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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
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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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2013/12/02   Nevada Supreme Court upholds ethics laws
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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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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.

With 2 in 3 months, Ohio executions could be back on track
Legal Focuses | 2017/09/18 12:31
Court rulings favorable to the state and the outcome of two executions in three months indicate Ohio could be on track to resume putting inmates to death regularly.

The state executed child killer Ronald Phillips in July and double killer Gary Otte on Wednesday in the state death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Witnesses said Phillips did not appear to be distressed. Otte’s chest rose and fell several times over two minutes in a fashion similar to some executions, though the movement appeared to go on longer than in the past.

Otte’s lawyers believe he suffered a phenomenon known as air hunger and plan to continue their challenge of Ohio’s use of a sedative called midazolam.

“My concerns were that he was obstructing, he was suffering air hunger, trying desperately to get air, and there were tears running down his face, which indicated to me that he was feeling pain or sensations,” federal public defender Carol Wright said after Wednesday’s execution.

Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said the procedure “was carried out in compliance with the execution policy and without complication.”

The next and last execution scheduled this year is Nov. 15, when the state plans to put Alva Campbell to death. A jury found Campbell, 69, guilty of killing 18-year-old Charles Dials 20 years ago after Campbell, who was in a wheelchair while feigning paralysis, escaped from a court hearing.

Ohio is scheduled to execute four people next year, including Cleveland R. Jackson, of Lima, and six in 2019. Nine men were executed in 2010, the most since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999.

Indian court sentences 2 men to death in 1993 Mumbai blasts
Legal Focuses | 2017/09/09 23:03
An Indian court on Thursday sentenced two men to death and two others to life in prison for a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993. A fifth man was given 10 years in prison.

The five men were convicted earlier of criminal conspiracy and murder in the planting of 12 powerful bombs in cars, scooters and suitcases around India's financial capital.

The sentencing ended a second trial related to the bombings. An initial trial ended in 2007 with more than 100 people convicted, of whom 11 were sentenced to death and the rest to various terms in prison.

Ujjwal Nikam, the main prosecutor, said he could not ask for a death sentence for Abu Salem, a prime suspect, because he was extradited from Portugal to India in 2005 after the Indian government pledged he would not be given the death penalty, a key requirement in extradition proceedings in Europe.

He fled India after the bombings and was later arrested by police in Portugal.

The Mumbai court sentenced Salem to life in prison after finding him guilty of transporting weapons from Gujarat state to Mumbai ahead of the blasts. These included AK-56 assault rifles, ammunition and hand grenades.

Prosecutors said the bombings were an act of revenge for the 1992 demolition of a 16th century mosque by Hindu nationalists in northern India. That triggered religious riots in parts of India, leaving more than 800 dead, both Hindus and Muslims.

The blasts targeted a number of prominent sites in Mumbai, including the stock exchange, Air India building, hotels, a cinema and shopping bazaars.

Prosecutors said the attack was masterminded by underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim. India accuses Pakistan of sheltering Ibrahim, a charge Islamabad denies. India says he has been living in Karachi, Pakistan's financial hub, after fleeing from Mumbai, and has asked Pakistan to hand him over to face trial in India.

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