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10 Oct, 2016
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Fined $150,000 for water bottle fight

The Nevada State Athletic Commission fines McGregor five-percent of his $3 million purse ($150,000) for the water bottle fight with Diaz inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in August. At least one security guard from the hotel was hit with a bottle or can that was thrown by McGregor. He was also fined 50 hours of community service, to be served within six months. McGregor was on the phone from Ireland:

I just want to apologize for the incident, it was a very unusual incident that unfolded. I acted wrong and all I can say is I’m sorry.

Diaz’s hearing will be heard at a later date.

30 Aug, 2016
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EU demands Apple pay EUR13 billion taxes

EU antitrust regulators order Apple to pay up to 13 billion euros in taxes, plus interest, to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid. The scheme meant that Apple paid tax rates on European profits on sales of its iPhone and other devices and services of between just 0.005 percent in 2014 and 1 percent in 2003. The demand, 40 times bigger than the previous known demand by the European Commission to a company in such a case, could be reduced if other countries seek more tax from the company. Apple and the Irish government say they willl appeal the decision,.

21 Jul, 2016
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Motion fails, must report to prison

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals announces that there is nothing novel about Keys’ conviction and that he is likely to lose on appeal. Therefore, the court rules (source), he should begin serving his time even while his appeal is pending.

Appellant has not shown that the appeal raises a “substantial question” of law or fact that is “fairly debatable,” and that “if that substantial question is determined favorably to defendant on appeal, that decision is likely to result in reversal or an order for a new trial of all counts on which imprisonment has been imposed,” or a sentence that does not include a term of imprisonment, or a reduced sentence to a term of imprisonment less than the total of the time already served plus the expected duration of the appeal process.

18 Jul, 2016
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Telemetry confirms bike swap legal

Marquez’s pitstop during the German Grand Prix is ruled legal after IRTA examines the telemetry of the Spanish rider’s bike. Holding the clutch is not illegal, but from the German Grand Prix onwards due to safety reasons it is not legal to have a gear engaged. A closer look at the video posted on social media makes it clear that Marquez engages first gear right as he lands on the bike – a move confirmed by IRTA, which considers the matter to be closed.

24 May, 2016
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Budweiser ad pulled

Ireland’s Advertising Standards Authority says complaints against a Budweiser ad featuring McGregor have been upheld. McGregor was the face of a competition which offered customers the opportunity to win €50,000 to travel to America to “fulfil their dreams”. Complainants said the ad was “irresponsible and inappropriate” because it linked a role model for children to alcohol, and that MMA was an “aggressive sport” and that linking it to an alcohol product was sending out a “dangerous message” to young children. The ASAI agreed with the complaints, saying the MMA star was a hero for young people and that the advertisement “should not be used in the same format again”.

17 Feb, 2016
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Loses appeal

Cosby’s appeal is dismissed by Montgomery County Judge O’Neill. After O’Neill said in  previous hearing evidence was lacking that Cosby had a promise from a previous district attorney he would never be charged over the encounter with Constand, his lawyers had asked for an appeal to Superior Court. O’Neill:

An immediate appeal from these orders would not materially advance the ultimate termination of the matter.

There is no comment from Cosby’s lawyers.

26 Jan, 2016
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PP cleared; Abbot, Merritt charged

A Texas grand jury clears Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of wrongdoing in an investigation launched last year under Gov. Abbott. The grand jury instead indicted two anti-abortion activists involved with covert videos about fetal tissue procurement. The activists, Daleiden and Merritt, have been charged with tampering with a governmental record. Daleiden has also been charged with violating a prohibition on the sale of human organs.

14 Jan, 2016
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Acquitted

Judge Haikala acquits Parker after two trials ended in hung juries. Parker, a policeman, seriously injured Indian national Patel during an arrest on suspicion of burglary. Patel spoke no English and appears not to have understood what was being asked of him. He has been left partially paralyzed by the incident. Haikala:

The court has no reason to expect a different result in a subsequent trial given the totality of the evidence that the parties have provided.

