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2nd girl in Slender Man stabbing enters insanity plea
Both the girl and 14-year-old Morgan Geyser face one count of first-degree attempted intentional homicide as adults       
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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        
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Supreme Court rejects Michigan ban on straight-ticket voting
Lower courts ruled the bill would discriminate against African American voters.
1851 points by The Washington Post | Supreme Court of the United States Voting Elections Voting system Democracy Election United States Supreme court
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
Public masturbation is no longer a crime in Italy: Supreme Court
The highest court of the land set the bizarre precedent back in June.
5523 points by Daily News | Italy Supreme Court of the United States Crime Supreme court United States Court Court of Cassation Sentence
Wis. teen's battle to stop treatment isn’t unique
A Wisconsin girl’s plan to halt treatment of her incurable disease has again raised the thorny issue of how much say minors should have in making life-and-death decisions.         
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No bond for Grand Forks slaying suspect until second trial
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The suspect in a slaying in Grand Forks two years ago has been ordered held without bond while he awaits a second trial. A jury in June 2015 convicted Delvin Shaw of murder and burglary in the June 2014 death of 24-year-old Jose Lopez, and ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Jury Life imprisonment Court Washington D.C. Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court Supreme court Not proven
Wisconsin teen's battle to stop treatment isn’t unique
A Wisconsin girl’s plan to halt treatment of her incurable disease has again raised the thorny issue of how much say minors should have in m...       
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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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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.
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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
Feds to drop corruption charges against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell
Federal prosecutors will not pursue another case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell or his wife after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his corruption conviction last month, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said Thursday. The decision ends a yearlong legal saga for...
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Italy: Public masturbation not a crime
Italy's highest court has ruled that masturbation in public is not a crime, as long as it is not conducted in the presence of minors.
54615 points by CNN | Italy United States Judge Court of Cassation Law Court Catania Supreme court
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 ...
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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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Alabama’s appellate courts system rigged to block minority judges - lawsuit
Alabama is going to court, over their courts. A lawsuit from the NAACP claims that Alabama’s election system for judges has blocked African-Americans from ever serving on the state's criminal and civil appellate courts. Read Full Article at RT.com
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North Carolina editorial roundup
Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 5 The Charlotte Observer on keeping beaches public: If you were among the lucky who got to take a stroll on a North Carolina beach this summer, it probably didn't occur to you to ponder who owned the sand beneath your toes. ...
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Arkansas governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state's highest court more than two years ago. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson closely mirrors ...
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Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to ‘horse and buggy’ era
Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was wrapping up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public.Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Den...
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Supreme Court unanimously strikes down Gorsuch ruling
A ruling made by US Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch in a federal appeals court has been struck down 8-0 by the Supreme Court. Gorsuch apologized for his ruling during a Senate confirmation hearing, but defended it based on circuit precedence. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Simply stated, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is steadfast and surprising
It was a horrific case. A female student had been gang-raped by football players being recruited by the University of Colorado. Now, her lawyers were trying to hold the university partly responsible, arguing it had created a hostile environment for women. A lower court had already rejected their...
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Fact check: Trump makes case that he inherited a mess
Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don’t support the president’s assertions.        
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Trump seeks pause in legal fight with revised travel ban
SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation from terrorism.
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5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. COURT: FLORIDA DOCS ALLOWED TO ASK PATIENTS ABOUT GUNS The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that key provisions of a 2011 law that restricted such speech violate the First Amendment. Three-judge ...
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Trump seeks to end legal fight with revised travel ban
SAN FRANCISCO — President Donald Trump's administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants an end to the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations and will issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation.
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Trump administration says it will revise travel ban instead of continuing appeals
President Donald Trump's administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants an end to the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations and will issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation. Details of the new proposal were not provided in...
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‘White Boy Rick’ regrets being ‘blinded by the money’
Rick Wershe was sentenced at age 17 to a life sentence without parole in 1988 for drug possession        
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Lawyer hopeful ‘White Boy Rick’ will be paroled
Rick Wershe was sentenced at age 17 to a life sentence without parole in 1988 for drug possession        
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Trump immigration order blocked by U.S. judge in Virginia
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s order barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the U.S. for 90 days suffered another blow after a Virginia judge ruled it likely violates the rights of state residents.
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State Supreme Court won't hear Philly soda tax appeal
The state Supreme Court denied the city's application to have the court hear the sweetened beverage tax case under appeal in Commonwealth Court.
