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2024/05/10   Appeals court upholds Steve Bannon’s contempt of Congress conviction
2024/05/06   Chad holds presidential election after years of military rule
2024/05/03   Trump faces prospect of additional sanctions for violating gag order
2024/05/01   Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has memoir coming
2024/04/22   Supreme Court will weigh banning homeless people from sleeping outside
2024/03/08   China’s top court, prosecutors report surging cyberscams
2024/03/01   Supreme Court casts doubt on GOP-led states’ efforts to regulate social media
2024/02/19   Ken Paxton petitions to stop Dallas woman from getting an abortion
2024/02/15   Attorney Jenna Ellis pleads guilty in Georgia election interference case
2024/01/04   Trump asks US Supreme Court to overturn Colorado ruling
2023/12/07   Mexico’s Supreme Court lifts 2022 ban on bullfighting
2023/11/02   Donald Trump Jr. takes the witness stand in fraud trial
2023/10/15   Court upholds judge’s finding that Tesla acquisition of Solar City was fair
2023/08/07   Russian court imposes 3- to 6-year sentences for distributing tainted drinks
2023/07/17   Diversify or die: San Francisco’s downtown is a wake-up call for other cities
2023/06/24   Yale student who reported rape can be sued for defamation
2023/04/07   Court rules documents in Sanford case must be unsealed
2023/01/05   South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down state abortion ban
2022/11/15   Man granted new trial in 2006 triple murder freed after plea
2022/11/07   Jackson, in dissent, issues first Supreme Court opinion
2022/10/20   Ohio governor’s race split by pandemic, abortion, gun rights
2022/10/06   W.Va. Supreme Court hears arguments in school voucher case
2022/09/19   Iran faces US in international court over asset seizure
2022/08/14   Appeals court puts Georgia PSC elections back on ballot
2022/08/02   Family loses Supreme Court bid to extend boy’s life support
2022/04/04   Mexico high court OKs preference for state power plants
2021/06/11   Court: Local Wisconsin heath departments can’t close schools
2021/05/19   Brazil police probe environment minister over timber exports
2021/04/23   COVID-19 concerns raised at St. Louis death penalty trial
2021/03/15   Man gets 5 years in prison for arson at Savannah city office
2020/12/08   Raimondo makes historic nomination to state Supreme Court
2020/11/21   Court: Tennessee can enforce Down syndrome abortion ban
2020/11/10   GOP tries again to get high court to ax health care law
2020/10/29   Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
2020/10/27   High court won’t extend Wisconsin’s absentee ballot deadline
2020/10/11   Supreme Court pick Barrett draws on faith, family for Senate
2020/10/05   High Court Won't Take up Ex-Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' Case
2020/09/26   Court allows public nuisance suits against 3 Alabama casinos
2020/09/23   Senate GOP plans vote on Trump’s court pick before election
2020/09/17   Flowers, homemade signs by high court in Ginsburg tribute
2020/09/16   'Hotel Rwanda' hero charged with terrorism in Rwanda court
2020/09/14   Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries
2020/08/27   Thai court issues new arrest warrant for Red Bull scion
2020/08/15   Arizona landlords ask high court to invalidate eviction ban
2020/06/27   Appeals court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn prosecution
2020/06/15   Court rejects Trump bid to end young immigrants’ protections
2020/06/02   Court to hear arguments on Dayton gunman's school records
2020/05/11   Catholic schools, ex-teachers clash in Supreme Court case
2020/05/09   Blind justice: No visual cues in high court phone cases
2020/03/19   Court affirms conviction in hot-grease injuries to wife
2020/03/16   Court approves PG&E’s $23B bankruptcy financing package
2020/02/14   UK parents lose court appeal to keep baby on life support
2020/01/14   Court reverses $35M verdict against Jehovah’s Witnesses
2020/01/01   Cyprus court finds 19 year-old British woman guilty
2019/11/05   Supreme Court considering whether Trump must open tax returns
2019/09/23   Bulgarian court to eye revoking parole for Australian man
2019/07/20   High court rejects appeal of killer of 4 people in Omaha
2019/07/11   Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional
2019/07/08   Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor
2019/07/05   Court reviews judge who told woman to 'close your legs'
2019/04/27   Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban
2019/04/01   Loughlin, Huffman due in court in college admissions scam
2019/03/13   Detained Saudi women's rights activists brought to court
2019/03/11   Governor says 'no executions' without court-backed drugs
2019/02/06   High court upholds texting suicide manslaughter conviction
2019/02/04   Appellate judge announces run for Supreme Court seat
