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  • Open records policy set for administrative court records

    Open records policy set for administrative court records

    Recent Cases 08/12/2017

    Kentucky's Supreme Court justices have approved an open records policy to guide how the public accesses administrative records in the state court system. State officials say the first open records policy for the Administrative Office of the Courts ta...

  • North Carolina Court to Rule on Law on Gov's Elections Role

    North Carolina Court to Rule on Law on Gov's Elections Role

    Recent Cases 07/20/2017

    North Carolina's highest court is speeding up a final decision on whether Republican legislators could strip down the election oversight powers of the state's new Democratic governor. The state Supreme Court said Wednesday it will take up Gov. Roy Co...

  • Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto

    Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto

    Recent Cases 07/19/2017

    The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's contentious veto of legislation repealing the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries. The high court's decision comes after 30 state lawmakers filed a lawsuit claiming Otter took t...

  • Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss

    Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss

    Recent Cases 07/15/2017

    A Louisiana flood board is nearing a deadline for asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its lawsuit seeking to make oil and gas companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands. Federal district and appeals courts have rejected the lawsuit, ...

  • First Opioid Court in the U.S. Focuses on Keeping Users Alive

    First Opioid Court in the U.S. Focuses on Keeping Users Alive

    Recent Cases 07/09/2017

    After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo's ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis. Now the city is experimenting with the nation's first opioid crisis i...

  • D.C. on edge: rumors of new Supreme Court vacancy swirl

    D.C. on edge: rumors of new Supreme Court vacancy swirl

    Recent Cases 06/22/2017

    White House sources think Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court's ideological fulcrum, may announce his retirement today, as the justices gather on the bench for the last time this term. If that happens, Day 158 instantly becomes President Trump...

  • Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps

    Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps

    Recent Cases 06/18/2017

    In an era of deep partisan division, the Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political. A dispute over Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of c...

  • West Virginia high court excludes inmates from workers' comp

    West Virginia high court excludes inmates from workers' comp

    Recent Cases 06/13/2017

    Inmates participating in work-release programs do not quality for workers' compensation benefits, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled has ruled. The court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a Workers' Compensation Board of Review's 2015 decision to n...

  • Court: Ohio E-School Can't Delay Repayment of $60M to State

    Court: Ohio E-School Can't Delay Repayment of $60M to State

    Recent Cases 06/08/2017

    ECOT's reported enrollment of 15,000 Ohio students makes it one of the largest online charter schools in the U.S. Democrats jumped on the court's decision to pile criticism on the school, which has struggled for years against attacks on its enrollmen...

  • Bill Cosby arrives in court ahead of sexual assault trial

    Bill Cosby arrives in court ahead of sexual assault trial

    Recent Cases 06/05/2017

    Bill Cosby arrived at the suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the start of his sexual assault trial Monday. The 79-year-old Cosby showed up at the Montgomery County courthouse at about 8:40 a.m. amid a large media presence. Arriving with the disgrac...

  • Philippine lawmakers ask top court to nullify martial law

    Philippine lawmakers ask top court to nullify martial law

    Recent Cases 06/04/2017

    Philippine opposition lawmakers petitioned the Supreme Court on Monday to review and nullify President Rodrigo Duterte's imposition of martial law in the southern third of the country. The petition filed by six House lawmakers led by Rep. Edcel Lagma...

  • In one state, abused animals get a legal voice in court

    In one state, abused animals get a legal voice in court

    Recent Cases 06/02/2017

    Many states have victim's advocates or child advocates, people in the judicial system who represent those affected by crime or abuse. Now, one state has created legal advocates for abused animals, an experiment being watched across the nation for sig...