378 entries in 'Headline Legal News'
2017/07/30   Australian court debates release of Queen's secret letters
2017/07/19   EU closer to sanctions on Poland over changes in judiciary
2017/07/01   Indiana high court to rule on Lake Michigan beach ownership
2017/06/27   McCarthy found guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Bella Bond
2017/06/16   Michelle Carter text suicide trial verdict: Guilty
2017/06/08   Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower for stinky smells
2017/05/27   Bangladesh Supreme Court removes Lady Justice statue
2017/05/05   Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman returns to court in drug case
2017/04/15   Court document: Hawaii mother’s body parts found in freezer
2017/04/11   Official: Man accused in store attack misses court hearing
2017/04/05   Baldwin's Supreme Court nominee fight is early flashpoint
2017/03/16   Trump travel ban in new court setback near nation's capital
2017/02/22   Court: Missouri not required to name execution drug's source
2017/02/20   UK court says income threshold for foreign spouses is lawful
2017/02/11   Kenya court blocks closing of world's biggest refugee camp
2017/01/27   Supreme Court to hear case about party in vacant DC house
2017/01/24   Top court reviews free speech case of man's anti-police rap
2016/12/03   Court revives lawsuit against California bullet stamping law
2016/11/04   Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate
2016/10/20   Landowners to court: Exxon Mobil pipeline breaches contract
2016/10/14   Rights group criticizes Polish law of weakening top court
2016/10/14   Court enters default judgment in Kansas voting rights case
2016/10/03   Supreme Court rejects Whitey Bulger appeal
2016/10/01   Supreme Court in holding pattern, awaiting ninth justice
2016/09/23   California Supreme Court to consider suit over Yelp review
2016/09/20   DC gun law gets hearing before Washington appeals court
2016/09/04   Gays can seek parental rights for nonbiological kids
2016/07/22   Kansas court upholds death sentence for sheriff's killing
2016/06/14   Court upholds net neutrality rules on equal internet access
2016/06/01   NY court: Case against ex-AIG execs can continue
2016/04/23   Arkansas funeral home pleads guilty over stacked bodies
2016/04/05   Nevada court hears casino mogul Adelson's defamation case
2016/04/05   Supreme Court Rejects Conservative Group’s Argument
2016/03/22   Judge begins to deliver verdict in Ukrainian pilot trial
2016/03/08   Reid pounds GOP united against Obama Supreme Court choice
2016/02/29   African-American voters see court fight as affront to Obama
2016/02/19   Nevada's GOP governor honored by mention about high court
2016/01/25   Supreme Court rejects appeal to outlaw death penalty
2016/01/13   Florida asks court to deny inmate's execution-delay request
2015/12/25   Jeffrey Dahmer's lawyer suspended by Supreme Court
2015/12/10   Supreme Court torn over Texas affirmative action program
2015/12/02   US court rejects Virginia death row inmate's appeal
2015/11/23   Rancher pleads guilty to falsely claiming cattle losses
2015/11/18   Court won’t hear case over grant to Planned Parenthood
2015/11/03   Supreme Court troubled by DA's rejection of black jurors
2015/11/03   High court won't hear appeal on mortgage ratings
2015/10/20   Supreme Court won't reinstate $250K award in police shooting
2015/10/14   Court reinstates lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims
2015/10/02   Connecticut court stands by decision eliminating execution
2015/09/25   Arizona sheriff faces judge after defying court orders
2015/09/19   Appeals court upholds injunction halting health mandate
2015/09/04   Washington Supreme Court rules against Backpage.com
2015/09/02   Alaska Supreme Court won't block Medicaid expansion
2015/08/23   Amended voter identification law subject of court hearing
2015/08/14   Court fines Washington state over education funding
2015/08/11   Appeals court won't reconsider ex-Virginia governor's case
