319 entries in 'Court News'
2021/04/14   Mississippi marijuana program hinges on initiative arguments
2021/04/11   Ex-police chief gets 1 year in prison for hiring scandal
2021/04/05   High court sides with Google in copyright fight with Oracle
2021/03/15   Man gets 5 years in prison for arson at Savannah city office
2021/03/10   Drug trafficker says he bribed Honduras president
2021/03/07   Nepal Parliament, reinstated by high court, begins session
2021/02/05   Maine ban on religious tuition funding goes to Supreme Court
2021/02/02   More protests called in Moscow to demand Navalny’s release
2021/01/24   Supreme Court won't hear Nevada church's COVID-19 case
2021/01/04   Republicans condemn 'scheme' to undo election for Trump
2020/12/24   Trump plan to curb drug costs dealt setback in court
2020/12/23   Turkish court convicts former editor on terror charges
2020/12/13   Supreme Court rejects Republican attack on Biden victory
2020/12/08   Raimondo makes historic nomination to state Supreme Court
2020/11/25   Biden win over Trump in Nevada made official by court
2020/11/17   Justice Alito: COVID restrictions ‘previously unimaginable’
2020/11/06   With counting winding down, Trump team pushes legal fights
2020/11/05   Election 2020 Today: No winner yet, Trump’s court threat
2020/10/09   High court nominee served as ‘handmaid’ in religious group
2020/10/06   2 justices slam court’s 2015 decision in gay marriage case
2020/09/30   Trump taps ‘eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court
2020/09/16   Shooting outside US court in Phoenix wounds federal officer
2020/09/15   Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries
2020/09/07   Saudi court issues final verdicts in Khashoggi killing
2020/09/04   Slovakia court set to give verdict in reporter's slaying
2020/09/01   High Court in London backs Virgin Atlantic's rescue plan
2020/08/28   Huawei, ZTE lose patent appeal cases at UK Supreme Court
2020/08/25   Thai court issues new arrest warrant for Red Bull scion
2020/08/20   Convention silence from Democrats with high court at stake
2020/08/05   Court upholds health order fines for New Mexico businesses
2020/07/31   Judges chosen to help Mississippi courts with backlog
2020/07/18   Justice Ginsburg says cancer has returned, but won’t retire
2020/07/17   Given a chance, Trump would push court pick before election
2020/07/11   Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs GOP-authored lame-duck laws
2020/06/27   Supreme Court doesn’t wade into Texas mail-in voting battle
2020/06/23   Ohio to U.S. Supreme Court: Keep signature rules in place
2020/06/22   Supreme Court rules SEC can recoup money in fraud cases
2020/06/18   What Supreme Court? Trump's HHS pushes LGBT health rollback
2020/05/23   Judge blocks St. Louis prosecutor from law firm payments
2020/05/17   Louisiana Senate targets lawyer ads promising big payouts
2020/05/11   Catholic schools, ex-teachers clash in Supreme Court case
2020/04/28   Court tosses NY case that could have expanded gun rights
2020/04/26   Meghan's privacy case against tabloid heard at UK Court
2020/04/24   Meghan's privacy case against tabloid heard at UK Court
2020/04/17   Hawaii Judiciary postpones state court trials amid pandemic
2020/04/12   Court lifts part of order blocking Texas abortion ban
2020/04/06   Poland chamber penalizing judges must be suspended
2020/04/04   Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader
2020/03/20   Fight over jaguar habitat in Southwest heads back to court
2020/03/16   Neville keeps seat in crowded primary for Supreme Court
2020/02/19   Court reinstates order for Russia to pay $50 bln over Yukos
2020/02/13   European court backs Spain on express migrant deportations
2020/02/08   Edwards takes treasurer to court over blocked fund transfer
2020/02/03   Missouri county sued over jail time for unpaid court costs
2020/01/26   Court: Methodist bishops must testify in sex abuse case
2020/01/14   Supreme Court rejects appeal in texting suicide case
2020/01/03   UK woman in Cyprus gang rape case gets suspended sentence
2019/12/23   High court upholds murder conviction for Albuquerque man
2019/12/18   Judge criticized by abortion foes named to top Kansas court
2019/12/14   Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records
2019/12/04   Afghanistan probe appeal begins at Hague international court
2019/11/20   Bolivians urge US court to restore $10M verdict on killings
2019/10/28   Court OKs conviction of pharma executive Shkreli's ex-lawyer
