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  • Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

    Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

    Legal Issues 01/21/2018

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's widely criticized congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who alleged the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans and setting off a scram...

  • Court halts execution of Alabama inmate with dementia

    Court halts execution of Alabama inmate with dementia

    Legal Issues 01/11/2018

    The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of an Alabama inmate whose attorneys argue that dementia has left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago.Justices issued a stay Thursday night, the same evening th...

  • Judge to pick battlefield for court fight over Manson's body

    Judge to pick battlefield for court fight over Manson's body

    Legal Issues 01/01/2018

    Charles Manson orchestrated murders in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, served time in a state prison in Corcoran and died in a hospital in Bakersfield.The legal battle for his body or possessions could land in any of three California counties wh...

  • Pakistan ex-PM criticizes judiciary for his disqualification

    Pakistan ex-PM criticizes judiciary for his disqualification

    Legal Issues 10/14/2017

    disqualification from office and vowed again to fight a legal battle to clear his name.In July, the Supreme Court barred him from office for concealing financial assets. Sharif has since been replaced by a member of his ruling party but has vowed to ...

  • Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court

    Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court

    Legal Issues 06/28/2017

    A Colorado clash between gay rights and religion started as an angry Facebook posting about a wedding cake but now has big implications for anti-discrimination laws in 22 states. Baker Jack Phillips is challenging a Colorado law that says he was wron...

  • Turkish protesters denounce alleged coup plotters at court

    Turkish protesters denounce alleged coup plotters at court

    Legal Issues 03/19/2017

    Turkish protesters on Monday demanded the death penalty, abolished in Turkey more than a decade ago, for 18 alleged coup plotters on trial for the killing of a military officer who resisted an effort to overthrow the government. The demonstrators jee...

  • High court: Israel must explain lack of access to holy site

    High court: Israel must explain lack of access to holy site

    Legal Issues 01/15/2017

    Israel's Supreme Court has given the government a month to explain why it prevents women from praying from a Torah scroll at a key Jewish holy site. In the court's ruling Wednesday, it also suggested that an alternative site for women to pray at Jeru...

  • Court denies asylum to 28 detained Latin American mothers

    Court denies asylum to 28 detained Latin American mothers

    Legal Issues 09/02/2016

    A legal ruling that would send 28 detained immigrant mothers and their children back to Latin America despite their claims they would be persecuted upon return was upheld on Monday by a federal appeals court. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for ...

  • Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio

    Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio

    Legal Issues 08/24/2016

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an Ohio law that trims a week of early voting in the swing state, reversing a judge's decision that had restored the time. Democrats had challenged a series of Republican-backed voting changes they claimed di...

  • Court denies hospital's bid to perform brain death test

    Court denies hospital's bid to perform brain death test

    Legal Issues 07/12/2016

    The Virginia Supreme Court has denied a hospital's request to allow it to immediately perform a test to determine whether a 2-year-old who choked on a piece of popcorn is brain dead.   The court Friday denied a petition from Virginia Commonwealt...

  • Court rules against White House science office in email case

    Court rules against White House science office in email case

    Legal Issues 07/05/2016

    A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that work-related emails from a private account used by the White House's top science adviser are subject to disclosure under federal open records laws. The ruling from the three-judge panel is a win for governme...

  • Appeals court rules Mississippi can resume Google inquiry

    Appeals court rules Mississippi can resume Google inquiry

    Legal Issues 04/12/2016

    Mississippi's attorney general can resume an investigation into whether Google facilitates illegal behavior, an appeals court ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday overturned a district judge who had sided with Google. U.S. District ...