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Bill Cosby Ordered To Give Deposition In Los Angeles Sex Abuse Lawsuit

More than 45 women have accused comedian Bill Cosby, 77, of sexual misconduct dating back to the late 1960s.

August 6, 2015
Boston Marathon, Bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Family, Trial, Court, Russia, Chechen, Terrorism, Prison

Boston Defense Focuses On Tsarnaev’s Troubled Family

The troubled Tsarnaev family is the focus of the defense during the Boston Bombing trial.

May 5, 2015
Court, L. Felipe Restrepo, Appointment, Nominee, Partisan, Judiciary, Congress, Third Circuit, Politics, Patrick Toomey, Bob Casey

New Congress, New Round In Senate Fight Over Obama’s Judges

L. Felipe Restrepo, a Colombian immigrant, “could become the latest high-profile victim of partisan brinkmanship in the shaping of the judicial branch.”

May 5, 2015
National News, Environment, Politics, Featured News, Court, EPA, Legacy, Obama, Laurence Tribe, Harvard, Coal Industry, Energy

Obama Legacy Gets Second Legal Test Over ‘Goof’ In Climate Rule

Obama’s mentor at Harvard, Laurence Tribe, will argue on behalf of big coal which seeks to repeal the President’s EPA rules to curb carbon emissions.

April 16, 2015
Guantanamo, War, Crimes, Torture, Trial, Court, Terrorists, Religion, Cuba, 9/11, Politics, Infrastructure

Judge Cancels This Month’s 9/11 Hearing At Guantanamo

Politics, bureaucracy, religious rights, and care on the behalf of the prosecution further delay war court trials Guantanamo.

April 8, 2015

Dzhohkar Tsarnaev Appears In Court; No Outward Signs Of Plea Deal

Find out what the Boston bombing suspect did in court on Thursday.

December 18, 2014

Judge Says Illinois Governor Elect’s Former Company Not Responsible For Nursing Home Fraud

Bruce Rauner isn’t joining the long tradition of Illinois governors in legal trouble (yet.)

December 17, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Obama Overstepped His Authority In Issuing Executive Order On Immigration

Is President Obama’s executive action in legal danger?

December 17, 2014

Jury Convicts Blackwater Guards In Iraq Killing, But Appeals Expected

After almost 30 days of deliberation, a jury finds four American Blackwater guards guilty in Iraq killings.

October 22, 2014

After Days Of Talking To Police, Suspected Serial Killer Refuses To Speak To Judge

Darren Deon Vann is a suspect in the killings of seven women in Indiana, and he claims to have killed more.

October 22, 2014

U.S. Dept Of Justice Reveals Plan To Investigate Baltimore Police Department

In an effort to curb police brutality in Balitmore, the U.S. Department of Justice plans to investigate the Baltimore Police Department.

October 20, 2014

Big Ammo Stash Found In White House Intruder’s Car

The man who invaded the White House on Friday had a map with the White House circled, two hatchets, a machete, and ammunition in his car.

September 23, 2014

Grand Jury Now Has Until January To Decide Whether To Charge Ferguson Officer

By Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch CLAYTON, Mo. — The grand jury considering whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be criminally charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown now has until Jan. 7 to decide. The extension of the grand jurors’ term of duty does not necessarily mean the job will […]

September 16, 2014

Father Accused Of Killing 5 Children Treated For Mental Illness In The Past, Lawyer Says

By Tim Flach, The State (Columbia, S.C.) LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — Timothy Jones Jr. waived his initial appearance in court Friday after being served with warrants charging him with killing his five children and dumping their bodies in rural Alabama. One of his attorneys, Boyd Young, announced the decision at Lexington County bond court at […]

September 12, 2014

Judge Says United States Doesn’t Have To Reveal Cost Of Guantanamo’s Secret Camp 7

By Mark Seibel, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A federal judge agreed Thursday that the Pentagon does not have to reveal how much was paid to build the crumbling, secret Camp 7 at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, rejecting a Miami Herald bid to make the number public. U.S. District Judge Berryl Howell in Washington, […]

September 12, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Ohio’s Campaign Statements Law

By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times In a ruling that could have reverberations around the country, a federal judge on Thursday struck down an Ohio law that bars individuals from knowingly making false statements about political candidates. The decision from District Court Judge Timothy Black follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in June that […]

September 12, 2014

SeaWorld Won’t Appeal Ruling That Keeps Trainers Away From Orcas

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — SeaWorld has decided it will not seek to overturn a court ruling that has kept its trainers from getting into the water with the parks’ killer whales. The company’s decision not to appeal the orca ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court was found in a filing […]

August 20, 2014

D.C. Court Ruling Deals New Blow To Affordable Care Act

By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times President Obama’s health care law was dealt a new blow Tuesday as a federal appeals court ruled that due to a wording glitch in the Affordable Care Act, some low- and middle-income residents are not entitled to receive government assistance to subsidize their insurance. In a 2-1 vote, […]

July 22, 2014

Court Rejects California’s Death Penalty

By Maura Dolan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — In an indictment of California’s death penalty, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether condemned inmates will ever be executed violate the constitution’s ban on cruel or unusual punishment. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, […]

July 17, 2014

Hernandez Challenges Lloyd Case Evidence

New York (AFP) – Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez on Monday urged a judge to dismiss the murder charge against the ex-NFL star in the killing of Odin Lloyd for lack of evidence, the Boston Globe reported. In a pre-trial hearing before Judge E. Susan Garsh in Fall River, Massachusetts, attorney James Sultan said the case […]

June 17, 2014

Key Teacher Job Protections Violate California’s Constitution, Judge Rules

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that key job protections for teachers in California are unconstitutional, in a major loss for unions. The verdict represents a complete victory by attorneys who argued that state laws governing teacher layoffs, tenure and dismissals harm students by […]

June 10, 2014

Obama Faces Liberal Anger Over Judicial Nominees

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is facing a liberal revolt in the Senate over two high-priority judicial nominations, potentially jeopardizing its push to shape the federal judiciary in advance of the midterm congressional election. The disputes, which involve hot-button issues including abortion, the Confederate flag and drones, could come […]

May 12, 2014

Court Blocks U.S. Plan To Buy Russian Rocket Engines

Washington (AFP) – A U.S. court has blocked a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing from buying Russian-made rocket engines, after private rocket operator SpaceX filed a lawsuit protesting the contract. The preliminary injunction against the deal between the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Systems was issued late Wednesday by Judge Susan Braden […]

May 1, 2014

Testimony Begins In Trial On Michigan’s Gay-Marriage Ban

By Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — The fate of Michigan’s gay-marriage ban is officially in the hands of a federal judge, who on Tuesday heard opening statements in a case that will decide what marriage means in Michigan, and whether voters have a right to exclude gays and lesbians from forming that union […]

February 25, 2014