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28, Jul 2014 - Alaska Supreme Court sides with Interior tribe in child custody, sovereignty case
FAIRBANKS—The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday in support of an Interior tribal court in a child custody and tribal sovereignty case that was contested by Gov. Sean Parnell's administration.
28, Jul 2014 - Convicted spy dies in NC prison
Arthur Walker, a retired Navy lieutenant convicted in 1985 for his role in a spy ring, has died. He was 79.
28, Jul 2014 - Ohio Supreme Court will not hear Douglas Prade case, judge wants him back in jail
The Ohio Supreme Court declined Wednesday to hear the State VS. Douglas Prade case, while also denying a motion to extend the Court of Appeals stay.
28, Jul 2014 - Huron County team participates in statewide opiate addiction symposium
Judge Conway organized local group. Huron County was among 83 Ohio counties represented at the Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction.
28, Jul 2014 - US judge strikes down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage; ruling temporarily put on hold
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A federal judge in Kentucky has struck down the state’s ban on same-sex couples getting licenses and marrying in the state. However, Tuesday’s ruling was temporarily put on hold because it will be appealed, meaning it is not yet clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses. U.S. District Judge John Read the Rest of the Entry
28, Jul 2014 - News crew thrown off public grounds in Saratoga County for shooting video
An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.
28, Jul 2014 - Idaho defends fetal-pain abortion law in federal court
A federal judge's ruling striking down Idaho's law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy should be reversed because criminal charges against the eastern Idaho woman who filed the initial lawsuit had been dismissed, Idaho attorneys said.
28, Jul 2014 - Judge bars telemarketer in Iowa
DES MOINES — An Iowa judge has barred a Las Vegas-based company from telemarketing health and nutrition-related products to Iowans, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.
28, Jul 2014 - Florida set to execute convicted murderer of 11-year-old girl
TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A Florida man who confessed to the rape and murder of a child is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday, while another convicted murderer in Georgia had his death sentence, also due to be carried out on Thursday, commuted to life imprisonment.
28, Jul 2014 - Wal-Mart loses bid to keep documents on bribery probe from shareholder
The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed on Wednesday a lower court ruling that ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to provide a shareholder with documents related to the company's internal probe of allegations the retailer had paid bribes in Mexico. Wal-Mart had appealed a ruling by Delaware's lower Court of Chancery that ordered the company to produce documents to an Indiana union pension trust, which owns ...
28, Jul 2014 - Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
So LGBT couples can't marry right away in Kentucky.   The state’s attempts to connect the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage to its interest in economic stability and in “ensuring humanity’s continued existence” are at best illogical and even bewildering. These arguments fail for the precise reasons that Defendant’s procreation argument fails. Numerous courts have repeatedly debunked ...
28, Jul 2014 - Erie County Common Pleas judge faces ethics charges
An Erie County Common Pleas Court judge is facing ethics charges after the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board filed a complaint against her Monday with the state Court of Judicial Discipline.
28, Jul 2014 - Death penalty: Ruling in California finds long delays 'cruel and unusual'
A federal judge struck down California's death penalty on Wednesday, ruling that death-row wait times are too long and the application of the sentence is too arbitrary, in violation of a constitutional ban on 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 
28, Jul 2014 - Court Asks 'True the Vote' Group to Justify Election Lawsuit
JACKSON, Miss. - The following news release is from the Office of the Secretary of State:The Federal Court in the Northern District of Mississippi issued a show cause order to transfer the case of True the Vote vs. The State of Mississippi. The Court acted on its own motion.  
28, Jul 2014 - Ohio drug dealer who bit WV State Trooper during 2012 traffic stop loses appeal of 35-year prison s
Robin Earl Slater, 52, of Langsville, Ohio, had a felony record, six loaded guns, thousands of dollars in cash and detailed drug ledgers in his possession when he bit a state trooper in the arm during a traffic stop in St. Albans, West Virginia, in 2012.
28, Jul 2014 - Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions
Death row inmates in two states are taking legal action to stop states from using the kind of multi-drug protocol that resulted in botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio. The inmates are not challenging their convictions or death sentences, only the way in which the sentences are to be carried out, notes the Guardian . Twenty-one death row inmates in Oklahoma filed suit against state officials ...
28, Jul 2014 - FRIDAY UPDATE: Appeals court dismisses Steward election appeal
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has dismissed Chris Steward's appeal regarding the results of the Democratic primary election for Barren County judge-executive.
28, Jul 2014 - Iowa seeks to stop health supplement telemarketer
DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has asked an Iowa judge to order a Las Vegas-based health supplement company to halt its Iowa sales and comply with a consumer fraud investigation over the company’s telemarketing claims, including that one of its products cures cancer.
28, Jul 2014 - Wonkblog: Wonkbook: What you need to know about Obamacare’s wild day in court
Obamacare had a crazy day in court — here
28, Jul 2014 - Speeding ticket dropped for NFL player arrested in Laurens Co.
A judge accepted the not guilty plea of the NFL player who was arrested for speeding in the Upstate.
28, Jul 2014 - Jury Selection to Begin Today for Aaron Powell
The trial for the Binghamton man accused of murdering his estranged wife and friend will get underway Thursday in Broome County. As Carmella Mataloni reports, jury selection is expected to begin.
