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Woman appears in court charged with child’s murder in Rotorua

A woman has appeared in the Rotorua District Court charged with the murder of a child in Rotorua on Sunday. The 27-year-old woman appeared in court via audio-visual link. She was granted interim name suppression. The woman entered no plea and did not apply for bail. Judge Greg Hollister-Jones remanded the woman in custody without […]

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Supreme Court rules for cheerleader punished for vulgar Snapchat message

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Pennsylvania school district had violated the First Amendment by punishing a student for a vulgar social-media message sent away from school grounds. Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for an eight-member majority, said part of what schools must teach students is the value of free speech. “America’s […]

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Cable Bay Vineyards back in court to face Auckland Council noise prosecution

Auckland Council is prosecuting one of the country’s top vineyards, saying a rowdy function and live band breached noise limits and the company should be convicted and fined up to $600,000. But the swanky Waiheke Island winery has told a court the sound of crickets and passing aircraft may be responsible for the noise breach […]

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Court appearance tomorrow for man in relation to Timaru death

Police are investigating the death of a 68-year-old man following an incident north of Timaru on Friday. The man died in Christchurch Hospital on Saturday evening. Detective Senior Sergeant Damon Wells confirmed today that a 28-year-old man had been arrested and would be appearing in Timaru District Court on Monday. “Charges are yet to be […]

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Volkswagen asks U.S. Supreme Court to reverse ruling on local emissions claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG and a German auto supplier on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court ruling that said two counties could seek financial penalties over excess diesel emissions that could total billions of dollars.FILE PHOTO: The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a rim cap in a […]

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Trump urges Supreme Court justice appointment 'without delay'

After death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Republicans have said they will not wait for election to vote on Trump pick. US President Donald Trump has urged the Republican-controlled Senate to act “without delay” on vetting a Supreme Court justice nominee following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In a tweet on Saturday, Trump […]

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Facebook bows to Brazil court order, bans pro-Bolsonaro profiles

Company follows court order to block 12 accounts of Brazil president’s supporters accused of running fake news network. Facebook has announced it has obeyed a Brazilian judge’s order for a worldwide block on the accounts of 12 of President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters who are under investigation for allegedly running a fake news network. Supreme Court […]

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Mexico Supreme Court rejects abortion ruling

Mexico’s Supreme Court has rejected a landmark injunction on abortion rights across the country. The case revolved around an injunction granted in the eastern state of Veracruz, which would have effectively decriminalised termination in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Campaigners hoped the ruling would set a precedent for similar injunctions in other states. Abortion […]

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Philippine court asked to annul Duterte-backed anti-terror law

Philippine president signed bill into law on Friday after pushing it through Congress during the coronavirus lockdown. Philippine lawyer groups and a top congressman asked the Supreme Court on Monday to strike down the president’s controversial new anti-terrorism law, or parts of it, calling it unconstitutional for infringing on civil liberties. Three petitions filed by […]

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US court blocks execution amid claims of mental incompetence

The order blocks two further planned executions which the Trump administration heralds as a return to law and order. A United States District Court in Washington, DC has blocked what would have been the second federal execution in 17 years, hours before it was due to take place. The US Department of Justice had planned to execute […]