125 entries in 'Court News'
2017/04/22   Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearing
2017/04/20   Not guilty pleas entered for accused in Canada polygamy case
2017/04/18   Ohio high court will review full autopsies from 8 slayings
2017/04/13   2 inmates seek execution stays from Arkansas high court
2017/04/06   US court ruling could bring more suits over Nazi-looted art
2017/04/02   Democrats tighten opposition of high court pick
2017/03/30   High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute
2017/03/20   Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings
2017/03/17   China praises courts for punishing state security crimes
2017/03/17   Kansas Supreme Court receptive to protecting abortion rights
2017/03/13   Alleged jewel thief arrested after missing court hearing
2017/03/12   Airport shooting suspect in court on mental health issues
2017/03/06   Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems
2017/03/02   Florida Legislature at "Open War" with State Supreme Court
2017/02/24   US appeals court upholds Maryland assault weapons ban
2017/02/21   Trial court election changes considered by North Carolina House
2017/02/15   Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear open meetings case
2017/02/14   NC court blocks law stripping governor of election powers
2017/01/28   Philippine president's drug crackdown faces court challenge
2017/01/27   Driver due in court in Cleveland officer's hit-and-run death
2017/01/26   Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group
2017/01/22   Ethics measure backers ask high court to let them join case
2017/01/21   Aaron Hernandez expected in court as murder trial nears
2016/12/06   State high court to hear wind power appeal
2016/12/01   German court upholds former Auschwitz guard's conviction
2016/11/29   Supreme Court rejects church's appeal over marijuana laws
2016/11/20   French court restores far-right candidate's ties to father
2016/11/18   Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate
2016/11/03   Supreme Court won't hear challenge to FBI fitness test
2016/11/01   Supreme Court gives new chance to 5 Arizona inmates
2016/10/26   Greece court cancels TV license overhaul; blow to government
2016/10/10   Iraq's federal court rules against prime minister's reforms
2016/10/03   US Supreme Court won't hear Arizona death sentence case
2016/09/22   European court dismisses case brought by Srebrenica families
2016/09/19   Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun
2016/09/18   Court halts construction of another section of pipeline
2016/09/11   Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP
2016/09/08   Court denies asylum to 28 detained Latin American mothers
2016/08/24   Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio
2016/08/19   Polish prosecutors investigate court head for abuse of power
2016/08/13   North Carolina shooting victim's family hires lawyer
2016/08/09   Appeals court hands loss to New Jersey sports betting effort
2016/07/29   Courts derail voting limits pushed by GOP in 3 states
2016/07/27   Court won't reinstate church official's conviction
2016/07/12   Court denies hospital's bid to perform brain death test
2016/07/08   Thai military court adds to singer's jail term for insults
2016/07/06   Court orders release of Chicago police disciplinary records
2016/07/05   Obama rebukes Poland over paralysis of constitutional court
2016/06/25   Scalia's death, Senate inaction leave Supreme Court in bind
2016/06/14   Spain court orders Operation Puerto blood bags released
2016/06/13   Court Vacates $1.8M Ventura Award in 'American Sniper' Case
2016/06/12   High Court won't hear dispute over birthright citizenship
2016/06/08   Appeals court denies Hope Solo's bid to avoid trial
2016/06/06   British court gives 22 life sentences to pedophile
2016/06/03   Missouri Appeals Court to decide fight over frozen embryos
2016/05/31   Bahrain court more than doubles opposition leader's sentence
2016/05/28   Man admits kidnapping teen girl, raping her during captivity
2016/05/27   Court upholds $3M judgment against Gerber Products Co.
2016/05/26   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/25   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/22   Court rejects blocking health warning on sugary drinks ads
2016/05/10   Kansas Supreme Court reviews lawmakers' school aid changes
2016/05/08   Court: Slipknot bassist's child born after he died can sue
2016/05/04   Tribunal: India, Italy should agree on Italian marine's bail
2016/04/25   Stoddard firefighter charged with arson due in court
2016/04/13   Supreme Court to swear in large group of deaf lawyers
2016/04/12   Appeals court rules Mississippi can resume Google inquiry
2016/03/27   Attorney: Court ruling lets Ohio political candidates lie
2016/03/20   Supreme Court rejects states' challenge to Colorado pot law
2016/03/18   Man accused of terrorism charge with fiancee pleads guilty
2016/03/15   RNC launches campaign to oppose Obama's Supreme Court pick
2016/03/12   Teen changes plea to guilty in deaths of mother, stepfather
2016/03/10   Federal appeals court to rehear Texas voter ID case
2016/02/23   German court ends fight over estate of Iran shah's 2nd wife
2016/02/07   Kenya: Supreme court judge to be investigated over bribery
2016/01/30   Texas renews bid for court-imposed refugee restrictions
2016/01/23   Appeals court upholds Virginia health care facility law
2016/01/18   Ohio's top court declines to change rules on plea deals
2016/01/15   High court raises doubts over Puerto Rico sovereignty
2015/12/12   Mexico issues first permits for marijuana under court ruling
2015/11/17   India court orders action on crematorium near Taj Mahal
2015/11/12   Ruling gives Sandusky back $4,900-a-month Penn State pension
2015/11/03   German court: former SS Auschwitz guard fit for trial
2015/11/02   High court rejects ex-stockbroker's appeal in fraud case
2015/10/18   'Whitey' Bulger's lover heads to court on contempt charge
2015/10/17   Man pleads guilty in threats against Wichita courthouse
2015/10/17   Court records: Ohio man on electronic monitor raped teen
2015/10/10   Quaid expected in Vermont court to face charge
2015/09/14   Ferguson panel recommends police, court reform, transparency
2015/09/08   German court rules against Lufthansa pilot strike
2015/09/07   Kentucky court session planned in former women's coach case
2015/09/05   U.S. military chooses rarely-used charge for Bergdahl
2015/08/27   Burkina Faso court rejects candidate of former ruling party
2015/08/12   Man charged with killing Memphis officer to appear in court
2015/08/11   Penn State ex-officials' case heads to appeals court hearing
2015/08/03   UK jury says trader guilty of manipulating key interest rate
2015/07/27   Appeals court revives challenge to consumer agency
2015/07/25   Appeals court revives challenge to consumer age
2015/07/24   NY state Sen. Sampson found guilty of obstruction
2015/07/19   Ill. high court rejects intervention on state paychecks
2015/07/13   Pakistan court grants bail to top model arrested with cash
2015/07/09   Court revises test on determining Native American status
2015/07/04   Bryant tells court it should affirm same-sex marriage ruling
2015/06/29   Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action
2015/06/20   Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter
2015/06/10   Man accused of Jewish site shootings to appear in court
2015/06/04   Judge grants new trial in death of intern Chandra Levy
2015/04/23   California court ruling could limit drought fighting tools
2015/03/23   Bond hearing scheduled for millionaire Durst in New Orleans
2015/02/25   Philippine court enters not guilty plea for US Marine
2015/02/09   Former Massey Energy CEO asks court to dismiss charges
2015/02/09   Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples
2015/02/03   Supreme Court halts 3 upcoming executions in Oklahoma
2015/02/03   Two justices once open to cameras in court now reconsider
2015/01/30   Fugitive treasure hunter to appear in Florida federal court
2015/01/19   Arizona sheriff could face civil contempt hearing in court
2015/01/08   Nebraska court could hold up Keystone pipeline
2015/01/05   Idaho gay marriage fight appealed to Supreme Court
2014/12/11   Woman at center of 1961 Supreme Court case dies
2008/12/02   Sen. Kennedy awarded honorary degree from Harvard
2008/03/07   Prospective Lawyers May Face Higher Bar Exam Fees
2008/03/06   S.C. giving 1st bar exam since test ruled flawed
2008/03/06   DC Young Lawyers in for Bar Exam Sticker Shock
2008/02/29   2008 Arizona Bar Exam Deadlines and Fees
2008/02/28   February 2008 CA Bar Exam Deadlines


Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearing
Court News | 2017/04/22 22:44
The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as he was ushered into a cramped courtroom for his first appearance before a judge.

Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was supposed to be officially informed about the first-degree murder charge he is accused of in the shooting death of an unarmed security guard.

Authorities have said he then killed three more people in the rampage, targeting white victims, before he was caught.

But the reading of the charge never happened because Muhammad had another outburst, yelling "Let black people go" and a phrase similar to "in reparations" that was not clearly enunciated.

His court appointed lawyer, Eric Christensen, then told the judge: "I believe this gentleman may not be mentally competent to proceed."

Muhammad yelled again and the judge canceled the proceedings, setting bail at $2.6 million and ordering a mental evaluation for Muhammad.

Police have said Muhammad told them that learning he was wanted for the Williams' killing prompted him to try to kill as many white people as possible before he was caught.

He shot three other white men at random Tuesday, police said, including a Pacific Gas & Electric utility worker sitting in a truck and two men who had come out of a Catholic Charities building.


Not guilty pleas entered for accused in Canada polygamy case
Court News | 2017/04/20 06:56
The trial of two Canadian men from a fundamentalist sect that allows men to have multiple wives opened Tuesday with not guilty pleas being entered on charges of practicing polygamy.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler each face one count of polygamy. Both men have served as bishops for the religious settlement of Bountiful, British Columbia which follows the teachings of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints, often referred to as the FLDS.

Oler is accused of having four wives. He pleaded not guilty. Blackmore remained mute and Justice Sheri Ann Donegan said a not guilty plea would be entered on his behalf. Blackmore is accused of marrying 24 women over 25 years.

Blackmore's lawyer, Blair Suffredine, said outside court his client chose to say nothing for religious reasons.

"He doesn't want to deny his faith. He doesn't feel guilty," Suffredine said. "The technical way around that is don't say anything and they'll enter the plea not guilty."

Special prosecutor Peter Wilson told the court his case includes marriage records seized from the church's Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas, which were used in 2010 to sentence leader Warren Jeffs to life in a U.S. prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.


Ohio high court will review full autopsies from 8 slayings
Court News | 2017/04/18 20:57
The Ohio Supreme Court wants to see unredacted autopsy reports from eight slayings in one family as justices consider media lawsuits seeking access to those full reports from the year-old, unsolved case.

