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  • Russian court sends Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years

    Russian court sends Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years

    U.S. Court News 02/03/2019

    A regional court in western Russia on Wednesday sentenced a Danish Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison, in arguably the most severe crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in recent years.The court in Oryol found Dennis Christensen guilty...

  • Supreme Court returns to gun rights for 1st time in 9 years'

    Supreme Court returns to gun rights for 1st time in 9 years'

    U.S. Court News 01/23/2019

    The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up its first gun rights case in nine years, a challenge to New York City’s prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits.The court’s decision to hear th...

  • California fight on Trump birth control rules goes to court

    California fight on Trump birth control rules goes to court

    U.S. Court News 01/12/2019

    A U.S. judge will hear arguments Friday over California's attempt to block new rules by the Trump administration that would allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.Judge Haywood Gilliam previously blocked an interi...

  • Prominent Chinese rights lawyer tried in closed proceedings

    Prominent Chinese rights lawyer tried in closed proceedings

    U.S. Court News 12/26/2018

    The trial of a prominent human rights lawyer began in northern China on Wednesday with about two dozen plainclothes officers stationed outside a courthouse and at least one supporter taken away by police.Reporters, foreign diplomats and supporters we...

  • Dutch court upholds Amsterdam’s ban on new tourist stores

    Dutch court upholds Amsterdam’s ban on new tourist stores

    U.S. Court News 12/19/2018

    The Netherlands’ highest administrative court has upheld an Amsterdam municipality ban on new stores in the city’s historic heart that sell goods specifically to tourists.The Council of State ruling Wednesday is a victory for the Dutch ca...

  • Court: Florida police can use 'stand your ground' law

    Court: Florida police can use 'stand your ground' law

    U.S. Court News 12/13/2018

    Florida law enforcement officers can invoke the state's "stand your ground" law to protect them from criminal prosecution in a shooting, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.The court issued its 7-0 decision in the case of Peter Peraza,...

  • European court orders Turkey to free ex-Kurdish party leader

    European court orders Turkey to free ex-Kurdish party leader

    U.S. Court News 11/26/2018

    The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday called on Turkey to release the former head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition from detention. Turkey's president responded by claiming his country was not bound by the court's rulings.In its ruling on Tu...

  • Supreme Court agrees to hear Maryland cross memorial case

    Supreme Court agrees to hear Maryland cross memorial case

    U.S. Court News 11/02/2018

    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case about whether a nearly 100-year-old, cross-shaped war memorial located on a Maryland highway median violates the Constitution's required separation of church and state, a case that could impact hundreds ...

  • Court rules for investors in Volkswagen diesel suit

    Court rules for investors in Volkswagen diesel suit

    U.S. Court News 10/24/2018

    A court in Germany has ruled that Volkswagen's parent company must pay 47 million euros ($54 million) in damages to investors for not making a timely disclosure of its scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.The dpa news agency re...

  • Supreme Court hopeful had DWI charge in 2009

    Supreme Court hopeful had DWI charge in 2009

    U.S. Court News 10/20/2018

    A candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court pleaded guilty more than nine years ago to trespassing and driving while impaired.The Charlotte Observer reports Republican Chris Anglin was stopped by police in Greensboro in January 2009 and charged ...

  • Manhattan DA drops part of Weinstein case

    Manhattan DA drops part of Weinstein case

    U.S. Court News 10/11/2018

    Manhattan’s district attorney dropped part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence emerged that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers provided to the grand jury.The development was a...

  • UN court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech

    UN court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech

    U.S. Court News 09/27/2018

    Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.’s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas Maduro made an unexpected trip to the world body’...