346 entries in 'Areas of Focus'
2017/06/13   West Virginia high court excludes inmates from workers' comp
2017/06/10   Fraternity brothers due in court in pledge's fatal fall
2017/06/08   Court: Ohio E-School Can't Delay Repayment of $60M to State
2017/05/18   8 judges on Venezuela's Supreme Court hit with US sanctions
2017/05/18   Brother of victim in unsolved Ohio massacre appears in court
2017/05/15   High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans
2017/05/04   Top Kansas Court to Revisit Death Penalty in Wichita Murders
2017/04/27   Trump repeats criticism of court that halted 1st travel ban
2017/04/10   Senate GOP 'goes nuclear,' clearing way for Trump court pick
2017/04/02   Bangladesh High Court upholds death for 2 in blogger killing
2017/03/28   Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick
2017/03/19   High court limits president's power to fill temporary posts
2017/03/17   Kansas Chief Justice Pitches Lawmakers on Court Pay Hikes
2017/03/05   Court officer investigated for photographing lawyer's notes
2017/03/01   US Supreme Court refuses appeals from 3 on Texas death row
2017/02/23   Court: Florida Docs Allowed to Ask Patients About Guns
2017/01/02   Personal Injury Website Template Designs
2016/09/24   Court gives fertilizer dealers a reprieve from policy change
2016/09/14   LA Supreme Court considers teen robber’s 99-year sentence
2016/08/04   Court to consider future of Alabama chief justice
2016/07/31   US Capitol plot suspect due in court for plea hearing
2016/07/18   Appeals court delay requested in ex-Virginia governor's case
2016/05/23   Breyer says Supreme Court not diminished with only 8 members
2016/04/20   High court nominee praises lawyers for helping the poor
2016/04/18   Court overturns Virginia school's transgender bathroom rule
2016/04/15   Cosby asks court to reseal testimony about affairs, drugs
2016/04/05   Supreme Court will take up case about juror's racial bias
2016/03/11   Pound: Sharapova guilty of 'willful negligence' in drug test
2016/02/09   Court to weigh cocaine cases, could alter sentencing in Ohio
2015/11/01   Chinese woman pleads guilty in college test-taking scheme
2015/10/06   Supreme Court declines to review insider trading case
2015/06/03   Court upholds sentence for son of Schwarzenegger ally
2015/01/19   Supreme Court sets stage for historic gay rights ruling
2014/12/31   Egypt court bans festival honoring Moroccan rabbi
2014/09/22   Court reverses woman's conviction in child's death
2014/09/08   Ohio to court: Privatizing prisons in budget is legal
2014/09/07   Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court
2014/09/06   NC Supreme Court again weighs Duke Energy rates
2014/07/22   German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana
2014/06/17   Court rules against HealthSouth in auditor dispute
2014/03/14   Toal seeking millions to safeguard SC court info
2014/03/14   French court blocks secret recordings of Sarkozy
2014/03/07   Two men found guilty for selling U.S. company’s technology
2014/02/28   Supreme Court allows Stanford Ponzi scheme suits
2014/02/03   Man pleads not guilty in deadly Lodi crash
2014/01/30   Supreme Court orders stay of execution
2014/01/13   Court upholds approval of BP oil spill settlement
2014/01/02   Court order needed to stop Pa. center utilities
2013/12/30   Supreme Court denies appeal in arson case
2013/12/16   Appeals court vacates ban on US horse slaughter
2013/11/29   Supreme Court Will Take up New Health Law Dispute
2013/11/25   Spanish court sentences 'Robin Hood' mayor
2013/11/11   N. Ind. court helps veterans get back on track
2013/10/11   Soldiers in fatal stabbing due in Washington court
2013/10/07   PG&E starts pipeline shutdown under court order
2013/09/25   Appeals court panel considers TABOR challenge
2013/08/27   Italian court insists Berlusconi devised tax fraud
2013/08/19   Court: Right-to-work law applies to state workers
2013/08/15   Court challenge fails to stop Calif. gay marriages
2013/08/04   Judge denies class action for Wal-Mart bias suit
2013/08/03   Supreme Court OKs early release plan for Calif. inmates
2013/08/02   Court: No workers' comp in drunk dockworker case
2013/07/26   Pitt schools segregation lawsuit in federal court
