Tag: Court decisions

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Patti LaBelle’s bodyguard acquitted of assault

Singer Patti LaBelle testifies on the witness stand at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse for the lawsuit against her bodyguards on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran) HOUSTON (AP) — Singer Patti LaBelle’s bodyguard has been acquitted misdemeanor assault in a confrontation with a drunken West Point cadet at a Houston airport terminal.

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NYC moves to vacate judge’s stop-frisk decisions

In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, police officers take a report from a woman who had her phone stolen in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, blocked a judge’s order requiring changes to the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) by Jake PearsonAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys for New York City asked a federal appeals court to vacate a judge’s orders that require the police department to change its stop-and-frisk practice that critics argue unfairly targets minorities.

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Reinstatement of abortion law leaves few options

In this July 15, 2013 file photo, two signs that read “Who Lobbied For This?” and “We Need Healthcare Options, Not Obstacles” are held by attendees of a rally in front of Dallas city hall where a group of nearly 200 gathered to protest the approval of sweeping new restrictions on abortion in Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) by Christopher Sherman and Chris TomlinsonAssociated Press Writers HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — In a Texas abortion clinic, about a dozen women waited Friday to see the doctor, already aware that they would not be able to end their pregnancies there. A day after a federal appeals court allowed most of the state’s new abortion restrictions to take effect during a legal challenge, about a third of Texas’ clinics were barred from performing the procedure. Thursday’s ruling made Texas the fourth and largest state to enforce a provision requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital. In places such as the Rio Grande Valley and rural West Texas, the mandate put hundreds of miles between many women and abortion providers.

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Next step in stop-frisk depends on new NYC mayor

New York City Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, left, and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, participate in their first televised debate at WABC/Channel 7 studios on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in New York. The debate, the first of three before the Nov. 5 general election, was hosted by the New York Daily News, WABC-TV, Noticias 41 Univision and the League of Women Voters. (AP Photo/The Daily News, James Keivom, Pool) by Jonathan Lemire and Colleen LongAssociated Press WritersNEW YORK (AP) — Front-running mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio faces political and legal dilemmas now that a judge’s ruling critical of the police department’s stop-and-frisk tactic has been blocked.

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1960 Md. sit-in case remembered as part of history

In this Dec. 4, 2006, file photo, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell listens to arguments in the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File) by Jessica GreskoAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert M. Bell was 16 years old when he recruited classmates to join a sit-in at a downtown Baltimore restaurant. The sit-in was Bell’s first, and he remembers being a little nervous. On the afternoon of June 17, 1960, the group entered Hooper’s restaurant, and a hostess said she wouldn’t seat them. “I’m sorry, but we haven’t integrated as yet,” she said. The group pushed past her and sat anyway. Police were called, and 12 demonstrators, including Bell, were charged with trespassing. Eventually, the case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Judge who changed baby’s name could be disciplined

Jaleesa Martin was ordered by a judge to change her baby son’s name from Messiah to Martin (AP Photo/File) by Travis LollerAssociated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee magistrate who ordered a baby’s name changed from Messiah to Martin has been charged with violating the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.