301 entries in 'Court News'
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


High court nominee served as ‘handmaid’ in religious group
Court News | 2020/10/09 03:22
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served as a “handmaid,” the term then used for high-ranking female leaders in the People of Praise religious community, an old directory for the group’s members shows.

Barrett has thus far refused to discuss her membership in the Christian organization, which opposes abortion and, according to former members, holds that men are divinely ordained as the “head” of both the family and faith, while it is the duty of wives to submit to them.

Portions of two People of Praise directory pages for the South Bend, Indiana, branch were shared with The Associated Press by a former member of the community on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue and because this person still has family members in People of Praise. A second former member, Gene Stowe, who left the South Bend branch on good terms several years ago, confirmed the authenticity of the directory pages. He said he could not say precisely what year the directory was from, but that it had to be 2013 or earlier because one of the people listed had by then moved to another state.

All the top leaders within People of Praise are male, but in each of the group’s 22 regional branches a select group of women is entrusted with mentoring and offering spiritual guidance to other female members. Until recently, these female leaders were called “handmaids,” a reference to Jesus’ mother Mary, who according to the Bible called herself “the handmaid of the Lord.” The organization recently changed the terminology to “woman leader” because it had newly negative connotations after Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” was turned into a popular television show.

The leaders run weekly men’s or women’s groups of about half a dozen people where they pray and talk together, and where the leaders offer advice and guidance. They will also organize to help others in the community, such as providing meals when someone gets sick. Under the organization’s rules, no female leader can provide pastoral supervision to a man, former members said.

The White House on Wednesday defended Barrett. “These allegations are offensive and driven by anti-religious bigotry. Judge Barrett is an independent jurist with an exceptional record,” spokesman Judd Deere said. People of Praise’s belief system is rooted in the Catholic Pentecostal movement, which emphasizes a personal relationship with Jesus and can include baptism in the Holy Spirit. As practiced by People of Praise, that can include praying in tongues to receive divine prophecies, heal the sick and cast out evil spirits, according to documents and former members.

Founded in 1971, the nonprofit organization has 22 branches across North America. It is not a church, but a faith community that includes people from several Christian denominations, though most of its roughly 1,800 adult members are Roman Catholic.

The existence of the directory listing Barrett’s name as a handmaid was first reported by The Washington Post late Tuesday. The AP reported last week that a 2006 issue of the group’s internal magazine, Vine & Branches, included a photograph showing that Barrett had attend a national conference reserved for top female leaders in People of Praise.


2 justices slam court’s 2015 decision in gay marriage case
Court News | 2020/10/06 10:22
The Supreme Court, already poised to take a significant turn to the right, opened its new term Monday with a jolt from two conservative justices who raised new criticism of the court’s embrace of same-sex marriage.

The justices returned from their summer break on a somber note, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hearing arguments by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic and bracing for the possibility of post-election court challenges.

The court paused briefly to remember Ginsburg, the court’s second woman. But a statement from Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Samuel Alito, underscored conservatives’ excitement and liberals’ fears about the direction the court could take if the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee for Ginsburg’s seat, Amy Coney Barrett.

Commenting on an appeal from a former county clerk in Kentucky who objected to issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Thomas wrote that the 5-4 majority in a 2015 case had “read a right to same-sex marriage” into the Constitution, “even though that right is found nowhere in the text.” And he said that the decision “enables courts and governments to brand religious adherents who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman as bigots.”

Thomas suggested the court needs to revisit the issue because it has “created a problem that only it can fix.” Until then, he said, the case will continue to have “ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”

The court turned away the appeal of the former clerk, Kim Davis, among hundreds of rejected cases Monday. Thomas’ four-page statement prompted outrage from LGBTQ rights groups and others. Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement that Thomas and Alito had “renewed their war on LGBTQ rights and marriage equality” as the direction of the court “hangs in the balance.”

With Ginsburg’s death and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018, only three members of the majority in the gay marriage case remain: Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Reversing the court’s decision in the gay marriage case would seem a tall order, but Thomas’ statement underscored liberals’ fears that the court could roll back some of their hardest-fought gains.

The cases the justices spent about two and a half hours discussing Monday, however, were far less prominent: a water dispute between Texas and New Mexico and a case involving a provision of the Delaware constitution that keeps the number of state judges affiliated with the two major political parties fairly even. The justices seemed prepared to uphold Delaware’s political party provision, and the argument passed without any comment about the partisan fighting over the Supreme Court’s makeup.

The justices will hear a total of 10 arguments this week and next, but the term is so far short on high-profile cases. That could change quickly because of the prospect of court involvement in lawsuits related to the election. Perhaps the biggest case currently on the justices’ docket is post-Election Day arguments in the latest Republican bid to strike down the Affordable Care Act, which provides more than 20 million people with health insurance.

