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Appeals court to take up Missouri execution case
Breaking Legal News | 2014/07/17 11:17
A last-minute stay from a federal judge has put a Missouri inmate's execution temporarily on hold.

John Middleton was scheduled to die one minute after midnight Wednesday for killing three people in rural northern Missouri in 1995. With less than two hours to go before the execution, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry granted a stay, ruling there was enough evidence of mental illness that a new hearing should be held.

Courts have established that executing the mentally ill is unconstitutional.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but that court adjourned for the night without a ruling.

It was a confusing end to a day that saw a flurry of court actions. Perry first granted a stay early Tuesday, but that was overturned by the appeals court. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn the appeals court ruling and declined to halt the execution on several other grounds, including the contention by Middleton's attorneys that he was innocent of the crimes.

Middleton's attorneys then went back to Perry, who once again granted a stay.

However the appeals court eventually rules, the case is likely to end up again in the U.S. Supreme Court.

If the stay is lifted, the state could execute Middleton at any time Wednesday. The death warrant expires at midnight Thursday and if Middleton is not executed by then, the Missouri Supreme Court would have to set a new date. State witnesses and media were told to report back to the prison by 10:30 a.m.

Middleton, 54, would be the sixth man put to death in Missouri this year — only Florida and Texas have performed more executions in 2014 with seven each.


Suspect in bodies-in-suitcases case due in court
Class Action | 2014/07/17 11:17

A former police officer charged with dumping two bodies in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin road is due to enter a plea.

Fifty-two-year-old Steven Zelich is scheduled to attend a plea hearing in Walworth County Circuit Court Thursday on two counts of hiding a corpse.

Zelich's attorney, Travis Schwantes, says the charges might not stand up because prosecutors need to show the former West Allis officer tried to conceal a crime. Schwantes says Zelich claims he killed the two women in the suitcases accidentally during sexual encounters.

Authorities say homicide charges are expected to be filed in the counties where the women died. The bodies of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, and 37-year-old Laura Simonson, of Farmington, Minnesota, were found in the suitcases by highway workers June 5.


Court issues partial win to bin Laden assistant
Current Cases | 2014/07/15 10:32
A federal appeals court on Monday set aside two of three convictions against a former personal assistant to Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued the ruling in the case of Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, who produced propaganda videos for al-Qaida and assisted with preparations for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes.

A military commission had convicted him of conspiracy to commit war crimes, providing material support for terrorism and soliciting others to commit war crimes. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The appeals court rejected al-Bahlul's challenge to his conspiracy conviction but overturned his material support and solicitation convictions.

The court, in an opinion by Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, said the government had offered little backup for the notion that a military commission could try defendants on the charges for which the convictions were overturned — material support for terrorism and solicitation to commit war crimes.

On the conspiracy conviction, the appeals court said Congress has positively identified conspiracy as a war crime.


Houston Texas Personal Injury Lawyers - Salazar Firm
Elite Lawyers | 2014/07/15 10:29
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You can find pages on our website that provide details on the following Personal Injury subcategories:

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Personal injuries are extremely stressful for victims and their families. Both victims with major and minor injuries are going to have many questions when trying to get compensation for their accident. Our attorneys can guide you during this difficult time and hold the right parties responsible for damages done to you. Call today to set up a free consultation with our Houston personal injury team.


Court OKs suit over San Francisco jail guard rule
Class Action | 2014/07/07 13:35
A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit challenging the San Francisco Sheriff's Department's policy of forbidding male guards to work in the women's jail.

The San Francisco Chronicle says a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the policy constituted sex discrimination which the city had failed to demonstrate was absolutely necessary.

The 9th Circuit decision overruled the finding of a federal judge who dismissed the lawsuit after finding that excluding male guards made sense as a way to protect the safety and privacy of female inmates.

The policy was adopted in 2006. The Chronicle says the 35 guards who sued the next year included women who alleged it had increased their work loads and men who said it cost them overtime and possible promotions.


MJM Law Office, P.C. - Eugene, Oregon DUII and Criminal Defense Services
Elite Lawyers | 2014/07/07 13:34
Driving under the influence is not a good idea, but it's a common occurence in all states. Oregon residents should be warned that the state's drunk driving laws are among the most unforgiving in the country. If you've been charged with a DUI, you'll want to have an experienced DUI lawyer by your side to ensure you make the best possible decisions throughout your case. Detailed reviews and investigations by a criminal defense lawyer can either make or break your case. Why risk losing your license and driving privileges? Following a DUII arrest, you're placed at risk of losing your license through the court and through DMV. Don't delay in getting in touch with an experienced Eugene DUI attorney. At the MJM Law Office, P.C., we will give your case the attention and detail it deserves.

We work closely with clients to understand and resolve their issues. We will listen to your unique situation and explain the available options. MJM Law Office, P.C. was founded to provide clients with quality representation in DUII Cases. Mr. Mizjewski, founder of MHM Law Office, understands the difficult and complex process of working through the legal system. We will help you every step of the way. MJM Law Office focuses on serving clients in Lane County, Oregon and are very familiar with the individual judges, district attorneys, and court staff.

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Featured Law Firms | 2014/06/30 16:03
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We understand the anxiety that comes with any litigation, so we welcome and strive for honest and regular communiacation with our clients. You will be well-informed to make decisions that are in your best interest. Most of our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you will only pay if the case is won.

If you're in need of our experienced Indiana Class Action Attorneys, contact us today for a free consultation.


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