2019/10/14   In or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT fests
2019/10/07   Supreme Court to begin new term: About the top cases
2019/10/04   US Supreme Court to review Kansas’ lack of insanity defense
2019/10/01   Trial begins Monday in Kansas abortion stalking lawsuit
2019/09/10   New justice formally joins Virginia Supreme Court
2019/09/07   Attorneys: Court seat puts Montgomery in far different role
2019/08/22   SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Gender pronouns part of LGBT fight
2019/08/20   Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell
2019/08/07   Appeal in John Steinbeck lawsuit heard in court
2019/07/18   Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump
2019/07/18   Dutch Supreme Court upholds Srebrenica deaths liability
2019/07/16   Women urge jail until trial for Epstein as judge weighs bail
2019/07/04   High court keeps citizenship question off census for now
2019/07/03   Appeals court puts Trump abortion restrictions on hold again
2019/06/28   Supreme Court sends Florida cross case back to lower court
2019/06/25   High court strikes down ‘scandalous’ part of trademark law
2019/06/19   Court rules UK must reconsider arms sales to Saudi Arabia
2019/06/08   Supreme Court rules against oil drilling platform workers
2019/06/02   Carnival will pay $20m over pollution from its cruise ships
2019/05/26   Utah judge suspended for making anti-Trump comments
2019/05/24   Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime
2019/05/11   Students in Colorado shooting face murder, other charges
2019/05/07   Georgia high court to hear appeal in election challenge
2019/04/21   Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases
2019/04/19   Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question
2019/04/17   Nissan ex-chair Ghosn appeal on extended detention rejected
2019/04/12   Court overrules judge in Coryell County hospital explosion dispute
2019/04/11   Chief Justice Unveils Opioid-Related Court Initiative
2019/04/10   Judges reject Afghanistan probe; cite lack of cooperation
2019/04/02   Loughlin, Huffman due in court in college admissions scam
2019/03/26   Coaches, others due in court in college admissions scam
2019/02/12   Opera singer, husband appear in court on sex assault charge
2019/02/06   Man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin girl to appear in court
2019/02/05   Appellate judge announces run for Supreme Court seat
2019/02/03   NC high court sidesteps decision on tracking sex offenders
2019/01/26   North Carolina Supreme Court to examine Smithfield payments
2019/01/21   Congress to Probe Report that Trump Directed Lawyer to Lie
2018/12/31   Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon
2018/12/24   Myanmar court hears appeal of convicted Reuters journalists
2018/12/20   Spain court grants $1.7 billion compensation for oil spill
2018/12/11   Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain
2018/12/02   Sri Lanka court orders prime minister to refrain from duties
2018/11/30   Indicted US lawmaker to return to court after re-election
2018/11/28   Court could deal blow to porn star, award Trump legal fees
2018/11/18   Lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Assange says he would fight charges
2018/10/26   North Carolina top court orders study of courtroom portraits
2018/10/22   Poland: Top court judges return from forced retirements
2018/10/20   Court to hear case over ID of Texas execution drug supplier
2018/10/16   Georgia high court won't stop vote on creation of new city
2018/10/03   UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions
2018/10/01   Supreme Court won't hear case over California beach access
2018/09/29   Supreme Court term amid starts in shadow of Kavanaugh
2018/09/23   Trump picks combat over caution in court fight
2018/09/23   Idaho high court considers defamation lawsuit
2018/09/13   The Latest: New Mexico court blocks straight-ticket option
2018/08/26   Poland likely to ignore EU court ruling on justice overhaul
2018/08/15   Court document details moments before fatal police shooting
2018/08/12   N Carolina Supreme Court race lawsuit returning to court
2018/08/02   With scant record, Supreme Court nominee elusive on abo
2018/07/31   Donald Trump Jr., wife due in court for divorce hearing
2018/07/30   High court gives mixed verdict on Burgum-Legislature spat
2018/07/21   New Jersey court proposes tossing out old open-warrant cases
2018/07/16   India's top court calls for new law to curb mob violence
