State Government

89 ABA Journal State Government articles.

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.
NY attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA for misuse of funds
A lawsuit filed Thursday by New York’s attorney general contends that the National Rifle Association should be dissolved because millions of dollars have been diverted away from the organization’s charitable mission.
Afternoon Briefs: Iowa governor lifts ex-felon voting ban; gun licensing challenge reinstated

Iowa governor restores voting rights for many ex-felons

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday signed an executive order restoring voting rights for many felons who have completed detention, probation and…

Federal gun prosecutions increase in Chicago after feds send more agents there
Federal gun prosecutions are on the rise in Chicago following an increase of federal agents in the city.
DA’s husband faces charges for pointing gun at protesters on their porch
The husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey is facing misdemeanor charges for pointing his gun at protesters on their porch.
Activists are fighting new voter suppression tactics in court

Despite legislative achievements, it wasn’t long until end runs were made around voter protection laws, and those efforts are alive and well, election law attorneys and voting rights advocates say.

In apparent first, teachers union sues Florida governor to stop schools from reopening during COVID-19 crisis
A teachers union sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state education commissioner on Monday in a bid to block the reopening of schools.

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