- Michigan law limiting talk about elections won't be enforced Updated: Apr-28-16 7:57 pm
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - The state of Michigan won't enforce a law that blocks local government officials from talking about a ballot question before an election, under a deal approved Thursday by a federal judge.
- Beatty clears 1st step to becoming next SC chief justice Updated: Apr-28-16 5:08 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Supreme Court's senior associate justice has cleared the first hurdle to taking over the court's top job.
- Walker starts looking for Prosser replacement on high court Updated: Apr-28-16 4:39 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker has started searching for someone to finish out most of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser's term.
- Correction: Supreme Court-Campaign Advisers story Updated: Apr-28-16 2:03 pm
BOISE, Idaho - In a story April 27 about Idaho Supreme Court candidate advisers, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the communications adviser for candidate Clive Strong. It's Melinda Nothern, not Northern.
- Panel of federal judges to review Tucson elections Updated: Apr-27-16 2:08 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - The full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will review the constitutionality of Tucson's local elections systems after a three-member panel of the court ruled against it.
- House panel approves bipartisan drug-abuse legislation Updated: Apr-27-16 1:16 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee took an election-year swipe Wednesday at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers.
- Federal ruling on N Carolina voting laws bolsters voter ID Updated: Apr-26-16 10:12 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Civil rights and elections attorneys said Tuesday they will appeal a federal court ruling upholding North Carolina's 2013 major rewrite of its voting laws, a decision that marks at least a temporary victory for another state that requires photo identification to vote.
- Coroner in Vegas rules death of Henderson judge an accident Updated: Apr-25-16 3:48 pm
LAS VEGAS - The chief Henderson municipal court judge who was found dead in her home in March had the powerful painkiller fentanyl in her system when she died of a severe arm infection, the coroner in Las Vegas said Monday.
- Former Alabama Chief Justice Perry Hooper Sr. dies at 91 Updated: Apr-24-16 5:49 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The son of former Alabama Chief Justice Perry Hooper Sr. says his father has died at the age of 91.
- Supreme Court justices Viviano, Larsen launch campaigns Updated: Apr-22-16 8:53 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Supreme Court Justices David Viviano and Joan Larsen have formally announced bids to retain their seats in the 2016 election.
- Democrats submit names for new elections, ethics boards Updated: Apr-21-16 5:20 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Nominees for the final four spots on new partisan commissions to oversee elections and ethics laws in Wisconsin have been delivered to Gov. Scott Walker.
- Brazil court suspends meeting on Silva's Cabinet post Updated: Apr-20-16 4:32 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended a meeting that was to decide whether former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva can be his successor's chief of staff.
- Alabama editorial roundup Updated: Apr-20-16 3:51 pm
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:
- 4 candidates vie for open Idaho Supreme Court seat Updated: Apr-19-16 9:45 pm
BOISE, Idaho - One of the most important races in the upcoming May primary election is an open spot on the Idaho Supreme Court, but the little-known position isn't expected to draw voters despite attracting a wide range of candidates.
- Ohio judge dismisses suit from backers of drug-price plan Updated: Apr-19-16 1:17 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Ohio's elections chief by backers of an effort aimed at controlling prescription drug prices.
- Thousands protest president's pardon for fifth night Updated: Apr-16-16 5:29 pm
SKOPJE, Macedonia - Thousands of people gathered for a fifth consecutive night in the center of the Macedonian capital of Skopje late Saturday to protest President Gjorge Ivanov's decision to grant pardons that halted criminal proceedings against dozens of politicians, including a former prime minister, accused in a wiretapping scandal.
- Justice's fundraising arm: 'Politicized' bid to purge court Updated: Apr-15-16 10:56 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas Supreme Court justice's fundraising arm is pursuing donations by arguing an "unprecedented politicized effort" is underway to deny justices retention over school finance rulings.
- North Carolina Supreme Court hears arguments on retention Updated: Apr-13-16 4:57 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The North Carolina Supreme Court quizzed lawyers Wednesday about the constitutionality of a new re-election option for members of the court in a case that will affect one justice this year and possibly the others in later elections.
- Ex-justice of the peace in Texas gets prison for embezzling Updated: Apr-12-16 9:39 am
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - An ex-judge in North Texas must serve two years in federal prison for stealing more than $133,000 in payments meant to settle minor court cases.
- Ohio elections chief appeals judge's order on poll closings Updated: Apr-12-16 12:21 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state's elections chief is appealing a federal judge's order that required polls in four southwest Ohio counties to stay open for an extra hour during last month's presidential primary.
- Judge to decide penalties in next phase of dark money case Updated: Apr-11-16 7:44 pm
HELENA, Montana - Now that a jury has ruled a Montana legislator took $19,599 in illegal contributions, a judge now must decide whether to impose the ultimate penalty - the removal of an elected official from office, which hasn't been done by court order in 75 years.
- Ex-American Bar Association chiefs push for vote on Garland Updated: Apr-11-16 6:03 am
WASHINGTON - Fifteen former American Bar Association presidents are joining the push to urge Republicans to consider President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
- Justice Sotomayor pleads for students to vote Updated: Apr-07-16 3:13 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered an impassioned plea to an admiring audience to get involved in politics and legislative elections during a public appearance at a private college perched in the hills of northern New Mexico.
- Bradley win adds another conservative vote to Supreme Court Updated: Apr-06-16 5:08 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - It might look like Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley's election victory translates to more of the same Republican-friendly rulings, but her big win could usher in a host of subtle changes on the high court.
- ICC prosecutor: Threats to witnesses ruined Kenya VP case Updated: Apr-06-16 1:54 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - The prosecutor of International Criminal Court said Wednesday the crimes against humanity case against Kenya's deputy president and a former broadcaster collapsed after 17 witnesses withdrew their cooperation with the court as a result of intimidation.