May 19, 2009 |
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that former attorney general John D. Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III may not be sued by a Pakistani man who was seized in the United States after the 2001 terrorist attacks and who alleged harsh treatment because of his religion and ethnicity. The court ruled 5 to 4 that the top officials were not liable for the allegedly discriminatory actions of their subordinates unless they had ordered the measures. The decision affects similar lawsuits filed by Arab Muslims picked up after the...
September 4, 2008 |
FLUSHING, N.Y., Sept. 3 -- There's a fine line between a coach who offers an encouraging thumbs-up during a tennis match and a coach who uses a prearranged hand signal to convey a strategic tip. Conceding the futility of trying to police the difference, the Women's Tennis Association announced Wednesday that it will start allowing players to consult their coaches during matches beginning next season. And, in doing so, the power brokers of women's tennis hope that on-court coaching will spice up the sport's entertainment...
July 25, 2013 |
Bars in Maryland cannot be held liable for injuries their patrons cause after they leave, Maryland's highest court ruled Thursday in a 4 to 3 vote. The grandparents of a 10-year-old girl who was killed when a drunk driver hit their family car in 2008 sued the Gaithersburg bar that served Michael Eaton, the driver, 21 drinks before he hit the road. But the Court of Appeals ruled that the bar, Dogfish Head Alehouse, is not liable for the crash. In 43 states and the District of Columbia, according to...
January 20, 2013 |
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to proceed with plans to expand the court complex in Leesburg's downtown historic district, rather than move some or all of the courts outside the town limits. The board had considered several options for expanding the court facilities to meet increasing caseloads and other needs resulting from Loudoun's rapid population growth, including the construction of court facilities on county-owned property off Sycolin Road outside Leesburg.
December 25, 2008 |
HARARE, Zimbabwe, Dec. 24 -- A Zimbabwean human rights activist missing for three weeks was taken to court Wednesday, and state media said she was accused in a plot to overthrow President Robert Mugabe. Late Wednesday, a judge ordered Jestina Mukoko and six other activists sent to a hospital under police guard so that allegations of torture could be investigated, a human rights lawyer said. The lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, said the seven would be brought to court again Monday to determine the next step, while...
October 22, 2008 |
The woman accused of abducting a 5-year-old boy from a Virginia supermarket was removed from a courtroom yesterday after an outburst in which she declared: "I didn't kidnap nobody! That little boy was outside in the cold by himself. " Falah O. Joe, 28, kept shouting as her attorney urged her to be quiet at the hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington. The yelling began after a prosecutor told the judge that Joe had kidnapped Kamron Wells, who vanished Sunday while on a trip with his grandfather and sister at...