Saturday, February 4, 2023 | Back issues

Payroll growth over the first month of the year crushed expectations and brought the unemployment rate down to a new 54-year low.

by Kevin Lessmiller

The Federal Reserve began its reduction in interest rate hikes this week, but a surprising jobs report has Wall Street worried the central bank isn’t done yet.

by Nick Rummell

Tesla CEO Elon Musk dodged liability over a tweet shareholders claimed cost them millions in 2018.

by Eric Burkett

Golden State officials say they have senior water rights.

by Bob Leal

Families of Omagh bomb victims welcomed the announcement of an investigation to determine if British and Irish authorities could have prevented the atrocity.

by Dominic Glover

Officials presented a digital platform that they claimed will help parents be more aware of structural issues in Mexico City schools.

by Cody Copeland

The fit between the 230-year-old Bill of Rights and the electronic age is at issue in an attack by news outlets on Virginia’s segregated system of access to court records, one for patricians with power and another for commoners with none.

by Bill Girdner

Court administrators enacted an illegal fee on foreign language interpreters and used the money to buy alcohol and entertainment for conferences, while also withholding court contracts from legislative oversight.

by Gabriel Tynes

Courts

South Carolina prosecutors claim the disbarred attorney gunned down his wife and son in a desperate bid to avert professional disaster as colleagues at his family’s law firm raised questions about missing legal fees.

by Steve Garrison

The video game publisher settled allegations that it lacked internal controls to determine whether the volume and substance of workplace misconduct complaints was so bad it had to tell investors.

by Edvard Pettersson

A major gun rights ruling from the conservative majority has only begun to work its way through federal appeals courts and some experts already see a need for high court intervention.

by Kelsey Reichmann

Oakland promises to offer cabins and RV parking to unsheltered people who will be removed from the Wood Street community. But unhoused people say they are unsure shelter will materialize.

by Natalie Hanson

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It’s Black History Month! Illegal in Florida! And soon: Texas!

by Robert Kahn

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By accepting Texas' offer of around $2 million for his wrongful imprisonment after a prosecutor framed him for the murder of a policeman, Alfred Brown must forego his federal lawsuit, the state's highest court ruled.

by Cameron Langford

More than a dozen protesters who tried to block construction of a sprawling police training facility are facing the same charges as violent white supremacists. Some call it a scare tactic by prosecutors.

by Megan Butler

A coalition of environmental groups say Chico hasn't learned anything from the 2018 Camp Fire, which destroyed the nearby town of Paradise in minutes.

by Natalie Hanson

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did, however, decline Idaho's urging to remove protections for all the nation's bears.

by Alanna Madden

Opponents of the law known as SB 257 argue it unfairly favors in-state coal producers when it comes to bidding on utility contracts.

by David Wells

A popular materials manufacturer is accused of emitting harmful chemicals into the air and groundwater.

by Erika Williams

The state sent eight kids as young as 14 to the notorious Angola prison last year and put them in a cell block that once held people awaiting the death penalty.

by Sabrina Canfield

While the U.S. Coast Guard is not required to rescue anyone, lawyers for one Washington man argue that once it begins a search and rescue operation, it’s under duty to act with due care.

by Alanna Madden

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Rulings

by Daniel Conrad

A New York appeals court overturned an unhoused man’s conviction for failing to verify his address every 90 days as requested by the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act. The law is unconstitutional when applied to homeless defendants who lack an address, as it deprives them of due process.

An appeals court in Texas found no error in a man’s conviction for possessing between five and 50 pounds of marijuana after his alleged grow house was raided. Among his objections, the defendant said law enforcement should have weighed only the marijuana that is used or sold, not the mass of the whole plants; the judges said authorities can and do weigh entire plants as part of these operations.

The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a judgment in favor of a school district in a teacher’s underpayment lawsuit, finding that though his salary was only corrected for one of four underpaid years, this failure to repay was the district’s right because its collective bargaining agreement requires wage errors to be corrected only retroactive to the beginning of the year it was discovered.

A Louisiana federal judge found that prison staff, but not the Baton Rouge government, are not liable in the suicide of a bipolar pretrial detainee who hanged himself in his jail cell after his arrest for trying to “kick and ram” his way into a drug and alcohol recovery center. Claims against the government and the health care contractor remain pending.

The Ninth Circuit found that Xerox cannot compel arbitration under a 2002 agreement in this class action brought by its call center employees, who say they were made to work off the clock and were stiffed on overtime pay. Xerox clearly knew it could have asserted its right to compel arbitration, but waived it.

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by Courthouse News editors

An offensive guard for the Philadelphia Eagles was indicted on rape and kidnapping charges in Ohio on Wednesday, less than two weeks before the team is set to play in the Super Bowl.

A class claims the city of Buffalo has not been putting fluoride in the drinking water, as has been standard in major cities for the past 60 years.

Marilyn Manson faces a complaint under New York's Adult Survivors Act from an anonymous woman who says the rock star assaulted her first when she was 16 years old, then again at 19, and that he harassed her online when she posted on Instagram about the attacks.

A New York City lawyer who helped make a Molotov cocktail that was thrown at an unoccupied police car during a 2020 Black Lives Matter protest was sentenced Thursday to 12 months and a day in federal prison.

A Texan and two Wisconsinites sued the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Amarillo federal court seeking to block a Biden administration rule that recategorizes pistols with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles.

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