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Ryan Holle, 25, convicted of murder, is serving life without the chance of parole at the Wakulla Correctional Institution in Florida.Read more »
In the face of budget cuts, Topeka county courts have stopped hearing marijuana possession and distribution cases. Oh, no, wait. They've stopped hearing domestic violence cases and are pondering repealing the domestic violence law entirely. TO SERVE AND PROTECT!Read more »
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday requiring trial judges to tell jurors that existing bans on conducting their own research about the case, or talking to outsiders about it, applies to electronic and wireless communication. Violations by jury members will be punishable by up to six months in jail for criminal contempt.Read more »
The San Francisco Superior Court announced Monday that it's laying off more than 40 percent of its staff and shuttering 25 courtrooms because of budget cuts.Read more »
The state of New Jersey has separated a healthy newborn baby (now aged 3) from her mother because the mother refused to pre-consent to a C-section that no doctor decided was necessary. Now, after three years of court battles, the state decided that the child's welfare was never in danger. Yet she and her husband are still separated from their daughter for "acting irrational, hostile, and yelling" in response to the hospital and the state stealing their baby.Read more »
Police Chief-turned-District Attorney George Gascón is drafting a plan to remake San Francisco's swamped criminal justice system by moving thousands of petty offenders into a network of volunteer-run community courts. "In many cases, we are criminalizing people we don't need to," Gascón said, adding that the current system is financially "unsustainable."Read more »
The court system has spoken, and it says, if you’re not Christian, you’re not fit to be a parent. A divorced veteran in Indiana says he lost custody of his children, with a judge’s ruling explaining, “the father did not participate in the same religious training as the mother…father was agnostic.”Read more »
Judge George Caram Steeh in Detroit has squashed a challenge to the health care bill by upholding the law's insurance purchase requirement as constitutional--not because there is any constitutional backing for forcing "citizens" to purchase services, but because enforcement of the law will fail without the provision: "Without the minimum coverage provision, there would be an incentive for some individuals to wait to purchase health insurance until they needed care." Huh, government school told me the three branches were supposed to challenge each other.Read more »
Porn producer John Stagliano faces up to 32 years in federal prison for distributing the adult films Milk Nymphos and Storm Squirters 2: Target Practice and a promo reel for similar material via his website for Evil Angel Productions (adults only: http://evilangel.com). (Full disclosure: Stagliano is a donor to Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this website.)Read more »
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