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  • The Next Shoe Just Dropped: Court Denies Attorney-Client Privilege

    04/20/2014 12:03:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, In the Land of the Free, people grow up hearing a lot of things about their freedom. You're told that you live in the freest country on the planet. You're told that other nations 'hate you' for your freedom. And you're told that you have the most open and fair justice system in the world. This justice system is supposedly founded on bedrock principles-- things like a defendant being presumed innocent until proven guilty. The right to due process and an impartial hearing. The right to counsel and attorney-client privilege. Yet each...
  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...
  • Oregon Appeal Court: Frisk that Found Pistol Unconstitutional

    04/16/2014 11:02:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Demonstration against Neo-Nazism in Dresden (13 February 2012) When I was being trained as a peace officer, the subject of searching or "frisking" citizens was addressed several times.   Some of the training seemed to be  more about how to finesse the legal boundaries than the necessity of respecting citizens' rights.   I vividly remember one instructor saying: "I have never heard of a judge throwing out a case where a weapon was actually found." The pendulum seems to be swinging back the other way. From AP at The judges ordered that the officers' discovery of the loaded pistol carried...
  • LA: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Enhanced Mandatory Sentencing for Gun Possession

    04/09/2014 8:36:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2012, the voters of Louisiana approved a constitutional amendment to the state Constitution that removed the constitutional provision that gave the State the power to regulate concealed weapons.   It added the requirement that the court use the strongest level of judicial review, strict scrutiny, for Amendment 2 cases.   There is a a good discussion of the history behind this amendment at the Volokh Conspiracy, by David Kopel.  The amendment passed with over 73 percent of the vote. The court has already upheld bans on the possession of handguns by minors without parental approval and on felons on...
  • Witches Cleared in Re-Trial 400 Years Late

    03/29/2014 8:36:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    It took more than 400 years, but the infamous Lancashire Witches have finally got justice. The city of Lancaster, where 12 were convicted and 10 of them hanged in 1612, corrected one of history’s most celebrated miscarriages of justice with a re-trial in a busy shopping centre. Panels of jurors invited to sit in judgement on the case through the day returned a not guilty verdict. The “witches” of Pendle, including rival matriarchs Demdike and Chattox, were fitted up. A bit late, maybe. But at least the poor souls who were rounded up around Pendle Hill and subjected to a...
  • US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules

    03/28/2014 3:34:23 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 27, 2014 | Fox News/AP
    A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have led to the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge who said the rules violate the U.S. Constitution and served no medical purpose. Despite the lower court's ruling, the appeals court already had allowed some rules to go into effect while it considered the case. The latest decision means more regulations will begin later this year, as scheduled, and sets...
  • Before You Go to Court, Ask the Witchdoctor, Says Kenya's Top Judge

    03/26/2014 12:59:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Mar 25, 2014
    A frustrated chief justice told Kenyans on Tuesday that even witchdoctors could help them resolve their disputes without taking each other to the overburdened courts. Willy Mutunga, a respected lawyer, was appointed in 2011 to reform a judiciary widely seen as in the pay of the political elite and to cut red tape, at a time when many Kenyans had lost confidence in the courts. Opening a new court building in Kiambu county near Nairobi, Mutunga said he was concerned that the growing demand for court services was adding to a backlog of thousands of lawsuits.
  • Videos Show Bin Laden Relative Warning of 'Storm' of Airplane Attacks

    03/11/2014 2:26:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Abu Ghaith is on trial in Manhattan federal court for conspiring to kill AmericansJurors in the trial of alleged Al Qaeda operative Suleiman Abu Ghaith on Monday watched videos of the defendant warning of a "storm" of airplane attacks a month after Sept 11, 2001.
  • Supreme Court Rules Police May Search A Home Without Obtaining A Warrant

    02/27/2014 6:01:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Russia Today via zerohedge ^ | 2/27/14 | Russia Today Tyler Durden
    If the most disturbing, if underreported, news from yesterday, was Obama's "modification" of NSA capabilities, which contrary to his earlier promises, was just granted even greater powers as phone recording will now be stored for even longer than previously, then this latest development from the Supreme Court - one which some could argue just voided the Fourth amendment - is even more shocking. RT reports that the US Supreme Court has ruled that police may search a home without obtaining a warrant despite the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises. With its 6...
  • Obama Asks Court To Make NSA Database Even Bigger

