Mar 26, 2015

Osaka court rules vote gap in 2014 poll constitutional

The Osaka High Court on Thursday ruled that the House of Representatives election in December, in which there was a maximum 2.13-fold disparity in the weight of votes between districts, was constitutional. The court dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand that the election results in Nara ...

Italy's top court clears Berlusconi in 'bunga bunga' sex case

Mar 11, 2015

Italy's top court clears Berlusconi in 'bunga bunga' sex case

Italy’s top court on Tuesday definitively cleared Silvio Berlusconi of charges that he paid for sex with an underage dancer and then abused his position as prime minister to cover it up. After nine hours of deliberations, the judges at the Court of Cassation ...

Court documents: Wisconsin shooting victim was impulsive

Mar 10, 2015

Court documents: Wisconsin shooting victim was impulsive

An unarmed black man fatally shot by a white Wisconsin police officer suffered from attention-deficit disorder and tended to be an impulsive risk-taker, court documents show. Documents connected to 19-year-old Tony Robinson’s conviction last year for armed robbery show he was diagnosed with ADHD, ...

Mar 5, 2015

TV celeb Rola's dad gets suspended term for insurance fraud

The Tokyo District Court on Thursday sentenced the father of television personality Rola to two years and six months in prison, suspended for four years, for swindling the national medical and insurance system out of ¥1.67 million ($14,000). In handing down the ruling on ...

Pair accused in alleged Halifax mall plot arrive in court

Feb 18, 2015

Pair accused in alleged Halifax mall plot arrive in court

Two people accused of plotting to open fire in a Halifax shopping mall have been brought to court. Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, 23, from Geneva, Illinois, and Randall Steven Shepherd, 20, of Halifax, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The two arrived at court ...

Feb 17, 2015

Prostitutes in Strauss-Kahn sex trial withdraw damages claim

Lawyers for the four prostitutes who participated in sex parties organized for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Monday they were giving up their claim of damages, saying it would be too hard to prove the pimping charge against the former IMF head. Strauss-Kahn, 65, is accused ...

Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files

Jan 27, 2015

Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files

Previously sealed Boy Scout “perversion” files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday that a victim of sex abuse filed against the organization. Opening statements were scheduled in Santa Barbara, where ...

Jan 14, 2015

U.S. man, 19, pleads not guilty to trying to join Islamic State

A 19-year-old man from suburban Chicago pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal charges of trying to provide material support to Islamic State militants after he tried to travel with his two younger siblings to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. Mohammed ...

Sankei reporter pleads not guilty to defaming South Korean president

Nov 27, 2014

Sankei reporter pleads not guilty to defaming South Korean president

A Japanese reporter indicted on charges of defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing on Thursday at the Seoul Central District Court. Prosecutors last month indicted Tatsuya Kato, the former Seoul bureau chief of Japan’s Sankei Shimbun, over ...

Nov 6, 2014

Judge overturns Missouri ban on gay marriage

A judge overturned Missouri’s ban on gay marriage on Wednesday in a ruling that could add the state to a growing list of those where same-sex marriages are legal. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, who heard arguments on Sept. 29, determined the law ...