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2018/04/23   Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case
2018/04/19   Judge fights for job after admitting to courthouse affair
2018/04/10   Court: Teen accused in school shooting plot deserves bail
2018/03/31   Arkansas high court: Some execution drug info can be secret
2018/03/31   Court hears case alleging unconstitutional 6th District gerrymander
2018/01/28   Officials ask court to send Kennedy cousin back to prison
2018/01/25   Top Pakistani court orders arrest of escaped police officer
2017/12/26   Court calls on jailer to resign; cites poor conditions
2017/12/14   Court reverses itself and restores woman's murder conviction
2017/12/12   Ex-police officer pleads guilty in daughter's hot car death
2017/12/10   UN court hears appeal in Serbian lawmaker's acquittal
2017/12/05   Idaho man upset with court tries to crash into courthouse
2017/11/07   Top German court strengthens intersex identity rights
2017/10/21   Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails
2017/06/12   Indiana governor names Judge Goff to state Supreme Court
2017/05/18   Court pauses criminal case against Texas' attorney general
2017/04/12   Newest justice joins high court amid competing caricatures
2016/11/18   Justice Thomas: Honor Scalia by reining in government
2016/10/03   Court fight over Ohio executions likely to focus on sedative
2016/10/01   Appeals court rules against Kansas in voting rights case
2016/09/07   Mexico's Supreme Court overturns state anti-corruption laws
2016/09/05   Stepmom of scalded boy who died pleads guilty to murder
2016/08/17   Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony on affairs
2016/07/11   Court orders release of detained immigrant kids, not parents
2016/06/09   Bollywood filmmaker challenges censoring of drug-abuse film
2016/06/06   High court rejects Google's appeal in class action lawsuit
2016/05/26   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/21   Maryland high court issues opinion in Gray case
2016/05/05   Tribunal: India, Italy should agree on Italian marine's bail
2016/02/27   Court records: Apple's help sought in another iPhone case
2015/11/01   Chinese woman pleads guilty in college test-taking scheme
2015/10/10   Connecticut court stands by decision eliminating execution
2015/07/13   Court: New health law doesn't infringe on religious freedom
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2013/05/20   Court: US can keep bin Laden photos under wraps
2012/09/29   Justices step back from Pa. court funding dispute
2012/08/10   Pa. high court fast tracks juvenile lifer appeals
2012/07/11   Wis. town barred from beefing up farm water rules
2012/01/08   Justices criticize EPA's dealings with homeowners
2011/11/04   Court tosses $43M award against Ford in crash case
2011/10/24   Scott+Scott LLP Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit
2010/09/22   Penny Stock Risks – Caveat Emptor
2008/12/17   Ill. gov's legal woes worsen as fundraisers defect
2008/10/29   DA: Criminal charges possible in boy's Uzi death
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Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case
Legal Interview | 2018/04/23 10:45
The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with a case brought by a former financial adviser known for his "Buckets of Money" strategy who is challenging the appointment of the administrative law judge who ruled against him.

The case involves the Securities and Exchange Commission's administrative law judges, who conduct hearings on alleged securities law violations and issue initial decisions. The federal government employs administrative law judges in more than 30 agencies, however, giving the case the potential to have a broader impact.

During arguments Monday, Justice Anthony Kennedy wanted to know "what effect, if any" the case would have on administrative law judges in other agencies. Attorney Mark Perry suggested that the court's decision could impact some 150 administrative law judges in 25 agencies.

The question the justices are being asked to decide is whether the SEC's administrative law judges are SEC employees or instead "inferior officers" of the United States. The answer is important in determining who can appoint them to their positions.

The case before the Supreme Court involves former financial adviser Raymond J. Lucia, who as a radio show host, author and seminar leader promoted a retirement strategy he called "Buckets of Money." Lucia's strategy was that in retirement investors should first sell safer investments, giving riskier investments time to grow.



Judge fights for job after admitting to courthouse affair
Legal Interview | 2018/04/19 10:45
Massachusetts' highest court will decide the fate of a judge who admitted to having an affair with a clinical social worker that included sexual encounters at the courthouse.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct is asking for Judge Thomas Estes to be suspended indefinitely without pay to give lawmakers time to decide whether to remove him from the bench for his relationship with Tammy Cagle, who worked in the special drug court where Estes sat before she was reassigned last year.