9 Jan, 2016
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Judge: Tipster not credible

A Fall River judge declares an anonymous tipster “not credible” in her claims that a juror discussed the Hernandez murder case at a party, dismissing defense motions to examine her claims.

1 Jan, 2016
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Must testify

A federal magistrate judge in Massachusetts rejects arguments by Camille Cosby that her deposition in the Constand case deposition would represent an “undue burden” and that she lacked any first-hand knowledge of the events at issue. Bill Cosby’s lawyer’s will appeal the ruling. The deposition is scheduled for next Wednesday.

3 Dec, 2015
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Murder conviction

Pistorius is found guilty of murder after a South African appeals court overturns his earlier manslaughter verdict. The appeal court says last year’s verdict was “confusing and flawed” and that the lower court did not correctly apply the rule of dolus eventualis – whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions. The athlete will now be re-sentenced by the original court and will almost certainly go back to jail. The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but judges can apply some discretion.

6 Nov, 2015
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Keystone XL pipeline rejected

President Obama announces that he will not allow TransCanada Corp a cross border permit. This prevents the company from building the pipeline. Although the pipeline would be creating new jobs, others cited environmental damages that could occur during construction and general maintenance. Obama:

America’s now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change. And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. And that’s the biggest risk we face — not acting.

Kerry:

The reality is that this decision could not be made solely on the numbers — jobs that would be created, dirty fuel that would be transported here, or carbon pollution that would ultimately be unleashed. The United States cannot ask other nations to make tough choices to address climate change if we are unwilling to make them ourselves.

TransCanada CEO Girling:

Today, misplaced symbolism was chosen over merit and science — rhetoric won out over reason. TransCanada is reviewing the decision and its rationale.

5 Nov, 2015
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Must start from back of grid

Rossi will start the final MotoGP race of the season in Valencia from the back of the grid after his penalty is confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). FIM confirms the ruling, but says that the denied request was for the stay of execution, and that there is the possibility that the penalty could be revoked later, but only after it has been served. CAS:

[The arbitration board] found that the conditions to grant the stay were not met, which means that the sanction imposed by FIM, the sport’s ruling body, will have to be served at the next grand prix in Valencia.

Rossi:

When you start last, it’s very difficult to prepare strategies. You have to work well in practice and be competitive and have good pace. For sure when you start last, the risks are a lot more. [The title] depends on me and if I’m strong and fast enough to be able to recover. The answer of the CAS has not arrived yet, today it was just that I have to start last in this race because they need time to decide. We have to wait and see, but the important thing is I have to start last.

12 Oct, 2015
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Explicit texts allowed in evidence

Judge Staley rules against Harris, agreeing with the prosecution that explicit texts he sent to multiple women on the day of his son’s death could provide a motive for the murder charges and could demonstrate Harris’ state of mind leading up to and on the day of the boy’s death. Detectives say Harris had multiple online and in-person affairs and exchanged messages with six women, including an underage girl, as late as 15 minutes from when he last saw his son alive. They also say there is evidence Harris was unhappy in his family life and had said if it weren’t for his son, he would leave his wife. Harris, in one text:

I love my son and all, but we both need escapes.

The trial will begin the week of Feb. 22.

10 Oct, 2015
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Defamation suit continues

Federal Judge Mastroianni says a defamation lawsuit brought against Cosby by three women who say he sexually abused them decades ago can move forward. Cosby’s lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss their suit, arguing that the remarks were personal opinions protected by the First Amendment and legal declarations made in his defense. Green, Serignese and Traitz have accused Cosby of drugging them and then having unwanted sexual contact with them. The defamatory comments range from statements dismissing their accusations as “ridiculous claims” and “absurd fabrication” to longer remarks that sought to discredit the accuser. Mastroianni:

The court recognizes that some jurisdictions do apply a version of the conditional self-defense privilege, which allows individuals, in certain circumstances, to publish defamatory responsive statements necessary to defend their reputation. However … such a privilege does not permit a defendant to knowingly publish false states.

