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Judge Hands Amber Guyger a Bible, and Herself Controversy

Critics say Tammy Kemp shouldn't have been 'proselytizing' in court as a government worker

(Newser) - Convicted murderer Amber Guyger got a "remarkable" hug from the brother of her victim, Botham Jean, during her sentencing hearing Wednesday, and then she got one from presiding Judge Tammy Kemp. Now Kemp is facing complaints, both for the hug but also for a possible legal violation. With one... More »

Drug Companies Target Federal Judge

They say Judge Dan Polster is biased

(Newser) - Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies, and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis want to disqualify the federal judge overseeing their cases, saying he has shown bias in his effort to obtain a multibillion-dollar global settlement, the AP reports. According to a motion filed... More »

Judge in Brock Turner Case Is Out of a Job Again

Aaron Persky was to coach girls' JV tennis, but he's fired after public outrage

(Newser) - The man who lost his job as a judge over the sentence he doled out in the Brock Turner sexual assault case has just lost his followup job. But this one had nothing to do with the legal profession. Aaron Persky got hired to coach JV girls' tennis at Lynbrook... More »

Lawyer Gets in Trouble Over Duct-Tape Incident

Attorney Michael Gregory can no longer take his cellphone to court

(Newser) - A Louisiana district judge has found a public defender in contempt of court after he filmed a bailiff duct-taping a defendant's mouth during a sentencing hearing this month, the AP reports. The Acadiana Advocate reports state District Judge Marilyn Castle barred attorney Michael Gregory from bringing a cellphone into... More »

Trump Loses Court Battle Over Asylum

Federal judge's ruling halts the policy across the Mexico border

(Newser) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing new asylum restrictions for immigrants at the US-Mexico border, marking the latest defeat for a president waging an all-out battle in the courts to stop the flow of migrants into the country, the AP reports. The ruling by US... More »

2 NJ Judges Are Out After Controversial Rape Comments

One has stepped down, another has been suspended

(Newser) - New Jersey's Supreme Court has dealt with two judges amid widespread outrage over remarks they made while overseeing rape cases. The court said Wednesday that it is ending the service of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James Troiano at his request, NJ.com reports. Protesters called for Troiano's... 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 »

Ex-Judge's Reputation Takes So Many Hits, It's Hard to Begin

Among other things, William Marshall is linked to sex trafficking

(Newser) - The media spotlight is falling on a former Ohio judge who's been outed as an alcoholic and linked to an alleged sex trafficking ring, USA Today reports. Over 2,700 cases overseen by William Marshall, a common pleas judge for 15 years, might be reconsidered in light of his... More »

In Recusal, Judge Calls Insurer's Decision 'Barbaric'

UnitedHealthcare wouldn't pay for proton beam therapy

(Newser) - A class-action lawsuit against an insurer for denying cancer patients coverage of an alternative to standard radiation treatment happened to come before a judge with the same complaint—against the same company. The federal judge recused himself, CNN reports, but not before giving UnitedHealthcare an earful, calling the insurer's... More »

900-Pound Defendant Asks Help Getting to Court

Effort could involve taking down trees, cutting a hole in a wall

(Newser) - A Virginia judge has approved a logistical plan to bring a defendant who weighs more than 900 pounds to federal court in Richmond. The effort could involve cutting down trees, cutting through a wall in the building where the man lives and bracing the structure, the Times-Dispatch reports. A device... More »

Trump's Judge Sister Retires Amid Ethics Probe

Inquiry was launched after 'New York Times' story on Trump family's inheritance taxes

(Newser) - President Trump's sister has retired as a federal appellate judge in Philadelphia, ending a civil misconduct inquiry launched after a report that she participated in Trump family schemes to dodge taxes. The retirement of Maryanne Trump Barry was revealed in an April 1 order signed by a top court... More »

Judge Faces Suspension After 'Close Your Legs' Remark

Ethics panel: Suspend John Russo after 'egregious' questioning of alleged assault victim

(Newser) - "Emotional immaturity" has been cited by a New Jersey Supreme Court advisory panel as a factor in its recommendation that a family court judge be suspended without pay for three months and receive training in "appropriate courtroom demeanor." The ethics committee's main bone of contention with... More »

Judge: This Knife Law Is Really Not Working

New York judge rules that sous chef can carry a folding knife

(Newser) - With the flick of a pen, a New York judge ruled Thursday that a sous chef can carry his folding knife because a state law judging gravity knives by a wrist-flick test was too vague, the AP reports. US District Judge Paul Crotty raised new doubts about the state's... More »

Judge Claimed Jury Was Wrong—Because God Said So

Judge Jack Robison given public warning in Texas

(Newser) - Told jurors had found a woman guilty of continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child, a Texas judge demanded they keep deliberating because God had assured him the defendant was innocent. Comal County District Court Judge Jack Robison received a public warning after claiming on Jan.... More »

Roger Stone Apologizes for 'Improper' Photo of Judge

'I had no intention of disrespecting the court,' he says

(Newser) - Roger Stone issued a formal apology in a court filing Monday after posting an "improper photo" of a federal judge on Instagram. The longtime friend of President Trump posted, then deleted a photo of the judge overseeing the case against him earlier Monday with what appeared to be crosshairs... More »

Manafort's Hope for a Reduced Sentence Just Sank

A judge rules he lied during the Russia probe

(Newser) - A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe, the AP reports. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says in an order that there's sufficient evidence that Manafort lied in breach of his plea agreement. The decision... More »

Tenn. Judge Chides Black Men for Doing Better Job Than KKK

Montgomery County Judge Wayne Shelton's comment gets divided reaction

(Newser) - It's not the first time this Tennessee judge has likened black-on-black crime to KKK violence, reports the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle , but it's certainly the most publicized. In a Thursday hearing in the case of Vincent Bryan Merriweather, Montgomery County Judge Wayne Shelton exclaimed that he's "sick... More »

As Alleged Baylor Rapist Avoids Jail, Focus Turns to Judge

Judge Ralph Strother has a history of apparently lenient sentences for accused sexual offenders

(Newser) - A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time. Judge Ralph Strother accepted the plea deal for Jacob Walter Anderson, who was indicted on sexual assault charges and pleaded no... More »

Springer Returns to Daytime TV as Judge Jerry

'Judge Jerry' debuts in syndication next year

(Newser) - Meet Judge Jerry—Judge Jerry Springer. Yes, the former daytime talk show host has a law degree, and he'll be putting it to good use back in daytime syndication. Springer is returning to the small screen for Judge Jerry, a daily, first-run half-hour court program debuting in national syndication... More »

Ex-Judge Who Viciously Beat Wife Now Accused of Killing Her

Aisha Fraser Mason was stabbed to death on Saturday

(Newser) - In August 2014, then-Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason punched his wife repeatedly and slammed her head against the car's dashboard. The force of the assault broke her orbital bone; the Ohio couple's children were in the back seat at the time. Now, Aisha Fraser Mason is... More »

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