Chevron continues to lose legal battles
The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over the reach of the Alien Tort Statute and a 20-year-old law that allows victims of torture to pursue civil lawsuits against the responsible individuals.
Thursday’s decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that an encrypted hard drive is akin to a combination to a safe, and is off limits, because compelling the unlocking of either of them is the equivalent of forcing testimony.
A US man who was threatened with jail time for posting comments about his estranged wife on his personal Facebook page unless he posted daily apologies for a month says the court ruling violates his freedom of speech. Mark Byron is making the apology
In order to make sure gays and lesbians are adequately represented on the judicial bench, the state of California is requiring all judges and justices to reveal their sexual orientation.
Readily available, easy-to-use software can encrypt a computer hard drive so thoroughly it would take years for a hacker to break in. But that seems to be no impediment for government prosecutors, who have obtained an order compelling the disclosure
Defense Attorney Donna Uhlmann is questioning the legality of an incident in which the Attorney General’s office seized her cell phone from courtroom 9 in the Licht Judicial Complex. “My cell phone contains highly privileged information between my
THE British government will be held in contempt of court later this week if it does not physically produce a prisoner of war whom its special forces captured in 2004 and then handed over to American soldiers. The current legal drama began in Febru
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued their decision Tuesday to uphold a ruling in which now-retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco struck down Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriage..
Amy and Mark Denicore are headed to a full-blown trial to defend themselves against charges that they violated Virginia law by making their kids late to elementary school too often. The Loudoun County couple was arraigned in juvenile and domestic rel
The Wisconsin judge who recently ruled that we have no right to own a cow or drink its milk resigned to join one of Monsanto’s law firms.
Last week, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich was sentenced to a reduction in rank but no jail time for leading his squad in a rampage known as “The Haditha Massacre.” Wuterich, who was charged with nine counts of manslaughter, pled guilty to dereliction of d
A passenger who walked away from a traffic stop in Barling, Arkansas was tasered and beaten by local police. Though the force used was excessive, a federal judge ruled on December 27 that Derrol Dee Kirby III should only get $1 for his pain and suffe
That means that Obama will not get any popular vote or electors from the great state of Georgia. Congratulations to all freedom-loving Americans.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against current and former government officials for their alleged roles in the detention and torture of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen and convicted terroris
A prospective juror in a fatal drunken driving crash case who left during jury selection has been ordered to stand in front of the Lake County Courthouse the next two Mondays with a sign that says, “I failed to appear for jury duty.” Court officia
American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case.
the Government team 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 search warrants and seizure warrants, improperly rev
A special prosecutor in Brockton, Mass., charged that Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Frank Evangelista changed his testimony during the trials that sent 2 men to prison for life. The men were convicted after they kicked the man to death, then robbed
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an Alabama death row inmate who missed a filing deadline thanks to a mix-up in the mailroom of a prominent New York law firm must be given another chance.
A U.S. judge in a victory for the Obama administration, upheld new federal rules requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report the sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, despite a challenge by the gun industry. The administration
The famous “Dublin Dr. Pepper” soft drink is going away — and with it, potentially a town’s whole economy Made with pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup or beet sugar, Dublin Dr. Pepper has a devoted following around the southern state and around
Six months after the June 4th, 2011 Chalking 8 incident outside Manchester Police Department I was found “guilty” of a violation and told I owed $248. Rather than pay the ransom I submitted a letter indicating that I’d sit the time.
A Pennsylvania man had his mouth taped shut by sheriff's deputies after repeatedly disrupting a court hearing by saying his free speech rights were being violated. A Cambria County judge ordered Erik Britt's mouth taped shut after he repeatedly disru
For those that have been following this blog, you might remember that myself and eight others were arrested while protesting the Manchester (NH) police - after four of its officers were cleared of wrong doing in the Strange Brew incident. It took abo
Those who do not move cannot feel their chains. This morning in Suffolk county court, the ACLU of Massachusetts and our client moved. And we felt our chains. I had gone to court to listen to our legal team argue a case to protect the First Amendment
A federal judge who has accused the Securities and Exchange Commission of negotiating weak settlements in Wall Street cases accused the agency of misleading a federal appeals court. t Judge Rakoff said the SEC withheld important information that he n
“The attorney in this case was thrown in jail for simply doing his job. If allowed to stand, this judge’s actions could set a dangerous precedent in which defense attorneys fear punishment for defending their client’s best interests.”
An assistant district attorney is still on the job despite admitting she may have committed a crime. Last week, Harris County Asst. DA Rachel Palmer pleaded the Fifth, claiming that testifying before a grand jury could incriminate her. And on Tuesday
What happens when a judge can't find any, and I mean ANY, potential jurors willing to convict people on drug charges? We find out in Montana.