Hong Kong Protester Faces City’s First Security Law Trial

Tong Ying-kit, who hit officers while riding a motorcycle with a protest flag, is accused of terrorism and inciting secession. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

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Supreme Court Says Over 200 Patent Judges Were Improperly Appointed

A fractured coalition of justices limited the effect of the decision, saying a larger role for an executive branch official would address the matter.

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The Power of Money: How Autocrats Use London to Strike Foes Worldwide

English courtrooms have become a battleground — and a source of powerful weapons — in fierce disputes between the tycoons and the politicians of the post-Soviet world.

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Simone Biles’s Brother Is Acquitted of Murder

Tevin Biles-Thomas was charged in the fatal shooting of three people at a New Year’s Eve party in 2018. This week, a judge said prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to convict him.

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Judge Dismisses Houston Hospital Workers’ Lawsuit Over Vaccines

The decision appeared to be one of the first to rule in favor of employer-mandated shots.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #internal-essential, #texas, #vaccination-and-immunization, #viruses

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U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

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Senate Confirms First Biden Judges, Beginning Push to Rebalance Courts

The votes were the start of an effort by Democrats to confirm liberals and people of color to the federal courts after Donald J. Trump moved aggressively to install conservative white men.

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McGahn Breaks Little New Ground in Closed-Door Testimony

A transcript of the former White House counsel’s appearance, which ended a two-year dispute between the Justice Department and Congress over a subpoena, will be made public next week.

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If Netanyahu Goes, Israel’s New Prime Minister Faces a Big Mess

A new coalition in Israel hopes to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from power. If it does, there’s plenty of work to be done.

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2 Leading Manhattan D.A. Candidates Face the Trump Question

Alvin Bragg and Tali Farhadian Weinstein both have had dealings with President Donald J. Trump’s administration that Mr. Trump could try to use against them.

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Panel Approves First Biden Judicial Picks Over G.O.P. Opposition

Two appeals courts nominees drew scant Republican support. Their approval was part of a post-Trump push by Democrats to rebalance the courts.

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Joel Greenberg, Former Confidant to Matt Gaetz, Pleads Guilty

Mr. Greenberg is facing over 12 years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, he needs to provide substantial help to the Justice Department’s prosecutions of others.

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Bias Is a Big Problem. But So Is ‘Noise.’

When it comes to mistaken judgments, there is more than one kind of error.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #discrimination, #insurance

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Cameroon Sentences Transgender Women to 5 Years in Prison

Human rights groups and lawyers said the sentences are the latest examples of a crackdown on homosexual and transgender people in Cameroon.

#cameroon, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #prisons-and-prisoners, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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Immigration Courts Aren’t Real Courts. Time to Change That.

As long as these judges are subject to political pressures, there can be no true judicial process.

#asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Senate Begins Considering Diverse Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees

Democrats are hoping to remake the courts to counter the Trump administration’s conservative push.

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Democrats’ Supreme Court Expansion Plan Draws Resistance

Lawmakers and activists say more justices are needed to rebalance the court, but a top Democrat said any action would have to await the work of a new presidential commission.

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Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court

The commission will also examine other potential changes such as term limits for justices. Progressives are pushing President Biden to add seats to balance the court’s conservative majority.

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The Courtroom Sketch: A Piece of History, and Art

The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.

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An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court

More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

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Paul Feinman, First Openly Gay Judge on N.Y. High Court, Dies at 61

“I hope I add to the diversity of perspectives that the court considers,” he said before being unanimously confirmed to the Court of Appeals in 2017.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #deaths-obituaries, #feinman-paul-g, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-state

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Trump Is Sued by Two Police Officers Over Capitol Riot

Former President Donald J. Trump “inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted” the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, the officers’ lawsuit said.

#attacks-on-police, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #james-blassingame, #sidney-hemby, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

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Biden’s Judicial Nominees Have Diverse Backgrounds

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Biden Names Diverse Nominees for the Federal Bench

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Judges Juggle Over 2,700 Cases Each as Families Wait for Day in Court

Short-handed and deluged by complex cases, New Jersey’s federal court is in a crisis. The backlog of cases has only gotten worse in the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #menendez-robert, #new-jersey, #salas-esther-1968, #trump-donald-j

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What Are the Questions for Potential Jurors in the Derek Chauvin Trial?

A jury questionnaire shows what each side may be looking for as jury selection begins next week. Our reporters analyzed some of the questions.

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Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Found Guilty of Corruption

Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.

#azibert-gilbert, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #decisions-and-verdicts, #france, #herzog-thierry, #les-republicains-france, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #sarkozy-nicolas

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What Is Universal Jurisdiction?

Universal jurisdiction, the idea that any nation’s courts can try people for atrocities committed anywhere, has gained as a tool of human rights lawyers battling impunity.

