47 entries in 'Legal Interview'
2019/01/16   Chief justice seeks budget increase for court technology
2019/01/12   Congo runner-up Fayulu asks court to order election recount
2018/12/08   Chinese executive facing US extradition appears in court
2018/12/01   Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger
2018/09/19   3 hurt in court shooting leave hospital; gunman identified
2018/09/12   The Latest: International court 'undeterred' by Bolton
2018/04/28   Man tests positive for drugs while appearing in Pierre court
2018/04/06   Court clerk: Despite memo, staff not required to campaign
2018/03/28   Stephen Reinhardt, liberal circuit court judge, dies at 87
2017/12/08   Supreme Court won't hear dispute involving NC TV network
2017/11/20   The Latest: Senate panel approves tax overhaul bill
2017/11/11   Samsung worker killed by brain tumor wins compensation case
2017/11/10   Florida man back at Supreme Court with 1st Amendment case
2017/09/25   Abortion clinic seeks to sue Ohio over budget restrictions
2017/08/15   Former Pakistan PM challenges disqualification by court
2017/08/10   Supreme Court to allow electronic filing in November
2017/06/05   Bill Cosby arrives in court ahead of sexual assault trial
2017/06/02   East Timor court drops premier's libel case against media
2017/04/08   Newest justice joins high court amid competing caricatures
2017/02/13   Supreme Court nominee has defended free speech, religion
2017/02/10   Rolling Stone defamation case over rape story back in court
2017/01/22   Court ponders mass murderer Breivik's prison conditions
2017/01/19   Man accused of killing Orlando officer defiant in court
2017/01/03   Court says convicted killer Skakel's defense was adequate
2016/11/16   Delaware County creates domestic violence court
2016/10/21   Grassley: GOP can't stonewall a Clinton Supreme Court pick
2016/09/16   Appeals court orders judge to expunge woman's convictions
2016/09/09   High court temporarily blocks subpoena over sex ads
2016/09/01   Justice Kagan says court doesn't feel political pressure
2016/07/12   Court orders release of detained immigrant kids, not parents
2016/06/02   Police union defends ex-officer in black musician's death
2016/04/24   JetBlue attendant pleads not guilty to cocaine charge
2016/03/23   Court gives green light to death penalty fast-tracking
2016/02/27   California High Court Allows Gov. Jerry Brown's Prison Initiative
2016/01/17   High court seems skeptical of mandatory public union fees
2015/12/08   Kansas Court of Appeals mulls state protections for abortion
2015/10/19   US appeals court upholds gun laws after Newtown massacre
2015/09/11   OJ Simpson appeal rejected by Nevada Supreme Court
2015/06/20   Texas turns away from criminal truancy courts for students
2013/11/01   Washington, DC Criminal Defense Lawyer
2012/10/05   Illegal immigrant in Fla. fights for law license
2009/10/05   LAs leave 25% of class action settlements unclaimed
2008/10/20   ABA Antitrust Fall Forum
2008/04/03   Hazard Receives 2008 Franck Responsibility Award
2008/03/11   State Bar scolds Robeson DA for media comments
2008/02/29   Former bar presidents support Servaas
2008/02/29   Lawyers ask for more time to redefine practice of law


Chief justice seeks budget increase for court technology
Legal Interview | 2019/01/16 01:32
The head of the Iowa court system says technology and the need to ensure justice for everyone demands increased spending.

Speaking Wednesday in his annual speech to the Legislature, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady told lawmakers “we simply can no longer proceed into the future thinking it will be a modest linear extension from where we are today.”

The judicial branch is requesting nearly $185 million, a 4 percent increase from the current year’s budget. Gov. Kim Reynolds is proposing nearly $183 million.

Among the new programs Cady proposes is a $1.6 million rural courts initiative to secure courthouses and upgrade services to ensure court services in all 99 counties.

He also proposes a $2.5 million digital upgrade that would allow judges to send search warrants electronically to investigators, improve an internet-based telephone system and upgrade technology to allow for remote video appearances for witnesses, parties in cases and court reporters.

Cady also seeks $1.9 million to pay for a proposed 4 percent increase in pay for judiciary officers.


Congo runner-up Fayulu asks court to order election recount
Legal Interview | 2019/01/12 06:51
Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu has asked the constitutional court to order a recount in the disputed election, declaring on Saturday that "you can't manufacture results behind closed doors."

He could be risking more than the court's refusal. Congo's electoral commission president Corneille Nangaa has said there are only two options: The official results are accepted or the vote is annulled — which would keep President Joseph Kabila in power until another election. The Dec. 30 one came after two years of delays.

"They call me the people's soldier ... and I will not let the people down," Fayulu said. Evidence from witnesses at polling stations across the country is being submitted to the court, which is full of Kabila appointees.

Rifle-carrying members of Kabila's Republican Guard deployed outside Fayulu's home and the court earlier Saturday. It was an attempt to stop him from filing, Fayulu said while posting a video of them on Twitter: "The fear remains in their camp."

Fayulu has accused the declared winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, of a backroom deal with Kabila to win power in the mineral-rich nation as the ruling party candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, did poorly.

The opposition coalition for Fayulu, a businessman vocal about cleaning up widespread corruption, has said he won 61 percent of the vote, citing figures compiled by the Catholic Church's 40,000 election observers across the vast Central African country.