    02/26/2014 1:33:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/26/26 | tyler durden
    When a hypertotalitarian banana republic takes another turn for the gigasurreal, even Elon Musk is speechless. In the most glaring example of how farcical idiocy has become the new normal, we will remind readers (especially those who do not follow us on twitter), of the following blurb from last night:
  • Supreme Court Climate Case Looks at EPA's Power (global warming)

    02/23/2014 12:04:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/22/14
    Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn't, or won't, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases cast the rule as a power grab of historic proportions. The court is hearing arguments Monday about a small but important piece of the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to cut the emissions — a requirement that companies expanding industrial facilities or...
  • Supreme Court Asked to Clarify What it Means to ‘Bear’ Arms

    02/10/2014 12:09:17 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 10, 2014 11:06 am | Jacob Gershman
    You might think the question would be settled by now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to opine on whether the Second Amendment right to “bear” arms for self-defense extends outside the home. We may soon get an answer. Lyle Denniston, writing for the Constitution Daily, reports about two gun rights cases that may get a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Both cases, dealing with restrictions on the ability of minors to possess weapons in public, hinge on the difference between the right to “keep” a gun and a right “bear” one. The National Rifle Association thinks the...
  • Federal court asked to rule on fort's water use (the question is, can we shut down Ft Huachuca?)

    02/05/2014 8:51:23 AM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer | Capital Media Services
    PHOENIX — Calling for the closure of Fort Huachuca and personal penalties against generals, Robin Silver and environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court to force a determination on how the post is impacting the San Pedro River. “Ultimately, the question is, can we shut down Fort Huachuca?” Silver said in an interview with Capitol Media Services on Tuesday. Full text available to premium subscribers only.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Discusses Right-to-Work For All Public Employees

    01/29/2014 5:05:00 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/25/2014 | Jack Spencer
    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday discussed turning the United States into a right-to-work nation regarding public sector unions. The issue came up in a case related to union "dues skim" issues happening in Illinois, Michigan and other states around the nation. "They were seriously considering reversing the Abood ruling," said Patrick Wright, senior legal analyst with Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "That was the case out of Michigan in which the court established that public sector employees could be forced to pay mandatory agency fees to unions." Mackinac Center attorney Patrick Wright outside the Supreme Court Tuesday. In 1977,...
  • Drug dealer slain after bragging about $125K stop-frisk court win

    01/23/2014 2:55:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/22/14 | Kirstan Conley, Larry Celona
    A drug-dealer who successfully scored a $125,000 stop and frisk settlement was shot and killed by a robber on Staten Island Tuesday night after bragging about the windfall, sources said. Kenrick Gray, 34, was brutally blasted in the head around 6:15 p.m. outside 140 Park Hill Avenue in Stapleton after flaunting his riches in recent months, police said. His pal, Noland Whistleton, 41, was also fatally shot in the leg and torso during the botched robbery, cops said. Police collared suspect Darren Brown, 27, cowering in the shower of his girlfriend’s Staten Island home Wednesday afternoon in connection with the...
  • Divorce Corp. Details the Injustices of Family Court

    01/21/2014 2:28:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Tue., Jan. 21 2014 | Adrian Rodriguez
    What if you had to pay for justice? What if you couldn't afford it? Would you be left with lawlessness, clutched in the grip of oppression? The makers of the independent documentary film Divorce Corp. seem to think so, as they charge the family court system with being "a dark corner of the judicial system where fiefdoms and tyrants still thrive..." First-time writer and director Joseph Sorge experienced the complexities of the family law system -- observing the injustices practiced in the family courts. Through his research he discovered that divorce affects nearly 50 percent of American households and 41...
  • Obamacare tax credit suit rejected

