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2nd girl in Slender Man stabbing enters insanity plea
Both the girl and 14-year-old Morgan Geyser face one count of first-degree attempted intentional homicide as adults       
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Wisconsin girl enters insanity plea in Slender Man stabbing
The second of two young Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please horror character Slender Man entered Friday a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to an attempted homicide charge. The 14-year-old girl changed her previous not-guilty plea during a 15-minute...
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Editorial: State must protect its children
Last week, in Nashua, the mother of 3-year-old Brielle Gage was found guilty of beating her to death. In Manchester, another mother stands accused of murdering her 21-month-old daughter, Sadie Willott, who died of blunt impact head injuries. The state’s Division of Children, Youth and Families, char...
38 points by Concord Monitor | Child abuse Foster care Supreme Court of the United States Protection State supreme court Child protection United States Confidentiality
Montana Supreme Court candidates outline differences
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The two candidates vying for an open seat on the Montana Supreme Court are outlining the stark differences in their legal experience. Law professor Kristen Juras and District Judge Dirk Sandefur spoke to about 100 people at a forum in Great Falls on Thursday night. ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Washington D.C. Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Lawyer Jury George W. Bush Great Falls Montana United States
No bond for Grand Forks slaying suspect until second trial
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The suspect in a slaying in Grand Forks two years ago has been ordered held without bond while he awaits a second trial. A jury in June 2015 convicted Delvin Shaw of murder and burglary in the June 2014 death of 24-year-old Jose Lopez, and ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Jury Life imprisonment Court Washington D.C. Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Supreme court Not proven
California court overturns death sentence over excused juror
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of murder in the slaying of three people during a 1994 robbery in Salinas. The court in a unanimous ruling Thursday said the judge presiding over Daniel Covarrubias' trial wrongly excused a prospective ...
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N.J. high court to hear appeal in affordable-housing dispute
New Jersey's Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear a challenge that will decide if municipalities must zone for the affordable housing units they did not zone for between 1999 and 2015.
59 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Court Supreme Court of the United States United States Law Appellate court State supreme court Appeal Supreme court
Democratic leader won’t overturn decision to re-elect ‘lazy’ judge
Manhattan Democratic Party chairman Keith Wright says he disagrees with his judicial screening panel’s controversial decision that found state Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan not qualified for re-election — but won’t overturn it. In a carefully worded statement, Wright said he would abide by the panel’s recommendation even though “I fundamentally disagree” with its decision....
37 points by New York Post | Supreme Court of the United States United States State supreme court Judge Democratic Party New Jersey William Howard Taft Bill Clinton
Death to life: Florida reduces disabled murderer's sentence
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is reducing the sentence of a death row inmate after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it to reconsider his intellectual abilities.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | State supreme court United States Supreme Court of the United States Intelligence quotient Florida New Jersey Childbirth United States Constitution
Texas Take: September 8, 2016
Texas Take for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
6 points by The Houston Chronicle | Republican Party State supreme court Revenue State President of the United States Republican National Committee Red states and blue states Maryland
Pot legalization group loses high court fight
It's now all but certain that Nov. 8 ballots in Michigan won’t include a marijuana question        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | State supreme court United States Supreme Court of the United States Michigan Appeal Supreme court U.S. state Law
Ex-cop gets 3-year term in sex abuse case, then bail release
NEW YORK (AP) - After handing down a sentence of three years in prison, a judge is allowing a former New York City police officer to be released on bail while he appeals a child molestation conviction. The state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday granted a defense request to free ...
