338 entries in 'Areas of Focus'
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


Senate GOP 'goes nuclear,' clearing way for Trump court pick
Areas of Focus | 2017/04/10 22:38
Republicans invoked the "nuclear option" in the Senate Thursday, unilaterally rewriting the chamber's rules to allow President Donald Trump's nominee to ascend to the Supreme Court.

Furious Democrats objected until the end, but their efforts to block Judge Neil Gorsuch failed as expected. Lawmakers of both parties bemoaned the long-term implications for the Senate, the court and the country.

"We will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court," said Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

The maneuvering played out in an atmosphere of tension in the Senate chamber with most senators in their seats, a rare and theatrical occurrence.

First Democrats mounted a filibuster in an effort to block Gorsuch by denying him the 60 votes needed to advance to a final vote. Then Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky raised a point of order, suggesting that Supreme Court nominees should not be subjected to a 60-vote threshold but instead a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.

McConnell was overruled, but appealed the ruling. And on that he prevailed on a 52-48 party line vote. The 60-vote filibuster requirement on Supreme Court nominees was effectively gone, and with it the last vestige of bipartisanship on presidential nominees in an increasingly polarized Senate.

A final confirmation vote on Gorsuch is expected Friday and he could then be sworn in in time to take his seat on the court later this month and hear the final cases of the term.

The maneuvering played out with much hand-wringing from all sides about the future of the Senate, as well as unusually bitter accusations and counter-accusations as each side blamed the other. The rules change is known as the "nuclear option" because of its far-reaching implications.


Bangladesh High Court upholds death for 2 in blogger killing
Areas of Focus | 2017/04/02 00:11
Bangladesh's High Court on Sunday confirmed the death penalty for two people tied to a banned Islamist militant group for the killing of an atheist blogger critical of radical Islam.

The court also upheld jail sentences for six others after appeals were filed challenging the verdicts handed down by a trial court in 2015.

Sunday's decision involves the killing of Ahmed Rajib Haider, who was hacked to death in 2013. Haider had campaigned for banning the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which opposed Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971.

One of the defendants was Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, the leader of the Ansarullah Bangla Team, and the rest were university students inspired by his sermons.

During the trial, the students said that Rahmani incited them to kill Haider in sermons in which he said all atheist bloggers should be killed to protect Islam.

The two North South University students who received the death sentences included Faisal bin Nayeem, who the court said hacked Haider with meat cleavers in front of his house in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital. Another was tried in absentia. The others received prison sentences ranging from three years to life. Rahmani was sentenced to five years.


Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick
Areas of Focus | 2017/03/28 01:02
Senate Democrats on Monday forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, who remains on track for confirmation with solid Republican backing.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced that, as expected, Democrats have requested a postponement. The committee vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch now will be held April 3.

As the committee readies to vote, three additional Democrats said they are likely to vote against the Denver-based appeals court judge. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono said they will vote against Gorsuch, and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy tweeted that he still was undecided but inclined to oppose him. Leahy is a senior member of the Judiciary panel and a former chairman.

That means at least 17 Democrats and independents, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, have announced their opposition to the Denver-based appeals court judge, arguing that Gorsuch has ruled too often against workers and in favor of corporations.

The Democrats who have announced their opposition have also said they will try to block the nominee, meaning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will have to hold a procedural vote requiring 60 votes to move forward. The Senate GOP has a 52-48 majority, meaning McConnell will need support from at least eight Democrats or independents.

It was unclear whether he would be able to get the 60 votes. If he doesn't, McConnell seems ready to change Senate rules and confirm him with a simple majority.

Republicans had hoped that they'd see some support from the 10 Democrats running for re-election in states won by Trump in the presidential election, but four of those senators — Nelson, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin — have already said they will oppose the nominee.

Leahy, however, signaled that he may be willing to break from Schumer and vote with Republicans on the procedural vote, while also signaling in a separate tweet he'd vote against Gorsuch in the final, up or down vote.


