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July 10, 2010
A Colorado court hearing during which actor Charlie Sheen was expected to plead guilty to a charge stemming from a Christmas Day dispute with his wife has been postponed. Court officials said the hearing has been delayed from Monday to Aug. 2. Yale Galanter, one of Sheen's attorneys, said the defense needs more time to work out details of an agreement that calls for Sheen to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping more serious charges. Galanter previously said the agreement calls for Sheen to serve 30 days in jail.
April 28, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
The pace of lawmaking is speeding up at the Capitol. With legislators back from spring break, rallies are in full swing on the Capitol steps; lobbyists of all stripes are packing the ornate hearing rooms and overflow crowds are watching television feeds in hallways. "There's definitely a push to get bills moving," said Sarah Swanbeck of California Common Cause, a government reform lobby. "You can feel the pressure. " Friday is the deadline for bills to get a first hearing.
February 20, 2012 | By David Horsey
Congressional Republicans held a hearing about birth control and religion last Thursday, and the take-away image from the gathering is a shot of the key witnesses: five middle-aged men representing various religious organizations. Fairly or not, the spin coming out of the hearing was not about how religious institutions might be threatened by a federal requirement that employees be provided insurance coverage for contraceptives, which is what the committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, intended.
April 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND - Doc Rivers sounded as if he has been forced to contemplate his future as coach of the Clippers. With so many NBA players around the league saying they wouldn't play for controversial Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of racist comments he allegedly made, Rivers was asked if he needed to hear something from someone within the organization in order for him to continue working for Sterling. "Don't know yet," Rivers responded. "I'm just going to leave it at that.
July 1, 2010 | Doyle McManus
For those of you who didn't have 19 hours this week to watch the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, here's what happened: Kagan, as expected, came out fine. She looked a little uncomfortable explaining why, after denouncing confirmation hearings as "a vapid and hollow charade," she now wrapped herself in a thick cloak of vapidity when her own future was on the line; but that, as everyone in the hearing room knew, is the price of admission to the Supreme Court.
June 16, 2010 | From Reuters
U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, who is in charge of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, briefly collapsed at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday and then regained his composure. The Senate Armed Services hearing called to discuss progress in Afghanistan was immediately adjourned as Petraeus was accompanied out of the room. There was no explanation of what happened or his condition.
June 13, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by California Democrat Barbara Boxer, held a confirmation hearing Wednesday for two members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that signaled new leadership would soon be coming to the troubled agency. The hearing Wednesday morning was held to review the nomination of Allison M. Macfarlane, a geologist and professor at George Mason University in Virginia, to chair the NRC, succeeding Gregory Jaczko. The hearing also took up the nomination of Kristine Svinicki, an engineer and longtime staffer for several Republican members of Congress, to another term as commissioner at the NRC. Jaczko announced in May that he would be departing the NRC after a tumultuous term when some colleagues and Republican members of Congress criticized his management style as little short of bullying.
June 27, 2010 | From Reuters
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday begins its anticipated week-long confirmation hearing on President Barack Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's a look at how the nationally broadcast proceeding will likely unfold: MONDAY, June 28 At 12:30 p.m. EDT/1630 GMT, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pounds his gavel to open hearing. Each of the 12 Democrats and seven Republicans on the panel give opening statements of up to 10 minutes.
April 22, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
A federal magistrate, prosecutor and public defender held an extraordinary court session Monday in the hospital room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, providing the first glimpse of the accused Boston Marathon bomber since his arrest Friday. The bedside hearing, according to an official transcript by a court reporter, began with Dr. Stephen R. Odom, a trauma surgeon, making sure that Tsarnaev was well enough for the hearing. “How are you feeling?” he asked him. “Are you able to answer some questions?
May 2, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
A felony hearing for Lakers forward Jordan Hill has been rescheduled until June 8, according to a spokeswoman for the Harris County district attorney's office. An attorney for Hill appeared in a Houston courthouse Tuesday and asked for the case to be continued next month. Hill was charged with a third-degree felony Monday for choking his girlfriend on Feb. 29, according to court documents. Hill, 24, was with the Houston Rockets at the time of the alleged incident. He has recently become a reliable rotation player for the Lakers, averaging eight points and 10 rebounds in the first two games of a first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.
