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  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Appeals court says White House visitor logs can be kept from public

    08/30/2013 4:25:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/30/13 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    President Obama and his successors in the Oval Office are not obligated to make public the names of individuals visiting the White House, according to a decision of the federal Circuit Court for the District of Columbia made public Friday. The case was brought by Judicial Watch, the government watchdog nonprofit that has been fighting a long legal battle seeking to force release of the White House visitor logs as public records under the Freedom of Information Act. But in a decision that is drawing intense criticism from across the ideological spectrum, the circuit court said the president has a...
  • Before death, Fort Hood shooter faces long appeals

    08/29/2013 5:19:39 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-29-13 | WILL WEISSERT
    FORT HOOD, Texas—If Nidal Hasan plans to welcome a death sentence as a pathway to martyrdom, the rules of military justice won't let him go down without a fight—whether he likes it or not. The Army psychiatrist was sentenced Wednesday to die for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30. But before an execution date is set, Hasan faces years, if not decades, of appeals. And this time, he won't be allowed to represent himself. "If he really wants the death penalty, the appeals process won't let it happen for a very...
  • NLRB: We will continue to act despite the Appeals Court decision

    01/25/2013 2:11:01 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 119 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-25-2013 | Sean Higgins
    Mark Gaston Pearce, chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, issued the following statement in reaction to today’s DC Appeals Court decision that President Obama use of recess appointments to install three people on the NLRB last year was unconstitutional. The action renders the board without a quorum to act and potentially invalidates a year’s worth of actions and rulings by it. Pearce indicated that the NLRB will attempt to continue on regardless:
  • Appeals Court Hears NLRB Recess Appointments Case

    12/05/2012 2:45:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Enterprise ^ | 12/5/12 | Sean Hackbarth
    What does it mean for the Senate to be in recess? Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was challenged to figure that out. This stems from President Obama bypassing the Senate in appointing three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Wall Street Journal sets it up: [I]n January Mr. Obama named three new members of the National Labor Relations Board along with Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when the Senate wasn't in recess. While Congress was conducting pro forma sessions, Mr. Obama pulled this end run around the Senate's advice...
  • State Attorney Tries to Tackle Peace Now

    10/22/2012 1:05:53 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/10/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The State Attorney, after dozens of Peace Now appeals against Jewish homes, now says the left-wing group improperly files court appeals, the Makor Rishon newspaper reported. Peace Now has been in the forefront in recent years in petitioning the High Court against the right of Jews to build and live in Judea and Samaria, and in many, if not most, cases the organization has won an approving ear from the High Court. Whether by coincidence or not, the new State Attorney position comes only several months after a dramatic change in the make-up of the High Court. Gush Etzion attorney...
  • Analysis: Republicans lead Obama in war for judicial dominance

    10/05/2012 11:32:35 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/5/12 | Joan Biskupic
    When Barack Obama was elected president, critics and supporters alike thought the Democrat would move swiftly to appoint strong liberal judges to balance out Republicans' longstanding push for a conservative judiciary. At the nation's 13 powerful U.S. appeals courts, that has not happened. Obama's 30 appointees have generally been moderates who mainly served on lower courts and were often selected in consultation with Republican senators. The pattern contrasts with Obama's Republican predecessors, dating back to Ronald Reagan, who quickly put forth prominent young conservatives, many of whom came from academia and had past political experience. Notably, President Obama has not...
  • Appeals court grants George Zimmerman's request for new judge

    08/29/2012 5:47:33 PM PDT · by South40 · 26 replies
    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday granted George Zimmerman's request for a new judge. Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, had said the judge presiding over his case has made disparaging remarks about him. The Fifth District Court of Appeal wrote in a decision that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. should "enter an order of disqualification which requests the chief circuit judge to appoint a successor judge."
  • Supreme Court refuses to take up voter ID cases (WI)

