Tag: Decisions and Verdicts

Planned Parenthood Awarded $2 Million in Lawsuit Over Secret Videos

Planned Parenthood was awarded as much as $2.2 million in damages on Friday, after a federal jury in San Francisco ruled that an anti-abortion activist had broken federal and state laws when he secretly recorded workers for the organization. The activist, David R. Daleiden, recorded the videos in 2015 in an attempt to show that […]

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Whoops. Judge Reduces J&J Opioid Fine After Mistaking Thousands for Millions

In a mortifying mistake destined to be cited by gleeful math teachers everywhere, an Oklahoma judge acknowledged that he was three decimal places off — mistaking thousands for millions — when he originally calculated the amount Johnson & Johnson should pay for its role in the state’s opioids crisis. As a result, Judge Thad Balkman […]

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Court Rejects Trump’s Appeal in Fight to Keep Financial Records From Congress

WASHINGTON — A full federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to take up President Trump’s appeal of an earlier ruling that his accounting firm must comply with a House committee’s demands and turn over eight years of his financial records. In the latest of a string of court losses for Mr. Trump over his uncompromising […]

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Blueprints for 3-D Printed Guns Cannot Be Posted Online, Judge Says

A federal judge in Washington State on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from allowing blueprints for making plastic guns on 3-D printers to be posted on the internet, ruling that the move violated federal procedures. The judge, Robert S. Lasnik of United States District Court in Seattle, said that the government violated federal law in […]

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Natural Gas or Renewables? New Orleans Choice Is Shadowed by Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — Susan Guidry stepped up as a volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, helping clear debris from the streets as part of a group calling itself the Katrina Krewe. She saw firsthand the disaster’s toll, including the crippling of the power supply. When voters elected her to the City Council, she said, […]

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Judge Rules Prosecutors Misrepresented Evidence From C.I.A. Sites

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Prosecutors in the case of a Qaeda suspect misrepresented to defense lawyers what happened to him in C.I.A. custody, a military judge has ruled, complicating efforts to bring the suspect to trial at Guantánamo Bay and raising new […]

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Congolese Warlord Sentenced to 30 Years for War Crimes

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Congolese warlord known as “the Terminator” was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years in prison by an international court in The Hague for war crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. The sentence was the highest ever handed down by the International Criminal Court. The warlord, Bosco Ntaganda, 46, was […]

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U.S. Must Provide Mental Health Services to Families Separated at Border

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has ruled that the government must provide mental health services to thousands of migrant parents and children who experienced psychological harm as a result of the Trump administration’s practice of separating families. The decision, issued late Tuesday, marks a rare instance of the government being held legally accountable for […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Apologizes for Blocking Critic on Twitter

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the firebrand political star known for using her social media savvy to champion her progressive policies, has apologized to a former elected leader from Brooklyn who sued her for blocking him on Twitter. “I have reconsidered my decision to block Dov Hikind from my Twitter account,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New […]

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Bar Immigrants Who Can’t Pay for Health Care

A federal judge on Saturday blocked the Trump administration from implementing a policy that would require immigrants to prove they have insurance or the financial resources for medical costs in order to obtain a visa, according to an official from a group battling the policy in court. The ruling, by Judge Michael Simon of the […]

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After Juror Exchanged 7,000 Texts, Murder Verdict Is Overturned

Four years ago, a jury convicted Robert Neulander, a prominent doctor in central New York, of killing his wife in their suburban home, seemingly ending a complicated case that had riveted the Syracuse area. It was actually about to get more complicated. On the day of the verdict, an alternate juror contacted a lawyer for […]

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Judge Strikes Down Gun Laws Enacted in Wake of Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday struck down three gun control ordinances enacted by the City of Pittsburgh after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue last year, saying that state law prevented the city from regulating firearms. The ordinances, announced in December, include an assault weapons ban, a ban on large-capacity magazines and […]

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Bolivia Election Clash Escalates as Morales Claims Victory

President Evo Morales of Bolivia on Wednesday claimed that he won Sunday’s election by a margin wide enough to avoid a runoff, escalating a dispute over a vote marred by allegations of irregularities and by violent clashes. Mr. Morales, who has been in office since 2006, asserted that he would declare a “state of emergency” […]

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Sandy Hook Father Is Awarded $450,000 in Defamation Case

A jury in Wisconsin has awarded $450,000 to the father of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., after a judge ruled that the man had been defamed by the publication of a book denying that a shooting even took place. On Tuesday, a jury in Dane County determined the amount […]

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He Acquitted 5 Men of Murder, Then Shot Himself

YALA, Thailand — The Thai judge’s verdict was not guilty, five men spared the death penalty or life imprisonment. Then the judge reached into his robes, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the courtroom. In a 25-page manifesto that he read aloud to the courtroom on Oct. 4, Kanakorn Pianchana, a chief judge […]

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Spain Sentences Catalan Separatist Leader to 13 Years

MADRID — The Spanish Supreme Court on Monday sentenced former leaders of the Catalan independence movement to lengthy prison terms after finding them guilty of sedition for their botched attempt to break away from Spain in 2017. The former deputy leader of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, received the toughest sentence: 13 years in prison. Carles Puigdemont, […]

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Congress Can Seek Trump’s Financial Records, Appeals Court Rules

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over eight years of financial records to a House committee, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, handing the president a significant defeat in his attempts to block the release of the returns. The House Reform and Oversight Committee issued a subpoena earlier this year demanding that […]

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Will Puerto Rico Still Be Allowed to Govern Itself?

In 1947, Congress passed and President Harry Truman signed a law giving the people of Puerto Rico the right to elect their own governor. Until then, all territories of the United States, including Puerto Rico, had been governed by men appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Most governors had been known more […]

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Trump Ordered to Turn Over 8 Years of Tax Returns to the Manhattan D.A.

A federal judge on Monday rejected a bold argument from President Trump that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations, allowing the Manhattan district attorney’s office to subpoena eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns. Lawyers for Mr. Trump quickly told the court they would appeal the ruling from Judge Victor Marrero […]

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