    01/15/2014 2:07:56 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | JASON MILLMAN
    A District of Columbia federal judge rejected a lawsuit Wednesday that challenged tax credits for Obamacare coverage in the 36 states with federal-run exchanges – one of the most significant remaining legal fights over President Barack Obama’s health care law.The four individuals who brought the lawsuit, Halbig v. Sebelius, had argued that the IRS overstepped its legal authority by allowing federal-run exchanges to provide tax credits for people who purchase health insurance. They contended that the Affordable Care Act only allows for state-run exchanges to access such credits and that Congress purposefully designed the law that way to incentivize states...
  • Obama’s use of executive power faces reckoning at Supreme Court

    01/12/2014 10:09:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/12/14 | Kevin Bogardus, Ben Goad
    Nothing less than the boundaries of executive power are at stake Monday as the Supreme Court considers whether President Obama violated the Constitution during his first term. Oral arguments slated for Monday will center on a trio of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that were deemed unconstitutional by lower courts. If they uphold the decision, experts say the justices could endanger hundreds of NLRB decisions. Even more significant are the ramifications for future presidents, with the court poised either to bolster or blunt the chief executive’s appointment powers. “Rulings like this have implications that last for...
  • Obama Seizes Control of 'Second Highest Court'

    01/10/2014 4:00:29 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies
    News Max ^ | Jan 09, 2014 | John Gizzi
    The Senate is poised to confirm Robert L. Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — the final battle in a bruising war between the White House and Senate Republicans over the "second highest court in the land." The D.C. Circuit deals with cases against the federal government. Anyone who has a complaint with a regulatory agency or wants to challenge an excess of the federal government usually winds up there. >snip In November, Obama effectively gained control of the 11-member court when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid triggered the "nuclear option" — reducing the threshold...
  • Does Exercising the Second Amendment Invalidate the Fourth Amendment?

    12/27/2013 8:57:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The Rutherford Institute is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear the case of Quinn v. State of Texas, a case where the lower courts have held that the exercise of the second amendment is cause to invalidate the protection of the fourth amendment.   From the Rutherford Institute:  WASHINGTON, DC — Warning against encroachments on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, The Rutherford Institute has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a Texas man whose home was subject to a no-knock, SWAT-team style forceful entry and raid based solely on the suspicion that there were...
  • CA:SAN BERNARDINO: Jailed man freed, dead man’s accomplices arrested

    12/23/2013 7:47:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 6 December, 2013 | Brian Rokos
    An investigation into a fatal shooting in San Bernardino led to the arrest of the dead man’s accomplices on Friday, Dec. 6, and the release of the man who killed Manuel Alfred Galvan. Oscar Hernandez, 30, was arrested Dec. 2 on suspicion of murder. But San Bernardino police detectives determined that Galvan had first fired at Hernandez, who then shot at Galvan in self defense, Lt. Paul Williams said.
  • Federal judge (in Oklahoma) deals another blow to ObamaCare contraceptive mandate

    12/22/2013 3:33:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2013
    A federal judge granted an injunction this weekend that prevents the government from enforcing the ObamaCare mandate requiring religious groups across the country to provide insurance that includes access to the morning-after pill and other contraceptives. The preliminary injunction, issued in an Oklahoma City federal court, is based on a class-action lawsuit filed in October by 187 ministries. The court order Friday came just days before ObamaCare coverage begins January 1, which could have resulted in the ministries facing thousands of dollars a day in tax penalties.
  • Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Deeply Rooted in Nation’s History ...

    12/21/2013 9:49:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 87 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 21, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete Headline: Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Deeply Rooted in Nation’s History and Implicit in The Concept of Ordered Liberty' Judge Robert J. Shelby, whom President Barack Obama appointed to the U.S. District Court in Utah last year, issued an opinion on Friday declaring that a right to same-sex marriage is "deeply rooted in the nation’s history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty. Shelby was confirmed to the federal bench by a voice vote of the Senate on Sept. 21, 2012. There was no debate over his nomination, and no senator objected to his confirmation. He...
  • Canada high court strikes down all restrictions on prostitution

