Supreme courts

August 07, 2019 - 1:52 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday upheld a government decision to fire a public servant who used a pseudonym to criticize government immigration policy on Twitter. The High Court's seven judges unanimously overturned a lower court's decision that Michaela Banerji's...
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Pedro Pierluisi, sworn in as Puerto Rico's governor, smiles during a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Departing Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello resigned as promised on Friday and swore in Pierluisi, a veteran politician as his replacement, a move certain to throw the U.S. territory into a period of political chaos that will be fought out in court. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 05, 2019 - 1:30 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on a lawsuit that the island's Senate filed in a bid to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island's governor. The court gave all parties until Tuesday at noon to file all necessary paperwork, noting...
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Demonstrators hold banners as they demonstrate against Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum outside The High Court in London, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has made an application to divorce his wife of 15 years, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, in the Family Court Division of the High Court. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
July 30, 2019 - 10:50 am
LONDON (AP) — The estranged wife of Dubai's ruler applied for protective orders in a British court Tuesday using laws intended to safeguard victims of forced marriages and domestic abuse. Princess Haya, 45, requested a forced marriage protection order and a non-molestation order during a British...
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July 30, 2019 - 6:12 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's highest court has upheld a new European system of bank supervision aimed at preventing financial crises and expensive taxpayer bailouts. The Federal Constitutional Court said in a ruling issued Tuesday that the governments of the 28 European Union nations did not...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle sits near the wall as President Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in El Centro, Calif. The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to tap Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
July 26, 2019 - 9:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court cleared the way Friday for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. The court's five conservative justices gave the administration the greenlight to begin work on four contracts it has...
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FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, a districts map is shown as a three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court presides over the trial of Common Cause, et al. v. Lewis, et al at the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, N.C. The three-judge North Carolina panel was considering Friday, July 26, 2019, whether politicians can be too extreme in drawing legislative voting districts to their advantage, a judgment the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make about congressional elections. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
July 26, 2019 - 5:36 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina trial that concluded Friday leaves state judges to decide whether they can identify when politicians go too far in drawing voting districts to their advantage, a judgment the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make. A three-judge panel will likely spend weeks...
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Lucinda Franks, widow of former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, is escorted after his funeral at Temple Emanu-El, in New York, Thursday, July 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
July 25, 2019 - 10:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor lavished praise on her onetime mentor, former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, saying at his funeral Thursday that he made her the human being and legal mind she is today. More than 1,000 mourners filled Temple Emanu-El, the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012, file photo, Kristine Baker smiles after being sworn in as a U.S. District judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock. Baker blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Arkansas, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close. (Rick McFarland/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)
July 24, 2019 - 2:51 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions in Arkansas minutes before they were set to take effect Wednesday, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state's only surgical abortion clinic to close. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker...
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Mark Esper, left, is sworn in as the Secretary of Defense by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, right, as is wife Leah Esper holds the Bible, during a ceremony with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 23, 2019 - 9:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally got a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense to succeed Jim Mattis. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8 and was sworn in at the White House by...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions are asking a judge Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to keep it from taking effect while a legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued last month on behalf of Georgia advocacy groups and abortion providers to challenge the measure. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 3:33 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions on Tuesday asked a judge to keep it from taking effect while their legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for...
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