2015/08/05   Maine court: Anti-gay marriage group must disclose donors
2015/07/12   Silicon Valley company starts to take court disputes online
2015/07/07   Peterson returns to court in murder-for-hire trial
2015/07/03   Oklahoma court to look at blocking Tulsa grand jury probe
2015/06/26   Pennsylvania court rejects law that aided NRA gun challenges
2015/06/25   Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias
2015/06/24   US court upholds tough rules on for-profit college loans
2015/06/23   Supreme Court Voids Routine Police Check Of Hotel Registries
2015/06/22   High court strikes down raisin program as unconstitutional
2015/06/17   Huguely files appeal request with U.S. Supreme Court
2015/06/12   Appeals court sets aside conviction of bin Laden assistant
2015/06/11   Poll: Most Americans expect Supreme Court to OK gay marriage
2015/06/01   High court throws out conviction for Facebook threats
2015/05/18   Court: State can’t order unions, companies to reach binding contracts
2015/05/12   Ohio man accused in US Capitol terror plot returns to court
2015/03/31   Afghan Court Sentences AP Journalist’s Killer to 20 Years
2015/02/25   Supreme Court sides with Kansas in water dispute
2015/02/16   NYPD officer due in court in stairwell shooting
2015/01/30   Appeals court weighs suit in US Marshals shooting
2015/01/08   Fate of thousands at stake in Massachusetts court arguments
2014/12/31   'Saved by the Bell' Actor Due in a Wisconsin Court
2014/11/07   Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill
2014/11/05   Abortion-rights supporters welcomed the delay Tuesday.
2014/11/04   Appeals court takes on NSA surveillance case
2014/10/20   Appeals court reinstates Texas voter ID law
2014/09/02   Court agrees to review Alaska Roadless Rule case
2014/08/19   Washington high court to hear charter school case
2014/08/13   Appeals court OKs permits for Upper Peninsula mine
2014/07/01   US Supreme Court lets Equifax tax ruling stand
2014/06/25   Court rejects appeal of gay jury selection case
2014/06/13   Court: No blanket exemption for police dashcams
2014/06/10   High court won't hear California's prison appeal
2014/05/30   Supreme Court Says Mich. Can't Block Indian Casino
2014/05/27   Iran judge summons Facebook CEO to court
2014/05/20   Supreme Court takes up case of fired air marshal
2014/05/16   Court: Red Bulls must pay $2.8M in property tax
2014/05/13   European court: Google must yield on personal info
2014/05/05   Casino law hinges on Massachusetts high court case
2014/04/30   Court considers whistleblower free speech rights
2014/04/21   High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet
2014/04/17   Court rules for environmentalists in water fight
2014/04/15   Court date reset in Vegas Strip bird death case
2014/04/08   Court OKs $57M verdict for WA home-care workers
2014/04/03   Supreme Court Refuses To Overturn Arizona Marijuana Ruling
2014/03/31   Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court
2014/03/24   Egypt court sentences 528 Morsi supporters to death
2014/03/10   Driver pleads guilty in deadly bus stop crash
2014/02/24   Arizona high court bars cuts to public pensions
2014/02/20   Fight over gay marriage moving to federal courts
2014/02/20   Supreme Court affirms pipeline value decision
2014/02/07   Australian court rules ANZ Bank late fees too high
2014/02/03   Pakistan court dismisses Musharraf medical request
2014/01/24   Supreme Court debates 'straw purchasers' gun law
2014/01/16   High court rejects Ohio killer's last-minute plea
2014/01/10   Court suspends ban on a show by French comic
2013/12/23   Canadian court strikes down anti-prostitution laws
2013/12/20   Calif. high court mulling release of law test data
2013/12/12   NY court: Reporter shielded in Colo. shooting case
2013/12/09   Haiti protest derides Dominican court ruling
2013/12/05   Supreme Court won't stop NY's Internet taxation
2013/12/02   Nevada Supreme Court upholds ethics laws
