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Poland May Walk Back Anti-Abortion Plans After Massive Protest

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has looked firmly in control since sweeping to power a year ago but it may have pressed its conservative agenda too far by initially backing a virtual ban on abortion. Now, rattled by nationwide protests on Monday by up to 100,000 women dressed in black, […]

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Supreme Court May Side With Inmate Who Was Sentenced To Death Because He Is Black

WASHINGTON ― All Texas death-row prisoner Duane Buck wants is a piece of paper from a judge. If the Supreme Court agrees that he deserves it, the paper will let him show in court that he was sentenced to death because he is black. The high court on Wednesday considered Buck’s case, a capital appeal […]

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Judge is admonished for belittling potential jurors

A superior court judge in Los Angeles has been admonished for belittling four potential jurors in a gang-related murder trial in May 2014. The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished Judge Edmund Clarke, Jr. in a Sept. 29 order(PDF), the Los Angeles Times reports. The commission went beyond the findings of a three-judge panel, […]

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Do elected judges have different views on gay rights than appointed judges?

State supreme court judges who are elected are less likely to support gay rights than appointed judges, according to a new study. The study (PDF) of 127 state supreme court decisions involving LGBT rights issues since 2003 found that judges who were elected in partisan elections supported LGBT rights 53 percent of the time—which was […]

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Kardashian hypothetical is raised in SCOTUS arguments on intent needed for bank fraud violation

Justice Stephen G. Breyer offered a Kim Kardashian hypothetical on Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court considered the intent requirement under the federal bank fraud law. At issue in the case is whether the bank fraud law requires only intent to deceive the bank, or whether it also requires an intent to inflict financial harm […]

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Supreme Court Name-Checks Kim Kardashian While Trying To Define A Legal Term

WASHINGTON ― The Supreme Court, in the course of trying to pin down what exactly constitutes bank fraud under federal law, brought up an unexpected name on Tuesday: reality star Kim Kardashian, who was robbed at gunpoint in Paris early Monday. One of the cases the justices heard on Tuesday, the first day of oral arguments […]

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Judge dismisses $4 million suit against woman who says she was raped at college party

A judge has thrown out the $4 million lawsuit against a woman who says she was raped by a fellow student at University of California, Davis. Yee Xiong, now 24, says she was attacked by Lang Her at an off-campus party in 2012, when she says she woke up to the assailant pinning her arms […]

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Service of process via Twitter is allowed in suit against Kuwaiti man accused of funding ISIS

A federal magistrate judge in San Francisco has approved service of a lawsuit via Twitter on an overseas Kuwaiti national accused of helping fund ISIS. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler allowed the Twitter service in a suit by the nonprofit St. Francis Assisi, the Technology & Marketing Law Blog reports. The suit had alleged ISIS […]

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Judge tosses $40M excessive-force suit against Ferguson police

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a $40 million suit that claimed police in Ferguson, Missouri, used excessive force against protesters after police fatally shot Michael Brown in 2014. U.S. District Judge Henry Autry dismissed the case on Monday, report NBC News, the Associated Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and theCourthouse News Service. Autrey’s decision […]

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Donald Trump Says He ‘Brilliantly’ Used Tax Laws After Bombshell Report

PUEBLO, Colo. (Reuters) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Monday he “brilliantly used” U.S. tax rules to his advantage in trying to limit the amount he paid in taxes, arguing it helped him survive a difficult period in the real estate market. “I was able to use the tax laws of this country […]

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