1 points by The Washington Times | United States New York City Supreme Court of the United States Washington D.C. Court Judge Brooklyn State supreme court
Former paramedic loses bid to have arrest record wiped
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Albuquerque paramedic will not have her felony arrest record expunged after a ruling from the state Supreme Court. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2nZQDkY ) that the state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that while Christine Stump's 2008 arrest was unfortunate, the record of it ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court United States New Jersey Washington D.C. New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico State
Exxon ordered to work with NY AG over lost Tillerson emails on climate change
ExxonMobil has been ordered to work with New York’s attorney general after it revealed it lost emails belonging to its former CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who made an account under the alias “Wayne Tracker.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Boulder County OKs new oil-gas rules amid moratorium dispute
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Boulder County commissioners have adopted new land-use regulations for oil and gas development, but it wasn't clear whether they would lift a moratorium on drilling that prompted a lawsuit by the attorney general. The rules approved Thursday cover unincorporated parts of the county. Among other ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Appeal United States Washington D.C. Maryland Court order U.S. state
Ohio lawmakers push bill to override Supreme Court cocaine ruling
Ohio lawmakers seek to negate a state Supreme Court ruling that says sentences must be based on how much pure cocaine the drug offenders had, not the entire weight of suspected drugs, which could include baking soda or other filler material. Ohio lawmakers want to quickly override a state Supreme Court ruling.cleveland.com file photo  TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio lawmakers are quickly pushing through legislation to override a state Supreme Court decision prosecutors fear could delay and shorten sentences for suspects caught with cocaine. The proposal seeks to negate a December ruling that says sentences must be based on how much pure cocaine the drug offenders had, not the entire weight of suspected drugs, which could include baking soda or other filler material. The court's decision upended a practice long-used by law enforcement in Ohio.Only two states, New York and Georgia, require purity tests for cocaine in some cases, while the rest measure the entire weight, according to the attorney general's office in Ohio. The state says Ohio would need to create an entirely new system to test cocaine, which would delay prosecution and require tremendous investment, if the ruling is allowed to stand. It would cost more than $1 million to update the state crime labs and cover the costs of training and supplies within the first year, the attorney general's office said. This past week, lawmakers in the Ohio House unanimously approved legislation that would allow sentences to again be based on the entire weight of the cocaine and filler material. The state Senate is expected to act quickly on the proposal, which includes an emergency clause that would allow it become law as soon as Gov. John Kasich signs it. State Rep. Bob Cupp, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice who sponsored the legislation, said the court's ruling would mean more sentences of probation for people caught with cocaine. "Left unchanged, this incentivizes drug traffickers to possess and transport larger quantities of cocaine," said Cupp, a Republican. The case stems from a 2012 drug sting near Toledo that netted an 11-year sentence for a man convicted of buying more than 100 grams of cocaine from an undercover informant. Rafael Gonzales, of Fremont, was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison because he had bought more than 100 grams of what was said to be cocaine from an undercover informant. But prosecutors never tested it to determine how much pure cocaine was purchased, his attorney, Andrew Mayle, argued, noting the difference could be 11 years in prison versus just one year.
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Court to rule on new trial for man convicted of 1971 murder
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The state Supreme Court will issue a ruling in the case of Robert Breest, who requested a new trial over his conviction four decades ago in the killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman. Breest has denied fatally beating Susan Randall in February 1971 and tossing her ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | New Hampshire Concord New Hampshire Merrimack River Merrimack County New Hampshire Jury Manchester New Hampshire State supreme court United States Constitution
5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. COURT: FLORIDA DOCS ALLOWED TO ASK PATIENTS ABOUT GUNS The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that key provisions of a 2011 law that restricted such speech violate the First Amendment. Three-judge ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Supreme Court of the United States First Amendment to the United States Constitution Florida Law Supreme court United States Constitution State supreme court
Morning Spin: AG Madigan, Rauner set for court clash on state worker pay Thursday
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin A Downstate judge Thursday afternoon will take up the question of whether or not state workers should continue to be paid...
32 points by Chicago Tribune | Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Lisa Madigan Roe v. Wade Michael Madigan Rod Blagojevich United States John G. Roberts
Attorney should have stayed with Aaron Thompson after indictment, state argues in appeal hearing
Convicted child abuser Aaron Thompson's appeal that he was denied his constitutional right to the lawyer of his choice might have a shot if noted defense attorney David Lane had formally entered his appearance when Thompson was indicted.
3 points by The Denver Post | Supreme Court of the United States Lawyer State supreme court United States Appeal United States Constitution Law Court
Judge keeps Honkala off special election ballot

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court United States Judge Elections President of the United States Democratic Party Maryland
Nevada panel recommends more oversight of professional guardians
More changes could be coming for Nevada’s guardianship programs, including tighter restrictions on for-profit guardians and a new state officer charged with overseeing and investigating cases of fraud or abuse.
