Court decisions

The Supreme Court of the United States (also referred to by the acronym SCOTUS) is the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States. Established pursuant to Article III of the U.S. Constitution in 1789, it has original jurisdiction over a small range of cases, such as suits between two or more states, and those involving ambassadors.
News and discussion about the latest key court decisions.
  • Mom of girl killed in 1973 'carried guilt over her death'
    Daily Mail

    Mom of girl killed in 1973 'carried guilt over her death'

    The sister of an 11-year-old girl killed in a 1973 cold case murder says their mother carried guilt over her death for 'the rest of her life' after not picking her daughter up from summer school and making her walk home instead.  Cindy Borgeson said her sibling Linda Ann O'Keefe asked for a lift home on July 6, 1973 but their mom refused. She then disappeared in Newport Beach, California, and her body was found the next day. Their mother 'carried that guilt the rest of her life,' Borgeson told ABC News.  Now, more than 40 years after Linda's death, a Colorado man has been arrested in connection with the case.    Tragically, Linda's parents passed away before they ever learned of a suspect. But

  • Hamilton police arrest more than a dozen people following early morning drug raids
    GLOBAL NEWS

    Hamilton police arrest more than a dozen people following early morning drug raids

    More than a dozen people have been arrested, following early morning police raids in Hamilton. Shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, Hamilton Police executed 13 search warrants, including the search of two vehicles and several hotel rooms. During the search, officers seized a large quantity of “Purple Heroin” cocaine, methamphetamin and prescription pills valued at almost $140,000. Thirteen people were arrested on various charges, including nine men and four women, ranging in age from 26 to 54. “Getting these drugs off the streets is a good start but we're not done,” says Supt. Ryan Diodati. “We appreciate the public assistance so far and we continue to encourage the public to come forward with information.

  • WSAW Wausau

    California parents of 13 plead guilty to torture, abuse

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple who shackled some of their 13 children to beds and starved them pleaded guilty Friday to torture and other abuse in a case dubbed a "house of horrors." David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty Friday in Riverside County Superior Court to 14 counts that included abusing minor and adult children and imprisoning them in their house that appeared to be neatly kept from the outside in a modest subdivision. Sentencing was scheduled for April 19. The couple was arrested in January 2018 when their 17-year-old daughter called 911 after escaping from the family's home in the city of Perris, southeast of Los Angeles. The children, who ranged in age from 2 to 29

  • Biden: Violence Against Women Act reduced domestic violence
    PolitiFact

    Biden: Violence Against Women Act reduced domestic violence

    Joe Biden championed the Violence Against Women Act as a Democratic senator from Delaware in 1994. Two and a half decades and two terms as vice president later, he's still touting the law and its impact as he considers whether to run for president in 2020. The law increased funding and provided additional legal tools for combating violent crimes committed against women. The law has been reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013, and it expired in the recent government shutdown. It must now be reauthorized, which Biden urged lawmakers to do quickly. "Since the passage of VAWA, annual rates of domestic violence have dropped by 63%," Biden tweeted Feb. 15. "The National Domestic Violence Hotline responds

  • The strategic discretion of John Roberts
    Stars and Stripes

    The strategic discretion of John Roberts

    “Derangement syndromes” are proliferating, with three variants linked to Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump: “Bush lied, people died,” “Obama was born in Kenya,” and “Trump is a Putin mole.” Now comes Roberts derangement syndrome,” which was seeded among conservatives after the 2010 decision that upheld most of “Obamacare” and is flowering in the wake of Chief Justice John Roberts joining with four liberal colleagues in a Feb. 7 ruling related to abortion. When he helped save the Affordable Care Act, Roberts was accused of ignoring constitutional principles in order to preserve broad public support for the Supreme Court. I believed that instead, he was following long-standing

  • Saudi students escaping U.S. justice: What we know and don't know
    OregonLive.com

    Saudi students escaping U.S. justice: What we know and don't know

    Revelations that the Saudi Arabian government may have helped its citizens escape U.S. justice have generated national headlines, triggered a federal investigation and led to legislation introduced in Congress. The story began with a tip that federal law enforcement agents believed the Saudis helped one of its citizens, a young man studying in Portland, flee the U.S. before his manslaughter trial. Four more cases in Oregon soon emerged where Saudi students accused of serious crimes vanished before their trial or completing their sentence, even after some surrendered their passports to authorities. A. To date, The Oregonian/OregonLive has found 17 cases across the U.S. and Canada where university students from Saudi Arabia facing serious criminal charges have disappeared.

