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UK Movie Pirates Lose Appeal, Prison Time Stands

Two UK men, who released thousands of movies onto popular torrent sites, lost their appeal this week. The Appeal Court upheld their sentences of more than four years each, arguing that the punishments are "stiff" but not "manifestly excessive". Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Appeals court upholds conspiracy conviction of Guantanamo Bay detainee

Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, a former media secretary to Osama bin Laden, was convicted in 2008.

Appeals Court Upholds Conviction Of Bin Laden Assistant In 9/11 Terror Plot

5 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad al Bahlul, a filmmaker and public relations assistant found to have actively helped Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda prepare for the Sept. 1, 2001 terror attacks. In a divided 163-page ruling, the full U.S. Show More Summary

Appeals court upholds conviction of bin Laden assistant

A federal appeals court has upheld the conspiracy conviction of a Guantanamo (gwahn-TAHN'-uh-moh) Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant. The U.S. Court of Appeals for … Click to Continue »

California court may reconsider strong protections for government pensions

California’s generous public employee pensions, shielded for decades by the state’s courts, may soon no longer be sacrosanct. In a potentially huge win for advocates of cutting government pensions, an appeals court in August declared that public retirement plans were not “immutable” and could be...

Brickbat: Tell Me About It

13 hours agoNews : Reason

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a California law that forces religious pregnancy clinics to give women information on how to obtain an abortion. The court ruled that the law does not violate anyone's First Amendment rights.

CDC Blocks Testimony of Vaccine Whistleblower says World Mercury Project

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Vows Appeal WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Director of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, has sent a letter blocking CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, from testifying in a Tennessee court case involving a 16 year...

Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau constitutional? The D.C. Circuit says no. Here’s why.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created in 2010 by the Dodd-Frank Act to help reform Wall Street practices. But last week the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the CFPB was unconstitutional. The case provides a new episode for a long-running series we might (if we wanted to have the worst Netflix […]

Appeals court denies more early voting time in N Carolina

A group of North Carolina voters that wants to expand early in-person voting in the presidential battleground state has lost its case before a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel … Click to Continue »

Appeals Court Affirms NSA Surveillance Can Be Used To Investigate Domestic Criminal Suspects

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals confirms what's already known about the NSA's domestic surveillance: it's not just for terrorism. The NSA collections -- done in the FBI's name -- are supposed to only gather info related to international terrorism. Show More Summary

Kansas Approvingly Cites Dred Scott to Explain Why It Can Ban Abortion

In 2015, Kansas passed S.B. 95, a stringent law banning the method of abortion most commonly used after the first trimester. Following an inevitable lawsuit, the Kansas Court of Appeals concluded that the Kansas constitution protects a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy and invalidated the law. Show More Summary

Court: Pregnancy Centers Must Promote Abortion

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a California law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion. The Reproductive FACT Act mandates that these centers make information about public programs with “free or low-cost access” to abortion and contraceptive services available to clients. Show More Summary

Pro-Life Groups Compelled to Promote Abortion

The pro-abortion fanatics who run our courts and California’s legislature have been exploring the last extremes of tyranny: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a law requiring

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards

Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court has upheld the six-year prison sentence against Esmail Abdi, the chairman of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, confirmed Abdi in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Abdi said he believed the Appeals Court’s decision was influenced by several alleged violations added to the […]

French court rejects bid to halt Calais camp demolition

A group of French charities failed Tuesday in a last-ditch legal bid to block the razing of the so-called "Jungle" migrant camp in the northern town of Calais. A court in the nearby city of Lille rejected their appeal which claimed that...Show More Summary

States Can Force Pro-life Pregnancy Centers to Inform Women About Gov't-Funded Abortions, Federal Court Rules

A United States federal appeals court has upheld a California law that opponents say infringes upon the free speech and religious freedom rights of pro-life pregnancy centers by forcing them to inform pregnant mothers and families about the option of abortion.

Government of Canada Nominates Mr. Justice Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada

Earlier today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the nomination of Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador Justice Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada: "This is the first nomination by the Government of Canada...Show More Summary

Government Seeks Do-Over On Win For Microsoft And Its Overseas Data

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The DOJ wants the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to revisit the decision it handed down in July -- the one that's preventing it from forcing Microsoft to hand over data stored on its servers in Ireland. The DOJ hoped the court would...Show More Summary

Cartoon 157: Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence upheld

The Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. She was sentenced to 10 years for “membership in the [now banned] Defenders of Human Rights Center,” five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the state.” She will become eligible for […]

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