2019/02/01   Federal court supports man's innocence claim in 1976 death
2019/01/12   California fight on Trump birth control rules goes to court
2019/01/08   Russian court says bobsledder can keep Olympic titles
2018/12/22   A Colorado man of missing Colorado woman in court
2018/12/16   Human rights court rules against Greece in Sharia law case
2018/12/09   Defamation lawsuit against activist continues in state court
2018/12/07   Man accused of killing tourist appears in New Zealand court
2018/12/01   Sri Lanka court orders prime minister to refrain from duties
2018/11/24   Russian court challenges International Olympic Committee
2018/11/21   Court: Reds exempt from tax on promotional bobbleheads
2018/11/16   Lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Assange says he would fight charges
2018/11/14   European court: Russia's arrests of Navalny were political
2018/11/07   Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall
2018/11/02   Supreme Court agrees to hear Maryland cross memorial case
2018/10/23   Virginia top court to hear 'unrestorably incompetent' case
2018/10/13   New campaign seeks support for expanded Supreme Court
2018/09/17   Sotomayor tells kids: Reading helped me reach Supreme Court
2018/09/13   EU backs ICC after US questions court's legitimacy
2018/08/26   Cities vying for 2020 convention court Democrats in Chicago
2018/07/14   Suspect in 1988 killing of Indiana girl, 8, appears in court
2018/06/18   Court makes no ruling in resolving partisan redistricting cases
2018/06/07   Detroit-area couple in court over control of frozen embryos
2018/04/14   Supreme Court again refuses to hear Blagojevich appeal
2018/04/07   Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions
2018/04/02   Court: Government can't block immigrant teens from abortion
2018/03/23   Arkansas wants court to dissolve stay for death row prisoner
2018/01/21   Supreme Court: Water rule suits should begin in trial courts
2017/12/28   Ohio court indefinitely suspends law license of ex-judge
2017/12/21   Court convicts British woman of smuggling powerful painkillers
2017/11/16   German Court: Kuwait Airways Can Refuse Israeli Passengers
2017/11/15   Free Speech Is Starting to Dominate the US Supreme Court's Agenda
2017/11/12   Feds head to court to seek dismissal of Twin Metals lawsuit
2017/06/28   Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court
2017/06/25   Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship
2017/06/19   Court: 'JudgeCutie' nickname doesn't ruffle judicial dignity
2017/06/04   Court sides with towns over utilities in tax dispute
2017/06/02   Trump admin asks Supreme Court to restore travel ban
2017/05/17   Court likely to question if Trump's travel ban discriminates
2017/05/08   Trump tabs Minnesota Justice Stras for federal appeals court
2017/03/05   Oklahoma tribe sues oil companies in tribal court over quake
2017/02/23   Court: Florida Docs Allowed to Ask Patients About Guns
2016/11/18   Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate
2016/11/01   Supreme Court won't hear challenge to FBI fitness test
2016/10/16   Court hearing on potential Ontario ban of Indians name, logo
2016/10/14   Rights group criticizes Polish law of weakening top court
2016/10/12   Iraq's federal court rules against prime minister's reforms
2016/10/02   Appeals court rules against Kansas in voting rights case
2016/09/12   Court rejects challenge to Michigan's emergency manager law
2016/07/06   Court orders release of Chicago police disciplinary records
2016/07/05   Obama rebukes Poland over paralysis of constitutional court
2016/06/14   Court upholds net neutrality rules on equal internet access
2016/05/04   High court seems poised to overturn McDonnell conviction
2016/02/06   NY court agrees to rehear Ex-Goldman board member's appeal
2015/12/22   ACLU to appeal court ruling in Missouri drug testing case
2015/09/01   Burkina Faso court rejects candidate of former ruling party
2015/08/07   Court: Lawsuit over Arkansas killing by cop may proceed
2015/07/18   Court Halts Execution Of Tyler Woman's Killer
2015/07/09   Appeals court upholds parts of Arizona ethnic studies ban
2015/07/03   Oklahoma court to look at blocking Tulsa grand jury probe
2013/03/24   Court considers Calif. prison mental health care
2012/12/20   Bernard Madoff brother to face victims in NY court
2012/08/31   Ohio man pleads not guilty to Pitt threat charges
2012/01/08   Justices criticize EPA's dealings with homeowners
2011/11/04   Court tosses $43M award against Ford in crash case
2011/10/24   Scott+Scott LLP Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit
2011/05/25   "The Death and Life of American Journalism" by Robert Mc Chesney
2010/09/22   Penny Stock Risks – Caveat Emptor
2008/12/17   Ill. gov's legal woes worsen as fundraisers defect
2008/10/29   DA: Criminal charges possible in boy's Uzi death
2008/03/06   High Profile Local Law Firms Merge
2008/03/05   Civil Rights & the Hawthorne Police Dept & The LAPD


