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Outrage as Australian judge says incest, pedophilia ‘may be accepted’ by society

An Australian judge has incurred the wrath of child protection and gay rights advocates after stating that incest and pedophilia may no longer be considered taboo – just as gay relationships are now more accepted than they were in the 1950s and 60s.

The U.S. Supreme Court Is Marching in Lockstep with the Police State

Whether it’s police officers breaking through people’s front doors and shooting them dead in their homes or strip searching innocent motorists on the side of the road, these instances of abuse are continually validated by a judicial system that kowtows to virtually every police demand, no matter how unjust, no matter how in opposition to the Constitution.

Egypt’s So-Called Justice System Is The Guilty Party And The World Should Act

Could it be that the three Al-Jazeera journalists have been found guilty and each sentenced to seven years in jail to enable Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to pardon and free them in order to give the impression that he is a kind, forgiving man and not on his way to becoming the Arab world’s most ruthless and repressive tyrant?

FBI found less than expected at prepper's home

When federal agents raided Martin Winters' home in Valrico this week, they were also armed with a warrant they obtained with information from an undercover informant.

Kim Dotcom offers $5m 'bounty' in piracy case

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said on Monday he was offering a $5 million "bounty" to whistleblowers for information to help fight an online piracy case brought by the United States.

Major terrorism trial could be held in secret for first time in UK legal history

A major terrorism trial is set to be held entirely in secret for the first time in British legal history in an unprecedented departure from the principles of open justice, the court of appeal has heard.

Blair should ask Chilcot to publish full Iraq letters to Bush - John Major

Tony Blair should ask the Chilcot inquiry to publish his correspondence with George Bush about the Iraq war, as releasing only the "gist and quotes" will allow suspicions to fester, Sir John Major has said.

Florida mother fights court order to circumcise son

Judge rules to honor parenting agreement calling for circumcision, despite the fact that the child is already 3 years old.

Cop sexually assaults woman then arrests her for questioning it. All in front of a judge.

A KLAS-TV Las Vegas news clip showing a woman named Monica Contreras attending a family court, where family court marshall Ron Fox had previously ushered her into a waiting room for a "drugs search", during which she alleged that Fox sexually assaulted her.

Cop Sexually Assaults Woman Then Arrests Her & Judge Turns Her Back

Anti-fracking activist in PA fights against gas giant in court

Sometimes trying to do good and save your community can turn against you. Enter anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins. She was stopped from getting to her local supermarket, and even the hospital, after being banned from getting close to land owned by a fracking company. 

Kill Drill: Anti-fracking activist in PA fights against gas giant in courts

Anglo Irish Bank accused could each face five years in prison for each offence

After being found guilty of 10 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to ten developers, former Anglo Irish Bank executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer will return for sentencing on 28 April.

Italian court: 'You don't have to name to defame on Facebook'

Facebook users in Italy may want to think twice next time they post something on the social networking site after the country’s highest court ruled that insults on the site – even ones with an unnamed target – could be regarded as defamatory.

Court mulls community service for disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi

An Italian court on Thursday began a sentencing hearing against Silvio Berlusconi which could see the three-time former prime minister and billionaire tycoon forced to do community service for nine months.

SCOTUS declines to hear challenge to NSA

The Supreme Court declined to take a case challenging the National Security Agency's bulk collection of metadata. Plaintiff Larry Klayman won his case challenging the NSA in a lower court, but wanted the Supreme Court to hear the government's appeal of the decision. This would have avoided the normal but more lengthy appeals process in lower courts. The decision by the high court does not mean that they won't hear the case in the future.

SCOTUS declines to hear challenge to NSA

Oakland pays $4.5m to Scott Olsen, veteran injured in Occupy protest

The City of Oakland has agreed to pay $4.5m to Scott Olsen, a marine corps veteran who was critically injured by city police during Occupy demonstrations, his attorneys announced on Friday.

Students Sue School District After Being Asked to Participate in Drug Sting

In March of 2013, Clovis North High School employee Kelly Racca reportedly asked two students to participate in a drug sting to stop the illegal sale of marijuana on campus. After the plan went awry, both students insist they were unlawfully interrogated by police and threatened with arrest.

Italy’s Berlusconi back on trial

A new trial was due to start in Naples on Tuesday against Italy's scandal-prone former premier Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of bribing an opposition lawmaker to switch over to his side eight years ago.

‘World’s first’ farmer court case over GM crop contamination begins in Australia

A landmark legal battle between two farmers over alleged GM contamination has started in the Western Australian Supreme Court. The case is expected to determine GM farmers’ liability if their crops affect neighboring territories.

Hackers file complaint against German government

Hacking group, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), has filed a criminal complaint against the entire German government, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, over the spying scandal.

French court orders Google to display fine for privacy breach

Google will have to display on its French search page a notice saying it has been fined by the local data-protection watchdog over how user information is tracked and stored, France's top administrative court ruled on Friday.

Italian marines saved from India's death penalty law

India on Friday announced it would not prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen under a maritime security law that carries a mandatory death penalty.

Dieudonné cleared of charges that he called for release of convicted murderer

The controversial performer, who has a string of convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech, was cleared of defamation and illegally defending a convicted criminal because the judge ruled that it had not been proven that Dieudonné was behind the distribution of the video.

German judges refer ECB's bond-buying to European Court

Germany's Constitutional Court said on Friday it had decided to refer a complaint against the European Central Bank's (ECB) "unlimited" bond-buying programme to the European Court.

Michigan Activists Face Up to 2 Years in Prison for Protesting Oil Pipeline Behind 2010 Spill

Three environmentalists have just been convicted for their role in nonviolently protesting the construction of tar sands pipelines in Michigan.

Spanish cops jailed for false baby-beating claim

Two Mossos d'Esquadra police officers in Barcelona have been sent to prison for two years for making a knowingly false accusation that a woman had beaten her baby, resulting in an eight-month legal separation between mother and daughter.

Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested on drug money laundering charges

The CEO of one of the world's leading bitcoin exchanges - BitInstant - has been arrested in New York. The prosecution claims Charlie Shrem was involved in a drug money laundering scheme via the Silk Road website

Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested on drug money laundering charges

Father sentenced to 6 months in jail for over-paying child support

A father will spend half of 2014 behind bars for doing too much for his son. After overpaying child support and seeing his son too often — breaking terms that were secretly modified without his knowledge — a judge decided that no good deed should go unpunished and sentenced him to a lengthy jail sentence.

Father sentenced to 6 months in jail for over-paying child support

Romanian court rejects MPs’ super-immunity

The Constitutional Court, Romania’s highest court, decided on January 14 2014 that a series of amendments to the Penal Code that boost lawmakers’ immunity are unconstitutional, after a complaint filed by the opposition and a lower court, as the changes spurred vivid reactions from civil society and the country’s Western partners.

FBI looks into California cops after acquittal in homeless murder case

Former Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos and former Corporal Jay Cicinelli were found not guilty on Monday in the beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas. The charges they faced included second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and excessive force. Surveillance video shows the officers beating Thomas with their fists and the butts of their guns, but the defense argued that Thomas died due to a weakened heart from drug use. Now the FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations during the incident or trial.

FBI looks into California cops after  acquittal in homeless murder case

Supreme Court to take on online broadcasting

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could change the future of television. Some of the country's biggest broadcasters, including CBS and NBC, are suing Aereo, a two-year-old tech company, for copyright infringement.

The company developed a tiny antenna that allows anyone with an Internet connection to watch live, broadcast television as it airs. Broadcasters claim that Aereo encourages stealing because neither the company nor its customers pay for redistribution rights.

Supreme Court to take on online broadcasting

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