- Legislators reject complaints, elect Court of Appeals chief Updated: May-25-16 6:50 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Legislature on Wednesday elected Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James Lockemy as the court's next chief judge, despite allegations that he broke rules on asking for support.
- Beatty becomes South Carolina's 2nd black chief justice Updated: May-25-16 6:08 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina has elected its second black chief justice since Reconstruction: a Democrat who clashed with a well-respected Republican lawmaker during a hearing and has been nominated to become a federal judge.
- Expert: Suicide still a risk at New Orleans jail Updated: May-25-16 5:59 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Staffers at the New Orleans jail that opened last September "just have no clue" about how to run it, a court-appointed jail monitor said during a Wednesday federal court hearing aimed at determining whether a parish sheriff should continue to operate the lockup.
- The Latest: Suicide risks still a problem at Orleans jail Updated: May-25-16 5:58 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The Latest on a move to have a federal court appoint a third party to run the New Orleans jail (all times local):
- Judge gives Kansas a bit more time to register voters Updated: May-25-16 4:44 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - A federal judge has refused to stay an order requiring Kansas to add to voting rolls for federal elections thousands of Kansans who did not provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote at motor vehicle offices.
- The Latest: Beatty won't talk about potential federal job Updated: May-25-16 1:42 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Latest on Don Beatty becoming South Carolina's second black chief justice since Reconstruction (all times local):
- August date set in suit over California primary deadline Updated: May-24-16 8:28 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A federal judge has set an Aug. 18 hearing date in a lawsuit filed by a Bernie Sanders supporter seeking to extend California's voter registration deadline ahead of the primary election, meaning the plaintiffs likely won't get a hearing before the state's June 7 primary.
- US appeals court revisits Texas voter ID law Updated: May-24-16 7:48 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Whether a strict Texas voter ID law should be struck down, upheld, or, perhaps, adjusted is now up to 15 federal appeals court judges.
- Anti-abortion group files federal lawsuit to stop state case Updated: May-24-16 6:07 pm
HELENA, Montana - An anti-abortion group is asking a federal judge to prevent Montana's commissioner of political practices from seeking penalties against it for mailings it sent during the 2012 Republican primary elections.
- Bill would require South Carolina cities to hold elections Updated: May-24-16 12:39 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Mayors and city council members could no longer win their office by default under legislation advancing to the Senate floor.
- Lawyers contribute to congressional campaign of judge's son Updated: May-23-16 5:59 pm
BELLEVILLE, Illinois - Illinois U.S. House 12th District candidate C.J. Baricevic has gotten most of his campaign funding from attorneys who work in the Belleville-based court system headed by his father, according to a newspaper's recent analysis.
- Virginia GOP file lawsuit to block felons from voting Updated: May-23-16 3:53 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Republicans asked state's highest court Monday to block more than 200,000 felons from voting in November, arguing that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe abused his power by restoring the voting rights of thousands of convicts who've completed their sentences.
- Maldives' ex-leader says he's received asylum in Britain Updated: May-23-16 3:25 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The former president of the Maldives said Monday that he's been granted political asylum in Britain where he had traveled for medical treatment on leave from serving a prison sentence in his country.
- A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials Updated: May-23-16 10:01 am
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- Judge: No conspiracy in Libertarians' bump from Ohio ballot Updated: May-20-16 5:53 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge delivered a legal victory Friday to Ohio's elections chief and a voter sued by Libertarians for their roles in disqualifying the party's gubernatorial candidate from 2014 fall ballots.
- Walker releases names of potential Prosser replacements Updated: May-20-16 2:42 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - More than half of the applicants vying to replace retiring Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser already owe their jobs to Gov. Scott Walker - and now he could tap one of them for the state's highest court.
- Allegation of broken rule made in SC judicial races Updated: May-19-16 1:05 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The commission that checks the qualification of lawyers to be judges in South Carolina has received allegations that a candidate broke the rules.
- McCrory lawsuit against feds may shift narrative on LGBT law Updated: May-19-16 7:08 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - After weeks of taking a beating from critics over North Carolina's law dictating which restrooms transgender people can use, Gov. Pat McCrory adopted a strategy long favored by Southern conservative governors: He went after the federal government.
- Higginbotham won't seek re-election to appeals court Updated: May-18-16 7:33 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Judge Paul Higginbotham, the first African-American to serve as a Wisconsin appellate court judge, says he won't seek re-election to the Madison-based 4th District Court of Appeals.
- Judge says Kansas can't require citizenship proof to vote Updated: May-17-16 10:32 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - A judge said Tuesday that Kansas can't require people to show proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote for federal elections at motor vehicle offices.
- GOP lawyer says Eaton election lawsuit should be dismissed Updated: May-17-16 7:35 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Lawyers for Republican leaders of the Mississippi House of Representatives say a lawsuit seeking to reinstate a Democratic representative should be dismissed.
- Full DC appeals court to decide on Obama carbon-cutting plan Updated: May-16-16 8:59 pm
WASHINGTON - The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case's path to the Supreme Court.
- Obama says Senate obligated to vote on Supreme Court nominee Updated: May-16-16 6:26 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday he believes the Senate has a constitutional obligation to vote on a president's nomination to the Supreme Court, staking out a position at odds with Republicans and some legal scholars.
- Former Louisiana Lt. Gov. Bobby Freeman dies Updated: May-16-16 4:17 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Former Louisiana Lt. Gov. Robert "Bobby" Freeman has died of natural causes from a ruptured aneurysm.
- The Latest: Kobach in Kansas delegation to GOP convention Updated: May-14-16 4:52 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Latest on Kansas Republicans' state meeting (all times local):