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22, Dec 2014 - Jewish Extremists Get 2-1/2 Years for 'Price Tag' Attack
Two Jewish settlers were sentenced to 30 months in prison for setting several Palestinian cars alight in a West Bank village. Click here for the rest of the article...
22, Dec 2014 - Inmate, transgender fiancée seek to join same-sex marriage lawsuit
A state prison inmate and his transgender fiancée have asked a federal judge to allow them to join a legal challenge to Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage.
22, Dec 2014 - Galveston Woman Sentenced for Collin County Mortgage Fraud
PLANO (KYTX)– A 68-year-old Galveston woman has been sentenced to federal prison for federal violations related to a mortgage fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
22, Dec 2014 - Uber hosts appreciation breakfast for drivers in Las Vegas
One week after a Northern Nevada judge temporarily suspended Uber operations in Nevada, the ridesharing service hosted a free breakfast for its drivers.
22, Dec 2014 - Las Vegas man sentenced in New Mexico crime spree
A 24-year-old northern New Mexico man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on convictions stemming from a two-day crime spree in 2011.
22, Dec 2014 - Judge OKs garnishment of crooked ex-pol’s pension
A federal judge has green-lighted the government to seize $22,000 in state pension funds from disgraced ex-Assemblyman Eric Stevenson — money he’s yet to pay taxpayers back following his bribery...
22, Dec 2014 - First same-sex divorce in Athens County approved in local court
An Athens County common pleas judge Tuesday approved a magistrate's decision to grant what's likely the first divorce for a same-sex couple in Athens County, and one of very few same-sex divorces to be granted in the state of Ohio. At the time, however, he says he didn't realize it was a same-sex female couple.
22, Dec 2014 - Term limits aim clear, even if some lawyers are not
Randy Zook, boss of the state's biggest business lobby, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce , said at yesterday's panel on the new ethics/pay amendment that good lawyers believe the term limits provision restarts for all legislators the counting of years served toward term limits. The sponsors of the amendment, Rep. Warwick Sabin and Sen. Jon Woods, think he's wrong. I think he's wrong. The ...
22, Dec 2014 - Former police officer gets 5 years for sex assault
A former officer for a Northern California police Department has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman whom he was taking to jail.
22, Dec 2014 - Guilty plea entered in the Basalt robbery
EAGLE — The third of three men who kicked in the front door of a woman’s home and robbed her at gunpoint has pleaded guilty. Sergio Sanchez, 24, of Rifle, admitted his guilt Monday morning as the jury was being selected for his week-long felony trial. Sanchez pleaded guilty to Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, a Class 3 felony, with a Crime of Violence sentence enhancement. He also ...
22, Dec 2014 - 14 Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested in Blair County
HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of 14 suspected drug dealers and charges against three others for dealing a variety of illegal narcotics following a street-level sweep in Blair County.  The charges are the culmination of a year-long cooperative investigation between the Office of Attorney General and the Blair County Drug Task Force into the distribution ...
22, Dec 2014 - Freed American endured years of declining health
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Gross spent five years wasting away in a Cuban prison, losing hope that he would ever be free and at one point apparently contemplating suicide. He dropped more than 100 pounds, developed hip problems and lost most of the vision in one eye.
22, Dec 2014 - Five who were denied parole, and their crimes
The following Lowell-area "lifers'' were denied parole this year: * Manuel Alarcon: On March 24, 1993, Alarcon, then 18, went to a gas station in Lowell armed with a .
22, Dec 2014 - Former TPD Officer Bound Over For Trial In 19-Year-Old's Murder
Prosecutors have said Shannon Kepler drove up to his daughter and her boyfriend as they were walking down the street, then shot at the 19-year-old man in close range, killing him.
22, Dec 2014 - Securities litigation attorney speaks to Gilmer Rotary Club
Gilmer attorney Chris Bebel, a former lawyer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and onetime federal prosecutor who has made several appearances on national television, recounted some of his legal career’s memorable moments last week for the Gilmer Rotary Club.
22, Dec 2014 - Feds Sue Debt Collection Agency For Deceptively Using CA District Attorney Seals On Letters To Debt
A lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco is trying to stop a debt collection company from using the seal and letterhead of California district attorneys to go after people who owe money.
22, Dec 2014 - U.S. court to hear case on blocking executions in Oklahoma
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A federal judge in Oklahoma will hear arguments starting on Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by 21 death row inmates trying to halt future executions there after a troubled lethal injection this year led the state to revamp its death chamber protocols. Lawyers for the inmates, four of whom are scheduled to be executed next year, said the new protocols were ...
22, Dec 2014 - NC prison chief seeking help to treat mentally ill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's prison agency wants Gov. Pat McCrory to formally ask lawmakers in his upcoming budget for more than $20 million to hire additional staff to better treat inmates w
22, Dec 2014 - Court peels some immunity in cases against public agencies
DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has struck down an award of $767,000 for a Lansing-area woman who aspired to be a dental hygienist before her car was hit by a state salt truck. In a 7-0 decision, the court says compensation from public agencies for the ...
22, Dec 2014 - Jailed for 35 years for forcing girl to drink
A US couple have been jailed for 35 years in prison for forcing the man's 5-year-old daughter to drink massive and fatal amounts of grape soda and water as a punishment.