2013/06/28   Wash. gay wedding flowers case goes to court
2013/06/19   Court: Ex-Im Bank needs to explain Air India loan
2013/06/14   NJ court: Special US Senate election in Oct. OK
2013/06/12   Court: Texas inmate's decades-old sentence invalid
2013/06/11   Battle between SC Episcopalians back state court
2013/06/10   ID court rules man can face felony stalking charge
2013/06/07   Conn. court declines to address email warrants
2013/05/23   Court: US can keep bin Laden photos under wraps
2013/05/22   Appeals court allows capital retrial of Wolfe
2013/03/29   NY top court OKs tax on online sellers like Amazon
2013/03/04   Court says Guam man can sue gov't over surgery
2013/02/01   Ex-Mass. chemist pleads not guilty to obstruction
2013/01/22   Court upholds removing man from death row
2012/09/22   Mo. high court hears arguments on incentive fund
2012/08/31   California deputy pleads guilty to weapons charge
2012/08/15   Man who killed wife, baby loses appeal in Mass.
2012/07/01   Peter Madoff pleads guilty in NYC, blames brother
2012/06/27   Court: Madoff's brother to plead guilty in NY
2012/06/18   Supreme Court says tribes must be fully reimbursed
2012/06/13   Senate confirms Arizona jurist to 9th Circuit
2012/06/11   Ohio man found guilty in septic tank body case
2012/05/26   Wash. lawyers challenge secret court proceedings
2012/05/26   Kan. gov. signs measure blocking Islamic law
2012/05/18   Court rules NY town's prayer violated Constitution
2012/05/17   German sues Macedonia in EU human rights court
2012/05/14   Court turns away PR congressional vote lawsuit
2012/05/14   Court says farmers must pay bankruptcy tax
2012/05/05   Probation charge dropped against tanned NJ mom
2012/04/30   Chinese court seeking to mediate iPad dispute
2012/04/20   Court: Online bookseller owes New Mexico sales tax
2012/03/12   Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP Announces Class Action
2012/03/09   Court blocks 2 more parts of Ala. immigration law
2012/03/08   Ex-Detroit lawyer loses case over 'ghetto' remark
2012/03/06   8 women allege rape, harassment in military suit
2012/03/03   Calif. jury awards $167M in sexual harassment suit
2012/03/02   Federal court orders May 29 primary date for Texas
2012/02/29   French court rules genocide law unconstitutional
2012/02/28   Driver acquitted in deadly Megabus crash in NY
2012/02/21   Court: Rights don't have to be read to prisoners
2012/02/20   Lower Chinese court rules shops should pull iPads
2012/02/17   NY appeals court orders NJ programmer's acquittal
2012/02/16   Web sites need not check for IP breaches
2012/02/13   Italian court convicts 2 in asbestos-linked deaths
2012/02/09   Group wants Supreme Court to save war memorial
2012/02/03   Miss. high court takes ex-gov pardons case
2012/01/30   Conviction and sentence upheld in Palin email case
2012/01/25   More charges filed in Los Angeles arsons case
2012/01/24   Court upholds murder conviction in toddler's death
2012/01/20   Colo. court weighs energy leases near Utah parks
2012/01/18   Court lets telemarketers be sued in federal court
2012/01/13   Court orders new psychiatric review of Breivik
2012/01/11   Court:Judges cannot get involved in church dispute
2012/01/09   Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC Announces Class Action
2012/01/05   Court papers: NYC officer shooting suspect sorry
2012/01/04   Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit
2012/01/03   Court delays border-crossing pollution rule
2012/01/02   Chief justice defends court's impartiality
2012/01/01   Court delays border-crossing pollution rule
2011/12/31   Court OKs immunity for telecoms in wiretap case
2011/12/28   Supreme Court gay privacy case victor dead at 68
2011/12/27   Supreme Court rejects Hessler appeal
2011/12/22   France ponders removing risky breast implants
2011/12/20   Poker company co-founder pleads guilty in NYC
2011/12/19   Ind. appeals court upholds man's 60-year sentence
2011/12/18   Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP Announces Class Action
2011/12/15   Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Files Class Action Lawsuit
2011/12/14   Throng of Occupy protesters appear in NY courts
2011/12/13   City Council in Pa. capital again seeks bankruptcy
