December 24, 2000 |
Only rarely does a judge in a criminal case overturn the verdict reached by jurors in her own courtroom. Still rarer is the judge who admits to committing an error so serious it taints a verdict. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor did both Friday night in an extraordinary ruling that overturned the convictions of three Rampart Division police officers, impressing legal scholars with both her tightly reasoned legal arguments and her unusual candor.
November 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans blocked another of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the latest chapter in a long-running battle between the parties over seats on the influential court. The 56 to 41 vote for Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, was shy of the 60 needed to end a Republican filibuster. One senator voted present. Pillard was one of three nominees Obama announced in June to fill out the court, considered second only to the U.S. Supreme Court in its importance in the judicial branch.
March 23, 2012 |
When the Motion Picture Assn. of America voted to uphold the R rating for the documentary "Bully" several weeks ago, the film's distributor, Harvey Weinstein, kicked up a dust storm of protest and publicity. But it's not just Weinstein keeping the appeals board busy these days — the organization is facing a significant increase in the number of filmmakers seeking to overturn the initial ratings for their movies. The MPAA, which administers the ratings system via its Classification and Rating Administration, has already heard eight appeals for films scheduled for release this year.
September 30, 2009 |
The attorney for former Los Angeles Fairfax High basketball standout Renardo Sidney has asked Congress to investigate what he labeled in a news release Tuesday as "racially selective conduct by the NCAA Enforcement Staff and Eligibility Center." Attorney Donald Jackson said he has turned over "considerable" information to the NCAA in an effort to have the player deemed eligible for his freshman season at Mississippi State, beginning in late November. He said the NCAA has "demanded that Sidney and his family produce several years of bank records, income tax returns for family members [including grandparents]
April 3, 2012 |
Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose conviction in the slaying of a Philadelphia police officer became a major battleground of the 20th century's racial divide, has lost his latest appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In an order dated March 26, the state high court announced that it was affirming a lower court order in the case; the lower court had rejected Abu-Jamal's complaint that some aspects, including forensic evidence, were unfairly handled. Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and radio journalist, was convicted of the 1981 fatal shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
December 3, 2013 |
Herbalife Ltd. said a Belgian appeals court has overturned a lower court finding that the company operated an unlawful pyramid scheme. Critics of the Los Angeles nutritional products company had said the 2011 ruling in Belgium was evidence that the company improperly rewards its independent sales people for recruiting others into the business. Herbalife said in a statement that a Belgian appeals court ruled that the company's sales model "is in full compliance with the law. " PHOTOS: Top 10 Southern California companies "Herbalife always believed that the first judgment contained factual errors and was based on misinterpretations of its direct-selling sales method, and was confident that the original judgment would be overturned on appeal," Herbalife said in a statement Tuesday.