2013/11/29   Amanda Knox appeals slander case to European court
2013/11/08   Anti-whaling activist to testify in US court
2013/10/25   Appeals court rejects secret Delaware arbitration
2013/10/23   Farmers tied to listeria outbreak to plead guilty
2013/09/23   Wenatchee lawyer picked for federal judgeship
2013/08/28   Committee OKs school spending report for WA court
2013/07/18   Court: Legal status can't be used in civil cases
2013/07/16   Court sides with Yahoo in data collection case
2013/07/12   Ill. Supreme Court ends challenge to abortion law
2013/07/06   SC high court overturns $11M defamation verdicts
2013/06/20   Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal
2013/06/11   Court: $1M coverage for Conn. fire victim families
2013/06/07   Intel chair says NSA court order is renewal
2013/05/30   Chicago man pleads guilty in NY hacking case
2013/05/29   Wal-Mart pleads guilty in hazardous waste
2013/05/24   Oil leasing dispute heads to federal court
2013/05/23   Court strikes down Arizona 20-week abortion ban
2013/04/12   Court shoots down Yakama tobacco company lawsuit
2013/03/31   US appeals court grants Hobby Lobby full hearing
2013/03/03   Justices voice skepticism of voting rights law
2013/02/12   3 plead guilty to falsifying OH weapons permits
2013/01/24   Economist convicted of tax fraud in NY court
2013/01/19   High court to hear appeal in case of jilted woman
2013/01/11   Lohan lawyer in NYC courthouse in nightclub case
2012/12/27   Ohio schools officer to plead guilty to sex charge
2012/12/20   Appeals court sides with newspaper in labor fight
2012/12/04   Firm settles with W.Va. AG over mortgage case
2012/11/15   Lawyer accused of laundering money to request bail
2012/11/06   Lawyer for NY man suing Facebook wants out of case
2012/10/12   Ohio appeals to Supreme Court on early voting
2012/09/27   Justices step back from Pa. court funding dispute
2012/09/12   KC law firm owner faces murder, forgery charges
2012/09/07   Ga. county must $4 million to billboard firm
2012/08/17   3M Co. sues former law firm for switching sides
2012/08/10   Fed. appeals court denies ex-Ill. governor appeal
2012/08/04   Court orders Chevron to stop drilling for oil
2012/07/27   Court sides with NJ judges in pension dispute
2012/07/18   Tenn. court says convicted killer can keep money
2012/07/09   Texas Voter ID Law to be Tested in a Federal Court
2012/07/06   Cal Supreme Court rules in child death case
2012/07/02   GlaxoSmithKline settles healthcare fraud case
2012/06/28   High court ruling vindicates Obama on health care
2012/06/15   Penn State: Court should dismiss Spanier's lawsuit
2012/06/09   NY court limits disclosure in old communist probe
2012/06/04   High court protects Secret Service agents
2012/05/26   Court orders woman to stay away from Jeff Goldblum
2012/05/19   Md. highest court recognizes same-sex divorce
2012/05/08   Court says illegal immigrants can't have guns
2012/04/30   Designer Louboutin hits back in red sole lawsuit
2012/03/06   Ryan & Maniskas, LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit
2012/02/23   NY court decision bolsters anti-fracking movement
2012/02/22   Court says police cannot be sued over warrant
2012/02/15   Cisco challenges Microsoft takeover of Skype in EU
2012/02/13   Federal court rules for Ohio festival free speech
2012/02/10   Miss high court hears challenge to Barbour pardons
2012/02/07   Utah high court to hear posthumous benefits case
2012/02/04   Magnet Toy Class Action Settlement
2012/02/03   Miss. high court takes ex-gov pardons case
2012/02/02   HIV-positive man who sued Atlanta gets new hearing
2012/01/30   Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files Class Action
2012/01/27   US judge denies bid to block NV mustang roundups
2012/01/26   NY court: Judge can't block $18B Ecuador judgment
2012/01/23   US high court: warrant needed for GPS tracking
2012/01/18   Pacman Jones pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