2011/12/05   High court to hear suit over Cheney event arrest
2011/11/28   High court to review fine for mercury storage
2011/11/26   Federal Court of Canada Certifies Class Action
2011/11/23   NY top court clears probe of inflated appraisals
2011/11/22   Guilty plea planned in Palin lawyer harassment
2011/11/21   Texas AG blasts court's redistricting maps
2011/11/21   Courts weighs scrapping huge California water pact
2011/11/15   Justices unlikely to have last word on health care
2011/11/14   Norway killer claims mantle of resistance leader
2011/11/10   Court likely to overturn Calif. law on livestock
2011/11/10   Pomerantz Law Firm Has Filed a Class Action
2011/11/08   Saxena White P.A. Files a Securities Fraud Class Action
2011/11/08   Supreme Court looks at warrantless GPS tracking
2011/11/07   Corzine steps down at collapsed firm, hires lawyer
2011/11/03   Texas woman on death row gets new sentencing trial
2011/10/31   High court avoids dispute over highway crosses
2011/10/28   Navy ship commander to face general court-martial
2011/10/28   Man pleads guilty to Picasso theft at SF gallery
2011/10/26   State budget cuts clog criminal justice system
2011/10/18   Top Europe court bans stem cell technique patents
2011/10/17   Utah man charged with threatening air marshals
2011/10/17   Court blocks Ala. from checking student status
2011/10/12   High court to decide double jeopardy question
2011/10/11   US court turns down Philly DA in cop-killing case
2011/10/11   Defense lawyer will not help Edwards at trial
2011/10/09   Court won't hear appeal from Alamo followers
2011/10/03   Court refuses to hear Maryland gun case
2011/10/03   High court appears to favor Ala. death row inmate
2011/09/22   Idaho inmates settle lawsuit over prison violence
2011/09/18   Kona coffee dispute prompts class-action lawsuit
2011/09/16   1 spank isn't domestic violence, Fla. court says
2011/09/14   Class Action Filed Against Former, Current A&P Execs
2011/09/09   Court: Samsung can't sell tablet in Germany
2011/09/07   Ga. high court ousts pot-smoking judge from bench
2011/09/07   Ex-Pa. House speaker pleads guilty to corruption
2011/09/01   Shareholder class action hits Leighton
2011/08/27   Judge to hear arguments over Loughner's medication
2011/08/26   Del. pediatrician gets life for abusing patients
2011/08/23   NY court rejects $18M class action writers deal
2011/08/15   Ex-Harvard student due in court in 2009 shooting
2011/08/12   Dougherty siblings to appear in Colorado court
2011/08/10   Wash. man pleads guilty to defrauding ID investors
2011/08/09   No class-action for suits over Calif. fish kill
2011/08/08   Bank of America starts overdraft rebate outreach
2011/08/05   NYC lawyer pleads guilty to tax charge
2011/08/03   Court tosses Wisconsin limit on PAC donations
2011/07/25   Court denies motion to stop Loughner medication
2011/07/11   Lawyer defends Nevada truck firm in Amtrak crash
2011/07/03   Law school enrollment in Missouri lags as legal jobs dry up
2011/06/27   Los Angeles Dodgers file for bankruptcy
2011/06/22   Ex-Delaware pediatrician guilty of child sex abuse
2011/06/20   Navy subcontractor pleads guilty in bribe case
2011/06/20   US court lets class action against Bayer proceed
2011/06/14   Court won't hear restitution claim in Ponzi case
2011/06/14   Court orders reconsideration of parole judgment
2011/06/11   Toyota class action suit to start with Utah case
2011/06/06   Ex-IMF leader pleads not guilty to sex assault
2011/06/06   Loughner lawyer says she can't provide discovery
2011/06/02   Goldman Receives Subpoena Over Financial Crisis
2011/06/02   Ark. court upholds conviction in TV anchor slaying
2011/06/02   US investigating Google claim of China hacking
2011/05/23   Attorneys to give openings in Mumbai terror case
2011/05/23   Texas lawyer wants extra pollution controls nixed
2011/05/23   IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn to plead not guilty
2011/05/19   4 ex-Auburn players indicted on felony charges
2011/05/16   Minn. court: Defendant may withdraw guilty plea
2011/05/09   Together, Phoebe and Tyler alerted us to a crisis
2011/05/08   Further Class Action Lawsuits Filed for Depakote Side Effects
2011/05/07   Delaware pediatrician waives right to jury trial
