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judge resigns and youth court shut down after baby is taken from mother over unp


the youth court of pearl, mississippi has been shut down and its judge, john shirley (also a republican party activist) has been forced to resign after widespread disapproval of his decision to bar a mother from seeing her 4-month-old baby for 14 months over her unpaid court fees. (more…)






attorney: mom lost baby for 14 months over unpaid court fees


jackson, miss. (ap) — a mississippi judge has resigned after an attorney said the judge prevented a mother from seeing her baby for more than a year because of unpaid court fees. john shirley resigned wednesday as youth court judge in pearl. the mother, whose name wasn’t released, regained custody of her now 18-month-old child. […]






attorney: mom lost baby for 14 months over unpaid court fees


a mississippi judge has resigned after an attorney said the judge prevented a mother from seeing her baby for more than a year because of unpaid court fees.






supreme court orders new look at “swipe fees” law


washington (ap) — the supreme court is ordering a lower court to take a new look at a new york law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases. the court ruled unanimously wednesday in a case about fees that merchants pay to credit-card issuers each time a customer charges a purchase. the fees […]






supreme court orders new look at "swipe fees" law


the supreme court is ordering a lower court to take a new look at a new york law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases.






justices: colorado policy on court fees unconstitutional


the supreme court says colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the constitution.






justices: colorado policy on court fees unconstitutional


washington (ap) — the supreme court says colorado’s practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the constitution. the justices on wednesday ruled 7-1 in favor of two people whose convictions for sexual offenses were later thrown out. one paid about $700 in court […]






appeals court leaves business filing fees in limbo


the colorado court of appeals has overturned a denver district court ruling that backed the right of the state to spend business filing fees on elections and other programs not directly tied to business.






after legal challenges, cook county's court for unwed parents quietly goes away


when vito glazers and the mother of his child couldn't work out a visitation schedule for their then-infant son, he did what many parents do and went to court and asked a judge to intervene. but when he arrived at the daley center court complex in downtown chicago for the first time last year,...






charlie gard’s mother yells at lawyer representing hospital


the mother of terminally ill baby charlie gard had some choice words for the hospital in which her son remained during a court hearing monday. connie yates and chris gard arrived at the united kingdom’s high court of justice monday in an attempt to get a final decision about the fate of their son. i...






court-ordered changes at wisconsin youth prisons due


plans for instituting court-ordered changes to disciplinary practices at wisconsin's embattled youth prisons are due in federal court.






passenger is cleared to sue for bag fees after luggage arrived late


airline passengers won a victory this week when a u.s. appeals court agreed that a carrier can be held responsible for reimbursing bag fees to a passenger whose luggage arrived late. the 9th circuit court of appeals reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the case by hayley hickcox-huffman, who sued...






supreme court won’t restore $7.25b swipe fees settlement


washington (ap) — the supreme court will not restore a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and visa inc. and mastercard inc. over credit card transaction fees. the justices did not comment monday in leaving place a ruling by the federal appeals court in new york that tossed out the settlement in a lawsuit that began […]






texas judge suspended when it's learned she's not us citizen


officials in south texas have placed a municipal court judge on unpaid leave after it was discovered she's not a u.s. citizen.






appeals court reverses judge's ruling in escondido baby-death case


a north county judge erred when he sentenced a young father convicted of fatally injuring his infant daughter to 11 years in prison instead of giving him a much longer sentence as allowed by law, a state appeals court ruled. the ruling last week means that lee trahan, 29, could be resentenced in...






court documents: mother had abused teen in kidnapping case


columbia, tenn. (ap) — a 15-year-old tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator. the mother is scheduled to appear in court next month and has pleaded not guilty to […]






cops: man stole wallet to pay court fines for assault charge


police say a man who was at a pennsylvania judge's office to pay court fines stole a wallet that was near the payment window and used the cash inside to pay his fees.






appeals court reverses judge's ruling in escondido baby-death case


a north county judge erred when he sentenced a young father convicted of fatally injuring his infant daughter to 11 years in prison in order to avoid giving him a much longer sentence as allowed by law, a state appeals court ruled. the ruling last week means that lee trahan, 29, could be resentenced...






texas ordered to pay $600,000 to same-sex couples who defeated state ban


a federal appeals court ordered texas on wednesday to pay about $600,000 to cover the legal fees for two same-sex couples who defeated the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a protracted court battle. the u.s. court of appeals for the fifth circuit awarded $585,470 in attorneys’ fees and abou...