2012/01/17   Court rejects appeals in student speech cases
2011/12/30   Del. court says ex-HP CEO can't keep letter secret
2011/12/28   Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files Class Action Suit
2011/12/27   Court: Ark. can't stop desegregation funds
2011/12/27   Supreme Court says Manchester property tax data private
2011/12/21   Suspect in immigration agent killing held in US
2011/12/20   Gingrich assails judges as he courts conservatives
2011/12/16   Court hearing set in White House shooting case
2011/12/14   Next ICC prosecutor warns against sex crimes
2011/12/13   High court to review tough Arizona immigration law
2011/12/09   CA same-sex marriage ban gets another day in court
2011/12/09   Appeals court blocks cement plant pollution rule
2011/12/07   Political aide to former Md. governor found guilty
2011/12/05   CARRIER iQ, Inc. Sued in Class Action
2011/12/01   Court reviews Ga. firing of transgender woman
2011/11/28   Court to look at overtime pay for drug sales reps
2011/11/22   Defendant in $670M scam enters guilty plea in Va.
2011/11/18   Federal court issues new political maps for Texas
2011/11/17   Missouri Supreme Court upholds strip club restrictions
2011/11/14   Company pleads guilty to dumping wastewater in Harvey Canal
2011/11/09   Calif high court hears debate over worker breaks
2011/11/07   NY investment firm among owners of Maine casino
2011/11/07   Court to look at life in prison for juveniles
2011/11/03   Appeals panel sides with CBS over Super Bowl fine
2011/11/01   Scandal-plagued former Bell official sues city
2011/10/31   Alabama immigration fight recalls civil rights era
2011/10/28   Appeals court overturns key Cape Wind clearance
2011/10/21   Indiana, Planned Parenthood in court over funding
2011/10/21   Artists sue auction houses over royalties law
2011/10/18   Arpaio to testify about failed investigations
2011/10/06   High court appears to favor Ala. death row inmate
2011/10/04   Court turns away appeal over commandments display
2011/09/27   High court to decide lawyer immunity question
2011/09/24   Samsung seeks iPhone, iPad sale ban in Dutch court
2011/09/22   Court rules that UBS trader should stay in custody
2011/09/09   Guilty plea for Va. man in $318K Social Security fraud
2011/09/01   Group seeks appellate action on gays in military
2011/08/26   No choking charges for Wis. Supreme Court justice
2011/08/18   NY court rejects $18M class action writers deal
2011/08/18   Man found guilty in Atlanta of killing boxer
2011/08/17   EPA settles with owners of Mass. chemical plant
2011/08/16   2 enter guilty pleas in GOP corruption case
2011/08/12   Lawyer: 'Jeopardy!' burglary suspect a prostitute
2011/08/12   Miss. judge suspended for misconduct
2011/08/10   Ariz. governor on deadline for immigration appeal
2011/08/09   Pozen says Texas court upholds Treximet patents
2011/08/05   Lawyer pleads guilty to $47 million Ponzi scheme
2011/08/03   Kansas workers seek to bar immigration questions
2011/08/01   DeMocker defense says former lawyer will keep mum
2011/07/20   Court reverses conviction on online Obama threat
2011/07/20   Fresno DA charges woman after deadly bus crash
2011/07/16   Challenge to visa lottery dismissed by judge
2011/07/11   Arizona court vacates $75 million cash-only bond
2011/07/05   Justice Ginsburg's future plans closely watched
2011/07/04   14.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict Awarded Against State Farm Insurance
2011/06/29   BofA Near $8.5B Deal to Settle Big Investors' Claims
2011/06/27   Citigroup ex-VP arrested in NYC on fraud charges
2011/06/27   Wis. Gov: Supreme Court needs to resolve discord
2011/06/24   Pa. appeals court upholds $188M Wal-Mart verdict
2011/06/24   Va suit settled over coalbed methane rights
2011/06/23   Casino owner cited in complaint against Ala. judge
2011/06/20   Court says age must be considered in interrogation
2011/06/14   2 ex-judges, lawyer back to prison in Miss scheme
2011/06/11   Ohio judge says Ford must pay dealers $2B
