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  • Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene

    Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene

    Court Watch 11/07/2020

    President Donald Trump has repeatedly said there’s one place he wants to determine the outcome of the presidential election: the U.S. Supreme Court. But he may have a difficult time ever getting there.Over the last two days, Trump has leaned in...

  • High court could halt move toward leniency for kids who kill

    High court could halt move toward leniency for kids who kill

    Court Watch 11/03/2020

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested it could halt what has been a gradual move toward more leniency for children who are convicted of murder. In cases over more than a decade, the court has concluded that children should be treated differently fro...

  • Michigan court blocks 2-week absentee ballot extension

    Michigan court blocks 2-week absentee ballot extension

    Court Watch 10/18/2020

    Absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day to be counted, the Michigan Court of Appeals said Friday, blocking a 14-day extension that had been ordered by a lower court and embraced by key Democratic officials in a battleground state. Any changes mu...

  • Supreme Court to review Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ law

    Supreme Court to review Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ law

    Court Watch 10/01/2020

    The Supreme Court said Friday it will review a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning another person’s early ballot. The law itself, however, remains in effect through the presidential election and unt...

  • Lawyer: Case of Black inmate set to die reveals racial bias

    Lawyer: Case of Black inmate set to die reveals racial bias

    Court Watch 09/23/2020

    The lawyer for the first Black inmate scheduled to die this year as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions says race played a central role in landing her client on death row for slaying a young white Iowa couple and...

  • High court front-runner hailed by right, feared by left

    High court front-runner hailed by right, feared by left

    Court Watch 09/20/2020

    A front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a federal appellate judge who has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control.Amy Coney Ba...

  •  Appeals court keeps Flynn case alive, won’t order dismissal

    Appeals court keeps Flynn case alive, won’t order dismissal

    Court Watch 09/01/2020

    A federal appeals court in Washington declined Monday to order the dismissal of the Michael Flynn  prosecution, permitting a judge to scrutinize the Justice Department’s request to dismiss its case against President Donald Trump’s fo...

  • UN-backed court to issue verdicts in Lebanon’s Hariri case

    UN-backed court to issue verdicts in Lebanon’s Hariri case

    Court Watch 08/16/2020

    More than 15 years after the truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, a U.N.-backed tribunal in the Netherlands is announcing verdicts this week in the trial of four members of the militant group Hezbollah al...

  • New Jersey's top court: Defendant must share phone passcodes

    New Jersey's top court: Defendant must share phone passcodes

    Court Watch 08/12/2020

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled a defendant must turn over the passcodes for his two phones in response to a search warrant, opening the way for law enforcement to compel other defendants in the state to do the same.The court's majority decisio...

  • Town court in southern Nevada closes due to coronavirus

    Town court in southern Nevada closes due to coronavirus

    Court Watch 07/07/2020

    A town court in southern Nevada was closed Tuesday after officials said several workers were exposed to a person who tested positive for the new coronavirus.The two judges in the Nye County community of Pahrump issued an order saying all staff member...

  • LGBT activists see hard work ahead despite Supreme Court win

    LGBT activists see hard work ahead despite Supreme Court win

    Court Watch 06/16/2020

    LGBT-rights activists are elated by a major Supreme Court victory on job discrimination, and hope the decision will spur action against other biases faced by their community despite Trump administration efforts to slow or reverse advances.In most sta...

  • Black Lives Matter rallies start in Australia amid court ban

    Black Lives Matter rallies start in Australia amid court ban

    Court Watch 06/05/2020

    The first of several Black Lives Matter protests across Australia on Saturday got underway against a backdrop of possible clashes between demonstrators and police in Sydney, after a court sided with police that the gathering posed too much risk for s...

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