    04/16/2012 10:11:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-16-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - The state Supreme Court refused Monday to immediately take up a pair of cases that struck down the state's new voter ID law, a decision that will likely mean citizens won't have to show ID when they cast ballots in recall elections this spring. The court's terse orders send the cases back to two different courts of appeals. The appeals courts had said the Supreme Court should take the cases right away because of their significance. Now, the appeals courts will have to render their own decisions on the cases. The cases could then go to the Supreme...
  • Appeals court rules in legal fight over dead dog ('intrinsic value of human-animal bond')

    02/21/2012 4:24:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Appeals court rules in legal fight over dead dogThe Associated Press Tuesday, February 21, 2012 RALEIGH – The N.C. Court of Appeals has waded into a legal tussle over the wrongful death of a Jack Russell terrier. Nancy and Herb Shera of Wilmington sued North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, seeking more than $28,000 in damages after their dog, Laci, died following a botched tube feeding. In a 20-page ruling issued Tuesday, the appeals court unanimously upheld an earlier ruling by the N.C. Industrial Commission, which decides compensation claims involving state agencies. The state commissioner had...
  • Govt Won't Seek Appeal In Atlanta On Health Care

    09/26/2011 9:32:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Associated PressPETE YOST ^ | Sep 26, 6:33 PM EDT | PETE YOST
    The Obama administration has decided not to ask a federal appeals court review of a ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul. The administration's decision makes it more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a case on the health care overhaul in the court's term starting next month, and render its verdict on the law in the midst of the 2012 presidential election campaign. A divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta concluded Congress overstepped its authority when lawmakers passed the individual mandate provision that requires people...
  • Appeals Court Rules Fannie/Freddie Docs Can be Kept Secret

    08/15/2011 10:07:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/15/11 | Tom Fitton
    So far the U.S. government has bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the tune of at least $130 billion, and perhaps as much as $1 trillion. And yet, the Obama administration continues to stonewall the release of documents that could shed light on why Fannie and Freddie failed, thereby sending the economy into a tailspin from which we have yet to recover. (Those records are housed at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) now that Fannie and Freddie are owned and operated by the federal government.)
  • Oh my: Federal appeals court highly skeptical of ObamaCare in today’s oral arguments

    06/08/2011 5:50:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Allahpundit
    Granted, granted, a tough oral argument is no guarantee of defeat, but the mere possibility of O-Care crashing and burning in the 11th Circuit is tasty enough to be blogworthy. Time magazine makes a good point: Lower-court rulings on the mandate’s constitutionality have tracked with each judge’s partisan leanings, but the 11th Circuit panel is truly bipartisan. Two of the three judges who heard arguments today were appointed to the district court by Reagan, but two of the three were elevated to the appellate court by Clinton. Given that melange of blue and red, you think famous fencesitter Anthony Kennedy...
  • WisPolitics: Appeals court sends budget repair bill lawsuit to Supreme Court

    03/25/2011 12:45:11 PM PDT · by bigbob · 12 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3/25/2011 | WisPolitics
    A state appeals court says it found two cases that seem to back the Dane County DA’s position in the collective bargaining bill complaint and two that support the secretary of state’s argument. The 4th District Court of Appeals wrote in its certification to the Supreme Court on the complaint that it would be appropriate for the justices to take the case because there are issues they would ultimately consider on petition for review anyway. Taking it up directly would “reduce the burden and expense of the appellate process on both the parties and the judicial system.” Assembly Minority Leader...
  • Appeals Court Fast-Tracks Obamacare Challenge

    03/24/2011 9:38:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/24/11 | Dan Joseph
    (CNSNews.com) - A federal appeals court has cleared the way for a legal challenge to Obamacare to be put on a fast-track through the appeals courts -- on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision will expedite the legal process that is necessary for federal courts to rule on the legislation’s constitutionality. Last Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a motion by The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) to fast-track an appeal of a decision by a federal district court in February that dismissed its lawsuit against Obamacare. In...
  • Wisconsin Dept. of Justice Appeals Sumi Decision

