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Spelling bee kids battle into the night
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Lawsuit Filed Against Jody Kriss, Former Bayrock Executive & Founder of East River Partners
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Man Charged With Murder In Filer Pleads Not Guilty
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Second Oregon sex offender at Umatilla prison dies unexpectedly in just nine days
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31, Oct 2014 - U.N. investigator: North Korea abuses rights
The United Nations chairman investigating human rights in North Korea said the leaders in the country, including Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, must be held accountable for crimes against humanity and urged the Security Council to bring perpetrators to ...
31, Oct 2014 - New York state to settle landmark suit over public defenders
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - New York state has agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is underfunded and violates poor people's rights to counsel a day before the case was set to go to trial. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance ...
31, Oct 2014 - Riverside Hospital ex-CEO, 3 others convicted in Medicare fraud case
The former president of historic Riverside Hospital - along with his son and two other people affiliated with the facility - were convicted in federal court Monday for their roles in a Medicare scheme to steal $158 million from the U.S. government. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said the defendants treated mentally ill and disabled people "like chits to be traded and cashed out ...
31, Oct 2014 - Chukchansi casino to remain closed for several more weeks, judge rules (videos)
A federal judge in Fresno on Wednesday ordered Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino to remain closed to customers but allowed one tribal faction to continue overseeing its management and ordered… Click to Continue »
31, Oct 2014 - Latest updates / U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through 5 airports
Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone; vaccine trials to begin in West Africa in January, WHO says.
31, Oct 2014 - County issues same-sex marriage licenses
Nye County issued two same-sex marriage licenses Monday, the first for the county since the federal courts overturned the bans in Nevada and Idaho on Oct. 7.
31, Oct 2014 - Major victory for use of peyote
Ahalf century ago this month, the first major victory in the fight by Navajos to use peyote occurred in California. The California Supreme Court, in a 6-1 decision, ruled that American Indians using peyote in their religious rites are not in violation of the state's narcotic laws.
31, Oct 2014 - Ex-NHL players follow NFL brethren's lead, file concussion lawsuit
The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court.
31, Oct 2014 - Wisconsin man gets life in ex-classmate's killing
WEST BEND, Wis. -- A judge on Tuesday sentenced a 20-year-old Wisconsin man to life in prison with no chance of parole for the 2013 strangulation of a former high school classmate in her bedroom.
31, Oct 2014 - Ky. Kingdom claims recent lawsuits were planned before the incident
Kentucky Kingdom's President and CEO says there are plenty of attorneys looking for a quick payday and he intends to discourage that.
31, Oct 2014 - Give defendant choice of judge or jury trial
The federal court system and 49 states allow defendants the option to be tried by a judge rather than a jury. North Carolina does not. That should change.
31, Oct 2014 - Federal Judge Releases Former Griz Convicted of Selling Pot
The federal judge, who sentenced a former Griz quarterback convicted of selling marijuana last year, delivered him a new sentence.
31, Oct 2014 - Protesters gather for hearing in dog torture case
Animal rights activists rallied Thursday outside a Reno courthouse where a 24-year-old man faces charges accusing him of beheading and dismembering several dogs. Jason Brown was scheduled to appear at ...
31, Oct 2014 - Data on new court model indicate shorter time to resolve cases
Chad Halcom - Michigan's new business courts may be shaving months off the average time to close lawsuits between companies or their owners and managers, compared with how such cases fared in years past, when they were tried among the pack of other civil suits. Judges in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties collectively have reviewed and resolved at least 1,443 business court lawsuits ...
31, Oct 2014 - County's drug court gets solid reviews
 One-by-one — many in their 20s, others in their 30s and beyond — they approach the podium for a brief, but serious discussion about their recent activities and progress before Judge Scott Pavlich, who oversees the 53rd Circuit Court Adult Drug Court Program. The judge is forthright in his questioning; he is familiar with the details of each individual's case and life circumstances. Participants ...
31, Oct 2014 - Leonard Jackson murder trial opens in Bridgeport
Leonard Jackson listens as the prosecution presents its case on the opening day of his trial for the October 30, 1980 Bridgeport murder of 30-year-old Estella Brantley in Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
31, Oct 2014 - Senator asks district attorneys to not prosecute medical cannabis cases
A Pennsylvania state senator sent a letter to all district attorneys in the state asking them not to prosecute anyone using medical cannabis for medical purposes. A bill that would have allowed the use of medical cannabis failed to pass the state house of representatives during session. Now district attorneys in our area are asking […]
31, Oct 2014 - Tracie Hunter trial: Verdict reached for one count
Jurors reached a verdict for one count against Tracie Hunter but remain undecided on the other eight felony charges she faces.
31, Oct 2014 - State highlights: Ohio Medicaid and senior annuities; Mich. extends Medicaid dental coverage for ki
A war is being waged in Ohio over whether elderly couples with one person in a nursing home can buy an annuity to keep the other from going broke -- and still apply for public assistance. Elder-law attorneys say the state isn't following federal laws regarding Medicaid-compliant annuities, and that's hurting middle-class seniors who worked hard and saved for a rainy day. Several courts seem to ...
