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2017/06/20   Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map
2017/06/19   Court: 'JudgeCutie' nickname doesn't ruffle judicial dignity
2017/06/06   High court limits seizure of assets from drug conspiracies
2017/06/03   In one state, abused animals get a legal voice in court
2017/05/23   Playboy model who shot nude of unwitting woman due in court
2017/05/21   Ohio Supreme Court justice backs legalizing marijuana
2017/05/11   Effort to block Confederate statue's removal goes to court
2017/04/19   Austrian court: ex-Croatian general guilty of embezzlement
2017/04/13   Newest justice joins high court amid competing caricatures
2017/03/27   Court bars release of videos made by anti-abortion group
2017/03/15   Polish court issues arrest warrant for US man in Nazi case
2017/02/26   Lawmakers want Supreme Court review of voting law continued
2017/02/08   Court upholds guilty verdict for Russian opposition leader
2017/01/17   Supreme Court considers suit over 2001 detention of Muslims
2017/01/13   High court: Israel must explain lack of access to holy site
2017/01/08   Man who escaped from Rhode Island prison to appear in court
2017/01/07   Former Haitian rebel leader due in US court on drug charges
2016/11/21   Nevada high court considering email public records question
2016/11/15   ICC prosecutors: US forces may have committed war crimes
2016/11/11   Hawaii Supreme Court affirms Maui solar telescope permit
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2016/09/30   USC football player accused of rape appears in Utah court
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2016/05/25   Hulk Hogan, Gawker back in court in Florida
2016/05/24   US appeals court revisits Texas voter ID law
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2016/04/30   High court won't step into Mich. dispute over harness racing
2016/04/17   Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google's online library
2016/04/16   Despite court ruling, China gay rights movement makes gains
2016/04/11   Court sends part of Wisconsin voter ID case back to judge
2016/04/04   Court upholds total population count in electoral districts
2016/03/26   Supreme Court rejects Blagojevich appeal in corruption case
2016/03/14   RNC launches campaign to oppose Obama's Supreme Court pick
2016/02/17   Court declines stay in redistricting; Congress elections off
2016/02/13   Court gunman's children face sentencing for cyberstalking
2016/02/01   Court weighs practice of Christian prayers at meetings
2016/01/19   Rome court acquits ex-Vatican accountant of corruption
2015/12/21   ACLU to appeal court ruling in Missouri drug testing case
2015/12/20   Polish court convicts chemist of planning parliament attack
2015/12/15   Ex-Illinois guardsman pleads guilty in Islamic State plot
2015/12/10   Finland court jails Iraqi twins suspected of IS killing
2015/11/28   South African appeals court nears Pistorius ruling
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2015/11/13   Lufthansa cancels 930 flights Wednesday due to strike
2015/11/06   Kansas Supreme Court to take up school funding case
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2015/10/08   Virginia executes serial killer who claimed to be disabled
2015/10/07   Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda
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2015/09/15   Ohio court: Wording of pot legalization ballot is misleading
2015/09/03   Court cuts prison sentence for Memphis 'sovereign citizen'
2015/08/16   Pistorius prosecutors file appeal at Supreme Court
2015/08/13   Federal court: Anti-Muslim group can't post ads on buses
2015/08/11   Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case
2015/08/08   Court: Lawsuit over Arkansas killing by cop may proceed
2015/07/18   Court Halts Execution Of Tyler Woman's Killer
2015/07/08   US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay
2015/06/28   Kansas court rules against parts of state school funding law
2015/06/26   Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide
2015/06/18   Iowa court allows remote dispensing of abortion pill
2015/06/02   German court cancels session in Auschwitz guard trial
2015/05/16   Attorney: Court orders release of anti-nuclear activists
2015/05/15   Pandora loses to BMI in court hearing, vows to appeal
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Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map
Court Watch | 2017/06/20 16:43
The Supreme Court will take up a momentous fight over parties manipulating electoral districts to gain partisan advantage in a case that could affect the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans across the United States.

At issue is whether Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew legislative districts that favored their party and were so out of whack with the state's political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.

It will be the high court's first case in more than a decade on what's known as partisan gerrymandering. A lower court struck down the districts as unconstitutional last year.

The justices won't hear the arguments until the fall, but the case has already taken on a distinctly ideological, if not partisan, tone. Just 90 minutes after justices announced Monday that they would hear the case, the five more conservative justices voted to halt a lower court's order to redraw the state's legislative districts by November, in time for next year's elections.

The four more liberal justices, named to the court by Democrats, would have let the new line-drawing proceed even as the court considers the issue.

That divide could be significant. One factor the court weighs in making such decisions is which side seems to have a better chance of winning.

Republicans who control the state legislature assured the court that they could draw new maps in time for the 2018 elections, if the court strikes down the districts. If the state wins, there'll be no need for new districts.

Democrats hope a favorable decision will help them cut into Republican electoral majorities. 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.

Both parties have tried to get 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 House of Representatives.


Court: 'JudgeCutie' nickname doesn't ruffle judicial dignity
Court Watch | 2017/06/19 23:43
A Mississippi jurist can call herself "JudgeCutie" without ruffling the dignity of the legal profession.

That's what the Mississippi Supreme Court says in one of its speediest decisions in years.

Only two days after hearing arguments, the court — which often takes months for decisions — dismissed a complaint filed against Gay Polk-Payton. The justice court judge has gone by "JudgeCutie" on social media.

The state Commission on Judicial Performance sought to reprimand her, saying she had used her job on the bench and the online persona to promote herself as a motivational speaker and musical entertainer.

