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2018/04/05   Lawyer tells Australian court Geoffrey Rush barely eating
2018/03/14   Maryland redistricting case comes before Supreme Court
2018/02/04   Prosecutor asks for prison terms in Paris terror trial
2017/12/11   Greek court backs extraditing Russian bitcoin suspect to US
2017/12/09   Comedian Artie Lange arrested for skipping court
2017/10/20   Supreme Court to consider American Express fee dispute
2017/09/18   With 2 in 3 months, Ohio executions could be back on track
2017/09/09   Indian court sentences 2 men to death in 1993 Mumbai blasts
2017/09/01   Israeli protesters erect golden statue of High Court chief
2017/08/11   British cybersecurity expert pleads not guilty to US charges
2017/06/29   Another ex-Arpaio underling testifies against him in court
2017/06/06   High court limits seizure of assets from drug conspiracies
2017/05/31   Mom sentenced in Australian court for drowning 3 children
2017/05/20   8 judges on Venezuela's Supreme Court hit with US sanctions
2017/05/07   Trump tabs Minnesota Justice Stras for federal appeals court
2017/04/19   Austrian court: ex-Croatian general guilty of embezzlement
2017/04/18   High court sides with Goodyear in sanctions dispute
2017/04/04   Court: Civil Rights Law Prohibits Discrimination of L
2017/01/25   Greek court rejects extradition for Turkish servicemen
2016/10/11   Iraq's federal court rules against prime minister's reforms
2016/06/11   High Court won't hear dispute over birthright citizenship
2016/05/29   Court upholds $3M judgment against Gerber Products Co.
2016/02/04   Oldest death row inmate in Georgia, age 72, is executed
2015/11/16   Kansas court's approval of death sentence not seen as shift
2015/10/04   Supreme Court declines to review insider trading case
2015/09/10   U.S. military chooses rarely-used charge for Bergdahl
2015/03/27   Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case
2015/02/03   Romanian court sentences judge to 22 years in bribe case
2014/12/05   NY court: Chimps don't have same rights as humans
2014/12/01   Supreme Court rejects blood transfusion case
2014/11/11   Court reinstates whistleblower case at nuke site
2014/11/05   Dominican Republic quits OAS's human rights court
2014/10/13   U.S. Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
2014/09/29   French court extends adoption rights to lesbians
2014/09/22   Court reverses woman's conviction in child's death
2014/08/11   Teen suspect in 6-year-old's death due in court
2014/08/05   Texas Supreme Court: Parade Crash Trial in Midland
2014/07/28   Court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims
2014/07/17   Appeals court to take up Missouri execution case
2014/06/06   High Court Refuses to Block Oregon Gay Marriage
2014/05/05   Casino law hinges on Massachusetts high court case
2014/04/21   Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case
2014/04/17   Court rules for environmentalists in water fight
2014/04/17   Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court
2014/04/15   Court Rejects Holocaust-Denying Bishop's Appeal
2014/03/10   Man pleads guilty to sea cucumber smuggling charge
2014/03/07   Court upholds $185 million award against Argentina
2014/03/05   Court weighs securities fraud class-action cases
2014/02/28   CA man sentenced on drug charge in fed court in SD
2014/02/24   Court: Spain can extradite Liberty Reserve founder
2014/02/20   Fla. man guilty of lesser counts in music shooting
2014/02/17   Appeals court reinstates BP shareholders' lawsuit
2014/02/06   Judge finds Citgo guilty of Clean Air Act felonies
2014/02/03   Not guilty plea in Oakland attack on 'agender' boy
2014/01/27   High court rules against steelworkers' claim
2014/01/16   Court refuses to reopen oyster farm case
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2013/12/30   Minnesota Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Assisted Suicide Case
2013/12/23   Utah's same-sex marriage ban back in court
2013/12/23   Canadian court strikes down anti-prostitution laws
2013/12/20   Pa. court sides with towns in gas drilling fight
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2013/12/05   Court Won't Hear Appeal Of New York Internet Taxation
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2013/11/18   Spain court rejects handing pedophile to Morocco
2013/11/18   Russian court: Greenpeace activist to stay in jail
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2013/10/23   EU top court holds up state's say in Volkswagen
2013/10/14   High court weighs Mich. ban on affirmative action
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Lawyer tells Australian court Geoffrey Rush barely eating
Legal Focuses | 2018/04/05 12:26
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 Nicholas Pullen's affidavit submitted to the Australian Federal Court in Sydney on Monday said the 66-year-old Australian actor had suffered "tremendous emotional and social hardship" since The Daily Telegraph accused him in December of inappropriate behavior toward actress Eryn Jean Norvill during the Sydney Theatre Company's production of "King Lear" in 2015.

Rush has denied the allegation. He is suing the newspaper over the articles, which he says portray him as a pervert and sexual predator. Details of the alleged behavior remain vague.

Rush "suffers lack of sleep and anxiety requiring medication" and believes his worth to the entertainment industry "is now irreparably damaged," his lawyer wrote.

He rarely left home in the three months after the articles and "has been virtually housebound," his lawyer said.

Rush "has lost his appetite and barely eats" and "wakes up every morning with a terrible sense of dread about his future career," Pullen added.

Rush has performed in the Sydney Theatre Company for 35 years. He won the 1997 best actor Academy Award for "Shine" and has three other Oscar nominations. He is perhaps best known as Captain Barbossa in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

Maryland redistricting case comes before Supreme Court
Legal Focuses | 2018/03/14 12:17
The Supreme Court is taking up its second big partisan redistricting case of the term amid signs the justices could place limits on drawing maps for political gain.

