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  • Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss

    Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss

    Ethics 07/11/2017

    A Louisiana flood board is nearing a deadline for asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its lawsuit seeking to make oil and gas companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands. Federal district and appeals courts have rejected the lawsuit, ...

  • Rhode Island high court vacates conviction in triple slaying

    Rhode Island high court vacates conviction in triple slaying

    Ethics 06/23/2017

    Rhode Island's highest court has overturned the conviction of a 21-year-old man serving two consecutive life sentences for a 2012 triple slaying at a housing complex. Authorities allege the then-16-year-old Quandell Husband had plotted with three oth...

  • Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group

    Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group

    Ethics 01/28/2017

    A University of Wisconsin-Madison student who once served prison time for setting fires at two predominantly black churches is recruiting on campus for a local chapter of a national pro-white party, enraging students searching for ways to improve rac...

  • Court: Indian candidates can't use faith, caste to get votes

    Court: Indian candidates can't use faith, caste to get votes

    Ethics 01/03/2017

    India's top court has ruled that election candidates cannot use religion or caste to seek votes, describing them as corrupt practices under electoral laws. India has a Hindu-nationalist government, and most political parties select candidates in vari...

  • Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    Ethics 11/14/2016

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday night stayed the execution of an Alabama man convicted of the 1982 shooting death of a woman's husband in a murder-for-hire arrangement. Five justices voted to stay the execution of Tommy Arthur as the high court co...

  • Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun

    Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun

    Ethics 09/17/2016

    A Michigan man who can't buy a gun because he was briefly treated for mental health problems in the 1980s has won a key decision from a federal appeals court, which says the burden is on the government to justify a lifetime ban against him. The Secon...

  • LA Supreme Court considers teen robber’s 99-year sentence

    LA Supreme Court considers teen robber’s 99-year sentence

    Ethics 09/14/2016

    Louisiana’s Supreme Court is considering whether recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings about juveniles convicted of murder mean a juvenile robber’s 99-year sentence is unconstitutional. Alden Morgan is now 35. He was 17 years old when he held up a couple...

  • Arkansas funeral home pleads guilty over stacked bodies

    Arkansas funeral home pleads guilty over stacked bodies

    Ethics 04/23/2016

    The company that owns an Arkansas funeral home where bodies were found stacked on top of each other in unrefrigerated areas pleaded guilty Friday after felony charges were dropped against the father and son who own the business.   Arkansas Funer...

  • Supreme Court will take up case about juror's racial bias

    Supreme Court will take up case about juror's racial bias

    Ethics 04/02/2016

    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether jurors' claims of racially charged comments by another juror can overcome the need for secrecy in jury deliberations. The justices will hear an appeal from a Hispanic man in Colorado who says he did n...

  • Supreme Court rejects states' challenge to Colorado pot law

    Supreme Court rejects states' challenge to Colorado pot law

    Ethics 03/17/2016

    The Supreme Court has rejected an effort by Nebraska and Oklahoma to have Colorado's pot legalization declared unconstitutional.   The justices are not commenting Monday in dismissing the lawsuit the states filed directly at the Supreme Court ag...

  • Georgia court: Immigrants can't sue state agency on tuition

    Georgia court: Immigrants can't sue state agency on tuition

    Ethics 02/01/2016

    Georgia's highest court on Monday ruled against a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and wanted access to in-state tuition at the state's colleges and universities. However, the court decision hinged not on their...

  • Rome court acquits ex-Vatican accountant of corruption

    Rome court acquits ex-Vatican accountant of corruption

    Ethics 01/15/2016

    A lawyer for an Italian monsignor who was fired from his Vatican accountant's job says a Rome court has acquitted his client of corruption. Prosecutors alleged Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was involved in a purported plot to use a private plane to try to...