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  • FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, right, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Shelly Sterling's attorneys have asked a court on Thursday June 19, 2014, to hold a hearing on allegations that Donald Sterling and his attorneys have threatened her legal team and the doctors who assert that the Los Angeles Clippers co-owner is mentally incapacitated.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

    Shelly Sterling injunction request against Donald Sterling rejected by judge

    Shelly Sterling's attorneys filed a petition Thursday alleging threats by Donald Sterling and his counsel. A trial next month will look into assertions that Donald Sterling is mentally incapacitated, leaving Shelly Sterling as sole authority to sell the Clippers.

  • Fairbanks sex-assault sentence slightly reduced

    A Fairbanks man whose 50-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a girl was overturned last year will remain behind bars for decades to come.

  • Christie supports chief justice in deal with Dems

    Gov. Chris Christie announced a deal with the top Democrat in the Legislature on Wednesday that breaks the stalemate over Supreme Court justices with the re-nomination of the Democratic chief justice and the nomination of a Republican jurist selected by the governor.

  • Prosecutor: Melvin apology sentence was 'bizarre'

    An attorney whose office prosecuted former Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin briefly took her side Tuesday, telling a state appeals court panel that it was bizarre and offensive for her to be ordered to send autographed apology photos of herself in handcuffs to every other judge in the state as part of her corruption sentence.

  • Judge strikes down new NC teacher tenure law

    A judge ruled Friday that a new North Carolina law cutting job protections for veteran teachers who now enjoy them is unconstitutional and threw into doubt whether school districts can offer longtime educators contracts that sign away those rights for a $5,000 raise.

  • NC judge weighs order blocking teacher tenure law

    North Carolina public school teachers asked a judge Monday to decide quickly whether state legislators can eliminate job protections that have existed for generations and replace them with employment contracts.

  • Convicted ex-judge seeks combined appeals argument

    Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin wants the appeal of her campaign corruption conviction to be argued at the same time as her related appeal affecting when she is given credit for time served toward her sentence.

  • Court rules same-sex couples have equal tax rights

    Same-sex couples in Alaska are equally entitled to the same state property-tax exemptions for senior citizens and disabled veterans as married couples, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

  • Trial set for GOP hopeful's lawsuit against party

    A Superior Court judge has allowed a lawsuit to go forward against the Massachusetts Republican party that was brought by a candidate for governor who is challenging the results of a state party convention vote that denied him a spot on the September primary ballot.

  • FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2008 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, looks on as Justice Ralph Gants speaks at the Statehouse in Boston after Patrick announced Gants would replace retiring state Supreme Judicial Court Justice John Greaney. On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Patrick nominated Gants to serve as chief justice of the state's highest court. If approved, he would succeed Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, who announced in March that he would be retiring in July. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

    Patrick names Gants state's chief justice

    Ralph Gants, an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, was nominated by Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday to serve as the chief justice of the state's highest court.

  • Rhode Island judge: Pension lawsuit may go forward

    A lawsuit brought by public sector unions and retirees over Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul can now move forward, a judge ruled Wednesday, days after both sides said a lengthy mediation had failed.

  • Groups weigh in on education tax credit challenge

    Dozens of advocacy groups from across the country have weighed in as the New Hampshire Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a business tax credit program that benefits students at religious schools.

  • FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Katherine Jackson poses for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif.  A Los Angeles judge tentatively ruled Monday April 14, 2014, that Katherine Jackson should pay more than $800,000 in legal costs to AEG Live LLC over her unsuccessful lawsuit against the concert promoter alleging it negligently hired the doctor convicted of causing her son's death in 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

    Judge: Michael Jackson's mom should pay costs

    Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday.

  • NC high court holds hearings on Racial Justice Act

    North Carolina's highest court will determine whether a lower-court judge erred when he ruled that racism was so pervasive in the trials of four convicted murderers that their sentences had to be changed from death to life behind bars without parole.

  • Suspect absent from court after shootings

    A Vermont man charged with shooting and wounding two state police troopers and a disabled neighbor in his bed refused to appear in court Monday to answer four attempted murder charges, but his attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

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