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The Latest: Peterson likely to appeal to US Supreme Court

The Latest: Peterson likely to appeal to US Supreme CourtSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Drew Peterson's murder conviction in the death of his third wife (all times local):



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Pakistani court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy

Pakistani court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemyBy Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Christian man has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges by a court in eastern Pakistan after a close friend accused him of sharing anti-Islamic material, the defendant’s lawyer said on Friday. Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Pakistan, and insults against the Prophet Mohammad are punishable by death. Most cases are filed against members of minority communities.



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Anthony Weiner And Huma Abedin Appear In Divorce Court

Anthony Weiner And Huma Abedin Appear In Divorce CourtNEW YORK ― Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) met his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, for their first hearing in divorce court Wednesday, months after he pleaded guilty to sending explicit text messages to a minor.



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Donald Trump's Travel Ban Gets A Temporary Win From The Supreme Court

Donald Trump's Travel Ban Gets A Temporary Win From The Supreme CourtPresident Donald Trump’s travel ban nabbed another partial win in the Supreme Court. The court on Tuesday granted an administration request that it block a federal appeals court ruling from last week that would have limited the scope of the ban as it applies to refugees. Trump tried twice to instate a travel ban preventing refugees as well as citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.



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Killer asks Ohio Supreme Court to delay Wednesday execution

Killer asks Ohio Supreme Court to delay Wednesday executionCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer of two people asked the state's highest court Tuesday to delay his upcoming execution so he can argue he was too young at the time of his crimes to be put to death.



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Trump And Sessions Suggested Dreamers' Fate Was Already Sealed In Court. It Wasn't.

Trump And Sessions Suggested Dreamers' Fate Was Already Sealed In Court. It Wasn't.WASHINGTON ― In rescinding a program to protect young undocumented immigrants, the Trump administration insisted on Tuesday that its hands were tied by the courts.



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Kenyan president, election overturned by court, attacks judiciary

Kenyan president, election overturned by court, attacks judiciaryBy Maggie Fick NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday the country has “a problem” with its judiciary that must be fixed. Kenyatta, however, also repeated his message from Friday that he would respect the court’s ruling. The decision to annul the election was an unprecedented move in Africa where governments often hold sway over judges — and the first time on the continent that a court ruled against the electoral victory of an incumbent.



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Kenyan court throws out president's win, calls for new vote

Kenyan court throws out president's win, calls for new voteNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election victory last month was thrown out Friday by Kenya's Supreme Court, which ordered new voting within 60 days in a stunning decision that plunged the East African country back into political chaos.



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Kenyan court overturns presidential election after ruling it was marred by 'illegalities'

