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  • South African court says marijuana use in private is legal

    South African court says marijuana use in private is legal

    Ethics 09/15/2018

    South Africa's top court says adults can use marijuana in private. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld a provincial court's ruling in a case involving Gareth Prince, who advocates the decriminalization of the drug.Prince says cannabis should b...

  • India decriminalizes homosexual acts in landmark verdict

    India decriminalizes homosexual acts in landmark verdict

    Ethics 09/03/2018

    India's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would "pave the way for a better future."The 1861 law, a relic of Victori...

  •  Subordinate courts in Telangana sit on pile of cases

    Subordinate courts in Telangana sit on pile of cases

    Ethics 07/23/2018

    Apart from the Hyderabad High Court, there is a heavy pendency of cases in the district and subordinate courts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as well. While in Telangana at least 4.9 lakh cases — both civil and criminal — are pending, in...

  •  India's top court calls for new law to curb mob violence

    India's top court calls for new law to curb mob violence

    Ethics 07/12/2018

    India's highest court on Tuesday asked the federal government to consider enacting a law to deal with an increase in lynchings and mob violence fueled mostly by rumors that the victims either belonged to members of child kidnapping gangs or were beef...

  • Analysis: Outside groups may factor in Arkansas court race

    Analysis: Outside groups may factor in Arkansas court race

    Ethics 02/01/2018

    Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson lost her bid to run the state's highest court two years ago after coming under fire from conservative groups that spent big on mailers and TV ads targeting her. Two years earlier, David Sterling was def...

  • NJ Supreme Court Reverses Decades-Old Divorce Law

    NJ Supreme Court Reverses Decades-Old Divorce Law

    Ethics 08/10/2017

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has reversed a decades-old law in a landmark decision that makes the child the focus of divorce relocation proceedings. The law centers on divorced parents who want to leave New Jersey with the child against the other par...

  • Vietnamese activist sentenced to 9 years in prison

    Vietnamese activist sentenced to 9 years in prison

    Ethics 07/22/2017

    A Vietnamese court on Tuesday sentenced an activist to nine years in prison on charges of producing videos that defamed the country’s leadership, in the latest crackdown on dissent. Tran Thi Nga was convicted of spreading propaganda against the state...

  • Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss

    Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss

    Ethics 07/11/2017

    A Louisiana flood board is nearing a deadline for asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its lawsuit seeking to make oil and gas companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands. Federal district and appeals courts have rejected the lawsuit, ...

  • Rhode Island high court vacates conviction in triple slaying

    Rhode Island high court vacates conviction in triple slaying

    Ethics 06/23/2017

    Rhode Island's highest court has overturned the conviction of a 21-year-old man serving two consecutive life sentences for a 2012 triple slaying at a housing complex. Authorities allege the then-16-year-old Quandell Husband had plotted with three oth...

  • Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group

    Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group

    Ethics 01/28/2017

    A University of Wisconsin-Madison student who once served prison time for setting fires at two predominantly black churches is recruiting on campus for a local chapter of a national pro-white party, enraging students searching for ways to improve rac...

  • Court: Indian candidates can't use faith, caste to get votes

    Court: Indian candidates can't use faith, caste to get votes

    Ethics 01/03/2017

    India's top court has ruled that election candidates cannot use religion or caste to seek votes, describing them as corrupt practices under electoral laws. India has a Hindu-nationalist government, and most political parties select candidates in vari...

  • Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    Ethics 11/14/2016

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday night stayed the execution of an Alabama man convicted of the 1982 shooting death of a woman's husband in a murder-for-hire arrangement. Five justices voted to stay the execution of Tommy Arthur as the high court co...

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