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Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday publicly censured a western Massachusetts judge and ordered his suspension after he admitted to having "an undisclosed sexual relationship" with a woman who worked on a team he oversaw.

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
Department of Justice

There's still a lot unknown about the federal terrorism case against Alexander Ciccolo, and the 25-year-old's decision to plead guilty Monday in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence.

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
Department of Justice

An Adams, Massachusetts, man has pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group.

Updated at 7:08 p.m. ET

In a case involving the rights of tens of millions of private sector employees, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, delivered a major blow to workers, ruling for the first time that workers may not band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws.

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
Department of Justice

An Adams, Massachusetts, man accused of plotting a terrorist attack plans to plead guilty on at least some charges. Alexander Ciccolo's trial had been scheduled to begin June 19. 

The Connecticut Supreme Court is likely to decide this week whether to allow 10 families of victims in the 2012 Newtown school shooting to sue Remington, the company that manufactured the assault-style rifle used in the massacre. Law experts say if the case moves forward, it would be the furthest a lawsuit has gone involving a gun manufacturer since Congress passed a law in 2005 that broadly protects gun makers from lawsuits.

In Boston federal court, mobster Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi isn’t the one currently on trial. But listening Wednesday to the defense teams’ opening arguments in the murder trial of his former partner and the partner’s associate, it was hard to tell.

Sonja Farak, left, stands during her arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass., Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013.
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The Massachusetts attorney general's office went on the defensive during a state Supreme Judicial Court hearing Tuesday.

John Adams Courthouse, home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
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In court Tuesday, federal judge Mark Wolf accused the Department of Homeland Security of breaking its own rules by holding immigrants who are married or engaged to American citizens for extended periods without notifying them of their right to a hearing or notifying their attorneys.

In a stunning reversal, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday vacated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction and ordered a new trial in connection with the 1975 killing of his 15-year-old neighbor, Martha Moxley, in Greenwich.

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