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  • Gangs control who eats at Mississippi jail, monitor says

    Gangs control who eats at Mississippi jail, monitor says

    Court Watch 02/23/2022

    Gangs inside a Mississippi jail often determine whether other inmates receive meals, a court-appointed monitor testified in a federal court hearing. Elizabeth Simpson testified Tuesday that staffing shortages are so severe at Hinds County’s Ray...

  • Democrats sue to overturn new Kansas congressional districts

    Democrats sue to overturn new Kansas congressional districts

    Court Watch 02/16/2022

    Democrats sued Kansas officials on Monday over a Republican redistricting law that costs the state’s only Democrat in Congress some of the territory in her Kansas City-area district that she carries by wide margins in elections. A team of attor...

  • Moats named to temporary seat on West Virginia Supreme Court

    Moats named to temporary seat on West Virginia Supreme Court

    Court Watch 02/07/2022

    A circuit judge has been appointed to a temporary seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court after the resignation of Justice Evan Jenkins. Chief Justice John Hutchison on Monday appointed Alan D. Moats to the high court. Moats has served in the judicia...

  • Court: Mask rule OK at Iowa schools with disabled students

    Court: Mask rule OK at Iowa schools with disabled students

    Court Watch 01/29/2022

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed the state of Iowa to enforce a law that prevents local schools from imposing mask mandates, except for schools attended by students whose disabilities make them more vulnerable to severe illness if they get ...

  • Judge sides with Alaska attorney who alleged wrongful firing

    Judge sides with Alaska attorney who alleged wrongful firing

    Court Watch 01/21/2022

    A U.S. judge sided Thursday with an attorney who alleged she was wrongly fired by the state of Alaska over political opinions expressed on a personal blog. U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled that Elizabeth Bakalar’s December 2018 firi...

  • Judge sides with Alaska attorney who alleged wrongful firing

    Judge sides with Alaska attorney who alleged wrongful firing

    Court Watch 01/21/2022

    A U.S. judge sided Thursday with an attorney who alleged she was wrongly fired by the state of Alaska over political opinions expressed on a personal blog. U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled that Elizabeth Bakalar’s December 2018 firi...

  • Some Michigan counties pause jury trials amid COVID surge

    Some Michigan counties pause jury trials amid COVID surge

    Court Watch 01/18/2022

    Jury trials have been paused in some western Michigan counties due to a surge in coronavirus cases, court officials said Monday. Chief Judge Mark Trusock said all jury trials in Kent County 17th Circuit Court, based in Grand Rapids, were on hold unti...

  • Partisan letters cost long-serving Alaska magistrate his job

    Partisan letters cost long-serving Alaska magistrate his job

    Court Watch 01/11/2022

    The longest serving magistrate in Alaska is no longer on the bench after writing letters to the editor critical of the Republican party. Former Seward Magistrate George Peck wrote four letters to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News, the latest in ...

  • Cobb County jury trials paused as COVID-19 spreads

    Cobb County jury trials paused as COVID-19 spreads

    Court Watch 01/05/2022

    As COVID-19 cases continue rising across the state of Georgia, the court system in one of its counties has decided to pause jury trials. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard issued an order Monday to cancel trial jurors through Jan. 21,...

  • Judges send Tyson workers’ virus lawsuit back to state court

    Judges send Tyson workers’ virus lawsuit back to state court

    Court Watch 01/01/2022

    A federal appeals court has ruled that Tyson Foods can’t claim it was operating under the direction of the federal government when it tried to keep its processing plants open as the coronavirus spread rapidly within them during the early days o...

  • Supreme Court rejects appeal over press access in Wisconsin

    Supreme Court rejects appeal over press access in Wisconsin

    Court Watch 12/13/2021

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a conservative think tank over Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to exclude the group’s writers from press briefings. The justices acted without comment Monday, leaving in place lower court rulings th...

  • Court won’t stop Texas abortion ban, but lets clinics sue

    Court won’t stop Texas abortion ban, but lets clinics sue

    Court Watch 12/10/2021

    The Supreme Court on Friday left in place Texas’ ban on most abortions, offering only a glimmer of daylight for clinics in the state to challenge the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. The decision, little more than a week after the ...