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2018/01/28   Officials ask court to send Kennedy cousin back to prison
2018/01/25   Top Pakistani court orders arrest of escaped police officer
2017/12/26   Court calls on jailer to resign; cites poor conditions
2017/12/14   Court reverses itself and restores woman's murder conviction
2017/12/12   Ex-police officer pleads guilty in daughter's hot car death
2017/12/10   UN court hears appeal in Serbian lawmaker's acquittal
2017/12/05   Idaho man upset with court tries to crash into courthouse
2017/11/07   Top German court strengthens intersex identity rights
2017/10/21   Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails
2017/06/12   Indiana governor names Judge Goff to state Supreme Court
2017/05/18   Court pauses criminal case against Texas' attorney general
2017/04/12   Newest justice joins high court amid competing caricatures
2016/11/18   Justice Thomas: Honor Scalia by reining in government
2016/10/03   Court fight over Ohio executions likely to focus on sedative
2016/10/01   Appeals court rules against Kansas in voting rights case
2016/09/07   Mexico's Supreme Court overturns state anti-corruption laws
2016/09/05   Stepmom of scalded boy who died pleads guilty to murder
2016/08/17   Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony on affairs
2016/07/11   Court orders release of detained immigrant kids, not parents
2016/06/09   Bollywood filmmaker challenges censoring of drug-abuse film
2016/06/06   High court rejects Google's appeal in class action lawsuit
2016/05/26   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/21   Maryland high court issues opinion in Gray case
2016/05/05   Tribunal: India, Italy should agree on Italian marine's bail
2016/02/27   Court records: Apple's help sought in another iPhone case
2015/11/01   Chinese woman pleads guilty in college test-taking scheme
2015/10/10   Connecticut court stands by decision eliminating execution
2015/07/13   Court: New health law doesn't infringe on religious freedom
2013/11/08   Anti-whaling activist to testify in US court
2013/11/01   The Law Offices of Tenecia P. Reid - Manassas Divorce Attorney
2013/05/20   Court: US can keep bin Laden photos under wraps
2012/09/29   Justices step back from Pa. court funding dispute
2012/08/10   Pa. high court fast tracks juvenile lifer appeals
2012/07/11   Wis. town barred from beefing up farm water rules
2012/01/08   Justices criticize EPA's dealings with homeowners
2011/11/04   Court tosses $43M award against Ford in crash case
2011/10/24   Scott+Scott LLP Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit
2010/09/22   Penny Stock Risks – Caveat Emptor
2008/12/17   Ill. gov's legal woes worsen as fundraisers defect
2008/10/29   DA: Criminal charges possible in boy's Uzi death
2008/03/06   High Profile Local Law Firms Merge
2008/03/05   Civil Rights the Hawthorne Police Dept The LAPD


Officials ask court to send Kennedy cousin back to prison
Legal Interview | 2018/01/28 09:41
Connecticut officials are asking the state's highest court to revoke Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's bail and send him back to prison, reminding justices it has been more than a year since they reinstated his murder conviction.

The chief state's attorney's office filed the request Monday with the state Supreme Court.

Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy and his widow, Ethel Kennedy, was convicted of murder in 2002 in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were both teenagers.

He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. But another judge granted him a new trial in 2013, citing mistakes by his lawyer. Skakel was then freed after being allowed to post $1.2 million bail while he awaited the new trial.

Prosecutors appealed the lower court ruling to the state Supreme Court, which reinstated the conviction in December 2016 in a 4-3 ruling. Skakel's lawyers asked the high court to reconsider the decision — a request that remains pending. Skakel has been allowed to remain free on bail pending that ruling.

In Monday's petition to the Supreme Court, prosecutor James Killen wrote the court's usual practice is to rule on a request to reconsider a decision within weeks, and it's not clear why it is taking so long.



Top Pakistani court orders arrest of escaped police officer
Legal Interview | 2018/01/25 09:40
Pakistan's Supreme Court gave police three days to arrest an absconding officer who is involved in killing an aspiring model in a 'fake shootout', a lawyer said Saturday.

Attorney Nazeer Mehsud says suspended police officer Rao Anwar did not appear at a hearing Saturday. Chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered his arrest and asked the Sindh police chief to summon him before him.

Anwar is accused killing of an aspiring social media model, Naqeebullah Mehsud, in a controversial shootout earlier this month. Anwar had maintained that Mehsud was a militant belonging to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan group, without providing evidence to support the claim. He went into hiding when an investigation found Mehsud to be innocent and said the shootout was staged.

Sanaullah Abbasi, a senior police officer, earlier told The Associated Press that Naqeebullah Mehsud was not linked to militants as claimed by Anwar.

Anwar gained prominence in recent years for several shootouts with alleged terrorists in which neither him nor any of his team members were hurt. Mehsud, from Waziristan and a father of three, was the latest victim of Anwar's last shootout.

