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High court grants new trial for man convicted of killing cop
BOSTON (AP) - The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld a lower court decision that granted a new trial to a man convicted of the 1993 killing of a Boston police officer. Sean Ellis was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted in 1995 of the shooting death ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Judge Jury Appeal Police Massachusetts Life imprisonment Court Washington D.C.
U.S. Supreme Court green lights straight-party voting in Michigan
A Michigan law banned straight-party voting with critics saying it would hurt all voters.       
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High court won’t hear appeal on straight-ticket voting
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to hear an emergency appeal in Michigan’s straight-ticket voting case        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Supreme Court of the United States Appeal Antonin Scalia United States Voting Democratic Party President of the United States Supreme court
Supreme Court rejects Michigan Republicans who fear Trump effect, keeping practice of straight-ticket voting
The Supreme Court, acting in a partisan election dispute triggered by the rise of Donald Trump, has turned down an appeal from Michigan Republicans who sought to eliminate straight-ticket voting for the first time in 125 years. The justices by a 6-2 vote refused to allow the state to enforce a...
185 points by Los Angeles Times | Supreme Court of the United States United States Voting Appeal Law Elections President of the United States George W. Bush
U.S. Supreme Court green lights straight-party voting in Mich.
The Friday ruling ends a series of appeals by Attorney General Bill Schuette        
5507 points by Detroit Free Press | Supreme Court of the United States United States Appeal United States Constitution Law Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John G. Roberts Voting
Aceves - and three others - for Superior Court
Efrain Matthew Aceves is a well-regarded Los Angeles County deputy district attorney with 18 years of trial experience who also serves as a member of the Whittier school board. The Los Angeles County Bar Assn. has rated him “well qualified” to be a Superior Court judge. His opponent in the race...
914 points by Los Angeles Times | Judge Lawyer Law Court Jury Bench Trial Appeal
Fair housing case heads to New Jersey Supreme Court
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided to hear more arguments over affordable housing. The court on Thursday announced it is allowing the Fair Share Housing Center to challenge an appellate court ruling which told towns they did not need to meet low- and moderate-income home ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | New Jersey United States Supreme Court of the United States Appeal Washington D.C. Supreme court Appellate court Jury
MasterCard faces $18.6 billion UK suit over fees
The claim is said to be the biggest in British legal history.         
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Inmates flooding courts with frivolous lawsuits
Dozens of Bay State inmates have filed hundreds of pleadings as part of frivolous lawsuits that are clogging the courts and turning judges into prisoner “pen pals” — according to one jurist and a top lawyer who are both clamoring for changes in what they call a “broken” system.
13 points by Boston Herald | Lawsuit Court Law Judge Prison Supreme Court of the United States Lawyer Appeal
Football: Drake Beasley is declared ineligible at La Canada
Standout running back Drake Beasley, who transferred to La Canada after playing three years at Loyola, has been declared ineligible for this season by the Southern Section, section spokesman Thom Simmons said Thursday night. Beasley will appeal the decision that's already disrupted his senior year....
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U.S. appeals court to hear challenge to proof-of-citizenship voting requirement
WASHINGTON — Civil rights groups were set to ask a federal appeals court panel in Washington on Thursday to block Kansas, Alabama and Georgia from enforcing proof-of-citizenship requirements for people using a federal form to register to vote.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States President of the United States Elections Election Appellate court Voter turnout Appeal Trial court
Embattled Soledad cross will remain standing after 25-year legal battle
More than 25 years of lawsuits, court rulings, aborted sales and property transfers over the landmark Mt. Soledad cross in La Jolla have finally come to an end, closing one of the longest legal battles over religious symbols on public property in the country. On Wednesday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court...
1753 points by Los Angeles Times | Mount Soledad cross controversy Law Veteran Appeal United States Constitution Supreme Court of the United States Federal government of the United States United States
Hudson River floating park gets OK to move forward
Barry Diller’s futuristic floating island in the Hudson got a green light from a state appeals court Thursday.
