September 7, 2012
by Cody Harding
On September 7, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a ruling that juveniles convicted of murder may be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The defendant, Kenneth Loggins, was originally sentenced to death for murdering a hitchhiker in 1994. Loggins was 17 at ...[read more]
September 7, 2012
by Cody Harding
On September 7, 2009, Mexican President Felipe Calderon accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eduardo Medin-Mora Icaza. As Attorney General, Icaza was at the forefront of Mexico's fight against drug cartels. Icaza oversaw increased prosecution of drug cartel leaders and the country's ...[read more]
August 31, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 31, 2011, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas ruled that a state ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the US Constitution. The ruling came in the divorce case of a same-sex couple married in Massachusetts. The court overturned a 2009 decision by the 302nd Family ...[read more]
August 31, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 31, 2011, former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was indicted on corruption charges by the Croatian Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime (USKOK). Sanader is accused of accepting a 3.6 million kuna (nearly USD $695,000) pay-off from Austria's Hypo-Alpe-Adria-Bank. Led ...[read more]
August 24, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 24, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled against five states' effort to prevent the spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes. Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and concerned organizations sought to close two Chicago waterways in an effort to halt ...[read more]
August 24, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 24, 2011, accused Serbian war criminal Goran Hadzic pleaded not guilty before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Hadzic was the former president of Serbian forces during the Bosnian Civil War and faced charges of ordering the murder of hundreds of non- ...[read more]
August 17, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 17, 2011, the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles upheld a $13.8 million judgment against Philip Morris. The judgment came in the case of Betty Bullock, a life-long smoker who died at 45 years old. The deceased's family accused the company of fraudulent and deceitful ...[read more]
August 17, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 17, 2011, Mexican President Felipe Calderon signed a reform of the Mexican Constitution. The change eliminated the president's ability to use the pocket veto to reject pending legislation. The president must now take action on a bill within 30 days after he or she receives it. If he or ...[read more]
August 10, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 10, 2005, the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Virginia law requiring the daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance in state public schools. Attorneys challenging the law argued that the Pledge's phrase "one nation under God" represented governmental endorsement of religion. ...[read more]
August 10, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 10, 2011, Afghan President Hamid Karzai dissolved the special elections court that he had created to investigate election fraud in parliamentary elections. The court was criticized as a vehicle for overturning the electoral gains made by many of Karzai's political opponents. In June ...[read more]

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