National courts

January 18, 2018 - 3:39 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer for imprisoned former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has zeroed in on the dismissal of a holdout juror in his appeal of the congressman's racketeering conviction. Fattah's attorney, Bruce Merenstein, told a panel of federal judges in Philadelphia on Thursday that there wasn't a...
Read More
January 17, 2018 - 12:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems ready to say that a lawyer for a criminal defendant cannot override his client's wish and concede his guilt at trial, even if the lawyer's aim is to avoid a death sentence. The court on Wednesday dived into the case of Louisiana death row inmate Robert...
Read More
January 16, 2018 - 9:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The high court declined Tuesday to get involved in the case. That allows for a re-trial tentatively set for April to proceed. Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he...
Read More
January 13, 2018 - 10:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Citizenship and Immigration Services says it's resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Obama-era program that shields from deportation young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and who remain in the country illegally. The decision comes four...
Read More
January 13, 2018 - 10:57 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Attorneys for a man awaiting a new trial in a fire that killed three Pittsburgh firefighters more than two decades ago say prosecutorial misconduct and the destruction of evidence should prohibit their client from being tried again. They asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss the...
Read More
January 12, 2018 - 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. Under previous Supreme Court...
Read More
Spanish national police officers stand guard as a police van arrives at the Supreme Court in Madrid, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Two recently-elected lawmakers in the restive Spanish region of Catalonia and another separatist activist are making their case against their jailing for involvement in the region's push for independence. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
January 11, 2018 - 1:02 pm
MADRID (AP) — Three backers of Catalonia's independence sought Thursday to get released from jail for their role in the region's push to break from Spain, which triggered the country's worst political crisis in decades. Former Catalan interior minister, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sanchez, a member of pro-...
Read More
In this Dec. 13, 2017 photo, a female barred owl sits on a branch in the wooded hills outside Philomath, Ore. A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a plan by wildlife officials to kill one type of owl to study its effect on another type of owl. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
January 10, 2018 - 8:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a plan by wildlife officials to kill one type of owl to study its effect on another type of owl. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the experiment by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn't violate a...
Read More
January 10, 2018 - 8:49 pm
Pennsylvania can keep its congressional map, a judicial panel in Philadelphia ruled Wednesday, rejecting an argument from a group of Democratic voters who contended it should be thrown out because the state lawmakers who created the map in 2011 gerrymandered it to help Republicans. The court cast...
Read More
In this Jan. 9, 2017, photo, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Bargainers seeking a bipartisan immigration accord planned talks as soon as Wednesday as President Donald Trump and leading lawmakers sought to parlay an extraordinary White House meeting into momentum for resolving a politically blistering issue.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 10, 2018 - 10:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the federal court that temporarily blocked his administration from ending a program protecting nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. His twitter attack came as lawmakers planned talks on extending those protections...
Read More