54 points by Daily News | United States New York City Appeal Diane von Fürstenberg Appellate court Environmental impact statement New Jersey Court
Jimmy Choo gets sued by its co-founder amid Fashion Week
Former Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon has made good on her threat to sue her former employer.
11 points by New York Post | Dispute resolution Jimmy Choo Ltd Jennifer Lopez Plaintiff Pleading Shoe Appeal Luxury brands
‘Hollywood on the Hudson’ gets green light from appeals court
The controversial “Hollywood on the Hudson” park project is back on track thanks to a court ruling Thursday. A Manhattan appeals court green-lighted the $130 million project — which has been a ping-pong ball in the state legal system — by tossing out a challenge by a group of activists. The activists from the City...
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N.J. high court to hear appeal in affordable-housing dispute
New Jersey's Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear a challenge that will decide if municipalities must zone for the affordable housing units they did not zone for between 1999 and 2015.
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Disbarred attorney arrested on warrant after lawsuit
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A disbarred attorney, whose clients have accused her of embezzling $1.5 million of their money, has been arrested after failing to come to a court hearing in a civil lawsuit against her. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2cA3jg0 ) reports that Julie Kronhaus was arrested Tuesday after an ...
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Court upholds California energy crisis manipulation findings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld an energy commission's finding that power companies manipulated prices during California's energy crisis more than a decade ago. The ruling Thursday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could add more than $200 million to the billions that California ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Appeal Oregon United States courts of appeals Appellate court California North America Supreme Court of the United States
Judge orders state not to block Planned Parenthood funding
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A judge is ordering the state of Utah not to stop funding its Planned Parenthood branch over advocacy for legal abortion or unproven allegations against the national organization. The move comes after an appeals court decided a defunding order from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was ...
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Metro cities sue Michigan, say they’re owed millions
Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government says incorrect formula is being used to calculate amount shared       
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Federal appeals court upholds $200-million penalty for energy crisis
A federal appeals court upheld a $200-million penalty against large energy companies that didn’t settle allegations about their role in California's energy crisis. In a 34-page opinion released Thursday by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a three-judge panel affirmed a ruling by the Federal...
140 points by Los Angeles Times | Electricity market Appeal California electricity crisis Electricity United States Energy market Electricity retailing Supreme Court of the United States
Cuomo says record of cop who choked Garner should be released
Gov. Cuomo isn’t buying Mayor de Blasio's excuse for not releasing the disciplinary records on the cop who choked Eric Garner.
576 points by Daily News | Civil liberties State Law Police Ed Koch Political philosophy Appeal The Cop
Nevada Supreme court hears case on real estate crisis foreclosure sales
A case that could affect the validity of thousands of Las Vegas foreclosure sales stemming from the real estate crisis that began nearly a decade ago was heard Thursday by the Nevada Supreme Court.
57 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Mortgage Law Property Foreclosure Appeal Supreme Court of the United States Supreme court United States
Feds drop charges against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on Thursday, more than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Supreme Court of the United States United States Appeal United States Constitution Jury Judiciary Act of 1789 Court United States Attorney
Appeals court has concerns over possible Gitmo video release
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court expressed concerns Thursday about the prospect of ordering the Obama administration to release graphic videos of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate being force-fed during a hunger strike. Judges hearing arguments in the long-running legal dispute considered whether any First Amendment interest in releasing ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Barack Obama Guantanamo Bay detention camp First Amendment to the United States Constitution Judge President of the United States United States United States Constitution Appeal
LGBT rights group appeals denial of transgender name change
ATLANTA (AP) - An LGBT rights group is asking an appeals court to step in after a Georgia judge declined a legal name change for a second transgender man. Lambda Legal says it filed an appeal Thursday of a June order by Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Appeal Law Transgender Court Judge United States Appellate court Human rights
Nevada Supreme court hears case on investors’ acquisition of homes
A case that could affect the validity of thousands of Las Vegas foreclosure sales stemming from the real estate crisis that began nearly a decade ago was heard Thursday by the Nevada Supreme Court.
