courts http://wnpr.org en U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies http://wnpr.org/post/us-appeals-courts-issue-conflicting-decisions-obamacare-subsidies A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:59:00 +0000 editor 25691 at http://wnpr.org Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Friend Convicted For Impeding Bombing Inquiry http://wnpr.org/post/dzhokhar-tsarnaevs-friend-found-guilty-impeding-inquiry Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who police say impeded their investigation of the 2013 attack, has been convicted on some of the charges against him and found not guilty of others.<p>Tazhayakov was found guilty of obstructing justice and conspiracy. A 12-member jury says that along with another friend, Tazhayakov conspired to remove a backpack from Tsarnaev's dorm room that could have provided evidence in the case, shortly after police had broadcast photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, as suspects in the deadly bombing. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:24:17 +0000 Bill Chappell 25632 at http://wnpr.org UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-settles-sexual-assault-lawsuit <p>The University of Connecticut has settled a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:39:02 +0000 Heather Brandon & Lucy Nalpathanchil 25508 at http://wnpr.org UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California http://wnpr.org/post/federal-judge-declares-death-penalty-unconstitutional-california A federal judge has ruled that California's use of the death penalty is dysfunctional and violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.<p>U.S. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 25423 at http://wnpr.org Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California UK Man Sentenced for Taliban Support http://wnpr.org/post/uk-man-sentenced-taliban-support <p></p><p>A British citizen imprisoned in Connecticut for supporting terrorism was sentenced in federal court in New Haven today.</p><p>Babar Ahmad&nbsp;was given 12 and half years in prison, with credit for the ten years he’s already served.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:56:06 +0000 Diane Orson 25406 at http://wnpr.org UK Man Sentenced for Taliban Support British Citizens Imprisoned in Connecticut for Supporting Terrorism to Be Sentenced Soon http://wnpr.org/post/british-citizens-imprisoned-connecticut-supporting-terrorism-be-sentenced-soon <p></p><p><font size="2">Two British citizens imprisoned in Connecticut for supporting terrorism are to be sentenced in federal court in New Haven this week. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:43:56 +0000 Diane Orson 25246 at http://wnpr.org British Citizens Imprisoned in Connecticut for Supporting Terrorism to Be Sentenced Soon Berlin Limousine Firm Ordered to Pay $500,000 in Back Wages http://wnpr.org/post/berlin-limousine-firm-ordered-pay-500000-back-wages <p>A Berlin limousine firm has been ordered to pay its drivers half a million dollars in back wages and damages, after it failed to pay overtime for several years.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:59:50 +0000 Harriet Jones 25044 at http://wnpr.org Berlin Limousine Firm Ordered to Pay $500,000 in Back Wages New London CEO Guilty of Violating Clean Water Act http://wnpr.org/post/new-london-ceo-guilty-violating-clean-water-act <p>The former CEO of a New London company has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act. According to federal prosecutors, the infractions date back to 1986 and involve toxic discharges into the city's sewer system.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:21:26 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24939 at http://wnpr.org New London CEO Guilty of Violating Clean Water Act Judge Rejects Rowland's Request to Dismiss Charges http://wnpr.org/post/judge-rejects-rowlands-request-dismiss-charges <p>A judge has denied a request by former Gov. John G. Rowland to dismiss federal charges that accused him of trying to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:36:59 +0000 Associated Press 24929 at http://wnpr.org Judge Rejects Rowland's Request to Dismiss Charges Sorting Through the Hobby Lobby Decision http://wnpr.org/post/sorting-through-hobby-lobby-decision <p>In a five-to-four decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that requiring so-called closely-held, for-profit corporations to pay for contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act, violates a federal law that protects religious freedom.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:42:08 +0000 Diane Orson 24632 at http://wnpr.org Sorting Through the Hobby Lobby Decision Connecticut Studies Supreme Court Decision on Home Health Aides http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-studies-supreme-court-decision-home-health-aides <p>Governor Dannel Malloy’s office will study the implications of a Supreme Court <a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/politics/supreme-court-decision-on-public-union-dues/1143/" target="_blank">ruling </a>that weakens the power of unions to organize home health care workers.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:53:50 +0000 Harriet Jones 24579 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Studies Supreme Court Decision on Home Health Aides Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says http://wnpr.org/post/aereos-tv-streaming-service-illegal-supreme-court-says Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, violates U.S. copyright law, the Supreme Court has ruled. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:35:15 +0000 Bill Chappell 24246 at http://wnpr.org Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says British Terror Suspects Imprisoned in Connecticut to Be Sentenced in July http://wnpr.org/post/british-terror-suspects-imprisoned-connecticut-be-sentenced-july <p>Federal prosecutors filed court papers this week in advance of the July sentencing of two British citizens imprisoned in Connecticut for supporting terrorism.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:33:23 +0000 Diane Orson 23911 at http://wnpr.org British Terror Suspects Imprisoned in Connecticut to Be Sentenced in July SunTrust To Pay Nearly $1 Billion For Mortgage Practices http://wnpr.org/post/suntrust-pay-nearly-1-billion-mortgage-practices SunTrust has agreed to pay $968 million as part of a settlement with the government over charges that it failed to comply with standards required for federally backed mortgages.<p>The settlement between SunTrust Mortgage and the Justice Department and other agencies includes money for homeowners and a requirement that the company improve its procedures for mortgage loans and foreclosures.<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-reaches-968m-settlement-with-suntrust-banks-over-mortgage-issues-1403033015"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reports:</a><p><blockquote><p>"The pact announced Tu Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23817 at http://wnpr.org Supreme Court Rules Against Gun 'Straw Purchases' http://wnpr.org/post/supreme-court-rules-against-gun-straw-purchases The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major victory to gun control advocates on Monday. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 23756 at http://wnpr.org East Haven Reaches Civil Rights Suit Settlement http://wnpr.org/post/east-haven-reaches-civil-rights-suit-settlement <p>The town of East Haven, Connecticut has agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit involving its police department. The suit alleged police misconduct against Latinos.</p><p>For years, Latinos in East Haven complained of systematic abuse and harassment at the hands of the town’s police force.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:39:26 +0000 Diane Orson 23299 at http://wnpr.org East Haven Reaches Civil Rights Suit Settlement Controversial Judge Withdraws Reappointment Request http://wnpr.org/post/controversial-judge-withdraws-reappointment-request <p>A superior court judge whose bid for reappointment had sparked controversy has withdrawn her name from consideration, according to <em>The Hartford Courant.</em></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:29:38 +0000 Harriet Jones 23042 at http://wnpr.org Controversial Judge Withdraws Reappointment Request $4.5 Million Settlement Reached With Electric Supplier; New Courthouse Planned in Torrington http://wnpr.org/post/45-million-settlement-reached-electric-supplier-new-courthouse-planned-torrington <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ofkUXmRc6l8" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:26:12 +0000 Teri McCready 22589 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Planning $81 Million Litchfield County Courthouse in Torrington http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-planning-81-million-litchfield-county-courthouse-torrington <p>The state is planning to build an $81 million courthouse in Torrington to replace Superior Court buildings in Litchfield and Bantam.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 16:09:45 +0000 Heather Brandon 22569 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Planning $81 Million Litchfield County Courthouse in Torrington Connecticut Inmate Sentenced to Death http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-inmate-sentenced-death <p>A Connecticut man was sentenced to death for gunning down two adults and a nine-year-old girl on a Bridgeport street in 2006.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:56:39 +0000 Associated Press 22306 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Inmate Sentenced to Death Rowland Seeks Dismissal of Federal Charges http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-seeks-dismissal-federal-charges <p>Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland <a href="http://ctmirror.org/rowland-seeks-dismissal-of-federal-indictment/" target="_blank">filed a motion seeking to dismiss charges</a> that he broke federal election laws in his roles with two congressional campaigns.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:59:13 +0000 Associated Press 22234 at http://wnpr.org Rowland Seeks Dismissal of Federal Charges Egyptian Court Sentences Mubarak To 3 Years In Prison For Corruption http://wnpr.org/post/egyptian-court-sentences-mubarak-3-years-prison-corruption Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison and a fine, after a court found him guilty of embezzling public money. Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, were given four-year sentences; the three were accused of using public funds to pay for work on their own property.<p>The criminal court in Cairo ordered the three to pay a fine of nearly $3 million.<p>"Mubarak and his sons were convicted over accusations that they used about $17 million of state money to spruce up private properties," reports NPR's Leila Fadel in Cairo. Wed, 21 May 2014 10:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22227 at http://wnpr.org Egyptian Court Sentences Mubarak To 3 Years In Prison For Corruption Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors Prisons http://wnpr.org/post/supreme-court-ruling-not-enough-prevent-debtors-prisons Debtors prisons were outlawed in the United States nearly 200 years ago. And more than 30 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear: Judges cannot send people to jail just because they are too poor to pay their court fines.