March 31, 1989 |
A federal judge refused today to order Ronald Reagan to testify at Oliver L. North's trial, saying "nothing . . . remotely supports" the defense claim that the former President authorized illegal activities. "There has been no showing that President Reagan's appearance is necessary to assure Lt. Col. North a fair trial," U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell said in a written order.
November 21, 1989 |
The Justice Department asked a federal judge Monday to grant a two-week delay before compelling former President Ronald Reagan to turn over diaries and other personal records that his former national security adviser says he needs to defend himself against charges in the Iran-Contra scandal. U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene has taken no action on the department's request. Reagan had been subpoenaed by John M. Poindexter's attorneys to produce the records by Wednesday.
November 5, 2003 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that a telephone investment plan qualified as a security, warning that the agency's ability to protect investors otherwise could be harmed. The SEC is appealing a lower court's dismissal of its suit against the investment plan on the grounds that an investment contract doesn't qualify as a security if investors are promised a fixed, rather than variable, return.
November 14, 2006 |
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who is serving a prison term of at least 20 years. The justices declined, without comment, to take Skakel's appeal of his conviction in the beating death of his Greenwich, Conn., neighbor, Martha Moxley, 31 years ago when the two were teenagers. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002. Skakel, 46, is serving 20 years to life in prison. His lawyer, former Solicitor General Theodore B.
March 6, 2003 |
A Bush administration official urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to revive a law that would require the nation's public libraries to install software filters on their computers to screen out pornography. Last year, a special federal court in Philadelphia ruled that the law violated principles of free speech and blocked it from taking effect. In Wednesday's argument before the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B.
March 25, 2009
When is a movie not just a movie? According to the Federal Election Commission, when the film's villain isn't a terrorist or a drug dealer but a candidate for president. The agency decided that the producers of a 90-minute documentary critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton -- which they hoped to offer "on demand" to interested cable TV viewers -- had to abide by rules governing "electioneering communications," including a prohibition on advertising close to a primary or general election.
November 14, 2003 |
A federal judge Thursday rejected a request by Jonathan Pollard, a civilian U.S. naval intelligence officer who admitted spying for Israel, to reopen his case and reconsider his 1987 sentence of life in prison. U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Hogan said a different judge had been correct in 2001 in turning down Pollard's request for resentencing. Pollard, 49, is serving the life sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina.
April 28, 2004 |
Excerpts from Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments, as transcribed by Alderson Reporting Co.: Solicitor Gen. Theodore B. Olson: This is a case about the separation of powers. The Constitution explicitly commits to the president's discretion the authority to obtain the opinions of subordinates and to formulate recommendations for legislation. Congress may neither intrude on the president's ability to perform these functions nor authorize private litigants to use the courts to do so....