Appeals court upholds Steve Bannon’s contempt of Congress conviction
Legal Interview | 2024/05/10 10:10
A federal appeals court panel on Friday upheld the criminal conviction of Donald Trump’s longtime ally Steve Bannon for defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected Bannon’s challenges to his contempt of Congress conviction. Bannon had been sentenced to four months in prison, but the judge overseeing the case had allowed him to stay free pending appeal.

Bannon’s attorneys didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. His lawyers could ask the full D.C. appeals court to hear the matter.

The congressional committee sought Bannon’s testimony over his involvement in Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Bannon had initially argued that his testimony was protected by Trump’s claim of executive privilege. But the House panel and the Justice Department contend such a claim is dubious because Trump had fired Bannon from the White House in 2017 and Bannon was thus a private citizen when he was consulting with the then-president in the run-up to the riot .

A second Trump aide, trade advisor Peter Navarro, was also convicted of contempt of Congress and reported to prison in March to serve his four-month sentence.


Chad holds presidential election after years of military rule
Legal Interview | 2024/05/06 12:16
Voters in Chad headed to the polls on Monday to cast their ballot in a long delayed presidential election that is set to end three years of military rule under interim president, Mahamat Deby Itno.

Deby Itno seized power after his father who ran the country for more than three decades was killed fighting rebels in 2021. Last year, the government announced it was extending the 18-month transition for two more years, which provoked protests across the country.

There are 10 candidates on the ballot, including a woman. Some 8 million people are registered to vote, in a country of more than 17 million people, one of the poorest in the world. Analysts say Deby Itno is expected to win the vote. A leading opposition figure Yaya Dillo, the current president’s cousin, was killed in February in circumstances that remain unclear.

The oil-exporting country of nearly 18 million people has not had a free-and-fair transfer of power since it became independent in 1960 after decades of French colonial rule.

Chad is seen by the U.S. and France as one of the last remaining stable allies in the vast Sahel region following military coups in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger in recent years. The ruling juntas in all three nations have expelled French forces and turned to Russia’s mercenary units for security assistance instead.

Earlier this year, Niger’s junta ordered all U.S. troops out, meaning Washington will lose access to its key base in Agadez, the center of its counter-terrorism operations in the region. The U.S. and France still have a military presence in Chad, who consider it an especially critical partner.

The West also fears that any instability in Chad, which has absorbed over half a million refugees from Sudan, could increase the flow of illegal migrants north towards Europe.

“These are all the reasons the West is staying relatively quiet about the democratic transition in Chad,” said Ulf Laessing, head of the Sahel program at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. “Everybody just wants this vote to pass so Deby Itno gets elected so they continue to work with him and preserve the stability of the region,” he added.