The court on Wednesday ordered the Pike County coroner in southern Ohio to submit the reports within two weeks for justices to review outside of public view.

The case involves seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family who were found shot to death at four homes near Piketon last April.

The Columbus Dispatch and The Cincinnati Enquirer separately sued for access to the full autopsies.

Authorities want to shield information, arguing that its release could compromise the investigation. The coroner also says victims' relatives raised concerns about sharing details of how their loved ones died.



2 inmates seek execution stays from Arkansas high court
Court News | 2017/04/13 15:37
The first two inmates facing lethal injection under Arkansas' unprecedented multiple execution plan are seeking a stay from the state Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Don Davis and Bruce Ward asked justices Wednesday to block their executions, scheduled for Monday, while the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case concerning access to independent mental health experts by defendants. The U.S. high court is set to hold oral arguments in that case April 24, a week after the two are set to be put to death.

The inmates' attorneys say they were denied access to independent mental health experts in their cases.

The two men are among seven inmates Arkansas plans to put to death over a 10-day period. The filing is among a flurry of lawsuits aimed at halting the executions.


US court ruling could bring more suits over Nazi-looted art
Court News | 2017/04/06 12:17
The heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers have spent nearly a decade trying to persuade German officials to return a collection of medieval relics valued at more than $250 million.

But they didn't make much headway until they filed a lawsuit in an American court.

The relatives won a round last week when a federal judge ruled that Germany can be sued in the United States over claims the so-called Guelph Treasure was sold under duress in 1935.

It's the first time a court has required Germany to defend itself in the U.S. against charges of looted Nazi art, and experts say it could encourage other descendants of people who suffered during the Holocaust to pursue claims in court.

The case also is among the first affected by a law passed in Congress last year that makes it easier for heirs of victims of Nazi Germany to sue over confiscated art.

"It open all kinds of other claims based on forced sales in Nazi Germany to jurisdiction in U.S. courts if the facts support it," said Nicholas O'Donnell, an attorney representing the heirs.

The collection includes gold crosses studded with gems, ornate silverwork and other relics that once belonged to Prussian aristocrats. The heirs of the art dealers — Jed Leiber, Gerald Stiebel, and Alan Philipp — say their relatives were forced to sell the relics in a coerced transaction for a fraction of its market value.

The consortium of dealers from Frankfurt had purchased the collection in 1929 from the Duke of Brunswick. They had managed to sell about half of the pieces to museums and collectors, but the remaining works were sold in 1935 to the state of Prussia, which at the time was governed by Nazi leader Hermann Goering.

Following the sale, Goering presented the works as a gift to Adolf Hitler, according to court documents. The collection has been on display in Berlin since the early 1960s and is considered the largest collection of German church treasure in public hands.

German officials claim the sale was voluntary and say the low price was a product of the Great Depression and the collapse of Germany's market for art. In 2014, a special German commission set up to review disputed restitution cases concluded it was not a forced sale due to persecution and recommended the collection stay at the Berlin museum.


Democrats tighten opposition of high court pick
Court News | 2017/04/02 00:11
Senate Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed for a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who have the votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch.

Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Brian Schatz of Hawaii became the latest Democratic senators to announce their opposition to Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal appeals court judge in Denver whose conservative rulings make him an intellectual heir to the justice he would replace, the late Antonin Scalia.

McCaskill’s decision came a day after she said she was torn over the decision. She said she’s opposing the federal appeals court judge because his opinions favor corporations over workers and he’s shown “a stunning lack of humanity” in some of those decisions.

She also criticized Trump in her statement announcing her opposition, saying “the president who promised working people he would lift them up has nominated a judge who can’t even see them.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York warned Republicans against changing Senate rules, which could prove momentous for the chamber and would allow all future Supreme Court nominees to get on the court regardless of opposition from the minority party. He says President Donald Trump should just pick a new nominee if Gorsuch is blocked.



High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute
Court News | 2017/03/30 18:02
The Supreme Court seemed to struggle on Monday over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers.

Justices considered the cases of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding pension plans covering about 100,000 employees. But the outcome ultimately could affect the retirement benefits of roughly a million employees around the country.

The hospitals — Advocate Health Care Network, Dignity Health and Saint Peter's Healthcare System — say their pensions are "church plans" exempt from the law and have been treated as such for decades by the government agencies in charge. They want to overturn three lower court rulings against them.

Workers suing the health systems argue that Congress never meant to exempt them and say the hospitals are shirking legal safeguards that could jeopardize retirement benefits.

"I'm torn," Justices Sonia Sotomayor said at one point during the hour-long argument. "This could be read either way in my mind."

Justice Anthony Kennedy said the Internal Revenue Service issued hundreds of letters over more than 30 years approving the hospitals' actions. That shows they were "proceeding in good faith with the assurance of the IRS that what they were doing was lawful," he said.

The case could affect dozens of similar lawsuits over pension plans filed across the country.

Much of the argument focused on how to read a federal law that generally requires pension plans to be fully funded and insured. Congress amended that law in 1980 to carve out a narrow exemption for churches and other religious organizations.



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