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2018/02/20   Courts: Bail reform working, but sustainable funding needed
2018/02/11   Court: Ex-West Virginia judge ineligible for benefits
2018/02/11   Wisconsin Supreme Court primary will leave just two
2018/02/07   Supreme Court blocks some redrawn North Carolina districts
2018/01/26   Court halts execution of Alabama inmate with dementia
2018/01/20   Supreme Court delays order for North Carolina to redraw maps
2018/01/16   Hong Kong court to rule later on 3 activists' prison terms
2018/01/03   Court extends halt in Louisiana executions after judge dies
2017/12/28   Northern Indiana man 3rd generation caring for court clock
2017/12/26   Appeals court: Trump exceeded authority with travel ban
2017/12/25   Commission to recommend pretrial reforms for Illinois courts
2017/12/22   Myanmar court sentences 4 family members in maid abuse
2017/12/21   US jury acquits Peruvian defendant in FIFA bribery case
2017/12/18   Russian court: ex-minister guilty of taking $2 million bribe
2017/12/04   Idaho man upset with court tries to crash into courthouse
2017/11/24   Walker signs bill inspired by cabin-owners' court fight
2017/11/22   Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports
2017/11/10   Samsung worker killed by brain tumor wins compensation case
2017/10/29   Indonesia court upholds seizure of illegal fishing vessel
2017/10/29   Illinois to require veterans courts across the state in 2018
2017/10/10   Australia's High Court to consider fate of 7 lawmakers
2017/09/13   Justices allow Trump administration ban on most refugees
2017/09/10   Chicago's lawsuit over sanctuary city threat goes to court
2017/09/05   NC appeals court restores man's lawsuit against wife's lover
2017/09/02   S. Indiana city's mayor defends rental ordinance in court
2017/09/01   Not guilty pleas entered in Lake Coeur d'Alene boat crash
2017/08/31   Court: Cherokee Freedmen have right to tribal citizenship
2017/08/29   Dispute over rights to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan goes to court
2017/08/28   Otter appoints new justice to Idaho Supreme Court
2017/08/26   Top NC court weighs lawmakers stripping of governor's powers
2017/08/21   Court file: Michigan girl who killed toddler heard voices
2017/08/20   Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case
2017/08/14   Mizzou's Howard arrested again for failing to appear in court
2017/08/11   German court orders sentence enforced in Chile abuse case
2017/08/10   Challenge filed in court to Australian gay marriage ballot
2017/08/05   Academic accused in Chicago killing due in California court
2017/07/20   Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto
2017/07/15   Pakistan's opposition calls on court to oust prime minister
2017/07/11   Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss
2017/07/09   First Opioid Court in the U.S. Focuses on Keeping Users Alive
2017/07/06   Appeals court backs Jimmy John's franchisee in labor dispute
2017/07/02   More court challenges expected for Trump's new travel ban
2017/06/26   McCarthy found guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Bella Bond
2017/06/25   D.C. on edge: rumors of new Supreme Court vacancy swirl
2017/06/24   High Court ruling may hurt claims of talc link to cancer
2017/06/20   Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map
2017/05/22   Family of Colorado man killed by police settles lawsuit
2017/05/22   Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts
2017/05/18   Court pauses criminal case against Texas' attorney general
2017/05/10   Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal
2017/05/05   Indiana high court rejects appeal in malnourished teen case
2017/05/03   Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under anti-bias law
2017/05/02   Connecticut court takes up doctor-patient confidentiality
2017/04/25   Volunteers accompany US immigrants to court to allay fears
2017/04/17   Court document: Hawaii mother’s body parts found in freezer
2017/04/14   Newest justice joins high court amid competing caricatures
2017/04/14   2 inmates seek execution stays from Arkansas high court
