Tag Archives: judiciary

Split Opinion? Two Different Opinions Issued in Gitmo Case

Last year a federal judge ordered the release of a Guantanamo detainee, but the following day the judge’s order disappeared from the online docket, only to reappear days later heavily edited and altered. The government has now claimed responsibility, saying…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost a State?

Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost?

 Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Judge Questions Defendant’s Mental State in High Profile Child Abduction Case

A California judge has temporarily stopped criminal proceedings against Phillip Garrido. Garrido and his wife face a variety of charges related to kidnapping a child and raising her under captivity for almost two decades. The judge based his decision on…

Irrelevant? Judge Reprimanded for Extraneous Comments During Sentencing

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reprimanded a United State District Court judge for comments he made during a sentencing hearing and ordered a new sentencing hearing for the defendant. The judge was sentencing a drug dealer and during…

Gay Couples Legally Married Elsewhere Cannot Get Divorced in Texas

In Texas, marriage is between a man and a woman – and so is a divorce. A Texas appellate court ruled that gay couples, even if they are legally married in another state, cannot get divorced in Texas. "A person…

Hooked on Video Games? Judge Allows Suit Against Game Maker to Proceed

A federal judge is allowing a negligence lawsuit against a video game maker to proceed. The negligence claim centers around the game maker’s failure to properly warn potential players of the addictive nature of the game. The Plaintiff alleges that…

Supreme Court Will Find Itself in the Spotlight Soon

Post by Randall Ryder A number of hot political topics–gay marriage, immigration, and deepwater drilling–are likely to come in front of the Supreme Court in the near future. The Supreme Court is the nation’s highest court, but it is about to…

Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona Immigration Law

An Arizona Federal Judge has issued an injunction, blocking many provisions of the new immigration law. In her opinion, the judge expressed concerns about illegal aliens being swept up by local police, and also expressed concerns the law treads on…