99 entries in 'Attorney News'
2017/06/22   Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship
2017/06/18   Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps
2017/06/12   Court: Ignorance about allergy medicine crime no excuse
2017/06/10   With court victory, hand of Brazil's president strengthened
2017/05/25   Court of Appeals Judge Elmore won't seek re-election
2017/05/24   Finnish court releases Iraqi twins in IS-related killings
2017/05/20   Texas advances new abortion limits despite court defeats
2017/05/19   Court pauses criminal case against Texas' attorney general
2017/05/13   Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent
2017/05/12   Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal
2017/05/02   Court: Gay couple's suit against Kentucky clerk can proceed
2017/05/01   Connecticut court takes up doctor-patient confidentiality
2017/04/24   Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches
2017/04/21   Court formally throws out more than 21K tainted drug cases
2017/04/17   High court sides with Goodyear in sanctions dispute
2017/03/31   Political fights over Supreme Court seats nothing new
2017/03/28   Michigan Supreme Court Justice Young announces retirement
2017/03/27   International court orders reparations for Congo attack
2017/03/25   Court: Wisconsin Bell discriminated against worker
2017/03/23   Houston, Texas Trust and Estate Litigation Attorney
2017/03/21   Court won’t hear appeal in senator’s corruption case
2017/03/14   High EU court: workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory
2017/03/05   NC governor, legislature head to court in power showdown
2017/03/02   California court expands endangered-species removal powers
2017/03/01   Joseph Wapner, star of 'The People's Court,' dead at 97
2017/02/18   Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds
2017/02/09   Travel ban decision in hands of federal appeals court judges
2017/02/06   Dylann Roof's mental state revealed in court records
2017/01/27   Court appeals temporarily delay Texas execution
2017/01/18   Court ponders mass murderer Breivik's prison conditions
2017/01/17   Supreme Court delays New Jersey sports betting decision
2016/12/04   Court: Asylum not automatic for former gang members
2016/12/04   Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court
2016/12/02   Connecticut court to hear appeal in Newtown shooting case
2016/12/01   China court clears man 21 years after his execution
2016/11/02   Solar Advocates Ask Florida High Court to Invalidate Measure
2016/10/12   Dutch court: Wilders hate speech trial will go ahead
2016/10/11   Court fight over Ohio executions likely to focus on sedative
2016/10/01   Appeals court rules against Kansas in voting rights case
2016/09/17   Pakistan court adjourns case of British woman's murder
2016/09/05   Stepmom of scalded boy who died pleads guilty to murder
2016/08/28   Appeals court refuses to reconsider Wisconsin voter ID cases
2016/08/13   Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony on affairs
2016/08/11   Egyptian lawyer, journalist released after prison sentence
2016/08/01   China releases prominent human rights lawyer on bail
2016/07/19   Arkansas court denies request for new execution law hearing
2016/05/19   Maryland high court issues opinion in Gray case
2016/05/06   Florida's high court urged to throw out death sentences
2016/05/05   Iran's president slams US court ruling on frozen assets
2016/04/04   California court mulls whether employers must offer seating
2016/03/21   Supreme Court will hear Samsung-Apple patent dispute
2016/03/17   White S.C. trooper pleads guilty in shooting of unarmed black man
2016/03/15   Lawyer: US citizen charged in UN case to plead guilty
2016/02/28   Mississippi court upholds Democratic primary ballot change
2016/02/12   Court rejects pay for woman sterilized at county's behest
2016/02/10   Court to weigh cocaine cases, could alter sentencing in Ohio
2016/02/05   NY court agrees to rehear Ex-Goldman board member's appeal
2016/02/03   Ohio court approves class action in speed camera case
2015/12/22   Court won't order immediate evaluation of mogul Redstone
2015/12/13   High court takes up challenges to drunken-driving test
2015/11/15   Kansas court's approval of death sentence not seen as shift
2015/10/31   Court rejects ACLU's request to stop phone record collection
2015/10/12   Georgia man accused in hot car death to appear in court
2015/09/28   Int'l court prosecutor extends preliminary Ukraine probe
2015/09/24   Court rejects ex-NY Fed employee's retaliation claim lawsuit
2015/09/17   Charleston church suspect's friend charged with lying to FBI
2015/08/25   Bangladesh court bans Rana Plaza movie because of terrifying scenes
2015/08/19   Appeals court won't reinstate 1990 arson-murder conviction
2015/08/17   Court rejects inmate's challenge in 5 Ohio prison slayings
2015/08/02   Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court
2015/07/21   Court suspends ex-Chad dictator trial to ready new lawyers
2015/07/15   Wisconsin court ends probe of presidential hopeful Walker
2015/06/29   Decisions in last 3 Supreme Court cases expected Monday
2015/06/23   Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow
2015/04/23   High court rejects Wisconsin appeal over tribal night hunts
2015/04/15   Man kills his lawyer, judge, co-defendant in Milan court
2015/04/15   Man run over by Suge Knight says he punched ex-rap mogul
2015/04/07   Ex-Premier Zia avoids arrest as Bangladesh court grants bail
2015/04/07   Protesters inside Supreme Court face harsher charges
2015/03/27   Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court
2015/03/27   Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case
2015/03/05   Justices pepper health care law opponents with questions
2015/03/05   Bankrupt Caesars unit gets court's OK to use cash, for now
2015/02/16   Court nixes faith-based birth control mandate challenge
2015/01/12   Court won't hear free speech challenge to metals dealers law
2015/01/05   Argentine court says US fugitive can be extradited
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2010/05/24   Eugene, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer


Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship
Attorney News | 2017/06/22 15:54
The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the government's ability to strip U.S. citizenship from immigrants for lying during the naturalization process.

The justices ruled unanimously in favor of an ethnic Serb from Bosnia who lied about her husband's military service.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that false statements can lead to the revocation of citizenship only if they "played some role in her naturalization."

The court rejected the position taken by the Trump administration that even minor lies can lead to loss of citizenship.

The woman, Divna Maslenjak, and her family were granted refugee status in 1999 and settled near Akron, Ohio, in 2000. She became a citizen in 2007.

She initially told immigration officials her husband had not served in the Bosnian Serb military. That was a lie, she later conceded, and lower courts upheld a criminal conviction against her. The conviction automatically revoked her citizenship, and she and her husband were deported in October.


Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps
Attorney News | 2017/06/18 23:43
In an era of deep partisan division, the Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political.

A dispute over Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of cutting into GOP electoral majorities across the United States. Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put limits on what lawmakers may do to gain a partisan advantage in creating political district maps. The justices could say as early as Monday whether they will intervene.

The Constitution requires states to redo their political maps to reflect population changes identified in the once-a-decade census. The issue of gerrymandering — creating districts that often are oddly shaped and with the aim of benefiting one party — is centuries old. The term comes from a Massachusetts state Senate district that resembled a salamander and was approved in 1812 by Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry.

Both parties have sought the largest partisan edge when they control redistricting. Yet Democrats are more supportive of having courts rein in extreme districting plans, mainly because Republicans control more legislatures and drew districts after the 2010 census that enhanced their advantage in those states and in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In the Wisconsin case, a federal court struck down the districts as unconstitutional in November, finding they were drawn to unfairly minimize the influence of Democratic voters.

The challengers to the Wisconsin districts say it is an extreme example of redistricting that has led to ever-increasing polarization in American politics because so few districts are genuinely competitive between the parties. In these safe seats, incumbents tend to be more concerned about primary challengers, so they try to appeal mostly to their party’s base.


Court: Ignorance about allergy medicine crime no excuse
Attorney News | 2017/06/12 22:36
Just because a man previously convicted of methamphetamine-related crimes didn't know it was now illegal for him to buy over-the-counter allergy medicine given his criminal history doesn't mean his rights were violated, a divided North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday.

A majority of the seven justices reversed a lower appeals court decision overturning the conviction of Austin Lynn Miller for buying one box of capsules at a Walmart in Boone in early 2014, barely a month after an expanded purchase prohibition law took effect.

Miller was barred from buying anything beyond minuscule amounts of the medicine because it contained pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make meth, due to his 2012 convictions on possession of meth and keeping a car or house to sell controlled substances.

A jury convicted Miller for possessing the allergy medicine. He received a suspended sentence with probation.

State law already required the nonprescription medicine to be kept behind the counter and mandated electronic record keeping to monitor whether a meth lab was buying up the drugs. Often purchasers follow screen prompts saying they understand buying the medicines in large quantities or too frequently is illegal.

Miller's lawyer argued his client's due process rights were violated because he had no knowledge the purchasing law had changed in December 2013 and that he didn't intend to violate the law. There were no signs in pharmacies about the changes, either, the attorney said.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in March 2016 the law was unconstitutional as it applied to a convicted felon like Miller who failed to receive notice from the state that their "otherwise lawful conduct is criminalized" unless there's other proof the person knew about the law.

State attorneys argued that Miller's ignorance of the law was no excuse and that it was his intentional action of purchasing the medicine that led to the crime.

Writing the majority opinion, Justice Sam Ervin IV sided with the state and rejected Miller's arguments that the retail purchase was an innocuous act that raised no alarms about whether he was breaking the law.



