Japanese court: Illegitimate children must get equal share of estates

TOKYO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Japan's Supreme Court says a law that limits the share of a parent's estate that can be inherited by illegitimate children is unconstitutional.

Judge promises speedy response in same-sex marriage license case

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania judge said he would rule quickly after hearing arguments Wednesday regarding issuance of state marriage licenses to same-sex-couples.

Montana appeals 30-day sentence for teacher who raped student

BILLINGS, Mont., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The Montana Attorney General filed an appeal Wednesday of the 30-day sentence for a former teacher convicted of raping a teenage student who killed herself.

Holmes' lawyers seek to invalidate state's death penalty

AURORA, Colo., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Lawyers for James Holmes, accused of a Colorado movie theater mass shooting, have petitioned the judge to declare the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

Iowa Supreme Court affirms school's firing of dean

DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The Iowa Supreme Court ruled the University of Iowa acted properly in firing its dean of students for improperly handling sexual-assault allegations.

Arizona high court sets October execution date for 71-year-old inmate

PHOENIX, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The Arizona Supreme Court says it has scheduled Edward Schad, a 71-year-old death row prisoner, to be put to death Oct. 9.

Oklahoma court blocks order to place child with adoptive parents

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court blocked a county court order demanding a child's biological father immediately turn her over to her adoptive parents.

Texas Chief Justice Jefferson to resign

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, will resign at the end of September, the court announced Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
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Will court change church-state equation?

Will court change church-state equation?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Will the narrow conservative majority in the U.S. Supreme Court make it easier for communities across the United States to open government meetings with prayer -- almost always Christian prayer? Maybe.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Ginsburg first Supreme Court justice to officiate gay marriage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg married a gay couple Saturday, becoming the first U.S. Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex wedding.

Mississippi sheriff charged with extortion, witness tampering

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The four-term sheriff of Jackson County, Miss., surrendered Friday to face a long list of charges that include embezzlement and witness tampering.
U.S. Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex marriage

U.S. Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate at the marriage of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts in Washington.

Judge says VA can't refuse to pay benefits to same-sex spouse

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay a California veteran in a same-sex marriage the benefits due a married couple.

British grandmother loses death sentence appeal in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected British national Lindsay June Sandiford's appeal against her death sentence for drug trafficking, court officials said.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
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Virginia Supreme Court to hear Virginia Tech lawsuits

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Both the parents of two students killed in the Virginia Tech massacre and the school have appealed a decision awarding damages.
Obama: Black/white wealth gap has grown since 1963

Obama: Black/white wealth gap has grown since 1963

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said some blacks have had "unimaginable" success, but the wealth gap between blacks and whites has grown since the Civil Rights era.

U.S. envoy to visit N. Korea to secure release of Kenneth Bae

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. envoy will travel to North Korea to negotiate the release of a U.S. national serving hard labor in the Communist country, the State Department said.

Pa. teenager gets 60 years in prison for killing girl

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Pittsburgh-area 16-year-old received a minimum sentence of 60 years in prison for the killing of a girl, 17, court documents said.

Teen to get new sentence for role in torture killing

GREENSBURG, Pa., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman may have a life sentence reduced but her murder conviction will stand after torturing and killing a mentally disabled woman, lawyers said.

Appeals court: Asking for lawyer doesn't imply guilt

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Prosecutors may not use a suspect's request for a lawyer during police questioning as evidence of guilt, a U.S. appeals court in New York ruled.

Panel: Judge facing 45 misconduct charges should be suspended

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- An Indiana judge facing 45 counts of alleged misconduct should be suspended with pay, the state's judicial qualifications commission has recommended.

Rights coalition worried by United Arab Emirates

PARIS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A human rights coalition said Tuesday the sentencing of activists in the United Arab Emirates failed to meet international standards.
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