7 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Mortgage Law Property Foreclosure Appeal Supreme Court of the United States Supreme court United States
New study reveals what makes marijuana edibles most attractive to young kids
Colorado's new rules for marijuana-infused edibles -- which prohibit products made in animal or fruit shapes -- take an important step to curb edibles' appeal to young children but they also may not go far enough by not regulating color, taste and smell, a recently released study suggests.
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Feds won’t retry former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell
Federal prosecutors say they are moving to drop corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
4 points by Daily News | Supreme Court of the United States Appeal United States Jury United States Constitution United States Attorney New Jersey Judiciary Act of 1789
‘Enemy kills’: 3 former US Air force drone operators back Yemeni victims' lawsuit
Three former military veterans who were once involved in the US drone program are supporting a Yemeni man’s lawsuit demanding answers about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike. Read Full Article at RT.com
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The Latest: Teachers union defends use of dues
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on a Pennsylvania court ruling in a case involving the use of teacher union dues to promote the candidacy of Gov. Tom Wolf. (all times local): 2:50 p.m. A Pennsylvania teachers union says members' dues aren't being "contributed to political candidates or spent on ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Appeal Supreme Court of the United States Washington D.C. Democratic Party Pennsylvania Law New Jersey
Missouri appeals court order to reveal execution drug source
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is appealing a federal court's decision that requires the state to break one of its most-guarded secrets and reveal the name of any supplier of its lethal injection drug.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Missouri Appeal Capital punishment Kansas U.S. state United States Kansas City Missouri Supreme Court of the United States
The Latest: Lawyer who won gun ownership case expects appeal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a federal appeals court ruling giving some people convicted of crimes a chance to legally own guns (all times local):
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Feds to drop charges against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they are moving to drop corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
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Ex-Idaho HS football player pleads not guilty in coat hanger case
John Howard, who now lives in Texas, was in court Tuesday on the felony charge of forcible sexual penetration by the use of a foreign object.
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Ruling loosens ban on owning guns after minor convictions
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that some people convicted of comparatively minor state crimes should get a chance to legally own guns, issuing a divided decision that reshapes longstanding rules. The narrowly divided 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday sided with two Pennsylvania ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Crime Misdemeanor Criminal law Appeal Law Felony Firearm Property
Court orders board to probe teacher's complaint about dues
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania appeals court says the state Labor Relations Board erred when it refused to investigate a college professor's complaint involving the alleged use of teacher union dues to promote the candidacy of Gov. Tom Wolf. State law prohibits public employee unions from using union funds ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Pennsylvania United States Appeal Law State Professor Harrisburg Pennsylvania Political philosophy
Court: Pleas properly entered in Wisconsin fatal fire case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court has rejected arguments from a man convicted of setting a fatal house fire that his statements should have been suppressed and his guilty pleas withdrawn.
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Court: Statements, plea properly entered in fatal fire case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state appeals court has rejected arguments from a man convicted of setting a fatal house fire that his statements should have been suppressed and his guilty pleas withdrawn. Armin Wand III was sentenced to life in connection with the 2012 LaFayette County fire that killed ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Appeal Appellate court United States Plea Court Brazil Supreme court
Deputy attorney general who handled 'Serial' case appeal for state leaving position
Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, a former top city prosecutor who represented the state in recent court proceedings in the "Serial" case, is leaving his post, the office confirmed. The Attorney General's Office said Vignarajah will stay with the office until next month and was...
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Judge: Dover, other districts owed money for education
A judge ruled Tuesday that the city of Dover and dozens of other school districts growing in size were unconstitutionally deprived of education funding from the state.That figure is about $1.5 million for Dover, and as much as $11 million between 40 other districts.The lawsuit filed last year argue...
