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Defendant Wouldn't Shut Up. Judge's Orders: 'Hit Him'

Terry Lee Morris' conviction has been overturned after judge ordered him electrified during trial

(Newser) - What went down in a Texas courtroom in 2014 was literally shocking enough to result in a man's conviction being overturned late last month. As originally reported by the Texas Lawyer website Tuesday, Terry Lee Morris, who'd been found guilty of sex crimes against a child and given... More »

Judge Turns Down Assange Request With Biting Words

She once again upholds British arrest warrant

(Newser) - A British judge on Tuesday upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than five years evading the law inside Ecuador's London embassy. Judge Emma Arbuthnot—who Bloomberg reports last week rejected arguments made by his team—rejected new arguments by Assange's lawyers... More »

Judge Dashes Assange's Hopes of Leaving Embassy

British judge upholds the arrest warrant against him

(Newser) - A British judge on Tuesday upheld a UK arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, leaving his legal position unchanged after more than five years inside the Ecuadorean Embassy. Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a call from Assange's lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer... More »

Judge Interrupts Jury to Deliver Message From God

Texas jurors ignored his plea not to convict in sex trafficking case

(Newser) - A strange court controversy out of Texas, where a judge interrupted jurors deciding a defendant's fate in a sex-trafficking case and urged them not to convict. Twice. Later, state district judge Jack Robison explained that God told him to do so, reports the Austin American-Statesman . And the kicker: The... More »

Judge Orders Lawyer to Have English Teacher Review Work

Legal complaint filed in Florida was incomprehensible

(Newser) - Judges reject legal filings for all kinds of reasons, but one spotted by the Above the Law blog is downright embarrassing. Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida agreed with opposing attorneys that a complaint filed on behalf of a housekeeping employee suing a hospital was just... More »

Prominent Federal Judge Retires After 15 Accusations

Alex Kozinski's retirement is effective immediately

(Newser) - "I was in a state of emotional shock," said one of the women who accused prominent 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski of sexual misconduct earlier this month. Now, a perhaps less-than-shocking ending: Kozinski will retire effective immediately, he announced Monday. The Washington Post , which... More »

Judge: Teen Maybe 'Flattered' by Cabbie Who Assaulted Her

Jean-Paul Braun also labeled 17-year-old victim 'a little overweight' but with a 'pretty face'

(Newser) - Taxi driver Carlo Figaro was found guilty of sexual assault in a Quebec court earlier this year, but not before the judge in his case made some questionable comments about the 17-year-old victim. The BBC reports a complaint has been filed by a provincial minister against Judge Jean-Paul Braun. Per... More »

Judge: Lynyrd Skynyrd Flick Violates 'Blood Oath'

Southern rock band members made a vow not to exploit band's name, history

(Newser) - A film created with help from a former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer violates a "blood oath" surviving band members made not to exploit the band's name and history, a judge concluded as he blocked its distribution, siding with a surviving member of the 1970s pioneering Southern rock group and... More »

Bergdahl's Fate Will Solely Be in Judge's Hands

Chooses to have trial heard by judge alone

(Newser) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has decided to be tried by a judge—not a military jury—on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. Bergdahl's lawyers told the court in a brief filing last week that their client chose trial by judge alone, rather... More »

Medical Examiner: Judge Drowned Herself

'It's an incredibly sad situation'

(Newser) - The death of the first black woman to sit on New York state's highest court is sad but not suspicious, according to the New York City medical examiner's office. Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found dead in the Hudson River on April 12 in what the examiner's office... More »

Judge Booted for Not Being US Citizen Is Now a Citizen

But can Texas' Young Min Burkett get her old job back?

(Newser) - A judge in Texas who was put on unpaid leave in May after officials discovered she wasn't a US citizen has become a citizen. Corpus Christi Municipal Court Judge Young Min Burkett was sworn in as a citizen on Friday, which makes her eligible to vote and serve as... More »

Court May Grant 'Extraordinary' Student Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

She may not be punished for stabbing her boyfriend

(Newser) - An Oxford University student who admitted to stabbing her boyfriend may avoid jail time after a judge determined that legal consequences could damage her future career as a surgeon. According to the Guardian , last year Lavinia Woodward punched and then stabbed her then-boyfriend in the leg with a bread knife... More »

Kentucky Judge Won't Hear Gay Adoption Cases

Mitchell Nance recuses himself over 'conscientious objection'

(Newser) - Kentucky has another high-profile official taking a stand against homosexuality. Two years after county clerk Kim Davis made headlines by refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples, a judge has declared that he won't preside over adoption cases involving gay parents. Judge Mitchell Nance announced last week that... More »

Judge Slammed for Calling Rapist Bishop a 'Good Man'

'Great men sometimes do bad things,' judge said

(Newser) - Judge Thomas Low called former Mormon bishop Keith Vallejo an "extraordinarily good man" when he sentenced him to up to life in prison on rape and sexual abuse charges this week, leaving open the question of what somebody would have to do for Low to consider them a bad... More »

US' 1st Female Muslim Judge Found Dead in Hudson River

She was first black woman on NY's top court

(Newser) - The life of a trailblazing New York judge has come to a tragic—and currently unexplained—end. The body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old judge on the state's highest court, was found floating in the Hudson River on Wednesday afternoon, around a mile from her Harlem home, the New ... More »

Judge Shot Dead Outside Chicago Home

Police believe Raymond Myles' killing was botched robbery

(Newser) - A judge known for being fair, kind, and tough was killed in front of his Chicago home in an act of violence as senseless as anything that passed through his courtroom. Police say Raymond Myles, a 66-year-old judge in Cook County's criminal division, was shot dead outside his South... More »

Hawaii Judge Rules Again on Trump's New Travel Ban

US District Judge Derrick Watson issues longer-lasting order

(Newser) - A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. US District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold, the AP reports. Several hours... More »

'Knees Together' Judge Apologizes, Quits

Canadian council voted to remove Robin Camp

(Newser) - A judge who asked a 19-year-old woman why she couldn't have just kept her legs together to prevent being raped has quit rather than be forced out. Justice Robin Camp resigned from the Federal Court of Canada Thursday after members of the country's judicial watchdog voted 19 to... More »

Mom Laughs During Daughter's Hearing, Gets Sent to Jail

She disrupted victim impact statement

(Newser) - A Michigan mom who laughed during her daughter's sentencing hearing for killing a man while driving drunk ended up in jail herself. Wayne County Circuit Judge Qiana Lillard scolded the family of 25-year-old Amanda Kosal for giggling while the dead man's sister gave a victim impact statement last... More »

Pence Defends Trump's Skewering of Judge

President slammed James Robart over travel ban ruling

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence came to his boss' defense Sunday over the president's scolding of a federal judge. "The president of the United States has every right to criticize the other two branches of government," Pence said on NBC 's Meet The Press. The VP had... More »

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