2011/05/05   4 guilty in $5.2M Medicare fraud scheme in Houston
2011/05/02   Court sides with Wyoming in dispute with Montana
2011/04/28   Court close to seating Blagojevich jury
2011/04/23   Court denies Va. inmate's lawsuit over beard
2011/04/18   Democrats criticize hiring of firm for House remap
2011/03/20   Court-appointed lawyer denied for torture suspect
2011/03/20   Court Won't Get Involved in Eminem Royalty Suit
2011/03/11   Court blames LA County for ocean pollution
2011/02/23   Iowa bill on same-sex marriage licenses in trouble
2011/01/26   Court says convicted lawyer unfit to practice law
2011/01/13   Court hears challenge to $65M Facebook settlement
2011/01/08   Rival Calif. Papers Settle Lawsuit Over Ad Pricing
2011/01/06   Court backs Uniloc in case against Microsoft
2011/01/05   Judge strikes down NYC's gruesome tobacco ads
2011/01/04   Iowa Supreme Court upholds taxation of KFC
2010/12/19   Florida AG urges spill victims to get lawyers
2010/12/16   SD attorney on trial on child porn charges
2010/12/16   Lawsuit seeks to keep 3 Iowa justices on bench
2010/11/27   Class action lawsuit against United Water could cost millions
2010/10/04   Court won't hear appeal from Adelphia founders
2010/09/09   Court asked to keep stem cell money flowing
2010/08/30   Appeals court OKs warrantless GPS tracking by feds
2010/08/30   Toyota Recalls Corolla Sedans and Matrix Hatchbacks
2010/08/03   Charlie Sheen pleads guilty in Aspen wife assault
2010/07/27   Neb. town may halt immigration law to save money
2010/07/20   US to watch Arizona for racial profiling
2010/07/12   Court: Insurance rates can reflect credit scores
2010/06/26   Kan. doc to appeal conviction in painkiller case
2010/06/14   NY appeals court tosses ruling on RNC surveillance
2010/06/09   Phoenix bankruptcy filings fall in May
2010/05/28   Man acquitted of arson in Cleveland house blast
2010/05/17   Vatican details US sex abuse defense
2010/05/03   Goldman Sachs has mounting legal woes
2010/04/27   Enron law firm sues Goldman Sachs
2010/04/12   Miami-Dade clinic operator pleads guilty to Medicare fraud
2010/02/22   Failed mobile phone dealer ran law firm, say staff
2010/01/20   Woman with .708 blood-alcohol level pleads guilty
2009/12/28   Randy, Evi Quaid plead not guilty in fraud case
2009/12/24   Pa. teens plead not guilty to hate crime charge
2009/12/23   TVA coal ash spill has hundreds suing for damages
2009/12/22   Citadel Broadcasting: court grants 1st-day motions
2009/11/18   Idaho to pay $50K to settle grazing lease lawsuit
2009/11/17   Court gives $1.1B tanker contract back to Boeing
2009/10/01   Comic Artie Lange pleads guilty to DUI in NJ
2009/09/28   Lawsuit puts Lake Tahoe boating facilities on hold
2009/09/15   Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen & Benson, LLP Files $80 Million Lawsuit
2009/04/19   SEC Won't Challenge Stimulus
2009/01/29   Texas Supreme Court Justice Sues over Ruling
2008/12/16   EU court: Ryanair won't have to pay back subsidy
2008/12/15   Lawyers: US to release 3 Gitmo detainees to Bosnia
2008/12/15   Minn. panel rules on more disputed Senate votes
2008/12/11   Ambulance attendants accused of molesting patients
2008/12/01   Plea deal offered to 8-year-old murder suspect
2008/11/13   Wisconsin court says 1985 killer should be freed
2008/11/12   Appeals court clears way for Rep. Jefferson trial
2008/11/05   Court leaves NC campaign finance law untouched
2008/10/10   Typhoon Restaurant sued by Immigrant Workers
2008/09/29   Bag Man Says FBI Told Him to Ask for $2M Hush Money
2008/09/26   Guilty Plea In Courthouse Bombing
2008/09/25   Witness Says OJ Told Him To Bring A Gun
2008/09/24   Justices Stay Execution with Two Hours Left
2008/09/23   Facebook Case Has Echoes Of MySpace Suicide Case
2008/09/15   Potash Price-Fixing Conspiracy Alleged
2008/09/12   Nevada Sex Laws Tossed
2008/09/11   2nd Circuit Won't Change NY's Apportionment Method
2008/09/09   'Rear Window' Copyright Holder Sues Spielberg & Viacom
2008/09/08   Inspector Suspended For Not Shutting Black-Owned Business
2008/09/05   Canadian mining company settles with Alaska Eskimos
2008/09/04   Wextrust Is A $225 Million Ponzi Scheme The SEC Says
2008/09/02   Harass A Republican, Lose Your Phone
2008/08/28   Racism Alleged In Bizarre Punishment
