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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…

Sarah Palin wins restraining order against father-son pair

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won another round in court on Monday against a Pennsylvania teenager accused of stalking the outspoken conservative, telling a judge, “I fear for my friends’ and for my family’s safety.” The three-hour Anchorage court hearing, with Palin and her antagonists testifying…

Immigration judge halts deportation of partner in same sex marriage

A Venezuelan native who is legally married to an American man had his deportation put on hold by a federal immigration judge Friday. Henry Valandia will be allowed to stay in the U.S. while he waits to appear in court again on Dec. 16. Valandia married Josh Vandiver in Connecticut…

U.S. court reinstates Blackwater Iraq shooting case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge erred in dismissing all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007, an appeals court ruled on Friday. The unanimous three-judge panel reinstated the charges and sent the case back to the judge for more proceedings,…

Spanish judge drops Bush admin torture probe, draws fire in U.S.

The Center for Constitutional Rights excoriated a Spanish judge’s dismissal Wednesday of a request to investigate six top former Bush administration officials over crafting a legal basis for torture. Judge Eloy Velasco declared in his four-page ruling tossing out the case that the United States had informed Spain that it…

Ontario judge strikes down marijuana laws

A Canadian court ruled the government has three months to revise its unconstitutional medical marijuana program before the drug will become effectively legal to possess and produce in the country. Ontario Superior Court Justice Donald Taliano ruled that Canada’s medical marijuana program is invalid because regulations made it too difficult…

Reagan shooter wants more outings from psych hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prosecutors are fighting to stop the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981 from leaving a psychiatric hospital for more family visits. On March 29, a day before the 30th anniversary of the shooting,John Hinckley, Jr. asked a federal judge to allow him an unspecified number of visits…

WikiLeaks’ Assange to appeal extradition in July

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will fight a British judge’s decision to extradite him to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault in a two-day hearing in July, it was announced on Wednesday. The hearing at the High Court in London will take place on July 12-13, the court said.…

Wisconsin incumbent judge Prosser clings to lead in vote

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – A routine election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat that became a referendum on the state’s new curbs on unionized public employees appeared too close to call early on Wednesday with the incumbent clinging to a narrow lead. With 98 percent of the state’s precincts reporting…

US judge tosses $625 million award against Apple

WASHINGTON – A US District Court judge in Texas has tossed out a $625.5 million damages award against Apple in a patent infringement case involving a document management and display system. Judge Leonard Davis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler, Texas, vacated the…

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