Monday, December 5, 2022 | Back issues

While Nicaragua and Colombia do not share a land border, their maritime border in the Caribbean Sea has long been a source of friction.

by Molly Quell

Delivering his first annual report during a meeting of countries that participate in the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan warned against fragmented prosecutions.

by Molly Quell

A new paper argues for the existence of an active mantle plume underneath the surface of Mars, leading to seismic and volcanic activity.

by Hillel Aron

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Is it weird that law schools worry about where they're ranked? It doesn't have to be if you make the contest fun.

by Milt Policzer

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After years of authorities neglecting, refusing and being too inept to bring down Mexico’s extreme rates of gender violence, one group of women is taking their personal safety into their own hands, and teaching others to do the same.

by Cody Copeland

Courts

The Massachusetts high court could set a national precedent in an era when churches are closing their doors at a rapid clip.

by Thomas F. Harrison

Aaron Dean refused to cooperate with criminal and administrative investigations into the shooting and quit the Fort Worth police force before his murder indictment.

by David Lee

Supporters tout Oregon Measure 114 as the strictest set of gun laws in the country.

by Alanna Madden

Charging documents say Kimberly Zapata, currently free on a signature bond, ordered false ballots in an attempt to illuminate loopholes in Wisconsin election laws.

by Joe Kelly

Around the Nation

An argument over a high-stakes dice game led to the killing of Takeoff, an innocent bystander, Houston police said.

by Cameron Langford

Featuring the largest sportsbook in the world and a "swim stadium" with a huge video screen and six pools that can accommodate 4,000 guests, the new Circa is ready to wow Sin City visitors.

by Bob Leal

Experts say major workforce cuts at the social media companies could drive increasing opportunities for misinformation and impersonation of officials online.

by Natalie Hanson

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Rulings

by Daniel Conrad

A man pleaded guilty in Mississippi federal court for burning a cross in his yard to intimidate his Black neighbors, whom he had also disparaged with threatening and racist language. He faces 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

A federal judge in West Virginia dismissed the lawsuit brought by a former certified nursing assistant who violated her hospital’s policy against abusing residents when she smacked the hands of a patient, who has very limited mental capacity and inhibitions, who groped her breasts and vaginal area while she was caring for him. The slap was not a “protected activity in opposition to an unlawful workplace practice.”

A Maryland appellate court denied a pawnbroker’s attempt to skirt the state’s consumer protection agency, which busted the business for advertising “title loans” to customers looking to borrow cash without first licensing as a consumer lender. The owner told employees to rush customers through the paperwork so they would not notice how exorbitant the interest rates were.

An appeals court in Maryland allowed a mother to regain custody of her son after the mom served time in prison for murdering her husband, the father of their child. She had good behavior in prison, no prior incidents of violence before the murder and killed her husband following years of physical and sexual abuse, so her son is returned to her custody.

A federal court in Michigan found in favor of a teacher who called her student “the N-word” while breaking up an altercation because, though the student was the victim of a racial slur, he was suspended for breaking the “race-neutral” rule against fighting at school. Immunity shields the teacher from the student’s assault claim.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, after being ordered to pay nearly $1.5 billion in damages for falsely claiming the Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax.

The Indiana-based Bopp Law Firm sued outgoing Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn over $193,000 in unpaid legal fees for defense work in a case challenging Cawthorn’s eligibility to seek reelection.

Tinder, one of dozens of dating apps owned by the Match Group, faces a federal class action from a user who says it collects facial-recognition data, and biometric information more broadly, in violation of New York privacy laws.

Journalists with the Central American outlet El Faro claim Israel-based NSO Group used its Pegasus surveillance software to hack their cellphones.

A group of Detroit citizens sued the city over its purchase of the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter, accusing officials of withholding details about the surveillance technology.

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