    03/22/2011 9:30:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/22/11 | Brett Healy
    The Wisconsin Department of Justice has filed a motion with the 4th District Court of Appeals, seeking an order staying Judge Maryann Sumi’s temporary restraining order blocking the publication of 2011 Wis. Act 10. “The publication of this Act will allow the State to save significant money–evidence of which the trial court did not allow presented and did not appear to consider are the cost savings identified by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau which require, of course, publication.” the motion reads. “Thus it is vitally important that this Court act before March 25, 2011–the last possible publication date
  • Supreme Court upholds California's handling of inmate appeals

    02/23/2011 9:41:02 AM PST · by SmithL
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/23/11 | Michael Doyle
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld California's handling of inmate appeals; at least, so far as deadlines go. In a case arising out of a 1986 murder in Sacramento, the Court ruled that California need not set a specific deadline for when inmates file their habeas corpus petitions. . . .
  • Appeals court (9th U.S. Circus) hints at tossing part of Arizona immigration law

    11/01/2010 1:31:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/01/10 | Paul Elias
    Appeals court hints at tossing part of Ariz. immigration lawBy Paul Elias Associated Press 2:29 p.m., Monday, November 1, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Arizona's immigration law faced tough scrutiny from a federal appeals panel Monday as the state's governor appeared in person to support the controversial provision on the day before the election in which she's seeking her first full term. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals signaled it was ready to toss out the provision of Arizona's law that criminalizes the failure to carry immigration papers showing lawful residency in the United States. But the three-judge panel...
  • Obama administration appeals ruling backing gay marriage

    10/12/2010 3:10:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/12/10 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday decided to appeal a judge's ruling that prevented the U.S. government from banning same-sex marriages. The Obama administration filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that barred gay marriages, even though President Barack Obama had previously opposed the law. U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro in Boston ruled in July for several gay couples who had argued that the Defense of Marriage Act interfered with the rights of states to define marriage. Massachusetts was the first state...
  • U.S. appeals court reinstates stem cell suit

    06/28/2010 2:12:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Maggie Fox and Jeremy Pelofsky
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit that challenges an Obama administration policy for federal funding of some human embryonic stem cell research. The unusual suit against the National Institutes of Health, backed by some Christian groups opposed to embryo research, argued that the NIH policy takes funds from researchers seeking to work with adult stem cells. It also argues that new Obama administration guidelines on stem cell research are illegal. The three-judge federal appeals panel did not rule on the merits of the lawsuit itself, but said two of the doctors involved had legal...
  • DOJ urges appeals court delay on oil spill ruling

    06/25/2010 4:44:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/25/10 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department on Friday urged a federal appeals court to delay a judge's ruling overturning a drilling moratorium in the Gulf. In court papers, the Obama administration said the suspensions in deepwater drilling are crucially important to protect human health and the environment from another disaster. At the same time, the federal government's lawyers argued that the moratorium targets only a small number of deepwater operations that present safety concerns, affecting less than 1 percent of the existing structures in the Gulf dedicated to oil exploration and production.
  • Dutch prosecutor appeals Holocaust cartoon acquittal

    05/04/2010 2:02:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 268+ views
    reuters ^ | 5/4/10 | reuters
    The court ruled last month the cartoon published by the Arab European League (AEL) showed "bad taste" and was "exceptionally offensive," but it acquitted the group on charges it insulted Jews because of the context in which the cartoon was published. In announcing its appeal, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday it was essential to determine whether the cartoon was "unnecessarily offensive," adding it was not certain whether the cartoon was designed as a contribution to the social debate.
  • Appeals Court Temporarily Reinstates ACORN Funding Ban

    04/22/2010 10:04:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 336+ views
    fox ^ | Updated April 21, 2010 | staff
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily blocked a judge's ruling that it was unconstitutional for Congress to cut funding to the activist group ACORN. The ruling by the three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan will remain in place until full arguments on the issue can be heard during the summer.
  • Justice Department Appeals ACORN Ruling

    04/13/2010 12:36:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 886+ views
    canada free press ^ | 4/13/10 | Matthew Vadum
    Some weeks ago the U.S. Department of Justice filed an appeal of U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon’s (absurd) ruling on ACORN funding. Gershon issued a permanent injunction against the U.S. government forbidding it from defunding ACORN. She held that the cutoff of funding to ACORN constituted an unconstitutional bill of attainder.
  • Appeals Court: School district can ban Christmas carols