The justices last heard argument in their courtroom in February and skipped planned arguments in March and April before hearing cases by phone in May. On Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts began the hearing by noting what the public has only seen in pictures: that the door to the justices’ courtroom and the section of the court’s bench in front of Ginsburg’s chair have been draped with black fabric.


Trump taps ‘eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court
Court News | 2020/09/30 00:02
President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort.

Barrett, a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, said she was “truly humbled” by the nomination and quickly aligned herself with Scalia’s conservative approach to the law, saying his “judicial philosophy is mine, too.”

Barrett, 48, was joined in the Rose Garden by her husband and seven children. If confirmed by the Senate, she would fill the seat vacated by liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It would be the sharpest ideological swing since Clarence Thomas replaced Justice Thurgood Marshall nearly three decades ago.

She would be the sixth justice on the nine-member court to be appointed by a Republican president, and the third of Trump’s first term in office.

Trump hailed Barrett as “a woman of remarkable intellect and character,” saying he had studied her record closely before making the pick.

Republican senators are lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett ahead of the Nov. 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power. Trump, meanwhile, is hoping the nomination will galvanize his supporters as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden.

For Trump, whose 2016 victory hinged in large part on reluctant support from white evangelicals on the promise of filling Scalia’s seat with a conservative, the latest nomination in some ways brings his first term full circle. Even before Ginsburg’s death, Trump was running on having confirmed in excess of 200 federal judges, fulfilling a generational aim of conservative legal activists.

Trump joked that the confirmation process ahead “should be easy” and “extremely noncontroversial,” though it is likely to be anything but. No court nominee has been considered so close to a presidential election before, with early voting already underway. He encouraged legislators to take up her nomination swiftly and asked Democrats to “refrain from personal and partisan attacks.”

In 2016, Republicans blocked Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill the election-year vacancy, saying voters should have a say in the lifetime appointment. Senate Republicans say they will move ahead this time, arguing the circumstances are different now that the White House and Senate are controlled by the same party.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote “in the weeks ahead” on Barrett’s confirmation. Barrett is expected to make her first appearance Tuesday on Capitol Hill, where she will meet with McConnell; Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chair of the Judiciary Committee; and others. Hearings are set to begin Oct. 12, and Graham said he hoped to have Barrett’s nomination out of the committee by Oct. 26.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that a vote to confirm Barrett to the high court would be a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Schumer added that the president was once again putting “Americans’ healthcare in the crosshairs” even while the coronavirus pandemic rages.

Biden took that route of criticism, as well, framing Trump’s choice as another move in Republicans’ effort to scrap the 2010 health care law passed by his former boss, President Barack Obama. The court is expected to take up a case against it this fall.

The set design at the Rose Garden, with large American flags hung between the colonnades, appeared to be modeled on the way the White House was decorated when President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg in 1993.

Barrett, recognizing that flags were still lowered in recognition of Ginsburg’s death, said she would be “mindful of who came before me.” Although they have different judicial philosophies, Barrett praised Ginsburg as a trailblazer for women and for her friendship with Scalia, saying, “She has won the admiration of women across the country and indeed all across the world.”

Within hours of Ginsburg’s death, Trump made clear he would nominate a woman for the seat. Barrett was the early favorite and the only one to meet with Trump.

Barrett has been a judge since 2017, when Trump nominated her to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But as a longtime University of Notre Dame law professor, she had already established herself as a reliable conservative in the mold of Scalia, for whom she clerked in the late 1990s.


Shooting outside US court in Phoenix wounds federal officer
Court News | 2020/09/16 15:08
A drive-by shooting wounded a federal security officer outside the U.S. courthouse in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, and a person was later taken into custody, authorities said. The officer was taken to a hospital and was expected to recover, according to city police and the FBI. Jill McCabe, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Phoenix office, said someone was later detained and there was no indication of a further threat to the public.

The court security officer works for the U.S. Marshals Service and was struck in their protective vest, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly. Court security officers work under the direction of the U.S. Marshals Service but generally are employed by private security companies.

The FBI said it isn’t providing any more details as it investigates. Police had released a photo of a silver sedan spotted leaving the area around the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse. Hours after the shooting, a street surrounding the courthouse was closed to traffic, roped off by yellow tape with police officers standing on each corner. Armed federal officers talked outside the main entrance to the courthouse, which was still open to the public, according to a court clerk.

The shooting came after the weekend ambush of two Los Angeles County deputies. They were sitting in their parked vehicle when a man walked up to the passenger’s side and fired multiple rounds. The deputies were struck in the head and critically wounded but were expected to recover. The gunman hasn’t been captured, and a motive has not been determined. Federal courthouses have been flashpoints for recent violence, but it’s not clear who shot the officer in Phoenix or why.

In June, a federal security officer was shot and killed and his partner was wounded outside the federal courthouse in Oakland as they guarded the building during protests over racial injustice and police brutality. An Air Force sergeant was charged with the shooting, and prosecutors say he had ties to the far-right, anti-government “boogaloo” movement and used the protest as cover for the crime and his escape.

During demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, protesters and federal officers clashed at the federal courthouse, where people set fires and tossed fireworks and rocks, while federal authorities unleashed tear gas and made arrests.


Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries
Court News | 2020/09/15 15:10
The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday.

While an appeal is imminent and orders to leave wouldn’t take effect for months, the decision moved many people closer to losing legal status, including families who have been in the U.S. for decades and have young children who are American citizens.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a preliminary injunction that blocked the government from ending Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for people from those four countries that are affected by natural disasters and civil conflict.

The order also applies to beneficiaries from Honduras and Nepal, who sued separately but are subject to Monday’s ruling under an agreement between attorneys for both sides, said Ahilan Arulanantham, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, who argued on behalf of TPS holders.

Since 1990, the policy has granted temporary legal status, which is often extended. But the Trump administration decided to end it for several countries, saying the conditions that justified protections in America no longer exist.

That decision had been on hold even as President Donald Trump moved to restrict other forms of humanitarian status in the U.S., such as refugee resettlement and access to asylum.

A three-judge 9th Circuit panel in Pasadena, California, rejected arguments that the administration failed to follow proper procedures and that racially motivated comments by the president and his aides about some of the countries drove the decision to end TPS.

The ACLU noted that in 2017, Trump said recent immigrants from Haiti “all have AIDS” and that Nigerians, once seeing the United States, would never “go back to their huts” in Africa.

White House pressure on Homeland Security leaders to end TPS didn’t prove racial motivation and was “neither unusual nor improper,” wrote Judge Consuelo Callahan, who was appointed by President George W. Bush. She noted that the administration extended TPS for other non-white, non-European countries.

“While we do not condone the offensive and disparaging nature of the president’s remarks, we find it instructive that these statements occurred primarily in contexts removed from and unrelated to TPS policy or decisions,” Callahan wrote.



Saudi court issues final verdicts in Khashoggi killing
Court News | 2020/09/07 16:34
A Saudi court issued final verdicts on Monday in the case of slain Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi after his son, who still resides in the kingdom, announced pardons that spared five of the convicted individuals from execution.

While the trial draws to its conclusion in Saudi Arabia, the case continues to cast a shadow over the international standing of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose associates have been sanctioned by the U.S. and the U.K. for their alleged involvement in the brutal killing, which took place inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The Riyadh Criminal Court’s final verdicts were announced by Saudi Arabia’s state television, which aired few details about the eight Saudi nationals and did not name them. The court ordered a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the five. Another individual received a 10-year sentence, and two others were ordered to serve seven years in prison.

A team of 15 Saudi agents had flown to Turkey to meet Khashoggi inside the consulate for his appointment on Oct. 2, 2018 to pick up documents that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiance, who waited outside. The team included a forensic doctor, intelligence and security officers, and individuals who worked directly for the crown prince’s office, according to Agnes Callamard, who investigated the killing for the United Nations.

Turkish officials allege Khashoggi was killed and then dismembered with a bone saw inside the consulate. His body has not been found. Turkey apparently had the consulate bugged and shared audio of the killing with the C.I.A., among others.

Western intelligence agencies, as well as the U.S. Congress, have said the crown prince bears ultimate responsibility for the killing and that an operation of this magnitude could not have happened without his knowledge.

The 35-year-old prince denies any knowledge of the operation and has condemned the killing. He continues to have the support of his father, King Salman, and remains popular among Saudi youth at home. He also maintains the support of President Donald Trump, who has defended U.S.-Saudi ties in the face of the international outcry over the slaying.


Slovakia court set to give verdict in reporter's slaying
Court News | 2020/09/04 02:51
A court in Slovakia is expected to issue a verdict Thursday in the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a crime that shocked the country and led a government to fall.

The state prosecution has requested 25-year prison terms for three remaining defendants, one of them a businessman accused of masterminding the killings. They all pleaded not guilty to murdering journalist Jan Kuciak, and fiancee Martina Kusnirova, both aged 27.

But the trial at the Specialized Criminal Court in Pezinok, which handles Slovakia's most serious cases, might not be coming to an end, yet.

A three-judge tribunal originally was set to deliver a verdict in early August but delayed its decision, citing a need for more time.

Prosecutors submitted additional evidence on Monday. The panel could decide to postpone the verdict again to give them a chance to present the evidence in court.

Kuciak was shot in the chest and Kusnirova was shot in the head at their home in the town of Velka Maca, east of Bratislava, on Feb. 21, 2018.

The killings prompted major street protests unseen since the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. The ensuing political crisis led to the collapse of a coalition government headed by populist Prime Minister Robert Fico and to the dismissal of the national police chief.

Kuciak had been writing about alleged ties between the Italian mafia and people close to Fico when he was killed, and also wrote about corruption scandals linked to Fico’s leftist Smer - Social Democracy party.


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