2011/06/11   Pa. appeals court upholds $188M Wal-Mart verdict
2011/06/07   Court: No shield law for message boards posters
2011/05/19   Mack Trucks, Volvo to pay $525M to settle suit
2011/05/17   Court says FOIA request cannot be used in lawsuit
2011/05/12   Phoenix realtor pleads guilty to mortgage fraud
2011/05/09   Courts nationwide hold hearings with video
2011/05/04   Judge clears 'Housewives' firing lawsuit for trial
2011/05/02   Polygamous church dispute may head to Utah court
2011/05/02   Insurer settles suit with former USU frat members
2011/04/28   Iowa court reverses child endangerment conviction
2011/04/28   Ohio man pleads guilty in abortion-gunpoint case
2011/04/25   High court rejects quick review of health care law
2011/04/25   Md. court considering same-sex spousal privilege
2011/04/17   US court turns away new appeal from Uighurs
2011/04/10   Lawyers for NFL, players talk mediation with judge
2011/04/06   Texas death row inmate gets reprieve
2011/03/24   Court nixes new rape trial in dispute over poem
2011/03/22   High court unlikely to grant right to lawyer
2011/03/11   Ex-judge Camp sentenced to 30 days in prison
2011/02/25   US high court says Nevada can ban brothel ads
2011/02/25   Scott+Scott LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit
2011/02/25   France's Publicis faces $100 million gender bias lawsuit
2011/02/24   Vivendi To Cut US Class Action Provision
2011/02/21   Horizon Lines to plead guilty to fixing prices
2011/02/19   as man on Neb. death row appeals to high court
2011/02/18   Fla. Ruling Big Tobacco Won Comes Back To Bite It
2011/02/03   Maine federal judge lets class action in care suit
2011/02/01   Trenton voids law firm contract for contributions
2011/01/26   Mo. court sides with immigrant in adoption appeal
2011/01/18   Court won't stop class-action suit against Pella
2011/01/11   Judge approves $179M settlement for AK Steel retirees
2011/01/03   Court: Couple Can't Have Adult Child's Records
2010/12/20   Mont. Supreme Court considers access restrictions
2010/12/16   Searchers seek gunman in Utah ranger shooting
2010/11/29   Leaked US cables reveal sensitive diplomacy
2010/11/26   $450m class action launched against NAB
2010/11/03   Court Appoints Lawyer for Bernard Kilpatrick
2010/10/25   BP expected to pay Florida $20M for seafood inspections
2010/10/04   Court won't speed challenge to MN disclosure law
2010/09/22   Court affirms overturning Fla. gay adoption ban
2010/09/22   American Bar Association Honors Philadelphia Firms
2010/09/16   Man who tried to fake death pleads guilty to fraud
2010/09/16   Court lets part of organic-milk case proceed
2010/09/09   Menzer & Hill, P.A. Announces Investigation
2010/08/23   Doctor charged in Jackson's death due in court
2010/08/18   Paralegal, husband indicted in $1 million law-firm embezzlement
2010/08/09   BP Deposits $3 Billion in Spill Fund
2010/08/03   Mo. man pleads guilty in 10-fatality Okla. wreck
2010/08/03   Murder conviction of mom reversed in California
2010/07/29   Judge delays injunction in Neb. immigration suits
2010/07/27   Goldman Allowed to Keep Issuing Securities
2010/07/20   Court grants bail to jailed ex-media mogul Black
2010/07/12   Self Representation Hurting Individual Cases, Courts, Say Judges
2010/06/28   Ore. trial court to reconsider $100M tobacco case
2010/06/21   Major Class Action Settlement Hung Up Over Legal Fees
2010/06/21   US court tosses protester's arrest at Liberty Bell
2010/06/14   Calif. high court to hear church's property appeal
2010/06/09   Ex-lawyer faces sentencing for Ponzi scheme
2010/05/28   US defends attending Sudan leader's inauguration
2010/05/24   China to frame its first immigration law to attract foreigners
2010/05/17   Trial for Chandra Levy slaying suspect stays in DC
2010/04/28   Ex-SEC lawyer gets 8 years for pump-and-dump fraud
2010/04/16   NY immigration agent pleads guilty to sex coercion
2010/02/28   Supreme Court scrutinizes state, local gun control
