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Court: Filming Cops Isn't First Amendment Right

If you're not making your grievances known, no recording allowed, says ruling

(Newser) - Unless you're actively challenging or criticizing the police, don't whip out your cellphone to record them. That's the ruling of a US District Court in Pennsylvania in a joint lawsuit covering two cases in Philadelphia, the PhillyVoice reports. The complaint—which the ACLU of Pennsylvania says is... More »

'Affluenza' Teen's Case Moved to Adult Court

Ethan Couch will likely get stricter probation conditions when he turns 19 in April

(Newser) - Two weeks ago, Ethan Couch was moved from a juvenile facility to an adult jail . Now the "affluenza" teen will move into the grown-up leagues in yet another way: A Texas judge decided Friday to transfer Couch's case from juvenile to adult court when he turns 19 on... More »

Subway Employee: Fridge Door Locked Behind Me

Karlee Daubeney's case is finally going to court

(Newser) - A Subway employee says she's still suffering from anxiety after getting locked in a store fridge for eight hours last year—and now her story is getting its day in court, the Independent reports. Karlee Daubeney, 20, says she was working late last December at a Subway in Gloucester,... More »

For Wrongfully Convicted Women, Justice Is More Elusive: Lawyers

Lawyers start Northwestern Women's Project to overturn cases

(Newser) - Exonerating women who are wrongfully convicted of violent crimes is no easy task—just ask Kristine Bunch. She got 60 years for supposedly setting the fire that killed her 3-year-old son in 1995, and struggled to find anyone who could help, Mother Jones reports. Finally, lawyers at the Center on... More »

Family Can Sue: Hospital Froze Grandma Alive

Appeals court rules family's suit tied to 2010 incident can move forward

(Newser) - A judge has ruled a lawsuit tied to a bizarre 2010 death can move forward. That year, heart-attack victim Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was declared dead at White Memorial Medical Center and placed in the hospital's freezer. But when her body was turned over to morticians days later,... More »

Canada Strikes Down Anti-Prostitution Laws

They're deemed unconstitutional by Supreme Court

(Newser) - Canada's highest court has slayed a series of prostitution laws that included bans on brothels and street soliciting, declaring them unconstitutional. After a series of appeals in the lower courts, the chief justice explained the 9-0 decision, noting, "Parliament has the power to regulate against nuisances, but not... More »

Judge: Take Down San Diego War Cross

But Supreme Court appeal may change things

(Newser) - A giant cross that's stood on a San Diego mountain for decades may not dot Mount Soledad for many more. A judge has ruled the 43-foot national war memorial cross violates the separation of church and state and needs to be removed within 90 days—once all appeals are... More »

Prostitute Wins Right to Service Clients at Hotel

Australian court rules owner must rent her a room

(Newser) - Today, in really unusual court cases: Prostitutes have the right to work from motel rooms in an Australian state, a court said after finding the owner's refusal to rent to a sex worker was discriminatory. The ruling in the northeastern state of Queensland has stunned hotel and motel owners,... More »

Judge Defends Free Speech on Twitter in Key Case

Dismisses suit against man accused of stalking an enemy

(Newser) - Posting personal attacks on Twitter may not be a matter for the courts—even if thousands of tweets are involved, according to a US judge. In a case in San Francisco, the government accused one William Lawrence Cassidy of causing a Buddhist leader "severe emotional distress" through the social... More »

Obama's Uncle Arrives at Court, Giggling

Onyango Obama apparently tickled by media attention

(Newser) - President Obama’s half-uncle was in court today on drunk-driving charges —and he seemed to find the media's attention rather funny, notes the Boston Herald , which describes him as giggling and "stifling laughter" a number of times. Accompanied by attorneys and an unidentified man, Onyango Obama made... More »

Breivik Wants to Appear in Court in Uniform...

But his lawyer doesn't know what kind of uniform

(Newser) - The man who confessed to killing nearly 100 people in the Norway terror attack plans to explain his actions in court today—"in uniform," reports the BBC . But his attorney doesn't know what kind of uniform Anders Behring Breivik hopes to wear, reports AP . Though Breivik had... More »

NY Investor: Facebook Is Mine

He says he put up early $1K for 84% of company

(Newser) - A New York investor who is arguing he owns 84% of Facebook because of a financial arrangement with founder Mark Zuckerberg has blocked a planned transfer of company assets. A judge has issued a temporary restraining order halting the transfer until the court can decide the merit of the case.... More »

Health Foes Fight Mandatory Insurance at State Level

Efforts, mainly GOP-led, appear more symbolic, but could result in court battles

(Newser) - Efforts are afoot in more than a dozen states to outlaw mandatory health insurance, a preemptive strike against federal health reform that, though mainly symbolic and constitutionally dubious, could provoke a court battle that would be costly and delay any plan passed by Congress. “I just don’t want... More »

Roberts Labors to Bring Divided Court Together

Chief scores 2 big 8-1 decisions last week, but Supremes still split

(Newser) - John Roberts told the Senate in 2005 that the Supreme Court was too polarized, and as chief justice he promised to encourage harmony between the court's left and right blocs. Last week he delivered, with two 8-1 decisions on the Voting Rights Act and the strip-search of a 13-year-old girl.... More »

Suu Kyi Pleads Not Guilty, Blames Regime's Security

(Newser) - Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi pleaded not guilty today to charges she violated terms of her house arrest, Reuters reports. She blamed the regime’s lax security for allowing an American to swim to her lakeside home. Asked if she was guilty, Suu Kyi answered, “no, because... More »

Tehran Judge Echoes Call for 'Fair' Saberi Trial

Iran minister chides Obama for not knowing details of closed trial

(Newser) - The head of Iran’s judiciary issued a statement today requesting that Roxana Saberi’s appeal “should be fairly, accurately, and quickly considered.” It’s not clear whether Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi means Saberi’s appeal will be successful, or if he merely wants to stress to international... More »

Body Tentatively ID'd as Caylee

Authorities tentatively ID remains as those of missing 3-year-old

(Newser) - Investigators in Florida believe a body discovered yesterday is that of missing toddler Caylee Anthony, a lawyer for her mother told a judge today. The corpse recovered near the Orlando home of her grandparents has been “tentatively indentified” as hers, based on hair color and other physical evidence, CNN... More »

Congratulations, You've Been SuperServed!

Legal notifications on Facebook OK with Aussie supreme court

(Newser) - Australians can add legal judgments to the list of goodies their Facebook “friends” can send them. In what appears to be a global first, a Supreme Court judge today ruled that notices of default judgments—cases that don’t require defendants to appear—may be served on Facebook, the... More »

Judge Nixes Fla. Ban on Gay Adoption

State plans to appeal ruling against 30-year-old measure

(Newser) - A Miami circuit judge sparked a constitutional showdown by ruling today against Florida’s 30-year-old ban on gay adoption, rebutting claims that homosexuals suffer more from mental illness and substance abuse. The attorney general’s office plans to appeal the decision, which allows a Miami man to adopt two foster... More »

Calif. Brewer Wins Fight to Sell 'Legal Weed'

Feds reverse course on double-entendre bottle cap after 6 months of bad publicity

(Newser) - Vaune Dillmann can market his beer from the small California town of Weed with the slogan "Try Legal Weed" after regulators backed off what could have been a drawn-out court battle, the Los Angeles Times reports. The feds tried to block Dillmann, citing a law prohibiting drug references on... More »

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