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Federal judge erred in last-minute order to keep Cincinnati polling places open in March primary, appeals court says
An appeals court on Tuesday said a Cincinnati federal judge overstepped her bounds when she ordered polling places in southwest Ohio to remain open for an hour so that people stuck in traffic could vote in the March 15 primary. CINCINNATI, Ohio -- An appeals court on Tuesday said a Cincinnati federal judge overstepped her bounds when she ordered polling places in southwest Ohio to remain open for an hour so that people stuck in traffic could vote in the March 15 primary. The Republican-leaning panel of judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott's last-minute order to the Ohio secretary of state's office was an error, as it was based on anonymous phone calls to the clerk of court's office. The appeals court's decision does not change anything about the results of the primary election. Rather, the court said it made its ruling in case similar problems arise in future elections. (You can read the full order here or at the bottom of this story.) The traffic problems on Interstate 275 were caused by a car plunging from the Combs-Hehl Bridge into the Ohio River at 4:30 p.m. Dlott was at a law school dinner when the clerk's office called her at about 7 p.m., 30 minutes before the polls closed, to tell her motorists were stranded and couldn't get to the polls, the opinion says. The judge issued an oral order requiring more than 1,100 polling places in Hamilton, Butler, Clermot and Warren counties remain open. The clerk of court's office called Matthew Damschroder, the secretary of state's Office employee in charge of elections, at 7:28 p.m. He finished listening to the voicemail at 7:31 p.m., a minute after the polls had closed, the opinion says. Election workers scrambled to reopen the polling places. Some were successful and others were not, according to the opinion. Secretary of State Jon Husted appealed Dlott's order. The court, in a 2-1 decision with a partial dissent by Chief Judge Guy Cole, said Dlott should not have ruled because the case, while not necessarily a lawsuit, did not have a named plaintiff that could show how he or she was disenfranchised by not keeping the polling places open later. "The district court judge, we realize, was in a difficult spot. She was out of the office. It was late. She had little time to act. All of this presumably led her to err on the side of protecting people's right to vote," wrote Sutton who was appointed to the appeals court by President George W. Bush. "But none of this explains why the clerk's office or the court couldn't answer the phone call with the most natural of questions: 'Who is it?'" The appeals court said it made its ruling, in part, to ensure a protocol is in place should any last-minute polling issues arise in the future. "... If one looks at the problem as being about anonymous phone calls claiming that traffic accidents or weather-related problems are preventing voters from getting to the polls, it's easy to see the problem arising again," Sutton wrote. Joshua Eck, a spokesman for Husted, praised the ruling and said Husted sought the court's review in case such a situation arose again. He said it was difficult to re-open more than 1,100 voting precincts in the four affected counties. In a news release, Husted said that "anonymous tips at the eleventh hour should not be an acceptable standard for making last-minute changes to how we exercise our right to vote." Dlott, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, declined to comment through an office aide. Gov. John Kasich in June vetoed a bill that would have required voters seeking an extension for voting hours in county courts to post bond equal to the estimated cost of keeping polling places open. Read more: Voting bill vetoed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich // DV.load("https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3098804-16a0219p-06.js", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3098804-16a0219p-06" }); // ]]>
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Cosby due in Pennsylvania court with streamlined legal team
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby's defense team will have a new look when the actor returns to court for a hearing on Tuesday in his sexual assault case.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Sexual intercourse Lawyer Human sexual behavior Felony English-language films Appeal Bill Cosby Bill
Fired Greenville police officer sues the city, police chief
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A former Greenville police officer has sued Police Chief Ken Miller and the city in U.S. District Court. Local media report that Joshua Pratt says in the lawsuit that he was improperly suspended and fired for a mistake in an affidavit. Pratt's lawsuit says he thinks ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Constable Protest Lawsuit Police Dispute resolution Civil disobedience Protests Appeal
Consumers' Counsel says FE rates illegal, asks Supreme Court to toss them out
