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Judge Rules in Favor of 'Never Trump' Delegate

Virginia can't force him to vote against his conscience

(Newser) - A GOP delegate from Virginia who says his conscience won't let him vote for Donald Trump scored a big victory in federal court Monday. The judge ruled that Virginia can't force Carroll Correll Jr. to vote for Trump because a state law requiring Republican National Committee delegates to... More »

Ruling Makes Sharing Your Netflix Password a Federal Crime

But the FBI likely won't come knocking

(Newser) - Have you ever used a shared password for Netflix, Hulu, or HBO GO? If so, you might now be an "unwitting federal criminal" thanks to an appeals court's finding that people who share passwords are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA, Time ... More »

Forced Oral Sex Isn't Rape If Victim Is Drunk: Court

Oklahoma judges say law's language doesn't apply to the unconscious

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa say Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals misfired badly by ruling that the state's forcible sodomy law isn't applicable to intoxicated or unconscious victims, reports UPI . In what Benjamin Fu, Tulsa County assistant DA, calls an "insane" and "dangerous" interpretation of the law,... More »

SCOTUS Rules on Gay Adoption, Apple ... Batmobile

And other Supreme Court decisions on this busy Monday

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Alabama's top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother's adoption of her longtime partner's children, the AP reports. Before their breakup, one partner bore three children; the other formally adopted them in Georgia, which they were... More »

Judge Gives 'Final' Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law

Should cops be allowed to question people's immigration status?

(Newser) - Challengers of Arizona's landmark immigration law failed to show that police would enforce the statute differently for Latinos than it would for people of other ethnicities, a judge says in a ruling that dismissed the last of seven challenges to the law. The ruling could signal the end of... More »

Judge Refuses to Drop Charges in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore judge also ruled State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby won't be recused

(Newser) - Written motions finally evolved into verbal arguments this morning in Baltimore, where defense attorneys for two of the six officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray tried to have said charges dismissed and the office of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby recused from the case—attempts that... More »

BP Ruled 'Reckless' in Gulf Spill; Could Owe Billions

Judge's finding could quadruple civil penalties owed by BP

(Newser) - A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. US District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling today could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties BP could face for polluting... More »

Judge Halts Texas Abortion Law Targeting Clinics

Restrictions create 'an impermissible obstacle' to women, judge says

(Newser) - A federal judge today threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. US District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Gov. Rick Perry... More »

Wisconsin Labor Law Gutting Collective Bargaining Upheld

Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation survived all challenges

(Newser) - Collective bargaining is not a constitutional right, but a matter of "legislative grace," the Wisconsin Supreme Court says. The court’s ruling today kills the last challenge to Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 labor law with a 5-2 vote. The legislation , held up in its entirety, bans... More »

Secret Tapes of Gitmo Force-Feedings Do Exist

Well, at least tapes of one detainee being force-fed

(Newser) - In an unprecedented ruling, non-government officials have been given the go-ahead to view secret recordings that depict force-feedings at Guantanamo Bay—a ruling that by its nature establishes the fact that these tapes actually do exist, reports the Guardian . A federal judge yesterday ruled that lawyers for Abu Wa’el... More »

5 Guilty in Russian Journo's 2006 Murder

Anna Politkovskaya's work angered the Kremlin

(Newser) - Five men have been found guilty in the 2006 slaying of 48-year-old Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya , whose investigative reporting criticized President Vladimir Putin, the war in Chechnya, and Chechen leadership. Three of the men are brothers from Chechnya, one of whom has been found guilty of the shooting itself, which... More »

Judge: Mom Can Ban Dad From Delivery Room

NJ judge cites woman's right to privacy

(Newser) - A first-of-its-kind ruling is not likely to win much favor with fathers. A woman may ban her baby's daddy from the delivery room during birth, a New Jersey judge decided in a November court hearing as a mother gave her arguments ... while in labor. "The intensity was at... More »

Judge Sides With Usher in Child Custody Battle

Wife Tameka Foster Raymond wanted son after near drowning

(Newser) - A judge in Atlanta has dismissed an emergency request by R&B singer Usher's ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children. Tameka Foster Raymond had requested the hearing earlier this week after their 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of the Grammy... More »

Court Ruling Saves Lone Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

State could have been first with none if law had stood

(Newser) - Mississippi's only abortion clinic will remain open—at least for now—following a federal judge's ruling yesterday that blocked part of a state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges. The two doctors behind most abortions at the Jackson Women's Health Organization lack... More »

Airline Fined for Kicking Non-Jewish Flyer Off Plane

Pro-Palestinian activist was removed for having no Israeli passport

(Newser) - A French court has fined Air France nearly $13,000 for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight headed for Tel Aviv, Israel, UPI reports. The airline was also ordered to pay about $3,900 to the passenger, 30-year-old Horia Ankour, who was trying to attend a "Welcome to... More »

Judge: Accused Sex-Abuse Priests Must Be Named

Roman Catholic Church ordered to release its files

(Newser) - A judge today ordered the release of thousands of pages of personnel files that would identify Roman Catholic priests accused of child molestation and their leaders in the church. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias contradicts a previous order in 2010 by another judge that allowed the Archdiocese... More »

Pot Shops Must Grow Dope on Premises: Calif. Court

Ruling likely to shut down most storefronts

(Newser) - California cities can't simply ban medical marijuana shops—but the dispensaries must grow their own pot, an appeals court in the state has unanimously ruled. The city of Lake Forest had been trying to implement, in the appeals court's words, "a total bar contradicting state law" on... More »

Man Must Pay Ex for Lack of Sex

He owes former wife about $14K for 21 years of sexless marriage

(Newser) - A French judge may have just sent Viagra sales soaring: He ruled that a 51-year-old man in southern France must pay his wife about $14,000 for "lack of sex over 21 years of marriage." The judge referred to Article 215 of France's civil code, which says... More »

LiLo Flipped Off Court

What not to say to a judge

(Newser) - Next time Lindsay Lohan's at a probation hearing, she might want to skip the message on her middle fingernail that says "eff you." The words can be seen in a blown up Getty photo written on the bird-flipping finger of her left hand as she sits at the... More »

Judge Who Blocked Drill Ban Has Gulf Oil Investments

Environmentalists protest 'flagrant conflict of interest'

(Newser) - The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has extensive investments in the oil and gas industry. US District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 Reagan appointee, in 2008 reported owning less than $15,000 in stock in Transocean,... More »

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