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  • Courts wrestle with whether manslaughter is always violent

    Courts wrestle with whether manslaughter is always violent

    Legal Events 03/06/2021

    Once annually, sometimes less, the full federal appeals court in New York meets to confront a perplexing legal question. Most recently, it was to decide whether shooting somebody point-blank in the face and stabbing somebody to death are violent acts...

  • Mississippi told to pay $500K to wrongfully imprisoned man

    Mississippi told to pay $500K to wrongfully imprisoned man

    Legal Events 03/03/2021

    A judge is ordering the state of Mississippi to pay $500,000 to a Black man who was wrongfully imprisoned more than 22 years and was tried six times in a quadruple murder case.Curtis Flowers was released from prison in December 2019, months after the...

  • Judge refuses to order remote access to New Hampshire House

    Judge refuses to order remote access to New Hampshire House

    Headline Legal News 02/22/2021

    The New Hampshire House can proceed with in-person sessions this week without providing remote access to medically vulnerable lawmakers, a federal judge ruled Monday.Seven Democratic lawmakers sued Republican House Speaker Sherm Packard last week arg...

  • Planned Parenthood sues to block South Carolina abortion ban

    Planned Parenthood sues to block South Carolina abortion ban

    Headline Legal News 02/18/2021

    Planned Parenthood was filing a lawsuit Thursday against a bill that would ban most abortions in South Carolina, effectively stopping the measure from going into effect even as the governor was scheduled to sign it into law at a public statehouse cer...

  • European court rejects case vs Germany over Afghan airstrike

    European court rejects case vs Germany over Afghan airstrike

    United States Courts 02/16/2021

    The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected a complaint against Germany’s refusal to prosecute an officer who ordered the deadly bombing in 2009 of two fuel tankers in northern Afghanistan.Scores of people died when U.S. Air Force je...

  • Court halts another Texas execution over disability claims

    Court halts another Texas execution over disability claims

    Legal Events 02/04/2021

    A Texas appeals court has delayed a second execution this year to review claims that an inmate is intellectually disabled and thus ineligible for the death penalty.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday granted a request by attorneys for Ed...

  • More protests called in Moscow to demand Navalny’s release

    More protests called in Moscow to demand Navalny’s release

    Legal Events 02/01/2021

    Moscow braced for more protests seeking the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces a court hearing Tuesday after two weekends of nationwide rallies and thousands of arrests in the largest outpouring of discontent in Russia in y...

  • Far-right extremist convicted of murdering German politician

    Far-right extremist convicted of murdering German politician

    Headline Legal News 01/28/2021

    A far-right extremist in Germany was convicted Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a regional politician who had advocated helping refugees — a brazen killing that shocked the country.In its verdict against 47-year-old St...

  • Attorney General MacDonald confirmed as supreme court chief

    Attorney General MacDonald confirmed as supreme court chief

    National News 01/22/2021

    Attorney General Gordon MacDonald was confirmed Friday as chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, 18 months after he was initially rejected for the position.Republicans won a 4-1 majority on the Executive Council in November, ousting Democr...

  • Justice: Technology helped Nebraska courts face pandemic

    Justice: Technology helped Nebraska courts face pandemic

    Legal Events 01/20/2021

    Nebraska’s courts have faced a big challenge due to the coronavirus pandemic but continue to serve the public with the use of technology, the state’s chief justice said Thursday.Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican said t...

  • S. Korean court upholds prison term for ex-president Park

    S. Korean court upholds prison term for ex-president Park

    Legal Events 01/17/2021

    South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 20-year prison term for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it ended a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for the country’s first fe...

  •  India's top court suspends implementation of new farm laws

    India's top court suspends implementation of new farm laws

    Legal Events 01/13/2021

    India’s top court on Tuesday temporarily put on hold the implementation of agricultural reform laws and ordered the creation of an independent committee of experts to negotiate with farmers who have been protesting against the legislation.The S...