    11/25/2009 10:52:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies · 977+ views
    philly.com ^ | 11/25/09 | Inquirer Staff
    The federal appeals court in Philadelphia has upheld a New Jersey school district's ban on religious songs during the Christman holiday season. In their ruling, three judges of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals noted that such songs were once common in public schools, but that times have changed. Michael Stratechuk sued the Maplewood-South Orange School District in 2004, saying the ban violated his two children's First Amendment's freedom of worship rights.
  • Appeals court: Vikings DTs can play

    09/11/2009 3:47:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 297+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/09 | Amy Forliti - AP
    MINNEAPOLIS – A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to play all season, despite the NFL's attempts to suspend them for violating the league's anti-doping policy. The NFL had already said the two defensive tackles could play in Sunday's season-opener at Cleveland because their court fight over the suspensions would not be decided in time. "It's a big sigh of relief to know we're going to get to play the whole season," Kevin Williams said. "We were looking forward to Cleveland not knowing what the future may hold. But it's...
  • Appeals Court Dumps ( Hussein's ) Eligibility Arguments

    05/30/2009 7:21:35 AM PDT · by kellynla · 54 replies · 2,078+ views
    wnd.com ^ | May 29, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Arguments that had been expected to be taking place before a federal appeals court right about now on whether U.S. citizens have a right to know that their president is eligible for the office he holds have been delayed. Philip Berg, the first lawyer to take the issue of Barack Obama's compliance with the U.S. Constitution's requirements for president to court, says he's been told by officials with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the oral arguments in his Berg vs. Obama case, No. 088-4340, have been put off. "About two months ago I received notice that the...
  • Employers Upset About Unemployment Fund [fighting fraud]

    05/21/2009 4:51:54 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies · 1,246+ views
    WSMV_dot_com ^ | updated May 21, 2009 | Cara Kumari
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Peter Demos runs four restaurants and has a lot of help to make it happen. Related:     Watch This Story "I'm fortunate I have a lot of good people working for me," said Demos.But he doesn't get to spend as much time doing what he loves because he spends a lot of time in front of an appeals judge trying to fight unemployment claims. Lately, he hasn't been very successful when he thinks the case is open and shut. "We've had somebody who we've actually caught stealing on tape," said Demos. "The initial determination of that was they...
  • Muslim scholar appeals US visa denial

    03/24/2009 2:08:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 527+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/24/09 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – Civil rights lawyers appealed in court Tuesday against what they said was the US government's ideologically based decision to deny a visa to a leading Muslim scholar, Tariq Ramadan. Attorney Jameel Jaffer, from the American Civil Liberties Union, told a three judge panel that the "government had "failed to identify ... legitimate and bona fide reasons for the exclusion." Jaffer, ACLU national security project director, argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that excluding Ramadan, a research fellow at Oxford University, also threatened free speech in the United States. The appeal followed...
  • Navy Buoyed by Appeals Court Ruling

    11/14/2007 11:16:53 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 53+ views
    PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Navy officials said they are optimistic that a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Nov. 13 ordered a lower court to rewrite restrictions on the Navy's use of sonar in certain Southern California exercises. That ruling was part of a lawsuit challenging the Navy's ability to train Sailors before they deploy to potential hotspots. The Navy had asked the appeals court to overturn a preliminary injunction that was granted by a U.S. district judge on Aug. 6, 2007, that bars the Navy from using active sonar in certain multi-ship exercises off Southern...
  • Appeals Court Strikes Down Washington, D.C. Handgun Ban

    03/09/2007 2:49:47 PM PST · by cougar_mccxxi · 6 replies · 694+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, March 09, 2007 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the District of Columbia's longstanding handgun ban, issuing a decision that will allow the city's citizens to have working firearms in their homes. In the ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected city officials' arguments that the Second Amendment right to bear arms only applied to state militias. District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty told reporters Friday afternoon that the District will appeal the ruling.
  • In Selma, Obama appeals to black voters