The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday in an appeal filed by Republicans in Maryland. They complain that Democrats who controlled the state government in 2011 drew a congressional district for the express purpose of ousting the Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Democrat.

In Wisconsin, Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Republicans statewide. Those districts gave Republicans a huge majority in a state that otherwise is closely divided between the parties.

The Supreme Court has never struck down districts for being too partisan.

A decision in favor of opponents of partisan gerrymandering could cut into the political power of the dominant party in states in which one party controls the state government.

The court is expected to issue decisions in both cases by late June.

Maryland's 6th Congressional District had been centered in rural, Republican-leaning northwestern Maryland and had elected a Republican to Congress for 20 years. Incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett won re-election in 2010 by 28 percentage points.

But in the 2011 redistricting, Democrats altered the district to take in some Democratic suburbs of Washington, D.C. The new district had 62,000 fewer Republicans and 33,000 more Democrats. Bartlett lost the 2012 election by 21 percentage points.

Republican voters who sued over the changes said the state violated their First Amendment rights.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, is defending the district as competitive for both parties. Frosh said the district has elected a moderate Democrat, and in 2014, a friendlier year for Republican candidates, the victory margin of Democratic Rep. John Delaney dropped to less than 2 percentage points, though it rose again in 2016.

Prosecutor asks for prison terms in Paris terror trial
Legal Focuses | 2018/02/04 23:28
A French prosecutor has requested four years in prison for a man accused of harboring killers in the 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris, less than the maximum term.

In closing arguments Tuesday, Nicolas Le Bris said Jawad Bendaoud knew he was hiding criminals, but that there wasn't sufficient evidence he knew they were involved in the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks.

However, he called for the maximum 5-year sentence for co-defendant Youssef Ait-Boulhacen, arguing that Ait-Boulhacen knew who the men were, what they had done, and that they were plotting another attack.

Ait-Boulahacen's sister, Hasna, found the hideout for the fugitives and died with them in a police standoff.

The trial is the first time a French court has heard a case related to the attacks, which killed 130 people.

Greek court backs extraditing Russian bitcoin suspect to US
Legal Focuses | 2017/12/11 09:44
Greece's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of extraditing a Russian cybercrime suspect to the United States to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using the virtual currency bitcoin.

Alexander Vinnik made his final appearance at an Athens court Wednesday amid an ongoing legal battle between the U.S. and Russia, who are both seeking his extradition.

Greece's justice minister will ultimately decide on whether Vinnik will be sent to Russia or the U.S.

The case was heard amid growing global interest in virtual currencies and their underlying blockchain technology, fuelled by the ongoing boom in the price of bitcoin.

The 38-year-old former bitcoin platform operator denies any wrongdoing but is not contesting the Russian request on less serious charges.

U.S. authorities accuse Vinnik of laundering $4 billion worth of bitcoins through BTC-e, one of the world's largest digital currency exchanges, which he allegedly operated.

Garrick Hileman, a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, said bitcoin's growing acceptance by mainstream markets makes criminal cases surrounding the currency more significant.

"For bitcoin to continue to attract regulated and institutional investors it will need to operate within the law," he told the AP.

"The United States, with the support of evidence from various cyber sleuths, is arguing that Vinnik and BTC-e were two of the biggest bad actors in the crypto-currency industry. Bringing bad actors to justice will help bitcoin move beyond its tainted history."

Vinnik was arrested at a northern Greek holiday resort in July and a lower court has already approved his extradition to the U.S.

Ilias Spyrliadis, a lawyer for Vinnik's defense, said they would formally respond after Wednesday's decision is published, in about one week.

"The Supreme Court has in essence accepted that our client should be sent to the United States," the lawyer said. "Our client has not made any response. He listened to the ruling as it was read out ... It is now up to the justice minister to decide when and where our client will be sent."

Comedian Artie Lange arrested for skipping court
Legal Focuses | 2017/12/09 09:45
Comedian Artie Lange has been arrested for skipping a court appearance. reports Lange was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Hoboken. Authorities say Lange failed to appear in Superior Court in Essex County for charges stemming from a drug arrest earlier this year.

Police said they found Lange with a bag of heroin during a traffic stop in May. Lange faces charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia in the case.

Lange's arrest follows a strange incident over the weekend in which the comedian tweeted a picture of himself with a swollen nose. Hoboken police responded to Lange's home and he later apologized.

Lange wrote in a tweet that he missed court because of a "bad communication" with his lawyer.

Supreme Court to consider American Express fee dispute
Legal Focuses | 2017/10/20 12:18
The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal by 11 states that argue American Express violated antitrust laws by barring merchants from asking customers to use other credit cards that charge lower fees.

The justices said Monday they would review a ruling by the federal appeals court in New York that sided with American Express.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed by states and the Obama administration in 2010 against American Express, Mastercard and Visa. The lawsuit said that letting merchants steer customers to cards with lower fees for merchants or to other preferred cards would benefit consumers and increase incentives for networks to reduce card fees.

Visa and MasterCard entered into consent judgments in 2011 and stopped their anti-steering rules for merchants while American Express proceeded to trial.

A trial judge ruled against American Express in 2015, but the appeals court reversed that ruling last year.

The Trump administration said it agreed with the states, but still urged the Supreme Court to reject the case. The administration said the justices should let the issue percolate in the lower courts.

The 11 states that joined the appeal are Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont.

Other states that were part of the original lawsuit are Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Texas.

The court will hear argument in Ohio v. American Express, 16-1454, during the winter.

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