- Feds call for judge to disband police in polygamous towns Updated: Apr-29-16 4:40 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The police department in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border is inflicted by an entrenched culture of following sect leader edicts at the expense of the constitutional rights of nonbelievers and should be disbanded, the federal government recommended Friday in a new court filing.
- ACLU files civil rights lawsuit against Woonsocket police Updated: Apr-29-16 4:36 am
WOONSOCKET, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Woonsocket Police Department over the arrest of a deaf man in 2015.
- 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.
- Postcard-only rule for inmate mail spurs lawsuit in Kansas Updated: Apr-28-16 3:30 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - A Kansas sheriff's jail policy allowing inmates to receive and send only postcards through the mail violates the free speech and due process rights of prisoners and their families, civil rights advocates said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
- NY court says DNA evidence requires analyst trial testimony Updated: Apr-28-16 12:56 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's highest court ruled Thursday that DNA evidence presented by prosecutors must be accompanied at trial by at least one analyst involved in the critical stages of its processing or who independently analyzed the raw data.
- Panel considers $160K settlement with beaten student Updated: Apr-28-16 6:34 am
PHILADELPHIA - Officials are considering paying $160,000 to a student who was beaten by an assistant principal in Philadelphia's Frankford High School.
- Dontre Hamilton's family sues city, police over 2014 death Updated: Apr-27-16 7:32 pm
MILWAUKEE - The family of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot in a 2014 confrontation with a white police officer in a downtown Milwaukee park filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city, Police Department and former officer Christopher Manney.
- Kansas State University asked to examine off-campus rapes Updated: Apr-27-16 3:11 pm
MANHATTAN, Kansas - Kansas State University fraternities are calling on the university to begin investigating episodes of alleged sexual violence that occur off campus.
- Arizona ruling: Police can't say DUI tests are required Updated: Apr-26-16 5:21 pm
PHOENIX - Police in Arizona can't flatly tell drunken-driving suspects that state law requires them to submit to alcohol testing, the Arizona Supreme Court said Tuesday in a ruling that acknowledges that a state-provided form and earlier rulings by courts indicated otherwise.
- Judge dismisses ex-town employee's wrongful termination suit Updated: Apr-26-16 5:08 pm
STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts - A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the town by a former municipal employee.
- Suit: Cops violated rights of man taking kids for ice cream Updated: Apr-26-16 4:30 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Two Connecticut officers are accused of violating a black man's rights during a traffic stop last year when they frisked him and searched his car as his two frightened sons sat in the back seat, according to a lawsuit announced Tuesday.
- Fired Pittsburgh cop pleads not guilty in civil rights case Updated: Apr-26-16 2:28 pm
PITTSBURGH - A fired city police sergeant has pleaded not guilty to charges he violated the civil rights of a drunken man by punching and pushing him during his November arrest at a high school football game then filed false reports to justify his actions.
- 'Sister Wives' family asks court to reconsider bigamy ruling Updated: Apr-26-16 2:14 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The polygamous family from the TV show "Sister Wives" is asking an appeals court to re-consider a decision that upheld Utah's law banning bigamy.
- High court sides with police officer in free speech case Updated: Apr-26-16 10:57 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a New Jersey police officer who was demoted after his boss mistakenly believed he was involved in a political campaign can still bring a lawsuit alleging a violation of free speech rights.
- Battle over Jackson airport takeover goes to federal court Updated: Apr-25-16 4:41 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A former commissioner of the Jackson airport is suing the state over a bill that would give control of the city's two airports to a state-appointed board.
- Georgia lawmaker targets guidelines on campus sexual assault Updated: Apr-22-16 5:17 pm
ATLANTA - A Georgia state lawmaker and his wife have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights, alleging that it is trying to "micromanage student sex lives" with its regulations on how colleges and universities should handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
- Lawsuits: Kansas State ignores off-campus fraternity rapes Updated: Apr-20-16 6:23 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Two female students allege that Kansas State University has refused to investigate their rapes and other sex assaults at off-campus fraternity houses, according to federal lawsuits filed Wednesday.
- Judge clears former Tulsa officer in civil rights case Updated: Apr-20-16 11:46 am
TULSA, Oklahoma - A federal judge has ruled that a former Tulsa police officer didn't violate a man's civil rights when he used false information to obtain a home search warrant.
- 9 people to get $173K each in case against polygamous towns Updated: Apr-19-16 6:12 pm
PHOENIX - Authorities have revealed how much money will be given to nine people in a settlement against two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah that were found to have discriminated against nonbelievers.
- Judge dismisses class-action lawsuit in Flint water crisis Updated: Apr-19-16 4:49 pm
FLINT, Michigan - A class-action lawsuit over Flint's contaminated water was dismissed Tuesday, with the judge saying constitutional claims by residents are barred by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
- Missouri Supreme Court upholds wrongful death lawsuit limits Updated: Apr-19-16 3:44 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that caps on how much money someone can win in a wrongful death lawsuit do not violate the constitution.
- The Latest: Judge mulls suit over telling Charleston's tales Updated: Apr-19-16 1:55 pm
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The Latest on a federal lawsuit challenging Charleston, South Carolina's tour guide ordinance (all times local):
- City reaches $200K settlement in Occupy Philadelphia lawsuit Updated: Apr-19-16 3:39 am
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Occupy Philadelphia protesters who accused police of unlawful arrest, retaliation and other civil rights violations.
- Heat sensors installed at Angola's death row Updated: Apr-18-16 8:14 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Newly filed federal court documents show sensors have been installed on the death-row tiers at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to monitor summertime heat indexes.
- University of Missouri countersues professor in gun lawsuit Updated: Apr-16-16 1:17 pm
COLUMBIA, Missouri - The University of Missouri is countersuing a law school professor who has asked a court to invalidate the university's ban on firearms.