Along with the arrival of refugees from Sudan, Chad is also dealing with high food prices partly caused by the war in Ukraine and a renewed threat from the Boko Haram insurgency spilling over from its southwestern border with Nigeria.

In March, an attack the government blamed on Boko Haram killed 7 soldiers, reviving fears of violence in the Lake Chad area after a period of peace following a successful operation launched in 2020 by the Chadian army to destroy the extremist group’s bases there. Schools, mosques and churches reopened and humanitarian organizations returned.


Trump faces prospect of additional sanctions for violating gag order
Legal Interview | 2024/05/03 14:04
Jurors in the hush money trial of Donald Trump heard a recording Thursday of him discussing with his then-lawyer and personal fixer a plan to purchase the silence of a Playboy model who has said she had an affair with the former president.

A visibly irritated Trump leaned forward at the defense table, and jurors appeared riveted as prosecutors played the September 2016 recording that attorney Michael Cohen secretly made of himself briefing his celebrity client on a plan to buy Karen McDougal’s story of an extramarital relationship.

Though the recording surfaced years ago, it is perhaps the most colorful piece of evidence presented to jurors so far to connect Trump to the hush money payments at the center of his criminal trial in Manhattan. It followed hours of testimony from a lawyer who negotiated the deal for McDougal’s silence and admitted to being stunned that his hidden-hand efforts might have contributed to Trump’s White House victory.

“What have we done?” attorney Keith Davidson texted the then-editor of the National Enquirer, which had buried stories of sexual encounters to prevent them surfacing in the final days of the bitterly contested presidential race. “Oh my god,” came the response from Dylan Howard.

“There was an understanding that our efforts may have in some way...our activities may have in some way assisted the presidential campaign of Donald Trump,” Davidson told jurors, though he acknowledged under cross-examination that he dealt directly with Cohen and never Trump.

The testimony from Davidson was designed to directly connect the hush money payments to Trump’s presidential ambitions and to bolster prosecutors’ argument that the case is about interference in the 2016 election rather than simply sex and money. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has sought to establish that link not just to secure a conviction but also to persuade the public of the significance of the case, which may be the only one of four Trump prosecutions to reach trial this year.

“This is sort of gallows humor. It was on election night as the results were coming in,” Davidson explained. “There was sort of surprise amongst the broadcasters and others that Mr. Trump was leading in the polls, and there was a growing sense that folks were about ready to call the election.”

Davidson is seen as a vital building block for the prosecution’s case that Trump and his allies schemed to bury unflattering stories in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. He represented both McDougal and porn actor Stormy Daniels in negotiations that resulted in the purchase of rights to their claims of sexual encounters with Trump and those stories getting squelched, a tabloid industry practice known as “catch-and-kill.”

Davidson is one of multiple key players testifying in advance of Cohen, the star prosecution witness who paid Daniels $130,000 for her silence and also recorded himself, weeks before the election, telling Trump about a plan to purchase the rights to McDougal’s story from the National Enquirer so it would never come out. The tabloid had previously bought McDougal’s story to bury it on Trump’s behalf.

At one point in the recording, Cohen revealed that he had spoken to then-Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg about “how to set the whole thing up with funding.” To which Trump can be heard responding: “What do we got to pay for this? One-fifty?”

Trump can be heard suggesting that the payment be made with cash, prompting Cohen to object by saying “no” multiple times. Trump can then be heard saying “check” before the recording cuts off.

Trump’s lawyers sought earlier in the day to blunt the potential harm of Davidson’s testimony by getting him to acknowledge that he never had any interactions with Trump — only Cohen. In fact, Davidson said, he had never been in the same room as Trump until his testimony.

He also said he was unfamiliar with the Trump Organization’s record-keeping practices and that any impressions he had of Trump himself came through others.


Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has memoir coming
Legal Interview | 2024/05/01 16:07
A retrial in New York of disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein won’t be coming to a courtroom anytime soon, if ever, legal experts said on a day when one of two women considered crucial to his rape trial said she wasn’t sure she would testify again.