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Claudette White, Innovative Tribal Judge, Dies at 49

Judge White was an advocate for her people, the Quechan of Southern California. She had been calling out injustice since the third grade. She died of Covid-19.

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Trial for Aung San Suu Kyi Begins in Secret

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader appeared in court via video conference without her lawyer’s knowledge. She faces an additional charge that had not been previously made public.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #defense-and-military-forces, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #win-myint, #zaw-min-tun

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Democrats Must Make Judgeships a Top Priority

Under Trump, Republicans reshaped the federal judiciary. Now Democrats have the chance to do the same.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Pleads Not Guilty in Israel Corruption Trial

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel returned to court with a general election just weeks away. The trial is viewed by many as a test of the nation’s judicial system.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Biden Won’t Restore Bar Association’s Role in Vetting Judges

The decision not to give the American Bar Association names of potential nominees for evaluation came after progressives criticized the group for undercutting a push for diversity.

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‘Framing Britney Spears’: The Long Fight to ‘Free Britney’

Britney Spears hasn’t been able to fully live her own life for 13 years, stuck in a court-sanctioned conservatorship. A new documentary by The New York Times examines what the public might not know about the pop star’s court battle with her father for control of her estate.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #fx-tv-network, #hulu-com, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney

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Navalny, Back in Russia, Faces Court Hearing Inside a Police Station

Aleksei A. Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, was arrested at a Moscow airport after five months in Germany. His lawyer learned about the hearing only minutes before it happened.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #germany, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Mexico Clears Salvador Cienfuegos, Ex-Defense Minister, in Drug Case

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda returned to Mexico last year after the Department of Justice abruptly dropped drug-trafficking and corruption charges.

#cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

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China Moves to Punish Lawyers Hired to Help Hong Kong Activists

Lu Siwei and Ren Quanniu were barred from aiding a group of pro-democracy protesters who were arrested at sea, but could still lose their licenses.

#china, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #lu-siwei, #politics-and-government, #ren-quanniu, #zhang-zhan

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Virginia Judge Won’t Try Black Man in Courtroom Lined With White Portraits

David Bernhard, a circuit court judge, wrote in his decision that the display of portraits of white judges “is based on a non-racial principle, yet yields a racial result.”

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Chief Justice Praises the Courts’ Responses to the Pandemic

In a year that included an impeachment trial, the death of a colleague and the arrival of a new one, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s year-end report focused on the health crisis.

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My Joe Biden Story

In a career as a journalist, I had never encountered a politician like him.

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The Year in Charts

A tour of the major trends, from Covid-19 spread to political polarization, that affected Americans this year.

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N.Y.C. Judges File Age Discrimination Lawsuits

Dozens of judges are being forced to retire to close a pandemic budget gap. They have sued New York State, charging age discrimination.

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‘I’m Haunted by What I Did’ as a Lawyer in the Trump Justice Department

No matter our intentions, lawyers like me were complicit. We owe the country our honesty about what we saw — and should do in the future.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #justice-department, #office-of-legal-counsel-us, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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A Conservative Justice in Wisconsin Says He Followed the Law, Not the Politics

Like officials in Arizona and Georgia, Justice Brian Hagedorn is a longtime Republican who is now under fire for ruling against President Trump’s challenges to the election.

#conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federalist-society, #hagedorn-brian-k, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin

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Pandemic Delays 9/11 Trial Past 20th Anniversary of Attacks

The coronavirus crisis has compounded other problems in the troubled case at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

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As Trump Leaves the White House, His Imprint on the Judiciary Deepens

Published opinions from the nation’s appeals courts this year show that Trump appointees stand out from other judges, even those named by other Republican presidents.

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D.C. Passes Bill to Give Young Offenders Chance at Reduced Sentences

Fueled by a debate over when the justice system should consider young people adults, the legislation would apply to those under 25 when they committed a crime who have served at least 15 years.

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4 Stabbed and One Shot as Trump Supporters and Opponents Clash

Supporters of the president in several cities said they were still convinced that the election was stolen, no matter what the courts say. Some confrontations with counterprotesters turned violent.

#atlanta-ga, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #supreme-court-us, #tarrio-enrique, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #washington-dc

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As Bids to Overturn Vote Fail, Pro-Trump Demonstrators Stick With Him

Supporters of the president said they were still convinced that the election was stolen, no matter what the courts say. Some confrontations with counterprotesters turned violent.

#atlanta-ga, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #supreme-court-us, #tarrio-enrique, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #washington-dc

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As Bids to Overturn Vote Fail, Trump Supporters at Protests Stick With Him

A crowd of thousands in Washington cheered as Mr. Trump flew overhead in a helicopter. Many said they remained convinced that the election was stolen, no matter what the courts say.

#atlanta-ga, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #supreme-court-us, #tarrio-enrique, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #washington-dc

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