344 entries in 'Court News'
2022/09/23   Arizonan sentenced for Vegas-based scheme targeting migrants
2022/09/14   Alabama must disclose status of nitrogen hypoxia executions
2022/08/26   Lobster fishing union drops lawsuit about new whale closure
2022/08/15   Some Capitol rioters try to profit from their Jan. 6 crimes
2022/07/13   Court reinstates ban on lobster gear to protect right whales
2022/05/23   Pakistani court orders probe into ex-minister’s arrest
2022/05/02   Connecticut Senate OKs bill that protects abortion providers
2022/04/14   Abortion restriction bill signed by Florida Gov. DeSantis
2022/03/22   New York’s top court rules in favor of fantasy sports bets
2021/08/06   Starting Up: The Balanced Approach
2021/07/09   Michigan court won’t extend voting redistricting deadline
2021/07/07   Judge asked to dismiss lawsuit over WVa transgender ban
2021/06/28   Supreme Court won’t revive school’s transgender bathroom ban
2021/06/25   High court to rule whether to hear Maine school choice case
2021/06/18   Iowa’s high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution
2021/06/14   Justices consider Harvard case on race in college admissions
2021/06/06   New Hampshire high court lifting mask requirement; theater reopening
2021/06/04   Appeals court upholds guilty verdicts in NCAA bribes case
2021/06/02   Criminal Defense Attorney in San Bernardino, California
2021/06/01   Supreme Court ruling gives immigrant facing deportation hope
2021/05/26   Justices signal they could limit Indian Country ruling
2021/05/24   Supreme Court: Guam can pursue $160M dump cleanup lawsuit
2021/05/21   Nebraska high court rejects appeal in Scottsbluff murder
2021/05/09   Former lawmakers sue over Supreme Court election changes
2021/05/01   Top Kansas court upholds law barring ‘wrongful birth’ suits
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


Arizonan sentenced for Vegas-based scheme targeting migrants
Court News | 2022/09/23 23:30
An Arizona man who convinced recent immigrants from mainly Asian countries to pay him thousands of dollars each to help them gain U.S. citizenship has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison by a federal judge in Las Vegas, authorities announced.

Court documents show Douglas Lee Thayer, 70, of Mohave Valley collected payments of between $7,000 and $20,000 from at least 160 recent immigrants by promising them the company he ran would find a family to adopt them as adults. He told the victims he would then get them new birth certificates and other documents that would let them gain U.S. citizenship.

A federal jury in Las Vegas convicted Thayer of two criminal counts of mail fraud on April. 18, and he was sentenced on Friday. He is set to surrender to start his sentence next month.

According to the indictment and a sentencing memorandum from federal prosecutors, Thayer ran a Las Vegas-based business called U.S. Adult Adoption Services. After the Justice Department announced in 2016 that it had shut down a similar scheme in Sacramento, California, Thayer offered refunds to the Asian and Hispanic immigrants.

He had charged more than $1 million in fees, but the refunds were only a fraction of what he collected, and prosecutors said he netted more than $850,000.

The owner of the Sacramento business was later sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Thayer’s victims were particularly vulnerable because they mostly were recent immigrants who spoke little English and knew little if anything about immigration law. The government does not provide an easier path to citizenship for immigrants who are adopted as adults by Americans.

“This prison sentence should serve as a warning that taking advantage of vulnerable victims, regardless of citizenship status, will be investigated and prosecuted,” U.S. Attorney for Nevada Jason Frierson said in a statement.

In pushing for a harsh sentence, Assistant U.S. Attorney Simon Kung said in his sentencing memo to U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro that Thayer “has spent his entire life committing crimes,” included armed robbery, attempted murder and rape, narcotics and the latest, fraud.

“Despite spending more than 20 years in prison prior to the instant offense, he has not been deterred from crime,” Kung wrote.


Alabama must disclose status of nitrogen hypoxia executions
Court News | 2022/09/14 20:17
A federal judge told Alabama to stop being vague and give a firm answer by Thursday evening on if the prison system is ready to use the untested execution method of nitrogen hypoxia at an execution next week.

U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. gave the state the deadline to file an affidavit, or declaration, on whether the state could try to execute inmate Alan Miller by nitrogen hypoxia on Sept. 22 if the use of lethal injection is blocked. The order came after the state dangled the possibility during a Monday court hearing of being ready to become the first state to attempt an execution with nitrogen hypoxia.

Nitrogen hypoxia is a proposed execution method in which death would be caused by forcing the inmate to breathe only nitrogen, thereby depriving him or her of the oxygen needed to maintain bodily functions. It’s authorized as an execution method in three states — Alabama, Oklahoma and Mississippi — but has never been used.

The state provided “vague and imprecise statements regarding the readiness and intent to move forward with an execution on September 22, 2022, by nitrogen hypoxia,” Huffaker said.

The judge asked the state Monday whether it was ready to use the method at Miller’s execution. A state attorney replied that it was “very likely” it could use nitrogen hypoxia next week, but said the state prison commissioner has the final decision.

“On or before September 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. CDT, the defendants shall file an affidavit or declaration of Commissioner John Q. Hamm, Attorney General Steve Marshall, or other appropriate official with personal knowledge, definitively setting forth whether or not the Defendants can execute the Plaintiff by nitrogen hypoxia on September 22, 2022,” the judge wrote in a Tuesday order.

Miller is seeking to block his scheduled execution by lethal injection, claiming prison staff lost paperwork he returned in 2018 choosing nitrogen hypoxia as his execution method.