A ruling Thursday by the New York Court of Appeals voided the 2020 conviction of the onetime Hollywood power broker who prosecutors say forced young actors to submit to his prurient desires by dangling his ability to make or break the their careers.

On Saturday, Weinstein was in custody in a Manhattan hospital where he was undergoing multiple tests, attorney Arthur Aidala said. He was returned Friday to New York City jails from a state prison 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Albany. He remains behind bars because he was also convicted in a similar case in California.

“He’s got a lot of problems. He’s getting all kinds of tests. He’s somewhat of a train wreck health wise,” Aidala said.

The appeals court in a 4-3 decision vacated a 23-year jail sentence and ordered a retrial of Weinstein, saying the trial judge erred by letting three women testify about allegations that were not part of the charges and by permitting questions about Weinstein’s history of “bad behavior” if he testified. He did not. He was convicted of forcibly performing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant and of third-degree rape for an attack on an aspiring actor in 2013.

Several lawyers said in interviews Friday that it would be a long road to reach a new trial for the 72-year-old ailing movie mogul and magnet for the #MeToo movement who remains behind bars, and it was doubtful that one could start before next year, if at all.

“I think there won’t be a trial in the end,” said Joshua Naftalis, a former Manhattan federal prosecutor now in private practice. “I don’t think he wants to go through another trial, and I don’t think the state wants to try him again.”

Naftalis said both sides may seek a resolution such as a plea that will eliminate the need to put his accusers through the trauma of a second trial.

Aidala said Saturday that he plans to tell a judge at a Manhattan court appearance Wednesday that he believes a trial could occur anytime after Labor Day.

With the scaled-down case ordered by the appeals court, Aidala predicted that it could be finished in a week and his client would be exonerated.

Deborah Tuerkheimer, a professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, said whether there is a second trial will “hinge on the preferences of the women who would have to testify again and endure the ordeal of a retrial.”

“I think ultimately this will come down to whether they feel it’s something they want to do, are able to do,” she said.

Jane Manning, director of the nonprofit Women’s Equal Justice, which provides advocacy services to sexual assault survivors, agreed “the biggest question is whether the two women are willing to testify again.”

If they are, then Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg “will absolutely retry the case,” said Manning, who prosecuted sex crimes when she was in the Queens district attorney’s office in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Tama Kudman, a West Palm Beach, Florida, criminal defense lawyer who also practices in New Jersey and New York, said prosecutors will likely soon have conversations with key witnesses for a retrial.


Supreme Court will weigh banning homeless people from sleeping outside
Legal Interview | 2024/04/22 11:10
The Supreme Court will consider Monday whether banning homeless people from sleeping outside when shelter space is lacking amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

The case is considered the most significant to come before the high court in decades on homelessness, which has reached record levels in the United States.

In California and other Western states, courts have ruled that it’s unconstitutional to fine and arrest people sleeping in homeless encampments if shelter space is lacking.

A cross-section of Democratic and Republican officials contend that makes it difficult for them to manage encampments, which can have dangerous and unsanitary living conditions.

But hundreds of advocacy groups argue that allowing cities to punish people who need a place to sleep will criminalize homelessness and ultimately make the crisis worse as the cost of housing increases.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the court Monday morning with silver thermal blankets and signs like “housing not handcuffs.”

The Justice Department has also weighed in. It argues people shouldn’t be punished just for sleeping outside, but only if there’s a determination they truly have nowhere else to go.

The case comes from the rural Oregon town of Grants Pass, which started fining people $295 for sleeping outside to manage homeless encampments that sprung up in the city’s public parks as the cost of housing escalated.

The measure was largely struck down by the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which also found in 2018 that such bans violated the Eighth Amendment by punishing people for something they don’t have control over. The 9th Circuit oversees nine Western states, including California, which is home to about one-third of the nation’s homeless population.

The case comes after homelessness in the United States grew a dramatic 12%, to its highest reported level as soaring rents and a decline in coronavirus pandemic assistance combined to put housing out of reach for more Americans, according to federal data. The court is expected to decide the case by the end of June.


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