Attorney for women:

We’d expect and hope the judge rejected every one of Mr. Cosby’s attempts to throw the case out of court and allowed the case to proceed.

8 Oct, 2015
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90 day suspension

Blatter, Platini and Valcke are suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s ethics committee. Blatter’s lawyers say he is “disappointed” the committee had not followed its own code in allowing him an opportunity to be heard.

[The suspension is based on] a misunderstanding of the actions of the attorney general in Switzerland. President Blatter looks forward to the opportunity to present evidence that will demonstrate that he did not engage in any misconduct, criminal or otherwise.

Valcke says the suspension is “farcical” and based on “based on mere semblances”:

I refuse to believe this is a political decision taken in haste in order to taint a lifelong devotee of the game or crush my candidacy for the Fifa presidency.

UEFA says it has full confidence in Platini and will not remove him from duties while the FIFA suspension is ongoing.

7 Oct, 2015
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Found guilty

Matthew Keys guilty imageA jury of 11 women and 1 man find Keys guilty on all three counts: conspiracy to commit computer hacking, transmission of malicious code causing unauthorized damage to a protected computer, and attempting to transmit malicious code to cause unauthorized damage to a protected computer. He faces a maximum of 25 years and will be sentenced on Jan 20, 2016. His lawyers say he will appeal. FBI:

This case demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to identify and investigate those who harass former employers by using insider knowledge to intentionally exploit computer systems—whether directly or by proxy—to damage the reputation and operations of a business. Individuals who use ‘bully’ tactics to attack computer networks will face justice for their actions.

Keys:

The government wanted to send a clear message that if you want to cover a group they don’t agree with, and you’re not complicit with them [the government], they will target you.

27 Sep, 2015
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Refused Australian visa

Australia’s immigration department issues a “notice of intention to consider refusal” which means that Brown cannot enter the country. Tickets for his December tour in the country are due to go on sale Sept 28. He has 28 days to appeal. Australia’s Minister for Women:

People need to understand, if you are going to commit domestic violence and you want to travel around the world, there are going to be countries that say to you, ‘You cannot come in because you are not of the character that we expect in Australia’.

25 Sep, 2015
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Official name, gender change

Judge Rosenberg grants Jenner’s petition to change her name and gender during a brief hearing at LA Superior Court. Jenner does not attend but is represented by two lawyers. The approval means Jenner’s new name is Caitlyn Marie Jenner, replacing her birth name of William Bruce Jenner. She can now  get documents — including a driver’s license and Social Security card — that conform to her new identity. Some details of the petition are redacted for provacy reasons:

Although public support for my transition has been overwhelmingly supportive, I am also receiving unwelcome negative attention from private citizens, including threats of bodily harm.

23 Sep, 2015
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No discrimination against Asian students

The Federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights says there is no evidence that Princeton University discriminates against Asian and Asian-American applicants. One claim has come from a student originally from China who was wait-listed in 2006, while, they said, applicants of with similar credentials were accepted. The other is from the parents of a student of Indian descent who was rejected in 2010, who have asserted the university discriminated generally against Asian and Indian applicants. The Office found that that the university uses race and national origin in its admissions considerations as two of many factors, but that the university did not subject members of any group to different admissions standards than others. The university says that having perfect SAT scores and being valedictorian of a high school class does not guarantee admission to the school.

22 Sep, 2015
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Copyright not valid

Judge King rules that none of the companies that have collected royalties on Happy Birthday for the past 80 years have a valid copyright claim. The case was brought by Marya and Siegel, against Warner/Chappell, who make around two million dollars a year from royalty payments whenever the song is used. King:

The Hill sisters gave Summy Co. the rights to the melody, and the rights to piano arrangements based on the melody, but never any rights to the lyrics. Summy Co. had never acquired copyright to the song’s words.

Warner/Chappell:

We are looking at the court’s lengthy opinion and considering our options.

