Tag: Decisions and Verdicts

‘Uncontrollable’ Jeffrey Epstein: 5 Takeaways From Judge’s Bail Decision

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A federal judge on Thursday denied Jeffrey Epstein’s request for bail pending his trial on sex-trafficking charges in Manhattan. As a result, Mr. Epstein, 66, a wealthy financier who owns a private jet, luxury homes around the world and […]

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A ‘Train Wreck’ Was Averted at the Supreme Court, but for How Long?

The poison emanating from the White House in recent days has been so overwhelming that it’s hard to remember that something else held the country in thrall just a week ago: the prospect that President Trump would defy the Supreme Court and insist on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. There’s a strong […]

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Judge Resigns After Saying Teenager in Rape Case Was From ‘Good Family’

The New Jersey judge who sparked nationwide backlash by recommending leniency for a 16-year-old boy accused of rape because the boy was from a “good family” has resigned from the bench, officials said on Wednesday. The comments by the judge, James Troiano, which were made in a 2018 ruling, were seen by advocates for sexual […]

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Why Justice Stevens Turned Against the Death Penalty

Justice John Paul Stevens struck an important blow against the modern death penalty 17 years ago in a Supreme Court decision barring capital punishment for intellectually disabled people. In his majority opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, Justice Stevens said the “cognitive and behavioral impairments” of the intellectually disabled made them “less morally culpable” and put […]

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Roger Stone Is Barred From Social Media After Posts Attacking Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered President Trump’s former adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. off social media, declaring that he violated a gag order by using Instagram and other platforms to attack the special counsel’s investigation and officials tied to it. Mr. Stone, a self-described dirty trickster, is awaiting trial in November on […]

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‘The D.O.J. Has Failed Us’: Eric Garner’s Family Assails Prosecutors

Elected officials, civil rights activists and family members expressed dismay on Tuesday that the Justice Department had declined to pursue charges against a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk five years ago. In an emotional news conference, family members called on Mayor Bill de Blasio […]

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Trump Administration Gets Court Victory in Sanctuary Cities Case

SEATTLE — A federal appeals court on Friday gave President Trump a rare legal victory in his efforts to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, upholding the Justice Department’s decision to give preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with immigration authorities. The 2-to-1 opinion overturned a nationwide injunction issued last […]

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Judge Clears Way for Amazon and Microsoft to Compete for Giant Pentagon Contract

SEATTLE — A federal judge ruled on Friday that Amazon did not unduly influence the shape of one of the largest technology contracts in the Pentagon’s history, setting the stage for the Department of Defense to choose between Amazon and Microsoft for the $10 billion project. Oracle had alleged that Amazon and the Defense Department […]

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Vincent Lambert, Frenchman at Center of Right-to-Die Case, Dies at 42

PARIS — Vincent Lambert, a former nurse who had been in a vegetative state for over a decade, died on Thursday in Reims, France, after an intense family dispute over his fate that led to years of legal battles and put him at the center of right-to-die debates. He was 42. Mr. Lambert’s death was […]

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Trump Can’t Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules

WASHINGTON — President Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking people from following his Twitter account because they criticized or mocked him, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The ruling could have broader implications for how the First Amendment applies to the social-media era. Because Mr. Trump uses Twitter to conduct government business, […]

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Judge Gets Threats After Saying Teenager in Rape Case Was From ‘Good Family’

Judge Troiano, 69, cited the boy’s good grades and potential to attend a good college when he denied prosecutors’ request that the boy be charged as an adult. ImageCreditSuperior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division Family Court proceedings are typically closed to the public, but some of Judge Troiano’s comments, taken from a 65-page transcript […]

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Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Drug Companies to List Prices in TV Ads

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the Trump administration cannot force pharmaceutical companies to disclose the list price of their drugs in television ads, dealing a blow to one of the president’s most visible efforts to pressure drug companies to lower their prices. Judge Amit P. Mehta, of the United States District Court in […]

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Judge Orders Madrid to Keep Fining Polluting Drivers

MADRID — A judge has intervened in a fierce political battle over who should be allowed to drive in Madrid, ordering the city’s new right-wing administration to continue fining people who take polluting vehicles into a restricted central zone. Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida had prompted street protests by suspending fines against those who drive older […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Blocking Trump From Using Defense Funds for Border Wall

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday upheld a block on President Trump’s attempt to use $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense to construct a wall along the southwestern border, impeding the delivery of one of his signature campaign promises. The divided three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit agreed with […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Barr’s Attempt to Deny Asylum Seekers Bail

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked an order by Attorney General William P. Barr that would have kept thousands of migrants detained indefinitely while waiting for their asylum cases to be decided. Judge Marsha J. Pechman of United States District Court for the Western District of Washington described the order, which […]

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Teenager Accused of Rape Deserves Leniency Because He’s From a ‘Good Family,’ Judge Says

The 16-year-old girl was visibly intoxicated, her speech slurred, when a drunk 16-year-old boy sexually assaulted her in a dark basement during an alcohol-fueled pajama party in New Jersey, prosecutors said. The boy filmed himself penetrating her from behind, her torso exposed, her head hanging down, prosecutors said. He later shared the cellphone video among […]

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Debate Over Uber and Lyft Drivers’ Rights in California Has Split Labor

California’s labor movement recently seemed on the verge of a new era for worker rights. A state court ruled that workers in the gig economy should have many of the protections of employment, like a minimum wage and overtime pay. And the State Assembly passed a bill codifying that ruling and adding more protections. But […]

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