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Judge lowers $2-million bail for Suge Knight's fiancee on charges she sold murder trial evidence to TMZ

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Judge lowers $2-million bail for Suge Knight's fiancee on charges she sold murder trial evidence to TMZ


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Kenya’s Supreme Court: Here’s why we annulled the results of the presidential election. It was a mess.

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Kenya’s Supreme Court: Here’s why we annulled the results of the presidential election. It was a mess.


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In Iowa, $75 speeding ticket fight heads to Supreme Court

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After one failed election, can Kenyans come together to make the redo succeed?

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Court overturns conviction of Oregon man who shot wife

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Man pleads guilty to shooting woman in leg

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Kenya Court Says It Nullified Election Over Possible Hacking

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Illinois court to issue ruling in Drew Peterson murder case
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Horry County Schools, contractor sued by construction company over debts
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Chris Soules’ Attorneys Request Dismissal of ‘Unconstitutional’ Fatal Accident Charge
Chris Soules‘ legal team is asking the court to dismiss the fatal accident charge against him, claiming it “unconstitutional” that he be charged for not returning to the scene of the accident. On Tuesday, attorneys for the former Bachelor star filed a motion to dismiss in the Iowa District Court in Buchanan County. However, Soules’ attorneys are refuting the last sentence of the code in new court documents, saying it should only be applicable when a surviving driver has not notified law enforcement of an accident while on the scene   Read More ...
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Ohio Supreme Court rules appeals court had jurisdiction to reinstate murder conviction of ex-Akron police captain Douglas Prade
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an appeals court had the proper jurisdiction to reinstate the 1998 murder conviction of former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade. The state's high court ruled in a 5-1 opinion that the Ninth District Court of Appeals was legally allowed to hear arguments over a county judge's 2012 decision that briefly exonerated Prade   Read More ...
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Lost luggage: "Mischievous" Singapore handler sent bags astray at world's best airport
Tay Boon Keh, a 63-year-old working as a baggage handler for a sub-contractor of the Changi Airport Group, was charged in court on Tuesday with 286 counts of mischief, the newspaper said. He did not explain his actions, but intends to plead guilty, it said. The next hearing is on Oct 17, when, if convicted, he can be jailed for up to one year and fined for each charge   Read More ...
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Chris Soules' Attorneys Request Dismissal of 'Unconstitutional' Fatal Accident Charge
Chris Soules‘ legal team is asking the court to dismiss the fatal accident charge against him, claiming it “unconstitutional” that he be charged for not returning to the scene of the accident. On Tuesday, attorneys for the former Bachelor star filed a motion to dismiss in the Iowa District Court in Buchanan County. However, Soules’ attorneys are refuting the last sentence of the code in new court documents, saying it should only be applicable when a surviving driver has not notified law enforcement of an accident while on the scene   Read More ...
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Court sentences two Oklahoma women for allegedly beating a 5-year-old with a hammer
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Judge lowers $2-million bail for Suge Knight's fiancee on charges she sold murder trial evidence to TMZ
A Los Angeles County judge decided to sharply reduce the $2-million bail keeping Marion “Suge” Knight’s fiancee jailed on charges that she violated a court order by selling a key video in Knight’s murder trial to the gossip website TMZ. Toi-Lin Kelly, 36, was arrested this month after a grand jury indicted her on charges of conspiring to violate a court order, obstruct justice and commit grand theft, prosecutors said   Read More ...
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Court asked to dismiss cases tied to former drug lab chemist
BOSTON (AP) — A petition submitted Wednesday to the state's highest court seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years. The petition was filed with the Supreme Judicial Court by the state's public defender agency, called the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and by two women whose drug possession convictions are tied to evidence handled by chemist Sonja Farak   Read More ...
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SJC ruling narrows Massachusetts definition of felony murder
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday overturned two felony murder convictions of a Woburn man who helped plan a 2009 home invasion robbery but was not actually present when two residents were shot to death. The ruling by the court upheld an appeal filed by Timothy Brown, who was convicted of two counts of first-degree felony murder in 2013. Those sentences will be vacated and two convictions for second-degree murders will be entered in their place   Read More ...
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Fight over labeling of ‘flushable’ wipes headed to federal court