    03/04/2007 10:55:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/4/07 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    SELMA, Ala. - Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) reached out to the civil rights generation Sunday on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march, saying the protesters helped pave the way for his campaign to become the first black president. He also urged blacks to take more personal responsibility. "I stand on the shoulders of giants," the Democratic senator from Illinois told hundreds at a breakfast to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the clash between voting rights demonstrators and police. He was just 3 when police with billy clubs bloodied blacks who tried to cross the bridge out of...
  • Gov't Appeals Ruling For Blind-Friendly Currency

    12/12/2006 4:36:58 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies · 757+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 12 DECEMBER 2006 | AP
    (AP) WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Tuesday asked an appeals court to overturn a ruling that could require a redesign of the nation's currency to help the blind. Justice Department lawyers filed the appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on behalf of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. The appeal seeks to overturn a ruling last month by U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who ordered Treasury to come up with ways for the blind to recognize the different denominations of paper currency. Robertson had ruled in a lawsuit brought by the American Council...
  • Schwarzenegger appeals to left and right in re-election bid

    09/28/2006 6:49:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 330+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/28/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES In celebrity-studded events this week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger conspicuously advertised his moderate Republican credentials, signing Democratic bills to combat global warming and withdraw state investments from companies in war-torn Sudan. "Democrats and Republicans can work together," the governor told an audience in Malibu, trumpeting a central plank of his re-election drive. But a less-visible promotion was taking place, almost simultaneously. In a Republican-sponsored advertisement being distributed by telephone, Schwarzenegger is portrayed as tough and resolute on illegal immigration an issue with potent appeal among Republican conservatives. His Democratic opponent, Phil Angelides, is depicted as a softy. "It is...
  • Schwarzenegger appeals to conservatives on immigration

    08/19/2006 5:03:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 364+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/19/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, seeking to shore up support among conservatives, told the state GOP convention Saturday that he would be tougher on illegal immigration than Democratic opponent Phil Angelides. "My opponent wants to pull the National Guard off the border. He wants to give undocumented workers California drivers licenses," Schwarzenegger said, as a few in the lunchtime crowd at the Century Plaza Hotel hissed. "His policies are disastrous." Angelides, in a conference call with reporters, accused Schwarzenegger of using the issue to divide Californians and said the governor was "stirring up his anti-immigrant right wing base." But the state treasurer...
  • FRANCE UPHOLDS SOROS CONVICTION (nailed for insider-trading)

    06/15/2006 2:42:44 AM PDT · by Liz · 26 replies · 755+ views
    NY POST ^ | June 15, 2006 | BLOOMBERG
    George Soros failed in a bid to overturn an insider-trading conviction at France's highest appeals tribunal, but vowed to pursue an appeal....... The Court of Cassation, the tribunal of last resort in France, yesterday upheld a March 2005 judgment that Soros violated the law when he bought Societe Generale SA shares in 1988 with knowledge that the bank might be a takeover target. The Hungary-born financier....has been fighting the case for 17 years, will appeal......The verdict came as the 75-year-old former financier turned his attention from his investing career to political and charitable activities.
  • Gary Glitter Appeals Trial Set

    05/30/2006 1:32:27 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 22 replies · 718+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 5 30 06 | associated press
    HANOI, Vietnam - Disgraced British glam rocker Gary Glitter will have his appeal heard next month against a 3-year sentence for child molestation, a court official said. "His appeals trial is set for June 15," said Bui Ngoc Hoa, head of the People's Supreme Court of Appeals in Ho Chi Minh City. The trial would last one day, he added. Glitter, 62, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison by a Vietnamese court on March 3 for committing obscene acts with girls aged 10 and 11 at his rented seaside villa...
  • Judge: U.S. Rules Enabling Internet Wiretaps 'Gobbledygook'

