Pfeifer COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that a private, non-profit corporation that was contracted by a county mental health board was not subject to the state's policy of mandatory disclosure of its records.
Hood JACKSON, Miss. - After having his lawsuit against five insurance companies remanded to state court, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently asked for regular citizens to put the heat on the companies.
J. Houston Gordon NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In agreeing with Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's challenge of a list of candidates for the vacant fifth spot on the state's Supreme Court, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle has forced the Judicial Selection Committee to reconvene for the purpose of selecting a new candidate.
Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett HONOLULU -- The office of Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett is investigating claims that Hawaiian Health Department officials received "improper payments" from a major company recently fined for environmental violations, according to a report in the Honolulu Advertiser.
Washington Supreme Court OLYMPIA - Building and construction contractors who succesfully sue against another's surety bonds cannot collect additional attorney's fees outside of the value of that bond, the Washington Supreme Court ruled today.
Phill Kline TOPEKA, Kan. - The attorney for outgoing Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, facing a $5,000 fine from the state's Government Ethics Commission, says he doesn't believe Kline committed any wrongdoing.
Incoming California Attorney General Jerry Brown SACRAMENTO -- Current Oakland, Calif. mayor and incoming California Attorney General Jerry Brown has begun assembling his team as he prepares to take over from Treasury-bound Bill Lockyer.
Nevada Attorney General George Chanos CARSON CITY -- Supporters of Nevada's new anti-smoking law have found a surprising new ally in the lobbying arm of the state's most powerful casino companies, according to a recent report in the Las Vegas-based Casino City Times.
New Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel DES MOINES - Dubuque native Brent Appel was sworn in earlier this week as the newest member of the Iowa Supreme Court. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James Carter of Cedar Rapids.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George (center) SACRAMENTO -- California should extend a service that provides lawyers to the poor in criminal cases to civil cases, according to California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George.
Jay Nixon JEFFERSON CITY -- Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon's declared run for Missouri Governor in 2008 has already put plenty of noses out of joint in the state's bureaucracies. And observers believe there's more where that came from.
Iowa Chief Justice Marsha K. Temus DES MOINES - A minor dispute between two hog farmers escalated to the point that the Iowa Supreme Court quoted 19th-Century humorist Ambrose Bierce in its ruling today in Klinge vs. Bentien (#111 / 04-0843).