2017/04/04   Donnelly facing doubts from Indiana liberals over court vote
2017/03/30   High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute
2017/03/30   S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request
2017/03/29   Michigan Supreme Court Justice Young announces retirement
2017/03/27   Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick
2017/03/23   Court bars release of videos made by anti-abortion group
2017/03/06   Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems
2017/02/26   High court ruling could reshape Virginia political map
2017/02/24   High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws
2017/02/21   Trial court election changes considered by North Carolina House
2017/02/13   NC court blocks law stripping governor of election powers
2017/02/08   Rolling Stone defamation case over rape story back in court
2017/02/06   Court upholds guilty verdict for Russian opposition leader
2017/01/28   Court appeals temporarily delay Texas execution
2017/01/11   Ohio brother slaying case might return to juvenile court
2017/01/11   High Court won't hear appeal over Backpage.com escort ads
2017/01/10   High Court won't hear appeal over Backpage.com escort ads
2017/01/09   Man who escaped from Rhode Island prison to appear in court
2017/01/08   Circus operator agrees to plea deal in tent collapse
2017/01/08   Airport shooting suspect due for Florida court appearance
2016/12/21   California Supreme Court halts death penalty measure
2016/12/20   High court turns away appeal from former AIG executives
2016/12/19   Massachusetts teen due in court in texting suicide case
2016/12/02   Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many
2016/11/04   UK court brings Brexit plans screeching to halt
2016/11/04   Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate
2016/11/02   Solar Advocates Ask Florida High Court to Invalidate Measure
2016/10/24   Greece court cancels TV license overhaul; blow to government
2016/10/03   US Supreme Court won't hear Arizona death sentence case
2016/09/28   USC football player accused of rape appears in Utah court
2016/09/26   Court gives fertilizer dealers a reprieve from policy change
2016/09/17   Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun
2016/09/11   Sotomayor calls job on high court blessing and curse
2016/09/10   Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP
2016/08/24   Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio
2016/08/19   2 teens killed in Atlanta suburb: Man accused due in court
2016/08/18   'Whitey' Bulger asks US Supreme Court to hear his appeal
2016/07/28   Court won't reinstate church official's conviction
2016/07/28   Court reinstates rape charges despite delay in indictment
2016/07/23   Kansas court upholds death sentence for sheriff's killing
2016/07/12   Court denies hospital's bid to perform brain death test
2016/07/12   Kyrgyzstan sends case of jailed journalist back to court
2016/07/03   Senate confirms district court judge for New Jersey
2016/06/13   Spain court orders Operation Puerto blood bags released
2016/06/03   Police union defends ex-officer in black musician's death
2016/06/03   Missouri Appeals Court to decide fight over frozen embryos
2016/05/29   Man admits kidnapping teen girl, raping her during captivity
2016/05/25   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/22   Indiana court to hear woman's appeal of feticide conviction
2016/05/10   Kansas Supreme Court reviews lawmakers' school aid changes
2016/05/08   Spanish court seeks arrest of Putin-linked Russians
2016/05/07   Florida's high court urged to throw out death sentences
2016/04/25   Court convicts Israeli in Palestinian teenager's 2014 murder
2016/04/24   JetBlue attendant pleads not guilty to cocaine charge
2016/04/22   Arkansas funeral home pleads guilty over stacked bodies
2016/03/24   Karadzic convicted of genocide, sentenced to 40 years
2016/03/21   Supreme Court will hear Samsung-Apple patent dispute
2016/03/21   Judge begins to deliver verdict in Ukrainian pilot trial
2016/03/16   Man accused of terrorism charge with fiancee pleads guilty
2016/03/16   Teen changes plea to guilty in deaths of mother, stepfather
2016/02/10   Court to weigh cocaine cases, could alter sentencing in Ohio
