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Supreme Court hears ‘return to sender’ death row appeal

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Tuesday took up the case of a man on death row who failed to launch an appeal against his sentence in time because his lawyers had left their firm and left no forwarding address. Cory Maples was sentenced to death by an Alabama court…

Wal-Mart loses $187.6 million appeal over worker breaks

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc has lost its appeal of most of a $187.6 million verdict for Pennsylvania hourly workers who accused the world’s largest retailer of denying them meal and rest breaks. A three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on Friday said there was sufficient evidence for Philadelphia jurors in…

ACLU: U.S. court may be concealing secret demands for WikiLeaks-related records

It became known last December that a Virginia grand jury investigating the whistleblower site WikiLeaks had issued subpoenas for the Twitter records of three supporters of the group, including a member of the Icelandic parliament. Now the ACLU believes it has evidence that four such demands were issued in secret…

Obama admin. says $675,000 is an appropriate punishment for sharing 30 songs

Making good on its earlier promises, the Obama Administration went to court this week to defend the unpopular Copyright Act and what critics call as its extremely high per-song fines. In a recent appeal of a decision that gutted a $675,000 finding against an Internet user who downloaded and shared…

WikiLeaks’ Assange appeals extradition

LONDON (AFP) – Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have lodged an appeal against a British court ruling that he should be extradited to Sweden over rape accusations, the court said Thursday. A court official confirmed that it had received the request for an appeal, but no date has yet…

N. Zealand to approach Oprah for help: report

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Earthquake-hit New Zealand wants US talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman to help fundraising efforts after the disaster that devastated Christchurch, a report said Monday. Prime Minister John Key planned to ask the influential celebrities to promote a charity drive for victims and rebuilding…

Pirate Bay financier takes case to Swedish Supreme Court

A key financier of the Swedish filesharing site, The Pirate Bay, appealed to the country’s highest court on Monday to overturn his four-month prison sentence and fines to the music and movie industry, court documents showed. “Carl Lundstroem demands the Supreme Court cancel the Appeal Court’s ruling,” the petition read.…

WikiLeaks founder appeals Swedish detention order

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has filed another appeal against a court order to detain him in a rape investigation, Swedish officials said Tuesday. The appeal was received by the Supreme Court in Stockholm on Tuesday, court spokeswoman Tove Levelind said. Earlier this month, an appeals court rejected Assange’s first appeal,…

Myanmar court shuns Suu Kyi detention appeal

Lawyers for the Nobel peace laureate believe she will be released on Saturday regardless of the Supreme Court decision, but they had hoped she would also be acquitted to prove her innocence. If she is freed, the 65-year-old, who has spent much of the past two decades locked up, will…

Supreme Court strikes down challenge to Obama’s health overhaul

The Supreme Court has turned down the first preliminary challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The decision Monday to reject an appeal from a former Republican state lawmaker in California was no surprise because a federal appeals court has yet to consider the case. The high court almost…

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