High court limits president's power to fill temporary posts
Areas of Focus | 2017/03/19 15:15
The Supreme Court says a former top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board served in violation of a federal law governing temporary appointments.

The 6-2 ruling on Tuesday limits the president's power to fill vacant government posts while nominations are tied up in partisan political fights.

The justices said that Lafe Solomon was not allowed to serve as acting general counsel of the agency that enforces labor laws while he was at the same time nominated to fill that role permanently.

President Barack Obama named Solomon acting general counsel in June 2010 and he held the office until Nov. 4, 2013. But he never won Senate confirmation because Republicans viewed him as too favorable to labor unions.


Kansas Chief Justice Pitches Lawmakers on Court Pay Hikes
Areas of Focus | 2017/03/17 15:59
Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss is trying to persuade legislators to increase salaries for judges and pay for judicial branch employees.

Nuss devoted much of his annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday to what he described as the serious need to increase pay within the court system. He spoke to a joint session of the Legislature.

The Supreme Court is seeking to increase the court system's annual budget by about $22 million, or about 16 percent.

Nuss told lawmakers that all judicial branch jobs pay below market rates, and some fall short by as much as 22 percent. He said nearly one-third of the court system's employees work outside jobs to make ends meet.

But some legislators see the spending increase as a tough sell.


Court officer investigated for photographing lawyer's notes
Areas of Focus | 2017/03/05 00:20
A court security officer in Maine has been placed on leave while under investigation for sending a cellphone photo of a defense attorney's notes to a prosecutor.

The Kennebec Journal reports that court officials are calling the incident a serious ethical breach and violation of courtroom protocol.

Sgt. Joel Eldridge took the photo Tuesday as a judge and attorneys discussed a case involving robbery, aggravated assault and criminal mischief. Assistant District Attorney Francis Griffin told the judge he saw the photo on his phone and reported the incident to the district attorney.

Defense attorney Sherry Tash said she was told the photo showed her notes of a person's name and number. Eldridge declined comment. He's on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation by the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department.



US Supreme Court refuses appeals from 3 on Texas death row
Areas of Focus | 2017/03/01 08:50
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review appeals in three Texas death row cases, including one where a man pleaded guilty to a triple slaying in South Texas.

The high court's rulings moved two inmates closer to execution: LeJames Norman, 31, condemned for the 2005 shooting deaths of three people during a botched robbery of a home in Edna, about 100 miles southwest of Houston, and Bill Douglas Gates, 67, condemned for strangling a Houston woman in 1999. Neither has an execution date.

Norman and an accomplice also now on death row, Ker'Sean Ramey, were convicted in the slayings of Samuel Roberts, 24, Tiffani Peacock, 18, and Celso Lopez, 38, inside the home they shared in Edna, in Jackson County. Roberts' parents discovered the bodies Aug. 25, 2005.

Court records indicated Ramey and Norman believed there was 100 kilograms of cocaine in the house and hoped to steal it, but they never found any drugs. Norman was arrested trying to cross a bridge into Brownsville from Mexico about five months after the killings. He pleaded guilty to capital murder, leaving a jury to decide only on punishment. Norman's appeal raised questions about the competence of his trial attorneys.

Texas prison records show when Gates was arrested for the slaying of Elfreda Gans, 41, at her Houston apartment, the Riverside County, California, man was on parole after serving six years of two life prison terms in California for robbery, assault on a peace officer and possession of a weapon by a prisoner. His appeal also questioned whether his trial lawyers were deficient.

The third case refused by the high court involved prisoner Michael Wayne Norris, whose case was returned by a federal district judge in 2015 to his trial court in Houston for a new punishment hearing. A federal appeals court last year upheld that decision. Norris has been on death row nearly 30 years for fatally shooting a Houston mother and her 2-year-old son.

Patrick McCann, Norris' attorney, said Monday the ruling involved legal procedural point related to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.



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