Archive for the 'State Courts' Category

25
Aug
15

Lawsuit Over License Plate Scanners Heading to Upper Court

Two advocacy groups suing the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA County Sheriff’s Department for access to data from automated license plate readers have won a chance to argue before the California Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation took the two departments to court in 2013 in an attempt to get one week’s worth of data that shows how officers use the technology.

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22
Aug
15

Michael Jordan To Get $8.9 Million From Dominick’s

A delighted Michael Jordan said “it was never about the money” after a federal jury ordered the owners of the defunct supermarket chain Dominick’s to pay him $8.9 million for using his identity without permission in an advertisement.

Beaming outside the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse moments after the verdict was announced, the basketball legend added that he would give the award to charities in Chicago. “It was all just about protecting my name and my likeness,” he said.

12
Sep
14

Editorial: Allow TV Cameras in Courtroom for James Holmes Trial

In one of the most high-profile criminal trials in Colorado history, the state is seeking the death penalty against suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes.

That should be reason enough for cameras to be allowed in the courtroom — to record every statement and allow scrutiny of the process that could result in the state putting someone to death.

09
Sep
14

Prosecutors Oppose Televising Theater Shooting Trial

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case joined defense lawyers in opposing television coverage inside the courtroom during the trial, saying it would inflict intense and hurtful attention on victims who testify.

In a court filing dated Friday and made public Monday, prosecutors also argued that television coverage could change the way trial witnesses behave.

06
Sep
14

Defense Wants TV Cameras Banned From Aurora Trial

Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes asked the judge to bar television coverage inside the courtroom, saying it would violate Holmes’ right to a fair trial.

In a filing dated Thursday and released Friday, defense lawyers argued that televising the trial could intimidate witnesses, expose jurors and attorneys to death threats, and create other problems.

17
Jun
14

Trial Ordered in ‘Revenge Porn’ Case

A 27-year-old man accused of posting thousands of nude photos of women on a so-called “revenge porn” website without their consent, then extorting money from those who wanted the images removed, was ordered to stand trial on 31 felony counts.

Following a five-day preliminary hearing, Judge David Gill ruled that enough evidence was presented for Kevin Christopher Bollaert to proceed to trial on conspiracy, identity theft and extortion charges involving 14 alleged victims — all identified as “Jane Doe” in court documents.

07
Jun
14

Computerized Assessment Data Not Exempt from FOIA

State and county tax officials must turn over computerized tax assessment data to the public or business owners, the state West Virginia Supreme Court ruled.

The court overturned a January 2013 ruling in Kanawha County Circuit Court finding that computer-assisted mass appraisal files used by county assessors to help determine home values were exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act. State and county tax officials argued that the data included sensitive information that might include whether a homeowner had a burglar alarm, whether a home was vacant because the homeowner was in a nursing home or other private information.




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