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2018/01/16   Hong Kong court to rule later on 3 activists' prison terms
2018/01/03   Court extends halt in Louisiana executions after judge dies
2017/12/28   Northern Indiana man 3rd generation caring for court clock
2017/12/26   Appeals court: Trump exceeded authority with travel ban
2017/12/25   Commission to recommend pretrial reforms for Illinois courts
2017/12/22   Myanmar court sentences 4 family members in maid abuse
2017/12/21   US jury acquits Peruvian defendant in FIFA bribery case
2017/12/18   Russian court: ex-minister guilty of taking $2 million bribe
2017/12/04   Idaho man upset with court tries to crash into courthouse
2017/11/24   Walker signs bill inspired by cabin-owners' court fight
2017/11/22   Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports
2017/11/10   Samsung worker killed by brain tumor wins compensation case
2017/10/29   Indonesia court upholds seizure of illegal fishing vessel
2017/10/29   Illinois to require veterans courts across the state in 2018
2017/10/10   Australia's High Court to consider fate of 7 lawmakers
2017/09/13   Justices allow Trump administration ban on most refugees
2017/09/10   Chicago's lawsuit over sanctuary city threat goes to court
2017/09/05   NC appeals court restores man's lawsuit against wife's lover
2017/09/02   S. Indiana city's mayor defends rental ordinance in court
2017/09/01   Not guilty pleas entered in Lake Coeur d'Alene boat crash
2017/08/31   Court: Cherokee Freedmen have right to tribal citizenship
2017/08/29   Dispute over rights to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan goes to court
2017/08/28   Otter appoints new justice to Idaho Supreme Court
2017/08/26   Top NC court weighs lawmakers stripping of governor's powers
2017/08/21   Court file: Michigan girl who killed toddler heard voices
2017/08/20   Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case
2017/08/14   Mizzou's Howard arrested again for failing to appear in court
2017/08/11   German court orders sentence enforced in Chile abuse case
2017/08/10   Challenge filed in court to Australian gay marriage ballot
2017/08/05   Academic accused in Chicago killing due in California court
2017/07/20   Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto
2017/07/15   Pakistan's opposition calls on court to oust prime minister
2017/07/11   Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss
2017/07/09   First Opioid Court in the U.S. Focuses on Keeping Users Alive
2017/07/06   Appeals court backs Jimmy John's franchisee in labor dispute
2017/07/02   More court challenges expected for Trump's new travel ban
2017/06/26   McCarthy found guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Bella Bond
2017/06/25   D.C. on edge: rumors of new Supreme Court vacancy swirl
2017/06/24   High Court ruling may hurt claims of talc link to cancer
2017/06/20   Top court to hear case that could reshape US political map
2017/05/22   Family of Colorado man killed by police settles lawsuit
2017/05/22   Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts
2017/05/18   Court pauses criminal case against Texas' attorney general
2017/05/10   Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal
2017/05/05   Indiana high court rejects appeal in malnourished teen case
2017/05/03   Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under anti-bias law
2017/05/02   Connecticut court takes up doctor-patient confidentiality
2017/04/25   Volunteers accompany US immigrants to court to allay fears
2017/04/17   Court document: Hawaii mother’s body parts found in freezer
2017/04/14   Newest justice joins high court amid competing caricatures
2017/04/14   2 inmates seek execution stays from Arkansas high court
2017/04/04   Donnelly facing doubts from Indiana liberals over court vote
2017/03/30   High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute
2017/03/30   S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request
2017/03/29   Michigan Supreme Court Justice Young announces retirement
2017/03/27   Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick
2017/03/23   Court bars release of videos made by anti-abortion group
2017/03/06   Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems
2017/02/26   High court ruling could reshape Virginia political map
2017/02/24   High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws
2017/02/21   Trial court election changes considered by North Carolina House
2017/02/13   NC court blocks law stripping governor of election powers
2017/02/08   Rolling Stone defamation case over rape story back in court
2017/02/06   Court upholds guilty verdict for Russian opposition leader
2017/01/28   Court appeals temporarily delay Texas execution
2017/01/11   Ohio brother slaying case might return to juvenile court
2017/01/11   High Court won't hear appeal over Backpage.com escort ads
2017/01/10   High Court won't hear appeal over Backpage.com escort ads
2017/01/09   Man who escaped from Rhode Island prison to appear in court
2017/01/08   Circus operator agrees to plea deal in tent collapse
2017/01/08   Airport shooting suspect due for Florida court appearance
