Apropos of the post below, here’s a ruling from the D.C. Court of Appeals demonstrating just how powerless citizens are when accosted by police officers—even when the cops themselves are clearly in the wrong. What’s most troubling about the ruling is
Retrials were ordered for all state-court convicted defendants after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into Judge Baumgartner’s activities revealed that he had, over the course of several years, been illegally under the influence of drugs whe
it is with deep regret this Court is compelled to find the Government allowed a key FBI agent to testify untruthfully before the grand jury, inserted material falsehoods into affidavits submitted to magistrate judges in support of applications for se
What does a man who attempted to pay a juror $2,500 for a “not guilty” verdict have in common with a 79 retired college professor who handed out information on jury nullification to people entering a court house? This is not a trick question, both me
Advocating for a controversial legal tactic known as jury nullification can get U.S. citizens prosecuted for jury tampering, according to one Manhattan prosecutor who’s pursuing that very charge against a 79-year-old former chemistry professor. In
Dr. Murray is no doubt wishing he hadn’t done that Michael Jackson documentary after an angry judge cited them several times to explain why he was sentencing the late pop star’s doctor to the max possible: four years in the slammer.
[The judge] found few facts to support many of the allegations in the complaint. She found cause for tactics used by officers to conduct the raid, force used against Whitworth during his arrest and the actions toward the wife and son to be proper....
The Texas judge who was seen on an Internet video beating his teenaged daughter with a belt has been suspended from the bench while state officials investigate his actions and determine if he should face punishment.
I've been to Family Court a few times over the years, but it was never a place where I felt at home. Everything about it felt wrong, from the essential absence of anything remotely resembling rights, to the way everyone in the room talked down to ch
The metastasizing of federal laws has ensured that seemingly innocuous behavior without any criminal intent behind it can lead to a conviction for a federal crime. Artists, doctors, and even professional baseball players have reason to fear the feder
When Jerry Sandusky was initially arraigned prosecutors requested $500,000 bail and that Sandusky be required to wear a leg monitor. District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, ordered Sandusky be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail.
A federal court judge ruled that officials at a California high school had a legal right to send home students wearing shirts showing the American flag on Cinco de Mayo because there was a reasonable fear that the images could lead to violence.
Ten years ago, a 21-year-old woman named Tonya Hart was shot to death in a Moscow, Idaho trailer court. Two years later, a local man named David J. Meisner, who confessed to the crime during a recorded police interrogation, was convicted of murder an
In delivering his rebuke, he told Amos that neither he nor his message was welcome in Bethel, because "it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court."
Suspected Al Qaeda operative Abdal Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the suicide boat attack on the USS Cole in 2000, appeared before a military judge at Guantánamo to face war crimes charges.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in which he sought to challenge the use of full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints due to lack of jurisdiction on 4th Amendment issues.
A disturbing video uploaded to Youtube last week showing a Texas [family court] judge severely beating his disabled teenage daughter has sparked an uproar on the internet and an investigation into the judge. The video, recorded in 2004 but uploade
Credible sources tell Sipsey Street Irregulars that Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Morrissey of the Phoenix office is being interviewed by Jan Brewer's office for an Arizona superior court judgeship.
The Supreme Court will decide whether a jury forewoman’s offhand comment that the jury was unable to make a decision on a murder charge means the suspect can’t be retried on that charge. The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal from Alex
In a case explicitly decided to set a precedent, the California Appellate court has determined police officers can rifle through your cellphone during a traffic violation stop. This is not the first time such a law has been under scrutiny. In Apri
Domestic abuse can involve real violence, with real victims. But drug cases, with no real victims, allows for property to be forfeited and money seized.
Says state court that ordered blogger to be unarmed must decide case
All John Fearing wanted was test out his new camera when he decided to photograph a traffic accident a couple of blocks from his Indiana home last July. It ended up getting him arrested. Although the above video clearly shows he was not breakin
A father’s bike ride could have him fighting to keep his children. In early September, Sean Harrington was pulling his twin boys on a trailer attached to his bike for a day of fun in downtown Detroit along the river walk. He was returning home
Motorists issued a traffic ticket will have to pay money to the state whether or not they committed the alleged crime. According to a state supreme court ruling handed down, fees are to be imposed even on those found innocent.
Family law judge, Clay M. Smith, orders arrest of battered woman for crime of refusing to turn son over to abuser.
the appellate panel found the two companies had government contractor immunity and the claims were preempted, based on a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling and other precedents in the national security and foreign policy areas. "During wartime, where
A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a whopping $675,000 file sharing verdict that a jury levied against a Boston college student for making 30 tracks of music available on a peer-to-peer network.
To all appearances, that's why he cited two fellows named Mark Schmidter and Julian Heiklen for contempt of court when they refused to bow to his illegal decree not to exercise their First Amendment rights on the public plaza outside the petty dictat
A gunman who opened fire in an Arkansas judge's office entered the courthouse -- straight through the front door -- unopposed while wearing tactical gear and armed with 3 semi-automatic weapons, authorities said on Wednesday.