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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...

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...

Body Tentatively ID'd as Caylee
 Body Tentatively ID'd as Caylee 

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...

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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...

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...

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...

Case Against Ivins Looking Thin
 Case Against Ivins Looking Thin

Case Against Ivins Looking Thin

FBI evidence full of holes and contradictions

(Newser) - The FBI's case against alleged anthrax killer Bruce Ivins is full of gaps and contradictions, Newsweek reports. Ivins is said to have sent anthrax to NBC's Tom Brokaw—but was retaliating against a reporter at ABC. He also passed a polygraph in the probe and had no anthrax in his...

McGreevey to Pay No Alimony in Angry Split

Ex-governor and 'gay American' to give lump sum, child support

(Newser) - Former New Jersey governor and “gay American” Jim McGreevey will pay no alimony to ex-wife Dina Matos, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The Episcopal preacher-in-training was ordered to pay about $1,000 per month in child support, and more than $100,000 to Matos. Matos sought $1 million from McGreevey,...

Settling Out of Court Pays Off, Study Finds

61% of plaintiffs who battle it out end up losing money

(Newser) - Taking a civil lawsuit to court tends to be a costly mistake, the New York Times reports. Researchers have found that plaintiffs who reject out-of-court settlements end up with less money 61% of the time, losing an average $43,000. Defendants turned out to be right more than plainfiffs about...

US Firm Calls for Islamic Law in Lawsuit

Blackwater boss seeks Sharia law to dodge Afghan plane crash suit

(Newser) - An American firm blamed for the death of three US soldiers in a plane crash has asked a federal court to apply Islamic law to a lawsuit brought by their widows, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Presidential Airways, Blackwater's sister company, argues that since its plane crashed in Afghanistan,...

Late-Term Abortion Ban Overruled in Va.

Federal appeals court strikes down law prohibiting procedure

(Newser) - A federal appeals court struck down Virginia’s ban on a late-term abortion procedure, ruling that the law burdened a woman’s right to choose, Reuters reports. Although the Supreme Court upheld a similar federal law last year, the appeals court ruled that Virginia's ban went further because it provided...

Foxy Cops Plea, Pens Apology
 Foxy Cops Plea, Pens Apology 

Foxy Cops Plea, Pens Apology

Rapper gets to stay out of jail for hurling phone at woman

(Newser) - A plea deal to settle charges that rapper Foxy Brown hurled a BlackBerry at a neighbor means the notorious bad girl had to pen an apology letter instead of going back to jail, the New York Post reports. "It's over," the hip-hop diva said. "I made a...

Moms Return to Polygamist Ranch
Moms Return
to Polygamist Ranch

Moms Return to Polygamist Ranch

Texas moves their kids to new shelter, plans legal battle

(Newser) - Nearly 140 women from a polygamist sect returned home today as officials moved their kids to a new shelter, the AP reports. The mothers had joined 416 children who were seized by Texas troopers 2 weeks ago and taken to a historic fort. Today officials moved the kids to a...

Deposition Earns Hefty Fine for Salty CEO

73 F-bombs spice up testimony; unamused judge wants $29K

(Newser) - A CEO's foul-mouthed deposition could cost him and his lawyer $29,323 for making a "spectacular failure" of legal proceedings, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I've never seen anything like this" in 30 years, said a judge of Aaron Wider dropping 73 F-bombs in 12 hours. Wider and his...

Castro Victim's Family Wins Record Verdict

Juror: $253M award shows world not to 'mess' with Americans

(Newser) - Two Miami residents won a record $253 million lawsuit against Cuba yesterday after Florida jurors approved a wrongful death claim on behalf of their father. The case involved the death of Rafael del Pino, a naturalized US citizen and ex-Castro ally who was imprisoned after turning against the Cuban dictator,...

Smiles All Round as Beach Boys Settle Lawsuit

Good vibrations could lead to a band reunion

(Newser) - The three surviving original members of the Beach Boys have smoothed out a years-long legal disagreement, Reuters reports. Mike Love and the record company part-owned by Brian Wilson had sued founding member Al Jardine over his unauthorized use of the Beach Boys name for tours. With good vibrations now flowing...

Diller Strikes Back at Liberty
Diller Strikes Back at Liberty

Diller Strikes Back at Liberty

IAC chairman defends his leadership as media barons' court battle concludes

(Newser) - Barry Diller struck back at Liberty Media in court yesterday, blaming CEO Greg Maffei for driving a wedge between himself and Liberty chairman John Malone by speaking “badly about our businesses and our managers.” The warring media magnates—once close partners—have been waging a court battle for...

Court Sends Homeschoolers to Detention

Calif. says kids must be taught by teachers with credentials

(Newser) - California homeschoolers are breaking the law, an appeals court ruled yesterday, by not having certified teachers instructing their kids. California’s law has been clear since 1953, the court said: Kids must go to school full time or be tutored by a credentialed teacher. The decision puts the parents of...

Pennsylvania Sticking With Death Penalty

Rash of court rulings back state on capital punishment

(Newser) - There have been only three executions in Pennsylvania since 1978, but four year-end rulings from the state's Supreme Court indicate the state won't be going the way of neighboring New Jersey, which abolished the death penalty,  any time soon, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The state's deputy attorney general stresses...

Nepal Court Rules for Gay Rights
Nepal Court Rules for Gay Rights

Nepal Court Rules for Gay Rights

Landmark decision to scrap laws discriminating against gay, lesbian, transgender Nepalese

(Newser) - Conservative Nepal must stop its discrimination against homosexuals and make laws to protect their rights, the nation's highest court ruled yesterday. The decision is a major victory for gay rights advocates in the Himalayan country, where gay men and women have long complained of discrimination and attacks, BBC reports. "...

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