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Health care reform tops Supreme Court docket

WASHINGTON — Profanity on television, police use of GPS without a warrant, and the status of Jerusalem on passports are grist for the new US Supreme Court session opening Monday, but the main event will be President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform. The nine justices on the highest court…

Campaign seeks arrest of ex-CIA legal chief who authorized drone attacks

A group of human rights lawyers working in cooperation with relatives of the victims of US drone attacks in Pakistan is calling for an international arrest warrant to be served on former CIA legal counsel John A. Rizzo on charges of murder. The first step in their effort will be…

WikiLeaks’ Assange wraps up appeal case

Lawyers for WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange wrapped up their arguments on Wednesday against his extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations, as they pursued a new “quiet” approach to his defence strategy. Assange has a new legal team which has abandoned the bombastic statements by his previous lawyers warning that…

War crimes court issues arrest warrant for Gaddafi

THE HAGUE (AFP) – International Criminal Court judges on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi for crimes against humanity, committed against opponents of his regime since mid-February, a judge said. “The chamber hereby issue a warrant of arrest against Moamer Kadhafi,”Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng said during…

Man files suit after ‘terrifying’ FBI raid on wrong house

A Bellevue, Pennsylvania man is suing a dozen FBI agents for allegedly violating his and his family’s constitutional rights when their home was wrongfully raided by agents wielding assault rifles. The Pittsburg Tribune-Review reported that FBI agents used a battering ram to enter Gary Adams’ rented home in search of…

FBI raids home of suicide kit maker in California

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A great-grandmother selling do-it-yourself asphyxiation kits by mail said on Thursday she was ordered from her house at gunpoint by federal agents who raided her home and seized cartons of documents, computers and sewing machines. Sharlotte Hydorn, 91, told Reuters about a dozen agents in flak…

Supreme Court upholds warrantless search of apartment based on marijuana smell

Police find illegal drugs after busting into wrong apartment complex The smell of marijuana smoke and sound of evidence being destroyed is enough reason for police to knock down an apartment door and search the place without a warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an 8-1 decision [PDF],…

Osteen Megachurch volunteer charged with child abuse

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A volunteer at a Texas church home to the largest congregation in the United States has been charged with sexually abusing an autistic child. Alvaro Daniel Guzman, 25, was charged with indecency with a child over a February 2010 incident at a Lakewood Church activities program for…

Oregon Supreme Court urged to block warrantless cell phone searches

A digital rights organization told the Oregon Supreme Court that allowing law enforcement officials to search arrestees’ cell phones violates privacy protections guaranteed by the Constitution. In the case Oregon v. Nix, police officers searched through the data on a criminal suspect’s cell phone after he had been arrested and…

U.S. Marshals, St. Louis cop shot attempting to serve arrest warrant

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – Two deputy U.S. Marshals and a St. Louis police officer were shot and wounded and the suspect in their shooting killed on Tuesday morning at a home in St. Louis, officials said. One of the marshals was in critical condition, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.…

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