28, Jul 2014 - Vacant-House Fakery Reborn as Cleveland to Camden Fight Blight
Camden, New Jersey, one of the poorest and most crime-ridden U.S. cities, has awaited rebirth for a generation. For now, it has Christopher Toepfer and his paintbrush. Ten feet up a ladder, Toepfer, a 51-year-old artist, is turning a rotting factory's plywood-covered windows from a mess of gang graffiti into a railroad mural. The city of Wilmington, Delaware, used the decal approach on a string ...
28, Jul 2014 - Task force to review state’s juvenile justice system
A Mercer County circuit court judge is among the officials across West Virginia who will participate in a review of the state’s juvenile justice system and see how it can be improved.
28, Jul 2014 - Wal-Mart Bribery Case Creeps Along in Court
A U.S. District Court judge in Arkansas ruled last month that a lawsuit filed in 2012 against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico can move forward.
28, Jul 2014 - Leechburg man gets 5 years on federal cocaine charges
A Leechburg man is serving a 5-year prison sentence in connection with a conspiracy to bring about 35 pounds of cocaine into the Alle-Kiski Valley. ...
28, Jul 2014 - Today's Court Decision Might Make Health Insurance Unaffordable in the Poorest States
A three-judge panel on a federal appeals court ruled today that the government cannot give Obamacare subsidies to people who live in states that did not set up their own, state-based health insurance exchanges.  The ruling, from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is a major blow to the Affordable Care Act, which sought to make health insurance affordable to everyone by providing low- and middle ...
28, Jul 2014 - Court endorses Illinois electricity surcharge
Illinois regulators can force electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6 billion FutureGen clean-coal project, a state appeals court said in a ruling Tuesday. The 2-1 decision handed down by the Illinois ...
28, Jul 2014 - The Supreme Court’s religious parenting precedent
In the second of the three-part series, Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at Wisconsin v. Yoder, the Supreme Court “port” from which a number of religious parenting cases would be launched.
28, Jul 2014 - Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear Prade’s appeal
AKRON, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade’s appeal, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Wednesday. A motion to extend his stay was also denied. “The Appellate Court and now the Supreme Court both agree with us that Judge Judy Hunter abused her discretion when she […]
28, Jul 2014 - Florida jury slams tobacco company with $23.6B in punitive damages in widow's lawsuit
A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict. Last year, Florida's highest court re-approved that ...
28, Jul 2014 - Contempt Charge for Saggy Pants in Court Dismissed
Pennsylvania judge dismisses contempt-of-court charge imposed over 18-year-old's saggy pants
28, Jul 2014 - Justice Denied: States have not obeyed court ruling on juveniles
( - Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 28 states cannot automatically sentence juveniles to life in prison for murder without the chance of parole, a decision that affected mostly imprisoned black boys, only 13 states have changed their laws to comply with the ruling, but 15 states have not passed any statutory reforms, according to a study by The Sentencing ...
28, Jul 2014 - Judge halts company's claims about spray product
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has barred a Las Vegas company from calling Iowa residents and claiming to sell a human growth hormone product that kills cancer cells. Polk County District Court Judge Michael D. Huppert issued an injunction Thursday against Americare Inc., its owner and ...
28, Jul 2014 - Trump Plaza workers get layoff notices
ATLANTIC CITY - In the latest blow to Atlantic City, layoff notices were issued to Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino employees Monday, advising them that the casino will close in mid-September.
28, Jul 2014 - Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public
A federal judge has overturned a District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public, concluding that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to firearms outside the home. In a 19-page ruling that was written on Thursday, but only released late Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr.
28, Jul 2014 - It’s time for Maine to break a cruel cycle of poverty and incarceration
Alan Cunningham of Bangor organizes the thrift shop downstairs at The Together Place in Bangor in February. Cunningham is in the ReFinement program, which allows people convicted of crimes to pay them back through community service.
28, Jul 2014 - Clippers’ Sterling Can’t Call Wife’s Lawyers to Testify
Shelly Sterling is seen at Los Angeles Superior Court on July 08, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Close Shelly Sterling is seen at Los Angeles Superior Court on July 08, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
28, Jul 2014 - South Dakota Man Sentenced on Meth Charge
A South Dakota man is sentenced to a decade in prison on a methamphetamine charge.
28, Jul 2014 - NJ tax preparer sentenced to 18 months for scam -
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey tax preparer is headed to prison for filing false returns. Kellar Covington Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months by a federal judge in Newark. He had pleaded guilty in February to assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.
28, Jul 2014 - Wisconsin judge clarifies abortion law
A Dane County circuit court judge has ruled that Wisconsin doctors do not have to be present when a woman takes drugs prescribed for a medical abortion.
28, Jul 2014 - New York State of Fracking: A ProPublica Explainer
by Naveena Sadasivam New York is one of a handful of states around the country that currently has at least temporarily halted fracking. Since 2008, when the state was first confronted with interest in gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing by energy companies, towns have banned the practice, the state has undertaken environmental and health studies, courts have issued rulings on fracking and ...
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