Despite the Cosby Ruling, Andrea Constand Feels Like a ‘Symbol of Hope’

As she releases her memoir, Constand details her reactions to the court decision that overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction on sexual assault charges.

#metoo-movement, #canada, #constand-andrea, #content-type-personal-profile, #cosby-bill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #pennsylvania, #supreme-courts-state, #the-moment-standing-up-to-bill-cosby-speaking-up-for-women-book

Edward J. Greenfield, Judge With a Writerly Touch, Dies at 98

He often luxuriated in the richness of the English language, going off on whimsical digressions and enlivening the law with colorful asides.

#deaths-obituaries, #greenfield-edward-j, #new-york-state, #supreme-courts-state

Air Force Is Most to Blame for 2017 Church Shooting, Judge Rules

The ruling in the case, which was brought by the families of the victims, found that the Air Force was “60 percent responsible” for the massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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‘Overwhelmed and Devastated’: Cosby’s Accusers on Decision to Free Him

Many of the women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, and worse, said they were disheartened by the ruling of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

#metoo-movement, #cosby-bill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #pennsylvania, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #supreme-courts-state, #women-and-girls

An Unmarried Catholic Schoolteacher Got Pregnant. She Was Fired.

A lawsuit that she filed in New Jersey is testing the First Amendment limits of religious freedom.

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N.Y.C.’s Police Chokehold Ban Is Struck Down by Court

In a victory for police unions, a state Supreme Court judge said a law passed by the City Council is too vaguely worded.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #city-council-nyc, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #supreme-courts-state

Tamir Rice’s Mother Asks Court to Block Rehiring of Officer Who Killed Her Son

Samaria Rice wants the Ohio Supreme Court to keep the man who killed her son in 2014 from being reinstated as a Cleveland police officer. The former officer, Timothy Loehmann, was never charged.

#arbitration-conciliation-and-mediation, #cleveland-ohio, #cuyahoga-county-ohio, #justice-department, #loehmann-timothy-1988, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rice-samaria, #rice-tamir-e-2002-14, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state

A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #country-clubs, #eminent-domain, #golf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hopewell, #interior-department, #moundbuilders-country-club, #native-americans, #newark-ohio, #ohio-history-connection-nonprofit, #supreme-courts-state, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

Charlottesville Can Remove Confederate Statues, High Court Rules

Monuments to the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are not protected by state law and can come down, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

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Ruling in Minnesota Rape Case Fuels Calls to Change Sexual Assault Law

The state Supreme Court tossed out a man’s conviction on a third-degree sexual conduct charge because the woman he was accused of assaulting was “voluntarily intoxicated” at the time.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #law-and-legislation, #minnesota, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

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Tennessee Executed Sedley Alley. Was He Innocent?

If DNA exonerates Sedley Alley, it will be the first time someone was proved to have been wrongly put to death.

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How Progressive States Can Respond to Conservative Courts

We need to prepare now to protect the values and institutions that matter most.

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The Supreme Court, Trump, Biden and the Election Explained

It is not at all clear that an election dispute will reach the justices.

#elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Texas Supreme Court Denies G.O.P. Push to Throw Out 127,000 Votes

The Republican effort to invalidate the votes from Harris County, which includes Houston and is largely Democratic, now hinges on an effort at the federal level, where a hearing is set for Monday.

#democratic-party, #hanen-andrew-s, #harris-county-tex, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state, #texas, #voting-and-voters

Supreme Court to Let PA, NC Accept Absentee Ballots After Election Day

The pair of decisions were welcomed by Democrats. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was expected to cast a deciding vote, did not participate in either decision.

#barrett-amy-coney, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court Won’t Speed a Do-Over on Pennsylvania’s Ballot Deadlines

The court deadlocked last week in the same case, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the second request for review.

#barrett-amy-coney, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law

Allowing federal courts to muck around with state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing.

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Deadlocked Supreme Court Allows Extra Time for Some Pennsylvania Ballots

A 4-to-4 tie let stand a ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court that had extended the deadline for counting some mailed ballots by three days, citing the pandemic and postal delays.

#absentee-voting, #barrett-amy-coney, #democratic-party, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

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

Republicans’ Galling Bad Faith About the Supreme Court

It’s way too late for the right to pretend to care about civic norms.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #garland-merrick-b, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Lagoa’s Role in Florida Will Be a Big Factor in Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Judge Barbara Lagoa lacks some of the usual credentials of a Supreme Court justice, but her roots in the Cuban-American community could make her an attractive choice for President Trump.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #constitution-us, #cuban-americans, #desantis-ron, #florida, #gonzalez-elian, #lagoa-barbara, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Trump’s Supreme Court Fantasy List Is Bad for Real Life

Listing potential justices may distort how we see the judiciary and how it behaves. Joe Biden should stick to “no names.”

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Daughter of Haitian Immigrants Would Be 1st Black Woman on N.J. High Court

Fabiana Pierre-Louis, 39, would also be the only Black judge currently seated on the state’s Supreme Court.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #fabiana-pierre-louis, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #immigration-and-emigration, #legal-profession, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state

Judge Who Asked Woman if She Closed Her Legs to Prevent Assault Is Removed

“No witness, alleged victim or litigant should be treated that way in a court of law,” a justice in New Jersey Supreme Court wrote in the unanimous decision.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #domestic-violence, #new-jersey, #ocean-county-nj, #rabner-stuart-j, #russo-john-f-jr, #supreme-courts-state, #women-and-girls

Indiana Attorney General Suspended by State Supreme Court in Groping Case

Curtis T. Hill Jr., a Republican, had his law license suspended for 30 days after the court found that he inappropriately touched four women at a party in 2018.

#attorneys-general, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hill-curtis-1961, #indiana, #reardon-mara-candelaria, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-courts-state

I’m the Judge Who Won in Wisconsin. This Principle Is More Important Than Winning.

We must get away from a partisan view of the law.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #evers-tony-1951, #milwaukee-wis, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #waukesha-wis, #wisconsin

How a Supreme Court Decision Curtailed the Right to Vote in Wisconsin

The state’s final vote tallies show that the justices’ decision not to extend the mail voting deadline amid the coronavirus resulted in the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #elections, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #wisconsin

Wisconsin Election Results: What to Watch For

Nearly a week after voters in the state went to the polls in the middle of a pandemic, results from an important Wisconsin Supreme Court race and the presidential primary will arrive.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #milwaukee-wis, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #sanders-bernard, #supreme-courts-state, #voting-and-voters, #wisconsin

Why Wisconsin Republicans Insisted on an Election in a Pandemic

Mask-wearing voters in endless lines. Five polling places instead of 180. Voting amid the coronavirus crisis is full of challenges — and connected to G.O.P. efforts to limit who gets a ballot in the state.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-courts-state, #voter-registration-and-requirements