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Dems Are Dealt a Blow Over Absentee Ballots

An appeals court halts extension for absentee ballots in Wisconsin

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin's presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Trump in the key presidential battleground state, the AP reports. As it stands, ballots will now be due by 8pm on Election Day.... More »

Court: This School Policy Violated the Constitution

Judges rule in favor of transgender rights advocates and Gavin Grimm

(Newser) - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a Virginia school board's transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional and discriminated against a transgender male student who was barred from using the boys bathrooms in his high school, the AP reports. The ruling is a victory for transgender rights advocates and Gavin... More »

Divided Appeals Court: The Flynn Case Must Die

Their 2-1 opinion slams the judge overseeing the case

(Newser) - Looks like Michael Flynn is even closer to legal daylight. An appeals court ruled Wednesday that Flynn's long and controversial court case should be dismissed—which likely means it's over, USA Today reports. The 2-1 opinion criticized the judge who refused to approve a Justice Department plan to... More »

Appeals Court Delivers Bad News to Trump on Hotel

Justices refuse to dismiss suit about president profiting from foreign business

(Newser) - President Trump lost a court battle Thursday over accusations that he's illegally making money from foreign governments while serving as president. A federal appeals court in Virginia refused to dismiss a case brought by the attorneys general of DC and Maryland in regard to the Trump International Hotel in... More »

$500K Game of Rock, Paper, Scissors Goes to Court

Edmund Mark Hooper must be breathing a sigh of relief

(Newser) - Who loses $517,000 in a game of rock, paper, scissors? Canadian man Edmund Mark Hooper does, but he must be happy today: The Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled that his devastating 2011 loss—which forced him to remortgage his home to pay up—is null and void, Sky... More »

Appeals Court Slams Jodi Arias Prosecutor

But she's still guilty of murder, Arizona court says

(Newser) - The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Jodi Arias’ first-degree murder conviction and life prison sentence in the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend. Arias' lawyers had argued that a prosecutor's misconduct and a judge's failure to control news coverage during the case deprived her of the... More »

Appeals Court Issues Ruling on ObamaCare

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals declines to reconsider individual mandate

(Newser) - Reconsider the constitutionality of ObamaCare? We'd rather not. So said the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday in a mostly partisan 8-6 vote that left the health-care law in legal limbo, CNN reports. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals made its decision after ruling 2-1 in December that... More »

New Ruling Goes Against Obamacare

Federal appeals court issues a 2-1 ruling

(Newser) - A federal appeals court says the "individual mandate" of former President Barack Obama’s health care law is invalid, but other parts of the law need further review, the AP reports. Wednesday’s 2-1 ruling was handed down by a three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of... More »

State Abortion Ban Runs Into Federal Court

Mississippi had banned abortions at 15 weeks

(Newser) - A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, the AP reports. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals said US District Judge Carlton Reeves... More »

Police Don't Need to Compensate Family Whose Home They Gutted

Appeals court sides with Colorado city

(Newser) - An armed man suspected of shoplifting a shirt and two belts from a Walmart fled the scene on a June afternoon in 2015 and ended up barricading himself inside Leo Lech's Greenwood Village, Colorado, home. The suspect was captured alive—after 19 hours during which a SWAT team drove... More »

Appeals Court: Turn Trump's Finance Records Over to House

The president could appeal to the Supreme Court

(Newser) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that President Trump's financial records must be turned over to the House of Representatives, per the AP . The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed from Mazars USA. The firm has... More »

Internet Regulation, Buh-Bye

The FCC was mostly lawful in repealing net neutrality, an appeals court rules

(Newser) - Net neutrality champions suffered a major blow Tuesday—but not a total loss. A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC's decision to ditch net neutrality rules in 2017 was in fact lawful, the Washington Post reports. But the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit... More »

Court to Trump: No Blocking Critics on Twitter

Federal appeals court upholds earlier ruling

(Newser) - Bad news for President Trump when it comes to his social media use: A federal appeals court has ruled he can't block his critics on Twitter. "The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to... More »

Judge: Teen Accused of Rape 'Comes From Good Family'

James Troiano rebuked by appeals court for noting alleged rapist's likeliness to go to 'good college'

(Newser) - The similarities to Brock Turner haven't gone unnoticed. The New York Times references the Turner case, and others, in mentioning the latest judge to come under fire for the handling of a sexual assault case. In this instance, it's New Jersey Superior Court Judge James Troiano who's... More »

Court Bans Parking Enforcement Practice in 4 States

Authorities can use photos instead

(Newser) - Marking a tire with chalk to track how long a car has been parked is unconstitutional, per a first-of-its-kind ruling that could force cities to adopt new approaches to parking enforcement. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee on Monday found tire-chalking is an... More »

Court's Outrageous Ruling: Woman Too Ugly to Be Raped

Outrage in Italy after 2017 appeals court verdict revealed

(Newser) - Italy's Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict in part by arguing that the woman who was attacked was too ugly to be a credible rape victim. The ruling has sparked outrage in Italy, prompting a flash mob Monday... More »

'Hugely Welcome News' for Teen Who Killed Rapist Husband

Sudan's Noura Hussein has death sentence overturned, gets 5 years in prison instead

(Newser) - The #JusticeforNoura hashtag and a Change.org petition didn't free an African teen from prison, but it may have helped save her life. The BBC reports an appeals court in Sudan has nixed the death sentence for 19-year-old Noura Hussein, who was sentenced by an Islamic court in May... More »

Ex-Trump U Students Will Finally Get Paid

President avoids trial as $25M settlement is approved

(Newser) - A lengthy legal battle between Donald Trump and Trump University students, who say they paid thousands of dollars for real estate "secrets" they never received, is finally over. On Tuesday, an appeals court in San Francisco approved a $25 million settlement reached last year while rejecting an appeal from... More »

Trump's Own Remarks on Travel Ban May Doom It

Judges bring up 'total shutdown' pledge

(Newser) - President Trump's own words have once again come back to haunt attempts to implement his policies. On Monday, a federal appeals court debated whether comments Trump has made about Muslims before and after his election should be considered when ruling on the latest version of his travel ban, NBC... More »

Judge: 'Wretchedly Unhappy Marriage' No Reason for Divorce

UK woman is appealing ruling denying her a divorce

(Newser) - When Tini Owens says she's trapped in a loveless marriage, she means it. Owens, 65, was denied a divorce from her millionaire husband of 39 years after he told a UK judge their "minor" disagreements are simply a part of married life, reports the Times . In a case... More »

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