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$41 Million Settlement In ‘Central Park Five’ Case Gets Final Approval

Los Angeles Times — A federal judge approved a $41 million settlement Friday for five black and Latino men who were wrongly accused in the brutal rape and beating of a Central Park jogger in 1989. While admitting no wrongdoing, the city will make the payouts to Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana Jr., Yusef […]

September 5, 2014

Prosecutors Reject Venue Change For Boston Bombing Trial

Boston (AFP) — Prosecutors pushed back against a request by accused Boston Marathon bomber Djokhar Tsarnaev to change the venue of his trial, rejecting his attorneys’ assertions that he cannot get a fair trial here. In a 25-page court filing, prosecutors late Monday dismissed a defense petition seeking to relocate the trial from Boston to […]

August 26, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Against DC Ban On Carrying Guns

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. The ruling by a federal judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law in […]

July 28, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times For the second time, a federal appeals court panel in Denver has upheld same-sex marriage by striking down Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage. In the 2-1 ruling released Friday, a three-judge panel held in the Oklahoma case that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage. The ruling comes after the […]

July 18, 2014

British Imam Found Guilty In Terrorism Trial

By John Riley, Newsday NEW YORK — Abu Hamza al-Masri, the handless one-eyed British imam whose incendiary Islamist rhetoric made him a lightning rod for controversy in the aftermath of September 11, was convicted Monday on terrorism charges in a federal court in Manhattan. On their second day of deliberation after a five-week trial, jurors […]

May 19, 2014

Gang Case Defendant Shot In Salt Lake City Federal Courthouse

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times The defendant in a long-running gang case in Salt Lake City was shot by U.S. marshals when he attempted to attack a witness testifying at his trial, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday. Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, told the Los Angeles […]

April 21, 2014

Federal Judge Upholds Billboard Slamming Jindal On Medicaid Expansion

Disappointing — and slightly embarrassing — news arrived on Tuesday for conservative Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, when a federal judge ruled in favor of MoveOn.Org, the liberal organization that put up a billboard in the state slamming Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid. MoveOn had been sued in March by lieutenant governor Jay Dardenne, whose office runs […]

April 8, 2014

Governor: Kentucky Will Appeal Ruling On Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages

By John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader FRANKFORT, Ky. — Democratic Governor Steve Beshear said Tuesday that he will appeal a federal judge’s order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The definition of marriage in Kentucky and other states “will be and should be ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in order […]

March 4, 2014

Judge Dismisses State’s First Witness In Gay Marriage Trial

By Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — In a bombshell development, a federal judge just threw out the state’s first witness in Michigan’s gay marriage trial on Monday, concluding the Princeton-educated philosophy expert had nothing to offer in this case. “He’s very eloquent … but right now, all he is offering to us is […]

March 3, 2014

Virginia Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Latest To Be Struck Down

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it left unresolved whether couples of the same sex had a constitutional right to marry. Other courts, especially in Virginia and Utah, are filling that vacuum, setting the stage for the top court to go […]

February 14, 2014