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  •  Ruling: Missed court date in Washington does not imply guilt

    Ruling: Missed court date in Washington does not imply guilt

    National News 05/29/2021

    The Washington state Supreme Court this month unanimously rejected the notion that a man who skipped his court date could be presented as evidence that he felt guilty about the original crime. State Supreme Court justices agreed that criminalizing a ...

  • Supreme Court: Guam can pursue $160M dump cleanup lawsuit

    Supreme Court: Guam can pursue $160M dump cleanup lawsuit

    National News 05/24/2021

    The Supreme Court says the U.S. territory of Guam can pursue a $160 million lawsuits against the federal government over the cost of cleaning up a landfill on the island. The justices on Monday unanimously overturned a lower court decision that had s...

  •  Court to hear appeal of Dallas officer who killed neighbor

    Court to hear appeal of Dallas officer who killed neighbor

    National News 04/25/2021

    A Texas court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on overturning the conviction of a former Dallas police officer who was sentenced to prison for fatally shooting her neighbor in his home.An attorney for Amber Guyger and prosecutors are set to cla...

  • Nevada inmate fighting on several fronts to avoid execution

    Nevada inmate fighting on several fronts to avoid execution

    National News 04/21/2021

    A convicted Nevada mass murderer is mounting a range of legal challenges to a bid to schedule his execution in early June, including questioning whether the district attorney in Las Vegas really wants the lethal injection carried out at a decommissio...

  • Court rules Norman violated FOIA when approving budget

    Court rules Norman violated FOIA when approving budget

    National News 04/14/2021

    The city of Norman violated the state’s Open Meeting Act when it approved a budget that cut the police budget by $865,000, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.The court upheld a circuit judge’s December ruling that a required notice ...

  • Courts wrestle with whether manslaughter is always violent

    Courts wrestle with whether manslaughter is always violent

    National News 03/06/2021

    Once annually, sometimes less, the full federal appeals court in New York meets to confront a perplexing legal question. Most recently, it was to decide whether shooting somebody point-blank in the face and stabbing somebody to death are violent acts...

  • Planned Parenthood sues to block South Carolina abortion ban

    Planned Parenthood sues to block South Carolina abortion ban

    National News 02/18/2021

    Planned Parenthood was filing a lawsuit Thursday against a bill that would ban most abortions in South Carolina, effectively stopping the measure from going into effect even as the governor was scheduled to sign it into law at a public statehouse cer...

  • Court halts another Texas execution over disability claims

    Court halts another Texas execution over disability claims

    National News 02/04/2021

    A Texas appeals court has delayed a second execution this year to review claims that an inmate is intellectually disabled and thus ineligible for the death penalty.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday granted a request by attorneys for Ed...

  • Justices order review of Colorado, New Jersey worship limits

    Justices order review of Colorado, New Jersey worship limits

    National News 12/15/2020

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered lower federal courts in Colorado and New Jersey to reexamine state restrictions on indoor religious services to combat the coronavirus in light of the justices’ recent ruling in favor of churches and synagog...

  • Tory Lanez pleads not guilty in Megan Thee Stallion shooting

    Tory Lanez pleads not guilty in Megan Thee Stallion shooting

    National News 11/20/2020

    Rapper Tory Lanez pleaded not guilty through his attorney Wednesday to felony assault charges in the July shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion. Lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley entered the plea in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom to counts of assa...

  • High court could halt move toward leniency for kids who kill

    High court could halt move toward leniency for kids who kill

    National News 11/03/2020

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested it could halt what has been a gradual move toward more leniency for children who are convicted of murder. In cases over more than a decade, the court has concluded that children should be treated differently fro...

  • Justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

    Justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

    National News 10/29/2020

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude absentee ballots received after Election Day in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, although it remained unclea...

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