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  • Supreme Court rejects defendant’s appeal in 2015 slaying

    Supreme Court rejects defendant’s appeal in 2015 slaying

    Legal Events 04/21/2021

    The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the life prison sentence given to a man who plotted the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, a 22-year-old Rapid City woman. Jonathan Klinetobe pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors ...

  • Biden assigns study on delicate issue of Supreme Court

    Biden assigns study on delicate issue of Supreme Court

    Legal Events 04/09/2021

    President Joe Biden on Friday ordered a study of adding seats to the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits fo...

  • Trump, Biden lawyer up, brace for White House legal battle

    Trump, Biden lawyer up, brace for White House legal battle

    Legal Events 10/24/2020

    President Donald Trump’s and Democratic rival Joe Biden’s campaigns are assembling armies of powerful lawyers for the possibility that the race for the White House is decided not at the ballot box but in court. They have been engaging in ...

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

    Legal Events 09/21/2020

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer...

  • Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

    Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

    Legal Events 08/02/2020

    A federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases.A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Cir...

  • High court won't hear abortion clinic 'buffer zone' cases

    High court won't hear abortion clinic 'buffer zone' cases

    Legal Events 07/02/2020

    The Supreme Court on Thursday turned away pleas from anti-abortion activists to make it easier for them to protest outside clinics, declining to wade back into the abortion debate just days after striking down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clin...

  • Supreme Court sides with government in immigration case

    Supreme Court sides with government in immigration case

    Legal Events 05/03/2020

    The Supreme Court is making it harder for noncitizens who are authorized to live permanently in the United States to argue they should be allowed to stay in the country if they've committed crimes.The decision Thursday split the court 5-4 along ideol...

  •  Supreme Court: Trump can use Pentagon funds for border wall

    Supreme Court: Trump can use Pentagon funds for border wall

    Legal Events 07/26/2019

    The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico.The court’s five conservative justices gave the administration the green light on Friday ...

  • Italian court rules wrong Eritrean accused of trafficking

    Italian court rules wrong Eritrean accused of trafficking

    Legal Events 07/13/2019

    A court in Palermo, Sicily, ruled on Friday that the wrong Eritrean man was arrested and tried as a migrant smuggling kingpin and ordered him released from jail, to the jubilation of international supporters who had championed for years the defendant...

  •  Court rules against Florida officials on medical marijuana

    Court rules against Florida officials on medical marijuana

    Legal Events 07/03/2019

    A Florida appellate court ruled that the state's approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country's most lucrative.If the ruling stands, it could forc...

  • High court strikes down ‘scandalous’ part of trademark law

    High court strikes down ‘scandalous’ part of trademark law

    Legal Events 06/20/2019

    The Supreme Court struck down a section of federal law Monday that prevented businesses from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory to California fashion brand FUCT.The high court ruled that the century-old provision ...

  • Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime

    Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime

    Legal Events 06/14/2019

    Brazil's supreme court officially made homophobia and transphobia crimes similar to racism on Thursday, with the final justices casting their votes in a ruling that comes amid fears the country's far-right administration is seeking to roll back LGBT ...

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