<p>That decision came in a 1983 case called <em>Bearden v. Georgia</em>, which held that a judge must first consider whether the defendant has the ability to pay but "willfully" refuses.<p>However, the Supreme Court didn't tell courts how to determine what it means to "willfully" not pay. Wed, 21 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 22222 at http://wnpr.org Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors Prisons Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants http://wnpr.org/post/big-fees-big-easys-poorest-defendents In the next installment of an <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/313986316/guilty-and-charged">NPR investigation</a>, Joseph Shapiro goes to New Orleans to look at the ways poor people are charged for their public defender in court. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Big+Fees+For+The+Big+Easy%27s+Poorest+Defendants&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyOTk4OTc0MDEyNzcxNDIzMTZjM2E3Zg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 22203 at http://wnpr.org As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price http://wnpr.org/post/court-fees-rise-poor-are-paying-price In Augusta, Ga., a judge sentenced Tom Barrett to 12 months after he stole a can of beer worth less than $2.<p>In Ionia, Mich., 19-year-old Kyle Dewitt caught a fish out of season; then a judge sentenced him to three days in jail.<p>In Grand Rapids, Mich., Stephen Papa, a homeless Iraq War veteran, spent 22 days in jail, not for what he calls his "embarrassing behavior" after he got drunk with friends and climbed into an abandoned building, but because he had only $25 the day he went to court.<p>The common thread in these cases, and scores more like them, is the jail time wasn't punishment for Tue, 20 May 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 22249 at http://wnpr.org As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price Unpaid Court Fees Land The Poor In 21st Century Debtors' Prisons http://wnpr.org/post/unpaid-court-fees-land-poor-21st-century-debtors-prisons Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States back before the Civil War. But an NPR <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/19/312455680/state-by-state-court-fees">state-by-state survey</a> found that people still get sent to jail for unpaid court fines and fees. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 20 May 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 22152 at http://wnpr.org Court User Fees Bill Defendants For Their Punishment http://wnpr.org/post/court-user-fees-bill-defendants-their-punishment Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Courts have found a new source of funding. They charge user fees to defendants who use the criminal justice system.<p>These extra charges can add up to hundreds and even thousands of dollars per person on a felony or a simple misdemeanor like a driving offense. NPR has spent the last year looking at the growing practice. NPR investigative correspondent Joseph Shapiro is here to talk about the series. Sun, 18 May 2014 11:41:00 +0000 editor 22046 at http://wnpr.org FiveFingers Shoe Company Pays $3.5 Million For Misleading Customers http://wnpr.org/post/fivefingers-shoe-company-pays-35-million-misleading-customers <a href="http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/index.htm" target="_blank">Vibram USA</a> &#8212; the maker of those shoes that look more like rubber gloves with separate compartments for each toe &#8212; has agreed to pay $3.5 million settlement in a class action suit for allegedly misleading their customers.<p>The lawsuit was brought by a woman who says the shoe company claimed to decrease foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles, but had no scientific research to prove it.<p>The shoe appealed to a niche market of minimalist and barefoot runners, who believe that running with less cushioning in y Mon, 12 May 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 21710 at http://wnpr.org FiveFingers Shoe Company Pays $3.5 Million For Misleading Customers Free Speech in the Public Workplace; Employment Law; an Exit Interview with Teresa Younger http://wnpr.org/post/free-speech-public-workplace-employment-law-exit-interview-teresa-younger <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1;">Sometimes the rulings of the narrowly-divided Supreme Court actually reflect the very divided views of the public and the delicate nature of the law.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 21664 at http://wnpr.org Free Speech in the Public Workplace; Employment Law; an Exit Interview with Teresa Younger Mo. Man Whose Prison Term Was Delayed By Clerical Error Is Free Again http://wnpr.org/post/mo-man-whose-prison-term-was-delayed-clerical-error-free-again Cornealious "Mike" Anderson is a free man once again.<p>Back in 2000, the Missouri resident was sentenced to 13 years in prison for holding up a man with a gun. Anderson was 23 at the time and was told to await orders on when to show up to prison.<p>Thirteen years went by and he never received notice. According to the AP, in the meantime, Anderson started a construction business, got married, had children and volunteered at his church near St. Louis.<p>Then in 2013, the state noticed the clerical error and summoned him to jail. Mon, 05 May 2014 17:39:29 +0000 editor 21312 at http://wnpr.org Mo. Man Whose Prison Term Was Delayed By Clerical Error Is Free Again