2016/01/14   High court raises doubts over Puerto Rico sovereignty
2015/12/24   Japan court gives go-ahead for restart of 2 nuke reactors
2015/12/24   Court turns down appeal for Harvey family killer
2015/12/21   Thai court sentences migrants to death in murder of British backpackers
2015/12/01   US court rejects Virginia death row inmate's appeal
2015/11/15   Court won’t hear case over grant to Planned Parenthood
2015/11/04   Romania's outgoing PM appears at court for corruption trial
2015/11/02   German court: former SS Auschwitz guard fit for trial
2015/10/18   Britain's High Court rules that Uber app is lawful
2015/10/16   Court records: Ohio man on electronic monitor raped teen
2015/10/15   Thousands turn up at court to support Catalan leader
2015/10/02   Arkansas court tosses conviction in woman's meth case
2015/09/20   Court quashes some District of Columbia gun laws
2015/09/08   Kentucky court session planned in former women's coach case
2015/09/04   Court: Transgender asylum seekers can't be equated with gays
2015/09/02   Court cuts prison sentence for Memphis 'sovereign citizen'
2015/08/11   Appeals court won't reconsider ex-Virginia governor's case
2015/08/10   Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case
2015/08/02   UK jury says trader guilty of manipulating key interest rate
2015/07/27   Appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban
2015/07/26   Appeals court revives challenge to consumer age
2015/07/15   Wisconsin court ends probe of presidential hopeful Walker
2015/07/09   Religious beliefs, gay rights clash in court case over cake
2015/06/30   High court won't hear Nevada patient dumping case
2015/06/28   US court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry
2015/06/18   Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter
2015/06/13   Court says net neutrality rules will go into effect Friday
2015/06/09   Oscar Pistorius case: Court sets November for appeal
2015/05/16   Pandora loses to BMI in court hearing, vows to appeal
2015/03/23   Bond hearing scheduled for millionaire Durst in New Orleans
2015/02/25   Court: Not disclosing HIV before sex is a misdemeanor
2015/02/25   Philippine court enters not guilty plea for US Marine
2015/02/04   Brother of murder victim attacks defendant in court
2015/01/20   High court rejects military contractors appeals
2015/01/13   High court won't hear challenge to Vermont campaign law
2015/01/13   Court won't hear free speech challenge to metals dealers law
2015/01/05   Idaho gay marriage fight appealed to Supreme Court
2014/12/08   Post reporter charged in Iran after day in court
2014/11/11   Court reinstates whistleblower case at nuke site
2014/11/07   Spanish court clears way for trial of princess
2014/10/20   Courts reject another Arizona immigration law
2014/08/19   Court: Silence can be used against suspects
2014/08/13   Court considers if executioners can be named
2014/04/30   Court revives EPA rule on cross-state pollution
2014/03/14   Inmate pleads guilty in prison guard's stabbing
2014/03/10   Man pleads guilty to sea cucumber smuggling charge
2014/01/30   Supreme Court orders stay of execution
2013/09/03   NM court to hear case over educator pension cuts
2013/09/01   Custody dispute goes to Okla. Supreme Court
2013/07/23   Arizona high court to hear school funding case
2013/07/12   Iowa top court: Firing of attractive aide is legal
2013/07/08   Court rejects cat hoarders' appeal of convictions
2013/06/19   Court: Ex-Im Bank needs to explain Air India loan
2013/06/11   Court: $1M coverage for Conn. fire victim families
2013/06/10   Maryland Criminal Defense - Gun Offenses Lawyer
2013/05/23   Judge OKs class-action settlement over Skechers
2013/05/22   Appeals court allows capital retrial of Wolfe
2013/04/19   US man pleads guilty to supporting terrorism
2013/04/02   US appeals court grants Hobby Lobby full hearing
2013/03/29   NY top court OKs tax on online sellers like Amazon
2013/01/18   Lawyer questions memory of Philadelphia accuser
2013/01/16   NY appeals court denies bail in cannibalism case
2012/12/21   Benefits fight brings lesbian couple to high court
2012/10/22   NY appeals court nixes Defense of Marriage Act