During arguments to the Supreme Court, her attorney Oliver Diaz pointed out that other Mississippi judges have used names that some might consider less than dignified. One was Noah "Soggy" Sweat, a circuit judge from 1966 to 1974.

Court papers say "Judge Cutie" is a play on the name of TV's "Judge Judy."


High court limits seizure of assets from drug conspiracies
Court Watch | 2017/06/06 22:49
The Supreme Court is limiting the government's ability to seize assets from people who are convicted of drug crimes but receive little of the illegal proceeds.

The justices ruled Monday that a Tennessee man convicted for his role selling iodine water purification filters to methamphetamine makers does not have to forfeit nearly $70,000 in profits.

Terry Honeycutt helped sell more than 20,000 filters at his brother's hardware store. Prosecutors said the brothers knew the iodine was used by local meth cooks.

Honeycutt's brother pleaded guilty and forfeited $200,000 of the $270,000 in profits. But Honeycutt argued he wasn't responsible for the rest since he didn't personally see any profits.

A federal appeals court ruled against Honeycutt, saying everyone who joins a drug conspiracy can be required to give up profits.


In one state, abused animals get a legal voice in court
Court Watch | 2017/06/03 18:07
Many states have victim's advocates or child advocates, people in the judicial system who represent those affected by crime or abuse. Now, one state has created legal advocates for abused animals, an experiment being watched across the nation for signs of success.

There are eight approved volunteer advocates across Connecticut — seven lawyers and a UConn law professor, working with her students. It's up to a judge to decide whether to appoint one, but they can be requested by prosecutors or defense attorneys. In the first six months of the law, advocates have been appointed in five cases.

"Every state has the problem of overburdened courts that understandably prioritize human cases over animal cases in allocating resources," said University of Connecticut professor Jessica Rubin, a specialist in animal law. "Here's a way to help."

The American Kennel Club, though, opposed the legislation, saying it could result in confusion over who is responsible for an animal and limit the rights of animal owners, including in cases in which someone else is charged with the abuse.



Playboy model who shot nude of unwitting woman due in court
Court Watch | 2017/05/23 22:50
A Playboy centerfold who ignited a backlash of criticism when she secretly snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posted it online mocking the woman's body is expected to appear in court Wednesday to resolve a criminal charge.

Dani Mathers is planning to show up at a hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court on a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy, her lawyer said.

Mathers, 30, has apologized for taking the photo at an LA Fitness club in July and posting it on Snapchat with the caption: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."

The posting was accompanied by a selfie of Mathers in a tank top with her hand over her mouth as if she's gasping in horror.

The 2015 Playmate of the Year was roundly criticized for the so-called body shaming incident. Mathers said she intended to send the photo privately to a friend and accidentally posted it publicly.

Defense lawyer Dana Cole argued unsuccessfully that the charge should be dismissed because the woman in the photo can't easily be identified.

The victim, who has not been named, is expected to testify if the case goes to trial, said Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney.

Cole said he's hoping to work out a settlement Wednesday. He said prosecutors want a guilty plea and community service on a highway crew. Wilcox said no plea deal has been offered.

Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim did not return phone and email messages seeking comment, but in court papers said Mathers had shown no remorse and needed to face consequences for her "cruel and criminal act."

The defense has argued for a more lenient outcome, saying in court papers that Mathers has already lost modeling work and a job as a radio host. They have recommended she use her notoriety to bring attention to the issue of body shaming.



Ohio Supreme Court justice backs legalizing marijuana
Court Watch | 2017/05/21 13:23
An Ohio Supreme Court justice who’s mulling a run for governor thinks it’s time for the state to decriminalize marijuana.

Justice William O’Neill, the lone Democrat holding an Ohio statewide office, said making marijuana legal is working in Colorado and doing it in Ohio would bring hundreds of millions of dollars in sales taxes.

O’Neill announced earlier this year that he’s considering stepping down and making a run for governor, but he doesn’t plan on making a decision until the end of the year.

In a speech mixed with his analysis of last year’s presidential election and thoughts about problems facing the state, O’Neill said he not only wants to legalize marijuana but also release all non-violent marijuana offenders from prison.

Doing those two things would generate an estimated $350 million to both combat drug addiction and create a mental health network run by the state, he told members of the Wayne County Democratic Party on Friday night.

“The time has come for new thinking,” O’Neill said in his prepared remarks. “We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass.”

He said the Democratic Party needs new ideas in 2018 if it wants to knock off Republicans who control all branches of Ohio government.

O’Neill wants to see the Ohio Department of Mental Health re-open the network of state hospitals that were closed decades ago and change how the state deals with addiction.

“Treat addiction like the disease it is in the name of compassion,” he said.

There’s already a crowded field lining up on both sides of the governor’s race.

For the Democrats, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, former state Rep. Connie Pillich and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni are making runs.

The field on the Republican side includes U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and Secretary of State Jon Husted while Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Attorney General Mike DeWine are widely expected to seek the GOP nomination.


Effort to block Confederate statue's removal goes to court
Court Watch | 2017/05/11 05:06
A last-ditch effort to block the removal of a monument to a Confederate general in New Orleans has landed in court.

At issue before state Judge Kern Reese on Wednesday was whether the city owns the monument honoring Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. The statue is located at the entrance to New Orleans City Park. Those who don't want it removed are arguing that it belongs to a park board, and therefore the city has no authority to remove it.

The statue is one of three monuments to Confederate leaders slated for removal in New Orleans. A fourth, the Liberty Place monument, was removed in the dead of night without advance notice last month due to threats of violence.

That monument honored a rebellion by whites who battled a biracial Reconstruction-era government in New Orleans.


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