2018/07/14   German court: Catalan politician can legally be extradited
2018/07/02   Schumer rallies opposition to Trump anti-abortion court pick
2018/06/26   For new Supreme Court justice, a host of big issues awaits
2018/06/23   Man charged in bike path killings speaks in court of 'Allah'
2018/06/22   Indonesia court sentences cleric behind attacks to death
2018/06/17   State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law
2018/06/12   Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death
2018/06/04   Detroit-area couple in court over control of frozen embryos
2018/05/13   Court rules Italy's Berlusconi can run for office again
2018/05/01   Law firm hired to investigate economic development agency
2018/05/01   Arkansas officials ask court to keep voter ID law in place
2018/04/22   Judge fights for job after admitting to courthouse affair
2018/04/05   SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Diabetes, decisions and justice math
2018/04/01   Drug companies want Supreme Court to take eye drop dispute
2018/03/18   Another key redistricting case goes in front of high court
2018/02/24   Court leaves black judge on case against white officer
2018/02/22   Supreme Court sides with Chicago museum in terror case
2018/02/07   Supreme Court blocks some redrawn North Carolina districts
2018/02/06   Greek court postpones decision in Turkish extradition case
2018/02/04   Prosecutor asks for prison terms in Paris terror trial
2018/02/01   Nassar to face another sentence, victims in return to court
2018/01/28   Pennsylvania GOP take gerrymandering case to US high court
2018/01/16   Hong Kong court to rule later on 3 activists' prison terms
2018/01/16   Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case
2018/01/15   Doctor charged in wife's death moved after threat to him
2018/01/11   Doctor charged in wife's death moved after threat to him
2018/01/10   State high court upholds ex-police chief's murder conviction
2018/01/04   Western powers warn Kosovo on changing war crimes court law
2018/01/02   Spanish court reviews custody of ex-Catalan vice president
2017/12/06   Arkansas judge blocks state from issuing birth certificates
2017/12/04   Prosecutors ask court to send Russia's ex-minister to prison
2017/11/30   Court: Congregation's display doesn't deserve tax exemption
2017/11/27   Court: Stress no grounds for rescinding guilty pleas
2017/11/21   Belgian court pushes back extradition hearing for 5 Catalans
2017/11/16   German Court: Kuwait Airways Can Refuse Israeli Passengers
2017/11/10   High court to hear appeal in Newtown school shooting case
2017/10/30   Illinois to require veterans courts across the state in 2018
2017/10/21   Court, for now, blocks immigrant teen's access to abortion
2017/10/10   Australia's High Court to consider fate of 7 lawmakers
2017/10/07   Court nixes class-action status for TGI Friday's drink suit
2017/09/27   Pakistan ex-PM criticizes judiciary for his disqualification
2017/09/23   Ski Resort Fraud Court Case to Get Started in Vermont
2017/09/18   Rooney gets road ban after pleading guilty to drunk driving
2017/09/14   FBI Searched Ex-Oklahoma Senator's Office for Porn
2017/09/08   Abortion clinic dispute to be argued in Ohio Supreme Court
2017/08/29   Supreme Court justice blocks ruling on redrawing Texas districts
2017/08/20   Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case
2017/08/16   Missouri Supreme Court rejects request to stop execution
2017/08/12   Prosecutors ask court to imprison Samsung heir for 12 years
2017/08/07   Court complicates Trump's threat to cut 'Obamacare' funds
2017/08/01   Man suspected in Indiana officer's killing due in court
2017/07/24   Driver due in court after deaths of migrants in tractor-trailer
2017/07/24   Court hearing could decide fate of dog pardoned by governor
2017/07/21   Court ends hearing into corruption charges against PM
2017/07/13   Hearing In San Diego Unified Suit Against The College Board
2017/07/11   Rob Kardashian's ex-fiancee arrives at court for hearing
2017/07/10   Relatives of Slain US Troops Describe Loss to Jordan Court
2017/07/04   Court: Energy firm can pass $55M cleanup costs
2017/06/25   Attention on Supreme Court as justice weigh Trump travel ban
2017/06/14   Court filing: Marsh seeks OK to sell 26 grocery stores
2017/06/13   Indiana governor names Judge Goff to state Supreme Court
2017/06/09   Roman Polanski sex victim to appear in court for first time
2017/05/31   Mom sentenced in Australian court for drowning 3 children