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N.J. Supreme Court rejects South Jersey school district's petition for aid
After the rejection, “we’re in no way shape or form deterred from fighting this fight,” the district's superintendent said.
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Okla. lawmaker wants women to seek men's approval for abortions
A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker is for pushing for a bill that would require women to ask men for permission to have abortions.
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Trump team assesses legal options on travel ban
Options range from heading to the Supreme Court to re-writing order         
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It's not just Donald Trump feuding with the courts. States are doing it, too.
Some half a dozen states are considering bills to give politicians more power over their states' courts.
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Trump travel ban has already hurt industry, two studies say
President Trump’s travel ban is on hold as lawyers battle over the executive order in court, but the confusion and uncertainty sparked by the order may have already inflicted pain on the travel industry. A study of about 300 million online air travel searches found that flight searches from international...
89 points by Los Angeles Times | President of the United States Supreme Court of the United States Supreme court United States Appellate court Federal government of the United States Court Barack Obama
Trump calls US legal system ‘broken’ and ‘dangerous’
President Trump slammed the country’s legal system as “broken” and “dangerous” in a Saturday morning tweet about his now-halted travel ban. “Our legal system is broken! “77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries.” (WT) SO DANGEROUS!,” he said in a 7:12 a.m. tweet. The president appeared to be...
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Las Vegas Justice of the Peace tearfully remorseful in reprimand hearing
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson on Friday gave several hours of testimony, sometimes tearfully, expressing her remorse and regret in signing an order to help an attorney she knew with a Canadian divorce case.
160 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Lawyer Judge Law Supreme court Appeal Supreme Court of the United States Court Jury
South Jersey district sues to get all students '100% of their school funding'
Kingsway, in its brief, argues that “it cannot be reasonably maintained that some students are entitled to 100% of their school funding while other students are not.”
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Constitution Supreme Court of the United States New Jersey Supreme court Court United States State education agency State supreme court
Trump eyes 'brand new order' after court upholds suspension of travel ban
Trump said the White House was also weighing other alternatives, including making changes to the order, which suspended the nation's refugee program and barred all entries from seven Muslim-majority countries. WASHINGTON -- Seeking to regroup after a stinging legal defeat, President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering signing a "brand new order" after his refugee and immigration travel ban was halted in court. Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Florida for the weekend, said he expected his administration to win the legal battle over his original directive. But he said the White House was also weighing other alternatives, including making changes to the order, which suspended the nation's refugee program and barred all entries from seven Muslim-majority countries. The president said a new executive order would likely change "very little" from the first. Trump's comments came a day after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a restraining order on the original travel ban. While a White House official initially suggested the administration would not ask the Supreme Court to overturn that order, chief of staff Reince Priebus later said "every single court option is on the table," including a high court appeal. Priebus said the administration was also considering "fighting out this case on the merits" in a lower court. Trump's executive order was hastily unveiled at the end of his first week in office. It caused chaos at airports in the U.S. and sparked protests across the country. The president has cast the order as crucial for national security. Earlier Friday, he promised to take action "very rapidly" to protect the U.S. and its citizens in the wake of the appeals court decision, but he did not specify what steps he planned to take. "We'll be doing things to continue to make our country safe," Trump pledged at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "It will happen rapidly. We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm to our people." The president's comments were far more restrained than his angry reaction to last week's initial court ruling blocking the travel ban. Trump took aim at both the "so-called judge" in that case and the ruling, which he called "ridiculous." Trump continued to conjure images of unspecified danger Friday, saying he had "learned tremendous things that you could only learn, frankly, if you were in a certain position, namely president. And there are tremendous threats to our country. We will not allow that to happen, I can tell you that. We will not allow that to happen." Trump's Twitter feed, comments likely to keep government lawyers busy The 9th Circuit ruling represented a significant setback for Trump in just his third week in office. The appellate decision brushed aside arguments by the Justice Department that the president has the constitutional power to restrict entry to the United States and that the courts cannot second-guess his determination that such a step was needed to prevent terrorism. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that Trump "ought to see the writing on the wall" and abandon the proposal. The New York Democrat called on the president to "roll up his sleeves" and come up with "a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe." House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California promised, "Democrats will continue to press for President Trump's dangerous and unconstitutional ban to be withdrawn." And Trump's former presidential rival Hillary Clinton offered a terse response on Twitter, noting the unanimous vote: "3-0." Congress' Republican leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, declined to comment. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued the temporary restraining order halting the ban after Washington state and Minnesota sued, leading to the federal government's appeal. The Trump administration has said the seven nations -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- have raised terrorism concerns. The states have argued that the executive order unconstitutionally blocked entry based on religion and the travel ban harmed individuals, businesses and universities. Trump and his aides frequently refer to a ruling by a federal judge in Boston who declined last week to extend a temporary injunction against Trump's travel ban. In a separate federal ruling in Seattle, a different federal judge put the ban on hold nationwide; it is that judge's decision that the White House has challenged. "It's a decision that we'll win, in my opinion, very easily and, by the way, we won that decision in Boston," Trump said. Trump travel ban ruling: 7 key takeaways from the court's decision
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Trump says he's considering a new, narrower travel ban
Rebuffed again by the courts, President Trump said Friday that he is weighing a new, more narrowly tailored executive order to curb entry into the U.S., a step that would mean setting aside his legal battle in favor of moving more quickly on his broader goal of restricting the flow of who comes...