21 Sep, 2015
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Hanging delayed

Basit’s execution is postponed after a magistrate says he cannot be hanged in compliance with the jail manual, which says that a prisoner must stand on the gallows. Rights groups have said that hanging a handicapped person would constitute cruel and degrading treatment. he remains on death row. Justice Project Pakistan:

[The] jail manual only provides for hanging as a method of execution, and lays down methods to calculate the right length of rope to ensure that hanging does not lead to protracted strangulation. The rules presume that the convict [can] walk up to the gallows, which is not possible in Basit’s case.

15 Sep, 2015
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Loses KitKat trademark fight

Nestle fails to convince judges that it has the right to trademark the shape of its KitKat four-finger chocolate bar. The judges say that the company must demonstrate that the public relies on the shape alone to identify the snack. However, this was difficult to prove since the chocolate bar also shows the brand name. Cadbury has fought to prevent Nestle from obtaining the ruling, as it would stop other confectionery producers making chocolate bars of the same shape or size. Both companies said they are “pleased” with the ruling, and the case will now return to the UK’s High Court for a final decision.

14 Sep, 2015
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Dancing Baby case will go to trial

A three-judge panel in The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, clears the way for the “Dancing Baby case” to go to trial. The court rules that fair use is “uniquely situated in copyright law so as to be treated differently than traditional affirmative defenses,” and copyright holders like Universal must consider fair use before issuing takedown notices asking services like YouTube to remove videos that include material they control. EFF:

Today’s ruling sends a strong message that copyright law does not authorize thoughtless censorship of lawful speech.

RIAA:

We respectfully disagree with the court’s conclusion about the D.M.C.A. and the burden the court places upon copyright holders before sending takedown notices.

3 Sep, 2015
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Four-match suspension vacated

U.S. District Judge Berman vacates NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision in July to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension over his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs used during a January playoff victory. Berman found Goodell’s ruling was plagued by “several significant legal deficiencies,” including a failure to notify Brady beforehand that his alleged conduct could be punished by suspension. The NFL can appeal the decision. Berman:

The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate footballs.

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Charges stand

The defense motion for the charges to be dropped is denied by Circuit Court Judge Williams. Defense attorneys had sought to drop the charges because of prosecutorial misconduct on the part of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  said that while he was “troubled” by some of the comments Mosby made during a May 1 news conference, they did not compromise the defendants’ right to a fair trial. The judge also deniess a motion to recuse Mosby and her staff due to what defense attorneys characterized as conflicts of interest.

28 Aug, 2015
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Convicted for sex offenses

A jury of nine men and three women takes eight hours to clear Labrie of rape but convicts him of three misdemeanors: sexual assault, using a computer to lure a minor for sex, and child endangerment. As part of a hazing tradition, Labrie was accused of forcing himself on a 15-year-old freshman girl in a mechanical room at St. Paul’s School two days before he graduated last year. Labrie, who was bound for Harvard and planned to take divinity classes before his arrest put everything on hold, could get up to 11 years in prison. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He weeps upon hearing the verdict. His mother sobs. His accuser appears stoic and huddles with members of her family in the courtroom. Prosecutor say they they are satisfied with the verdicts and that they “vindicate the victim.” A spokesperson for the girl:

[She is] leaving with her head held high. It was a step in the right direction.

The girl’s parents:

We still feel betrayed that St. Paul’s School allowed and fostered a toxic culture that left our daughter and other students at risk to sexual violence. We trusted the school to protect her, and it failed us.

Defense attorneys:

Owen’s future is forever changed. The sex convictions will be like a brand, a tattoo that he will bear for life.

21 Aug, 2015
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Must remove links to stories about removing links

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) orders Google to remove nine links from its search results that point to news stories reporting on earlier removals of links from its search results. The links relate to a criminal offence that were removed by Google following a request from the individual concerned. According to the ICO, Google argued the articles were an essential part of a recent news story relating to a matter of significant public importance. Despite the ICo recognizing recognises that journalistic content relating to decisions to delist search results may be newsworthy and in the public interest they say the news stories have “an unwarranted and negative impact on the individual’s privacy and is a breach of the Data Protection Act,” and that they must be removed. Google has 35 days to comply.

