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  • Nevada high court blocks funding for school choice program

    Nevada high court blocks funding for school choice program

    Criminal Law News 10/01/2016

    The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state's voucher-style Education Savings Accounts program — seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country — has an unconstitutional funding mechanism that should remain blocked. Justices issue...

  • High court temporarily blocks subpoena over sex ads

    High court temporarily blocks subpoena over sex ads

    Criminal Law News 09/09/2016

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday temporarily blocked a congressional subpoena that seeks information on how the classified advertising website Backpage.com screens ads for possible sex trafficking. The order came hours after Backpa...

  • Egyptian lawyer, journalist released after prison sentence

    Egyptian lawyer, journalist released after prison sentence

    Criminal Law News 08/09/2016

    Egyptian authorities have released two prominent human rights activists who had been jailed for over a year for demonstrating against police brutality. Lawyer Mahienour el-Masry and journalist Youssef Shabaan were freed Saturday after serving 15 mont...

  • Kansas court upholds death sentence for sheriff's killing

    Kansas court upholds death sentence for sheriff's killing

    Criminal Law News 07/23/2016

    The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence imposed against a man who fatally shot a sheriff during a 2005 drug raid. Kansas hasn't executed anyone in more than 50 years, and Friday's decision in Scott Cheever's case is only the seco...

  • Senate confirms district court judge for New Jersey

    Senate confirms district court judge for New Jersey

    Criminal Law News 07/05/2016

    The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee for the U.S. District Court for the district of New Jersey. The vote was 92-5 on Wednesday for Brian Martinotti, who has served as a judge on the Superior Court of New Jersey since 2002. Obama...

  • Court upholds net neutrality rules on equal internet access

    Court upholds net neutrality rules on equal internet access

    Criminal Law News 06/14/2016

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a win for the Ob...

  • British court gives 22 life sentences to pedophile

    British court gives 22 life sentences to pedophile

    Criminal Law News 06/05/2016

    A court in Britain has sentenced a former schoolteacher to 22 life sentences for child abuse after using his position teaching English in Malaysia to gain access to victims. Judge Peter Rook sentenced 30-year-old freelance photographer Richard Huckle...

  • Bahrain court more than doubles opposition leader's sentence

    Bahrain court more than doubles opposition leader's sentence

    Criminal Law News 05/31/2016

    A Bahraini appeals court on Monday more than doubled the prison term for the country's top Shiite opposition figure in a ruling that his political bloc blasted as "unacceptable and provocative." Sheikh Ali Salman now faces nine years behind bars, up ...

  • Spanish court seeks arrest of Putin-linked Russians

    Spanish court seeks arrest of Putin-linked Russians

    Criminal Law News 05/08/2016

    A Spanish judge wants two senior Russian officials with links to the Kremlin arrested so they can be questioned in court about suspected money laundering and criminal association. National court judge Jose de la Mata Amaya has issued international ar...

  • Tribunal: India, Italy should agree on Italian marine's bail

    Tribunal: India, Italy should agree on Italian marine's bail

    Criminal Law News 05/06/2016

    India and Italy should work toward an agreement to allow an Italian marine to return home while an arbitration process continues in the fatally shootings of two Indian fishermen in 2012, a tribunal said Tuesday. The two countries should present their...

  • Teen changes plea to guilty in deaths of mother, stepfather

    Teen changes plea to guilty in deaths of mother, stepfather

    Criminal Law News 03/08/2016

    A northern Wisconsin woman changed her plea to guilty Friday in the slaying of her mother and stepfather in a deal that has prosecutors recommending a 40-year prison sentence. Ashlee Martinson, who was 17 at the time of the March 2015 killings, faces...

  • Ohio's top court declines to change rules on plea deals

    Ohio's top court declines to change rules on plea deals

    Criminal Law News 01/17/2016

    Ohio's top court decided Thursday to continue allowing defendants to plead to lesser crimes that don't bear much resemblance to the facts of the original charge. Some trial court judges argued that such pleas undermine public confidence in the courts...

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