation, and lawyers for both sides said Wednesday they hope for a lasting resolution to issues that have long divided the civil rights icon's heirs.
- Man gets prison for phoned-in threats to kill schoolchildren Updated: May-27-15 9:17 am
POTTSVILLE, Pennsylvania - A Pennsylvania man who phoned in threats to the county courthouse to kill schoolchildren so he could avoid paying court fines has been sentenced to prison.
- Michigan Supreme Court revives bid for DNA test in '88 case Updated: May-27-15 4:10 am
PONTIAC, Michigan - The Michigan appeals court has been ordered to take another look at a request for DNA tests in a 1988 homicide in Oakland County.