4 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | State supreme court Supreme Court of the United States United States Congress Nevada Legislature United States Bill Clinton United States Constitution
State Supreme Court won't hear Philly soda tax appeal
The state Supreme Court denied the city's application to have the court hear the sweetened beverage tax case under appeal in Commonwealth Court.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Supreme court United States Court Appeal Law Judge
N.J. Supreme Court rejects South Jersey school district's petition for aid
After the rejection, “we’re in no way shape or form deterred from fighting this fight,” the district's superintendent said.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Supreme Court of the United States United States Court New Jersey Supreme court State supreme court Jury United States Constitution
It's not just Donald Trump feuding with the courts. States are doing it, too.
Some half a dozen states are considering bills to give politicians more power over their states' courts.
3307 points by The Washington Post | Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court United States Judicial review Separation of powers Supreme court United States Congress Bill Clinton
South Jersey district sues to get all students '100% of their school funding'
Kingsway, in its brief, argues that “it cannot be reasonably maintained that some students are entitled to 100% of their school funding while other students are not.”
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Constitution Supreme Court of the United States New Jersey Supreme court Court United States State education agency State supreme court
Judges hear arguments over restricting North Carolina governor's powers
North Carolina's new Democratic governor and the entrenched Republican-led Legislature battled in court on two fronts Friday over efforts to restrict the chief executive's ability to alter the state's recent conservative direction. A panel of three state trial court judges spent three hours listening...
4 points by Los Angeles Times | Judge Supreme Court of the United States United States United States Constitution Appeal President of the United States George W. Bush State supreme court
Bow residents sound off on school budget reductions
Bow residents spoke out on their determination to preserve the integrity of their schools despite the threat of a potential multimillion-dollar burden on the town and a sawbuck-sized tax impact.Close to 75 residents attended a joint public hearing on the proposed budgets for the town and school, but...
42 points by Concord Monitor | Appeal Court Board of directors United States Court order Lawsuit Appellate court State supreme court
Sununu appoints judicial selection commission
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on Monday appointed a bipartisan group of legal, law enforcement and business leaders to help him select judges.Sununu, a Republican who was elected in November, issued an executive order creating a judicial selection commission. It will be led by attorney Chuck Dougl...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Supreme Court of the United States United States Constitution William Howard Taft State supreme court United States President of the United States Lawyer Judge
Texas blocks release of F1's US Grand Prix payment details
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas attorney general's office will keep secret how much money Formula One receives from organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix to run the annual race.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | United States Supreme Court of the United States Associated Press Money Formula One State supreme court Payment U.S. state
How states keep accident-prone roads secret
Richard Boltuck did not plan to spend most of his waking hours fighting with public officials. He just wanted the state to install a left-tu...       
19627 points by USA Today | Supreme Court of the United States United States U.S. state State supreme court Washington Supreme court Administrative law State court
EDITORIAL: Nevada Supreme Court rules for investor in super lien case
The court found that “neither the HOA’s non-judicial foreclosure nor the Legislature’s enactment of the statutes constitute state action” and thus don’t amount to a taking or violate due process rights. This defies common sense. To argue no “state action” was involved is to engage in feeble sophistry.
3 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Law United States Constitution State supreme court Supreme Court of the United States United States Mortgage Jury Supreme court
Fight over Adirondack snowmobile trails heads to trial
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A lawsuit against the state over construction of new snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks may be sorted out at a trial. The environmental group Protect the Adirondacks sued the state, saying the so-called "community connector" trails violate the "forever wild" clause of the state's constitution because ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Supreme Court of the United States Dispute resolution United States Constitution State supreme court Washington D.C. Appeal Judge Jury
Neighborhood group sues state for failing to enforce regulations over oil and gas
Neighbors Affected by Triple Creek filed a lawsuit Friday against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission claiming that the state agency failed to follow its own rules to protect neighborhoods.
