Judge Allows Johnny Depp’s Defamation Suit Against Amber Heard to Proceed
Johnny Depp sued ex wife Amber Heard for $50 million last year for defamation of character for a Washington Post opinion piece where she stated Depp assaulted her during their marriage without mentioning the actor’s name. The piece, published in December 2018, consists of three defamatory statements made by Heard that claim Depp sexually and emotionally abused her.On Friday, Virginia Judge Bruce White rejected a call by Heard’s lawyers to dismiss the lawsuit against her, approving Depp’s intent to pursue Heard in a suit that claims she defamed his character.The headline and comments Depp regar...
Federal Judge Throws Out Michael Cohen’s Plea For Reduced Sentence
A federal judge rejected on Tuesday a sentence reduction plea from President Donald Trump‘s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.Cohen has been trying to reduce his three-year sentence since last year, arguing that prosecutors refused his cooperation because his cooperation would implicate Trump and complicate the case. Cohen’s attorney tried to argue recently that his client was at risk because of the coronavirus pandemic.Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 in separate cases brought by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.One case charged that he evade...
Judge rejects Michael Cohen's bid for early release
NEW YORK — A judge on Tuesday rejected Michael Cohen’s desperate efforts at early release from his three-year sentence, writing it was time he “accept the consequences of his criminal convictions for serious crimes that had far reaching institutional harms.”The former longtime attorney for President Donald Trump had made two long-shot attempts to have his sentence shortened to a year and a day or to serve the remainder under home confinement. He argued that the government had wrongly not given him credit for cooperating and that he was at risk of catching coronavirus behind bars.Federal Judge ...
New York Daily News
Judge who suggested woman should sell her nude pics to Playboy is censured
A high-ranking New Jersey judge has been censured over his behavior in court that included comments to a woman that she should send nude pictures of herself to Playboymagazine founder Hugh Hefner.State Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas has agreed to step down from his position as Middlesex County's assignment judge, the top position in the office, the state Supreme Court said Monday. He will continue to serve on the bench in civil cases.In a filing last month, a state advisory committee on judicial conduct recommended Rivas be censured. The panel found Rivas “demonstrated a lack of self-contr...
Judge grants bail for accused attacker in fatal Chicago stabbing
CHICAGO — A Cook County judge granted bail Monday to an ex-Marine accused of fatally stabbing a man outside Richard’s Bar in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood last month.Thomas Tansey, 30, faces first-degree murder charges in the Feb. 21 death of barista Kenneth Paterimos. Tansey had been ordered held without bail earlier this month, but a judge now says he can be released from Cook County Jail if he posts 10% of $250,000, according to court records.But Judge John F. Lyke Jr. ordered that Tansey be fitted with an ankle monitor and comply with special conditions of his bail, which often includes...
Judge says St. Louis County man accused of war crime can be extradited to Bosnia
ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has approved a request to extradite a St. Louis County man to Bosnia to face a war crime charge.The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina says that Adem Kostjerevac raped a pregnant Serbian prisoner in 1992. He was indicted there in 2015, court documents here say, and a prosecutor sought an order to arrest him in April 2017.Kostjerevac's lawyer, Kayla Williams, pointed out in an email Monday that, "this decision is only a probable cause finding and not a finding of guilt." In a hearing here last year, she challenged a witness identification of Kostjerevac and argued ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Cancels Primary Election, Despite Judge Ruling Against Postponing
Ohio’s presidential primary was called off Monday night, the day before it was scheduled, due to concern over the coronavirus pandemic.Despite a judge deciding against postponing the election until June, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced on Twitter that polls would not open.“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus,” DeWine tweeted.He added that the director of the Ohio Department of Health, Amy Acton, would order polls remai...
YPP Reports Judge To NJC Over Anambra South Senatorial District Matter
A registered political party, Young Progressive Party (YPP) has petitioned against Justice Bello Kawu of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Kubwa before the National Judicial Council (NJC) over his alleged conspiracy with some lawyers to falsify court processes and record of proceedings to produce a purported judgment the judge delivered on April 11, 2019.In the petition, signed by the National Secretary of YPP, dated March 16, 2020, the party alleged that “The act of Justice Kawu has brought odium and shame to the judiciary and we, as a matter of necessity must bring su...
Judge Worried Over Coronavirus As Accused Goes To Nigeria
Dr. Johnson P. Asiama*ACourt of Appeal judge, Justice Bright Mensah, has expressed worry over thedecision by the former second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr.Johnson P. Asiama, to travel to Nigeria at the time the country has recordedcases of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) which has been declared a pandemicby the World Health Organization (WHO).**Dr\.Asiama who is on trial together with some five others for allegedly causing financialloss to the state had applied for his passport which he deposited with thecourt registrar as part of his bail conditions.**Appearingbefore the ...
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Relevance Of Separation Of Powers And Its Application To Nigeria (2)
Under what circumstances can a Judge give judgment against the President, members of the National Assembly, the Police, the Army without fear or favour, bearing in mind the conditions under which they serve? It is my view that the conditions of service including salaries, provision of vehicle, maintenance and fuel, personal assistant, hardship allowance, domestic staff, entertainment, utilities, outfit, leave allowance and newspapers, must be attractive and satisfactory.Today, there are judges and magistrates living in rented apartments, there are also others or those without personal/ officia...