January 5, 2010 |
A Supreme Court case testing whether a prosecutor can be sued for framing suspects for a murder ended Monday when an Iowa county agreed to pay $12 million to two men who were freed after spending 26 years in prison. In the past, the high court had said prosecutors could not be sued for doing their jobs, even if they sometimes convicted the wrong defendant. And in November, an Obama administration lawyer argued on behalf of Pottawattamie County, asserting that there is no constitutional "right not to be framed."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2009 |
Federal courts in California and eight other Western states will allow video camera coverage of civil proceedings in an experiment aimed at increasing public understanding of the work of the courts, the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday. The decision by the court's judicial council, headed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, is in response to recommendations made to the court two years ago and ends a 1996 ban on the taking of photographs or transmitting of radio or video broadcasts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.