State publicly warns Harris County civil court judge over luncheon with attorneys in contentious case

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A state commission has issued a public warning against a Harris County civil court judge who attended a celebratory luncheon paid for by attorneys of defendants in her court, to whom she awarded a $2 million judgment the following day.

Judge Fredericka Phillips, who was elected to the 61st Judicial District Court in 2016, violated state code when she attended the luncheon and failed to inform plaintiffs in the pending case, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct found on April 9.

Phillips did not respond to a request for comment. Judges typically do not answer questions about litigation because of

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Telecom groups sue New York over low-income broadband law

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Trade groups representing some of the largest telecom companies, including AT&T and Verizon, are suing New York over a new state law forcing them to provide cheaper broadband plans for low-income families in the state, as first reported by Axios.

Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would require internet service providers to offer a $15 a month broadband internet option for low-income consumers and families in the state. It’s one of the first laws in the country enforcing such a rule. But groups like USTelecom, CTIA, and the New York State Telecommunications Association

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Judge denies motion to dismiss charges against KCPD officer in Cameron Lamb killing

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County, Missouri, judge denied a motion to dismiss charges against a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.

KCPD Det. Eric Devalkenaere is charged in Jackson County Court with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

The shooting occurred on Dec. 3, 2019, as Lamb backed his pickup truck into a backyard garage at his house in the 4100 block of College Avenue.

Devalkenaere shot and killed Lamb after he said Lamb pulled a gun from his waistband with his left hand.

Devalkenaere said Lamb pointed the gun at

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Armed criminals search for unlocked vehicles

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CLAYTON, Mo. – You’ve heard it over and over again: lock your vehicles. Now, police are hoping a scene captured on home security video will drive home that important message. The footage shows several incidents involving young men visiting house-to-house and in bold fashion.

In one of the videos, a suspect covers up an outdoor camera with his hand while an accomplice checks for unlocked vehicles in Claverach Park. In a separate incident, less than a mile away, two men are seen running across yards. One of them is carrying a firearm in his right hand as he checks for

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Ohio Black Judges Association, seeking to expand diversity on bench, holds first meeting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – At a time when interactions between racial and ethnic minorities and the judicial system have reached an “inflection point,” a new organization of Ohio judges seeks to boost the number of Black judges on the bench.

Leaders of the Ohio Black Judges Association also hope to serve as a “collective voice” to address social and racial injustice.

“We are committed and passionate about our responsibilities to have a distinct role in addressing issues regarding the administration of justice,” said Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Emmanuella Groves, the incoming chair of the Ohio Black Judges Association,

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