August 16, 2003 |
The Supreme Court was urged to block the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from an Alabama court, part of the legal strategy by the state's defiant top judge. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has vowed to ignore a federal court order to move the 5,300-pound granite monument from the building. A federal judge had ruled the monument violated the Constitution's ban on government promotion of religion and had to be removed by next week.
February 25, 2005 |
The state Supreme Court upheld William J. Janklow's conviction for a 2003 crash that killed a motorcyclist, rejecting the former congressman's argument that there wasn't enough evidence for a guilty verdict. Ruling unanimously, the court said in Pierre that Janklow, a former governor and longtime political power in the state, had received a fair trial.
May 3, 2007 |
The Nebraska Supreme Court stayed an execution Wednesday over concerns about a new electrocution protocol in the only state that relies solely on the electric chair for capital punishment. Carey Dean Moore had been scheduled to die Tuesday for the 1979 murders of two Omaha cab drivers. The high court issued the stay after receiving a request for review of the protocol from state Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha. State Supreme Court Judge John Gerrard wrote that recent U.S.
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June 18, 1996
Prosecutors on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to reinstate charges that two Orange County supervisors neglected to investigate proposed county borrowings that contributed to the county's bankruptcy. Supervisors William G. Steiner and Roger R. Stanton voted to approve the issuance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bonds, and the proceeds were then used on risky investments that helped plunge the county into bankruptcy Dec. 6, 1994.
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July 16, 2004 |
The California Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of killing his mother, stepfather and another man, and has ordered a new trial to determine whether he should be put to death. The state's high court on Wednesday upheld a previous court's ruling of guilt for Richard Bert Stewart, 40, but said that evidence of improper jury selection compelled it to reverse the death sentence.
May 17, 1985 |
Opening a new front in his continuing attack on the California Supreme Court, Gov. George Deukmejian called Thursday for passage of legislation that would require Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird to explain "lengthy delays" in deciding capital cases.
May 24, 1988 |
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that put millions of so-called fixed annuities under the jurisdiction of federal securities laws. Under the lower court ruling, fixed annuities paying fluctuating interest rates could be regulated the same as stocks and bonds. Insurance industry officials had opposed the rule, claiming that it imposed a heavy regulatory burden that would raise company costs and translate into higher prices for consumers.
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September 11, 1990
Former California Highway Patrolman and convicted murderer Craig Peyer has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn his conviction in the 1986 slaying of San Diego State University student Cara Knott. A secretary in the office of attorney Christopher J. Schatz, Peyer's appellate attorney, said the appeal was filed with the high court Aug. 2. The 30-page brief filed by Schatz contains the same issues that he raised in a previous appeal filed with the state 4th District Court of Appeal in April.
June 29, 2004 |
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider the standard for proving securities fraud, in a case involving a maker of asthma and allergy medicines. The stock of Dura Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of Ireland's Elan Corp., plummeted 47% in one day after the company announced in February 1998 that it expected lower revenue because of slower-than-expected sales of the antibiotic Ceclor CD.
March 1, 2006 |
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.