2017/05/30   Kim Jong Nam murder suspect asks her parents to pray for her
2017/05/28   Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court
2017/05/08   New Mexico Supreme Court won't restore funds to Legislature
2017/05/03   Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under anti-bias law
2017/05/01   Idaho Judicial Council accepting applications for high court
2017/04/22   Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearing
2017/04/20   Not guilty pleas entered for accused in Canada polygamy case
2017/04/18   Ohio high court will review full autopsies from 8 slayings
2017/04/13   2 inmates seek execution stays from Arkansas high court
2017/04/06   US court ruling could bring more suits over Nazi-looted art
2017/04/02   Democrats tighten opposition of high court pick
2017/03/30   High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute
2017/03/20   Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings
2017/03/17   China praises courts for punishing state security crimes
2017/03/17   Kansas Supreme Court receptive to protecting abortion rights
2017/03/13   Alleged jewel thief arrested after missing court hearing
2017/03/12   Airport shooting suspect in court on mental health issues
2017/03/06   Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems
2017/03/02   Florida Legislature at "Open War" with State Supreme Court
2017/02/24   US appeals court upholds Maryland assault weapons ban
2017/02/21   Trial court election changes considered by North Carolina House
2017/02/15   Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear open meetings case
2017/02/14   NC court blocks law stripping governor of election powers
2017/01/28   Philippine president's drug crackdown faces court challenge
2017/01/27   Driver due in court in Cleveland officer's hit-and-run death
2017/01/26   Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group
2017/01/22   Ethics measure backers ask high court to let them join case
2017/01/21   Aaron Hernandez expected in court as murder trial nears
2016/12/06   State high court to hear wind power appeal
2016/12/01   German court upholds former Auschwitz guard's conviction
2016/11/29   Supreme Court rejects church's appeal over marijuana laws
2016/11/20   French court restores far-right candidate's ties to father
2016/11/18   Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate
2016/11/03   Supreme Court won't hear challenge to FBI fitness test
2016/11/01   Supreme Court gives new chance to 5 Arizona inmates
2016/10/26   Greece court cancels TV license overhaul; blow to government
2016/10/10   Iraq's federal court rules against prime minister's reforms
2016/10/03   US Supreme Court won't hear Arizona death sentence case
2016/09/22   European court dismisses case brought by Srebrenica families
2016/09/19   Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun
2016/09/18   Court halts construction of another section of pipeline
2016/09/11   Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP
2016/09/08   Court denies asylum to 28 detained Latin American mothers
2016/08/24   Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio
2016/08/19   Polish prosecutors investigate court head for abuse of power
2016/08/13   North Carolina shooting victim's family hires lawyer
2016/08/09   Appeals court hands loss to New Jersey sports betting effort
2016/07/29   Courts derail voting limits pushed by GOP in 3 states
2016/07/27   Court won't reinstate church official's conviction
2016/07/12   Court denies hospital's bid to perform brain death test
2016/07/08   Thai military court adds to singer's jail term for insults
2016/07/06   Court orders release of Chicago police disciplinary records
2016/07/05   Obama rebukes Poland over paralysis of constitutional court
2016/06/25   Scalia's death, Senate inaction leave Supreme Court in bind
2016/06/14   Spain court orders Operation Puerto blood bags released
2016/06/13   Court Vacates $1.8M Ventura Award in 'American Sniper' Case
2016/06/12   High Court won't hear dispute over birthright citizenship
2016/06/08   Appeals court denies Hope Solo's bid to avoid trial
2016/06/06   British court gives 22 life sentences to pedophile
2016/06/03   Missouri Appeals Court to decide fight over frozen embryos
2016/05/31   Bahrain court more than doubles opposition leader's sentence
2016/05/28   Man admits kidnapping teen girl, raping her during captivity
2016/05/27   Court upholds $3M judgment against Gerber Products Co.