Chinese executive facing US extradition appears in court
Legal Interview | 2018/12/08 02:48
A Canadian prosecutor urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to a Chinese executive at the heart of a case that is shaking up U.S.-China relations and worrying global financial markets.

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei and daughter of its founder, was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport last Saturday — the same day that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China agreed over dinner to a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that threatens to disrupt global commerce.

The U.S. alleges that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It also says that Meng and Huawei misled American banks about its business dealings in Iran.

The surprise arrest, already denounced by Beijing, raises doubts about whether the trade truce will hold and whether the world’s two biggest economies can resolve the complicated issues that divide them.

“I think it will have a distinctively negative effect on the U.S.-China talks,” said Philip Levy, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an economic adviser in President George W. Bush’s White House. “There’s the humiliating way this happened right before the dinner, with Xi unaware. Very hard to save face on this one. And we may see (Chinese retaliation), which will embitter relations.”

Canadian prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley said in a court hearing Friday that a warrant had been issued for Meng’s arrest in New York Aug. 22. He said Meng, arrested en route to Mexico from Hong Kong, was aware of the investigation and had been avoiding the United States for months, even though her teenage son goes to school in Boston.



Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger
Legal Interview | 2018/12/01 19:01
Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69.

A Dutch court on Monday rejected Ratelband’s request to shave 20 years off his age in a case that drew worldwide attention.

“Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly,” Arnhem court said in a press statement . “But amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications.”

Ratelband went to court last month, arguing that he didn’t feel 69 and saying his request was consistent with other forms of personal transformation which are gaining acceptance in the Netherlands and around the world, such as the ability to change one’s name or gender.

The court rejected that argument, saying that unlike in the case of a name or gender, Dutch law assigns rights and obligations based on age “such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school. If Mr. Ratelband’s request was allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless.”

Ratelband, perhaps unsurprisingly given his background as self-described advocate of positive thinking, was undeterred by the court’s rejection and vowed to appeal.

“This is great!” he said. “The rejection of (the) court is great ... because they give all kinds of angles where we can connect when we go in appeal.”



3 hurt in court shooting leave hospital; gunman identified
Legal Interview | 2018/09/19 04:50
The wife of a gunman killed after he opened fire at a Pennsylvania municipal building Wednesday said in a social media post that she was OK but did not say whether she had been injured in the shooting.

Crystal Dowdell, 39, posted on her Facebook account that she was fine late Wednesday and that police had taken her phone as evidence. Pennsylvania state police confirmed Thursday that Patrick Dowdell, 61, was the deceased gunman.

Dowdell entered the Masontown Borough building about 60 miles south of Pittsburgh after 2 p.m. Wednesday with a handgun drawn and began firing into the crowded complex’s lobby. He wounded a police officer, who was treated and released for injuries to his hand, before wounding three civilians.

Authorities would not say whether any of the victims were Dowdell’s intended target or related to the domestic violence charges he was scheduled to appear in court to face Wednesday.

The three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. A spokeswoman said Thursday the two men, ages 35 and 47, and a 39-year-old woman were all released Wednesday night.



The Latest: International court 'undeterred' by Bolton
Legal Interview | 2018/09/12 08:44
The International Criminal Court says it will continue to do its work "undeterred," despite National security adviser John Bolton's condemnation.

olton asserted Monday the court "threatens American sovereignty and U.S. national security interests."

The Netherlands-based court said in a statement Tuesday it was established by a treaty supported by 123 countries. It says it prosecuted cases only when those countries failed to do so or did not do so "genuinely."

The court pledges to "continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law."

Bolton's speech came as an ICC judge was expected to soon announce a decision on a request from prosecutors to open an investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by Afghan national security forces, Taliban and Haqqani network militants and U.S. forces and intelligence in Afghanistan.

Iran's foreign minister is criticizing the United States for its opposition to the International Criminal Court.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said on his Twitter account Tuesday, "The US threatens to impose sanctions on the ICC & even prosecute its judges in American courts. Where is the outrage?"

He says, "The boorishness of this rogue US regime seems to know no bounds."

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Monday denounced the legitimacy of the Netherlands-based court, which was created in 2002 to prosecute war crimes.


Man tests positive for drugs while appearing in Pierre court
Legal Interview | 2018/04/28 02:11
A Rapid City contractor has tested positive for drugs while in a Pierre court pleading guilty to assault.

The Capital Journal reports that 30-year-old Jesse Lange pleaded guilty to felony assault of a worker for the grain bin business Lange operates with his father. His attorney, Brad Schreiber, says there was an element of self-defense in the motel room altercation last year.

But state Judge Mark Barnett, watching Lange, asked a court official to get a urine test kit and said Lange appeared high. An official said the test was positive for meth and ecstasy.

Lange's guilty plea couldn't be accepted, and he was jailed for violating the conditions of his bond for the assault charge. Barnett says another arraignment could be held once the drugs have left Lange's system.

Supreme Court turns down appeal in exotic swine case

The Michigan Supreme Court has turned down an appeal in a dispute over exotic pigs in the Upper Peninsula.

A Marquette County judge in 2016 said 10 pigs violated state restrictions on Russian boars and should be destroyed. The appeals court affirmed that decision, and the Supreme Court won't intervene.

The Department of Natural Resources designated Russian boars and other exotic swine as an invasive species. The state says they've escaped from hunting ranches and small farms and ravaged the environment.

Lawyers for game ranch owner Greg Johnson of Negaunee Township say the pigs can be traced to domestic breeds.


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