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  • Dayton appoints Democratic Rep. Thissen to Supreme Court

    Dayton appoints Democratic Rep. Thissen to Supreme Court

    U.S. Court News 04/02/2018

    Gov. Mark Dayton appointed longtime Democratic state Rep. Paul Thissen to the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday, the latest in a long line of partisans to join the state's highest court.Thissen is an attorney and Minneapolis lawmaker who has served ...

  • Michigan's top court hearing cases over guns, schools

    Michigan's top court hearing cases over guns, schools

    Legal Outlook 03/26/2018

    considers whether the state's public schools can trump the Legislature and adopt their own restrictions on firearms.The case from Ann Arbor has been on the court's docket for more than a year. But arguments set for Wednesday are getting extra attenti...

  • Question of sales tax on online purchases goes to high court

    Question of sales tax on online purchases goes to high court

    U.S. Court News 03/26/2018

    Online shoppers have gotten used to seeing that line on checkout screens before they click "purchase." But a case before the Supreme Court could change that.At issue is a rule stemming from two, decades-old Supreme Court cases: If a business is shipp...

  • Brazil's top court: Lula can be jailed for upheld conviction

    Brazil's top court: Lula can be jailed for upheld conviction

    Legal Business News 03/22/2018

    A sharply divided top court voted early Thursday to reject an attempt by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva to stay out of jail while he appeals a corruption conviction, delivering a hard blow to the front-running candidate in this year'...

  •  Liberal Dallet easily takes Wisconsin Supreme Court race

    Liberal Dallet easily takes Wisconsin Supreme Court race

    Legal Business News 03/16/2018

    Rebecca Dallet, a liberal Milwaukee judge, easily defeated conservative Michael Screnock on Tuesday in the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, fueling optimism among Democrats for more victories in the fall midterms.The win in the first statewide gener...

  • Democrats Claim Victory In Wisconsin's Supreme Court Race

    Democrats Claim Victory In Wisconsin's Supreme Court Race

    Legal Business News 03/16/2018

    In Wisconsin Tuesday, Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet won a seat on the state Supreme Court, riding a wave of Democratic enthusiasm to victory in this (officially) nonpartisan election.The race drew national attention, mostly from big-name Demo...

  • Court to decide if drug use while pregnant is child abuse

    Court to decide if drug use while pregnant is child abuse

    Legal Outlook 03/16/2018

    Pennsylvania's highest court will decide whether a woman's use of illegal drugs while pregnant qualifies as child abuse under state law.The Supreme Court recently took up the case of a woman who tested positive for suboxone and marijuana at the time ...

  • Indian court grants bail to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan

    Indian court grants bail to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan

    Civil Rights 03/11/2018

    A court on Saturday granted bail to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who will be allowed to remain free while he appeals his conviction on charges of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago.Khan was convicted Thursday and sentenced ...

  • Justice Gorsuch confirms conservatives' hopes, liberals' fears

    Justice Gorsuch confirms conservatives' hopes, liberals' fears

    Legal Outlook 03/10/2018

    Neil Gorsuch became the Supreme Court’s newest member a year ago this Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s pick for the high court, its 113th justice, has now heard more than 60 cases on issues including gerrymandering, fees paid to unions a...

  • Lawyer tells Australian court Geoffrey Rush barely eating

    Lawyer tells Australian court Geoffrey Rush barely eating

    Legal Outlook 03/10/2018

    Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has become virtually housebound, barely eats and wakes each morning with a "terrible sense of dread" since a Sydney newspaper alleged inappropriate behavior toward an actress, his lawyer swore in an affidavit.Lawyer ...

  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Diabetes, decisions and justice math

    SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Diabetes, decisions and justice math

    Legal Business News 03/06/2018

    Visitors attending Supreme Court arguments surrender their electronics on entering the courtroom. So if something rings, chimes or buzzes, it's likely the device's owner is dressed in a black robe.Last year, a justice's cellphone went off. But last m...