2016/05/26   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/25   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/22   Court rejects blocking health warning on sugary drinks ads
2016/05/10   Kansas Supreme Court reviews lawmakers' school aid changes
2016/05/08   Court: Slipknot bassist's child born after he died can sue
2016/05/04   Tribunal: India, Italy should agree on Italian marine's bail
2016/04/25   Stoddard firefighter charged with arson due in court
2016/04/13   Supreme Court to swear in large group of deaf lawyers
2016/04/12   Appeals court rules Mississippi can resume Google inquiry
2016/03/27   Attorney: Court ruling lets Ohio political candidates lie
2016/03/20   Supreme Court rejects states' challenge to Colorado pot law
2016/03/18   Man accused of terrorism charge with fiancee pleads guilty
2016/03/15   RNC launches campaign to oppose Obama's Supreme Court pick
2016/03/12   Teen changes plea to guilty in deaths of mother, stepfather
2016/03/10   Federal appeals court to rehear Texas voter ID case
2016/02/23   German court ends fight over estate of Iran shah's 2nd wife
2016/02/07   Kenya: Supreme court judge to be investigated over bribery
2016/01/30   Texas renews bid for court-imposed refugee restrictions
2016/01/23   Appeals court upholds Virginia health care facility law
2016/01/18   Ohio's top court declines to change rules on plea deals
2016/01/15   High court raises doubts over Puerto Rico sovereignty
2015/12/12   Mexico issues first permits for marijuana under court ruling
2015/11/17   India court orders action on crematorium near Taj Mahal
2015/11/12   Ruling gives Sandusky back $4,900-a-month Penn State pension
2015/11/03   German court: former SS Auschwitz guard fit for trial
2015/11/02   High court rejects ex-stockbroker's appeal in fraud case
2015/10/18   'Whitey' Bulger's lover heads to court on contempt charge
2015/10/17   Man pleads guilty in threats against Wichita courthouse
2015/10/17   Court records: Ohio man on electronic monitor raped teen
2015/10/10   Quaid expected in Vermont court to face charge
2015/09/14   Ferguson panel recommends police, court reform, transparency
2015/09/08   German court rules against Lufthansa pilot strike
2015/09/07   Kentucky court session planned in former women's coach case
2015/09/05   U.S. military chooses rarely-used charge for Bergdahl
2015/08/27   Burkina Faso court rejects candidate of former ruling party
2015/08/12   Man charged with killing Memphis officer to appear in court
2015/08/11   Penn State ex-officials' case heads to appeals court hearing
2015/08/03   UK jury says trader guilty of manipulating key interest rate
2015/07/27   Appeals court revives challenge to consumer agency
2015/07/25   Appeals court revives challenge to consumer age
2015/07/24   NY state Sen. Sampson found guilty of obstruction
2015/07/19   Ill. high court rejects intervention on state paychecks
2015/07/13   Pakistan court grants bail to top model arrested with cash
2015/07/09   Court revises test on determining Native American status
2015/07/04   Bryant tells court it should affirm same-sex marriage ruling
2015/06/29   Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action
2015/06/20   Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter
2015/06/10   Man accused of Jewish site shootings to appear in court
2015/06/04   Judge grants new trial in death of intern Chandra Levy
2015/04/23   California court ruling could limit drought fighting tools
2015/03/23   Bond hearing scheduled for millionaire Durst in New Orleans
2015/02/25   Philippine court enters not guilty plea for US Marine
2015/02/09   Former Massey Energy CEO asks court to dismiss charges
2015/02/09   Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples
2015/02/03   Supreme Court halts 3 upcoming executions in Oklahoma
2015/02/03   Two justices once open to cameras in court now reconsider
2015/01/30   Fugitive treasure hunter to appear in Florida federal court
2015/01/19   Arizona sheriff could face civil contempt hearing in court
2015/01/08   Nebraska court could hold up Keystone pipeline
2015/01/05   Idaho gay marriage fight appealed to Supreme Court
2014/12/11   Woman at center of 1961 Supreme Court case dies
2008/12/02   Sen. Kennedy awarded honorary degree from Harvard
2008/03/07   Prospective Lawyers May Face Higher Bar Exam Fees
2008/03/06   S.C. giving 1st bar exam since test ruled flawed
2008/03/06   DC Young Lawyers in for Bar Exam Sticker Shock
2008/02/29   2008 Arizona Bar Exam Deadlines and Fees
2008/02/28   February 2008 CA Bar Exam Deadlines