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Injunction lifted

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge O’Donnell rescinds her restraining order barring CMP from releasing any videos showing current or former StemExpress employees, saying CMP has First Amendment rights to release videos it covertly took of StemExpress executives talking about buying aborted baby tissue from Planned Parenthood. However she says that, even though they cannot be prevented from releasing the video, it is likely that StemExpress will prevail in its lawsuit claiming its privacy was violated.

12 Aug, 2015
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$6 million for tuna oven death

Prosecutors say Bumble Bee Foods must pay $6 million in the 2012 death of an employee who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna — the biggest settlement ever in a California for workplace safety violations involving a single victim.Jose Melena, 62, died three years ago in a 35-foot long, 270-degree oven at the seafood company’s Santa Fe Springs, California. Melena was making repairs inside the pressure cooker, when a co-worker mistakenly believed he was in the bathroom and filled a pressure cooker with six tons of canned tuna, closed the doors and then turned it on. Melena’s family will receive $1.5 million under the settlement. It does not prevent them from also suing the company or receiving workers’ compensation funds. Bumble Bee will be plead guilty to a misdemeanor of willfully failing to have an effective safety program in January 2017 if it completes several safety measures that include upgrading ovens so workers don’t get trapped inside and providing worker training. In addition, the district attorney’s Environmental Enforcement Fund will get $750,000 from Bumble Bee and the food firm will also will pay $750,000 in combined fines.

We will never forget the unfathomable loss of our colleague Jose Melena and we are committed to ensuring that employee safety remains a top priority at all our facilities.

5 Aug, 2015
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Must testify

Cosby is ordered to give a sworn deposition to Allred, regarding Huth’s claims that he sexually abused her when she was 15 years old at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Cosby will testify on 9 October, Huth will answer questions from Cosby’s lawyers on 15 October. Cosby’s lawyers had sought to compel Huth to give her deposition before the comedian, but the judge says Cosby should go first. Allred:

We are pleased that we will now be able to move ahead without further delay on Ms. Huth’s case, and we look forward to taking Mr. Cosby’s deposition.

28 Jul, 2015
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Court issues restraining order

The Los Angeles Superior Court issues a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials. Planned Parenthood provides StemExpress with fetal tissue. Center for Medical Progress leader:

StemExpress was using meritless litigation to cover up an illegal baby parts trade. The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work.

A spokesman for StemExpress is:

grateful its rights have been vindicated in a court of law.

27 Jul, 2015
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NY rejects custody case

New York court rules it has no jurisdiction in Rutherford’s custody case against Giersch. Rutherford’s lawyer:

New York said it had no jurisdiction because, it said, California had jurisdiction – which is silly – but it is what it is. The ugly story behind the story is that family courts do not always protect children because they only deal with children’s ‘best interests’ and interests are not enforceable as ‘rights. By contrast, higher-level courts enforce real rights, so we are hopeful because we can focus solely on the children’s absolute rights as citizens to reside in their own country.

24 Jul, 2015
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$2 million punitive damages

A New York City jury orders 50 Cent to pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages for posting a sex tape of Leviston online. This payment is in addition to the $5 million that the jury previously found he should pay. His attorney:

Although we appreciate the jury’s service, we are disappointed in the result. Our client intends to file post-verdict, pre-judgment motions which we believe should reduce the size of the award. Ultimately, the fate of any obligation to pay a final judgment will be determined by the bankruptcy court,

23 Jul, 2015
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Forced to testify

The California Supreme Court denies Cosby’s petition to review Huth’s suit, which means the civil suit can continue to the trial phase. Huth claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old. Cosby’s attorneys had sought dismissal of Huth’s lawsuit on procedural grounds, arguing that she lacked required certification from a mental health professional to support her claims, and claiming she sued him only after failing to extort money from him to buy her silence. Her case is the only one of four that are seeking damages for sexual misconduct — the other three are for defamation. Allred says she will take Cosby’s deposition under oath within the next 30 days, and videotape it:

We are looking forward to Mr. Cosby answering questions under oath at his deposition. It’s a very big victory.