2008/08/27   EPA Can Inspect Ship for Chemicals, Court Rules
2008/08/24   Court upholds sentence for I-65 sniper
2008/08/21   City of New York reaches settlement in unlawful arrest suit
2008/08/15   Fifth Circuit rules on jurors using Bible
2008/08/14   Unsafe Practices Alleged At Firing Range
2008/08/13   Woman Says Northwestern Won't Protect Her
2008/08/12   VA Properly Denied Voter Registration, Court Rules
2008/08/11   SEC investigating bank over auction-rate securities sales
2008/08/08   Former Bush Assistant Sues over 'Swing Vote'
2008/08/05   'Junior' Gotti Arrested on Murder Charge
2008/07/28   Latinos Lose Bid to Redraw Ward Map in Aurora, Ill.
2008/07/25   Rolling Stones' Copyright Holder Sues Derivative Rapper
2008/07/24   Mother Loses Custody Due To Her Bizarre Behavior
2008/07/22   Tommy Tune Sues Manager, Marvin Shulman
2008/07/21   Citizenship Harder To Prove Through Fathers
2008/07/18   Class Action Challenges Mandatory Electronic Filing
2008/07/15   Man Says Eminem Sucker-Punched Him
2008/07/11   Man Says Social Security Guards Beat Him
2008/07/10   Forced Sterilization Is Persecution, Court Says
2008/07/01   Anthrax settlement may moot contempt case
2008/06/26   Drunken Groom's Marriage Declared Invalid After 30 Years
2008/06/25   "Naked Cowboy" Wins Court Shoot-Out with Candy Cowboy
2008/06/22   Court to rule on pension credit for old maternity leaves
2008/06/18   Social Security Mismatch Wasn't Grounds To Fire
2008/06/17   Court Overturns $101M Tax Refund To Texaco
2008/06/12   Court OK's Discrimination Suit Against Restaurant
2008/06/09   Shareholders Sue Baker Hughes For Bribery
2008/06/03   Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon Can't Block Movie
2008/06/02   Fire Paramedics In Philly Win Overtime Pay Appeal
2008/05/28   Lawyer Says Cook County Clerk Defamed Him
2008/05/23   Shareholder Class Action
2008/05/22   Court Says Cop's Criticism Isn't Protected Speech
2008/05/20   Ex-Lottery Commissioner Loses Conviction Appeal
2008/05/16   Skycaps File National Class Action
2008/05/15   Avandia Securities Class Action Dismissed
2008/05/13   Class Claims MetLife Cheats By Assuming Kids Will Smoke
2008/05/12   Inventor Of Secret Goggles Can't Sue Government
2008/05/09   Talk About A Jury Of Peers ...
2008/05/07   Taxpayers Challenge $7.4 Billion Prison Bond
2008/05/01   Class Claims Wells Fargo Forecloses Illegally
2008/04/30   Court Revives Suit Over New Year's Party Arrests
2008/04/29   Michael Douglas Owes Him $1M, Pal Says
2008/04/28   Booksellers Challenge Oregon Censorship Law
2008/04/25   Anatomy of a Deal Gone South
2008/04/24   Film Editor Says He Was Cheated
2008/04/23   Police Maliciously Set Him Up, Doctor Says
2008/04/22   Supreme Court To Hear Uranium Trade Case
2008/04/18   Jurors' Complaints Bring Mistrial
2008/04/16   Judge says Parmalat fraud suit can proceed
2008/04/15   Court Steps Into Utilities Case
2008/04/11   Class Action Cites Zetia & Vytorin
2008/04/01   Circuit Applies New Test for Declaratory Judgment
2008/03/24   Icahn Plans More Legal Action Against Motorola
2008/03/23   2 Held in Millionaire Developer's Death
2008/03/21   Doubt Arises over Breathalyzer Source Code
2008/03/20   Settlement talks fail between al-Kidd, feds
2008/03/19   Legal battle rages over whether ankles exist
2008/03/18   Judges Bar Law on Violent Video Games
2008/03/18   Heather loses court judgment appeal
2008/03/18   Court Will Decide Wash. Shooting Case
2008/03/17   Court to Take Up Voting Rights Suit
2008/03/14   Palo Alto loses legal battle over police brutality
2008/03/13   MasterCard "welcomes" dismissal of antitrust suit
2008/03/11   Lawyer says imprisoned man innocent
2008/03/09   Justice often slow for elder crimes
2008/03/09   D.C. Gun Case Draws Crowd of High Court 'Friends'
2008/03/07   AutoAdmit defendant sues Yalies
2008/03/07   Judge to let Qualcomm outside lawyers speak out
2008/03/06   Four local lawyers face discipline
2008/03/06   Legal Services Are Available To Disaster Applicants
2008/03/06   Lawyers seek removal of judge from their cases
2008/03/06   Appeals Court Weighs Teen's Web Speech
2008/03/03   Leaders split over choice of judge
2008/02/29   New Jersey - Still no need to redefine marriage
2008/02/29   Suspect accused of running fake raffle


