Tag: Decisions and Verdicts

U.S. Appeals Court Reinstates Emoluments Case Against Trump

A federal appeals court in New York on Friday revived a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is illegally profiting from his hotels and restaurants in New York and Washington in violation of the Constitution’s anti-corruption, or emoluments, clauses. In a two-to-one decision, a panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the […]

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Boris Johnson Drags the Queen Into the Brexit Quagmire

LONDON — Three hundred years ago, after King James II had suspended Parliament and tried to rule alone, the pendulum of power swung in the British Isles. In the revolution that swept him aside, the monarchy, once supreme, ceded powers to lawmakers, gradually rendering itself an ornament in a system increasingly controlled by Parliament. But […]

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Supreme Court Backs New Trump Asylum Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The court said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from people who had traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being […]

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Chinese Businesswoman Found Guilty of Trespassing at Mar-a-Lago

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Yujing Zhang wore her inmate uniform to federal court and told the judge she did not have any underwear on. She repeatedly objected without seeming to know why and called the judge, “My honor.” In an unusual trial that touched on charges of trespassing into President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida […]

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Dutch Court Clears Doctor in Euthanasia of Dementia Patient

LONDON — A court in the Netherlands on Wednesday acquitted a doctor who had been accused of unlawful euthanasia for administering a lethal injection to a patient with dementia, a case that raised questions about the clarity of the country’s law in such circumstances. The patient, 74, who has not been publicly identified, had asked […]

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Mississippi Mental Health System Violates Federal Law, Judge Says

A federal judge in Mississippi ruled Wednesday that the state had violated federal civil rights law by not providing mental health patients enough care in their communities, forcing them to essentially be segregated in state-run hospitals. In a 61-page opinion, Judge Carlton W. Reeves of United States District Court in Jackson, Miss., said that the […]

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Three North Carolina Judges Step In Where the Supreme Court Refuses

Three state judges on a North Carolina trial court just did what a majority on the United States Supreme Court said was impossible only a few months ago — apply well-established legal standards to strike down some of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders in the country. The state court judges’ 357-page ruling applies to the […]

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Police Use of Facial Recognition Is Accepted by British Court

LONDON — In one of the first lawsuits to address the use of live facial recognition technology by governments, a British court ruled on Wednesday that police use of the systems is acceptable and does not violate privacy and human rights. The case has been closely watched by law enforcement agencies, privacy groups and government […]

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Johnson & Johnson’s Brand Falters Over Its Role in the Opioid Crisis

In the 1980s, Johnson & Johnson needed a reliable supply of opium for a popular product, Tylenol with codeine. So the health care conglomerate, better known for baby shampoo and Band-Aids, bought a business that grew and processed opium poppies in faraway Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. By 2015, at the height of the […]

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Meek Mill’s Criminal Case Ends With a Misdemeanor Guilty Plea

The Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who has become a symbol of criminal justice reform, as well as an outspoken advocate, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from a 2007 arrest, ending a legal saga that has sent him to prison multiple times during more than a decade of probation and appeals. […]

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Denied a Trial, Epstein’s Victims Vent Fury at Hearing

Several women who said they had been sexually exploited by Jeffrey Epstein spoke of their anger and frustration at an unusual hearing in Manhattan on Tuesday during which a federal judge formally dismissed the charges against the financier after his suicide. Denied a trial, Mr. Epstein’s accusers were given a platform by Judge Richard M. […]

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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Landmark Opioid Trial

A judge in Oklahoma on Monday ruled against Johnson & Johnson, the deep-pocketed corporate giant, and ordered it to pay the state $572 million in the first trial of an opioid manufacturer for the destruction wrought by prescription painkillers. Johnson & Johnson, which contracted with poppy growers in Tasmania, supplied 60 percent of the opiate […]

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Trial in Florida Ends With Manslaughter Verdict

In a test of the self-defense law known as “Stand Your Ground,” a Florida jury on Friday night found Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter for killing Markeis McGlockton after an argument over a parking spot escalated outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Fla., last summer. After fatally shooting Mr. McGlockton, who was black and unarmed, […]

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Electoral College Members Can Defy Voters’ Wishes, Court Rules

In a ruling that kicks at the foundation of how America chooses presidents, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said members of the Electoral College, who cast the actual votes for president, may choose whomever they please regardless of a state’s popular vote. The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th […]

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Final Punishment in Eric Garner Case: Sergeant Loses Vacation Time

The final police disciplinary case to arise from the death of Eric Garner was brought to a close Wednesday when the sergeant who had arrived on the scene as officers pressed Mr. Garner to the ground made a deal to forfeit 20 vacation days and keep her job. The agreement to let the sergeant, Kizzy […]

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Two Members of Proud Boys Convicted in Brawl Near Republican Club

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Since their founding in New York City in 2016, the far-right Proud Boys have cultivated a rough and ready image, often declaring: “We don’t start fights. We finish them.” But on Monday, jurors in State Supreme Court in Manhattan […]

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Star Architect Must Pay Venice Over Bridge Too Fragile for Tourists

ROME — An Italian court this month ordered one of the world’s leading architects to pay damages to Venice for negligently building a bridge that failed to take into account “what everyone understands” about the city — namely, that it has a ton of tourists with luggage. The five judges on a Roman court overseeing […]

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Virginia Schools’ Bathroom Rule Violates Transgender Rights, U.S. Judge Says

A federal judge ruled Friday that a Virginia school district’s policy barring a male transgender student from using the boys’ bathrooms violates the United States Constitution, an important victory for transgender rights advocates in a closely watched case. In a 28-page ruling, Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the United States District Court in Norfolk, […]

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Ugandan Academic Jailed for Insulting President on Facebook

KAMPALA, Uganda — A prominent Ugandan academic has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of cyberharassment for a series of Facebook posts criticizing President Yoweri Museveni, including calling him “a pair of buttocks.” The verdict on Friday against Stella Nyanzi, a university lecturer and researcher, drew the ire of rights […]

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