2012/10/05   Court won't hear anti-gay marriage group appeal
2012/09/27   Justices step back from Pa. court funding dispute
2012/09/12   Pa. high court revisits juvenile life sentences
2012/08/29   Superior court rejects appeal in Pa. double-murder
2012/02/28   British arms-to-Iran suspect faces Texas court
2012/02/27   Supreme Court 101 in session at high court
2012/02/25   Court: California can force inmates to submit DNA
2012/02/17   Teen pleads not guilty in Ohio Craigslist killings
2012/02/15   Cisco challenges Microsoft takeover of Skype in EU
2012/02/10   High court asked to undo Mont. campaign money ban
2012/02/09   Appeals court halts deportation of 7 immigrants
2012/02/03   Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
2012/01/30   Former UBS trader pleads not guilty in UK court
2012/01/27   NY court: Judge can't block $18B Chevron judgment
2012/01/23   US army panel advises trial in Afghanistan suicide
2012/01/20   Police witnesses called in fake 'Rockefeller' case
2012/01/16   Court Upholds Burlington Man's Murder Conviction
2012/01/10   High Court Rejects Prisoner Lawsuit
2012/01/03   Ecuador court upholds ruling against Chevron
2011/12/27   Riders stuck on snow-trapped train sue NY agency
2011/12/24   Supreme Court says Manchester property tax data private
2011/12/21   Mentally disabled detainees granted class status
2011/12/20   NY top court allows private securities claims
2011/12/12   High court halts new Texas electoral maps
2011/12/05   Court: State prisoners count at home in redistricting
2011/11/28   Federal Court of Canada Certifies Class Action
2011/11/23   Defendant in $670M scam enters guilty plea in Va.
2011/11/21   Courts weighs scrapping huge California water pact
2011/11/13   Russia court rejects $16 billion claim against BP
2011/11/10   Court likely to overturn Calif. law on livestock
2011/11/09   Court upholds conviction in Pa. murder case
2011/10/29   Appeals court overturns key Cape Wind clearance
2011/10/14   NY motorist pleads not guilty in fatal Amish crash
2011/10/14   No class-action status in Countrywide case
2011/10/11   High court to decide double jeopardy question
2011/10/11   Utah bank sued over overdraft fees, policies
2011/10/03   Mass. man charged in terror plot pleads not guilty
2011/09/26   Appeals court hears challenge to health care law
2011/09/22   Court rules that UBS trader should stay in custody
2011/09/21   Appeals court in Va. tosses 2 Abu Ghraib lawsuits
2011/09/20   Kona coffee dispute prompts class-action lawsuit
2011/09/19   Va. high court considers ex-King confidant's case
2011/09/18   1 spank isn't domestic violence, Fla. court says
2011/09/15   Appeals court upholds sentence in Ponzi scheme
2011/09/01   Colombia court reinstates conviction in Galan hit
2011/08/24   Court asked to stop immigrant license checks
2011/08/18   EEOC sues, argues man on treatment should be hired
2011/08/12   Dougherty siblings to appear in Colorado court
2011/08/10   Wash. man pleads guilty to defrauding ID investors
2011/08/08   No class-action for suits over Calif. fish kill
2011/08/08   Court rules firing of NJ casino dealer unlawful
2011/08/02   Jury deliberates in post-Katrina shootings trial
2011/08/01   NJ high court to rule in case of retired judge
2011/07/25   Judge wants agency to investigate Meijer lawyer
2011/07/20   Court reverses conviction on online Obama threat
2011/07/20   Ex-CEO convicted in scam at auto-chemical company
2011/07/06   Defendant in 4 Calif. killings now wants lawyer
2011/06/27   Citigroup ex-VP arrested in NYC on fraud charges
2011/06/20   Woman pleads guilty in border cash smuggling case
2011/06/12   Texas teachers may get student criminal histories
2011/06/10   Pa. appeals court upholds $188M Wal-Mart verdict
2011/06/10   US appeals court overturns release of detainee
2011/06/07   Lawyer: Baseline Killer suspect a 'ravenous wolf'
2011/06/06   Ex-IMF leader pleads not guilty to sex assault
2011/05/27   Appeals court upholds sentence in NC bus stop case
2011/05/23   Attorneys to give openings in Mumbai terror case
2011/05/23   Ohio couple pleads guilty in terror funding case
2011/05/19   Mack Trucks, Volvo to pay $525M to settle suit
