August 14, 2001 |
A federal appeals court Monday blocked Texas from executing a man whose lawyer slept through substantial parts of his 1984 murder trial in Houston. Last year, a smaller appeals court panel cleared the way for Texas to execute Calvin J. Burdine, even though his lawyer, Joe Frank Cannon, had fallen asleep through much of his trial. Texas officials under both then-Gov. George W. Bush and his successor had argued that the sleeping lawyer did not violate Burdine's constitutional rights.
October 8, 1997 |
A federal appellate court struck down California's term limits law Tuesday, using the surprising reasoning that voters didn't realize the 1990 initiative barred legislators for life from seeking their old offices once they were forced out. Term limit defenders vowed to appeal the decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court, which already has an appeal pending before it, could announce as early as Monday whether it will take the California case.
August 18, 2007 |
Cingular Wireless can't compel customers to sign away their right to file class-action lawsuits against the company, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Calling the clause in Cingular's contract "unconscionable," the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco paved the way for a consumer class-action suit to go to trial in Los Angeles.
March 13, 1991 |
A state Court of Appeal refused Tuesday to allow a female ex-student to sue the University of California over her alleged rape by four UC Berkeley football players after a co-ed dormitory party in 1986. The court rejected the former student's novel claim that the university was negligent for, among other things, housing females on the same floor as males--particularly football players, who her attorneys alleged were unusually prone to group sex crimes.
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September 16, 1995
Three San Gabriel Valley residents have been appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Pete Wilson, while a fourth was named an associate justice of the 2nd District Court of Appeal. David S. Milton, 45, of Claremont, assistant chief trial counsel for the State Bar of California, will replace retired Superior Court Judge Burton Bach. Milton served as a Los Angeles County Municipal Court judge from 1987 to 1992 and was previously a deputy district attorney for the county.
April 28, 1992 |
The Supreme Court said Monday that it will consider limiting the Constitution's protection against "double jeopardy" and possibly overrule a precedent handed down just two years ago. The high court decision, due next year, could free prosecutors to bring new charges against a defendant who has already been punished once for his conduct. The ruling could also help clear up confusion in the law.
April 1, 1998 |
The long-running legal battle over Richard Nixon's secret White House tapes hit another milestone Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled that 820 hours of the recordings are personal. A spokesman for the estate said they probably will be destroyed. As a result, conversations captured by Nixon's elaborate taping system--including intimate chats between the president and his family, talks with his physician and some private political conversations--may never be available to historians.
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July 27, 2005 |
A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed the murder conviction of a Lassen County man who has been on death row since 1982, ruling that prosecutors violated his rights by failing to reveal a deal they had made with the key witness. However, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld kidnapping, robbery and firearms convictions against Benjamin W. Silva, 52, making it unlikely that he will get out of prison, according to the California attorney general's office.
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July 20, 2007 |
In a stinging ruling, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ripped into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday for its continued resistance to paying benefits to veterans suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia because of their exposure to Agent Orange. Thursday's 3-0 decision marked the sixth major ruling against the government by the appeals court or a federal trial judge in a case that started in 1986.
December 6, 2008 |
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a death sentence against a Nevada man convicted of killing two young girls a quarter-century ago, because the prosecutor made false statements to scare jurors into believing only execution would keep the killer off the streets. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Nevada authorities to remove Ricky David Sechrest from death row pending possible further appeals and resentencing.