Mississippi marijuana program hinges on initiative arguments
Court News | 2021/04/14 23:01
The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that’s trying to block a voter-approved medical marijuana program by arguing that the the issue should not have been on the ballot.

Arguments were not about marijuana. Instead, they were about Mississippi’s initiative process.

Voters in November approved Initiative 65, which requires the state Health Department to establish a medical marijuana program by the middle of this year. The department is working to create a program, even as the legal fight continues.

To get Initiative 65 on the statewide ballot, organizers gathered signatures from the five congressional districts that Mississippi used during the 1990s. They did that based on legal advice issued years ago by the state attorney general’s office.

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler filed a lawsuit days before the election, contending that the state’s initiative process is outdated.

The Mississippi Constitution says petitioners must gather an equal number of signatures from five congressional districts. The state dropped from five congressional districts to four after the 2000 Census, but the constitution’s language about initiatives was not updated. Butler’s lawsuit argues that this creates a mathematical impossibility with four districts because the constitution still specifies that no more than one-fifth of the signatures may come from any single district.

In papers filed Dec. 28 and in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, state attorneys argued that Mississippi has two sets of congressional districts ? one set used for congressional elections and one set used for other purposes.

Attorneys for Butler argued that the only purpose of a congressional district is to have geographical boundaries for electing U.S. House members.

Butler opposed Initiative 65 because it limits a city’s ability to regulate the location of medical marijuana businesses.

The Health Department, the Mississippi Municipal League and some others filed briefs supporting Butler’s lawsuit. The Health Department argued that Initiative 65 seeks to transform the department “into something it is not,” even as the department is stretched because of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the legislative session that recently ended, the Senate tried to create rules for a state medical marijuana program, but the House defeated the effort. Republican Sen. Kevin Blackwell of DeSoto County said the proposal was a backstop to have a program in place in case the Supreme Court agrees with Butler and invalidates Initiative 65. But supporters of Initiative 65 balked at the Senate’s proposal, saying they saw it as an attempt to usurp the will of the voters.



Ex-police chief gets 1 year in prison for hiring scandal
Court News | 2021/04/11 06:01
The former police chief of Connecticut’s largest city was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for rigging the hiring process that led to his appointment in 2018.

A federal judge in Bridgeport handed down the punishment to Armando “A.J.” Perez, who rose through the ranks of Bridgeport police to lead the department as its first Hispanic chief over a nearly four-decade career there. He and the city’s former acting personnel director, David Dunn, resigned in September and pleaded guilty the following month to defrauding the city and making false statements to FBI agents in connection with the scheme.

Perez, dressed in a suit, tie and a mask in court due to coronavirus precautions, apologized to the city, his family and federal investigators for the crimes during the sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Kari Dooley.

“I accept responsibility. I am so sorry,” he said. “I spent all my life on the right side of the table and I betrayed myself. I should have said no. ... I did this to myself, your honor. I did this to myself. I betrayed myself and then I panicked.”

