- Questions, jockeying abound amid Tenn. Supreme Court vacancy Updated: Aug-02-15 11:59 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - When Gary Wade was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2006, the self-described "mountain boy from the Smokies" planned to serve the eight-year term and retire from his distinguished judicial career.
- Walker names his chief attorney to appellate court Updated: Jul-31-15 4:10 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker has tapped his chief attorney to serve as a state appeals court judge.
- Federal judge takes nuanced approach in US terrorism cases Updated: Jul-31-15 2:21 am
MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. District Judge Michael Davis had seen this in his courtroom before - a young Somali-American who hadn't previously been a troublemaker was now accused of conspiring to leave the U.S. and join the Islamic State group.
- White House nominates 4 for US judgeships in Pennsylvania Updated: Jul-30-15 6:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA - President Barack Obama has nominated four veteran judges to serve on the federal bench in Pennsylvania.
- Branstad appoints new chief of staff Updated: Jul-30-15 1:40 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a new chief of staff.
- Valente named superior court judge Updated: Jul-30-15 11:34 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed lawyer John Valente to Vermont's superior court.
- NY chief administrative judge stepping down Updated: Jul-29-15 4:23 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's chief administrative judge, who oversees the administration of the statewide court system, is stepping down to take a position at Hofstra's law school.
- Slovenia appoints ICJ head as arbitration representative Updated: Jul-28-15 12:46 pm
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - Slovenia's prime minister says his government has appointed the head of the International Court of Justice, Ronny Abraham, as the country's representative in arbitration over a border dispute with Croatia.
- Officials: Timing of vote on Supreme Court justice unclear Updated: Jul-28-15 11:47 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A new judicial amendment to the state constitution has left an open question about when voters will get a chance to decide on a new Supreme Court justice.
- Ads in Kentucky governor's race focus on Obama Updated: Jul-28-15 10:34 am
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - New TV ads in Kentucky's race for governor focus not on the candidates but on Democratic President Barack Obama.
- Dalrymple appoints 3 lawyers to newly created ND judgeships Updated: Jul-27-15 6:50 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed three lawyers to newly created North Dakota district court judgeships.
- McAuliffe names longtime Fairfax judge to Va. Supreme Court Updated: Jul-27-15 11:56 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - The northern Virginia judge who presided over one of the D.C. sniper trials was appointed Monday to the state Supreme Court.
- Judge stops Caddo Parish judges from enforcing funding order Updated: Jul-27-15 7:18 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A Baton Rouge judge has ordered Caddo Parish's criminal court judges must stop ordering the public defender board to fund private lawyers appointed to represent indigent defendants that the public defenders are unable to defend due to conflicts.
- Missouri governor's race no mirror of White House contest Updated: Jul-26-15 12:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A well-known and well-funded Democrat, opposite a field loaded with an array of Republican candidates. The contest to become Missouri's next governor may seem similar to the White House race, but experts say important differences will affect it.
- Minor parties get court win in ballot-access lawsuit Updated: Jul-24-15 7:21 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A federal judge threw out provisions in Pennsylvania law on Friday that he said make it unconstitutionally difficult for independent or minor political party candidates to get onto ballots because of the threat of costly court challenges.
- Federal judge wants deadlines in cleanup at Hanford Updated: Jul-24-15 3:31 pm
RICHLAND, Washington - Specific requirements and deadlines are needed to hold the U.S. Department of Energy accountable in the cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a federal judge told state and federal officials on Thursday.
- Ex-Supreme Court chief given key role in sex offender case Updated: Jul-23-15 8:16 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson was appointed Thursday to help facilitate potential changes to the state's civil commitment program for sex offenders, which was ruled unconstitutional last month.
- Agency heads appointed by governor likely to keep jobs Updated: Jul-23-15 6:13 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Two state agency chiefs appear likely to keep their jobs even after a nationwide search for other candidates.
- Blagojevich ruling draws line on what is, isn't corruption Updated: Jul-22-15 8:34 pm
CHICAGO - Federal judges who tossed several of Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions endeavored to answer a question legal observers said Wednesday had gone largely unanswered: Just when does an elected official cross the line between legal and illegal political horse-trading?
- Bahamas Judge: Developer's US bankruptcy won't be recognized Updated: Jul-22-15 3:48 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica - A judge in the Bahamas ruled Wednesday that a U.S. bankruptcy filing by the developer of an unfinished $2.5 billion megaresort in Nassau will not be recognized in the Caribbean archipelago.
- NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules Updated: Jul-22-15 1:55 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina senator introduced legislation on Wednesday to block state agencies from taking action on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut carbon emissions on power plants until the rules complete what will likely be a lengthy legal challenge.
- Q&A on Blagojevich: What happens after appeals court ruling Updated: Jul-22-15 11:45 am
CHICAGO - A ruling by a federal court in the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions left open the possibility that the Democrat could serve less time than the 14-year sentence a judge imposed in 2011.
- The Latest: Blagojevich's wife wanted more counts dismissed Updated: Jul-21-15 7:01 pm
CHICAGO - The latest on a federal appeals court ruling that overturned some of the corruption convictions of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (all times CDT):
- Obama nominates US magistrate to federal bench in Iowa Updated: Jul-21-15 6:32 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - President Barack Obama has nominated a U.S. magistrate to fill an opening on the federal bench in Iowa.
- University of Michigan professor nominated for Fed board Updated: Jul-21-15 2:40 am
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel says he's "pleased and proud" that professor and economist Kathryn Dominguez is being nominated to serve on the Federal Reserve board of governors.