The question of whether flushable wipes — used by potty-training toddlers and people looking beyond traditional toilet paper — are clogging sewer systems will be hashed out in federal court, where a manufacturer has sued the District over a new city law regulating when such wipes can be labeled “flushable.” Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark Corp., which manufactures Cottonelle, Scott Naturals and Pull-Ups flushable wipes, alleges that the D   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court Hears First Speed Camera Case
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court is often reserved for the most important cases. Rarely do justices hear cases about simple misdemeanors, let alone speeding tickets, but that is exactly what happened on Wednesday. After a two-year battle, Marla Leaf finally had her Automated Traffic Enforcement ticket case heard. On February 5th, 2015, Leaf was going home on Highway 380 in Cedar Rapids, when she got clocked by an automatic speed camera driving 68 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone   Read More ...
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Court asked to dismiss cases tied to former drug lab chemist
BOSTON (AP) — A petition submitted Wednesday to the highest court in Massachusetts seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years. The petition was filed with the Supreme Judicial Court by the state’s public defender agency — the Committee for Public Counsel Services — and two women whose drug possession convictions are tied to evidence handled by chemist Sonja Farak   Read More ...
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'Emotion' not fact: Court overturns child abuse conviction
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Jonathan Johnson: States continue straw-grasping internet tax gambit
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The supreme court is a monarchy of lawyers
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State's attorney candidate asks court to disqualify rival over residency requirement
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Iowa High Court hears woman’s $75 speeding ticket case
Des Moines, Iowa — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn’t speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it’s not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, argued Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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Court overturns conviction of Oregon man who shot wife
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife. According to court documents, Peter Zielinski of Keizer told police he suspected his wife had been having an affair and found text messages and e-mails that confirmed his suspicions. Police say the man told them 38-year-old Lisa Zielinski looked at him with disgust and asked him to leave her alone on the January 2011 morning he shot her   Read More ...
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Kenya’s Supreme Court: Here’s why we annulled the results of the presidential election. It was a mess.
NAIROBI — Kenya’s Supreme Court said Wednesday that lapses by the country’s electoral commission had compelled the justices to annul the results of last month’s presidential election, in which incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner. The court has earned worldwide praise for its landmark decision to void the results, hailed as the first of its kind in Africa, even as concerns about a political crisis in Kenya grow   Read More ...
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In Iowa, $75 speeding ticket fight heads to Supreme Court
A dispute over a $75 speeding ticket has climbed through the levels of Iowa's court system, reaching the lofty heights of the Iowa Supreme Court for oral arguments. Marla Leaf got a speeding ticket because a camera allegedly caught her driving 68 mph in a 55-mph zone on an interstate freeway through the city of Cedar Rapids in February 2015. It's not typical for the state's top court to hear small-claims cases   Read More ...
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Accused killer David Dooley asks for attainable bond
FLORENCE, Ky. — After having his murder conviction thrown out, David Dooley’s bond request is a million-dollar question for the judge, since that’s how much he’s being held on. “I think the court could set a bond at $100,000 cash or property. I think that would be appropriate, if the court didn’t see fit just to release Mr. Dooley outright,” Dooley attorney Jeff Lawson said   Read More ...
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After one failed election, can Kenyans come together to make the redo succeed?
After Kenya’s Supreme Court invalidated last month’s election because of mass irregularities, President Uhuru Kenyatta was angry and pained. It was as if a thief had stolen his cow and he couldn’t get it back, Kenyatta said last week. He has declared that Kenya has “a problem” with the Supreme Court, calling the judges crooks who stole the election from him and threatening to “fix” the judiciary if he wins the redo election on Oct   Read More ...
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Brazil Supreme Court sends new Temer graft charges to Congress
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CR traffic camera cases make it to Iowa Supreme Court
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG TV9)- Two challenges to the legality of automated traffic camera citations in Cedar Rapids made it to the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday. The city of Cedar Rapids stopped issuing citations from the four cameras along I-380 earlier this year pending the city’s appeal of an Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) order to move two cameras and remove two others   Read More ...
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GOP lawmaker wants court to weigh in on PawSox stadium plan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan says the Rhode Island Supreme Court should weigh in on whether the state legally can help pay for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Republican representative says she tried to introduce a bill during a rare fall session Tuesday to ask if the state could agree to pay for it if less than two-thirds of lawmakers agree   Read More ...
