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Fraudster’s Conviction Affirmed in Foreclosure Rescue Scheme

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts affirmed Michael Prieto‘s New Hampshire conviction and 72 month sentence for committing mail fraud by organizing and managing a fraudulent mortgage rescue scheme.  Prieto’s crime grew out of the mortgage crisis in the mid and late 2000s and involved defrauding distressed homeowners […]

Court: Lifelong GPS Tracking of Sex Offenders Is OK

It's perfectly constitutional to require some convicted sex offenders to wear a GPS tracker all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. That's per the Seventh Circuit federal appeals court, which ruled Friday on the case of Michael Belleau. He was convicted in 1992 of sexually assaulting a...

Polluters' Last-Ditch Bid to Stay Clean Power Plan Faces Long Odds at Supreme Court

Just days after the federal court of appeals in Washington rejected their bid to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, the coal industry and its political allies are pleading for immediate relief from the U.S. Supreme Court. Coming...Show More Summary

Examination of child witnesses not in violation of Article 6

Mark William Patrick MacLennan v Her Majesty’s Advocate, [2015] HCJAC 128 – Read judgment The High Court has refused an appeal under Article 6 on the lack of effective cross-examination of child witness, but has provided interesting commentary on how such investigations could be better handled in future to meet Strasbourg standards.  The Facts The original […]

Congress must act to restore voting rights

A federal court could rule soon on challenges to North Carolina's photo ID requirement for voters, which plaintiffs claim undermines the voting rights of racial minorities under the pretext of combating fraud. A federal appeals court held last year that a similar requirement in Texas violated the...

Bedroom tax challenge success

The Court of Appeal has given its judgment in a conjoined appeal of two of the latest challenges to the bedroom tax/removal of spare room subsidy (delete as you see fit), holding that it was unlawfully discriminatory in its application to:       A female victim of serious domestic violence living in a home […]

Courtney Love's Twitter Defamation Lawsuit Win Upheld in Appeals Court

Courtney Love was the target of a defamation lawsuit after her former attorney Rhonda Holmes claimed that one of Love's tweets damaged her reputation. In January 2014, a California jury found that Love shouldn't be held liable for defamation. Show More Summary

Russia Receives First Appeal to Disregard Int’s Court Decision

Russia’s Constitutional Court received its first appeal over impossibility to carry out the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) decision, Russia's envoy to the court said Tuesday.

Sleepwalking murder conviction overturned over lack of sleep test

A federal appeals court has overturned a California man's assault conviction after he went to trial without undergoing a sleep study to bolster his contention that he had been sleepwalking. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday the failure to have Yun Liao undergo a sleep test left...

Bulgaria lose Olympic ban appeal

Bulgaria remain banned from Olympic weightlifting because of excessive doping, after a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Will New Orleans Remove Confederate-Era Statues?

The city had a temporary victory when a court denied an injunction against opponents, who want to keep Confederate-era statues where they are. However, the case will probably be appealed to a state court and delay the removal of the statues. Photo by Ron Cogswell

Arizona Republicans Want out of Ninth Circuit

A secession movement is brewing inside the nation's largest federal appeals court.

Germany Receives 2,300 Lawsuits Over Protracted Processing of Asylum Claims

Almost 2,300 migrants seeking asylum in Germany have appealed to courts over protracted processing of their applications, local media reported Friday.

Arizona Wants To Secede From The U.S. Court That Has Long Been Its Home

WASHINGTON -- Arizona wants to secede. Not from the United States, but from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over the state and a host of civil, criminal and immigration cases within its borders. Show More Summary

Federal Appeals Court Tackles Christian Prayer at North Carolina Meetings

A federal appeals court will decide on whether North Carolina government officials' practice of holding Christian prayers at meetings is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it is pretty exciting. Because, at its heart, the ruling […]

P2P Networks Don't Have a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed several criminal counts in a child pornography that centered around reasonable expectation of privacy to a peer-to-peer network. Although the defendant attempted to defend himself pro se, his "several garbled motions" on sovereign citizen theory were not enough to convince the......

Ruling Marks a First for Transgender People in Lebanon

Post submitted by Hafez (Ahmed Hafez), HRC Global Fellow Judge Janet Hanna of the Beirut, Lebanon Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a transgender man seeking to change his gender marker on public records and in the national civil registry. Show More Summary

Roger Waters tells France: ‘Supporters of BDS, attacked by your judiciary, have my unequivocal respect and love’

Roger Waters appeals to the "collective beating heart" of the French people to oppose anti-Palestinian discrimination, in the wake of a French court upholding criminal charges against protesters who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel

California judge won’t put brakes on upcoming Uber driver lawsuit

It looks like Uber drivers in California will have their day in court, as Bloomberg reports that the ride share company couldn’t convince the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to halt a major class-action trial. Uber wanted to pause the trial as it seeks to challenge a ruling in December that added 100,000 new names to the class action suit. Show More Summary

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