2016/12/21   California Supreme Court halts death penalty measure
2016/12/20   High court turns away appeal from former AIG executives
2016/12/19   Massachusetts teen due in court in texting suicide case
2016/12/02   Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many
2016/11/04   UK court brings Brexit plans screeching to halt
2016/11/04   Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate
2016/11/02   Solar Advocates Ask Florida High Court to Invalidate Measure
2016/10/24   Greece court cancels TV license overhaul; blow to government
2016/10/03   US Supreme Court won't hear Arizona death sentence case
2016/09/28   USC football player accused of rape appears in Utah court
2016/09/26   Court gives fertilizer dealers a reprieve from policy change
2016/09/17   Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun
2016/09/11   Sotomayor calls job on high court blessing and curse
2016/09/10   Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP
2016/08/24   Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio
2016/08/19   2 teens killed in Atlanta suburb: Man accused due in court
2016/08/18   'Whitey' Bulger asks US Supreme Court to hear his appeal
2016/07/28   Court won't reinstate church official's conviction
2016/07/28   Court reinstates rape charges despite delay in indictment
2016/07/23   Kansas court upholds death sentence for sheriff's killing
2016/07/12   Court denies hospital's bid to perform brain death test
2016/07/12   Kyrgyzstan sends case of jailed journalist back to court
2016/07/03   Senate confirms district court judge for New Jersey
2016/06/13   Spain court orders Operation Puerto blood bags released
2016/06/03   Police union defends ex-officer in black musician's death
2016/06/03   Missouri Appeals Court to decide fight over frozen embryos
2016/05/29   Man admits kidnapping teen girl, raping her during captivity
2016/05/25   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/22   Indiana court to hear woman's appeal of feticide conviction
2016/05/10   Kansas Supreme Court reviews lawmakers' school aid changes
2016/05/08   Spanish court seeks arrest of Putin-linked Russians
2016/05/07   Florida's high court urged to throw out death sentences
2016/04/25   Court convicts Israeli in Palestinian teenager's 2014 murder
2016/04/24   JetBlue attendant pleads not guilty to cocaine charge
2016/04/22   Arkansas funeral home pleads guilty over stacked bodies
2016/03/24   Karadzic convicted of genocide, sentenced to 40 years
2016/03/21   Supreme Court will hear Samsung-Apple patent dispute
2016/03/21   Judge begins to deliver verdict in Ukrainian pilot trial
2016/03/16   Man accused of terrorism charge with fiancee pleads guilty
2016/03/16   Teen changes plea to guilty in deaths of mother, stepfather
2016/02/10   Court to weigh cocaine cases, could alter sentencing in Ohio
2016/01/14   High court raises doubts over Puerto Rico sovereignty
2015/12/24   Japan court gives go-ahead for restart of 2 nuke reactors
2015/12/24   Court turns down appeal for Harvey family killer
2015/12/21   Thai court sentences migrants to death in murder of British backpackers
2015/12/01   US court rejects Virginia death row inmate's appeal
2015/11/15   Court won’t hear case over grant to Planned Parenthood
2015/11/04   Romania's outgoing PM appears at court for corruption trial
2015/11/02   German court: former SS Auschwitz guard fit for trial
2015/10/18   Britain's High Court rules that Uber app is lawful
2015/10/16   Court records: Ohio man on electronic monitor raped teen
2015/10/15   Thousands turn up at court to support Catalan leader
2015/10/02   Arkansas court tosses conviction in woman's meth case
2015/09/20   Court quashes some District of Columbia gun laws
2015/09/08   Kentucky court session planned in former women's coach case
2015/09/04   Court: Transgender asylum seekers can't be equated with gays
2015/09/02   Court cuts prison sentence for Memphis 'sovereign citizen'
2015/08/11   Appeals court won't reconsider ex-Virginia governor's case
2015/08/10   Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case
2015/08/02   UK jury says trader guilty of manipulating key interest rate
2015/07/27   Appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban
2015/07/26   Appeals court revives challenge to consumer age
2015/07/15   Wisconsin court ends probe of presidential hopeful Walker
2015/07/09   Religious beliefs, gay rights clash in court case over cake
2015/06/30   High court won't hear Nevada patient dumping case
2015/06/28   US court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry
2015/06/18   Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter
2015/06/13   Court says net neutrality rules will go into effect Friday
2015/06/09   Oscar Pistorius case: Court sets November for appeal
2015/05/16   Pandora loses to BMI in court hearing, vows to appeal
2015/03/23   Bond hearing scheduled for millionaire Durst in New Orleans
2015/02/25   Court: Not disclosing HIV before sex is a misdemeanor
2015/02/25   Philippine court enters not guilty plea for US Marine
2015/02/04   Brother of murder victim attacks defendant in court
