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April 17, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - U.S. courts will not be the world forum for lawsuits brought by victims of human rights abuses abroad who seek damages from multinational corporations or deposed tyrants, the Supreme Court declared Wednesday. In a decision welcomed by corporate leaders and decried by human rights activists, the justices said U.S. courts are limited mostly to deciding disputes over conduct that took place on American territory, not on foreign soil. By a 9-0 vote, the high court tossed out a closely watched lawsuit brought by Nigerians against Royal Dutch Petroleum for allegedly conspiring with the Nigerian regime in a campaign of rape, torture and murder in the oil-rich delta in the early 1990s.
April 3, 1995
Proponents of Prop. 187, including Gov. Pete Wilson and Rep. Sonny Bono (R-Palm Springs), apparently state the will of the local majority must be deferred to by our courts ("Uncertain Fate of Prop. 187 Tests Patience," March 28). According to that "logic," if a proposition passes which calls for any one of your readers to be guillotined without charges or trial, there is nothing that can be done to stop such an event. "Leaders" like Wilson and Bono have shown they have no problem with California becoming the Paris of Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities," if they can be elected by such pandering.
December 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Palestinian human rights groups accused Hamas Islamists of undermining the rule of law in the Gaza Strip by seizing control of the legal system. Representatives of four organizations said Hamas-appointed judges last month took control of Gaza's civilian court compound and ordered other judges to answer to a chief justice appointed by the Islamist group.
October 26, 1997
Tony Perry's profile of new-age merchandiser Deepak Chopra illustrates a problem more troublesome than our puerile penchant for recycled Hinduism (Nirvana Inc., Sept. 7). Wealthy bullies are increasingly using our legal system to intimidate their critics and ultimately choke off the flow of information. Because defending against even the most absurd lawsuit is so expensive, few can afford to offend a rich individual or large corporation. Our civil courts and laws should be reformed to prevent further abuse.
January 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Court oversight of Microsoft Corp.'s market dominance, which began with a 2002 landmark antitrust settlement, was extended Tuesday for two years. A federal judge ruled that a consent decree enforcing the settlement would remain in effect until November 2009. A group of 10 states, led by California and New York, had requested that the oversight be extended until November 2012. The court's ruling "should not be viewed as a sanction against Microsoft," U.S.
November 18, 2006 | From Reuters
The Pentagon will ask Congress for $115 million to build a court complex at its Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba to try suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda members on war crimes accusations, a Defense Department spokesman said Friday. The Pentagon will propose a complex that includes a courthouse with two large courtrooms and a high-security area as well as housing for legal personnel, dining areas, a media center and other infrastructure, according to Navy Lt.-Cmdr.
August 16, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kobe Bryant is due in Eagle County, Colo., court today, his final appearance before jury selection in his felony sexual assault trial begins Aug. 27. Most of the matters to be addressed by the court are procedural -- and many legal analysts are predicting that what happens probably will, within days, become moot. Amid a series of recent prosecution setbacks, speculation is rampant that the case against the Laker star may soon be dropped.
January 13, 2004 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Attempts to keep an upcoming hearing in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case open to the public were attacked by three separate entities in court filings made public Monday. Attorneys for the prosecution, Bryant's accuser and a victim's advocacy center asked Judge Terry Ruckriegle to close a Jan. 23 hearing that is expected to include testimony pertaining to whether the alleged victim waived privacy rights surrounding two reported suicide attempts in the last year.
May 8, 1996 | From Associated Press
It is a 21st century courtroom, almost intimate in scale, that looks as if it were made for TV. Its walls are a neutral gray and the desktops a cool off-white, each with a recessed video monitor. The chairs are bright blue, echoed in an accent panel behind the bench. In this quiet, human-scale room in The Hague, trial began Tuesday for Dusan Tadic before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. And cable's Court TV is there to cover it.
September 28, 2006 | From Reuters
Model Naomi Campbell failed to show up in a New York City courtroom Wednesday on charges of attacking her housekeeper and the judge said he would order her arrest if she didn't make it for her next court date on Nov. 15. Campbell, 36, faces charges of second-degree assault and could be jailed for up to seven years if convicted.
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