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  • 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...

  • Vietnamese activist sentenced to 9 years in prison

    Vietnamese activist sentenced to 9 years in prison

    Legal Blog Updates 07/22/2017

    A Vietnamese court on Tuesday sentenced an activist to nine years in prison on charges of producing videos that defamed the country’s leadership, in the latest crackdown on dissent. Tran Thi Nga was convicted of spreading propaganda against the state...

  • Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss

    Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss

    Legal Blog Updates 07/11/2017

    A Louisiana flood board is nearing a deadline for asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its lawsuit seeking to make oil and gas companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands. Federal district and appeals courts have rejected the lawsuit, ...

  • Rhode Island high court vacates conviction in triple slaying

    Rhode Island high court vacates conviction in triple slaying

    Legal Blog Updates 06/23/2017

    Rhode Island's highest court has overturned the conviction of a 21-year-old man serving two consecutive life sentences for a 2012 triple slaying at a housing complex. Authorities allege the then-16-year-old Quandell Husband had plotted with three oth...

  • Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group

    Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group

    Legal Blog Updates 01/28/2017

    A University of Wisconsin-Madison student who once served prison time for setting fires at two predominantly black churches is recruiting on campus for a local chapter of a national pro-white party, enraging students searching for ways to improve rac...

  • Court: Indian candidates can't use faith, caste to get votes

    Court: Indian candidates can't use faith, caste to get votes

    Legal Blog Updates 01/03/2017

    India's top court has ruled that election candidates cannot use religion or caste to seek votes, describing them as corrupt practices under electoral laws. India has a Hindu-nationalist government, and most political parties select candidates in vari...

  • Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    Legal Blog Updates 11/14/2016

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday night stayed the execution of an Alabama man convicted of the 1982 shooting death of a woman's husband in a murder-for-hire arrangement. Five justices voted to stay the execution of Tommy Arthur as the high court co...

  • Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun

    Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun

    Legal Blog Updates 09/17/2016

    A Michigan man who can't buy a gun because he was briefly treated for mental health problems in the 1980s has won a key decision from a federal appeals court, which says the burden is on the government to justify a lifetime ban against him. The Secon...

  • LA Supreme Court considers teen robber’s 99-year sentence

    LA Supreme Court considers teen robber’s 99-year sentence

    Legal Blog Updates 09/14/2016

    Louisiana’s Supreme Court is considering whether recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings about juveniles convicted of murder mean a juvenile robber’s 99-year sentence is unconstitutional. Alden Morgan is now 35. He was 17 years old when he held up a couple...

  • Arkansas funeral home pleads guilty over stacked bodies

    Arkansas funeral home pleads guilty over stacked bodies

    Legal Blog Updates 04/23/2016

    The company that owns an Arkansas funeral home where bodies were found stacked on top of each other in unrefrigerated areas pleaded guilty Friday after felony charges were dropped against the father and son who own the business.   Arkansas Funer...

  • Supreme Court will take up case about juror's racial bias

    Supreme Court will take up case about juror's racial bias

    Legal Blog Updates 04/02/2016

    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether jurors' claims of racially charged comments by another juror can overcome the need for secrecy in jury deliberations. The justices will hear an appeal from a Hispanic man in Colorado who says he did n...

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