254 entries in 'Attorney News'
2021/04/08   NYC corruption case prompts dismissal of 90 drug convictions
2021/03/25   Judge tosses New Mexico rancher’s claim after he kills wolf
2021/03/16   Dinamo Zagreb coach quits after receiving prison sentence
2021/03/12   Kuwait court expels harsh government critic from parliament
2021/03/01   Anchorage companies, man fined for clean air violations
2021/02/20   Judge says lawyer who killed her son also tracked Sotomayor
2021/02/16   European court rejects case vs Germany over Afghan airstrike
2021/02/14   Man who broke ankle at farm obstacle course wins appeal
2021/01/25   Supreme Court ends Trump emoluments lawsuits
2021/01/14   Business as usual for high court, despite riot, impeachment
2021/01/06   Arizona Supreme Court upholds election challenge dismissal
2020/12/28   Trump made lasting impact on federal courts
2020/12/16   Senate confirms Barrett replacement on federal appeals court
2020/11/21   Court: Tennessee can enforce Down syndrome abortion ban
2020/11/18   Giuliani shows at Trump camp lawsuit hearing in Pennsylvania
2020/11/13   Republicans face court setbacks, Trump law firm steps down
2020/10/25   Trump, Biden lawyer up, brace for White House legal battle
2020/10/19   Supreme Court to review Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy
2020/10/04   Virus spreads on panel handling Supreme Court nomination
2020/09/23   Senate GOP plans vote on Trump’s court pick before election
2020/09/11   Florida Supreme Court orders governor to pick new justice
2020/08/04   Court OKs extradition of man linked to Venezuela's Maduro
2020/07/24   Court denies AG's bid to halt initiative signature gathering
2020/06/20   New Mexico high court rules on privacy for banking records
2020/06/13   Wolf asks Pennsylvania Supreme Court to uphold shutdown
2020/06/07   Alaska Supreme Court justices call for system improvements
2020/06/02   Court to hear arguments on Dayton gunman's school records
2020/05/29   Supreme Court rules in FOIA case long delayed by lawmaker
2020/05/09   Blind justice: No visual cues in high court phone cases
2020/05/03   Wisconsin court sets argument date for stay-at-home lawsuit
2020/04/29   Blind justice: No visual cues in high court phone cases
2020/04/08   Justice delayed: Virus crisis upends courts system across US
2020/03/18   New Mexico courts deem hunter information as public record
2020/02/17   Walker appointee, judge, prof face off in high court primary
2020/02/15   Spanish court keeps former Mexican oil chief in detention
2020/02/06   WADA asks sports court to open Russia case to public hearing
2020/01/27   Fewer candidates seek WVa Supreme Court seats after scandal
2020/01/21   Supreme Court rejects fast-track review of health care suit
2020/01/18   German court may reject appeal to remove anti-Semitic relic
2019/12/26   Connecticut courts moving notices from newspapers to website
2019/11/30   Israeli held for illegally entering Jordan appears in court
2019/11/25   Court won’t revive suit against gun site over spa shooting
2019/11/24   Lawmakers asked to boost spending on New Mexico court system
2019/11/23   Justices question Alaska $500-a-year contribution limit
2019/11/14   Myanmar rejects court probe into crimes against Rohingyas
2019/11/09   Indian court rules in favor of Hindu temple on disputed land
2019/11/04   Woman accused of disorderly conduct outside Maricopa court
2019/10/25   Samsung heir Lee appears in court for corruption retrial
2019/10/21   Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses bid to delay hearing
2019/10/08   Supreme Court takes up cases about LGBT people’s rights
2019/10/02   EU court: ‘Active consent’ required for cookie storage
2019/09/20   High Court overturns city mandate on construction projects
2019/09/17   Buffalo Chip takes quest to become town before Supreme Court
2019/09/04   ‘The Supreme Court Is Not Well. And the People Know It.’
2019/09/02   Louisiana high court rejects ‘NOLA No-Call’ suit against NFL
2019/07/30   Democratic governor getting to shape Kansas' top court
2019/07/23   Louisiana judge orders man's mouth taped for interruptions
2019/07/11   Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional
2019/07/02   Iowa Supreme Court takes a right turn under Gov. Reynolds
2019/06/23   Court tosses black man's murder conviction over racial bias
2019/05/27   Court: NFL's Bucs not entitled to damages from BP spill
2019/05/22   Russian court extends arrest for American accused of spying
2019/05/05   News attorneys: Opioid distribution data should be public
2019/04/25   Canada privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court
2019/04/18   Supreme Court asked to void Louisiana abortion clinic law
2019/04/10   South Korean court orders easing of decades-old abortion ban
2019/04/04   Spacey’s lawyers returning to court in bar groping case
2019/03/10   Court rejects Ghosn’s request to attend Nissan board meeting
2019/03/09   Demonstrators gather for Heathrow expansion court challenge
2019/03/04   Oregon's high court: Developers can't offset harm to farmers
2019/02/24   Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view
2019/02/16   Court: Constitutional ban on high fines applies to states
2019/02/03   Ginsburg makes 1st public appearance since cancer surgery
2019/01/16   No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges
2019/01/12   Supreme Court will hear Wisconsin drunk driving case
2018/12/28   Gun law, hurricanes added to Florida courts' workload
2018/12/26   Prominent Chinese rights lawyer tried in closed proceedings