    05/06/2006 8:03:23 AM PDT · by Imnotalib · 68 replies · 2,444+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 5-6-06 | AP
    A U.S. appeals panel sharply challenged the Bush administration Friday over new rules making it easier for police and the FBI to wiretap Internet phone calls. A judge said the government's courtroom arguments were "gobbledygook." The skepticism expressed so openly toward the administration's case encouraged civil liberties and education groups that argued that the U.S. is improperly applying telephone-era rules to a new generation of Internet services. "Your argument makes no sense," U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards told the lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission, Jacob Lewis. "When you go back to the office, have a big chuckle. I'm...
  • Court of Appeals Denies Felons Voting Rights Argument (Civil rights law cannot be used)

    05/06/2006 7:03:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 529+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 5/05/06 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    Court Denies Felons Voting Rights ArgumentBy LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press Writer Last update: May 05, 2006 – 2:23 AM NEW YORK (AP) - A landmark civil rights law cannot be used to argue that barring felons from voting discriminates against minorities because they are imprisoned at a higher rate, a federal court ruled Thursday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which removed barriers to black voters, was not an avenue of relief for 21 plaintiffs, which include six current prisoners. The plaintiffs sued the state in November 2000. Judge Jose A. Cabranes, who...
  • Schwarzenegger appeals to disaffected Republicans

    02/25/2006 9:26:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 369+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/06 | Reuters
    SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appealed on Friday to fellow Republicans to rally to his re-election campaign despite concerns they have with his moving to the political center and his expensive public works initiative. "While we may not agree on every single issue, I hope you all know that I have your families' best interests at heart," Schwarzenegger said during a keynote speech at the Republican state convention. "We have a record we can be proud of, a record we can run on and a record we can win on," he said. The governor said he...
  • N.Y. appeals court overturns pro-'gay marriage' ruling

    12/09/2005 5:18:31 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 5 replies · 421+ views
    www.bpnews.net ^ | Dec 8, 2005 | Michael Foust
    N.Y. appeals court overturns pro-'gay marriage' ruling Dec 8, 2005 By Michael Foust Baptist Press NEW YORK (BP)--A New York state appeals court Dec. 8 overturned a lower court ruling that would have legalized "gay marriage," and in the process delivered an opinion that is certain to please conservatives. In a 4-1 decision the appeals court ruled that a lower court judge "usurped the legislature's mandated role" when she ruled in February that the state must legalize "gay marriage." In that opinion earlier this year New York trial court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan argued that the "institution of marriage has evolved...
  • Conflicts keep Roberts out of appeals

    11/07/2005 6:22:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 763+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/07/05 | AP
    Chief Justice John Roberts bowed out of a major war powers case on Monday because he had handled it as an appeals court judge. Without Roberts, the Supreme Court could deadlock 4-4. Roberts has had other recusals as well in his first weeks on the court. Justices do not usually explain why they are withdrawing from a case, although Roberts' conflicts seem to stem from his participation in cases at the appeals court in Washington, from ties to his former law firm and from his financial holdings. _He did not participate on Monday when the court refused to take up...
  • Appeals court overturns Penry's death sentence (Tx - mental impaired inmate)

    10/05/2005 2:46:40 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 2 replies · 368+ views
    Convicted killer Johnny Paul Penry, whose case helped spark national debate over whether mentally impaired inmates could be executed, had his death sentence overturned for the third time Wednesday. A divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent the case back to trial for a new punishment phase in the 1979 slaying of an East Texas woman. The court ruling said jurors during his most recent retrial may not have properly considered his claims of mental impairment. Over more than a decade, the uneducated laborer became the face of mentally impaired killers across the country, winning two reversals from the U.S....
  • NYT: Court Gives Bush Right to Detain U.S. Combatant

    09/10/2005 9:35:37 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 418+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 10, 2005 | NEIL A. LEWIS
    A three-judge federal appeals court panel ruled unanimously on Friday that President Bush had the authority to detain as an enemy combatant an American citizen who fought United States forces on foreign soil. The panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit... threw out a ruling... that Mr. Bush had overstepped his bounds by detaining Jose Padilla, a Chicago native, for three years.... In an opinion written by Judge J. Michael Luttig, who has been considered by President Bush for a nomination to the Supreme Court, the panel said Mr. Bush had the right to detain...
  • Conviction of Five Castro Spies Overturned: Court Cites 'Pervasive Community Prejudice'