2011/05/17   Minn. court: Defendant may withdraw guilty plea
2011/05/13   Hedge fund founder convicted in inside-trade case
2011/05/09   Delaware pediatrician waives right to jury trial
2011/04/28   Court close to seating Blagojevich jury
2011/04/18   Treasury risks overpaying law firms
2011/04/18   Judge Considers $30M Dairy Antitrust Settlement
2011/04/18   Court denies appeal over inmate's long sentence
2011/04/10   Court ruling could mean NJ budget scramble
2011/04/06   Split over union law reaches Wis. court race
2011/04/06   Louisiana to get $12M in Health Net case
2011/04/02   Blockbuster showdown coming today in bankruptcy court
2011/03/24   Court nixes new rape trial in dispute over poem
2011/03/24   Oregon appeals court: Teeth not dangerous weapon
2011/03/11   Ex-judge Camp sentenced to 30 days in prison
2011/03/11   Court blames LA County for ocean pollution
2011/03/01   Ex-NY state Sen. Dem. leader due in court .
2011/02/24   Ohio defendant called about drug money from jail
2011/02/24   man charged in NY infant snatching due in court
2011/02/24   Lake County, Indiana cutting free lunches to jurors
2011/02/10   JPMorgan says it did nothing wrong in Madoff fraud
2011/01/12   Judge approves $179M settlement for AK Steel retirees
2010/12/19   Lawyer for disgraced celebrity adviser is arrested
2010/11/02   Idaho Supreme Court lifts hold on refinery haul
2010/08/30   Thousands sign on for $10 billion BP suit
2010/05/17   Appeals court grants Dish rare review of TiVo case
2010/05/10   Oprah Winfrey’s company targets Boston law firm in suit
2010/05/03   Brit on Texas death row loses high court appeal
2010/04/14   Wichita Bookkeeper Sentenced For Embezzling
2009/12/24   6 accused in Mass. mortgage scheme
2009/12/24   Teen charged with starting 2 California wildfires
2009/12/22   Judge denies jury strikes motion in abortion case
2009/11/30   La Salle settles injured player's lawsuit
2009/11/09   Domain Auction Site Faces Shill Bidding Lawsuit
2009/10/05   Securities Class Action Trial Starts This Week Against Vivendi
2009/09/21   Dannon Settles Activia Lawsuit
2009/05/07   Demjanjuk appeals German court decision
2009/03/19   Gilman & Pastor File Class Action vs. "Chinese Drywall"
2009/02/02   Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Peanut Corp.
2009/01/02   Judge Upholds Detention of Two Gitmo Detainees
2008/12/23   Alamo seeks removal of religious language in suit
2008/12/03   Justices chide California-based appeals court
2008/11/17   Paralyzed Calif. man loses high court appeal
2008/11/04   Supreme Court wrestles with TV profanity case
2008/10/27   Chicago torture victims face uphill legal battle
2008/10/08   Ohio top court mulls Planned Parenthood files
2008/10/07   High court could block 'light' cigarettes lawsuit
2008/09/09   J.K. Rowling Smites Copyright Violator
2008/08/20   Ninth Circuit rules on 'no-fly' list
2008/08/18   Second Circuit Protects Plaintiff's Anonymity
2008/08/15   9th Circ. upholds denial of Oregon domestic partnership
2008/08/05   Inmate Says He's Too Fat for Lethal Injection
2008/07/28   Comedian Says Heckler's Lawsuit Isn't Funny
2008/06/22   Court will review $2.8 million award to Iranian
2008/05/23   Court Nixes Dog-Killing Deputy's Job Transfer
2008/05/08   Taser Stuns Coroners with Win in Autopsy Reports Case
2008/04/29   9th Circuit Resurrects School Bible Club Lawsuit
2008/03/20   Appeals Court Rules Against Qualcomm
2008/03/19   Supreme Court to Hear Indecency Case
2008/03/17   Court Accepts Crime Lab Case
2008/03/17   CNet to Appeal Court's Bylaw Ruling
2008/03/12   Verdict upheld for Valley law firm suing over fees
2008/03/08   Saddam Kickbacks Earn Oil Exec Prison
2008/03/07   U.S. treasure firm ordered to identify disputed wreck
2008/03/06   Court of Appeals weighs scope of extortion law
2008/03/06   Gault Pleads Guilty; Facing 50 Years In Prison
2008/03/05   US Court Denies Injunction Sought by Verigy
2008/03/05   Judge Wants Shipwreck Evidence Worked On
2008/03/04   Judge accepts plea deal in Cody Warren's death
2008/03/03   Yanez beats Criss in Texas Supreme Court primary
2008/03/03   Suspect in Ivy League ID Theft in Court
2008/03/02   A Selection of Breyer's Hypotheticals


