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28, Jul 2014 - Officials recommend prison programs
Attending programs in prison often improves the success rate for individuals after prison, said Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore.
28, Jul 2014 - Drug charges filed against Cedar Rapids bank robbery suspect
One of the Cedar Rapids brothers accused of committing a series of bank robberies now faces several drug charges. According to a Linn County Attorney’s Office complaint, 22-year-old Timothy L. Broderick has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, an Iowa drug tax stamp violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. The court documents state that when law enforcement ...
28, Jul 2014 - Florida Lawmakers Won’t Challenge Redistricting Ruling
Florida’s legislative leaders won’t seek reversal of last week’s ruling by a state judge that said boundaries of two of 27 congressional districts are illegal and must be redrawn, while seeking to keep the existing map for this year’s elections.
28, Jul 2014 - Stanford law professor named to California Supreme Court
Gov. Jerry Brown nominates Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to replace Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's high court, capping immigrant's journey from growing up in Mexican border town to legal star.
28, Jul 2014 - Court limits reach of Pennsylvania gas drilling law, siding with local zoning rules
A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling Thursday that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry.
28, Jul 2014 - Opposite rulings on health law subsidies, no change to health coverage for Virginians | With Video
Conflict over ACA subsidies won't affect Virginians Conflicting rulings on a key component of Obamacare emerged from the Virginia Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C., within hours of each other on Tuesday.
28, Jul 2014 - AquaAlliance denied injunction for water transfers, presses on
The federal District Court in Fresno denied a legal effort by Chico's AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance to stop water transfers this year.
28, Jul 2014 - Contempt-of-court charge for Macungie man's saggy pants dismissed
An eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court.
28, Jul 2014 - Halbig Court Opinion: A Victory For The Rule Of Law, But Merely A Speed Bump For Obamacare
If you visited certain corners of the media yesterday?left and right?you may have read that in a case called Halbig v. Burwell, a federal court in D.C. dealt a ?lethal blow? to Obamacare, by limiting the flow of the health law?s insurance subsidies. The D.C. court made the right call, based on a strict reading of the law. But the probability that this ruling leads to the collapse of Obamacare is ...
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 - Barren County Election Appeal Dismissed
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal of election results in Barren County.
28, Jul 2014 - Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port
South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.
28, Jul 2014 - SUNDAY EDITION | After 54 years, Kentucky's longest serving inmate has chance for release
In prison since 1960, Willie Gaines Smith says "I've been in here long enough" 
28, Jul 2014 - Government union membership climbs while private membership declines
Supreme Court ruling on union dues could cost SEIU millions in payback OPINION: Let's celebrate the right to work
28, Jul 2014 - Third Circuit stays lower-court decision on ACA contraception rule
A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily stayed a lower court order that could have left the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and several associated nonprofits on the hook for up to $160,000 in fines for each day they refused to cover contraception costs for their more than 4,000 employees.
28, Jul 2014 - Loudoun Co. trial date set for Severence
Charles Severence, the Virginia man who is the focus of three homicide investigations in Alexandria, will face a two-day jury trial for unrelated gun charges in Loudoun County this fall.
28, Jul 2014 - U.S. appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban
Oklahoma City — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that has vehemently fought policy changes brought on from outside its borders.
28, Jul 2014 - Mass. moves on abortion clinic bill: How is it different from buffer zone law? (+video)
The US Supreme Court last month struck down Massachusetts’ 35-foot buffer zones. A new bill allows police to order individuals to withdraw if they substantially impede access to an abortion clinic.
28, Jul 2014 - Sanchez sentenced to 90 years
A Cliffside Park resident was sentenced to 90 years in prison on June 24 for his role in one of the most horrific crimes in the borough's history.
28, Jul 2014 - Inmates bound over in jail sexual assault case
A judge ordered two Newton County Jail inmates bound over for trial Tuesday on charges that they sexually assaulted a third inmate with a shampoo bottle and a tube of toothpaste.
