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  • Supreme Court greenlights driver rights in rental car case

    Supreme Court greenlights driver rights in rental car case

    Court Watch 05/15/2018

    The Supreme Court said Monday that people who borrow rental cars from friends or family are generally entitled to the same protections against police searches as the authorized driver.The justices ruled unanimously that as a general rule someone who ...

  • Court to hear challenge to Winona County's sand mining ban

    Court to hear challenge to Winona County's sand mining ban

    Court Watch 05/04/2018

    Winona County, Minnesota's only county to ban the mining of silica sand for use by the oil and gas industry in hydraulic fracturing, goes to court Monday to defend the ban.Minnesota Sands LLC, which holds extensive mineral rights in southeastern Minn...

  •  Supreme Court to hear appeal of Missouri death row inmate

    Supreme Court to hear appeal of Missouri death row inmate

    Court Watch 04/25/2018

    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to review the case of a Missouri death row inmate who says his rare medical condition could cause him to choke on his own blood during an execution.The justices said they would hear the appeal of inmate Russell Bucklew...

  •  Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion

    Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion

    Court Watch 04/20/2018

    Jurors weren't allowed to hear testimony that Bill Cosby's chief accuser was once hooked on hallucinogenic mushrooms or had her sights set on becoming a millionaire, but that hasn't stopped the defense from airing the explosive claims about Andrea Co...

  • Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule

    Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule

    Court Watch 04/19/2018

    Environmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily.Attorneys for 13 groups on Friday asked a federal appeals court in Denver to block an order by a lower court t...

  • Constitutionality of murder conviction upheld by high court

    Constitutionality of murder conviction upheld by high court

    Court Watch 04/18/2018

    The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a man's conviction for killing his 4-year-old son.Forty-four-year-old Chris Miller was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his son, Jacob Miller, and an additional 50 years f...

  • Michigan Democrats back Nessel for state attorney general

    Michigan Democrats back Nessel for state attorney general

    Court Watch 04/14/2018

    Thousands of fired-up Michigan Democrats endorsed Dana Nessel on Sunday in a hotly contested race for state attorney general, backing the former prosecutor-turned-civil rights lawyer to wrest back control of an office the party last held 16 years ago...

  • Court: Mexican family can't sue agent in cross-border death

    Court: Mexican family can't sue agent in cross-border death

    Court Watch 03/22/2018

    A federal appeals court says a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired his gun in Texas and fatally wounded a teenager across the Mexican border cannot be sued by the teen's family.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in the case of 15-year...

  • Budget bill likely would end Supreme Court email search case

    Budget bill likely would end Supreme Court email search case

    Court Watch 03/22/2018

    The budget bill before Congress includes an update to federal law that makes clear that authorities with a warrant can obtain emails and other data held by American technology companies but stored on servers overseas.Passage of the Cloud Act probably...

  • Facing death penalty, school shooting suspect in court

    Facing death penalty, school shooting suspect in court

    Court Watch 03/13/2018

    Now formally facing the death penalty, the suspect in the Valentine’s Day school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida is headed for a court appearance Wednesday on a 34-count indictment.An arraignment hearing is set for 19-year-old Nikolas...

  • Cardinal's alleged sex victims testify in Australian court

    Cardinal's alleged sex victims testify in Australian court

    Court Watch 03/04/2018

    The alleged victims of the most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis began giving testimony to an Australian court on Monday.Australian Cardinal George Pell wore his clerical collar for the first day of the hea...

  • Brazil court largely upholds law that some fear hurts Amazon

    Brazil court largely upholds law that some fear hurts Amazon

    Court Watch 03/01/2018

    Brazil's Supreme Court has batted down challenges to key parts of a law that environmentalists say has contributed to increasing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.The 2012 law included an amnesty for illegal deforestation that occurred before Ju...

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