Kenyan court overturns presidential election after ruling it was marred by 'illegalities'Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, denounced the country’s supreme court as “crooks” in the pay of whites on Friday after it struck a stunning blow for judicial independence in Africa by nullifying his recent re-election. Ruling that Mr Kenyatta’s victory in the Aug 8 vote was marred by “irregularities and illegalities”, the court ordered a fresh vote to be held within 60 days, the first time judges have ever overturned an incumbent president’s victory in an African election. Robed in red and black, the six judges on the bench upheld a petition by Mr Kenyatta’s challenger Raila Odinga, whose claim that systematic fraud had denied him victory was ridiculed by Western observers, who portrayed him as a sore loser. The loser of four elections, all of them tarnished by allegations of impropriety, Mr Odinga was in court to savour his moment of triumph, allowing himself a smile as the chief justice, David Maraga, delivered his momentous ruling. “The presidential election held on August 8 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution and applicable law, rendering the results invalid, null and void,” Mr Maraga told the courtroom, as he read out the four-to-two majority ruling. Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected Kenyan President in August Credit: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters Outside the building, as well as in slums across the capital Nairobi and in Mr Odinga’s strongholds in western Kenya, the crowds erupted in disbelieving joy. Celebrations in downtown Nairobi after a re-election is called Credit: BAZ RATNER/Reuters Three weeks ago, many of the same people had been running for their lives as police used live fire to crush protests triggered by the electoral commission’s official declaration of Mr Kenyatta’s victory. At least 28 people were killed by the police, including a six-month old baby beaten into a coma from which she never recovered and a teenager hauled out from under his bed and bludgeoned to death in front of his parents. But on Friday, the police seemed bewildered and unsure of themselves, briefly advancing on jubilant opposition supporters, chanting and waving branches on the streets outside the court, before retreating again and eventually disappearing altogether. “We expected the worst and have been given the best,” said Japheth Onyango, a mechanic, as he joined the celebrations. “We have been vindicated and justified. The oppression of Kenya’s people has been ended by the stroke of a pen.” Opposition leader Raila Odinga smiles and waves to a crowd of his supporters as he leaves the Supreme Court in downtown Nairobi Credit: Ben Curtis/AP “People are just so, so happy,” added Dorothy Mwangale, a cleaner, beaming uncontrollably, tears brimming in her eyes. The mood was in stark contrast to the sullen silence of the president’s supporters, who had also gathered publicly to celebrate what they believed would be confirmation of his victory. Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga cheer outside court  Credit: BAZ RATNER/Reuters The disbelief was also etched on the president’s face itself.  Although he agreed to respect the ruling, Mr Kenyatta also upbraided the court saying: “Six people decided to go against the will of the people”. Later, addressing supporters in Nairobi’s Burma Market, the president’s bitterness became even starker as he claimed his victory had been taken away from him by the chief justice “and his crooks”. “This story of theirs is being paid by whites and other trash,” he said, before appearing to threaten the court. “First we say we agree and accept … but they know that we are also men. “Let them wait for us after the election.” Police watch the cheering crowd outside the court in Nairobi Credit: BAZ RATNER/Reuters The court absolved the president of any involvement in any electoral fraud, laying the blame on the electoral commission for the opaque manner in which it conducted the count. Although a detailed ruling is yet to be released, it is likely that the deciding factor was the failure by a quarter of polling stations to submit adequate supporting documentation for the results they filed to the electoral commission. Mr Odinga welcomed the ruling as “precedent setting”, but immediately plunged the new election into uncertainty by demanding the dissolution and replacement of the electoral commission. Police guard the Supreme Court building in Kenya amid the ruling Credit: Ben Curtis/AP “We have no faith at all in the electoral commission as currently constituted,” he said outside the court. “They have committed criminal acts. Most of them belong in jail.” Mr Odinga initially refused to mount a court challenge, arguing that the supreme court had proved itself a subservient tool of the executive after it rejected his petition five years ago to overturn Mr Kenyatta’s first election victory. Deadly clashes sweep Kenya after election hacking claims 01:31 He capitulated only under international pressure after observers said they believed the election was credible.  John Kerry, the former American secretary of state and leader of one observer mission, called on Mr Odinga to concede as graciously as he had done following his defeat to President George W Bush in 2004. Whatever the consequences of its decision, the supreme court has made legal and political history in Africa by making a ruling once believed unthinkable – one that could embolden other courts on the continent to follow suit. When Mr Maraga became chief justice last year, he was little known and some observers questioned whether he had the stature and independence to stand up to Kenya’s ruling elite. While his ruling will be debated for many years, Mr Maraga will be seen to have banished the equivocal reputation that long surrounded Kenya’s judiciary, establishing its authority as a genuinely independent and fearless arbiter over political disputes. Kenya's dollar bonds, shilling fall after court nullifies election #SupremeCourtDecides#shilling#forex#Kenyahttps://t.co/nUco0V1d3qpic.twitter.com/3vvFvJtQNr— John Ndiso (@johnalyst) September 1, 2017 Political unrest in Kenya as opposition challenges election result, in pictures



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Shock as Kenya court cancels vote result, demands re-run

Shock as Kenya court cancels vote result, demands re-runKenya’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new presidential election within 60 days, in a shock ruling cancelling the results of last month’s poll over widespread irregularities. Chief Justice David Maraga said a majority decision by the panel of six judges, with two dissenting, found that President Uhuru Kenyatta “was not validly elected”, rendering the result “invalid, null and void”. Supporters of veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga’s wept and cheered, utterly stunned at what they saw as a historic ruling, after losses in successive polls they believe were rigged, from a judiciary long seen as compromised in favour of the ruling elite.



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