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  • Cosby’s sex assault conviction goes before high-level court

    Cosby’s sex assault conviction goes before high-level court

    Legal Blog Updates 12/01/2020

    Pennsylvania’s highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby’s alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults...

  • US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen

    US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen

    Legal Blog Updates 11/20/2020

    Orlando Hall got stiffed on a drug deal and went to a Texas apartment looking for the two brothers who took his money. They weren’t home, but their 16-year-old sister was.Late Thursday, Hall was put to death for abducting and killing the teenag...

  • Court denies Seattle’s bid for wealthy household income tax

    Court denies Seattle’s bid for wealthy household income tax

    Legal Blog Updates 04/01/2020

    Washington’s Supreme Court has denied Seattle’s bid to reinstate an income tax on wealthy households.In a majority decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday declined to review the city’s request to overturn rulings against the tax by ...

  • The Latest: Man in California officer killing in court

    The Latest: Man in California officer killing in court

    Legal Blog Updates 01/04/2019

    The Modesto Bee reports Gustavo Perez Arriaga told the judge Wednesday his true name is Paulo Virgen Mendoza.His attorney questioned his mental competency, prompting the court to suspend the case until Perez Arriaga gets a mental evaluation.Perez Arr...

  • New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing

    New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing

    Legal Blog Updates 11/17/2018

    Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called “Dynamite Hill” because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and ’60s.Now, after becoming the first black person electe...

  • EU court orders Poland to reinstate Supreme Court judges

    EU court orders Poland to reinstate Supreme Court judges

    Legal Blog Updates 10/17/2018

    The European Union's top court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately stop applying a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges, forcing some 20 off the bench.The interim injunction from the European Court of Justice also obliges ...

  • Indian Supreme Court orders house arrest for activists

    Indian Supreme Court orders house arrest for activists

    Legal Blog Updates 08/27/2018

    India's top court ordered Wednesday that five prominent rights activists arrested for alleged Maoist links be kept under house arrest instead of police custody until it rules next week on a petition challenging their detention.Police, meanwhile, brok...

  • Lawyers will seek to shift blame for warehouse fire at trial

    Lawyers will seek to shift blame for warehouse fire at trial

    Legal Blog Updates 08/17/2018

    Lawyers for the two men charged in the Northern California warehouse fire that killed 36 people said Friday they are now preparing for a trial where they will try to shift blame for the blaze from their clients to others, including the building's own...

  • Oklahoma lawsuit against opioid makers back in state court

    Oklahoma lawsuit against opioid makers back in state court

    Legal Blog Updates 08/01/2018

    A U.S. judge determined Friday that a lawsuit the state of Oklahoma filed against the makers of opioids does not "necessarily rise" to a federal issue.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City sends the matter back to st...

  • Kansas court avoids ruling on execution for student's death

    Kansas court avoids ruling on execution for student's death

    Legal Blog Updates 06/13/2018

    The Kansas Supreme Court has postponed a decision on whether the state can execute a man convicted of kidnapping, raping and strangling a 19-year-old college student.The high court on Friday upheld the capital murder conviction of Justin Eugene Thurb...

  • Officials ask court to send Kennedy cousin back to prison

    Officials ask court to send Kennedy cousin back to prison

    Legal Blog Updates 01/28/2018

    Connecticut officials are asking the state's highest court to revoke Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's bail and send him back to prison, reminding justices it has been more than a year since they reinstated his murder conviction.The chief state's attor...

  • NJ Supreme Court Reverses Decades-Old Divorce Law

    NJ Supreme Court Reverses Decades-Old Divorce Law

    Legal Blog Updates 08/10/2017

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has reversed a decades-old law in a landmark decision that makes the child the focus of divorce relocation proceedings. The law centers on divorced parents who want to leave New Jersey with the child against the other par...

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