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Then there were 12: Nebraska ordered to end same-sex marriage ban

by CNN // March 3, 2015 // Updated 07:15 GMT // 0 Comments

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon’s decision Monday means that same-sex marriage is now against the law in fewer than one in four states. Nebraska state officials immediately appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision. And so, beginning Monday the state must “treat […]

Housing Restrictions For Sex Offenders Unconstitutional, California Court Rules

by The Huffington Post // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:09 GMT // 0 Comments

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state law barring sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park is unconstitutional. –Rental agreement form with signing hand and pen and keys. | eccolo74 via Getty Images An appeals court in New York last month ruled that local governments cannot restrict where […]

Language Experts Make An Interesting Case For Why Obamacare Will Be Preserved

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 21:14 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — It’s difficult to think of when so much has ever ridden on the interpretation of just six words. But that’s how things stand in the twisted, tortured legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act now before the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging Obamacare subsidies on March 4. (Photo by […]

The Twisted, Tortured Path Obamacare Took Back To The Supreme Court

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:04 GMT // 0 Comments

The stakes were high three years ago when the Supreme Court heard NFIB v. Sebelius, the case challenging Obamacare’s individual mandate and threatening to undermine President Barack Obama’s signature policy achievement. For three days, attorneys argued about some of the most important controversies in constitutional law –- the boundaries between federal and state power, the […]

Founding Mother Of The Conservative Movement: LGBT Rights Not Inevitable

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 15:30 GMT // 0 Comments

Amid battles that have erupted over states banning local anti-discrimination ordinances and moving forward on “religious liberties” laws targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people — seemingly catching some LGBT activists off-guard — Phyllis Schlafly has a message for the LGBT community: Don’t believe for a minute that the Supreme Court’s decision in June […]

This Supreme Court Case Could Make Elections Even More Undemocratic

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 14:29 GMT // 0 Comments

In a reversal of the usual worries about political influence on electoral map-making, the Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.The Supreme Court is set to determine whether an independent redistricting commission in Arizona is constitutional. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty […]

Egypt Court Declares Hamas A ‘Terrorist Organization’

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 15:07 GMT // 0 Comments

An Egyptian court declared Hamas a “terrorist organization” on Saturday, further isolating the rulers of the Gaza Strip who once found a warm welcome under the country’s past Islamist government.Palestinian security forces of Hamas government patrol at the Rafah borderline near Egypt border in Rafah, Gaza on February 10, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) […]

Online, American Helps Fuel Attacks in Egypt

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 10:04 GMT // 0 Comments

Writing from an online perch in Istanbul, he calls on Egyptians to start off-hour attacks against KFC restaurants, banks, mobile phone shops and other corporate outposts. He urges assaults on the military’s commercial interests instead of its security checkpoints. Shadid King Bolsen from afar challenges Egypt’s military.) Nonviolent protests are worse than “futile,” he says, […]

Appeals court rejects another request to move Boston Marathon bombings trial

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 09:03 GMT // 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Judge George O’Toole, along with the prosecution and defense teams, settled on a pool of 70 jury prospects after questioning 256 people over three weeks. Before the appeals court ruled Friday, the defense tried three times to persuade O’Toole to move the trial, claiming it couldn’t find an impartial jury in Boston. […]

Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay In Boston, Appeals Court Rules

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 03:24 GMT // 0 Comments

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.”FILE – This file photo […]

13th Juror: Fishy case could silence accused bomber’s pals

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 00:16 GMT // 0 Comments

The bad news: A case about fish that went all the way to the Supreme Court may ultimately let a couple of potential witnesses off the hook. No cameras are allowed at the Tsarnaev trial. But CNN’s Ann O’Neill will be there every day. Think of her as The 13th Juror, bringing insights here weekly. […]

Colorado Crime Suspects Can Search Victims’ Homes: Court

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:28 GMT // 0 Comments

An appeals court added Colorado to the list of states that can allow criminal suspects to search victims’ homes to bolster their defense — a move that raised concerns among prosecutors and victims’ advocates.An appeals court added Colorado to the list of states that can allow criminal suspects to search victims’ homes to bolster their […]

States Prepare For Fallout Of Possible Obamacare Ruling

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:00 GMT // 0 Comments

Officials in several Republican states that balked at participating in President Obama’s health-care initiative are now revisiting the issue, amid mounting panic over a possible Supreme Court decision that would revoke federal insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. Read the whole story at The Washington Post

Exxon Mobil Settles With New Jersey Over Environmental Damage

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 12:05 GMT // 0 Comments

A long-fought legal battle to recover $8.9 billion in damages from Exxon Mobil Corporation for the contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in New Jersey has been quietly settled by the state for around $250 million. The lawsuits, filed in 2004, had been litigated by […]

Hong Kong housewife jailed for six years for abusing young Indonesian maid

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 04:51 GMT // 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother of two, was found guilty of 18 of 20 charges, including the most serious crime of grievous bodily harm. The court heard Law regularly beat 23-year-old Erwiana Sulistyaningsih with mop handles, coat hangers and, on at least one occasion, shoved a rod from a vacuum cleaner into […]

