Mar 13, 2016

China's criminal conviction rate nearly 100% in 2015

China found almost 100 percent of criminal defendants guilty last year, figures from the country’s top court showed Sunday, even as authorities pledged to reduce wrongful convictions. A total of 1,039 accused were “declared innocent” by Chinese courts in 2015, Zhou Qiang, head of ...

Polish constitutional court strikes down new rules on court

Mar 10, 2016

Polish constitutional court strikes down new rules on court

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled Wednesday that new rules introduced by the new government to regulate how the court functions are unconstitutional. The ruling deepens a legal crisis that has upended politics in Poland and brought sharp condemnation from European and U.S. authorities. While it ...

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion restrictions

Mar 5, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion restrictions

The Supreme Court on Friday blocked restrictions affecting doctors in Louisiana that could have forced all but one of the state’s abortion clinics to close. In what reproductive-rights advocates hope may foreshadow a major legal victory later this year, the court temporarily reinstated a ...

Top German court considers bid to outlaw far-right party

Mar 1, 2016

Top German court considers bid to outlaw far-right party

Germany’s highest court opened hearings Tuesday on a bid to outlaw the country’s biggest far-right party, which officials accuse of promoting a racist and anti-Semitic agenda — a second attempt to secure what would be the first ban on a party for 60 years. ...