Supreme Court seems divided in Oklahoma Indian Country case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over Oklahoma’s authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American lands, following a 2020 high court decision. The outcome probably rests with Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the only member of the court who didn’t take part in the earlier case. Barrett, who joined the court later in 2020 after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, didn’t tip her hand in more than two hours of arguments. The case pits Indian tribes in Oklahoma against Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and is the latest strain on his relationship with tribal leaders. The high court is being asked to decide whether the state retains the authority to prosecute non-Indians for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native American.
New York court rejects congressional maps drawn by Democrats
ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York’s highest court has rejected new congressional maps that had widely been seen as favoring Democrats. The state’s Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday with a group of Republican voters who say that the district boundaries had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered and that the Legislature didn’t follow proper procedure in passing the maps. A lower court had also ruled that the maps were unconstitutional. It had given the Legislature an April 30 deadline to come up with new maps or else leave the task to a court-appointed expert. The court says it will “likely be necessary” to move the congressional and state Senate primary elections from June to August.
Trump appeals New York contempt ruling, $10K per day fine
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has appealed a New York judge’s decision to hold him in contempt of court and fine him $10,000 per day for failing to adequately respond to a subpoena issued in the state attorney general’s civil investigation into his business dealings . Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, filed a notice of appeal Wednesday with the appellate division of the state’s trial court, making good on her pledge to challenge Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron’s ruling, issued Monday. New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, had asked the court to hold Trump in contempt after he failed to produce any documents to satisfy a March 31 court-imposed deadline to meet the terms of the subpoena.
House 1/6 panel wants to hear from McCarthy after new audio
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol is redoubling its efforts to have GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy appear for an interview. The push comes amid new revelations about McCarthy’s private conversations with fellow Republicans about the attack. Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said Tuesday the panel may issue a second request to McCarthy, who has declined to appear voluntarily. In a Jan. 10, 2021, audio recording released Tuesday by The New York Times, McCarthy tells fellow Republican leaders that Trump’s House allies are “putting people in jeopardy” with their public comments. He singles out Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama.
Officer describes fending off Capitol rioter at man’s trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the dozens of police officers injured during the US Capitol riot has testedified that he didn’t punch or instigate a fight with a man in the mob. Metropolitan Police Department officer Noah Rathbun described his encounter with Thomas Webster during the second day of Webster’s trial on an assault charge. Webster, a former New York City police officer, claims he was acting in self-defense when he tackled Rathbun outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Rathbun said he reached out with an open left hand and pushed Webster in the face after Webster shoved a bike rack at him.
DEADLY HOTEL SHOOTING
3 dead in Mississippi hotel shooting; police in standoff
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A shooting at a hotel on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast has left three people dead and police in a standoff with the suspect at a business a few miles away. Gulfport police said the suspect was holed up inside a business Wednesday and officers had shut down access to the area. Biloxi Police Department Capt. Milton Houseman confirmed that three people were killed but had no details on their identity. News outlets reported the shooting happened about 9 am at the Biloxi Broadway Inn. Authorities said the gunman fled and then apparently assaulted another victim in Gulfport before police caught up with him.
Bond set at $1M for boy accused of killing Wisconsin girl
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A judge has set a $1 million cash bond for a 14-year-old boy who a prosecutor says fatally strangled and then sexually assaulted a 10-year-old western Wisconsin girl. The boy, who authorities say was known to the victim, Illiana “Lily” Peters, appeared in adult court in Chippewa County by video from a juvenile detention center and was identified only by his initials. Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said the defendant punched the girl, knocked her to the ground, hit her with a stick and strangled her before sexually assaulting her. The defense had argued for a $100,000 cash bond.
Police union backs officer in Patrick Lyoya killing
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The union representing police officers in a Michigan city is defending the officer who shot Patrick Lyoya in the back of the head. The Grand Rapids Police Officers Association says Lyoya’s death is “tragic.” But it also says officers have a “legal right to protect themselves and community” in a volatile situation. Meanwhile, a Grand Rapids City Commission meeting abruptly ended Tuesday night as residents used profanities and expressed anger over Lyoya’s killing. Police Chief Eric Winstrom watched from the rear of the room. Lyoya was killed by Officer Christopher Schurr at the end of a brief foot chase and physical struggle, following a traffic stop in Grand Rapids on April 4.
GEORGE FLOYD-MINNEAPOLIS POLICE
Post-Floyd probe finds discrimination by Minneapolis police
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state investigation launched after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who has determined that the department has engaged in a pattern of discrimination race. Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights announced the finding of the nearly two-year probe on Wednesday. The department has the power to enforce the state’s Human Rights Act, which makes it illegal for police departments to discriminate against someone due to their race. The department says it will work with the city to negotiate a court-enforceable agreement to address the long list of problems identified in the report, with input from residents, officers, city staff and others.
Officers: No injuries on Amber Heard after fight with Depp
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Los Angeles police officers who responded to a domestic violence call at the penthouse of actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard say they saw no marks on her face after a 2016 fight between the couple in which Heard says she was assaulted. Jurors at Depp’s libel trial against his ex-wife watched recorded deposits Wednesday from officers who say they saw Heard crying but no visible signs of injury. The testimonybolsters Depp’s contention that he never assaulted Heard, although jurors have heard evidence of other alleged assaults before and during the couple’s brief marriage. Depp claims Heard concocted the divorce claims when she filed for days after the fight that police were called to.
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