21 Jul, 2015
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Must hand over NY user info

A state appeals court says Facebook cannot challenge search warrants used by New York prosecutors in 2013 to get information from the site on hundreds of users suspected of Social Security fraud, including police officers and firefighters who allegedly feigned illness in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The court rules the warrants can only be challenged by the individual defendants. Prosecutors said Facebook pages showed public employees who claimed to be disabled riding jet skis, playing golf and participating in martial arts events. Prosecutors have secured nearly $25 million from people who were targets in the probe. DA spokesperson:

In many cases, evidence on their Facebook accounts directly contradicted the lies the defendants told to the Social Security Administration.

Facebook is considering an appeal.

17 Jul, 2015
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Guilty verdict

The jury find Holmes guilty in 165 charges in the deaths of 12 people at the Aurora theater. In closing statements the prosecution argues against Holmes’ insanity defense:

That is logical. That is rational, and that is anything — anything — but psychotic. That guy was sane beyond a reasonable doubt, and he needs to be held accountable for what he did.

The jury deliberates  for 13 hours over two days before rejecting pleas from defense lawyers that Holmes had a severe mental illness and was not legally responsible for his actions. As Judge Samour reads the 165 counts against Holmes, the defendant stands silently between his lawyers, staring straight ahead, with his hands tucked into his pants.

Holmes’ family speak of bias against their son.

We do not know how many victims of the theater shooting would like to see our son killed. But we are aware of people’s sentiments. We have read postings on the Internet that have likened him to a monster. He is not a monster. He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness.

The district attorney in suburban Arapahoe County is seeking the death penalty, and the jury will begin weighing the toll and nature of Mr. Holmes’s actions to decide whether to send him to prison for life or to Colorado’s death row.Smour

James Holmes Trial – Verdict

16 Jul, 2015
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Found guilty

Holmes is found guilty for his actions in the 2012 shooting which killed 12 people and injured 70. A jury deliberates  for 13 hours over two days before rejecting pleas from defense lawyers that Holmes had a severe mental illness and was not legally responsible for his actions. As Judge Samour reads the 165 counts against Holmes, the defendant stands silently between his lawyers, staring straight ahead, with his hands tucked into his pants.

The district attorney in suburban Arapahoe County is seeking the death penalty, and the jury will begin weighing the toll and nature of Mr. Holmes’s actions to decide whether to send him to prison for life or to Colorado’s death row.

15 Jul, 2015
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Found guilty

Groening is convicted of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people in Auschwitz. He is sentenced to four years in jail, beyond the three year sentence sought by the prosecution. World Jewish Congress President Lauder:

Mr Groening was only a small cog in the Nazi death machine, but without the actions of people like him, the mass murder of millions of Jews and others would not have been possible.

13 Jul, 2015
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Ends gay adult ban

Boy Scouts of America announces that the National Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution allowing gay adults to serve as employees and volunteers. A vote by the National Executive Board is set for July 27th.

This resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change would also respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.

Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, Wahls:

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adults has stood as a towering example of explicit, institutional homophobia in one of America’s most important and recognizable civic organizations. While this policy change is not perfect—BSA’s religious chartering partners will be allowed to continue to discriminate against gay adults—it is difficult to overstate the importance of today’s announcement.

10 Jul, 2015
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American Samoans question gay marriage validity

Same-sex couples are not yet allowed to marry in American Samoa. Legal observers and gay rights advocates says the Supreme Court decision should go into effect immediately. On the other hand, social conservative Christians dominate in American Samoa, and the government’s motto is “Samoa, Let God Be First.” Even though Samoans have a tradition of embracing faafafine — males who are raised as females and take on feminine traits, many faafafine do not support gay marriage out of respect for their culture and beliefs. So far no one has applied for a same-sex marriage license. The territory’s Attorney General:

We’re still reviewing the decision to determine its applicability to American Samoa, and I have no specific comments at this time.