59 points by The Denver Post | Colorado State supreme court The Neighbors John Hickenlooper Denver Appeal Neighbourhood
California Supreme Court approves attorney dues
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California attorneys will pay just under $300 in dues to the state bar next year under a funding plan approved by the state Supreme Court. The court approved the dues on Thursday. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2g62zyr ) that they will cover the state bar's basic ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Lawyer Sacramento California United States Bar association Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Law Barrister
Lawmakers looking at novel way to punish Maine governor
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Lawmakers critical of Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage are looking at a novel way to punish him after efforts to convene a special session fell flat. Independent Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos and two Democrats are asking Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to invoke a never-before-used constitutional ...
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Teachers need more retirement choices
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22 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Pension Nevada Democratic Party Supreme Court of the United States Teacher State supreme court Education School
Regional books: Amendment 2, newspaper and Colorado history
It’s been 25 years since Colorado passed Amendment 2.  The passage, which led to a nation-wide boycott of Colorado, allowed discrimination against gays and lesbians.
59 points by The Denver Post | Supreme Court of the United States Denver Colorado Newspaper State supreme court City Park Denver Samuel Medary Harvard Law School
Dassey to remain in prison, Appeals court rules
The Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that Brendan Dassey will remain in prison while appeal is pending.        
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Muslims fear change in Klan mask law would target them
Groups are condemning the proposal as a veiled attempt to ban Muslim women from wearing religious headgear       
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Muslims worry proposed change to anti-Klan law targets them
Advocates say a Georgia lawmaker appears to be targeting Muslim women with proposed changes to a 1951 state law passed to stop the Ku Klux Klan from wearing masks at public marches and rallies. Groups are condemning the proposal by Republican state Rep. Jason Spencer as a ...
-2 points by Las Vegas Sun | Ku Klux Klan Mask Supreme Court of the United States Supreme court Georgia Proposal State supreme court Islam
SRC agrees to more transparency
The meeting was held early in the morning, called with minimal notice. Barely any members of the public were present, and no one registered to speak.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia Defamation State supreme court Public relations Supreme Court of the United States Edison Schools
Arkansas high court bars union from protesting at Wal-Mart
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' highest court has banned a labor union from protesting or demonstrating at Wal-Mart's stores and offices in the state, scaling back a judge's order prohibiting the group from entering the retail giant's property for anything other than shopping. The state Supreme Court on Thursday ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Arkansas United States Supreme court U.S. state Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court English-language films Jury
Man accused in Bricelyn Street fires will be out on bond pending trial
A man accused of setting a 1995 blaze that killed three Pittsburgh firefighters will be released from jail -— after spending 20 years in custody -— while he awaits trial in federal court.
117 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Supreme Court of the United States Jury Judge United States district court Lawyer State supreme court United States Appeal
Judge cites Porngate emails in granting appeal hearing to claw-hammer killer
In an unprecedented finding, a federal judge has cited the pornographic email scandal that engulfed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court among his reasons for granting a South Philadelphia woman a shot to challenge her double-murder conviction.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Supreme Court of the United States Court Judge Lawyer Jury United States State supreme court Supreme court
California judge rejects charges involving major escort site
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California judge has agreed to give the state attorney general's office more time to persuade him that the operators of what she called "the world's top online brothel" should face charges of pimping after he tentatively rejected them in a ruling. California Attorney General Kamala ...
3 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Supreme Court of the United States United States Judge Supreme court State supreme court United States Congress Impeachment in the United States
Parole rejected for prisoner in Dearborn killing
Matthew Makowski won shorter sentence after Supreme Court rejected former Gov. Granholm’s sentence reversal       
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Pa. bill would give NRA, others right to sue over gun laws
Harrisburg - The Pennsylvania House once again is considering a bill that would allow gun enthusiasts and organizations such as the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities over local firearm restrictions.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Law LAW United States Congress United States House Committee on the Judiciary National Rifle Association Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Legislature
New attempt to stop ballot question raising judges' retirement age
HARRISBURG - The fight over the wording of a ballot question on raising the retirement age for judges has landed in Commonwealth Court.
18 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Supreme Court of the United States Voting system Retirement Voting Law State supreme court Supreme court Mandatory retirement
Off-duty court officer fatally shoots armed robber in Queens
The robber demanded cash and the man's handgun before the officer shot him in the chest, cops said.
1282 points by Daily News | Crime State supreme court New York City Theft Robbery Brooklyn Supreme Court of the United States Manhattan