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  • Court: Detained immigrant children entitled to court hearing

    Court: Detained immigrant children entitled to court hearing

    Analysis on Litigation 07/08/2017

    Immigrant children who cross the border without their parents have the right to a court hearing to challenge any decision to detain them instead of turning them over to family in the U.S., a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The 9th U.S. Circuit ...

  • Abduction suspect makes first appearance in court

    Abduction suspect makes first appearance in court

    Analysis on Litigation 07/05/2017

    Hundreds of people gathered outside a federal courthouse Monday as the suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois made his first appearance since being arrested last week. During the nine-minute hearing, 28-year-old ...

  • More court challenges expected for Trump's new travel ban

    More court challenges expected for Trump's new travel ban

    Analysis on Litigation 06/30/2017

    A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel is now in force, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights. The new rules, the product of ...

  • Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

    Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

    Analysis on Litigation 06/27/2017

    The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years. Things look...

  • McCarthy found guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Bella Bond

    McCarthy found guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Bella Bond

    Analysis on Litigation 06/26/2017

    Michael McCarthy has been convicted of 2nd-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl dubbed Baby Doe after her remains washed up on Boston Harbor island. The verdict was announced in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday. Michael McCarthy is charged...

  • Court: 'JudgeCutie' nickname doesn't ruffle judicial dignity

    Court: 'JudgeCutie' nickname doesn't ruffle judicial dignity

    Analysis on Litigation 06/19/2017

    A Mississippi jurist can call herself "JudgeCutie" without ruffling the dignity of the legal profession. That's what the Mississippi Supreme Court says in one of its speediest decisions in years. Only two days after hearing arguments, the court — whi...

  • After jury deadlocks, Bill Cosby faces 2nd sex assault trial

    After jury deadlocks, Bill Cosby faces 2nd sex assault trial

    Analysis on Litigation 06/16/2017

    Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, avoided a conviction on Father's Day weekend as a jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman m...

  • Michelle Carter text suicide trial verdict: Guilty

    Michelle Carter text suicide trial verdict: Guilty

    Analysis on Litigation 06/15/2017

    A young Massachusetts woman accused of sending her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were teenagers was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Friday. Michelle Carter was charged in the death of Conrad Roy III. ...

  • High court won't hear appeal from former Qwest CEO

    High court won't hear appeal from former Qwest CEO

    Analysis on Litigation 06/11/2017

    The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from former Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Joseph Nacchio seeking an $18 million tax refund on money he gained from illegal stock sales. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling tha...

  • Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower for stinky smells

    Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower for stinky smells

    Analysis on Litigation 06/07/2017

    A pot farm's neighbor can sue them for smells and other nuisances that could harm their property values, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a lawsuit between a Colorado horse farm and a neig...

  • Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent

    Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent

    Analysis on Litigation 05/14/2017

    One of Neil Gorsuch's sharpest dissents as an appeals court judge came just six months before he was nominated for the Supreme Court. That's when he sided with a New Mexico seventh-grader who was handcuffed and arrested after his teacher said the stu...

  • Trump tabs Minnesota Justice Stras for federal appeals court

    Trump tabs Minnesota Justice Stras for federal appeals court

    Analysis on Litigation 05/10/2017

    Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice David Stras, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, once clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and believes in a limited role for the ...