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Judgement

A jury orders the rapper to pay $5 million to Leviston for allegedly posting a video of her and her boyfriend online without their permission. The video supposedly features a wig-wearing 50 Cent as a commentator named Pimpin’ Curly who makes explicit remarks about Leviston and calling her a porn star. The star’s attorney:

[We are] disappointed in the verdict but very appreciative of the service of the jury and the court.

6 Jul, 2015
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Flag removal vote passes

South Carolina’s Senate votes in favour of the removal of the Confederate flag that has flown from a 30-foot pole as part of a Confederate Soldier Monument in front of the Statehouse steps since 2000, to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. The 37-3 vote easily surpasses the two-thirds majority needed during a third and final vote that sends the measure to the House of Representatives. Senate President Pro Tempore Leatherman, who voted for its removal says:

That issue had to be resolved.

Governor Haley:

The South Carolina Senate today rose to this historic occasion, with a large majority of members from both parties coming together in the spirit of unity and healing that is binding our state back together and moving us forward in the right direction. I applaud the Senate’s decisive action, look forward to the Senate giving the bill third reading in the morning, and ask that the House act swiftly and follow the Senate’s lead.

4 Jul, 2015
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Rules suing for fracking companies

Oklahoma State Supreme Court rules that home-owners whose dwellings have been damaged due to fracking-related earthquakes can sue the companies responsible. The main reason behind the ruling is so that lawsuits wouldn’t have to go through the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Allowing district courts to have jurisdiction in these types of private matters does not exercise inappropriate ‘oversight and control’ over the [Corporation Commission]…rather, it conforms to the long-held rule that district courts have exclusive jurisdiction over private tort actions when regulated oil and gas operations are at issue.

3 Jul, 2015
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Denied French asylum

 

Just days after Wikileaks makes documents public showing that the United States had spied on past French leaders, and President Hollande, Le Monde publishes an open letter from Assange, requesting the President grant him French asylum:

My life is in danger, France is the only country that can offer me the necessary protection against … the political persecutions I face.

Less than an hour after the letter is published, Hollande’s office issues an official statement saying that Assange’s asylum request has been denied, because Assange’s predicament “presents no immediate danger.” Assange remains in Ecuador’s London embassy.

30 Jun, 2015
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Rules 10 commandments statue unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma rules 7-2 that the 10 commandments statue on the Capitol Grounds be removed as it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion. The ruling overturns a decision by a district court judge who determined the monument could stay. It prompted calls by a handful of Republican lawmakers for impeachment of the justices who said the monument must be removed. Attorney General Pruitt had argued that the monument was historical in nature and nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Oklahoma justices said the local monument violated the state’s constitution, not the U.S. Constitution. The Attorney General Office’s has filed for a rehearing in the case. Court:

[The commandments are] obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.

29 Jun, 2015
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Google appeal on Oracle suit denied

The Court denies a Google appeal that sought to stop a billion-dollar Oracle lawsuit by seeking limits on software copyright protections. The justices decline to disturb an appeals court ruling in Oracle’s favor that reinvigorated the company’s case against Google. 37 packages of prewritten Java programs, known as application programming interfaces, are entitled to copyright protection. Google:

We will continue to defend the interoperability that has fostered innovation and competition in the software industry.

Oracle:

[The result] is a win for innovation and for the technology industry that relies on copyright protection to fuel innovation.

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Rules public funds for private schools unconstitutional

Colorado’s Supreme Court rules that the use of a voucher program that allowed parents in Douglas County to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools. The court says that it violates the State Constitution that explicitly prevents money from going to schools that are controlled by an church or sectarian denomination whatsoever. Colorado’s chief justice Rice:

This stark constitutional provision makes one thing clear, a school district may not aid religious schools.