    12/20/2013 9:34:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/20/13 | Randall Palmer
    OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada struck down all current restrictions on prostitution on Friday, including bans on brothels and on street solicitation, declaring the laws were unconstitutional because they violated prostitutes' safety. The sweeping 9-0 decision will take effect in one year, inviting Parliament to try to come up with some other way to regulate the sex trade if it chooses to do so. Prostitution is technically legal in Canada but most related activities have been illegal, including living off the avails of someone else's prostitution, but the court found that the provisions were overly broad or grossly...
  • John Kerry Working with the U.N. to Stop Execution of Illegal Alien Cop Killer in Texas

    12/17/2013 7:26:38 PM PST · by montag813 · 77 replies
    Top Right Wordpress News ^ | 12-17-2013 | John Urban
    Above: Perennial traitor John Kerry's new mission: save the life of ghoulish illegal alien cop-killer Edgar Arias Tamayo.- by John UrbanTop Right NewsWhen John Kerry isn't busy trying to help Iran obtain nuclear weapons or stabbing Israel in the back, he is doing the bidding of the United Nations -- and Mexico -- trying to save the life of an illegal alien cop-killer.You heard that right. Edgar Arias Tamayo, a 46-year old Mexican man, was in the country illegally when he killed Houston police officer Guy Gaddis. Tamayo was arrested by Gaddis outside a nightclub in 1994 for robbery. While...
  • (Catholic) Religious groups get (Court) win vs. O’care birth-control mandate

    12/16/2013 3:24:25 PM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 16, 2013 | Selim Algar
    In a blow to President Obama’s signature legislative mandate, a Brooklyn federal judge on Monday sided with several Catholic organizations in New York, saying they do not have to comply with an Affordable Care Act requirement to provide employees with contraceptive coverage. [Snip] In the first permanent ruling on the hot-button issue, US District Court Judge Brian Cogan said the religious groups should not be forced to comply with the birth control component of Obamacare.
  • Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws

    12/12/2013 11:12:59 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 34 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/12/2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws. "President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda. Our Founding Fathers created the Executive...
  • Ohio couple committed crime by returning adopted child, prosecutor says

    11/29/2013 4:25:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/27/13
    An Ohio couple committed a crime when they recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, according to a prosecutor, after they said he was displaying aggressive behavior and threatened the family with a knife. Forty-nine-year-old Cleveland Cox and 52-year-old Lisa Cox pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Butler County court to charges of nonsupport of dependents. **SNIP** Adolfo Olivas, an attorney appointed by the court to protect the boy's interests, has said the emotionally hurt and confused child is now receiving help that the parents should have gotten for him.
  • Dems' Power Grab Will Cost Them the War over the Constitution in Court

    11/27/2013 4:57:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/13 | Ken Klukowski
    Winning a battle that costs you a war is no victory. The silver lining from President Obama’s and Senate Democrats’ unprecedented power grab last week is that now a conservative Republican president can appoint a Supreme Court that will restore the Constitution to its historical place in our nation’s life, revitalizing limited government and safeguarding fundamental rights. Had conservatives invoked the nuclear option, mainstream media outlets would have given it wall-to-wall coverage under the banner, “The Death of Democracy in America.” MSNBC hosts might have openly wept on camera. Instead, those outlets are virtually silent, and what little coverage they...
  • Flashback: Newt Gingrich on reining in Court Power The Senate, by not passing a budget, and by saying fund all or nothing, has taken away the House's power of the purse to defund courts or an other agency that goes beyond its power. If the House impeaches a judge, the current senate would neither try nor convict and remove from office. If the House abolished a court, or limited its jurisdiction, that law would never get through the senate. Every means by which the people can rein in a courts power would be halted by the US Senate and then by former Senator Barack Obama. Therefore, we...
  • German home-school families face US deportation

    11/22/2013 2:19:44 AM PST · by Mr Radical · 13 replies
    BBC News, Washington ^ | 6 November 2013 | Jane O'Brien
    The [Romeike] family arrived in the US in 2008 and settled in Tennessee. In 2010 a state court granted their request for asylum but two years later the Obama administration called for a review and a higher court overturned the decision. The Romeikes' only hope of staying in the US now rests with the Supreme Court which still hasn't decided whether to hear their appeal.
  • Pallone: House health-care hearing a ‘monkey court’

