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Court asked to dismiss cases tied to ex-drug lab chemist

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A petition is asking the highest court in Massachusetts to dismiss every case connected to a former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years. The state's public defender agency is a party to the petition filed Wednesday before t...

Kenya Supreme Court says why it annulled presidential poll

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Kenya's Supreme Court is delivering its full judgment on why it annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August. The court annulled Kenyatta's victory in the August 8 election saying there were irregularities and illegalities, in response to opposition leader Raila Odinga's petition challe...

Otter appoints new justice to Idaho Supreme Court

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Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed Twin Falls judge Richard Bevan to the state's highest court. Otter announced Tuesday that Bevan — currently the 5th Judicial District's administrative judge — will replace retiring Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel Eismann. Bevan was among f...

Court: Cherokee Freedmen have right to tribal citizenship

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Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Wednesday in a long-standing dispute between the Cherokee ...

Indiana high court hearing appeal in children's fire deaths

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The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in the appeal of a man sentenced to death for setting a fire that killed his fiancee's two children. A Clark County jury convicted 41-year-old Jeffrey Weisheit on murder and arson charges in 2013 for the 2010 deaths of 5-year-old Caleb Lynch and 8-year-o...

Missouri Supreme Court rejects request to stop execution

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The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a motion from attorneys seeking to halt the execution of a man scheduled to die next week but did not explain its decision. Attorneys for Marcellus Williams had asked the state Supreme Court and Gov. Eric Greitens to stop the punishment, citing DNA eviden...

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