State Government

95 ABA Journal State Government articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Several states pause jury trials; suit accuses Texas AG of whistleblower retaliation

Several states stop jury trials

A surge in COVID-19 cases has led several states to suspend jury trials. They include New York, Maryland, Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming. (The

Formerly incarcerated lawyer wins state legislature race
Tarra Simmons, an attorney who in 2017 faced bar admissions challenges due to a felony record, was elected on Tuesday to the Washington state legislature.
Judge acknowledges his disparaging reference to governor was ‘idiotic’
In an April order that is just now gaining exposure, a judge in Mobile, Alabama, referred to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as "Gov. MeMaw."
Oregon Supreme Court rejects climate change lawsuit that cites public trust doctrine
The Oregon Supreme Court has rejected claims that the public trust doctrine imposes broad duties on the state to protect the environment from greenhouse gas emissions.
Afternoon Briefs: Texas attorney general’s aides seek probe of possible wrongdoing; legal industry gains jobs

7 aides to Texas attorney general seek probe for potential crimes

Seven aides to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have asked law enforcement to investigate whether Paxton violated bans on…

Michigan governor exceeded her authority to issue COVID-19 orders, state’s top court rules
Michigan’s attorney general will no longer criminally prosecute those who violate COVID-19 executive orders after the state supreme court ruled Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer exceeded her authority by issuing them.
Ohio chief justice, a Republican, stands up for Democratic judge blasted by GOP for ballot drop box decision
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is condemning “in the strongest possible terms” a GOP statement accusing a Democratic judge of colluding with the Ohio Democratic Party in a ballot drop box decision.
Incensed judge orders every federal prosecutor in Manhattan to read her decision
U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York is so incensed by government conduct in the prosecution of an Iranian businessman that she has ordered every federal prosecutor in Manhattan to read her decision criticizing the prosecution failures.
State attorney general said he thought he hit deer when he struck and killed pedestrian, authorities say
South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg told authorities that he thought he hit a deer after striking and killing a pedestrian Saturday night, according to the state highway patrol.
Assistant attorney general loses job after reports surfaced of racist social media posts
An assistant attorney general in Texas lost his job last week after reports surfaced that he referred to Black Lives Matter protesters as “terrorists” and promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter.
State AG drops case against Black man who faced 6 murder trials and spent 23 years in prison
After six murder trials that ended with overturned convictions or mistrials, prosecutors in Mississippi announced Friday that they were dropping the case against Curtis Flowers.
Afternoon Briefs: State files 100th lawsuit challenging Trump policies; 2 more firms reverse pay cuts

California files 100th suit against Trump administration

California and 21 other states have filed a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration rule that curtails the scope of environmental reviews conducted to…

Afternoon Briefs: Alaska attorney general resigns over text messages; lawsuit claims racial bias in concussion deal

Alaska attorney general resigns after text messages disclosed

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has resigned after a news investigation found that he sent more than 550 text messages in March…

Supreme Court allows eased voting requirements in Rhode Island and notes state support
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with a consent decree that allowed Rhode Island voters to use mail-in ballots without having to get two witnesses or a notary to verify their signature.
More than 50 guests can attend New York weddings amid COVID-19 pandemic, federal judge rules
Weddings in New York may have more than 50 guests, despite the state’s limit on all gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, a federal judge said Friday.

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