2015/01/20   High court rejects military contractors appeals
2015/01/13   High court won't hear challenge to Vermont campaign law
2015/01/13   Court won't hear free speech challenge to metals dealers law
2015/01/05   Idaho gay marriage fight appealed to Supreme Court
2014/12/08   Post reporter charged in Iran after day in court
2014/11/11   Court reinstates whistleblower case at nuke site
2014/11/07   Spanish court clears way for trial of princess
2014/10/20   Courts reject another Arizona immigration law
2014/08/19   Court: Silence can be used against suspects
2014/08/13   Court considers if executioners can be named
2014/04/30   Court revives EPA rule on cross-state pollution
2014/03/14   Inmate pleads guilty in prison guard's stabbing
2014/03/10   Man pleads guilty to sea cucumber smuggling charge
2014/01/30   Supreme Court orders stay of execution
2013/09/03   NM court to hear case over educator pension cuts
2013/09/01   Custody dispute goes to Okla. Supreme Court
2013/07/23   Arizona high court to hear school funding case
2013/07/12   Iowa top court: Firing of attractive aide is legal
2013/07/08   Court rejects cat hoarders' appeal of convictions
2013/06/19   Court: Ex-Im Bank needs to explain Air India loan
2013/06/11   Court: $1M coverage for Conn. fire victim families
2013/06/10   Maryland Criminal Defense - Gun Offenses Lawyer
2013/05/23   Judge OKs class-action settlement over Skechers
2013/05/22   Appeals court allows capital retrial of Wolfe
2013/04/19   US man pleads guilty to supporting terrorism
2013/04/02   US appeals court grants Hobby Lobby full hearing
2013/03/29   NY top court OKs tax on online sellers like Amazon
2013/01/18   Lawyer questions memory of Philadelphia accuser
2013/01/16   NY appeals court denies bail in cannibalism case
2012/12/21   Benefits fight brings lesbian couple to high court
2012/10/22   NY appeals court nixes Defense of Marriage Act
2012/10/05   Court won't hear anti-gay marriage group appeal
2012/09/27   Justices step back from Pa. court funding dispute
2012/09/12   Pa. high court revisits juvenile life sentences
2012/08/29   Superior court rejects appeal in Pa. double-murder
2012/02/28   British arms-to-Iran suspect faces Texas court
2012/02/27   Supreme Court 101 in session at high court
2012/02/25   Court: California can force inmates to submit DNA
2012/02/17   Teen pleads not guilty in Ohio Craigslist killings
2012/02/15   Cisco challenges Microsoft takeover of Skype in EU
2012/02/10   High court asked to undo Mont. campaign money ban
2012/02/09   Appeals court halts deportation of 7 immigrants
2012/02/03   Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
2012/01/30   Former UBS trader pleads not guilty in UK court
2012/01/27   NY court: Judge can't block $18B Chevron judgment
2012/01/23   US army panel advises trial in Afghanistan suicide
2012/01/20   Police witnesses called in fake 'Rockefeller' case
2012/01/16   Court Upholds Burlington Man's Murder Conviction
2012/01/10   High Court Rejects Prisoner Lawsuit
2012/01/03   Ecuador court upholds ruling against Chevron
2011/12/27   Riders stuck on snow-trapped train sue NY agency
2011/12/24   Supreme Court says Manchester property tax data private
2011/12/21   Mentally disabled detainees granted class status
2011/12/20   NY top court allows private securities claims
2011/12/12   High court halts new Texas electoral maps
2011/12/05   Court: State prisoners count at home in redistricting
2011/11/28   Federal Court of Canada Certifies Class Action
2011/11/23   Defendant in $670M scam enters guilty plea in Va.
2011/11/21   Courts weighs scrapping huge California water pact
2011/11/13   Russia court rejects $16 billion claim against BP
2011/11/10   Court likely to overturn Calif. law on livestock
2011/11/09   Court upholds conviction in Pa. murder case
2011/10/29   Appeals court overturns key Cape Wind clearance
2011/10/14   NY motorist pleads not guilty in fatal Amish crash
2011/10/14   No class-action status in Countrywide case
2011/10/11   High court to decide double jeopardy question
2011/10/11   Utah bank sued over overdraft fees, policies
2011/10/03   Mass. man charged in terror plot pleads not guilty
2011/09/26   Appeals court hears challenge to health care law
2011/09/22   Court rules that UBS trader should stay in custody
2011/09/21   Appeals court in Va. tosses 2 Abu Ghraib lawsuits
2011/09/20   Kona coffee dispute prompts class-action lawsuit
2011/09/19   Va. high court considers ex-King confidant's case
2011/09/18   1 spank isn't domestic violence, Fla. court says
2011/09/15   Appeals court upholds sentence in Ponzi scheme
2011/09/01   Colombia court reinstates conviction in Galan hit
2011/08/24   Court asked to stop immigrant license checks
2011/08/18   EEOC sues, argues man on treatment should be hired
2011/08/12   Dougherty siblings to appear in Colorado court
2011/08/10   Wash. man pleads guilty to defrauding ID investors
2011/08/08   No class-action for suits over Calif. fish kill
2011/08/08   Court rules firing of NJ casino dealer unlawful
2011/08/02   Jury deliberates in post-Katrina shootings trial
2011/08/01   NJ high court to rule in case of retired judge