West Virginia high court excludes inmates from workers' comp
Areas of Focus | 2017/06/13 15:36
Inmates participating in work-release programs do not quality for workers' compensation benefits, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled has ruled.

The court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a Workers' Compensation Board of Review's 2015 decision to not grant workers' compensation to a work release inmate named William F. Crawford, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Crawford's hand was severely injured in a wood chipper in 2013 while he was working on a road crew for the state Division of Highways.

He was employed by the Charleston Work Release Center, now called the Charleston Correctional Center. Inmates live and work there as they prepare to re-enter society after leaving prison.

Crawford's injury required hospitalization and surgery, and his ring and pinky fingers were partially amputated. The state Department of Corrections covered his medical expenses, which exceeded $90,000. He was released on parole shortly after his hospitalization.

Court documents say Crawford sought workers' compensation benefits because "lack of treatment has put him at a significant disadvantage in re-entering society." He had appealed the board of review's decision, saying state law didn't clarify coverage exclusion for work-release inmates. He also said his equal protection rights had been violated, arguing that inmates working for private businesses would receive the benefits, while inmates working for a state agency would not.



Fraternity brothers due in court in pledge's fatal fall
Areas of Focus | 2017/06/10 23:07
Members of a Penn State fraternity facing charges related to the death earlier this year of a pledge after a night of heavy drinking are due in court Monday for a hearing about whether there's enough evidence to head to trial.

Prosecutors in the case against the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi chapter and 18 of its members are leaning heavily on video surveillance recordings made the night 19-year-old sophomore engineering student Tim Piazza was injured in a series of falls at the fraternity after a pledge acceptance ceremony that included heavy drinking.

