April 19, 1995 |
The Supreme Court, in a strong assertion of its own final authority, ruled Tuesday that Congress cannot reopen cases that have been finally decided by the federal courts. The 7-2 ruling brings to an end several large lawsuits alleging investment fraud, which the court in 1991 said were filed too late. Upset by the court's reading of the securities law, Congress took the rather unusual step of hurriedly passing a new measure that specifically revived those lawsuits.
July 2, 1995 |
By sad coincidence, the Supreme Court announced the final rulings of this year's term on the day that former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. But the ceremony in a sense could also have symbolized the passing of the torch to his successor, because more than ever, this was the year of the Rehnquist Court. In 1972, when then-Justice William H.
November 2, 1999 |
In a victory for press freedom, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that prosecutors may not compel the news media to turn over notes and other unpublished information in a criminal case. The decision overturned rulings by two lower courts that could have led to jail time for a Sacramento television news director who refused to hand over unaired footage of a murder suspect's videotaped confession.
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June 19, 1993 |
In a precedent-setting decision that a deceased man is allowed to potentially father a child, a state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles has ruled that a man had a right to bequeath his frozen sperm to his lover for impregnation. The three-judge panel ruled late Thursday that under the state probate code, William E. Kane had a property interest in his frozen sperm and could do with it what he wished.
September 30, 2003 |
The state Supreme Court in Concord ruled that garbage is private, even when it has been put out near the street for collection. The 4-1 decision runs counter to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. The state court said its Constitution provides a stronger expectation of privacy than the U.S. Constitution. The decision came in a case in which police searched a man's trash and found wire scrapers that were coated with marijuana residue.
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May 6, 1999
A state appellate court ruled Wednesday that the city of Burbank has the power to block Burbank Airport's planned expansion, giving anti-noise opponents a key victory in the long and contentious battle over a new terminal. In a serious setback for its planned 19-gate terminal, the judges ruled that the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority lacks an "exclusive and unrestricted right" to develop the terminal without approval from Burbank.
January 27, 2005 |
The Justice Department will appeal a federal court ruling that has blocked the Bush administration from considering textile industry requests for emergency restrictions on clothing imports from China, a department spokesman said. A quota system that had governed international textile trade for decades expired Jan. 1, raising fears China would sweep aside other suppliers. An international trade court injunction bars the government from considering U.S.
October 29, 2005 |
The state Supreme Court ruled in Anchorage that it was unconstitutional to bar benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees, a victory for gay rights advocates. Overturning a lower court ruling, the state high court said barring benefits for state and city employees' same-sex partners violated the Alaska Constitution's equal protection clause. Anchorage City Atty.
December 21, 2002 |
A law that makes it a crime to possess many of the materials used in manufacturing methamphetamine was declared unconstitutional by the Nevada Supreme Court. The court said it recognized the "evil" targeted by the law, but said the law lacks an "intent element" and thus imposes criminal sanctions on what is otherwise noncriminal activity.
December 28, 2002 |
Ukraine's Supreme Court barred a criminal probe of President Leonid D. Kuchma, saying it had been opened illegally. Appellate Judge Yury Vasilenko in Kiev had ordered prosecutors to investigate opposition charges against Kuchma of corruption, abuse of power and arms sales to Iraq. Opposition leaders also accuse Kuchma of involvement in the murder of reporter Georgi Gongadze. The president denies all the charges.