Mehsud's death triggered violent protests in his eastern Karachi and a protest sit-in by Mehsud tribe's is still ongoing. "My son Naqeeb was innocent, he was righteous. Rao Anwar is a tyrant who killed my son," said Muhammad Ahmed Mehsud, Mehsud's father, adding that he was overwhelmed by the support he received for his son.


Court calls on jailer to resign; cites poor conditions
Legal Interview | 2017/12/26 22:52
A court in Kentucky has called for a county jailer to resign, citing several recent incidents at the jail that include what the court viewed as substandard living conditions, along with multiple escapes and overdoses.

Judge-Executive Steve Towler and county commissioners approved a resolution requesting that Boyd County Jailer Joe Burchett step down, the Independent reported Wednesday. Burchett was not present at the meeting. He is an elected official, so he can't be fired.

"The jailer shall have the custody, rule and charge of the jail in his county and must keep the jail comfortably warm, clean and free from nauseous odors," the resolution states. "There have been numerous incidents over the past several months evidencing the current Boyd County jailer's failure to adhere" to those requirements.

The incidents have created a threat to personal safety and security for county residents, Towler said.

Commissioner John Greer said he hoped that Burchett would "see the light and retire," but he noted that it is "totally his decision."

Four maximum-security prisoners escaped from the jail on Dec. 28. Two of the four inmates have been captured.

Last month, Boyd Commonwealth's Attorney Rhonda Copley announced the existence of an investigation into possible malfeasance by Burchett. Malfeasance is a misdemeanor charge. Under state law, if any elected county official is convicted of the charge, that person's office would be declared vacant.


Court reverses itself and restores woman's murder conviction
Legal Interview | 2017/12/14 09:46
Georgia's highest court has reversed it own recent decision and restored the murder conviction of a woman whose husband shot and killed a police officer.

The Georgia Supreme Court issued a new opinion Monday that upholds Lisa Ann Lebis' felony murder conviction in the 2012 slaying of Clayton County police officer Sean Callahan.

Barely a month ago the same court had axed Lebis' conviction, saying prosecutors failed to prove she "jointly possessed" the gun that her husband, Tremaine Lebis, used to kill the officer as the couple tried to flee a Stockbridge motel.

The new decision concludes that Lisa Ann Lebis could still be held accountable for the slaying as a co-conspirator.

The opinion Monday does not say why the high court chose to revisit the case.


Ex-police officer pleads guilty in daughter's hot car death
Legal Interview | 2017/12/12 09:44
A former Mississippi police officer charged in the death of her daughter in a hot patrol car has pleaded not guilty.

The Sun Herald reports 28-year-old Cassie Barker was arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in the 3-year-old girl's death.

The former Long Beach officer is accused of leaving Cheyenne Hyer unattended in a patrol car for more than four hours while she was in another officer's home. The car's air conditioner was on but wasn't blowing cold air. Hyer was found unresponsive in the car and died Sept. 30, 2016.

Barker was fired days later and initially charged with manslaughter.



UN court hears appeal in Serbian lawmaker's acquittal
Legal Interview | 2017/12/10 09:45
A prosecutor urged U.N. judges Wednesday to overturn the acquittals of a prominent Serbian ultranationalist on atrocity charges, saying that a failure to do so would inflict lasting damage to the legacy of the groundbreaking war crimes tribunal.

Prosecutor Mathias Marcussen told a five-judge appeals panel that the 2016 acquittals of Vojislav Seselj on nine war crimes and crimes against humanity charges were so deeply flawed that they must be reversed or a new trial ordered.

"Justice has not been done," Marcussen said. He argued that the three-judge trial bench that found Seselj not guilty at the end of his marathon trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia made critical errors of fact and law and failed to properly evaluate all the evidence.

At trial, prosecutors accused Seselj of crimes including persecution, murder and torture and demanded a 28-year sentence for his support of Serb paramilitaries during the region's bitter, bloody wars in the early 1990s. Prosecutors argue that Seselj's actions were part of a plan to drive Croats and Muslims out of large areas of Croatia and Bosnia that leaders in Belgrade considered Serb territory.

Marcussen said that allowing Seselj's acquittals to stand would be "not only an affront to the victims of the alleged crimes, it would also seriously undermine the credibility" of the tribunal and the institution called the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals which has been established to deal with appeals and other legal issues left pending when ad hoc tribunals like the Yugoslav court close their doors for good.

A tribunal that prosecuted cases arising from Rwanda's genocide has already closed and the Yugoslav tribunal formally shuts down at the end of December. Seselj's appeal is being handled by the new mechanism.

Seselj, now a Serbian lawmaker, did not attend Wednesday's hearing. Judges gave him 10 days to respond in writing after he receives a transcript of the hearing.


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