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The California Supreme Court dealt Los Angeles County an irrevocable legal setback Wednesday when the justices unanimously refused to overturn a lower court ruling that directs the county to repay as much as $136 million in welfare payments it illegally withheld from its poorest residents.
December 9, 2006 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
A state appellate court, siding with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, struck down a regulation Friday that limited contributions to campaign funds set up to endorse or oppose ballot measures. State campaign authorities last year sought to cap the size of such donations if the accounts were controlled by officeholders. In Schwarzenegger's case, donors could not have given more than $23,300 to a committee he helped establish to raise money to promote his initiatives on the 2005 special election ballot.
December 20, 2000 | From Reuters
The Chilean Supreme Court on Tuesday finished hearing an appeal to overturn an order that blocked the arrest of Augusto Pinochet, but it did not reveal the verdict. The five judges voted on the appeal but chose not to disclose their decision until the full verdict was transcribed, a court official said. Human rights lawyers were bidding to quash a lower court's ruling Dec.
March 1, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
A Texaco Inc. and Shell Oil Co. joint venture didn't break antitrust law when it set pump prices in the Western United States, the Supreme Court said Tuesday, ending a years-long battle over allegations that the companies inflated prices and forced dealers out of business. The 8-0 ruling was applauded by the oil companies and by major corporations outside the industry that saw the case as a threat to joint ventures of all kinds.
April 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A provincial appeals court has issued what it says is China's first ruling that confessions or evidence obtained by torture, trickery and coercion can't be used in court, a government website reported. Defense lawyers welcomed the Sichuan Provincial High Court ruling as a sign that courts might be trying to end police torture. But they said it would be merely symbolic without legal changes allowing defendants to remain silent and requiring that they be told they are entitled to lawyers.
September 20, 1996 | From Reuters
Italian women Thursday condemned a court ruling that said a man can occasionally hit his wife, but the victim whose case sparked the controversy said she was glad her "model husband" had been cleared. The ruling Wednesday by Italy's highest appeals court provoked protests from prominent women politicians, academics and lawyers who said it was "diabolical," "scandalous" and "wrong."
January 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal appeals court says slaughtering horses for meat is illegal in Texas, where the animals symbolize the Old West and where two of the nation's three processing plants are located. The decision, issued Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, overturns a lower court's ruling last year on a 1949 Texas law that banned horse slaughter for the purpose of selling the meat for food.
BACKGROUND: Last March, an American missionary couple, Bill and Roberta Rees, filed suit in Tokyo asking the Japanese government to recognize the citizenship rights of their adoptive son, Andrew. (View, March 31, 1992) Andrew was abandoned by his mother, who is believed to be Filipino, shortly after his birth. Japan's Justice Ministry has refused to recognize Andrew as Japanese and registered him as a stateless foreigner. The Philippine government also refused to give Andrew citizenship.
June 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that juveniles have a constitutional right to a jury trial, a surprise decision that could influence courts in other states and force local prosecutors to retry hundreds of open cases. In a 6-1 decision, the court based its ruling partly on a provision of the Kansas Constitution that states defendants "in all prosecutions" are guaranteed a speedy jury trial. Courts generally have said for several decades that states aren't required to have jury trials for juveniles as they are for adult defendants.
May 27, 1998 | Reuters
In a landmark move, China's Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would accept rulings by Taiwan's civil courts to protect the rights of residents of the island, which Beijing considers a rebel province. Rulings by civil courts and arbitration by institutions in Taiwan would have the same validity as law in China after confirmation by Chinese courts.
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