2011/07/25   Judge wants agency to investigate Meijer lawyer
2011/07/20   Court reverses conviction on online Obama threat
2011/07/20   Ex-CEO convicted in scam at auto-chemical company
2011/07/06   Defendant in 4 Calif. killings now wants lawyer
2011/06/27   Citigroup ex-VP arrested in NYC on fraud charges
2011/06/20   Woman pleads guilty in border cash smuggling case
2011/06/12   Texas teachers may get student criminal histories
2011/06/10   Pa. appeals court upholds $188M Wal-Mart verdict
2011/06/10   US appeals court overturns release of detainee
2011/06/07   Lawyer: Baseline Killer suspect a 'ravenous wolf'
2011/06/06   Ex-IMF leader pleads not guilty to sex assault
2011/05/27   Appeals court upholds sentence in NC bus stop case
2011/05/23   Attorneys to give openings in Mumbai terror case
2011/05/23   Ohio couple pleads guilty in terror funding case
2011/05/19   Mack Trucks, Volvo to pay $525M to settle suit
2011/05/17   Minn. court: Defendant may withdraw guilty plea
2011/05/13   Hedge fund founder convicted in inside-trade case
2011/05/09   Delaware pediatrician waives right to jury trial
2011/04/28   Court close to seating Blagojevich jury
2011/04/18   Treasury risks overpaying law firms
2011/04/18   Judge Considers $30M Dairy Antitrust Settlement
2011/04/18   Court denies appeal over inmate's long sentence
2011/04/10   Court ruling could mean NJ budget scramble
2011/04/06   Split over union law reaches Wis. court race
2011/04/06   Louisiana to get $12M in Health Net case
2011/04/02   Blockbuster showdown coming today in bankruptcy court
2011/03/24   Court nixes new rape trial in dispute over poem
2011/03/24   Oregon appeals court: Teeth not dangerous weapon
2011/03/11   Ex-judge Camp sentenced to 30 days in prison
2011/03/11   Court blames LA County for ocean pollution
2011/03/01   Ex-NY state Sen. Dem. leader due in court .
2011/02/24   Ohio defendant called about drug money from jail
2011/02/24   man charged in NY infant snatching due in court
2011/02/24   Lake County, Indiana cutting free lunches to jurors
2011/02/10   JPMorgan says it did nothing wrong in Madoff fraud
2011/01/12   Judge approves $179M settlement for AK Steel retirees
2010/12/19   Lawyer for disgraced celebrity adviser is arrested
2010/11/02   Idaho Supreme Court lifts hold on refinery haul
2010/08/30   Thousands sign on for $10 billion BP suit
2010/05/17   Appeals court grants Dish rare review of TiVo case
2010/05/10   Oprah Winfrey’s company targets Boston law firm in suit
2010/05/03   Brit on Texas death row loses high court appeal
2010/04/14   Wichita Bookkeeper Sentenced For Embezzling
2009/12/24   6 accused in Mass. mortgage scheme
2009/12/24   Teen charged with starting 2 California wildfires
2009/12/22   Judge denies jury strikes motion in abortion case
2009/11/30   La Salle settles injured player's lawsuit
2009/11/09   Domain Auction Site Faces Shill Bidding Lawsuit
2009/10/05   Securities Class Action Trial Starts This Week Against Vivendi
2009/09/21   Dannon Settles Activia Lawsuit
2009/05/07   Demjanjuk appeals German court decision
2009/03/19   Gilman & Pastor File Class Action vs. "Chinese Drywall"
2009/02/02   Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Peanut Corp.
2009/01/02   Judge Upholds Detention of Two Gitmo Detainees
2008/12/23   Alamo seeks removal of religious language in suit
2008/12/03   Justices chide California-based appeals court
2008/11/17   Paralyzed Calif. man loses high court appeal
2008/11/04   Supreme Court wrestles with TV profanity case
2008/10/27   Chicago torture victims face uphill legal battle
2008/10/08   Ohio top court mulls Planned Parenthood files
2008/10/07   High court could block 'light' cigarettes lawsuit
2008/09/09   J.K. Rowling Smites Copyright Violator
2008/08/20   Ninth Circuit rules on 'no-fly' list
2008/08/18   Second Circuit Protects Plaintiff's Anonymity
2008/08/15   9th Circ. upholds denial of Oregon domestic partnership
2008/08/05   Inmate Says He's Too Fat for Lethal Injection
2008/07/28   Comedian Says Heckler's Lawsuit Isn't Funny
2008/06/22   Court will review $2.8 million award to Iranian
2008/05/23   Court Nixes Dog-Killing Deputy's Job Transfer
2008/05/08   Taser Stuns Coroners with Win in Autopsy Reports Case
2008/04/29   9th Circuit Resurrects School Bible Club Lawsuit
2008/03/20   Appeals Court Rules Against Qualcomm
2008/03/19   Supreme Court to Hear Indecency Case
2008/03/17   Court Accepts Crime Lab Case
2008/03/17   CNet to Appeal Court's Bylaw Ruling
2008/03/12   Verdict upheld for Valley law firm suing over fees
2008/03/08   Saddam Kickbacks Earn Oil Exec Prison
2008/03/07   U.S. treasure firm ordered to identify disputed wreck
2008/03/06   Court of Appeals weighs scope of extortion law
2008/03/06   Gault Pleads Guilty; Facing 50 Years In Prison
2008/03/05   US Court Denies Injunction Sought by Verigy
2008/03/05   Judge Wants Shipwreck Evidence Worked On
2008/03/04   Judge accepts plea deal in Cody Warren's death
2008/03/03   Yanez beats Criss in Texas Supreme Court primary
2008/03/03   Suspect in Ivy League ID Theft in Court
2008/03/02   A Selection of Breyer's Hypotheticals


