Iran cleric linked to 1988 mass executions to lead judiciary

World 03/07/19, 11:47

A hard-line cleric once thought to be a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader was appointed head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary Thursday, sparking concern from rights activists over his involvement in the execution of thousands in the 1980s. Ebrahim Raisi was named to the post in a decree by Supreme ...

Judiciary panel endorses Neomi Rao for appeals court seat

Politics 02/28/19, 11:45

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. The committee voted 12-10 along party lines Thursday to endorse Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rao, 45, heads ...

Commission censures ex-judge who lost attorney general bid

California 02/27/19, 15:08

The unsuccessful Republican nominee for California attorney general last year has been barred from serving on the bench or working with any state court.California's Commission on Judicial Performance on Wednesday censured former El Dorado County judge Steven Bailey.The commissioners say Bailey "engaged in a broad spectrum of misconduct on and ...

Maine’s chief justice says youth in crisis need help

Health 02/26/19, 15:16

Maine's top judge called Tuesday for more mental health services and recovery centers for children and youth in crisis.Chief Justice Leigh Saufley used her State of the Judiciary address to push for more safe housing, trained advocates, and mental health and addiction recovery services for all Mainers, particularly young people. ...

Egypt rejects UN criticism of trials for hanged convicts

World 02/24/19, 09:32

Egypt has rejected criticism from a U.N. human rights body about a recent spike in executions allegedly involving confessions made under torture, saying Cairo categorically rejects any infringement into the affairs of its judiciary.In a Sunday statement, the foreign affairs ministry said the nine death sentences carried out Wednesday of ...

House panel backs bill expanding gun-sale background checks

Politics 02/13/19, 20:52

A key House committee approved a bill Wednesday to require background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms, a first step by majority Democrats to tighten gun laws after eight years of Republican rule. The House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the bill 23-15, sending it to the House ...

House panel asks Whitaker to clarify ‘incomplete’ testimony

Politics 02/13/19, 18:48

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says many of the answers Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave his committee in a hearing last week were "unsatisfactory, incomplete or contradicted by other evidence," and he is asking for further clarification. In a letter sent to Whitaker Wednesday, Nadler says he will call ...

Update: Spanish prosecutor hits back at defense lawyers

Europe 02/13/19, 05:32

The Latest on political developments in Spain (all times local):11:30 a.m.A prosecutor in the Spanish Supreme Court is accusing attorneys for Catalan separatist leaders of trying to turn their trial into an examination of the Spanish state and judiciary.Opening the second day of proceedings on Wednesday, Prosecutor Javier Zaragoza called ...

Update: Puigdemont says Catalan separatists are innocent

Europe 02/12/19, 07:36

The Latest on Spain-Catalonia trial and politics (all times local):1:30 p.m.The former leader of Catalonia's independence movement who fled from Spain has called for 12 separatists starting trial in Madrid to be absolved for their alleged crimes.Carles Puigdemont has said in Berlin that the "trial that has started in Madrid ...

Update: Whitaker’s appearance before committee uncertain

Politics 02/07/19, 18:02

The Latest on Congress and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (all times local): 6 p.m. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday is still uncertain as the Department of Justice exchanges letters with the panel over whether Whitaker might be subpoenaed. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold ...

Update: Senate panel approves Barr, Trump’s AG pick

Politics 02/07/19, 13:01

The Latest on William Barr's nomination to be attorney general (all times local): 1 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. William Barr's nomination was approved along party lines Thursday. It now heads to the Senate floor, where Barr is expected to be confirmed. Barr, who served ...

House panel OKs subpoena for acting attorney general

Politics 02/07/19, 12:04

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a tentative subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in an effort to ensure he appears at a hearing Friday and answers questions. The vote Thursday doesn't issue a subpoena to Whitaker but allows House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to do so if Whitaker ...

House Democrats examine ways to reduce gun violence

Politics 02/06/19, 12:32

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they will push for "sensible" gun safety laws that the public is demanding after a series of mass shootings in recent years. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the panel's chairman, said he was disappointed that President Donald Trump did not mention gun violence in ...

House panel to vote on subpoena for acting attorney general

Politics 02/05/19, 11:04

The head of the House Judiciary Committee says he will hold a vote Thursday to approve a subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker just in case he doesn't show up for scheduled testimony a day later. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says he is holding the vote "in an abundance of ...

Graham asks FBI director for briefing on Roger Stone raid

Politics 01/30/19, 17:34

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that he wants a briefing from the FBI on the tactics it used last week when agents arrested President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Stone, who was charged with lying about his pursuit of ...

Lawyers march in Zimbabwe capital alleging denial of justice

World 01/29/19, 08:54

Lawyers in Zimbabwe marched on the constitutional court on Tuesday to protest the alleged denial of justice for hundreds of people arrested in a violent crackdown on protests that shut down the country.Police said more than 1,000 people have been arrested over the protests against a sharp rise in fuel ...

Nigeria denies judge’s suspension influenced by election

World 01/28/19, 17:32

Amid growing criticism, Nigeria's information minister denied on Monday that the president's recent suspension of the country's chief justice was related to the upcoming presidential elections.The suspension of Chief Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen had "nothing to do with the forthcoming elections" and did not "signify the onset of dictatorship ...

Jackson Lee steps down as Judiciary subcommittee chairwoman

Politics 01/23/19, 15:50

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is stepping down from her position as leader of one of the House Judiciary Committee's key subcommittees following a lawsuit from a former employee who says her sexual assault complaint was mishandled. House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said it was Jackson Lee's ...

DeSantis picks 2nd Miami appeals judge for Supreme Court

U.S. 01/14/19, 11:56

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday chose a second Miami appeals judge for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court, continuing to move the state's highest court in a more conservative direction.DeSantis announced Monday that Robert Luck is his latest choice. Luck, 39, a former Miami federal prosecutor and circuit ...

AG pick to reassure senators he backs sentencing overhaul

Politics 01/11/19, 12:43

President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee will assure lawmakers he supports a sweeping criminal justice law that eases federal sentencing rules, even though he pushed tough-on-crime policies for decades. A person familiar with the confirmation process tells The Associated Press that William Barr will tell members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ...

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