    08/26/2005 7:16:20 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 7 replies · 516+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | August 26, 2005 | Humberto Fontova
    On September 14, 1998, the FBI uncovered a Castro spy ring in Miami and arrested ten of them. Four others managed to scoot back to Cuba. These became known as the "Wasp network." According to the FBI's affidavit these Castro agents were engaged in, among other acts: Intelligence gathering against the Boca Chica Air Naval Station in Key West, the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Homestead Florida. Compiling the names, home addresses and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command's top officers along with those of hundreds of officers stationed...
  • Appeals Court overturns lower court pro-terrorist ruling

    07/15/2005 8:06:29 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 79 replies · 3,837+ views
    The Corner on National Review Online ^ | 07/15/05 | Shannen Coffin
    BREAKING NEWS [Shannen Coffin] In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, decided today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that invalidated a military tribunal against a detainee at GTMO, who just happened to have been Osama's personal driver. In short, court held that commissions were authorized by Congress's post-9/11 authorization of the use of force, that the Geneva Convention was not enforceable in federal court, and even if it was, it didn't provide "prisoner of war" protection to an unlawful combatant like Hamdan.
  • CA: Forest plan hit by appeals - Preservation of Del Monte Forest a concern

    06/30/2005 10:36:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/30/05 | Kevin Howe
    More than a score of appeals to Pebble Beach Co.'s proposed massive makeover of Del Monte Forest have been filed with the California Coastal Commission. The plan calls for new projects at 13 locations in the forest, including an 18-hole golf course, a golf driving range, 160 new visitor suites, a new equestrian center in the Sawmill Gulch area next to Holman Highway, 33 residential lots in five subdivisions and 60 employee housing units. The company will set aside 492 acres of permanent forest and open space, relocate existing trails and construct new ones, and make improvements in roads and...
  • Mass Appeals in Beijing, Thousands Arrested (Protesters appeal to US and France for help)

    06/28/2005 7:43:04 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 21 replies · 717+ views
    Epoch Times ^ | Jun 27, 2005 | News
    Home > China > Printer version | E-Mail article | Give feedback Mass Appeals in Beijing, Thousands Arrested The Epoch Times Jun 27, 2005 Beijing (AFP) During the period June 18-23, a large number of peasants and workers converged on the state-run institutes, U.S. and French Embassies in Beijing, to give voice to their extreme anger at the Chinese Communist Party and its bureaucracy and corruption. About a thousand of them were arrested by the police. As reported by The Sankei Shimbun, the gathering peasants came to Beijing to appeal against the corruption of local governments especially on the issue...
  • Spokane mayor appeals ruling on recall

    06/27/2005 7:28:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 429+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/27/05 | John K. Wiley - AP
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Lawyers for Mayor James E. West, accused of offering city jobs to men he met in a gay online chat room, are appealing a judge's ruling allowing a recall petition drive to proceed. West, former state Senate leader and opponent of gay rights, has denied any criminal or unethical conduct and has rejected calls to resign. "The citizens of Spokane deserve to know why I have decided to appeal," West wrote in a letter submitted to The Spokesman-Review newspaper. "Simply put, it is because the charges are false, and the ballot statement they would vote on was...
  • MI: High Court Hears Indigent-Defendants Case

    04/25/2005 7:09:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 538+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/25/05 | Ken Thomas - AP
    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices heard arguments Monday over whether a Michigan law barring the state from paying for appeals for indigent defendants who plead guilty discriminates against the poor. Michigan is the only state with such a law. However, 17 states are backing its case, and advocates for the poor are worried those states will pass similar laws if Michigan prevails. Before the court was the case of Antonio Dwayne Halbert, who pleaded no contest in 2001 to two child molestation charges and received up to 30 years in prison. Halbert, who has learning disabilities, has unsuccessfully sought a...