Courts: Bail reform working, but sustainable funding needed
Court Watch | 2018/02/20 02:57
The number of defendants being held before trial since New Jersey overhauled its bail system last year dropped by 20 percent, but the judge overseeing the program says it faces financial difficulties.

A report submitted last week by Judge Glenn Grant, who runs the state's court system, also shows the program faces financial difficulties because it relies on court fees instead of a "stable sustainable funding stream."

Proponents say the reforms championed by former Republican Gov. Chris Christie keep violent offenders detained until trial while providing poor, low-level defendants the opportunity to be freed.

But critics — including some lawmakers, law enforcement officials and the bail bond industry — say it has led to the quick release of some who weren't deemed a threat but were soon re-arrested on new charges.

The data shows 44,319 people were issued complaint warrants in New Jersey last year. Prosecutors sought to have 19,366 defendants detained until trial, but only 8,043 of those people were ordered held.

That means the state's pretrial jail population dropped by 20 percent from January 2017 to January 2018, and by 35 percent from January 2015 to January 2018.

At least two lawsuits have been filed seeking to overturn the changes, including one from a group backed by reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter.


Court: Ex-West Virginia judge ineligible for benefits
Court Watch | 2018/02/11 14:19
The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled a former judge serving a corruption sentence and his ex-wife are not eligible for public retirement benefits.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the court Friday affirmed a 2017 ruling from Kanawha County circuit court to terminate ex-Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury's membership in retirement systems for public employees and judges.

The justices also denied access by Thornsbury's ex-wife to the benefits she previously were awarded as part of the couple's divorce settlement.

Thornsbury was sentenced in 2014 to four years and two months in federal prison for conspiring to deprive a campaign sign maker of his constitutional rights..

Thornsbury is being held in a federal residential re-entry facility in Nashville, Tennessee, pending his scheduled release on March 15.


Wisconsin Supreme Court primary will leave just two
Court Watch | 2018/02/11 14:19
The latest battle over the ideological balance of the Wisconsin Supreme Court plays out in the Feb. 20 primary, where one of three candidates will be eliminated ahead of a spring election.

Partisan politics have weighed heavy over weeks of campaigning. Madison attorney Tim Burns has most embraced his liberal beliefs, while Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet sought to appear as a moderate. Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, an appointee of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, has the backing of conservatives.

The primary is the first statewide race this year, and while officially nonpartisan, it could be a bellwether for how Republicans and Democrats stand heading into the fall. Turnout is expected to be low, likely less than 10 percent.

The top two vote-getters advance to the April 3 general election, with the winner replacing outgoing conservative Justice Michael Gableman. He decided against seeking another 10-year term.

The court is currently controlled 5-2 by conservatives, so no matter who wins the ideological control will not change. Burns, who represents clients nationwide in lawsuits against insurance companies, is the only non-judge in the race. He also has little experience litigating in Wisconsin courtrooms, having argued only one case in state court and six in federal court in Wisconsin.

Burns argues his experience outside of Wisconsin is a strength that will help him fix what he views as a broken system. And, he argues a victory for him will energize liberals across the state headed into the fall.

Dallet argues that Burns has gotten too political. But she's walking a fine line trying to win over many of the same liberal voters Burns is appealing to. She ran a commercial attacking Trump and has criticized the current Supreme Court for voting in 2015 to end an investigation into Walker and conservatives.



Supreme Court blocks some redrawn North Carolina districts
Court Watch | 2018/02/07 22:41
The U.S. Supreme Court told North Carolina officials late Tuesday they must use some but not all of the state's legislative

districts that other federal judges redrew for this year's elections.