2010/02/25   Obama nominates Berkeley prof to appeals court
2010/02/22   State won't pay legal fees for computer lawsuit
2010/01/20   Samsung to pay Rambus $700 million in settlement
2010/01/06   Appellate court overturns Kickapoo conviction
2009/12/19   Supreme Court halts release of 2 murderers
2009/11/18   Guilty plea in Wash. shooting spree that killed 6
2009/11/02   Obama administration: Toss wiretap lawsuit
2009/10/26   Nokia’s lawsuit against Apple over iPhone likely a negotiating tactic over licensing fees
2009/10/02   Madoff trustee sues Madoff family for almost $200M
2009/08/28   ACLU Demands Info On DHS Computer Searches At Borders
2009/08/27   Veteran Says Mercenaries Shot Him In Iraq
2009/08/26   Former Prof Arrested, Accused of Taking 2 Guns Into Law Library
2009/08/26   Former Stanford Investment Advisers Push to Get Assets Unfrozen
2009/08/25   Class Claims Facebook Invades Privacy, Sells Personal Information
2009/08/24   Newly Released Documents Show Rehnquist's Private Side
2009/08/19   Asbestos Tests Must Continue
2009/08/17   Bogus 'Emergency' In Forest, Groups Say
2009/08/13   Texas Judge Orders Microsoft To Stop Selling Word In The US
2009/08/12   Top Madoff Aid Pleads Guilty
2009/08/06   Suspended Boston Cop Sues City
2009/07/30   11-Word Press Snippets Might Violate Copyright
2009/07/28   Sotomayor Running Out Of Potential GOP Support
2009/07/24   Lawyer Says LexisNexis Charges Sneaky Fees
2009/07/23   Student Athletes Sue NCAA For Profits From Their Images
2009/07/22   Mexican TV Can't Be Shown On US Internet
2009/07/21   One More Week For Sotomayor Vote
2009/07/20   Lawyers' Depresssion Soars During Recession
2009/06/17   John Hinckley Gets More Freedom
2009/05/29   Conrad Black Asks for Release from Prison
2009/05/26   Judge Sonia Sotomayor Accepts Nomination to Supreme Court
2009/05/14   US judge OKs $116M ruling in deadly terror attack
2009/05/07   Conservative Sessions leads court nomination fight
2009/04/28   Judge Upholds $100M Verdict for Mattel
2009/04/20   South Korean Blogger Acquitted
2009/04/17   Davis Polk Recruit Ex-SEC Aide
2009/04/16   18-month sentence for South Korean blogger
2009/04/15   El Segundo Ponzi Scheme Targets Latinos
2009/04/14   Tainted Chinese drywall shows up in Katrina homes
2009/04/11   Differing Views in GOP Voting
2009/04/09   Texas Court Upheld Civil Verdict
2009/03/04   CA Court to Rule Over Gay Marriage Ban
2009/02/20   US Demands 52,000 IDs from Swiss Banks
2009/02/10   Media Giants Forcing Smaller Guys Out
2009/01/27   Wrongfully convicted, man can't sue prosecutor
2009/01/20   ACLU Challenges Gov't Secrecy in the False Claims Act
2009/01/07   Hollywood Firm Dreier Trying to Sever Ties
2009/01/05   Holocaust Survivors' Class Action Dismissed
2008/12/29   Relatives mourn family slain in Santa shootings
2008/12/17   Internet gambling tycoon gives up $300M in plea
2008/12/16   Ill. gov. says ready to tell his side of scandal
2008/12/14   Oklahoma files appeal in poultry litter case
2008/12/02   Ill. corruption figure Rezko sentencing set Jan. 6
2008/08/25   RI gov, union back in court over health insurance
2008/08/23   Indictments to stand against DeLay associates
2008/05/05   N.Y. Judge Files $10 Million Defamation Suit
2008/04/04   Know Your Lawyer in Illinois
2008/03/27   Nominees Announced for 10TH Judicial Circuit
2008/03/20   State bar hears from Supreme Court candidates
2008/03/14   Kentucky Bar Association investigates two presidents-elect
2008/03/11   Lawyer who abandoned client suspended
2008/03/07   State Bar of Arizona to move Tucson regional office
2008/03/07   Minnesota Bars Beat Smoking Ban
2008/03/06   NJ State pays $250K to settle lawsuit
2008/03/06   Legislators get bar's ear on lawyer discipline
2008/03/06   A Key Case on Gun Control
2008/02/29   Notable California Trials
2008/02/23   Bar association moving to first permanent location
2008/02/22   Virginia Bar president considers attorney trust audits
2008/02/21   Drexel Law Gets Provisional Accreditation