The Ohio Consumers' Counsel and the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Collation have dragged the PUCO before the Ohio Supreme Court in an appeal asking the SUPCO to throw out the commission's approval of the current FirstEnergy rates, which still include a provision allowing the company to collect a surcharge from customers, though not exactly to save old power plants but just because the company wants the money. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Consumers who thought federal authorities had saved them from a FirstEnergy surcharge to subsidize two of the company's old power plants should think again, says the state's consumer watchdog. The Ohio Consumers' Counsel points out in an appeal it filed with the Ohio Supreme Court this week that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has already approved the surcharge mechanism, called a "rate rider," to collect what the company has referred to as "a stability charge." The PUCO approved the rider in May but left it blank because it had not approved the overall rate plan, a plan still not approved and so contested during the past 25 months that it has drawn national attention. And that action by the PUCO -- approving an open but blank rate rider -- violates state law, the Consumers' Counsel and the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition, or NOAC (the NOPEC of northwestern Ohio), argue in this week's appeal to the high court. They cited the court's recent rulings throwing out similar rate riders planned by American Electric Power and Dayton Power and Light. "The PUCO's decisions approving tariffs that implement FirstEnergy's electric security plan rates, with a "placeholder" for a stability charge, violate the law and this Court's recent decisions that protected customers, and the market pricing that serves customers, by overturning stability charges for both DP&L and AEP Ohio, the Consumers' Counsel and NOAC argue in the appeal. The Consumers' Counsel and NOAC also appealed what they consider an illegal ruling by the PUCO hearing officer over the summer that shutdown the appeals of several opponents while allowing FirstEnergy to bring up entirely new proposals.  Those new company proposals, they argue, should have been made in a new rate case.  In other words, they argue that the company should start over, a move FirstEnergy is sure to oppose because the fate of its various pending proposals before the PUCO has drawn the interest of Wall Street analysts. What this means for customers is that whenever the PUCO does approve a final plan, the company will immediately begin collecting a surcharge -- and keep collecting it while opponents appeal the case as many of them have vowed. How the PUCO and FirstEnergy got to this point is as convoluted as a case can become after more than two years of litigation. FirstEnergy initially called the rider and the money it would collect a "stability charge" when it filed its rate case, euphemistically called an "Electric Security Plan,"  in August 2014. The charge would have funneled money collected by FirstEnergy's local delivery companies like the Illuminating Co. and Ohio Edison to the no-longer-regulated power plants owned by the subsidiary FirstEnergy Solutions. The PUCO approved the rate case, including the new rider, on March 31. Less than a month later the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled against the arrangement, saying it had the last word on such a deal. The FERC also at that time rescinded a ruling it had made years earlier allowing a similar but not identical transaction. The company had relied on that older FERC ruling when it convinced the PUCO to approve the plan. The company has not filed a full-blown argument with the FERC. Instead, it has wrestled with its opponents at the PUCO over several new "FERC-proof" proposals -- all adding billions of dollars in new charges to customer bills over the next eight years. The PUCO has not approved any of these new proposals.
19 points by The Plain Dealer | Appeal Law Court United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission American Electric Power Lima Ohio
Eric Garner’s mom lambasts de Blasio over killer cop discipline
The mom of Eric Garner, who was choked to death by a police officer in 2014, blasted the de Blasio administration Tuesday.
2011 points by Daily News | Law Police Civil and political rights Human rights Manhattan Rights Lawyer Appeal
Mayor's cover-up: de Blasio fights to hide Garner cop's records
One and only one person is leading the fight to prevent the public from learning the cop's disciplinary history.
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Pot legalization group loses high court fight
It's now all but certain that Nov. 8 ballots in Michigan won’t include a marijuana question        
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Bail for former Sylhet mayor Ariful upheld in Kibria murder case
The Supreme Court has upheld bail for sacked Sylhet mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury in the case over the killing of former minister Shah AMS Kibria.
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State panel considering 14 to fill Court of Appeals opening
PHOENIX (AP) - A state commission is considering 14 applicants for a vacancy on the Arizona Court of Appeals. Applicants being considered to fill an opening created by Judge Maurice Portley's retirement include four already nominated for appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey for a vacancy created by the retirement of ...
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