August 4, 2001 |
The Nebraska Supreme Court ordered two killers removed from death row and said three-judge panels no longer can impose the death penalty without a unanimous vote. The court ordered C. Michael Anderson and Peter Hochstein sentenced to life in prison. The pair have been on death row 23 years after being sentenced to die on a 2-1 vote for the 1975 contract killing of an Omaha real estate developer.
May 12, 2004 |
A Mexican court ordered 11 men held for trial on charges that they worked for the Ciudad Juarez-based Carrillo Fuentes cartel and helped execute or bury some of the dozen men found at a Ciudad Juarez home in January. A federal official confirmed that some of those ordered to stand trial were policemen. All 11 suspects were charged with drug trafficking and organized crime, nine with homicide and one with illegal burial.
May 9, 2004 |
A couple has been ordered not to conceive any more children until the ones they already have are no longer in foster care. A civil liberties advocate said the court ruling was "blatantly unconstitutional." Monroe County Family Court Judge Marilyn O'Connor ruled that both parents "should not have yet another child which must be cared for at public expense." If the couple violates O'Connor's ruling, they could be jailed for contempt of court.
May 29, 2001 |
The Court of Appeal ordered that former dictator Augusto Pinochet's fingerprints and mug shot be registered with police, like those of any crime suspect. Forcing Pinochet to register with police is a symbolic, humiliating defeat for his supporters, who were able to delay the procedure three times. Pinochet is facing trial on charges of covering up kidnappings and killings during his 1973-90 military rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1988
Thanks to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the county's Victim/Witness Assistance Program will be able to continue helping victims of domestic violence for the next six months, until it can work out a plan to raise private money needed to support its court-order program.
August 27, 2002 |
A Philippine court ordered a freeze on all assets of ousted President Joseph Estrada and his co-defendants in a $76-million corruption case. The court also ordered a freeze on assets of Jose Velarde, a name prosecutors say Estrada used as an alias to hide millions of dollars in bribes, as well as two houses owned by Estrada's co-defendants, Charlie "Atong" Ang and Yolanda Ricaforte. Ang, who lives in Nevada, has been fighting extradition efforts by the Philippines.
January 8, 2002 |
More than a decade after serious racial violence scarred the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, a federal appeals court threw out the convictions of two men who were found guilty in the fatal stabbing of a Jewish scholar. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, citing irregularities in the jury selection, ordered a new trial for Lemrick Nelson Jr., 27, and 47-year-old Charles Price, the two black men charged in connection with the attack.
August 2, 2003 |
A federal appeals court ordered Xerox Corp. to pay about $300 million to retirees who claimed the company miscalculated their pension benefits. Xerox was sued in 2000 over its methods of determining pension payments to 25,000 employees as part of a so-called cash balance program, which pays some benefits as a lump sum rather than an annuity. The retirees alleged that Xerox's methods violated federal law. The U.S. District Court in Illinois ruled in favor of the retirees in October.
April 3, 1997 |
An appeals court ordered a man who opened fired last weekend on two schools, killing six people, to be executed by firing squad and his corpse nailed to a cross for three days. The appeals court ordered that Mohammed Nazari's body be displayed near the two schools, which face the house where his wife and children live. The ruling must be ratified by the Supreme Court and the president, Lt. Gen. Ali Abdullah Saleh. The execution was expected to be carried out Friday.
June 27, 2003 |
A Colombian court ordered the government to suspend its U.S.-backed drug crop eradication program until more is known about the herbicide's effects on human health and the environment. Officials said they would appeal and press on with spraying in the meantime. "These policies were drawn up without first studying effects on health and the environment," said lawyer Claudia Sampedro, who represented environmentalists, human rights activists and farmers opposed to the spraying. Colombian and U.S.