2018/11/27   China court reduces sentence of American Wendell Brown
2018/11/23   Russian court challenges International Olympic Committee
2018/11/22   Court: Reds exempt from tax on promotional bobbleheads
2018/11/16   Mexico's high court tosses law on policing by military
2018/10/28   Condemned inmate's last meal includes pancakes
2018/10/21   EU court orders Poland to reinstate Supreme Court judges
2018/10/19   Maldives court overturns prison term for ex-president
2018/10/18   Supreme Court hopeful had DWI charge in 2009
2018/10/04   Indian court allows deportation of 7 Rohingya to Myanmar
2018/10/01   Trial set for 1 of 4 impeached W.Va. Supreme Court justices
2018/09/23   Supreme Court upholds hospital 'charity care' tax exemption
2018/09/16   It is important to have online marketing for lawyers
2018/09/14   EU backs ICC after US questions court's legitimacy
2018/08/29   Court may reconsider ruling on police deadly force measure
2018/08/23   Florida court clears way to release school shooting video
2018/08/18   Lawyers will seek to shift blame for warehouse fire at trial
2018/08/14   EU steps up action against Poland over supreme court law
2018/08/11   Nevada Supreme Court taking up execution case
2018/08/04   SC Supreme Court to decide if elected sheriff is qualified
2018/07/25   Court: Release surveillance video in Florida school shooting
2018/07/17   Georgia officer charged in fatal shooting to appear in court
2018/07/17   Court says convicted serial rapist should be released
2018/07/13   Demonstrators force Fox crew from Supreme Court broadcast
2018/07/11   German court: Catalan politician can legally be extradited
2018/07/11   Audit: 'Pervasive lack of accountability' in Kentucky courts
2018/07/05   Drivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt
2018/06/29   McConnell touts Thapar for Supreme Court seat
2018/06/27   Georgia officer to appear in court after deadly shooting
2018/06/14   Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death
2018/06/10   Court: Compliance reached in education funding case
2018/06/07   UK Supreme Court criticizes Northern Ireland abortion laws
2018/06/01   Suspect in vandalism to Jewish boundary heads to court
2018/05/08   Olivia de Havilland asks court to revive "Feud" lawsuit
2018/05/03   Raptors president fined $25K for walking on court to yell
2018/04/25   Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments
2018/04/20   Constitutionality of murder conviction upheld by high court
2018/04/15   Court: Man can't be retried for murder after mistrial ruling
2018/04/02   Supreme Court rejects appeal from Middle East attack victims
2018/03/30   Lohan fails to convince court her image is in video game
2018/03/17   Arkansas wants court to dissolve stay for death row prisoner
2018/03/11   TransCanada doesn't have to pay landowner attorneys
2018/03/07   SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Kagan recalls clerking for Marshall
2018/03/06   Romania court nixes law allowing officials to own business
2018/03/01   Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn't violate copyright
2018/01/31   Texas executes Dallas man for killing ex-girlfriend in 1999
2018/01/25   Judge to pick battlefield for court fight over Manson's body
2018/01/12   Women taking their right to go topless to state's high court
2018/01/12   Supreme Court takes the wheel in 2 cases of vehicle searches
2018/01/10   Democratic judge announces bid for Ohio Supreme Court seat
2018/01/07   North Carolina's altered legislative districts back in court
2018/01/06   Florida and Georgia taking water fight to Supreme Court
2017/12/12   Schimel asks Supreme Court to block Evers' request
2017/12/12   UK banker back in Hong Kong court for murder appeal
2017/11/28   Supreme Court rejects case over Mississippi Confederate emblem
2017/11/23   Court: Colorado county wrongly OK’d asphalt plant near homes
2017/11/18   Steve Mostyn, Houston attorney and major Dem donor, dies
2017/11/13   Kenya court set to hear petitions challenging repeat vote
2017/11/11   Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades
2017/11/01   US court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy
2017/10/29   Brazilian court revives case against Olympian Ryan Lochte
2017/10/16   Oregon Supreme Court denies request for information release
2017/10/05   DC house party the subject of Supreme Court argument
2017/10/02   European Court Asked to Rule on Facebook Data Transfers
2017/09/29   Elliott's fast start fades with Cowboys as court looms again
2017/09/01   Not guilty pleas entered in Lake Coeur d'Alene boat crash
2017/08/31   S. Korean court says worker's rare disease linked to Samsung
2017/08/29   Otter appoints new justice to Idaho Supreme Court
2017/08/28   Top NC court weighs lawmakers stripping of governor's powers
2017/08/25   South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison
2017/08/17   DJ says taking Taylor Swift to court was only option
2017/08/14   Mental health court established for offenders on probation
2017/08/14   Academic accused in Chicago killing due in California court
2017/07/31   Court: FAA must reconsider regulating airline seat size
2017/07/25   Top Vatican official to face Australian court on sex charges
2017/07/20   North Carolina Court to Rule on Law on Gov's Elections Role
2017/07/18   Pakistan's opposition calls on court to oust prime minister
2017/07/16   Parents of sick UK infant storm out of new court hearing
2017/07/08   Court: Detained immigrant children entitled to court hearing
2017/06/22   Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship
2017/06/18   Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps
2017/06/12   Court: Ignorance about allergy medicine crime no excuse
2017/06/10   With court victory, hand of Brazil's president strengthened
2017/05/25   Court of Appeals Judge Elmore won't seek re-election
2017/05/24   Finnish court releases Iraqi twins in IS-related killings
2017/05/20   Texas advances new abortion limits despite court defeats
2017/05/19   Court pauses criminal case against Texas' attorney general
2017/05/13   Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent
2017/05/12   Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal
2017/05/02   Court: Gay couple's suit against Kentucky clerk can proceed
2017/05/01   Connecticut court takes up doctor-patient confidentiality
2017/04/24   Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches
2017/04/21   Court formally throws out more than 21K tainted drug cases
2017/04/17   High court sides with Goodyear in sanctions dispute
2017/03/31   Political fights over Supreme Court seats nothing new
2017/03/28   Michigan Supreme Court Justice Young announces retirement
2017/03/27   International court orders reparations for Congo attack
2017/03/25   Court: Wisconsin Bell discriminated against worker
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2017/03/21   Court won’t hear appeal in senator’s corruption case
2017/03/14   High EU court: workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory
2017/03/05   NC governor, legislature head to court in power showdown
2017/03/02   California court expands endangered-species removal powers
2017/03/01   Joseph Wapner, star of 'The People's Court,' dead at 97
2017/02/18   Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds
2017/02/09   Travel ban decision in hands of federal appeals court judges
2017/02/06   Dylann Roof's mental state revealed in court records
2017/01/27   Court appeals temporarily delay Texas execution
2017/01/18   Court ponders mass murderer Breivik's prison conditions
2017/01/17   Supreme Court delays New Jersey sports betting decision
2016/12/04   Court: Asylum not automatic for former gang members
2016/12/04   Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court
2016/12/02   Connecticut court to hear appeal in Newtown shooting case
2016/12/01   China court clears man 21 years after his execution
2016/11/02   Solar Advocates Ask Florida High Court to Invalidate Measure
2016/10/12   Dutch court: Wilders hate speech trial will go ahead
2016/10/11   Court fight over Ohio executions likely to focus on sedative
2016/10/01   Appeals court rules against Kansas in voting rights case
2016/09/17   Pakistan court adjourns case of British woman's murder
2016/09/05   Stepmom of scalded boy who died pleads guilty to murder
2016/08/28   Appeals court refuses to reconsider Wisconsin voter ID cases
2016/08/13   Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony on affairs
2016/08/11   Egyptian lawyer, journalist released after prison sentence
2016/08/01   China releases prominent human rights lawyer on bail
2016/07/19   Arkansas court denies request for new execution law hearing
2016/05/19   Maryland high court issues opinion in Gray case
2016/05/06   Florida's high court urged to throw out death sentences
2016/05/05   Iran's president slams US court ruling on frozen assets
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2016/03/17   White S.C. trooper pleads guilty in shooting of unarmed black man
2016/03/15   Lawyer: US citizen charged in UN case to plead guilty
2016/02/28   Mississippi court upholds Democratic primary ballot change
2016/02/12   Court rejects pay for woman sterilized at county's behest
2016/02/10   Court to weigh cocaine cases, could alter sentencing in Ohio
2016/02/05   NY court agrees to rehear Ex-Goldman board member's appeal
2016/02/03   Ohio court approves class action in speed camera case
2015/12/22   Court won't order immediate evaluation of mogul Redstone
2015/12/13   High court takes up challenges to drunken-driving test
2015/11/15   Kansas court's approval of death sentence not seen as shift
2015/10/31   Court rejects ACLU's request to stop phone record collection
2015/10/12   Georgia man accused in hot car death to appear in court
2015/09/28   Int'l court prosecutor extends preliminary Ukraine probe
2015/09/24   Court rejects ex-NY Fed employee's retaliation claim lawsuit
2015/09/17   Charleston church suspect's friend charged with lying to FBI
2015/08/25   Bangladesh court bans Rana Plaza movie because of terrifying scenes
2015/08/19   Appeals court won't reinstate 1990 arson-murder conviction
2015/08/17   Court rejects inmate's challenge in 5 Ohio prison slayings
2015/08/02   Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court
2015/07/21   Court suspends ex-Chad dictator trial to ready new lawyers
2015/07/15   Wisconsin court ends probe of presidential hopeful Walker
2015/06/29   Decisions in last 3 Supreme Court cases expected Monday
2015/06/23   Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow
2015/04/23   High court rejects Wisconsin appeal over tribal night hunts
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2015/04/07   Ex-Premier Zia avoids arrest as Bangladesh court grants bail
2015/04/07   Protesters inside Supreme Court face harsher charges
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NYC corruption case prompts dismissal of 90 drug convictions
Attorney News | 2021/04/08 21:35
Prosecutors are asking a New York City court to throw out 90 drug convictions following a review of arrests involving a former narcotics detective charged with corruption.