Perez, who had asked for a sentence of home confinement and probation, also was ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in restitution to the city and perform 100 hours of community service after the prison sentence, which he will begin serving on May 24.

Prosecutors said Perez, 65, received confidential information about the police chief’s examination stolen by Dunn, including the questions for an oral examination and the scoring guide for written essays. Perez, who was the acting chief at the time, also admitted that he had two officers complete his essays, passed the work off as his own and lied to federal authorities in an effort to cover up his actions.

Perez ended up being ranked among the top three candidates for the police chief’s job and was appointed by Mayor Joe Ganim, who has been close to Perez for years. Ganim, who served seven years in prison for corruption committed during his first stint as mayor from 1991 to 2003, has denied wrongdoing in Perez’s appointment and has not been charged.



High court sides with Google in copyright fight with Oracle
Court News | 2021/04/05 17:55
The Supreme Court sided Monday with Google in an $8 billion copyright dispute with Oracle over the internet company’s creation of the Android operating system used on most smartphones worldwide.

To create Android, which was released in 2007, Google wrote millions of lines of new computer code. But it also used 11,330 lines of code and an organization that’s part of Oracle’s Java platform.

Google had argued that what it did is long-settled, common practice in the industry, a practice that has been good for technical progress. And it said there is no copyright protection for the purely functional, noncreative computer code it used, something that couldn’t be written another way. But Austin, Texas-based Oracle said Google “committed an egregious act of plagiarism,” and it sued.

The justices ruled 6-2 for Google Inc., based in Mountain View, California. Two conservative justices dissented.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote  that in reviewing a lower court’s decision, the justices assumed “for argument’s sake, that the material was copyrightable.”

“But we hold that the copying here at issue nonetheless constituted a fair use. Hence, Google’s copying did not violate the copyright law,” he wrote.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a dissent joined by Justice Samuel Alito that he believed “Oracle’s code at issue here is copyrightable, and Google’s use of that copyrighted code was anything but fair.”

Only eight justices heard the case because it was argued in October, after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg but before Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court.

In a statement, Google’s chief legal officer, Kent Walker, called the ruling a “victory for consumers, interoperability, and computer science.” “The decision gives legal certainty to the next generation of developers whose new products and services will benefit consumers,” Walker wrote.

Oracle’s chief legal officer, Dorian Daley, condemned the outcome. “The Google platform just got bigger and market power greater. The barriers to entry higher and the ability to compete lower. They stole Java and spent a decade litigating as only a monopolist can,” she wrote in a statement.

Microsoft, IBM and major internet and tech industry lobbying groups had weighed in on the case in favor of Google. The Motion Picture Association and the Recording Industry Association of America were among those supporting Oracle.

The case is Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., 18-956.


Man gets 5 years in prison for arson at Savannah city office
Court News | 2021/03/15 02:53
A Georgia man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for setting fire to a Savannah city government office building.

Stephen Charles Setter, 19, was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge after pleading guilty to a charge of arson, federal prosecutors said in a news release. In his plea, Setter admitted to setting a blaze that destroyed the city’s code enforcement office last year on May 3.

Setter also told the court he had activated a fire alarm at a local marina that same night to draw firefighters away from their station. He said that allowed him to slip into the station and steal a radio, which he used to listen to fire department communications.

The fire at the code enforcement office spread to the attic and the roof. The building was declared a total loss with damage estimated at nearly $1 million. The fire was set late at night, when the building was unoccupied. No one was injured.

In addition to the prison sentence, the judge ordered Setter to pay $1.2 million in restitution.



Drug trafficker says he bribed Honduras president
Court News | 2021/03/10 10:53
A convicted Honduran drug trafficker and former leader of a cartel testified in United States federal court Thursday that he paid now-President Juan Orlando Hernandez $250,000 for protection from arrest in 2012.

Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, former leader of the Cachiros cartel, testified that he made the payment in cash through one of Hernandez’s sisters, Hilda Hernandez, in exchange “for protection so that the military police and preventive police didn’t capture us in Honduras.”

