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  • Alec Baldwin appears in court in parking-spot case

    Alec Baldwin appears in court in parking-spot case

    Criminal Law 12/04/2018

    Alec Baldwin appeared in a New York court on Monday after being accused of striking a man in the face over a parking space.The 60-year-old actor said nothing as he was arraigned on misdemeanor and violation-level charges. He has previously stated tha...

  • Government asks high court to hear transgender military case

    Government asks high court to hear transgender military case

    Criminal Law 11/26/2018

    The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to issue an unusually quick ruling on the Pentagon's policy of restricting military service by transgender people. It's the fourth time in recent months the administration has sought to bypas...

  • Kavanaugh to hear his 1st arguments as Supreme Court justice

    Kavanaugh to hear his 1st arguments as Supreme Court justice

    Criminal Law 10/06/2018

    A Supreme Court with a new conservative majority takes the bench as Brett Kavanaugh, narrowly confirmed after a bitter Senate battle, joins his new colleagues to hear his first arguments as a justice.Kavanaugh will emerge Tuesday morning from behind ...

  • Court to explore competency claim of ailing Alabama inmate

    Court to explore competency claim of ailing Alabama inmate

    Criminal Law 10/01/2018

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in the case of an inmate sentenced to death for killing an Alabama police officer in 1985 but who lawyers say can no longer remember the murder because of stroke-induced dementia.Justices will decide...

  • Supreme Court won't hear case over California beach access

    Supreme Court won't hear case over California beach access

    Criminal Law 10/01/2018

    The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from a California billionaire who doesn't want to open a road on his property so that the public can access a beach.The justices said that they will not take up Vinod Khosla's appeal of a Californ...

  • The Latest: McConnell says Kavanaugh 'will be' on court soon

    The Latest: McConnell says Kavanaugh 'will be' on court soon

    Criminal Law 09/20/2018

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is telling evangelical activists the Senate will "plow right through" and move to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.McConnell told the annual Values Voter conference Friday "in the very near fut...

  • Alaska man tied to girl's death appears in court

    Alaska man tied to girl's death appears in court

    Criminal Law 09/14/2018

    An Alaska man linked to a missing 10-year-old girl's death made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday. Peter Wilson, 41, of Kotzebue is charged with making false statements as authorities tried to find Ashley Johnson-Barr.Assistant U.S. Attor...

  • Court: Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on streets

    Court: Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on streets

    Criminal Law 09/02/2018

    Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided ...

  • Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

    Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

    Criminal Law 06/29/2018

    President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.Trump's top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy C...

  • Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

    Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

    Criminal Law 04/10/2018

    The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether the widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player can sue the school and the NCAA over allegations her husband was disabled by concussions from his college career in the 1970s.Steve Schmitz was ...

  • Court to decide if drug use while pregnant is child abuse

    Court to decide if drug use while pregnant is child abuse

    Criminal Law 04/07/2018

    Pennsylvania's highest court will decide whether a woman's use of illegal drugs while pregnant qualifies as child abuse under state law.The Supreme Court recently took up the case of a woman who tested positive for suboxone and marijuana at the time ...

  • Michigan's top court hearing cases over guns, schools

    Michigan's top court hearing cases over guns, schools

    Criminal Law 03/21/2018

    A gun openly carried by a spectator at a school concert in 2015 has turned into a major legal case as the Michigan Supreme Court considers whether the state's public schools can trump the Legislature and adopt their own restrictions on firearms.The c...