Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Court of Appeals’

D.C. Still Wondering How to Handle Workers’ Comp Cases Decided by Disbarred Judge

Reacting to complaints from injured workers, a judicial review board at the D.C. Department of Employment Services in April ordered new hearings in six cases decided by an administrative law judge who practiced for 16 years without a bar license.
But when workers already before the D.C. Court of Appeals challenged decisions by that same judge, [...]

D.C. Drivers Can Now Legally Be in a Vehicle With an Illegal Weapon If They Don’t Know It’s There

District officials may end up in prison soon because we don't have budget autonomy, but the city scored at least one new freedom today: It is now somewhat legal to drive in a car with an illegal gun.
The D.C. Court of Appeals overturned a 2009 law that made it a felony offense for a person [...]

Brass Knuckles: Still Banned in D.C.

In what will come as a tough blow for greasers and mafiosi, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled last week that brass knuckles are still illegal in D.C., despite the efforts of one knuckle enthusiast.
On September 20, 2010, cops looking for a robbery suspect in Park View interviewed Lamar Wendell Thompson—and found that he had [...]

“Lunching on the Boat” Not as Innocent as It Sounds

If someone invited you to "lunch on the boat," you'd probably be into it, right? Maybe they're a good chef, and have a houseboat.
But be wary! "Lunching on the boat" actually means being high on PCP, according to a new opinion from the D.C. Court of Appeals, which is apparently way more up on the [...]

Might Court Keep DC9 Closed?

Roger Gordon says he's going after DC9. The activist, who has been on hand throughout the controversy that emerged when 27-year-old Ali Ahmed Mohammed died outside the popular hangout, has filed an appeal with the D.C. Court of Appeals of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) decision that allows the nightclub to reopen [...]

D.C. Same-Sex Marriage Law Survives Court Challenge

By a 5-4 vote, the D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that the District's gay marriage law can stand. An opinion out this morning says the Board of Elections and Ethics was right to refuse a referendum on the law; the board had said the referendum would violate the city's Human Rights Act. "The question [...]

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Feces Flinging Inmate

The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that inmates disciplined by the Department of Corrections aren't protected from further criminal prosecution for the same offenses under the federal double jeopardy clause.
The court's decision stems from the rebellious behavior of one Travis Haney.
According to court papers:
While being held at the District of Columbia Jail pending trial in another [...]

No Lesser Sentence for Juvenile Carjacker, Appeals Court Rules

The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the mandatory seven-year jail sentence of a convicted carjacker who was only 16 years old at the time of his offenses.
Court papers show that Juan Peterson, who was arrested alongside several other persons for "a series of armed carjackings," had pleaded guilty to one count of unarmed carjacking and another count of armed [...]

Drunk Bicyclists, Beware: Court Upholds DUI Conviction

Can you ride a bicycle while wasted? Practically, maybe, but legally, no, according to a D.C. Court of Appeals ruling issued today.
Police reportedly found Baker N. Everton yelling on a Petworth sidewalk on January 12, 2007. He was slurring his words and could "hardly stand," according to court papers. Then he went to his bike:
"The officers [...]

Rosenbaum Medic Can Keep Job, Appeals Court Says

Selena Walker, the D.C. emergency medical technician who decided to take a gravely injured man to a distant hospital so she could run some errands afterward, was fired illegally by the city, the District's high court ruled today [PDF].
That man was David Rosenbaum, the New York Times reporter who was assaulted on a Chevy Chase [...]

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