The defendants face a variety of charges, with eight accused of dozens of crimes, including involuntary manslaughter and felony aggravated assault, while five others are accused only of a single count of evidence tampering.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller says prosecutors will play video in court, and she expects the hearing to last all or most of the day.

Authorities have said members of the fraternity resisted summoning help until well into the next morning.

A grand jury report described how members of the fraternity carried Piazza's limp body upstairs, poured liquid on him and even slapped him on the face. When one of them argued to call for medical help, he was confronted and shoved into a wall, the grand jury said.

Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey, died at a hospital Feb. 4 from traumatic brain injury and had suffered severe abdominal bleeding. His blood-alcohol measured at a dangerous level.

"I believe this is a case where the defendants have been overcharged by the district attorney's office," said defense attorney Michael Engle, whose client Gary DiBileo, 21, faces 56 counts, including involuntary manslaughter. "We hope to develop more information during the preliminary hearing process, and beyond, that will demonstrate that many of the charges in this case are just not applicable to the conduct."

Engle said DiBileo, a junior from Scranton who recently withdrew from Penn State, was said by a witness to have advocated for calling an ambulance at some point.


Court: Ohio E-School Can't Delay Repayment of $60M to State
Areas of Focus | 2017/06/08 02:55
ECOT's reported enrollment of 15,000 Ohio students makes it one of the largest online charter schools in the U.S.

Democrats jumped on the court's decision to pile criticism on the school, which has struggled for years against attacks on its enrollment practices and student performance ratings.

"This sham, unaccountable school is a clear waste of taxpayer money and needs to be shut down," said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Betty Sutton. "The main thing that they seem to do well is shower Republican candidates and committees with political donations instead of educating children. Unfortunately, it is a symptom of a much larger disease facing Ohio's education system."

ECOT spokesman Neil Clark said the school didn't get a fair shake in court. He took particular aim at one of the three deciding judges, Gary Tyack, as being biased against the school, online learning and school choice.

"Today, Judge Tyack confirmed that he would put his agenda before the law," Clark said in a statement. "He is desperate to destroy ECOT and is unwilling to even wait for the judicial system to play out before advancing his vendetta."

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor rebuked Tyack after oral arguments were held in the case before the state's high court. She wrote that his comments against the school, its founder and online education were derogatory, extrajudicial, unnecessary and unacceptable.

The school's efforts to revisit the issue of Tyack's impartiality came as it braced for Monday's important school board vote, which comes amid the long-running legal dispute over what attendance-tracking practices should be used to determine state funding.

A state hearing officer ruled against the school in its appeal of the state Education Department's determination that the school owes $64 million for enrollment that can't be justified due to lack of documentation.


8 judges on Venezuela's Supreme Court hit with US sanctions
Areas of Focus | 2017/05/18 13:32
The U.S. imposed a new round of sanctions on high-level Venezuelan officials, this time targeting eight Supreme Court judges that Washington accused of damaging their nation's democracy by steadily stripping the opposition-controlled congress of any authority.

The executive order issued Thursday marked the second time the U.S. has sanctioned leaders of Venezuela's socialist government since Donald Trump became president this year. In February, the U.S. announced it was freezing the assets of Vice President Tareck El Aissami, accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking.

Those blacklisted under the latest decree include Maikel Moreno, the president of the government-packed Supreme Court, as well as all seven justices who signed a ruling in late March nullifying congress. The ruling was later partially reversed amid a surge of international criticism, but it sparked a protest movement that has seen almost daily street demonstrations for nearly two months — sometimes violent unrest that recorded its 45th death Thursday.

"By imposing these targeted sanctions, the United States is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect and advance democratic governance in their country," U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez decried the U.S. sanctions on Twitter as "outrageous and unacceptable." She said the order was one more example of U.S. attempts to destabilize Venezuela's government, adding that Maduro strongly backs the Supreme Court magistrates who are "victims of U.S. imperial power."