The mostly low-level cases investigated by Joseph Franco while a NYPD officer in Brooklyn from 2004 to 2011 should be vacated because of his ongoing criminal case in Manhattan, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Wednesday. A 2019 indictment accuses Franco of perjury and other charges alleging he framed innocent people.

The review of the mostly low-level Brooklyn cases dating back a decade or more found no similar misconduct on Franco’s part or that the defendants were innocent, prosecutors said Wednesday. But because of the Manhattan case, “I have lost confidence in his work,” Gonzalez said in a statement.

“I cannot in good faith stand by convictions that principally relied on his testimony,” he added.

Tina Luongo, attorney-in-charge of the Legal Aid Society’s criminal defense practice, lauded Gonzalez’s decision to vacate the convictions. She urged other district attorneys in the city to perform similar reviews.

Franco “touched thousands of cases throughout New York City, and we may never know the full extent of the damage he caused and lives he upended,” Luongo said in a statement.

During a virtual hearing on Wednesday morning, a judge began the process of vacating the cases at the request of defense attorneys. At issue were 27 felony and 63 misdemeanor convictions, most resulting from guilty pleas.



Judge tosses New Mexico rancher’s claim after he kills wolf
Attorney News | 2021/03/25 09:17
A federal judge has tossed a rancher’s claim that he should still have the right to use federal land in New Mexico after it was revoked for killing a wolf.

Craig Thiessen killed an endangered Mexican wolf in Gila National Forest six years ago and has since argued that he should still be allowed to graze his cattle on the 48,000 acres (about 194 square kilometers) of public land, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported  on Friday.

That argument was rejected this week by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory Fouratt.

Thiessen pleaded guilty in 2018 for killing the wolf. He faced a year of probation and a $2,300 fine. Later that year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revoked his company’s permit to graze cattle on the public land.

A court document said he had 286 cows and 143 calves on the property. Thiessen has continued legal action in an attempt to keep his cattle on the land. The federal fish and wildlife service has sued Thiessen to remove the cows.

Hayden Ballard, an attorney who has represented Thiessen, did not respond to a request for comment on Friday by the newspaper.

Representatives from four conservation groups said in a statement that Thiessen had given up his privileges to use the public land after his actions.

Greta Anderson from the Western Watersheds Project accused Thiessen on Friday of animal cruelty by killing the wolf. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that numerous accounts said the young wolf’s leg was caught in a trap and it was then struck with a shovel.