28, Jul 2014 - Quinn aide: Court rulings don’t jeopardize federal health-care subsidies
Conflicting federal court rulings Tuesday pose no immediate financial threat for the 168,000 Illinoisans receiving reduced-price health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, an aide to Gov. Pat Quinn says.The legality of the subsidies in states such as Illinois, which doesn't operate its own health insurance "exchange," was called into question by one of the rulings."The bottom line ...
28, Jul 2014 - Harshaw sentenced on drug charges
Michael Harshaw, 38, of Hinton, West Virginia appeared before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger on drug charges in federal court in Beckley.Harshaw was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to setting up a transaction to distribute five oxycodone pills to a police informant in October of 2012. He also admitted that he was in possession of a quantity of xanax pills ...
28, Jul 2014 - Alaska News Nightly: July 23, 2014
Fishers in Tell State to Stop Commercial Openings; State Releases New Mercury Guidelines; Enstar Hearing Packed; Judge Rules in Set Netting Case; Canadian Environmental Officials Give OK to Mine Near Ketchikan; Arctic Birds Show More Signs of Mercury; Cup'ik Language Gets App; Daniels Leads Jazz Workshop
28, Jul 2014 - Federal appeals court sides with Vermont in campaign finance case
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled for Vermont in a case seeking to overturn aspects of the state’s campaign finance laws. The Vermont Right to Life Committee challenged the constitutionality of Vermont’s campaign finance reporting, disclosure requirements and the state’s limit on contributions to an affiliated independent expenditure group.
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 - U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare
By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond ...
28, Jul 2014 - Court won't hear dispute over Calif. fuel standard
The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
28, Jul 2014 - Report Finds Personnel And Technology Failures Led To Michigan Prisoner’s Escape
A state report looking into the escape of a convicted murder from the Ionia Correctional Facility on Superbowl Sunday has just been released.
28, Jul 2014 - Jury Selection to Begin Today in Aaron Powell's Double-Murder Trial
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 - Spike Lee helps a film student face his past with PBS' 'Evolution of a Criminal'
When a film student decided to revisit his criminal teenage past, he found a powerful ally in filmmaker Spike Lee. Lee was among Darius Clark Monroe's professors at New York University's film school when Monroe revealed to him that he had committed a bank robbery when he was 16 and had gone to prison. Monroe wanted to examine his actions and how they affected his family and the victims.
28, Jul 2014 - N.Y. top court decides towns can ban fracking
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - New York state's top court ruled on Monday that towns have the authority to ban gas drilling within their borders, giving a boost to opponents of the drilling method known as fracking. The Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision upheld drilling bans in the Ithaca suburb of Dryden and in Middlefield, near Cooperstown, saying the laws were extensions of the ...
28, Jul 2014 - NJ tax preparer sentenced to 18 months for scam
A northern New Jersey tax preparer is headed to prison for filing false returns.
28, Jul 2014 - STATE: Gov. Brown selects Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar for California Supreme Court
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Cuéllar, 41, of Stanford, has been a Stanford Law School professor since 2001 and was appointed Stanley Morrison Professor of Law in 2012. He has taught administrative law, criminal law and international law, among other subjects. Cuéllar has been ...
28, Jul 2014 - Excerpts from conflicting federal appeals court rulings on Obama health care law
WASHINGTON — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law.
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 - 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 - 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 - Federal judge sends key GM wrongful death case back to Georgia court
A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court.
28, Jul 2014 - Judge in Virginia prison sex materials case dies - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, S
RADFORD, Va. (AP) - U.S. District Judge James Turk, who struck down a Virginia policy that allowed prisoners to look at Playboy but not read classical works of literature with explicit sexual passages, died Sunday. He was 91.
28, Jul 2014 - Conviction upheld in Vt. drug killing
A judge has once again denied a man's request to overturn his conviction that he caused the death of a Vermont woman whom he believed had stolen drugs from him.
28, Jul 2014 - Ohio prisons eye using drones
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio may become the first state in the nation to use drones to keep an eye on its prison yards and fences.
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