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Trump, in strategy shift, considers new executive order on travel ban
"We'll be going forward and we’ll be doing things that will continue to make this country safe. It will happen rapidly," Trump said.       
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Trump to sign ‘brand new’ executive order, not appeal to SCOTUS
Rather than appeal to the US Supreme Court, the Trump administration is expected to draw up another executive order restricting immigration in the name of national security as early as next week. Read Full Article at RT.com
1199 points by Russia Today | President of the United States United States Supreme Court of the United States Supreme court Court systems Court United States district court Appeal
Religion in the courtroom: Neil Gorsuch’s faith and writings draw close attention
More than most issues, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s writings on the intersection of religion and the law have faced intense scrutiny ahead of his Senate confirmation hearings. So too has his personal beliefs as a Catholic-turned-Episcopalian who now worships at a self-described "largely liberal" church in Boulder.
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Sean Spicer's Facebook Live interview with Breitbart News is the most awkward thing ever
From a production standpoint, it was what Spicer's boss likes to call a "total disaster."
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Kilpatrick’s lawyer: Ex-mayor shouldn’t owe restitution
Harold Gurewitz calls process to justify amount owed to Detroit water department ‘too complicated and time consuming’        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Kwame Kilpatrick Supreme Court of the United States Appeal United States Appellate court Supreme court Court Detroit
Most Americans agree with travel ban despite Trump’s falling approval rating, poll finds
A new poll shows that the majority of Americans still support Trump’s executive order prohibiting citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US, despite a fall in his overall approval rating. Read Full Article at RT.com
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What's next? Where travel ban goes from here
Now that a three-judge panel of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the government's emergency request to reinstate the travel ban -- what happens next in the case?
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Talk it out: Donald Trump's travel ban still on hold
What do you think about the court ruling halting President Donald Trump's travel ban? Let's talk it out. A federal appeals court late Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the Associated Press reported. The AP report said: "The three judges of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the argument that the ban targets Muslims raised 'serious allegations' and presented 'significant constitutional questions,' and they agreed that courts could consider statements by Trump and his advisers about wishing to enact such a ban. "Moments after the ruling, Trump tweeted, 'SEE YOU IN COURT,' adding that 'THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!'" This fight won't be over for a while. A lower court still must rule on the merits of the challenge, which was brought by the states of Washington and Minnesota. The case could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. What do you think? Did the courts overstep their authority in stopping the President's executive order? Did Trump go too far and violate the Constitution? Join us from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for a constructive conversation about the ruling on the travel ban. Comments will be reviewed by a moderator before they are published. In a pre-curated conversation, comments are published after they are reviewed -- promptly -- to ensure they adhere to our community rules, which prohibit indecent, hateful, abusive or harassing comments, personal attacks, vulgar nicknames, personal information, email addresses belonging to others, anything inciting criminal behavior and copyrighted material for which you do not own the rights. Comments that are not on the topic of this discussion will not be published. Criticism is fine, but make it respectful. We seek a robust discussion, and civil discourse requires courtesy.
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2 defendants in Capitol corruption probe win appeal ruling
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A former Pennsylvania House speaker and an ex-legislative aide learned Thursday their public corruption convictions will get a fresh look by a state appeals court.
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