April 23, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A U.S. soldier faces a preliminary hearing on Wednesday on charges he unlawfully killed two unarmed teenagers in an Iraqi battle zone. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera has been charged with several counts, including premeditated murder, and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of the killings. The preliminary hearing, known in military parlance as an Article 32 proceeding, is being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The Army has been reluctant to comment on the case, which was pushed into the limelight in 2012 by an investigative report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in which soldiers who served with Barbera said they were troubled that no legal action had been taken after the shootings.
April 23, 2014 | By Monte Morin
A procedure that uses a series of electric jolts to inject lab-designed DNA molecules into cells of the inner ear may help to regrow auditory nerves in people with profound hearing loss, according to researchers. In a paper published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine , Australian researchers said they used tiny electrodes and gene therapy to regenerate nerve cells in chemically deafened guinea pigs. The procedure, they said, may one day improve the functioning of human cochlear implants -- electronic devices that provide hearing sensations to the deaf.
April 22, 2014 | By Joe Flint
It is about the size of a dime and light as a feather. But in the eyes of the broadcast television industry, an Aereo antenna might as well be a hundred feet tall and weigh a thousand pounds. The big networks claim it is illegal and could destroy everything they hold dear. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from both sides, and the results could have major implications for the future of television. Launched in 2012 by Chaitanya "Chet" Kanojia, an Indian-born engineer with 14 patents, Aereo enables consumers to stream and record on the Internet the over-the-air signals of local broadcasters via remotely stored antennas.
April 18, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail pending another court hearing next month, the latest development in the ongoing sexual assault investigations against the former safety that stretch across five states. Friday marked the 38-year-old's third appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom this week. Superior Court Judge Renee Korn delayed the others pending an Arizona judge's decision on whether Sharper was eligible for bail on the charges he faces there. After a two-day hearing in Phoenix, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville ruled Thursday that Sharper was not entitled to bail on one of the five counts.
April 16, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants. Several thousand immigrants could be released from jails across the country if judges are allowed to hear their cases and grant bond, advocates say. The proposal is one of several being floated as the White House scrambles to ease the concerns of Latino groups and other traditional allies that have turned on President Obama in recent weeks.
April 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an antiabortion group's free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in 2010 by then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat. He had voted for President Obama's healthcare law and was facing a tough race for reelection. The antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a campaign to unseat Driehaus, preparing to run billboard ads saying, "Shame on Steve Driehaus!
August 22, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - House Republicans have summoned the leaders of 13 federal agencies to a hearing next month to examine their plans to implement a sweeping climate change agenda that President Obama outlined in a June speech. Organized by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the Sept. 18 hearing seeks information "from relevant federal agencies about U.S. climate change policies and the administration's second-term climate agenda, and to obtain fuller information regarding the federal government's past, current and planned domestic and international activities, climate research programs, initiatives, and new regulatory requirements,” said subcommittee Chairman Edward Whitfield (R-Ky.)
June 29, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A Florida judge reserved judgment on whether to once again grant George Zimmerman bail on a charge that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester adjourned the almost three-hour, televised hearing without issuing a ruling on whether to grant Zimmerman, 28, bail on a charge of second-degree murder in the case that touched off racially charged demonstrations across the country. It was Lester who revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond earlier this month after prosecutors complained that he and his wife had misled the court about their ability to pay for a bail bond.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Former NFL player Darren Sharper is slated for a hearing next week in Phoenix to decide whether he can continue to be held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Tempe last year. The Arizona charges are the latest against the Super Bowl-winning safety who has been charged with sexually assaulting four women and is under investigation in connection with another four assaults on women across several states. Los Angeles prosecutors initially charged Sharper, 38, with two rape and five drug counts, alleging he drugged and attacked two women he met at a West Hollywood club in two separate incidents.
April 7, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- In a victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a New Mexico photographer who claimed a free-speech right to refuse to shoot a wedding album for a same-sex couple. The photographer was charged with violating the state's anti-discrimination law, which requires businesses to serve customers and clients without regard to their race, religion or sexual orientation. The case of Elane Photography had drawn wide attention because it posed a religious-freedom challenge to state anti-discrimination laws.
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