Hong Kong housewife jailed for six years for abusing young Indonesian maid

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 04:51 GMT // 0 Comments

A Hong Kong housewife has been sentenced to six years in prison for abusing a young Indonesian worker she kept prisoner in her home. Earlier this month, Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother of two, was found guilty of 18 of 20 charges, including the most serious crime of grievous bodily harm. The court heard Law […]

Obamacare Opponents Should Pick One Weird Conspiracy Theory And Stick To It

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 21:56 GMT // 0 Comments

As you may have heard, congressional Republicans have embarked once again on their six-year mission to eventually one day get around to coming up with their own plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. At the same time, they’re also keeping a hopeful eye on the Supreme Court, where a looming court case, King v. […]

Court rules: Adultery no longer a crime in South Korea

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 20:16 GMT // 0 Comments

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned a law that made adultery a crime, saying it violates the East Asian nation’s constitution. “The precondition of human dignity and right to pursue happiness is for each individual to have their rights to choose their fate,” the court ruled, saying that one’s sex life is private. “And […]

South Korea Strikes Down Adultery Law

by The New York Times // February 26, 2015 // Updated 14:22 GMT // 0 Comments

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a 62-year-old law that made adultery an offense punishable by up to two years in prison, citing the country’s changing sexual mores and a growing emphasis on individual rights. South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday abolished a 62-year-old law that bans extramarital affairs. (Lee Jin-Man/Associated Press) “It […]

Condom maker surges after South Korea legalizes adultery

by CNN Money // February 26, 2015 // Updated 12:46 GMT // 0 Comments

It has been challenged three times since 1990, but the Constitutional Court has always upheld it. In 2008, the court struck down a complaint against the law, ruling the prohibition protected social harmony. Related: You’ll never believe these dating services

3 men try to join ISIS: Here’s what we know

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 06:30 GMT // 0 Comments

Abror Habibov, Akhror Saidakhmetov and Abdurasul Juraboev are accused by the federal government of attempting to join ISIS and of fostering plans to kill the President and shoot law enforcement officers. The three men face charges that include attempting and conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, a criminal complaint […]

Opening Statements In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Set For Next Week

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 01:45 GMT // 0 Comments

(Adds background about case; byline) By Scott Malone BOSTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Formal seating of a jury and opening statements in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to begin in the middle of next week, a court official said on Wednesday. Tsarnaev, 21, an ethnic Chechen and naturalized U.S. […]

British Woman On Death Row Gets Rare Hearing From Texas’ Last Resort Court

by The Huffington Post // February 25, 2015 // Updated 22:02 GMT // 0 Comments

The highest criminal court in Texas has granted a rare hearing to review allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in the high-profile death row case of British national Linda Carty. In this April 13, 2010 photo, Linda Carty, 51, who moved from St. Kitts in the British Virgin Islands to the U.S., poses for a photo at […]

Carjacking Suspect Andrew Jackson Jr. Sues Police Over Beating

by The Huffington Post // February 25, 2015 // Updated 17:44 GMT // 0 Comments

A man charged with carjacking is seeking more than $1 million in a lawsuit against police officers who are seen on video kicking and beating him. Andrew Jackson Jr. says he suffered injuries as well as emotional distress during the arrest in Detroit on Jan. 12. His lawsuit was moved to federal court Monday from […]

Supreme Court Justices Appear to Favor Muslim Woman Denied Job At Abercrombie & Fitch

by The Huffington Post // February 25, 2015 // Updated 17:27 GMT // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it will side with a Muslim woman who didn’t get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company’s dress code to her job interview.Samantha Elauf stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) […]

Polanski Questioned at Extradition Hearing in Poland

by The New York Times // February 25, 2015 // Updated 17:06 GMT // 0 Comments

Dariusz Mazur, a judge presiding over the case in the regional court in Krakow, complied with the film director’s lawyers’ request that the hearing be closed to the public. The decision was, Judge Mazur said, a standard procedure when proceedings concern sensitive material like sexual offenses. The judge said the court would not make a […]

Clemency denied; Georgia to execute its first female prisoner in 70 years

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 15:29 GMT // 0 Comments

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 47, was convicted in a February 1997 murder plot that targeted her husband in suburban Atlanta. Gissendaner was romantically involved with Gregory Owen and conspired with the 43-year-old to have her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, killed, according to court testimony. Owen wanted Kelly Gissendaner to file for a divorce, but she was concerned […]

Arrest Warrant Issued for Bangladeshi Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia

by The New York Times // February 25, 2015 // Updated 13:43 GMT // 0 Comments

DHAKA, Bangladesh — An anticorruption court in Dhaka, the capital, issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for the opposition leader in Bangladesh, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, in a move that could exacerbate already heightened tensions between her supporters and governing party loyalists. In addition to Mrs. Zia, warrants were also issued for two other […]

Ex-Finance Chief Pleads Not Guilty to Altering List of Greeks With Swiss Accounts

by The New York Times // February 25, 2015 // Updated 12:34 GMT // 0 Comments

ATHENS — A former Greek finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, who signed the country’s first international bailout in 2010, pleaded not guilty before a special criminal court in Athens on Wednesday over his handling of a list of about 2,000 Greeks who have Swiss bank accounts. – Go to Home Page »

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