Miller testified Monday that he is scared of needles so he signed a form selecting nitrogen hypoxia as his execution method. He said he left the form in his cell door tray for an prison officer to pick up. The state said there is no evidence to corroborate his claim.


Lobster fishing union drops lawsuit about new whale closure
Court News | 2022/08/26 17:53
A lobster fishing union in Maine has decided to drop part of its lawsuit against the federal government over new restrictions meant to protect rare whales.

The Maine Lobstering Union sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after the government instated a seasonal ban on lobster fishing gear in a nearly 1,000-square-mile area off New England to try to protect North Atlantic right whales. The whales are vulnerable to entanglement in the gear.

Lawyers for the lobster fishing union told WCSH-TV the union wants instead to focus on other ongoing litigation about new rules intended to protect whales. New fishing rules meant to protect the whales are the subject of other lawsuits that are still under consideration by federal court.

A federal court ruling last month came down in favor of stronger protections for the animals. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled in July that the federal government hasn’t done enough to protect the whales, and must craft new rules. The lobstering union and other fishing groups have pledged to follow that process closely with an eye to protecting the industry.


Some Capitol rioters try to profit from their Jan. 6 crimes
Court News | 2022/08/15 11:56
Facing prison time and dire personal consequences for storming the U.S. Capitol, some Jan. 6 defendants are trying to profit from their participation in the deadly riot, using it as a platform to drum up cash, promote business endeavors and boost social media profiles.

A Nevada man jailed on riot charges asked his mother to contact publishers for a book he was writing about “the Capitol incident.” A rioter from Washington state helped his father hawk clothes and other merchandise bearing slogans such as “Our House” and images of the Capitol building. A Virginia man released a rap album with riot-themed songs and a cover photograph of him sitting on a police vehicle outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Those actions are sometimes complicating matters for defendants when they face judges at sentencing as prosecutors point to the profit-chasing activities in seeking tougher punishments. The Justice Department, in some instances, is trying to claw back money that rioters have made off the insurrection.

In one case, federal authorities have seized tens of thousands of dollars from a defendant who sold his footage from Jan. 6. In another case, a Florida man’s plea deal allows the U.S. government to collect profits from any book he gets published over the next five years. And prosecutors want a Maine man who raised more than $20,000 from supporters to surrender some of the money because a taxpayer-funded public defender is representing him.


Court reinstates ban on lobster gear to protect right whales
Court News | 2022/07/13 16:42
A federal circuit court has reinstated a ban on lobster fishing gear in a nearly 1,000-square-mile area off New England to try to protect endangered whales.

The National Marine Fisheries Service issued new regulations last year that prohibited lobster fishing with vertical buoy lines in part of the fall and winter in the area, which is in federal waters off Maine’s coast. The ruling was intended to prevent North Atlantic right whales, which number less than 340, from becoming entangled in the lines.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maine issued a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of the rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston vacated that ruling Tuesday.

The circuit court sent the case back to the district court level, but noted in its ruling that it does not think the lobster fishing groups that sued to stop the regulations are likely to succeed because Congress has clearly instructed the fisheries service to protect the whales.

“Although this does not mean the balance will always come out on the side of an endangered marine mammal, it does leave plaintiffs beating against the tide, with no more success than they had before,” the court ruled.

The ruling was the second by a federal court in favor of right whale protection in the past week. A U.S. District judge ruled last week that the federal government hasn’t done enough to protect the whales from entanglement in lobster fishing gear, which can be lethal, and new rules are needed to protect the species from extinction.


Pakistani court orders probe into ex-minister’s arrest
Court News | 2022/05/23 16:30
A court in Pakistan’s capital has ordered an investigation into the controversial arrest of a former human rights minister over a decades-old land dispute.

Chief Justice Ather Minallah of the Islamabad High Court late Saturday ordered the probe in response to a petition from the daughter of former minister Shireen Mazari.

Minallah questioned the decision by officials in Islamabad to allow police from a Punjab provincial district to make the arrest in the capital.

Mazari, who served in the Cabinet-level position under former Prime Minister Imran Khan, had been detained by police near her Islamabad home earlier in the day.

Fawad Chaudhry, former information minister in Khan’s administration, alleged that Mazari — the senior leader in Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party — had been politically targeted by the new administration of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif under the guise of a land dispute dating back to 1972.

Hours after Mazari’s arrest, Chief Minister of Punjab province Hamza Shahbaz ordered her release, and late Saturday she was brought to the Islamabad court for an urgent hearing. She was then released.

Mazari has been critical of Sharif’s government on Twitter since Khan’s government was toppled in a no-confidence vote in Parliament last month. Khan’s party lawmakers resigned from the body’s lower house in protest and Khan is mobilizing supporters through public rallies across the country to pressure the government into an early election.


Connecticut Senate OKs bill that protects abortion providers
Court News | 2022/05/02 21:26
The Connecticut Senate gave final legislative approval shortly before midnight Friday to a bill abortion rights advocates contend is needed to protect in-state medical providers from legal action stemming from out-of-state laws, as well as the patients who travel to Connecticut to terminate a pregnancy and those who help them.

Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said lawmakers in Connecticut, a state with a long history of supporting abortion rights, needed to pass the legislation “in defense of our own values and our own legal system.” It comes after Texas enacted a law that authorizes lawsuits against clinics, doctors and others who perform or facilitate a banned abortion, even in another state.

The bill, which already cleared the House of Representatives earlier this month, passed in the Senate on a 25-9 vote. It now moves to Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk. The Democrat has said he will sign it.

Supporters voiced concern about the spate of new abortion restrictions being enacted in a growing number of conservative states and the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn or weaken Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.


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