He said he also paid so that he wouldn’t be extradited to the U.S. and so companies used by the Cachiros to launder money would be favored by the government. Rivera Maradiaga has admitted to being involved in 78 murders.

At the time of the alleged bribe, Juan Orlando Hernandez was leader of Honduras’ Congress, but had begun angling for the presidency, which he won in 2013. He took office the following January. Hilda Hernandez, who later served in his administration, died in a helicopter crash in 2017.

The accusation came in the third day of testimony in the trial of alleged drug trafficker Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez. U.S. prosecutors have made it clear that allegations against President Hernandez would arise during the trial, though he has not been charged.

Fuentes Ramirez was arrested in March 2020 in Florida. He is charged with drug trafficking and arms possession.

Hernandez has vehemently denied any connection to drug traffickers. One of his brothers, Juan Antonio Hernandez, was convicted of drug trafficking in the same court in 2019.

During that trial, the president was accused of accepting more than $1 million from Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

U.S. prosecutors have alleged that much of Hernandez’s political rise was funded by drug traffickers who paid to be allowed to move drugs through Honduras without interference.

In January, U.S. federal prosecutors filed motions in the Fuentes Ramirez case saying that Hernandez took bribes from drug traffickers and had the country’s armed forces protect a cocaine laboratory and shipments to the United States.

The documents quote Hernandez ? identified as co-conspirator 4 ? as saying he wanted to “‘shove the drugs right up the noses of the gringos’ by flooding the United States with cocaine.”

This week, Hernandez has said in a series of Twitter messages that the witnesses in New York are seeking to lighten their sentences by making up lies against him.



Nepal Parliament, reinstated by high court, begins session
Court News | 2021/03/07 08:03
After being reinstated by the nation’s Supreme Court, Nepal’s Parliament began a session on Sunday that will likely determine the future of the prime minister and the government.

The split in the ruling Nepal Communist Party has left Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli without the majority of votes in Parliament required for him to continue in office. Oli so far has refused to step down and is determined to continue.

A vote of no confidence against Oli is likely to be brought by the splinter group from his own party, which would force him to step down. The group has not yet made a formal decision.

Oli would have to get the support of other political parties in Parliament in order to stay in power. The process could take days, leaving an unstable political situation in the country.

Oli had the president dissolve Parliament in December and announce fresh elections after the rift in the party. Last month, the Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of Parliament in response to several cases filed with the court charging that Oli’s decision to dissolve the legislature was unconstitutional.

Since Parliament’s dissolution, there have been regular street protests against Oli by tens of thousands of people in Kathmandu and other cities.

Oli became prime minister after the party won elections three years ago. His party and that of former Maoist rebels had merged to form a strong Communist party to win the elections.

However, there has been a power struggle between Oli and the leader of the former Maoists rebels, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is also co-chair of the party. The two had previously agreed that they would split the five-year prime minister’s term, but Oli has refused to allow Dahal to take over.



Maine ban on religious tuition funding goes to Supreme Court
Court News | 2021/02/05 22:51
Three families demanding that the state pay tuition for religious schools are taking their appeal to a U.S. Supreme Court that looks much different than when the lawsuit was filed more than two years ago.

The conservative shift of the U.S. Supreme Court and a ruling in a Montana case make attorneys for the Maine families more optimistic that they'll prevail in changing the state's stance, which dates to 1980. The Supreme Court will decide whether to hear the appeal, filed Thursday.

“The court should grant this case and resolve this issue once and for all,” said the families' attorney, Michael Bindas, from the Institute for Justice.

The Maine Department of Education currently allows families who reside in towns without their own public schools to receive tuition to attend a public or private school of their choice. But religious schools are excluded.

There have been several lawsuits over the years, but the courts always have sided with the state, which contends using taxpayer dollars to fund religious education violates the separation of church and state.

The latest lawsuit targeting Maine's tuition program was filed in August 2018 after the Supreme Court held that a Missouri program was wrong in denying a grant to a religious school for playground resurfacing.


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