  • Police force guilty of discrimination after rejecting white heterosexual man for job on positive action grounds
    The Telegraph

    Police force guilty of discrimination after rejecting white heterosexual man for job on positive action grounds

    A police force has been found guilty of discrimination after it refused to give a potential recruit a job because he was a white heterosexual man.

  • Texas State University Police addresses safety concerns after a rash of violent crimes
    KTBC

    Texas State University Police addresses safety concerns after a rash of violent crimes

    Texas State University Police are addressing safety concerns on campus after three violent incidents happened within the past two weeks. Texas State Chief of Police Laurie Clouse said the rash in violent crimes is unusual. The third was the murder of Texas State freshman Aaron Jack Peterman who was found in his off-campus apartment with a single gunshot wound.

  • Four people face 26 charges after firearms stolen from New Glasgow home
    Atlantic

    Four people face 26 charges after firearms stolen from New Glasgow home

    Four people are facing 26 charges after firearms and ammunition were stolen from a home in New Glasgow, N.S. New Glasgow Regional Police responded to a break-and-enter at the home on Clyde Street around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police say electronics, four firearms, and ammunition were stolen. Police executed a search warrant at a home on Allan Avenue in Stellarton, N.S., on Thursday. Officers recovered the firearms and ammunition during their search. Two men and two women, all from Stellarton, have been arrested in connection with the investigation. A 40-year-old man, a 21-year-old man, a 50-year-old woman, and a 24-year-old woman each face charges related to possession of stolen property and firearms,

  • Madrid man held as mum's dismembered remains 'found in Tupperware'
    AFP

    Madrid man held as mum's dismembered remains 'found in Tupperware'

    A 26-year-old man from Madrid has been arrested on suspicion of killing his mother then cutting up her remains and storing them in Tupperware containers, Spanish police said on Friday. On entering the house in the central Salamanca neighbourhood, "they found the woman, dismembered," with her "remains stored in different Tupperware boxes around the house," a national police spokesman said. The son was immediately arrested on suspicion of killing his mother.

  • Judge considers sentence for Boyle Co. teen convicted in stepmother's death
    WDKY

    Judge considers sentence for Boyle Co. teen convicted in stepmother's death

    DANVILLE, Ky. (WDKY) – A Boyle County teenager is still waiting to learn her sentence, after being convicted of killing her stepmother and stealing a car. Last month, Jenna Oakley pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and theft of a motor vehicle by unlawful taking in the case. The total recommended sentence is 15 years. Oakley was 15 when her stepmother Rhonda Oakley was killed, back in September of 2016. The teen went missing after her stepmother's death but was found days later in New Mexico with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Kenneth Nigh. At a hearing on Friday, Oakley read a letter she wrote to the court. “I cannot tell you how very sorry I am that I did not save her that day, two and

  • Miami Herald

    Two Florida men got pulled over. Then cops found drugs in a very unlikely place

    Lunchables are considered by many parents as a go-to, light meal for their kids. They're portable and filled with protein, and come in a brightly colored packaging. But recently, the Oscar Meyer snack pack was used for something unrelated to eating. Two Zephyrhills, Florida, men were arrested in Ohio earlier this month after being found with more than $84,000 worth of cocaine, stuffed inside, yes, Lunchables boxes. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that troopers pulled over a rented 2018 Ford F-150 on the afternoon of Feb. 5 because it was driving in a “dangerous manner” down the Ohio Turnpike. Troopers observed the Ford speeding and making unsafe lane changes. During the traffic stop, the

  • Miami Herald

    Play turns deadly when woman's own dogs attack her in family yard, SC cops say

    A South Carolina woman died late Thursday after being attacked in her front yard by her two dogs, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. Investigators say 52-year-old Nancy Cherryl Burgess-Dismuke was “wrestling with her dogs in her front yard, before they turned on her and became aggressive,” according to a press release. It happened shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday and a neighbor on Yale Street told police she managed to free Burgess-Dismuke from the dogs, said the release. Greenville County is about 100 miles northwest of Columbia. Deputies found the woman “suffering from severe injuries” and began applying bandages to her arms to stop the bleeding, said the release. The coroner's