Dinamo Zagreb coach quits after receiving prison sentence
Attorney News | 2021/03/16 21:54
Zoran Mamic quit as Dinamo Zagreb coach after Croatia’s Supreme Court confirmed his nearly five-year prison sentence for tax evasion and fraud, just days before the Croatian champions play a Europa League match against Tottenham.

“Although I do not feel guilty, as I announced earlier, if the verdict is final, I accept it as such and resign from the position of head coach and sports director of GNK Dinamo,” Mamic said in a statement late Monday. “I wish the club a lot of luck and sporting success in its future work.”

Mamic has no further avenue for appeal, and will have to go to prison upon receiving the formal notification of the court ruling.

Mamic and his brother Zdravko, a former Dinamo Zagreb executive director, were charged with embezzling the equivalent of $18 million from the sale of Dinamo Zagreb players to foreign clubs, and for tax evasion worth $2 million.

The Mamic brothers were suspected of embezzlement through fictitious deals made during transfers of several former Dinamo players to foreign clubs, including Luka Modric to Tottenham in 2008.

The Real Madrid midfielder, a former FIFA player of the year, was a key witness during the trial, testifying about his financial deals with the Mamics.

Zoran Mamic was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison. Zdravko Mamic, who was sentenced to six years and six months, fled to Bosnia shortly after a lower court passed the original sentences in 2018.

The Supreme Court also confirmed a three-year prison sentence for former Dinamo director Damir Vrbanovic.

The club said Mamic would be replaced as coach by Damir Krznar.

Dinamo is scheduled to host Tottenham on Thursday in the return leg of their Europa League playoff. Tottenham won the first leg 2-0 last week.



Kuwait court expels harsh government critic from parliament
Attorney News | 2021/03/12 10:53
Kuwait’s constitutional court ordered the country’s most outspoken opposition lawmaker expelled from parliament on Sunday, inflaming tensions between the government and legislature and revealing the limits of political freedom in the Gulf state.

The court nullified Bader al-Dahoum’s membership in the currently suspended parliament, citing an old conviction for insulting the late emir. The decision sparked instant fury among his fellow lawmakers, given that the country’s highest appeals court had since acquitted al-Dahoum on the defamation charges, clearing the way for him to run in last year’s parliamentary elections.

Al-Dahoum has become notorious in Kuwait for his vociferous protests against the government. In recent weeks, the discord between the country’s elected parliament and emir-appointed Cabinet has reached a fever pitch. While Kuwait’s parliament is more democratic than other Persian Gulf sheikhdoms, its powers remain limited. Lawmakers can introduce legislation and interrogate ministers, though the emir retains ultimate authority and ruling family members hold senior posts.

Following lawmakers’ uproar over new ministerial appointments earlier this year, the government resigned and the emir later suspended parliament for a month starting Feb. 18 to defuse tensions. The deadlock has pushed oil-rich Kuwait toward its worst financial crisis in decades and impeded all efforts toward political and social reform.

As lawmakers convened to discuss next steps Sunday, distrust was running high. Lawmakers suspected political motives in the court decision, with 28 deputies demanding urgent legal changes to reduce the court’s influence over the elected parliament.

The move comes as opposition figures in Kuwait are feeling increasingly hemmed in amid the suspension of parliament and a nationwide coronavirus curfew that forbids residents from gathering and leaving their homes after 5pm.

The ruling “is seen as an attempt by the government to eliminate a harsh critic from the political scene,” said Kuwaiti political analyst Mohammed al-Yousef. “It’s a bad sign for how the government will deal with dissent.”


Anchorage companies, man fined for clean air violations
Attorney News | 2021/03/01 06:20
A man and two companies in Alaska have been sentenced to three years probation and a $35,000 fine for violating the Clean Air Act involving asbestos work at a shopping center more than five years ago, a judge said.

The work was performed at the Northern Lights Center in Anchorage, the former location of an REI store. Reports of potential asbestos exposure at the time closed the store for a day back in 2015, authorities said.

U.S. District Court Judge Joshua Kindred sentenced Tae Ryung Yoon, 64, on Friday to probation, fined him $35,000 and said he owes $30,000 in restitution for medical monitoring of the four workers who claimed they were exposed to asbestos, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The owners of Yoo Jin Management Company Ltd. and Mush Inn Corp. were also sentenced after agreeing to plead guilty to a charge of violating the Clean Air Act’s Asbestos Work Practice Standards. Both companies are owned by Chun Yoo, who is in his 80s and has “serious medical conditions,” and his wife, attorney Kevin Fitzgerald said. The couple still owns the center.

