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  • Judges, past finalists among candidates for top Kansas court

    Judges, past finalists among candidates for top Kansas court

    Courts Newsroom 12/21/2019

    Two members of the Kansas attorney general's staff who were finalists for a previous appointment and four lower-court judges are seeking to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.A lawyer-led state nominating commission is scheduled to interview 1...

  • California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

    California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

    Courts Newsroom 11/20/2019

    President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squa...

  • French court postpones ruling on cement firm Lafarge case

    French court postpones ruling on cement firm Lafarge case

    Courts Newsroom 10/23/2019

    A French court has postponed until Nov. 7 a decision on whether to uphold preliminary charges against French cement manufacturer Lafarge, including "complicity in crimes against humanity."The decision comes as the Paris appeal court on Thursday ruled...

  • A 1946 mob lynching puts court focus on grand jury secrecy

    A 1946 mob lynching puts court focus on grand jury secrecy

    Courts Newsroom 10/17/2019

    A historian’s quest for the truth about a gruesome mob lynching of two black couples is prompting a U.S. appeals court to consider whether federal judges can order grand jury records unsealed in decades-old cases with historical significance.Th...

  • Supreme Court to hear abortion regulation case

    Supreme Court to hear abortion regulation case

    Courts Newsroom 10/02/2019

    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to plunge into the abortion debate in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign, taking on a Louisiana case that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to chip away at abortion rights.The justices wi...

  • Louisiana judge orders man's mouth taped for interruptions

    Louisiana judge orders man's mouth taped for interruptions

    Courts Newsroom 07/29/2019

    Court logs show a Louisiana district court judge ordered a man's mouth be taped shut for repeatedly interrupting proceedings.The Acadiana Advocate reports Michael C. Duhon was being sentenced July 18 for theft and money laundering.Court minutes show ...

  • Supreme Court tosses $315 million award in USS Cole lawsuit

    Supreme Court tosses $315 million award in USS Cole lawsuit

    Courts Newsroom 03/22/2019

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a nearly $315 million judgment against Sudan stemming from the USS Cole bombing, saying Sudan hadn't properly been notified of the lawsuit.The justices ruled 8-1 that notice of the lawsuit should have been maile...

  • French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

    French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

    Courts Newsroom 02/16/2019

    A French court ordered Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, sending a stern warning to tax dodgers and the banks that aid them.Th...

  • NC high court sidesteps decision on tracking sex offenders

    NC high court sidesteps decision on tracking sex offenders

    Courts Newsroom 01/28/2019

    The North Carolina Supreme Court is brushing aside a rapist's appeal that he shouldn't be forced into a lifetime of electronic monitoring after serving his 41-year prison sentence.The state's highest court on Friday let stand without comment that 50-...

  • Arkansas Supreme Court disqualifies term limits proposal

    Arkansas Supreme Court disqualifies term limits proposal

    Courts Newsroom 10/15/2018

    The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday ordered election officials to not count votes cast for a ballot measure that would have imposed the strictest term limits in the country on state legislators.In a 4-3 ruling disqualifying the proposed initiative, ...

  • Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

    Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

    Courts Newsroom 09/22/2018

    White House aides and congressional allies worked all week to keep President Donald Trump from unloading on the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.But as Kavanaugh's nomination hung in the balance, Trump ...

  • Police shooting of boy spurs more protests, appeals

    Police shooting of boy spurs more protests, appeals

    Courts Newsroom 06/23/2018

    Protesters demonstrated Friday for a third day over the fatal police shooting in Pennsylvania of an unarmed black teen fleeing a traffic stop as they sought to get the attention of a nation engrossed by the immigration debate, and to pressure officia...