31, Oct 2014 - Ex-lawman turned dealer gets 11 years
Sedrick Reed, the former Arkansas State Police lieutenant who in July admitted to stealing seized drugs from the agency's property room to sell on the streets, was sentenced Thursday to more than 11 years in federal prison.
31, Oct 2014 - Trial for Rep. Barry Moore set to begin Monday in Opelika
Republican Representative Barry Moore of Enterprise goes on trial on Monday in Opelika.
31, Oct 2014 - Judge: Harry Baker can visit assisted-living facilities, then return to jail
A judge ruled Thursday that former Madera County Supervisor Harry Baker can leave Fresno County Jail to visit three assisted-living facilities, but he must return to jail once the interviews… Click to Continue »
31, Oct 2014 - Boston Attorney at Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone Comments on Report Stating Boston Is Among Safes
Pedestrian accident lawyer Mark E. Salomone says one of the best ways to reduce the risk of such accidents is for drivers to avoid using cell phones or being distracted behind the wheel. (PRWeb October 20, 2014) Read the full story at
31, Oct 2014 - Supreme Court rejects gay marriage appeals from 5 states.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WISH) — Same sex-marriage is now legal again in Indiana. The Supreme Court Monday rejected gay marriage appeals from all five states with pending petitions, declining to hear cases from Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
31, Oct 2014 - Man says he spent 6 months in jail for murder he didn't commit
Only Channel 2 Action News is speaking with a local man who says he spent six months in jail for a murder he didn't commit -- in a state he had never been to. Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh went to northwest Atlanta where the man said he's now suing the officers who waited months to investigate his alibi. "I was telling them the whole time, 'You have the wrong person,'” said Corey Fallen. ”They ...
31, Oct 2014 - New trial denied in Newark schoolyard slayings
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has rejected an attempt by a man to overturn his conviction of killing three friends in a Newark, New Jersey, schoolyard.
31, Oct 2014 - Arizona jury hears arguments in Arias death penalty trial
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Jodi Arias, convicted in a sensational Arizona murder trial last year of killing her ex-boyfriend, returned to court on Tuesday for the re-start of penalty proceedings, with her lawyer describing his client as troubled and the prosecutor calling her heartless. After months of delays in the case, opening statements were presented to the jurors selected to ...
31, Oct 2014 - Fresno Judge Petrucelli faces inquiry into alleged misconduct
The state Commission on Judicial Performance says Fresno County Superior Court Judge James Petrucelli helped an acquaintance accused of felony domestic violence get out of jail. Click to Continue »
31, Oct 2014 - Corbett to sign bill to stem victims 'anguish'
Gov. Tom Corbett says he will sign a bill that aims to prevent people convicted of crimes from causing their victims "mental anguish."
31, Oct 2014 - Thunderstorm Warning issued for So. GA counties
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a Severe thunderstorm warning for Brooks County, Western Lowndes County and Eastern Thomas County in south central Georgia, Until 1:15 pm.
31, Oct 2014 - Bondi: No marriage for gay couples until legal battle plays out
TALLAHASSEE -- Same-sex couples should continue to be prevented from getting married in Florida until a legal battle plays out about the constitutionality of the state's gay-marriage ban, Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a federal-court filing Friday.
31, Oct 2014 - Midland College Employee Behind Bars for Stealing $36,000 from Truck Driving Students
A Midland College employee will spend one year and one day in federal prison for scamming the school and their students. Michael Daniel Sanchez, the former Midland College Transportation Director, was sentenced Wednesday for wire fraud, after stealing more than $36,000 in tuition money from at least nine students. In addition to his federal prison sentence, 
31, Oct 2014 - VanDyke says he’ll put personal views aside when deciding cases
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-day series looking at the records of Supreme Court justice candidates Lawrence VanDyke and Justice Mike Wheat.
31, Oct 2014 - Concussion lawsuit vs. NHL filed in federal court
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court.
31, Oct 2014 - Judge Temporarily Halts Sports Betting In New Jersey Dimming Prospects For Final Ruling
A temporary restraining order handed down by a federal judge to stop immediate sports betting in New Jersey does not bode well for its overall case next month.
31, Oct 2014 - Expansion of Oklahoma DNA database to be studied
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers have scheduled a study on legislation that would require persons accused of crimes to provide samples of their DNA. Defendants convicted of certain crimes in the state are already required to provide DNA samples to law enforcement authorities to determine if they ...
31, Oct 2014 - Trial starts for man accused of killing teacher
She was a mother, daughter, teacher and friend. 
31, Oct 2014 - FDLE investigating deaths at 2 state prisons
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating several deaths at two north Florida prisons.
31, Oct 2014 - Two lawsuits filed in Excursion Train crash
Two lawsuits were filed in civil court against the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad.
31, Oct 2014 - Special Report: U.S. visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect
It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Oakland, California, has less than 5 percent of New York’s population, yet law enforcement there verified 2,992 immigrants during the same period - more than twice as many.
31, Oct 2014 - Idaho Christian ministers may face jail for refusing to perform same-sex weddings
Matt Bradwell COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A pair of ministers in Idaho may face up to $1,000 in fines and 6 months in prison for refusing to perform same-sex weddings at their for-profit wedding chapel.
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