The justices partially granted the request of Republican lawmakers who contend the House and Senate maps they voted for last

summer were legal and didn't need to be altered.

A three-judge panel determined those GOP-approved boundaries contained racial bias left over from maps originally approved in

2011 and violated the state constitution. So the lower-court judges hired a special master who changed about two dozen

districts in all. The judges approved them last month.

The Supreme Court's order means more than half of those districts redrawn by Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily

will revert to their shapes from last summer. The order said House district changes made in the counties that include Charlotte

and Raleigh because of state constitutional concerns are blocked while the full case is appealed, but changes made elsewhere to

alleviate racial bias must be used.

The maps containing the partial changes will be used when candidate filing for all 170 General Assembly seats begins next

Monday.

Boundaries approved by the General Assembly last August kept Republicans in a position to retain veto-proof majorities in the

chambers, which has helped them advance their conservative-leaning agenda this decade. But Democrats are bolstered after

successful elections in other states last year. Tuesday's ruling means Democrats could find it harder to win more House districts

than they hoped.

Dozens of North Carolina voters originally were successful in overturning the 2011 districts as racial gerrymanders. They

subsequently asked Chief Justice John Roberts, who receives appeals from the state, to allow the lower court's directive and
The U.S. Supreme Court told North Carolina officials late Tuesday they must use some but not all of the state's legislative districts that other federal judges redrew for this year's elections.

The justices partially granted the request of Republican lawmakers who contend the House and Senate maps they voted for last summer were legal and didn't need to be altered.

A three-judge panel determined those GOP-approved boundaries contained racial bias left over from maps originally approved in 2011 and violated the state constitution. So the lower-court judges hired a special master who changed about two dozen districts in all. The judges approved them last month.

The Supreme Court's order means more than half of those districts redrawn by Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily will revert to their shapes from last summer. The order said House district changes made in the counties that include Charlotte and Raleigh because of state constitutional concerns are blocked while the full case is appealed, but changes made elsewhere to alleviate racial bias must be used.

The maps containing the partial changes will be used when candidate filing for all 170 General Assembly seats begins next Monday.

Boundaries approved by the General Assembly last August kept Republicans in a position to retain veto-proof majorities in the chambers, which has helped them advance their conservative-leaning agenda this decade. But Democrats are bolstered after successful elections in other states last year. Tuesday's ruling means Democrats could find it harder to win more House districts than they hoped.

Dozens of North Carolina voters originally were successful in overturning the 2011 districts as racial gerrymanders. They subsequently asked Chief Justice John Roberts, who receives appeals from the state, to allow the lower court's directive and require the changes approved by the three judges be used.

The Republicans' request was considered by the entire court and the order reflected division among the justices. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito would have agreed to block all of the changes to the maps approved by the lower-court panel. Yet Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would have denied the GOP's request entirely, according to the order.


Court halts execution of Alabama inmate with dementia
Court Watch | 2018/01/26 17:03
The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of an Alabama inmate whose attorneys argue that dementia has left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago.

Justices issued a stay Thursday night, the same evening that Vernon Madison was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at a southwest Alabama prison. The court delayed the execution to consider whether to further review the case.

Madison was sentenced to death for the 1985 killing of Mobile police Officer Julius Schulte, who had responded to a call about a missing child made by Madison's then-girlfriend. Prosecutors have said that Madison crept up and shot Schulte in the back of the head as he sat in his police car.

Madison's attorneys argued that strokes and dementia have left Madison unable to remember killing Schulte or fully understand his looming execution. The Supreme Court has previously ruled that condemned inmates must have a "rational understanding" that they are about to be executed and why.

"We are thrilled that the court stopped this execution tonight. Killing a fragile man suffering from dementia is unnecessary and cruel," attorney Bryan Stevenson, of the Equal Justice Initiative, said Thursday after the stay was granted.

The Alabama attorney general's office opposed the stay, arguing that a state court has ruled Madison competent and Madison has presented nothing that would reverse the finding.


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