Appeals court reverses ruling, orders gov’t to submit data on Leyte rep’s inclusion on ‘narco list’
MANILA, Philippines — The Court of Appeals reversed its earlier ruling on Rep. Vicente Veloso (3rd District, Leyte)’s petition over his inclusion on the government’s “narco list” and directed government to produce information on the lawmaker they gathered over his supposed link to the illegal drug trade.In a 42-page order made public Tuesday, CA’s Former Special Eighth Division ordered law enforcement agencies to produce and submit data and information regarding Veloso over his inclusion on the “narco list.” It set aside its earlier decision that remanded the petition to the Office of Ombudsma...
Appeals court restores Georgia's Election Day absentee ballot deadline
ATLANTA — A federal appeals court ruled Friday against extending the deadline for Georgia voters to return their absentee ballots.A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2-1 to grant a stay of a judge’s ruling that would have allowed voters three more days to return their absentee ballots.The decision reinstates Georgia’s deadline at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Election Day for absentee ballots to be received by county election offices.“We are glad the 11th Circuit recognized that long-standing Georgia law should remain in place for this election,” said Secretary of St...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Appeals court blocks order requiring straight-ticket voting in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily blocked a recent lower-court order that required Texas election officials to make straight-ticket voting available for the Nov. 3 election.U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo of Laredo had ruled that a state law banning straight-ticket voting, which took effect Sept. 1, would require voters to spend much more time filling out their ballots, leading to longer lines at polling places that would endanger voters during a deadly pandemic.“The longer voters stand in line, the greater the risk that they contract COVID-19. Texans al...
Appeals court upholds 30-year prison stint for warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' who lied about Liberian war atrocities
PHILADELPHIA — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia this week endorsed the 30-year sentence imposed on a Delaware County man accused of hiding his past in the ’90s as a murderous Liberian warlord, affirming one of the longest sentences ever given to an accused war criminal convicted of immigration fraud in the United States.Mohammed Jabateh, 53, of East Lansdowne, was convicted in 2017 of only perjury and fraud while applying for permanent residency, counts that in his case would normally have led to a sentence of less than two years.But a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Appeals court rules NSA spying program illegal but upholds terror convictions
SAN DIEGO — A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed down a long-anticipated opinion in the case of four Somali men convicted of aiding terrorists, ruling that the government illegally collected the telephone metadata of millions of Americans as part of a sweeping surveillance program.Even so, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of the four men, ruling that the warrantless intelligence-gathering program did not taint the evidence presented during the San Diego prosecution.The spying program was discontinued in 2015 after being roiled in debate.The opinion, by a thre...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Appeals court upholds denial of Ressa motion to go to US for talks, award
Appeals court upholds denial of Ressa motion to go to US for talks, awardKristine Joy Patag(Philstar.com) – August 26, 2020 – 6:35pmMANILA, Philippines — The Court of Appeals has upheld its ruling denying Rappler CEO Maria Ressa’s motion to leave the country for a series of events in the United States.CA’s Special 14th Division junked Ressa’s Very Urgent Motion for Reconsideration, urging the court to allow her to leave for the US on late August while her appeal remains pending.Ressa appealed for the reversal of the appeals court’s earlier ruling that threw out her motion as it held that her t...
Appeals court rejects Ressa motion to go to US for talks, press freedom award
Appeals court rejects Ressa motion to go to US for talks, press freedom awardKristine Joy Patag(Philstar.com) – August 19, 2020 – 7:01pmMANILA, Philippines — The Court of Appeals rejected Rappler CEO Maria Ressa’s motion to be allowed to leave the country for a series of events in the United States, saying her trip is unnecessary.The CA’s Special Fourteenth Division threw out the motion filed by Ressa, who was convicted on cyber libel in June, to be allowed to leave for the US on late August, while her appeal remains pending.Ressa and Rappler’s former researcher Reynaldo Santos had elevated th...
Appeals court saves three from the gallows
In an unprecedented move, a sitting Court of Appeal session last week overturned at least three death sentences imposed on death row inmates.The historic decision is likely to send jubilation among rights groups here and abroad who have been steadfast in condemning the death penalty in Botswana.Convicted murderers, Cheleketo Pitso, Ntlole Kefalotse and Joseph Mmoko escaped the gallows when the Court of Appeal (CoA) overturned their death sentences.Regarding Pitso, the appeal was heard by a quorum of three CoA Judges, Justice Leatile Dambe, Justice Singh Walia and Justice Abednico Tafa.Dichelek...
Appeals court backs Trump in hotel profits lawsuit
Washington (AFP) - A US appeals court quashed a lawsuit on Wednesday that accused President Donald Trump of profiting illegally from his Washington hotel, handing the White House a key win in a potentially damaging case.Three judges in the Richmond, Virgina federal appeals court ruled unanimously that the governments of Maryland and Washington DC did not have standing to file the suit, which accused Trump of violating a constitutional ban on profiting from public office.The suit had taken aim at the Trump International Hotel, just four blocks away from the White House, which has become popular...
Appeals court upholds California 'sanctuary state' bill
Los Angeles (AFP) - A US appeals court on Thursday upheld a California "sanctuary state" bill that blocks state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities.The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in San Francisco, unanimously ruled to uphold Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police and sheriffs from collaborating with immigration authorities."SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government's immigration enforcement efforts," said Judge Milan Smith in the ruling."California has the right, pursuant to the anti-commandeering rule, t...