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Legal Decision Against Guam Cites ... John Oliver

Ninth Circuit judge cites comedian's HBO show in decision footnote

(Newser) - There's a little-known axiom in Hollywood that says you've only truly made it when you've been cited by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If that's true (it isn't), then welcome to the A-list, John Oliver. As Above the Law reports, a... More »

Federal Judge: Use Firing Squads, Not Lethal Injections

Don't pretend killing isn't brutal, Kozinski says

(Newser) - Killing people is a brutal and messy business, and if Americans can't deal with that, they shouldn't be condemning people to death, a top federal judge says. In a strongly worded dissent in an Arizona lethal-injection case, Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the Ninth US Circuit Court of... More »

Court Kills Terrorist's Suit Against Bush Lawyer

Jose Padilla can't sue John Yoo, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules

(Newser) - Convicted terrorist Jose Padilla can't sue the Bush administration lawyer who helped craft the legal justification for torturing him—nor can any American citizen in the same predicament, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. Padilla, an American citizen dubbed an "enemy combatant" in 2002, has been... More »

Court: Call to Shoot Obama Is Free Speech

Court clears Walter Bagdasarian for exhorting people to 'shoot the [racial slur]'

(Newser) - The First Amendment protects even racists calling for the president’s assassination, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today, overturning the conviction of Walter Bagdasarian. Bagdasarian was convicted of threatening to kill a presidential candidate two weeks ahead of the 2008 election for an online rant in which he... More »

Prop 8 May Go to Supreme Court—This Week

Case could move up ladder...fast

(Newser) - It has always seemed likely that the Proposition 8 case would end up before the Supreme Court—and it could happen as early as this week, Jesse McKinley writes in the New York Times . Judge Walker last week gave the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals until Wednesday to review... More »

Anna Nicole's Estate Loses $450M Inheritance Fight

Appellate court agrees with earlier Texas ruling

(Newser) - Anna Nicole Smith's estate won't inherit any money from J. Howard Marshall, the oil magnate Smith married a year before his death. In a case that's dragged on for nearly 15 years, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled today that a Texas probate court correctly found Marshall didn't... More »

Court Caps Man at More Than 400 Lawsuits

Californian sued under Americans With Disabilities Act

(Newser) - After filing more than 400 lawsuits under the Amercians With Disabilities Act, Jarek Molski will be be allowed to file no more, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 2004, a federal judge accused him of extorting California businesses, barring him from future litigation, and yesterday the Supreme Court declined to... More »

Court Backs Public School Uniforms

No more T-shirts in Nevada district

(Newser) - In a decision that could impact several states, a federal court has upheld a Nevada school district's right to require public school student to wear uniforms. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against students who objected to wearing uniforms—including one who was suspended for wearing a T-shirt... More »

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