The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a lower court judge denied probationer's rights when he ruled that he violated terms of probation without granting a hearing on the merits. Probationer submitted sworn statement with exhibits showing that due to medical issues he was unable to comply with certain conditions and/or that he did in-fact comply with other requirements of such probation officials!Read more »
Judge Derek Johnson's Rape Comment: If Sex Isn't Wanted, Body 'Will Not Permit That To Happen'Read more »
A year and a half ago, we wrote about some Italian seismologists who were being tried for manslaughter after a risk assessment they wrote up, in which they concluded that a series of small earthquakes along a faultline wasn't that serious, and the risk of a big earthquake was not that high. About a week later, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck, destroying a bunch of buildings and killing over 300 people.Read more »
MA Judge approves taxpayer funded sex change operation for inmate.Read more »
Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok charged Durrell Brooks with contempt of court Thursday and gave him three days in jail. Mihok said he saw that Brooks’ pants were down and he could see his underwear.
"I don't have a dress code," Mihok said. "People can wear really whatever they want, but they have to cover up. I can't accept people showing their underwear in a courtroom."
Brooks was the third person in a month to be sent to jail by Mihok for sagging. He said one man's pants were so low that they weren't even touching the seat when he sat down.Read more »
"A judge threw a 17-year-old 11th grade honor student from Willis High School in jail after she missed school again.
Judge Lanny Moriarty said last month Diane Tran was in his Justice of the Peace court for truancy and he warned her then to stop missing school. But she recently missed classes again so Wednesday he issued a summons and had her arrested in open court when she appeared."
I didn't know skipping class at school was considered a crime...Read more »
Recently, there has been a victory and a defeat regarding the indefinite detention provision of the Fiscal Year (FY)2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges filed a lawsuit against President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claiming the provision, as applied, violates the 1st and 5th Amendments. U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest not only gave Hedges standing to challenge the law, she also issued an injunction to halt the legalized kidnappings!Read more »
Judge ordered more than a dozen criminal defendants who were late to court Wednesday morning to enter a guilty plea or spend the night in jail.Read more »
Local man-in-robe decrees teenager may never drive again due to involvement in serious accident.Read more »
Judge hears cell phone and asks whose phone it was. When nobody confesses he sends all 46 people in the courtroom to jail. This is an old story I stumbled across but it was so outrageous, I just had to submit it.Read more »
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