Trump's administration has repeatedly raised concerns that Maduro is moving toward one-party, authoritarian rule. Earlier Thursday, the U.S. leader expressed dismay about Venezuela's troubles, asking aloud how a nation holding the world's largest oil reserves could be stricken by so much poverty and turmoil.



Brother of victim in unsolved Ohio massacre appears in court
Areas of Focus | 2017/05/18 13:24
The brother of one of eight victims of an unsolved southern Ohio massacre has appeared in court for a hearing on evidence-tampering and vandalism charges over allegations he destroyed a GPS tracking device.

Forty-year-old James Manley, of Peebles, appeared in Pike County Court on the felony charges Wednesday. A judge set an $80,000 bond. Court records don't indicate if Manley has an attorney.

Investigators trying to solve the slayings placed the tracking device on Manley's truck last month. Manley was jailed after turning himself in on Tuesday.


Manley's sister, Dana Rhoden, was among the eight members of the Rhoden family killed in April 2016. They were found shot at four homes near Piketon, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south of Columbus. No arrests have been made in the slayings.


High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans
Areas of Focus | 2017/05/15 21:15
Supreme Court decisions in a half-dozen cases dealing with immigration over the next two months could reveal how the justices might evaluate Trump administration actions on immigration, especially stepped-up deportations.

Some of those cases could be decided as early as Monday, when the court is meeting to issue opinions in cases that were argued over the past six months.

The outcomes could indicate whether the justices are retreating from long-standing decisions that give the president and Congress great discretion in dealing with immigration, and what role administration policies, including the proposed ban on visits to the United States by residents of six majority Muslim countries, may play.

President Trump has pledged to increase deportations, particularly of people who have been convicted of crimes. But Supreme Court rulings in favor of the immigrants in the pending cases “could make his plans more difficult to realize,” said Christopher Hajec, director of litigation for the Immigration Reform Litigation Institute. The group generally supports the new administration’s immigration actions, including the travel ban.

For about a century, the court has held that, when dealing with immigration, the White House and Congress “can get away with things they ordinarily couldn’t,” said Temple University law professor Peter Spiro, an immigration law expert. “The court has explicitly said the Constitution applies differently in immigration than in other contexts.”

Two of the immigration cases at the court offer the justices the possibility of cutting into the deference that courts have given the other branches of government in this area. One case is a class-action lawsuit brought by immigrants who’ve spent long periods in custody, including many who are legal residents of the United States or are seeking asylum. The court is weighing whether the detainees have a right to court hearings.



Top Kansas Court to Revisit Death Penalty in Wichita Murders
Areas of Focus | 2017/05/04 05:56
The Kansas Supreme Court is considering for a second time whether to spare two brothers from being executed for four murders in what became known as "the Wichita massacre" after earlier rulings in the men's favor sparked a political backlash.

The justices were hearing arguments from attorneys Thursday in the cases of Jonathan and Reginald Carr. The brothers were convicted of dozens of crimes against five people in December 2000 that ended with the victims being shot in a snow-covered Wichita field, with one woman surviving to testify against the brothers.

The crimes were among the most notorious in the state since the 1959 slayings of a western Kansas family that inspired the book "In Cold Blood." The state has 10 men on death row, including the Carrs, but it has not executed anyone since hangings in 1965.

The Kansas court overturned the Carr brothers' death sentences in July 2014, citing flaws in their joint trial and sentencing hearing. The decisions stunned the victims' families and friends, as well as legislators. Critics launched unsuccessful efforts to oust six of the seven justices in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned the Kansas court's rulings in a sometimes scathing January 2016 opinion. The nation's highest court returned the men's cases to the Kansas court for further reviews.

The Carr brothers' attorneys are raising some of the same legal questions again, arguing that the Kansas Constitution requires the death sentences to be overturned even if the U.S. Constitution doesn't. The Kansas court has the last word on "state law" issues. There is one new justice since the court last ruled in 2014.

The Kansas court previously concluded that the two men should have had separate sentencing hearings. Jonathan Carr argued that he was not as responsible as his brother for the crimes and that Reginald Carr had been a bad influence on him during their troubled childhoods.


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