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AP Visits Immigration Courts Across US, Finds Nonstop Chaos

LUMPKIN, Ga. — In a locked, guarded courtroom in a compound surrounded by razor wire, Immigration Judge Jerome Rothschild waits -- and stalls. A Spanish interpreter is running late because of a flat tire. Rothschild tells the five immigrants before him that he’ll take a break before the proceedings even...

County Hopes Text Messages Will Help Defendants Show Up

A new text message service in Fresno County aims to ensure clients represented by the public defender's office show up in court. Listen to this article: The service, called Uptrust, sends personalized text messages to public defender clients reminding them of their scheduled court hearings and other legal appointments. The...

What Do Top Fresno Attorneys Say About Arambula Trial?

Joaquin Arambula goes on trial next week. His freedom and his political career hang in the balance. The Fresno assemblyman faces one misdemeanor count of child cruelty stemming from an incident involving his young daughter. Arambula said he disciplined the then 7-year old with a spanking. Investigators say there is...

Loughlin, Huffman Set for Court Appearances in College Scam

BOSTON — Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman faced court appearances Wednesday on charges they took part in the college bribery scandal that has ensnared dozens of wealthy parents. The actresses along with Loughlin's fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and dozens of others were charged last month in a scheme...

Shakira Defends Her Song Against Plagiarism in Spanish Court

MADRID — Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives appeared in a Madrid court Wednesday to answer allegations by a Cuban-born singer and producer that they plagiarized his work in their award-winning hit "La Bicicleta." Shakira smiled as she entered the court in downtown Madrid. She didn't answer reporters' questions. Shakira...

Fewer California Youths Are Getting Arrested, but Consequences Are More Serious

It’s hard to believe how fast crime by youths has plunged. In 2007, 237,000 Californians under age 18 were arrested for criminal offenses. In 2017, just 56,000, a decline of 76 percent over the decade. Yet within that sunny trend, a troubling one has emerged: In 2007, just 43 percent of arrested...

Ginsburg Misses Supreme Court Arguments for 1st Time

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said. Ginsburg was not on the bench as the court met Monday to hear arguments. It was not clear when she...

Rehnquist Once Proposed to O’Connor, Biographer Says

WASHINGTON — A biographer has discovered the future chief justice of the United States once proposed marriage to the woman who would become the first woman to serve on the court. NPR's "Morning Edition" reports author Evan Thomas found William Rehnquist's letter to Sandra Day O'Connor while researching his upcoming...

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