The case centers on workers who said they were exposed to asbestos during improperly conducted renovations involving an old boiler room. The work was stopped when two of the workers raised concerns.

High levels of asbestos exposure can cause lung disease or cancer.

Prosecutors said in a statement that the building owners and manager relied on a contractor who was not a certified asbestos abatement contractor and “failed to inform the contractor of the possibility of asbestos in the old boiler room.”

Fitzgerald argued that an assessment indicated no evidence of asbestos when his clients bought the center in 2006. Yoon was the building’s property manager at the time.

Documents show the boilers were replaced by another company in 2012 and the old ones were removed in 2014 to make more room. Some of the workers took photos of what they thought was asbestos and emailed them to the property management company that employed Yoon.




Judge says lawyer who killed her son also tracked Sotomayor
Attorney News | 2021/02/20 01:45
The lawyer who killed a federal judge’s son and seriously wounded her husband at their New Jersey home last summer also had been tracking Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the judge said in a television interview.

U.S. District Judge Esther Salas said FBI agents discovered the information in a locker belonging to the lawyer, Roy Den Hollander. “They found another gun, a Glock, more ammunition. But the most troubling thing they found was a manila folder with a workup on Justice Sonia Sotomayor,” Salas said in an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” The segment is scheduled for broadcast Sunday, but a portion of the interview aired Friday on “CBS This Morning.”

Both the Supreme Court and the FBI declined to comment Friday. “We do not discuss security as a matter of Court policy,” court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in an email.

Authorities have said Den Hollander, a men’s rights lawyer with a history of anti-feminist writings, posed as a FedEx delivery person and fatally shot 20-year-old Daniel Anderl and wounded his father, Mark Anderl, in July. Salas was in another part of the home at the time and was not injured.

Den Hollander, 72, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound the day after the ambush. Authorities believe he also shot and killed a fellow attorney in California in the days before the attack at Salas’ home.

The AP has previously reported that when Den Hollander was found dead he had a document with him with information about a dozen female judges from across the country, half of whom are Latina, including Salas.

Salas has been calling for more privacy and protections for judges, including scrubbing personal information from the internet, to deal with mounting cyberthreats. The U.S. Marshals Service, which protects about 2,700 federal judges, said there were 4,449 threats and inappropriate communications in 2019, up from 926 such incidents in 2015.

Legislation named for Salas’ son that would make it easier to shield judges’ personal information from the public failed to pass the Senate in December, but could be reintroduced this year.


European court rejects case vs Germany over Afghan airstrike
Attorney News | 2021/02/16 17:57
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected a complaint against Germany’s refusal to prosecute an officer who ordered the deadly bombing in 2009 of two fuel tankers in northern Afghanistan.

Scores of people died when U.S. Air Force jets bombed the tankers hijacked by the Taliban near Kunduz. The strike was ordered by the commander of the German base in Kunduz, Col. Georg Klein, who feared insurgents could use the trucks to carry out attacks.

Contrary to the intelligence Klein based his decision on, most of those swarming the trucks were local civilians invited by the Taliban to siphon fuel from the vehicles after they had become stuck in a riverbed.

An Afghan man who lost two sons aged 8 and 12 in the airstrike, Abdul Hanan, took the case to the European Court of Human Rights after German authorities declined to prosecute Klein. He alleged that Germany failed to conduct an effective investigation and that no “effective domestic remedy” to that had been available in Germany.

The Strasbourg, France-based court rejected the complaints. It found that German federal prosecutors were “able to rely on a considerable amount of material concerning the circumstances and the impact of the airstrike.”

It also noted that courts including Germany’s highest, the Federal Constitutional Court, rejected cases by Hanan. And it added that a parliamentary commission of inquiry “had ensured a high level of public scrutiny of the case.”

Wolfgang Kaleck, the head of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights who provided legal support to Hanan, said the verdict was a disappointment for the plaintiff and his fellow villagers, but noted that judges had made clear that governments have a duty to at least investigate such cases.

“The bombardment and the dozens of civilian deaths didn’t result in a rebuke, there’s no resumption of the criminal case,” he told reporters after the court announced its decision. “On the other hand it will be very important internationally, also in future, that the European Convention on Human Rights applies,” Kaleck said. “That’s to say, those who conduct such military operations have to legally answer for them afterward, hopefully to a greater extent than in the Kunduz case.”

A separate legal effort to force Germany to pay more compensation than the $5,000 it has so far given families for each victim was rejected last year by the Federal Constitutional Court. This civil case can still be appealed in Strasbourg.



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