Hong Kong court to rule later on 3 activists' prison terms
Court Watch | 2018/01/16 18:06
Three Hong Kong activists will have to wait to learn the outcome of their final appeal Tuesday to overturn prison sentences for their roles in sparking 2014's massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city.

Judges at Hong Kong's top court said they would issue their decision at a later, unspecified date following the appeal hearing for Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow against the sentences of up to eight months. Bail for the three was extended.

The three were initially let off with suspended or community service sentences after they were convicted of taking part in or inciting an unlawful assembly by storming a courtyard at government headquarters to kick-off the protests.

But the case sparked controversy when the justice secretary requested a sentencing review that resulted in stiffer sentences, raising concerns about rule of law and fears that the city's Beijing-backed government is tightening up on dissent.

The trio's lawyers said the lower court overstepped its boundaries and put too much emphasis on the need for deterrence in handing down the revised harsher sentence.

"Laying down a heavy sentence will have a deterrent effect, but a balance has to be held between a deterrent and stifling young idealistic people," Law's lawyer, Robert Pang, told the judges.


Court extends halt in Louisiana executions after judge dies
Court Watch | 2018/01/03 01:34
A court order blocking Louisiana from carrying out any executions has been extended indefinitely after the death of the federal judge who issued it.

A lawsuit challenging the state's lethal injection protocols has kept death sentences on hold since 2014. U.S. District Judge James Brady, who died Dec. 9 after a brief illness, oversaw the lawsuit and agreed to order the temporary stay of all executions.