22, Dec 2014 - Springfield Father and Son Plead Guilty to K2 Distribution Conspiracy
A Springfield, MO, man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to his role in a $6.7 million scheme that involved the distribution of approximately 2,253 kilograms of synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as K2.
22, Dec 2014 - Florida judge grants a landmark same-sex divorce
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A south Florida judge on Wednesday granted what is believed to be the state's first official same-sex divorce to a woman who entered into a civil union in Vermont, her attorney said. The divorce was approved by Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen during a court hearing in Broward County, after he previously ruled in the case that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is ...
22, Dec 2014 - Florida floating home owner loses in court
A South Florida man who two years ago won a U.S. Supreme Court case over the difference between a floating home and a vessel has lost a legal battle against the city of Riviera Beach.
22, Dec 2014 - QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago. Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof." Prosecutor Willie Meggs made a similar decision a ...
22, Dec 2014 - Judge in Reno grants state request to block Uber from operating ride-sharing in Nevada
A Washoe County District Court judge granted the state's request late Tuesday for a court order blocking the ride-sharing company Uber Technologies from operating unregulated in Nevada, saying Uber's refusal to comply with the necessary state licensing requirements could put the public's safety at risk.
22, Dec 2014 - Commonwealth of Virginia Sues as Trinity Begins Guardrail Testing
  Virginia has become the first state to sue Trinity Industries over thousands of secretly redesigned, improperly tested, and potential deadly guardrail systems. Virginia’s suit follows an October whistleblower trial in which a federal jury found Trinity had defrauded the federal government of $175 – which is tripled under the law to $525 million. “It […]
22, Dec 2014 - Opponents of Illinois pension reform law fight fast-track appeal
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Public labor unions and others challenging a 2013 law aimed at easing Illinois' pension burden objected on Tuesday to a fast-tracking of the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week asked the Illinois Supreme Court to speed up the appeal of Sangamon County Court Judge John Belz's Nov. 21 ruling ...
22, Dec 2014 - Ind. abortion clinic law ruled unconstitutional
A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the classification of abortion clinics in a way that opponents said targeted a Planned Parenthood facility that only provides drug-induced abortions.
22, Dec 2014 - Obama commutes drug sentence of Muscatine woman
A Muscatine woman is one of eight drug convicts whose prison time has been cut short by President Barack Obama.
22, Dec 2014 - Judge asked to loosen gag order in Blankenship criminal case
By Ken Ward Jr. BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A lawyer for the Charleston Gazette and other media organizations on Wednesday urged a federal judge to loosen restrictions on information about Don Blankenship's criminal case. Also, Blankenship's defense team indicated they plan to ask that the former Massey CEO's trial be moved out of Southern West Virginia. Sean McGinley, lawyer for the Gazette and other ...
22, Dec 2014 - Judge Denies Blankenship Travel Home for Holidays
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A judge won't let a West Virginia ex-coal baron facing criminal charges head home for the holidays. A docket entry on Monday shows U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley denied ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's motion to travel home for the holidays. During his case, Blankenship's travel is restricted to southern West Virginia, Pike County, Kentucky, and ...
22, Dec 2014 - Fake doctor gets 23 years for sex assault on Colorado girl, 9
A Colorado man convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl while posing as an immigration facility doctor to gain access to her family's home was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.
22, Dec 2014 - Federal judge announces decision on fate of Oklahoma executions
OKLAHOMA CITY – Earlier this month, 21 death row inmates asked a judge to halt their punishment, following the botched execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett last April. Today, a judge denied their requests to halt executions in Oklahoma. The judge’s decision means executions will go forth as planned. The inmates say Oklahoma’s execution procedures are nothing short […]
22, Dec 2014 - Judge suspends Florida city's homeless feeding ban
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has suspended enforcement of a South Florida city's law that restricts the public feeding of homeless people for 30 days and ordered mediation on the issue.
22, Dec 2014 - Feds indict sex offender living in Youngstown
CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio man who prosecutors say robbed a bank and then posed with the stolen cash for an Instagram photo has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison. A judge in Cleveland sentenced 22-year-old Rodney Johnson Jr. on Monday.
22, Dec 2014 - In reversal, US gives up pursuit of death penalty against woman convicted in Iowa slayings
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993.
22, Dec 2014 - State panel hires 2 experts to guide child welfare reforms
The state blue ribbon committee created to spearhead improvements to Clark County child welfare and the court system has hired two additional experts to guide its work before the 2015 Legislature begins.
22, Dec 2014 - Jury Ends 1st Day of Talks on Ex-Judge's Penalty
Texas jurors end 1st day of deliberating whether to give ex-judge death or life in prison
22, Dec 2014 - Florence man going to prison after shooting neighbor who threatened his dogs
According to Madison/Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest, in the early morning hours of July 4, 2013, the Rankin County Sheriff's Department responded to 144 Oak Street after a 911 call reported a shooting at the home. 
22, Dec 2014 - L.A. City Atty. Feuer makes valid case for funding under Prop. 47
Proposition 47, adopted last month, turned six drug possession and low-level property felonies into misdemeanors, setting in motion some rejiggering of California's criminal justice system. Among the changes in Los Angeles is the transfer of caseloads among jurisdictions: Many crimes formerly...
22, Dec 2014 - Md. Native Alan Gross Speaks After Release From Cuban Prison
Maryland native Alan Gross has landed at Andrews Air Force base after he was released from a Cuban prison.
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