If the Supreme Judicial Court agrees, it will be the first time in three decades it has taken such action against a judge for misconduct. The case comes amid the #MeToo movement that sparked a national reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace.

"This case couldn't come at a worse time for Judge Estes," said Martin Healy, chief legal counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

The Supreme Judicial Court will consider Estes' case Tuesday. Cagle has accused Estes, who's married and has two teenage sons, of pressuring her into performing oral sex on him in his chambers and her home. Then after she tried to end the relationship, she asserts he treated her coldly and pushed her out of the drug court.



Court: Teen accused in school shooting plot deserves bail
Legal Interview | 2018/04/10 12:25
The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a teenager accused of planning a shooting at his former high school should not be kept in jail pending his trial.

The state's top court ruled on Wednesday that there's not enough evidence to show 18-year-old Jack Sawyer, of Poultney, attempted a crime, only that he prepared to commit one.

The decision reverses a lower-court order that Sawyer be held without bail.

An attorney for Sawyer had argued that while the teen made preparations for a shooting at Fair Haven Union High School he didn't take any concrete steps that under state law would justify charges including attempted aggravated murder, which allows a judge to reject bail.

Court documents say Sawyer had planned to carry out the attack last month. Sawyer has pleaded not guilty.


Arkansas high court: Some execution drug info can be secret
Legal Interview | 2018/03/31 12:16
The Arkansas Supreme Court says the state prison system must continue to identify the manufacturers of its execution drugs but that it can conceal information that could identify those who obtain the drugs for the state.

Pharmaceutical companies won't sell their drugs for use in executions, which has led some states to obtain execution drugs through middle men or from made-to-order compounding pharmacies.

Arkansas prison officials insist secrecy is needed to ensure a steady supply of the drugs. They argued that secrecy for the middle men who obtain the drugs should also extend to manufacturers, but a Pulaski County judge said it should not and justices on Thursday agreed with that ruling.



Court hears case alleging unconstitutional 6th District gerrymander
Legal Interview | 2018/03/31 12:16
U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed frustration with partisan gerrymandering on Wednesday as they heard arguments in a case challenging Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

The case, which alleges a Democratic gerrymander in Maryland at the same time justices are considering the constitutionality of an alleged Republican gerrymander in Wisconsin, has some legal experts wondering whether the justices might be on the verge of establishing a standard that would allow judicial intervention in partisan gerrymandering cases for the first time in the court’s history.

The 6th District challenge was brought by seven Maryland residents, including three from Frederick County, who argue that the district — which includes southwestern parts of Frederick County and the city of Frederick — was unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Democrats and punish Republicans during the reapportionment process after the 2010 census.

The justices heard arguments in the Wisconsin political gerrymandering case in October, but have not yet released an opinion.

The Maryland and Wisconsin cases both focus on unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering, but there are some important differences. The Maryland case challenges the redrawing of a single federal district to favor Democrats, while the Wisconsin case is based on the statewide redrawing of Wisconsin State Assembly districts to favor Republicans.

The two cases also allege different violations of voters’ rights: The Maryland case claims retaliation against Republican voters under a First Amendment framework, while the Wisconsin plaintiffs are alleging a violation of the equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment.




Officials ask court to send Kennedy cousin back to prison
Legal Interview | 2018/01/28 09:41
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 attorney's office filed the request Monday with the state Supreme Court.

Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy and his widow, Ethel Kennedy, was convicted of murder in 2002 in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were both teenagers.

He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. But another judge granted him a new trial in 2013, citing mistakes by his lawyer. Skakel was then freed after being allowed to post $1.2 million bail while he awaited the new trial.

Prosecutors appealed the lower court ruling to the state Supreme Court, which reinstated the conviction in December 2016 in a 4-3 ruling. Skakel's lawyers asked the high court to reconsider the decision — a request that remains pending. Skakel has been allowed to remain free on bail pending that ruling.

In Monday's petition to the Supreme Court, prosecutor James Killen wrote the court's usual practice is to rule on a request to reconsider a decision within weeks, and it's not clear why it is taking so long.



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