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Jun 4, 2012

Supreme court rules for Secret Service in Cheney case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Secret Service agents have immunity from a lawsuit by a Colorado man arrested after he confronted then-Vice President Dick Cheney and criticized his Iraq war policies.

The high court unanimously handed a victory to the Obama administration and the two agents, ruling they could not be held personally liable for damages in the suit alleging they arrested the man in retaliation for his political speech. The agents had sufficient cause to arrest him, the court said.

Jun 4, 2012

Supreme court rejects Blackwater Iraq shooting appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by four Blackwater Worldwide security guards who argued prosecutors made improper use of their statements to investigators in charging them with killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007.

The justices refused to review a ruling by a U.S. appeals court in Washington, D.C., that reinstated the criminal charges against the guards for their roles in the Baghdad shooting that outraged Iraqis and strained ties between the two nations.

Jun 4, 2012

U.S. top court rejects Blackwater Iraq shooting appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by four Blackwater Worldwide security guards who argued prosecutors made improper use of their statements to investigators in charging them with killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007.

The justices refused to review a ruling by a U.S. appeals court in Washington, D.C., that reinstated the criminal charges against the guards for their roles in the Baghdad shooting that outraged Iraqis and strained ties between the two nations.

Jun 1, 2012

U.S. told to decide Iranian group’s fate in four months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to decide within four months whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from a U.S. terrorism list.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled for the group, Mujahadin-e Khalq, or MEK, which has sought to force the State Department to take it off the list or decide within a specified time period on its request to be removed.

Jun 1, 2012

U.S. must decide Iranian group’s fate in four months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to decide within four months whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from a U.S. terrorism list.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled for the group, Mujahadin-e Khalq, or MEK, which has sought to force the State Department to take it off the list or decide within a specified time period on its request to be removed.

May 31, 2012

Retired justice says campaign finance ruling made cash king

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens leveled new criticism on Wednesday against the court’s landmark 2010 ruling on campaign financing, saying it had allowed corporations to ramp up spending and non-voters to influence the outcome of elections.

Stevens, who dissented from the “Citizens United” ruling, said it had increased the importance of cash in contested elections, opened the floodgates for foreign campaign spending and put corporations or other out-of-state speakers ahead of voters interested in local issues.

May 29, 2012

High court rules in credit bid bankruptcy case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a secured creditor cannot be denied the right to make what has been known as a “credit bid” involving the sale of property or other assets as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan.

The justices unanimously decided the issue after some lower courts in recent years have confirmed several Chapter 11 bankruptcy plans that provided for the sale of assets while denying the secured creditor the right to credit bid.

May 29, 2012

U.S. high court rules in credit bid bankruptcy case

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled
on Tuesday that a secured creditor cannot be denied the right to
make what has been known as a “credit bid” involving the sale of
property or other assets as part of a bankruptcy reorganization
plan.

The justices unanimously decided the issue after some lower
courts in recent years have confirmed several Chapter 11
bankruptcy plans that provided for the sale of assets while
denying the secured creditor the right to credit bid.

May 29, 2012

US high court won’t review police Taser use cases

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday let stand a ruling that police used excessive force when
they shot a Taser stun gun on a seven-month pregnant woman and
on a wife involved in a domestic dispute.

The justices declined to review a ruling by a U.S. appeals
court in California that found the constitutional rights of the
women to be violated because they did not pose a threat to the
safety of the officers.

May 24, 2012

Two prosecutors cited for misconduct in Senator Stevens case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. prosecutors in the corruption case of the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens face suspensions without pay for engaging in reckless professional misconduct by failing to disclose evidence that could have helped him, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

A report by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, an internal ethics office, concluded the prosecutors in several instances failed to disclose the evidence to the defense in violation of their obligations, but their actions had not been intentional.