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  • Court ‘deeply troubled’ by woman’s jailing over unpaid fines

    Court ‘deeply troubled’ by woman’s jailing over unpaid fines

    Criminal Law 02/15/2020

    Federal appeals court judges said they were “deeply troubled” that a Georgia municipal court jailed a woman when she couldn’t pay a fine for driving without insurance.A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals uph...

  • Supreme Court to take up dispute over subpoenas

    Supreme Court to take up dispute over subpoenas

    Criminal Law 12/14/2019

    The Supreme Court says it will hear President Donald Trump’s pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private.    The high court is likely to issue final rulings in June, amid Trump's campaign for re-election.The justice...

  • Justices weigh dismissal of case over New York City gun law

    Justices weigh dismissal of case over New York City gun law

    Criminal Law 12/01/2019

    The Supreme Court considered Monday whether to dismiss the first gun rights case it has heard in nearly 10 years, an outcome that would come as a huge relief to gun-control advocates.The justices heard arguments in a dispute over New York City restri...

  • Lawmakers asked to boost spending on New Mexico court system

    Lawmakers asked to boost spending on New Mexico court system

    Criminal Law 11/25/2019

    New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil is asking legislators to boost spending on the state court system.The Albuquerque Journal reports Vigil joined other court officials Friday in Santa Fe to request an 8.9% increase in appropriations from ...

  •  Wisconsin court says gun site not liable in spa shooting

    Wisconsin court says gun site not liable in spa shooting

    Criminal Law 04/30/2019

    The state Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging a firearms website that enabled a man to illegally purchase the pistol he used in a mass shooting at a suburban Milwaukee spa six years ago is liable in the killings, ruling that federal la...

  • Indian court lifts ban on Chinese social media app TikTok

    Indian court lifts ban on Chinese social media app TikTok

    Criminal Law 04/24/2019

    An Indian court on Wednesday lifted its ban on Chinese social media video-sharing app TikTok on the condition that the platform popular with teenagers would not be used to host obscene videos.Justices N. Kirubakaran and S.S. Sundar warned TikTok that...

  • Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

    Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

    Criminal Law 04/20/2019

    In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stor...

  • Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

    Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

    Criminal Law 01/15/2019

    Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate.She spends her days in seclusion for fear of being targeted by ang...

  • Court may reconsider ruling on police deadly force measure

    Court may reconsider ruling on police deadly force measure

    Criminal Law 08/30/2018

    The question of whether Washington voters will have their say on a measure designed to make it easier to prosecute police for negligent shootings might not be over after all.One day after ruling that Initiative 940 should appear on the November ballo...

  • Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death

    Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death

    Criminal Law 06/14/2018

    Two online gamers whose alleged dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man not involved in the argument will make their first appearances in court Wednesday in a case of "swatting" that h...

  • Judge fights for job after admitting to courthouse affair

    Judge fights for job after admitting to courthouse affair

    Criminal Law 04/21/2018

    Massachusetts' highest court will decide the fate of a judge who admitted to having an affair with a clinical social worker that included sexual encounters at the courthouse.The Commission on Judicial Conduct is asking for Judge Thomas Estes to be su...

  • Lawyer tells Australian court Geoffrey Rush barely eating

    Lawyer tells Australian court Geoffrey Rush barely eating

    Criminal Law 04/06/2018

    Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has become virtually housebound, barely eats and wakes each morning with a "terrible sense of dread" since a Sydney newspaper alleged inappropriate behavior toward an actress, his lawyer swore in an affidavit.Lawyer ...

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