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  • Political fights over Supreme Court seats nothing new

    Political fights over Supreme Court seats nothing new

    Business Law 03/31/2017

    Wondering when Supreme Court nominations became so politically contentious? Only about 222 years ago — when the Senate voted down George Washington's choice for chief justice. "We are in an era of extreme partisan energy right now. In such a moment, ...

  • California court expands endangered-species removal powers

    California court expands endangered-species removal powers

    Business Law 03/02/2017

    The California Supreme Court on Monday said petitioners seeking to remove a subset of coho salmon from the state's endangered species list could present new evidence to argue the listing was wrong. In a unanimous ruling, the court overturned a lower ...

  • Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds

    Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds

    Business Law 02/17/2017

    A decision by Bosnia's Muslim leader to revive a wartime genocide lawsuit against Serbia at the United Nations' top court has rekindled divisions that led to the 1992-95 war, the top leaders of Serbia and Bosnian Serbs warned on Wednesday. The bid to...

  • South African court rules against ICC withdrawal

    South African court rules against ICC withdrawal

    Business Law 02/15/2017

    A South African court has ruled that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court was unconstitutional. A judge in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday instructed the government to revoke its notice of withdrawal f...

  • Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court

    Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court

    Business Law 12/03/2016

    Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is taking her bid for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election to federal court. After announcing Stein and recount supporters were dropping their case in state court, lawyer Jon...

  • China court clears man 21 years after his execution

    China court clears man 21 years after his execution

    Business Law 12/02/2016

    China's supreme court ruled Friday that a young man executed 21 years ago for rape and murder had been innocent, in a case that has drawn attention to problems in the legal system as well as the frequent application of the death penalty. Nie Shubin w...

  • Supreme Court rejects church's appeal over marijuana laws

    Supreme Court rejects church's appeal over marijuana laws

    Business Law 11/24/2016

    The Supreme Court won't take up an appeal from a Native American church in Hawaii that wants to be exempt from federal marijuana laws. The justice on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said laws banning the possession and distribution of cann...

  • Justice Thomas: Honor Scalia by reining in government

    Justice Thomas: Honor Scalia by reining in government

    Business Law 11/18/2016

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is calling fellow conservatives to continue the work of the late Justice Antonin Scalia to keep the power of the courts and other branches of government in check. Thomas tells 1,700 people at a dinner in honor of...

  • Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    Business Law 11/15/2016

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday night stayed the execution of an Alabama man convicted of the 1982 shooting death of a woman's husband in a murder-for-hire arrangement. Five justices voted to stay the execution of Tommy Arthur as the high court co...

  • Ted Cruz's Supreme Court remark draws White House criticism

    Ted Cruz's Supreme Court remark draws White House criticism

    Business Law 10/28/2016

    Sen. Ted Cruz's suggestion of an indefinite Supreme Court vacancy under a President Hillary Clinton raises questions about the credibility and integrity of Republicans who have said the next president should get to the choose who fills the vacancy, W...

  • As time runs out, dozens of judge nominees waiting on Senate

    As time runs out, dozens of judge nominees waiting on Senate

    Business Law 10/18/2016

    Federal judges in New Jersey have struggled with a workload approaching 700 cases each, nearly double what's manageable, because of judicial vacancies. In Texas, close to a dozen district judgeships remain open, more than in any other state. Senate c...

  • Lithuania wants Gorbachev to testify in war crimes trial

    Lithuania wants Gorbachev to testify in war crimes trial

    Business Law 10/16/2016

    A Lithuanian court has called former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to testify in a mass trial related to the 1991 crackdown on the country's independence movement. Gorbachev and Russian authorities haven't answered previous requests so it's unlikel...