in court testimony, u.s. doctor offers sliver of hope for terminally ill british


the parents of charlie gard were back in court thursday to try to persuade a judge to allow them to bring the terminally ill british baby to the united states or italy for experimental treatment. at an emotionally charged hearing, an american doctor testified over a video link that there was new...






european court refuses to intervene over sick british baby


the parents of a terminally-ill baby boy lost the final stage of their legal battle to take him out of a british hospital to receive treatment in the u.s., after a european court agreed with previous rulings that the baby should be taken off life support.






supreme court won't restore $7.25b swipe fees settlement


in a victory for retailers like target and best buy, the supreme court will not restore a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and visa inc. and mastercard inc. over credit card transaction fees.






lisa marie presley’s payments to ex limited to legal fees


los angeles — lisa marie presley will not have to pay spousal support to her estranged husband while they fight over her assets, but she will have to pay some of his attorney’s fees, a judge ruled wednesday. los angeles superior court judge patrick cathcart ordered presley to pay $50,000 to the lawyer representing her […]






appeals court ruling voids funding method for new roads


st. paul, minn. (ap) — a minnesota court of appeals ruling means growing communities may need to find new ways to pay for roads. the court on monday invalidated roadway fees charged by woodbury. the twin cities suburb levied the fees against housing developers to improve the city’s road network outside new subdivisions. homebuilders say […]






in rare step, illinois supreme court removes judge from two civil cases


in what legal observers describe as a highly unusual move, the illinois supreme court has for a second time in two years removed the same cook county judge from a pending wrongful death case in civil court. last year, the state's high court took the unusual step of removing judge daniel lynch,...






in rare step, illinois supreme court removes judge from pair of civil cases


in what legal observers describe as a highly unusual move, the illinois supreme court has for a second time in two years removed the same cook county judge from a pending wrongful death case in civil court. last year, the state's high court took the unusual step of removing judge daniel lynch,...






rauner happy with court’s fair-share review; afscme critical


springfield, ill. (ap) — gov. bruce rauner is pleased that the u.s. supreme court will decide whether non-union state employees must pay “fair share” fees to cover bargaining costs. the high court announced thursday it will hear an illinois case by mark janus . the child-support specialist says that forcing him to pay union fees […]






lawsuit claims jesse jackson jr. owes $131,000 in unpaid legal fees


a chicago law firm that represented jesse jackson jr. in his divorce proceedings filed against the former congressman tuesday, claiming he incurred $131,000 in unpaid legal fees. berger schatz llc, a law firm specializing in divorce and family law, alleges jackson jr. “acknowledged the reasonableness...






u.s. supreme court to take up union fee case first sparked by rauner


the u.s. supreme court will take up an illinois case originally brought by gov. bruce rauner that challenges the practice of government employee unions collecting fees from nonmembers, a question the court deadlocked over last year.in one of his first acts in office, the republican governor attempted...






u.s. supreme court to take up union fee case first sparked by rauner


the u.s. supreme court will take up an illinois case originally brought by gov. bruce rauner that challenges the practice of government employee unions collecting fees from nonmembers, a question the court deadlocked over last year. in one of his first acts in office, the republican governor attempted...






judge tosses $417 million award in johnson & johnson baby powder cancer case


a judge on friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using johnson & johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. los angeles county superior court judge maren nelson granted the company's request for a new trial, saying there were...






trump names conservative judge gorsuch as us supreme court pick


president donald trump on tuesday nominated neil gorsuch for a lifetime job on the u.s. supreme court, picking the 49-year-old federal appeals court judge to restore the court’s conservative majority and help shape rulings on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and...






court rules suburb can hear 137-shot case against police


cleveland (ap) — the ohio supreme court has ruled a judge in the city where two unarmed blacks died in a 137-shot barrage of cleveland police gunfire can hear criminal charges against five police supervisors. the court’s opinion thursday says east cleveland municipal court judge william dawson can decide whether his court has jurisdiction to […]






judge joseph wapner, who presided over 'the people's court,' dies at 97


he was a retired los angeles county superior court judge who became an unlikely american tv icon, a white-haired jurist who was dubbed the “solomon of small claims.” judge joseph a. wapner, who presided over “the people’s court” for 12 years in the 1980s and ’90s, has died, a family member told...






missouri mother charged in baby’s co-sleeping death


rogersville, mo. (ap) — a missouri mother whose baby died while sleeping in an adult bed is charged with child endangerment. thirty-two-year-old brittany hayes, of rogersville, was arraigned tuesday on the charge. she is free on bond. no attorney is listed for her in online court records. the springfield news-leader reports that the probable cause […]