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  • Court ‘deeply troubled’ by woman’s jailing over unpaid fines

    Court ‘deeply troubled’ by woman’s jailing over unpaid fines

    Legal Analysis 02/12/2020

    Federal appeals court judges said they were “deeply troubled” that a Georgia municipal court jailed a woman when she couldn’t pay a fine for driving without insurance.A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals uph...

  • Cross-examination drives key Weinstein accuser to tears

    Cross-examination drives key Weinstein accuser to tears

    Legal Analysis 02/01/2020

    A  key accuser in the New York City rape trial of Harvey Weinstein broke down in tears on the witness stand on Monday during an exhaustive cross-examination over the nature of her relationship with the once-powerful movie mogul.The drama, which ...

  • Judges, past finalists among candidates for top Kansas court

    Judges, past finalists among candidates for top Kansas court

    Legal Analysis 12/29/2019

    Two members of the Kansas attorney general's staff who were finalists for a previous appointment and four lower-court judges are seeking to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.A lawyer-led state nominating commission is scheduled to interview 1...

  • Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

    Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

    Legal Analysis 06/16/2019

    The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison.The East Oregonian reports in a story on...

  • Ohio top court to hear arguments in TV news defamation case

    Ohio top court to hear arguments in TV news defamation case

    Legal Analysis 04/21/2019

    Ohio's Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in an appeal involving a defamation lawsuit that alleged a television station falsely labeled three siblings as "robbers."A Columbus family sued WBNS-TV in 2016 after the station reported on a hover ...

  •  Mosque massacre suspect to face 89 charges in court Friday

    Mosque massacre suspect to face 89 charges in court Friday

    Legal Analysis 04/11/2019

    The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he makes his second court appearance, New Zealand police said Thursday.Police had earlier filed a single, representative ...

  • Court rejects Ghosn’s request to attend Nissan board meeting

    Court rejects Ghosn’s request to attend Nissan board meeting

    Legal Analysis 03/08/2019

    A Japanese court has rejected a request by former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, released on bail last week, to attend the Japanese automaker’s board meeting on Tuesday.Nissan dismissed Ghosn as chairman after his Nov. 19 arrest, but he remains ...

  • Court orders mediation in Maryland desegregation case

    Court orders mediation in Maryland desegregation case

    Legal Analysis 01/05/2019

    A federal appeals court has ordered a fourth attempt at mediation in a long-running dispute over the state of Maryland’s treatment of its historically black colleges.The black colleges say the state has underfunded them while developing program...

  • Gun law, hurricanes added to Florida courts' workload

    Gun law, hurricanes added to Florida courts' workload

    Legal Analysis 01/01/2019

    Florida's new gun law is keeping courts busy, and the state Supreme Court also says lawsuits over hurricane disputes could be on the rise.The Florida Supreme Court said Friday 100 petitions a month have been filed statewide to try to keep guns out of...

  • Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon

    Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon

    Legal Analysis 01/01/2019

    The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals.The ...

  • Alec Baldwin appears in court in parking-spot case

    Alec Baldwin appears in court in parking-spot case

    Legal Analysis 12/04/2018

    Alec Baldwin appeared in a New York court on Monday after being accused of striking a man in the face over a parking space.The 60-year-old actor said nothing as he was arraigned on misdemeanor and violation-level charges. He has previously stated tha...

  •  Supreme Court sets high bar for medical device lawsuits

    Supreme Court sets high bar for medical device lawsuits

    Legal Analysis 12/01/2018

    The tiny balloon was supposed to stretch open a blocked artery on Charles Riegel's diseased heart. Instead, when the doctor inflated the balloon, it burst.The patient went on life support but survived. His lawsuit against the manufacturer of that art...