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In a Friday, May 15, 2020 frame grab from video, attorney Chris Allen, lower left, of the attorney general's office presents his case before, Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens, upper right, in the case Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Senate vs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Lansing, Mich. Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature are urging thejudge to strike down stay-home orders and other restrictions related to the coronavirus. They say Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has trampled their authority in determining statewide emergencies. (Carlos Osorio/Zoom via AP)
May 15, 2020 - 5:25 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature urged a judge Friday to strike down stay-home orders and other restrictions related to the coronavirus, saying Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer trampled their authority in determining statewide emergencies. The clash in Michigan is the...
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FILE - This July 7, 2010, file photo shows Nebraska's lethal injection chamber at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs, the state's highest court ruled Friday, May 15, 2020, as it ordered the documents to be disclosed for public scrutiny. (AP Photo/Nate Jenkins, File)
May 15, 2020 - 11:49 am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs, the state's highest court said Friday in a ruling that could threaten Nebraska's ability to carry out executions for the dozen men on its death row...
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Security officers, one wearing a mask, walk in front of the Supreme Court, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 15, 2020 - 11:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the Supreme Court is doing business. For the foreseeable future the court will be announcing its opinions not in the courtroom but by posting decisions online. And the justices are holding their private conferences by phone. Over the...
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Club Ritz opens to patrons following the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision to strike down Gov. Tony Evers' safer-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Kaukauna, Wis. (William Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP)
May 14, 2020 - 3:23 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned Thursday of “massive confusion” after the state Supreme Court tossed out the Democrat's stay-at-home order and Republicans said they may leave it up to local governments to enact their own rules for combating the coronavirus pandemic. The court'...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, The state of Michigan has announced a settlement in a lawsuit over poor reading skills that was filed on behalf of Detroit schoolchildren, weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy. Whitmer and the plaintiffs announced the agreement early Thursday, May 14. They say the settlement “will help secure the right of access to literacy for students in Detroit who faced obstacles they never should have faced.” (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool, File)
May 14, 2020 - 10:06 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan early Thursday announced a settlement in a lawsuit over poor reading skills that was filed on behalf of Detroit schoolchildren, weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo protesters gather for a rally against Gov. Tony Evers' extended stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended the mandate for another month without consulting legislators. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, file)
May 13, 2020 - 8:53 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators. The 4-3 ruling essentially reopens the state,...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, following a status hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
May 13, 2020 - 6:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge presiding over Michael Flynn’s criminal case appointed a retired jurist on Wednesday to evaluate whether the former Trump administration national security adviser should be held in criminal contempt. The judge’s order is the second signal in as many days registering his...
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May 13, 2020 - 6:42 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Texas' Republican attorney general on Wednesday asked the state's high court to order local election officials to reject vote-by-mail applications that cite concerns about catching the coronavirus. Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned the state Supreme Court after officials in some...
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FILE - This July 20, 2016, file photo, shows Dana Zzyym, of Fort Collins, Colo., outside the federal courthouse in Denver. Under a ruling from a federal appeals court, the U.S. State Department is once again being ordered to consider whether to grant an intersex person a passport that does not specify a gender. On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, a panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver concluded the State Department had authority to deny such an application but had exercised it in an arbitrary manner with some of its stated reasons not supported by evidence. The judges said the department should reconsider the application by Dana Zzyym. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 13, 2020 - 6:29 pm
DENVER (AP) — Under a ruling from a federal appeals court, the U.S. State Department is once again being ordered to consider whether to grant an intersex person a passport if they do not specify a gender. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver concluded the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 13, 2020 - 12:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices invoked fears of bribery and chaos Wednesday to suggest they think states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The justices heard arguments on an unusual voting issue that could have important...
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