- Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty advances Updated: Feb-08-16 9:35 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday.
- Kansas court funding protected; abortion, safety discussed Updated: Feb-08-16 8:48 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Monday to keep Kansas' courts open, while abortion rights advocates rallied at the Statehouse and Democratic legislators endorsed public safety proposals.
- Judge again denies Texas' efforts to block Syrian refugees Updated: Feb-08-16 7:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge Monday again ruled against Texas in its efforts to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees, saying that while it would be "foolish" to deny there are risks following the Paris attacks, state officials have never shown an imminent danger to the public.
- Top court rejects twice convicted killer's bid for new trial Updated: Feb-08-16 6:35 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The New Jersey Supreme Court has rejected a twice convicted murderer's bid for a new trial.
- Kansas governor signs measure aimed at keeping courts open Updated: Feb-08-16 6:08 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation to keep Kansas' courts open following a legal dispute involving their budget and the state Supreme Court's power.
- Burke: Technology advancing in Wyoming's courts, more sought Updated: Feb-08-16 6:03 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Technological improvements in Wyoming's court system continue but still have a ways to go amid looming budget constraints, Wyoming Chief Justice James Burke said Monday.
- St. Louis murder conviction clouded after discovery of video Updated: Feb-08-16 5:46 pm
ST. LOUIS - A man convicted of a 1994 homicide in St. Louis is planning to appeal his case after finding video evidence of an interview with his trial's only eyewitness.
- Woman spares son from testifying in Las Vegas hotel slaying Updated: Feb-08-16 5:41 pm
LAS VEGAS - A woman accused of shooting her husband dead in front of their son in a downtown Las Vegas hotel room on Christmas Eve spared the boy from having to testify against her on Monday.
- Group launches ad blitz in Arkansas' chief justice race Updated: Feb-08-16 5:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A Washington-based group launched television ads Monday portraying Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson as beholden to trial lawyers and criticizing the chief justice hopeful over gifts and campaign contributions she's received.
- North Carolina seeks delay to fix 2 congressional districts Updated: Feb-08-16 5:21 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Attorneys for the state of North Carolina asked federal judges to delay an order requiring two congressional districts to be redrawn, saying absentee voting is already under way for the March 15 primary.
- Professor gets more than 6 years in prison for child porn Updated: Feb-08-16 5:12 pm
PITTSBURGH - An award-winning contemporary literature professor was sentenced to 6 years and 4 months in federal prison for his massive child pornography collection that topped a half million images, a federal judge said on Monday.
- Panel supports bill to require judges to have law degrees Updated: Feb-08-16 5:09 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A House panel is supporting a proposal that would require all new justice court judges in Utah to have law degrees.
- No new trial for priest convicted of sex tourism with boys Updated: Feb-08-16 5:06 pm
PITTSBURGH - A priest who was convicted of sexually assaulting poor street children during missionary trips to Honduras and said federal prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence in his case won't get a new trial, a judge ruled.
- DOJ agreement could cost Ferguson $3.7 million in first year Updated: Feb-08-16 4:57 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - Ferguson's cost of implementing reforms spelled out in a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice could approach $4 million in the first year alone, according to new estimates that further raise questions about whether the community can afford it.
- Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial again postponed Updated: Feb-08-16 4:37 pm
CHESTER, Illinois - The southern Illinois murder-for-hire trial of former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson has again been postponed.
- TV ads hit airwaves ahead of Wisconsin Supreme Court primary Updated: Feb-08-16 4:31 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Television ads are hitting the airwaves as Wisconsin's Supreme Court race heads into its final week before a primary whittles the three-candidate field down to two contenders.
- State seeks delay in 3 Freddie Gray trials, pending appeals Updated: Feb-08-16 4:00 pm
BALTIMORE - Baltimore prosecutors have asked a judge to delay the trials of three police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case until appellate courts decide if another officer awaiting retrial on related charges can be compelled to testify against them.
- The Latest: No new trial for priest in sex tourism case Updated: Feb-08-16 3:20 pm
PITTSBURGH - The Latest on a federal judge's decision to reject an appeal of a Pennsylvania priest convicted of molesting Honduran street children (all times local):
- Condemned killer in San Antonio robbery-slaying loses appeal Updated: Feb-08-16 1:54 pm
HOUSTON - A San Antonio man condemned for a fatal shooting during a robbery 12 years ago has lost a federal appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.
- Minnesota Sex Offender Program to provisionally free 4th man Updated: Feb-08-16 10:47 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The St. Paul Police Department will hold a public meeting Wednesday on the upcoming release of a man from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
- Trial in $300M fraud delayed for former concert promoter Updated: Feb-08-16 10:02 am
MIAMI - Trial in an alleged $300 million fraud scheme has been postponed for a former concert promoter who once staged tours for major acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith.
- Construction execs to pay back feds in $19M fraud scheme Updated: Feb-08-16 6:47 am
PHILADELPHIA - Two Pennsylvania construction executives have been ordered to pay the government $1 million each after admitting they fraudulently funneled nearly $19 million in federally funded projects to a family firm.
- Jury awards Panama City Beach condo association $12 million Updated: Feb-08-16 3:10 am
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida - A jury has awarded nearly $12 million in damages to the Shores of Panama Resort Community Association in a lawsuit against several former directors of the association.
- Juror: Man upset over verdict lifts Carlsbad court pew Updated: Feb-07-16 6:11 pm
CARLSBAD, New Mexico - An outburst that came as jurors delivered their verdict at the end of a murder trial has rattled the Eddy County Courthouse in Carlsbad.
- Montana bankruptcy judge announces retirement Updated: Feb-07-16 3:24 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana's longtime U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ralph Kirscher is retiring.