Brady's order was due to expire next Monday, but U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick agreed Thursday to extend it until another judge is assigned to the lawsuit.

Louisiana has 72 inmates on death row, according to state corrections department spokesman Ken Pastorick. The state's last execution was in January 2010, when it carried out a death sentence for Gerald Bordelon, who was convicted of killing his 12-year-old stepdaughter in 2002.

Drug shortages have forced the corrections department to rewrite its execution plan several times since 2010. Under the state's current execution protocols, its primary method is a single-drug injection of pentobarbital, a powerful sedative. The alternative method is a two-drug combination of the painkiller hydromorphone and the sedative midazolam.

The most recent order that Brady issued to halt executions — at the request of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry — is limited to death row inmates who are plaintiffs in the litigation. But others can join the lawsuit if an execution date is set by the courts.


Northern Indiana man 3rd generation caring for court clock
Court Watch | 2017/12/28 11:23
Out of habit, as the Elkhart County Courthouse clock struck 11 on a recent morning, Blake Eckelbarger took out his cellphone and compared the time.

The century-and-a-half-old mechanism in the middle of Goshen trailed the timekeeping of his GPS satellite-aided phone by a minute. Thankfully it's an easy fix, he explained as he tinkered with the brass-colored gears and pins of the green-painted machine his grandfather and great-grandfather once cared for - a minute fast would mean advancing the hands through 11 hours and 59 minutes to set it right.

It's not the time it takes that's the hassle, since that's only 20 minutes, but the fact that he has to stop and wait for the bell to ring as an hour goes by every 10 seconds. It's the same story when he has to advance it one hour along with everyone else's clocks one

"Now it should be OK for another couple months," he remarked, before going into the usual weekly routine of oiling and inspecting the mechanism. It's a job he's had since 2000, when he happily took the offer to bring it back into the Eckelbarger family.

Eckelbarger's great-grandfather, Zena Eckelbarger, took care of the clock from 1923 until his death in 1941. Eckelbarger's grandfather, Dan Eckelbarger Sr., then held the duty for the next 50 years, into his 80s.

He remembers going up there with his grandfather on occasion, but didn't really learn how the clock works until he trained for a couple years under Hosea Jump, who held the contract since 1991 and who asked if he wanted the job. He still had to rely on Jump's expertise for another four or five years whenever an issue needed troubleshooting.

His duties, in addition to the weekly checks, include periodically making sure the clock faces are free of things like leaves or dead birds and that the bell and hammer are in good shape. Once a year, he spends a whole day disassembling the clockworks so he can lubricate the shafts and polish the gears.


Appeals court: Trump exceeded authority with travel ban
Court Watch | 2017/12/26 11:24
A federal appeals court panel has ruled that President Donald Trump once again exceeded the scope of his authority with his latest travel ban, but the judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put their decision on hold pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning the ban involving six majority Muslim countries will remain in effect.

The 77-page ruling released late Friday says Trump's proclamation makes no finding whatsoever that simply being from one of the countries cited in the ban makes someone a security risk.

Hawaii, which is suing to stop the ban, has argued that it will be harmful because families will be separated and university recruitment will be hampered.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court lifted temporary lower court orders that had prevented the latest ban from taking effect.

The status quo was maintained when the 9th Circuit stayed its decision, said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.

The ruling was unusual, but it's a unique case, he said, noting the Supreme Court has not set argument dates because it has not yet decided to grant an appeal.

"Given the shockingly rapid volley of executive actions and court decisions, this is surely just the latest in a long series of battles to come." Mary Fan, a University of Washington law school professor, said about immigration ban litigation.



Commission to recommend pretrial reforms for Illinois courts
Court Watch | 2017/12/25 11:24
Key players in the Illinois court system are set to scrutinize pretrial processes statewide to identify ways to make them fairer and more transparent.

The Illinois Supreme Court says the focal point of the push for reforms will be a Commission on Pretrial Practices. It’ll include everyone from judges and lawyers to legislators and court clerks.

Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier said in a statement last week that the aim is to enact “sensible and practical reforms” that, among other things, ensure pretrial detention is ordered only when a suspect poses a clear threat.

He says the commission’s goal will be to understand “where the greatest problems lie” and “how those problems differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.” He didn’t say when the commission hoped to release its recommended reforms.




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