Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president’s nominees, are blocking them.

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Scott Peterson’s Murder Convictions to Be Re-examined, Court Orders

The move comes two months after the California Supreme Court overturned a sentence of death for his 2004 convictions.

#california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #jury-system, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #peterson-laci, #peterson-scott, #san-mateo-county-calif, #supreme-courts-state

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For 200 Years Courts Upheld Rules to Protect Americans’ Health. Until Now.

A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epidemics, #federal-courts-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #states-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Waiting Period for Abortion in Tennessee

The ruling, which called the state’s 48-hour waiting period “gratuitously demeaning,” came at a pivotal moment for abortion access, as the Senate considers Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court.

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Leading Slovak Extremist Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail Over Use of Neo-Nazi Symbol

Marian Kotleba, the head of a neo-fascist political party, was convicted of spreading an ideology aimed at suppressing democratic rights and freedoms.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Governor’s Move to Limit Ballot Drop-Off Sites

Gov. Greg Abbott had ordered that counties in the state be limited to one site each.

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Apple Does Not Need to Return Fortnite to App Store, Judge Rules

Fortnite’s parent company, Epic Games, had broken its contract with Apple, a federal judge found. The case goes to trial next year.

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Supreme Court Won’t Immediately Revive Abortion-Pill Restriction

A federal judge, citing the pandemic, had suspended a federal requirement that women seeking medication abortions pick up a pill in person.

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Manhattan D.A. Can Obtain Trump’s Tax Returns, Judges Rule

The dispute will now likely head to the Supreme Court for a second time.

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Artists Have Final Victory in a Case of Destroyed Graffiti

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case of a New York City developer who painted over murals in 2013 cements a ruling that awarded $6.75 million to the artists.

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Golden Dawn Found Guilty of Running Criminal Organization in Greece

The court tied the far-right party to a string of attacks, including the fatal stabbing of a left-wing rapper.

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Led Zeppelin Wins Long ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case, leaving in place an appeals court ruling that the band did not copy part of a 1968 song by Spirit.

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Supreme Court Revives Witness Requirement for South Carolina Absentee Ballots

The majority, overturning lower courts’ rulings that the requirement burdened the right to vote during a pandemic, made an exception for ballots cast before it acted and received within two days.

#absentee-voting, #decisions-and-verdicts, #south-carolina, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Judges Tell Trump His Officials Are Serving Illegally. He Does Nothing.

Three high-ranking administration officials have been found by courts to be working in violation of a 1998 law that governs how a president can appoint temporary officials.

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U.S. Appeals Injunction Against WeChat Ban

Trump administration officials claim the Chinese-owned app presents a security risk to American users.

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Massachusetts Judge Overturns Murder Conviction, Citing ‘Racial Animus’ in Prosecutors’ Emails

New evidence emerged in the case of Frances Choy, who spent half of her life imprisoned in Massachusetts for a fire that killed her parents.

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Government Lawsuit Over John Bolton’s Memoir May Proceed, Judge Rules

The Justice Department is seeking to seize a $2 million advance because President Trump’s former top aide published the book, which criticizes Mr. Trump, without written permission.

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban on Foreign Workers

The court overruled limits on visas for hundreds of thousands of foreign workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #visas

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Supreme Court Speeds Case on Excluding Undocumented Immigrants in Redistricting

A lower court had ruled that the Trump administration’s plan to alter the census count for congressional reapportionment violated federal law.

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Grand Jury Deliberations in Breonna Taylor Case Will Be Released

The Kentucky attorney general’s office said it would release the panel’s recordings after a grand juror contended in a court filing that its discussions were inaccurately characterized.

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Maryland Man Sentenced After Holding Large Parties During Covid Pandemic

Shawn Marshall Myers was arrested in March, after prosecutors said he threw two parties of 50 or more people at his home in defiance of the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #fines-penalties, #maryland, #myers-shawn-marshall, #parties-social, #quarantines

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Apple and Epic Games Spar Over Returning Fortnite to the App Store

The two companies argued in federal court over Apple’s power over apps, as their fight heads to trial next year.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epic-games, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sweeney-tim-1970

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Spanish Court Upholds Ban on Catalan Leader Quim Torra

The decision barring the separatist president of Catalonia’s regional government, Quim Torra, from holding public office confirms a ruling in December and threatens to reignite unrest.

#catalonia-spain, #decisions-and-verdicts, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain, #torra-quim

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Uber Can Continue Operating in London, Judge Rules

After a battle with transportation regulators, the ride-hailing firm was granted an 18-month license.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #london-england, #transport-for-london, #uber-technologies-inc

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TikTok Wins Reprieve From U.S. Ban

A federal judge’s preliminary injunction means the app stores can continue offering the video app for downloads for now.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #china, #commerce-department, #decisions-and-verdicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j

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Judge Orders New Trial for Gigi Jordan in Son’s Killing

Ms. Jordan was found guilty of manslaughter for poisoning her 8-year-old son, but a federal judge ruled that her right to a public trial had been violated.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #jordan-gigi, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #solomon-charles-h

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Supreme Court Could Give Trump Second Chance at Environmental Rollbacks

Court losses are piling up for President Trump’s environmental deregulation agenda. But a second term in the White House could help them stick.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Says D.A. Is Using ‘Speculation and Innuendo’ to Get His Tax Returns

Prosecutors have suggested in court papers that an investigation into the president could focus on a range of possible crimes.