Australian court debates release of Queen's secret letters
Headline Legal News | 2017/07/30 03:42
A legal battle over secret letters revealing what Queen Elizabeth II knew of her Australian representative's stunning plan to dismiss Australia's government in 1975 opened in federal court Monday, in a case that could finally solve a mystery behind the country's most dramatic political crisis.

Historian Jenny Hocking is asking the Federal Court to force the National Archives of Australia to release the letters between the British monarch, who is also Australia's constitutional head of state, and her former Australian representative, Governor-General Sir John Kerr. The Archives have classified the letters as "personal," meaning they might never be made public.

The letters would reveal what, if anything, the queen knew about Kerr's plan to dismiss Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's government in 1975 to resolve a deadlock in Parliament. It is the only time in Australian history that a democratically elected federal government was dismissed on the British monarch's authority. The dismissal stunned Australians and bolstered calls for the country to sever its colonial ties to Britain and become a republic.

Whitlam's own son, lawyer Antony Whitlam, is arguing the case on behalf of Hocking, and took on the case free of charge.

Hocking, a Whitlam biographer, argues that Australians have a right to know the details of their history, and that the letters written in the months leading up to the unprecedented dismissal are key to unraveling the truth.


EU closer to sanctions on Poland over changes in judiciary
Headline Legal News | 2017/07/19 22:24
The European Union is coming closer to imposing sanctions on Poland for the government's attempt to take control over the judiciary, a senior official warned Wednesday, but he said the bloc was still open to dialogue.

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans spoke Wednesday in Brussels, shortly after Poland's lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to send a contentious draft law that would reorganize the nation's top Supreme Court for more work by a special parliamentary commission.

Timmermans said that the EU was closer to triggering Article 7 against Poland because its recent steps toward the judiciary "greatly amplify the threat to the rule of law" and threaten putting the judiciary "under full political control of the government." But he said that dialogue between the EU and Poland should continue while the legislation is being worked on.

The EU's Article 7 allows the bloc to strip a nation of its voting rights. Article 7 was envisioned to ensure democratic standards in EU members. It requires unanimity among all other member states.

The vote in Poland's parliament, which is dominated by the ruling Law and Justice party, was preceded by a heated debate and street protests. It was the latest in a string of conflicts over the policies of the conservative party, which won power in a 2015 election. The government is also under strong criticism from other EU leaders.

Lawmakers voted 434-6 with one abstention for the commission for justice and human rights to review and issue its opinion on the draft law, which gives politicians, not lawyers, the power over appointments to the Supreme Court and reorganizes its structure.

The head of the commission, Stanislaw Piotrowicz, said it wasn't clear when the commission would convene and when its opinion would be known. He said the number of amendments proposed by the opposition was aimed at obstructing its work.

In a heated debate Tuesday, the opposition proposed more than 1,000 amendments to the draft, which, it says, kills judicial independence and destroys the democratic principle of the separation of the judiciary from the executive power.



Indiana high court to rule on Lake Michigan beach ownership
Headline Legal News | 2017/07/01 10:15
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide who owns the land immediately adjacent to Lake Michigan.

Don and Bobbie Gunderson claim their land on Lake Michigan extends to the water’s edge, meaning no one can access the beach by their house without permission, the (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

The state said it owns the land in a trust for all residents up to the “ordinary high-water mark.” The line is generally defined as the mark on the shore where the presence of water is continuous enough to distinguish it from land through erosion, vegetation changes or other characteristics.

The state was granted the land at statehood in 1816, said Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher. He said the state must control beach erosion, which it can’t do effectively if nearby homeowners are allowed to claim the beach as their own.

The high court’s order granting transfer of the case vacates a 2016 state Court of Appeals ruling that established an unprecedented property-sharing arrangement between the state and lakefront landowners. All parties involved with the case agreed the appellate court’s decision was unsatisfactory and asked the state Supreme Court to rule on the matter independently.

Justices will receive written briefs and likely hear oral arguments later this year before issuing a decision, likely in 2018.

The decision will determine if visitors can walk, sunbathe and play on Lake Michigan beaches located between the water and privately owned properties next to the lake.


McCarthy found guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Bella Bond
Headline Legal News | 2017/06/27 23:14
Michael McCarthy has been convicted of 2nd-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl dubbed Baby Doe after her remains washed up on Boston Harbor island.

The verdict was announced in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday.

Michael McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 death of the girl who was later identified as Bella Bond.

Man facing life in prison after being found guilty of murder. A North Carolina man has been found guilty in the death of his fiancée and will serve the rest of his life in prison.

Local media outlets report an Onslow County jury found 59-year-old Timothy Noble guilty on Thursday of first-degree murder in the 2014 death of 58-year-old Debra Holden.

Deputies responding to the scene on Oct. 31, 2014, said Holden was found at a residence with a gunshot wound to her temple. Her death was originally ruled a suicide, but Noble was arrested eight months later after the medical examiner ruled the case a homicide. Noble will get credit for time spent in prison while awaiting trial.



