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Archive October 2018

25
Oct
Alaska Superior Court Rul...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

Our Alaskan users might find this interesting. The Alaska Superior Court has found that a Kenai Peninsula Borough’s policy on holding religious invocations at their assembly meetings violated the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. From KTUU 2: “The policy said invocations could only be delivered by chaplains serving...

23
Oct
Florida Supreme Court Rul...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

In a 4-3 decision, the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court overturned a ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeals, and reinstated an $8 million verdict awarded in an asbestos lawsuit. The court found that the standard by which expert witness testimony is weighed in Florida – the...

18
Oct
Death Penalty Struck Down...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

In a five-justice majority opinion, and the four other justices concurring, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Death Penalty is unfairly imposed “in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.” Consequently, given what they cited as the flawed nature of State laws permitting death as a punishment...

16
Oct
Washington State Appeals...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

The Washington State 2nd Division Court of Appeals has affirmed a fine of $319,281 against an anti-GMO group, saying that a lack of intent does not constitute a defense for withholding the public disclosure of donor names. From CapitalPress.com : “In a 2-1 ruling, the court rejected Food Democracy...

11
Oct
Cryptocurrencies Ruled ...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

A Federal Judge has ruled that Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have evolved to become commodities by definition, and are thus subject to oversight and regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The ruling stems from a case involving “My Big Coin,” a platform that claimed to manage a legitimate cryptocurrency,...