    10/24/2013 3:25:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2013
    Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) derided today's House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing as a “monkey court,” accusing Republicans of exhibiting false concern during testimony and chastising them for raising security concerns that he said were specious.
  • Dwyane Wade shot down in attempt to get ex-wife mentally evaluated

    10/24/2013 6:54:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 10/23/13 | JOSE LAMBIET
    An appeals court in Miami just shot down Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade in his on-going custody battle against ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. The Third District Court of Appeals announced minutes ago it ruled against Wade in his attempt to have Funches, the mother of his two boys, mentally evaluated. The court found that Funches' videotaped protest over the summer in which she staged a sit-in in front of a Chicago courthouse where the couple's financial settlement was being discussed provides no sufficient grounds to have her studied by a shrink.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Look At Forced Unionization

    10/14/2013 8:07:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/10/2013 | Jack Spencer
    The United States Supreme Court will hear a case involving the forced unionization of "personal care providers" in Illinois that the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and two other groups asked the Court to hear. If the high court rules against the Illinois forced unionization, the decision could outlaw such schemes nationwide. In Michigan, the Service Employees International Union took more than $34 million from tens of thousands of home-based caregivers who were forced into the union. That scheme officially ended this year. In the class action lawsuit headed to the Supreme Court, Pamela Harris and seven other Illinois personal care...
  • (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) Court: NSA can continue sweeping phone data collection (Video)

    10/13/2013 1:17:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/13 | Brendan Sasso
    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has granted the National Security Agency (NSA) permission to continue its collection of records on all U.S. phone calls. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced the court's approval in a statement late Friday. The court authorizes the program for only limited time periods and requires that the government submit new requests every several months for re-authorization. The existence of the bulk phone data collection was one of the most controversial revelations from the leaks by Edward Snowden. The NSA uses the program to collect records such as phone numbers, call times and...
  • Duke Lacrosse Case Reveals the Judicial System's Flaws

    10/11/2013 7:19:16 AM PDT · by CondorFlight · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/11/13 | R.B.Parrish
    The Supreme Court this week refused to hear an appeal from the Duke lacrosse players stemming from the false accusations of rape in Durham in 2006. Effectively, that ends their civil rights lawsuit, and precludes their ever having a day in court in which their full stories may be told. And that in itself provides a paradigm of the state of justice in America today.
  • Political gridlock puts Supreme Court at center of controversial social issues

    10/07/2013 3:58:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2013 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday resumes its role as the uneasy arbiter of America’s intractable social conflicts with a new docket that features battles over affirmative action, campaign finance and abortion, among other divisive issues.
  • Tenth Circuit Panel Rules in Favor of Colo. Company Against Abortion Pill Mandate

    10/04/2013 1:54:59 PM PDT · by Center2Right · 5 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 4, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Tenth Circuit Panel Rules in Favor of Colo. Company Against Abortion Pill Mandate A three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Colorado-based business does not have to adhere to the federal government's abortion pill mandate as its lawsuit proceeds. In a ruling issued Thursday, the panel affirmed a lower court ruling on behalf of Hercules Industries, a family-owned Denver-based HVAC manufacturer. The decision noted that the motion to appeal was "denied as moot" given that the United States Supreme Court likely will hear arguments in a similar lawsuit regarding the Hobby Lobby retail chain.... Full...
  • Tom DeLay verdict overturned by Texas appellate court

    09/19/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 171 replies
    A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice told KVUE sister station KHOU 11 News.
  • New York Judge Dismisses Suit Against 'In God We Trust' on Money

    09/13/2013 8:52:27 AM PDT · by Center2Right · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | September 12, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    A United States District Court Judge has dismissed a suit brought by an atheist organization against the motto "In God We Trust" being on the national currency. Judge Harold Baer Jr. of the Southern District of New York ruled Monday that a suit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and others should be dismissed. "The Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto's secular purpose and effect, and all circuit courts that have considered this issue-namely the Ninth, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuit- have found no constitutional violation in the motto's inclusion on currency," wrote Baer. Read full story @...
  • Judge: ‘We don’t charge people with murder for accidents’