Michelle Carter text suicide trial verdict: Guilty
Headline Legal News | 2017/06/16 23:44
A young Massachusetts woman accused of sending her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were teenagers was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Friday.

Michelle Carter was charged in the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter, then 17, cajoled Roy to kill himself in July 2014 with a series of texts and phone calls, prosecutors alleged. Roy died when his pickup truck filled with carbon monoxide in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. After he exited the truck, Carter told him to "get back in," prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege Carter pushed Roy to commit suicide because she was desperate for attention and sympathy from classmates, reports CBS Boston, and wanted to play the role of a grieving girlfriend. Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, said Roy was intent on killing himself and took Carter along on his "sad journey."

Carter waived her right to a jury trial, so Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz decided the case. He began deliberating late Tuesday after closing arguments concluded and read his verdict Friday morning.

While Roy took "significant actions of his own" to take his own life, Carter's instruction to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct, the judge said. Even though she knew he was in the truck, she didn't take action to help him by calling the police or his family, Moniz said.

"She called no one and finally she did not issue a simple additional instruction -- get out of the truck," Moniz said.

Carter cried as the judge read his verdict and sobs broke out in the courtroom.

The judge set sentencing for Aug. 3. He ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy's family and not to leave the state. She faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison.


Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower for stinky smells
Headline Legal News | 2017/06/08 02:55
A pot farm's neighbor can sue them for smells and other nuisances that could harm their property values, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a lawsuit between a Colorado horse farm and a neighboring marijuana-growing warehouse.

The horse farm's owners, the Reillys, sued in 2015, claiming that the pot-growing warehouse would diminish their land's value by emitting "noxious odors" and attracting unsavory visitors. A federal district court dismissed the Reillys' claim, and the pot warehouse opened in 2016.

The horse farm owners appealed, and a three-judge appeals panel agreed Wednesday that their claims should be heard. But the judges said the Reillys can't sue Colorado to force the state to enforce federal drug law and not allow the pot warehouse in the first place.

The southern Colorado horse-vs-pot case is interesting because the horse farm owners are trying to use a 1970 federal law crafted to fight organized crime. The Reillys say that federal racketeering laws entitle them to collect damages from the pot farm, even though the pot farm is legal under state law.

"The landowners have plausibly alleged at least one (racketeering) claim," the judges wrote.

Pot opponents say the racketeering strategy gives them a possible tool to break an industry they oppose. It could give private citizens who oppose pot legalization a way to sue the industry out of business, even as federal officials have so far declined to shut down most pot businesses operating in violation of federal drug law.

"This is a tremendous victory for opponents of the marijuana industry," said Brian Barnes, a Washington-based lawyer who represents the Reillys on behalf of the anti-crime nonprofit group Safe Streets Alliance.

Owners of the pot warehouse, owned by a company called Alternative Holistic Healing, did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday. An attorney representing them in the case could not be reached, either.

The case now goes to back to a federal district court that had earlier dismissed it.

The appeals panel handed pot opponents a defeat on another case Wednesday, however. The judges ruled that a lower court was right to dismiss a claim from a group of sheriffs in Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma, who had asked the federal court to block Colorado's pot law.


Bangladesh Supreme Court removes Lady Justice statue
Headline Legal News | 2017/05/27 16:54
A statue depicting the Greek goddess of justice was removed from the front side of Bangladesh's Supreme Court building early on Friday following pressure from religious groups that termed it “un-Islamic,” according to local media and the attorney general.

The controversy over the Lady Justice statue had been brewing for several months, with many religious groups staunchly opposed to its installation.

Even Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stepped into the controversy, who to the surprise of all, had backed the move to remove the statue.

Only policemen were allowed to enter the court premises when it was being moved.

Attorney General Mahbube Alam told Anadolu Agency the statue had been moved to another place within the court premises. “I heard the decision came from the full court to remove it from the present place and to replace it somewhere else in the court premise,” he said.

Hefazat-e-Islam and Bangladesh Olama League were among the Islamic groups who had been demanding the statue’s removal since it was installed in December 2016.

Hefazat-e-Islam leaders met Hasina on April 11 demanding the removal of the statue of Greek goddess Themis, who is depicted blindfolded with a sword in one hand and the balanced scales of justice on the other.





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