With court victory, hand of Brazil's president strengthened
Attorney News | 2017/06/10 23:07
Fighting to save his job, Brazilian President Michel Temer has received a huge boost from a decision by the country's top electoral court to reject allegations of illegal campaign finance and keep him in office.

The Superior Electoral Tribunal's 4-3 vote late Friday gave Temer a lifeline amid widespread calls that he resign in the face of a corruption scandal.

Last month, a recording emerged that apparently captured Temer endorsing hush money to ex-House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, a former Temer ally serving 15 years in prison for corruption and money laundering. Soon after, details of another bombshell emerged: that Temer was being investigated for taking bribes.

Temer has denied wrongdoing and vowed to stay in office.

However, the fallout from the scandals was so great that many observers expected that the electoral court judges would be swayed to remove Temer from office over unrelated campaign finance allegations. While in theory Brazilian justices are impartial, in reality they are often highly political. Indeed, two of judges who voted in Temer's favor were his appointees.

"While Temer is hard for many people to digest, he will likely remain in office," said Alexandre Barros, a political risk consultant with the Brasilia-based firm Early Warning. "Instability is bad for everybody. So many will say at this point, 'If we have to pay the price for sticking with Temer, let's do it.'"

While Temer has crossed a huge hurdle to staying in power, he is still facing threats on many fronts. The attorney general is considering pressing charges against him for allegedly receiving bribes, over the audio recording and for allegedly trying to obstruct a colossal investigation into billions of dollars in inflated contracts and kickbacks to politicians. Temer's approval rating is hovering around 9 percent and he has a tenuous hold on his ruling coalition.


Court of Appeals Judge Elmore won't seek re-election
Attorney News | 2017/05/25 15:50
A North Carolina appeals court judge said Wednesday he won't run again when his seat comes up for re-election next year.

Judge Rick Elmore has served since 2003. The former private practice lawyer from Greensboro was re-elected to a second eight-year term in 2010.

In an interview, Elmore said he'll be satisfied serving two full terms on the state's intermediate-level appeals court when comparing it to the uncertainty of any outcome if he was to run another statewide campaign in 2018. Elmore, 66, also would have been unable to serve another full term due to the state's mandatory retirement age for judges at 72.

Leaving after this term expires "seemed to be a good fit," Elmore said, adding that he wanted to "leave on my own terms."

Elmore said he wanted to make the announcement before state political parties gather this year. Elmore is a registered Republican. A law approved last December makes Court of Appeals races officially partisan elections again, with party primaries.

Elmore said his decision had nothing to do with legislation approved in March by the General Assembly to reduce the number of Court of Appeals judges from 15 to 12 by eliminating positions vacated by resignation or death. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the measure, but the veto was overridden.

The appeals court usually meets in panels of three judges. The court is the final arbiter in state court matters except for cases heard by the state Supreme Court.



Finnish court releases Iraqi twins in IS-related killings
Attorney News | 2017/05/24 22:50
A Finnish court has thrown out charges against Iraqi twin brothers of taking part in Islamic State-related killings of at least 11 unarmed soldiers.

The Pirkanmaa District Court says the two who were not identified, were set free on Wednesday.

The court in Tampere, southern Finland, said the evidence against them was too weak. It included testimonies from other asylum-seekers, a video footage of the massacre by IS militants and information from an Iraqi investigative commission.

State prosecutors had demanded life sentences and claimed the brothers took part in atrocities committed by IS militants at a military base outside Tikrit in June 2014 when some 1,700 Iraqi army soldiers were slain.

The brothers arrived in Finland in September 2015 and were arrested three months later.


Texas advances new abortion limits despite court defeats
Attorney News | 2017/05/20 13:23
Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature late Friday advanced tough new limits on abortion— hitting back at a U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer striking down most of the sweeping restrictions on the procedure that America's second-largest state approved four years ago.

The Texas House voted 96-47 on legislation that bans a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure, known as dilation and evacuation, similar to laws that courts have blocked in Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana. It further directed doctors performing the procedure in Texas to face felony charges.

Those contentious provisions were tacked onto a broader bill requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains from abortions, even though a federal judge has already blocked an existing state rule mandating the same thing.

The measure also bars sale or donation of fetal tissue, something GOP-majority legislatures around the country have sought since the release of heavily edited, secretly recorded videos shot inside Planned Parenthood clinics by an anti-abortion group in 2015. Federal law already prohibits sale of fetal tissue.

Final approval should come Saturday. The proposal previously cleared the state Senate, but will have to return there because the House so expanded its scope. That chamber is even more conservative, though, and passage should be easy.


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