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Israeli Accused of Sex Abuse in Australia Can Be Extradited, Court Says

Australia has been seeking Malka Leifer’s extradition for six years so she can face 74 charges of sexual assault stemming from her time as the principal of an ultra-Orthodox school in Melbourne.

#australia, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #decisions-and-verdicts, #extradition, #fugitives, #international-relations, #israel, #leifer-malka, #mental-health-and-disorders, #sex-crimes

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U.S. Prosecutors’ Bid to ‘Bury’ Evidence Draws Judge’s Wrath

In an unusual opinion, a federal judge criticized the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan for its handling of a high-stakes Iranian sanctions case.

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400,000 Immigrants Can Be Forced to Leave the U.S., Court Rules

People from countries like El Salvador and Haiti who won temporary protected status after fleeing natural disaster and war can be forced to return home, a federal appeals court ruled.

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Trump Accuses Judge of ‘Stacking the Deck’ Against Him in Tax Ruling

The president is appealing an order that allowed his tax returns and other financial records to be released to the Manhattan district attorney.

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Ex-Felons in Florida Must Pay Fines Before Voting, Appeals Court Rules

In a reversal, a court said Floridians who had completed sentences for felonies must pay fines and fees before voting. The State Constitution was amended in 2018 to restore their rights.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #desantis-ron, #ex-convicts, #florida, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Guantánamo Forever

Does the public care about the 40 remaining inmates with no obvious end to their imprisonment?

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Franchise Workers Win Victory Over U.S. Effort to Curb Lawsuits

A judge rebuffed a Labor Department move that made it harder for employees to win judgments against parent companies over pay violations.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Samsung’s J.Y. Lee Faces New Charges

Lee Jae-yong stands accused of stock price manipulation and other offenses as he sought to tighten his control over the major corporate empire.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #lee-jae-yong-1968, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #samsung-electronics-co, #samsung-group, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #stocks-and-bonds

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In Steve Bannon Border Wall Case, Prosecutors Have ‘Voluminous’ Emails

Documents found in email accounts will be used to help link the president’s former aide to a fraudulent scheme to build a border wall, the government said.

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Court Denies Flynn’s Bid to End Case and Renews Fight Over McGahn Subpoena

Two cases touching on the Trump-Russia investigation are dividing the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Sarah Palin’s Suit Against New York Times Will Go to Trial, Judge Rules

The Times’s attempt to bring the case to a close was denied, and a federal judge set a Feb. 1 date to weigh Ms. Palin’s defamation lawsuit over an editorial.

#bennet-james, #decisions-and-verdicts, #libel-and-slander, #mass-shootings, #new-york-times-company, #palin-sarah, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Scott Peterson’s Death Sentence Is Overturned

The California Supreme Court upheld Mr. Peterson’s 2004 conviction for killing his wife, Laci Peterson, but it said the judge’s mistakes had denied him an impartial jury during sentencing.

#capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #jury-system, #modesto-calif, #peterson-laci, #peterson-scott

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Uber and Lyft Threaten to Shut Down in California

The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.

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Trump Must Turn Over Tax Returns to D.A., Judge Rules

A federal judge rejected the president’s argument that a subpoena seeking eight years of his tax returns was ‘wildly overbroad.’

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Court Set to Issue Hariri Assassination Verdicts, but Few Expect Justice

Four men were tried in absentia in the Netherlands, accused of carrying out the 2005 bombing that killed Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon.

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Judge Blocks Trump Officials’ Attempt to End Transgender Health Protections

The decision arrived a day before a Trump administration rule narrowing the legal definition of sex discrimination was set to take effect.

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Principal in Holocaust Dispute Shouldn’t Have Been Fired, Judge Rules

The Palm Beach County, Florida, school board fired the principal, William Latson, after an email exchange with a parent about Holocaust education came to light.

#boca-raton-fla, #decisions-and-verdicts, #florida, #latson-william, #spanish-river-community-high-school-boca-raton-fla

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California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Violates the Second Amendment, Court Rules

Supporters of tougher gun laws called the ruling a dangerous infringement on the ability of states to protect their residents from mass shootings.

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Federal Court Rules California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Violates 2nd Amendment

Supporters of tougher gun laws called the ruling a dangerous infringement on the ability of states to protect their residents from mass shootings.

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For P.O.W., Landmark Verdict Against North Korea Is Long-Overdue Justice

A former South Korean soldier may never see a penny of the $17,600 awarded by a court last month. But the verdict set a precedent for thousands of others seeking to hold the North and Kim Jong-un accountable for human rights violations.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-and-military-forces, #forced-labor, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #prisoners-of-war, #south-korea

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Judge Dismisses G.O.P. Suit to End Proxy Voting in House During Pandemic

A federal judge ruled that the Constitution protected the right of the House of Representatives to make its own rules.

#constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #pelosi-nancy, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rules for California Jail Over Virus Measures

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said officials overseeing the jail had failed to safeguard the health of the people housed there.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #orange-county-calif, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #supreme-court-us

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