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Court asked to dismiss cases tied to former drug lab chemist
BOSTON – A petition submitted to Massachusetts' highest court seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years. The petition was filed Wednesday with the Supreme Judicial Court by two women whose drug possession convictions are tied to evidence handled by chemist Sonja Farak   Read More ...
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Court overturns conviction of Oregon man who shot wife
PORTLAND -- The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife. According to court documents, Peter Zielinski of Keizer told police he suspected his wife had been having an affair and found text messages and e-mails that confirmed his suspicions. Police say the man told them 38-year-old Lisa Zielinski looked at him with disgust and asked him to leave her alone on the January 2011 morning he shot her   Read More ...
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Attorneys urge Arkansas high court to reverse ruling on execution drugs
LITTLE ROCK — Government lawyers want Arkansas' highest court to reverse a ruling that requires prison officials to reveal more information about their execution drugs, saying further disclosure would make it impossible for the state to acquire lethal injection drugs. Attorneys for the state filed a brief Wednesday saying it shouldn't have to release package inserts and labels for lethal injection drugs, as a judge had ordered last spring   Read More ...
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Court asked to dismiss cases tied to ex-drug lab chemist
BOSTON (AP) — A petition is asking Massachusetts' highest court to dismiss every case connected to a former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years. The state's public defender agency is a party to the petition filed Wednesday before the Supreme Judicial Court by two women whose drug possession convictions are tied to evidence handled by Sonja Farak   Read More ...
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Man pleads guilty to shooting woman in leg
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa | A Spirit Lake man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting a woman in the leg last fall. Scott Sidles, 55, entered his plea in Dickinson County District Court to a felony charge of reckless use of a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Charges of attempted murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury will be dismissed   Read More ...
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Court overturns conviction of Oregon man who shot wife
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife. According to court documents, Peter Zielinski of Keizer told police he suspected his wife had been having an affair and found text messages and e-mails that confirmed his suspicions. Police say the man told them 38-year-old Lisa Zielinski looked at him with disgust and asked him to leave her alone on the January 2011 morning he shot her   Read More ...
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Canadian ex-mountie given 5 years over narwhal tusk smuggling
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Final person arrested at rallies on Monument Ave. arraigned
The last of the seven people arrested among protests along Monument Avenue this weekend was arraigned in Richmond General District Court Wednesday. Thomas Rockett, 21, of Herndon, is facing a charge of wearing a mask in public, a felony punishable by five years in prison. Three others were brought before the court on Tuesday facing the same charge. All will face a trial on Oct   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court hears woman's $75 speeding ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it's not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, argued Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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The Latest: Captured polygamous pleads guilty in court
A polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run has pleaded guilty in escape and food-stamp fraud cases. Lyle Jeffs entered the pleas in Salt Lake City's federal court Wednesday. He was charged in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme and his escape from home confinement. Jeffs was awaiting trial in the food-stamp case when he slipped off his ankle monitor in June 2016   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court hears woman's $75 speeding ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it's not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, argued Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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The Latest: Captured polygamous pleads guilty in court
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest in the case against polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs (all times local): A polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run has pleaded guilty in escape and food-stamp fraud cases. Lyle Jeffs entered the pleas in Salt Lake City's federal court Wednesday. He was charged in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme and his escape from home confinement   Read More ...
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Lawyers ask SJC to toss mountain of cases tied to disgraced chemist
The state's public defenders office is asking the Supreme Judicial Court to toss every case -- potentially thousands -- tied to disgraced state chemist Sonja Farak, two months after a judge ruled that prosecutors handling her criminal case had misled and "committed fraud" upon the court. The Committee for Public Counsel Services said today it has filed a petition with the state's highest court asking to dismiss, with prejudice, "every case tainted" by the conduct by Farak, a former chemist at the Amherst drug lab who was convicted of tampering with evidence   Read More ...
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