    09/06/2013 4:14:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 6, 2013 | Bethany Barnes
    A judge tossed all charges, including murder, against a Laotian woman accused of running over her boyfriend with her car last year after a tequila-infused fight. Sounilak Ouchlaeun, 34, was facing murder and felony driving under the influence charges for backing over Conrado Mendoza with her 2010 Toyota Venza on Nov. 19, 2012, in the driveway of the couple’s Spring Valley home.
  • Former Tennessee Valley Authority VP Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Financial Investments in Iran

    09/06/2013 10:48:10 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 8 replies
    WRCB ^ | Sept 04, 2013 | WRCB Staff
    Former TVA Vice President 58-year-old Masoud Bajestani plead guilty to conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and Iranian Transactions Regulations, and two counts of filing false income tax returns. Bajestani sentencing is set for January 15, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. Bajestani faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy to violate the IEEPA, and three years for each count of filing a false tax return. He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count. In February 2013, a federal grand jury charged Bajestani, with conspiracy, violations of the IEEPA...
  • Appeals court says White House visitor logs can be kept from public

    08/30/2013 4:25:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/30/13 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    President Obama and his successors in the Oval Office are not obligated to make public the names of individuals visiting the White House, according to a decision of the federal Circuit Court for the District of Columbia made public Friday. The case was brought by Judicial Watch, the government watchdog nonprofit that has been fighting a long legal battle seeking to force release of the White House visitor logs as public records under the Freedom of Information Act. But in a decision that is drawing intense criticism from across the ideological spectrum, the circuit court said the president has a...
  • NJ's Gay Therapy Ban Attacks 'Right to Self-Determination,' Argues Lawsuit

    08/26/2013 3:33:33 PM PDT · by Center2Right
    The Christian Post ^ | August 26 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    As lawmakers get ready to head back to Capitol Hill, Tampa Bay Catholics are joining believers across the country to push for immigration reform. "It's really a three-prong approach, through prayer, education and advocacy," said Sabrina Burton Schultz, director of the Diocese of St. Petersburg's life ministry office. The diocese of 321,459 Catholics, which covers Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, is encouraging parishioners to contact politicians about the issue. The diocese also is organizing a candlelight prayer vigil, Hispanic Mass and a pilgrimage of the images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Lujan. Schultz said...
  • NSA gathered thousands of Americans’ e-mails before court struck down program

    08/21/2013 12:40:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/21/13 | Ellen Nakashima
    The National Security Agency unlawfully gathered as many as tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-discontinued collection program, according to a 2011 secret court opinion. The 86-page opinion, which was declassified by U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday, explains why the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled the collection method unconstitutional. The judge, John D. Bates, found that the government had “advised the court that the volume and nature of the information it has been collecting is fundamentally different from what the court had been led to believe.”
  • Interesting New Gun Case from Massachusetts’ Highest Court

    08/09/2013 8:27:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 62 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 8 August, 2013 | Eugene Volokh
    From Firearms Records Bureau v. Simkin (Mass. Aug. 8, 2013): Simkin is a New Hampshire resident and a federally licensed firearms dealer who is engaged in the “buying and selling [of] firearms in the region, from private parties, at gun shows, and at auctions.” Since 2002, he has held a temporary nonresident Class A unrestricted license to carry firearms in Massachusetts. In February, 2009, Simkin applied to the bureau for a renewal of his license, stating as his purpose for requesting the renewal that he traveled in and through Massachusetts for business purposes, carrying firearms, ammunition, and cash, and...
  • Man Protesting Court Decision Over Car Wreck Repays $150,000 With Four Tons Of Quarters

    08/02/2013 7:42:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/02/2013 | Jim Suhr
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois businessman outraged by a court order that he return more than $500,000 in insurance money related to a 2001 wreck that killed his teenage son wanted to pay the money back in pennies in protest, only to recognize that was unfeasible. So, Roger Herrin settled on quarters — four tons of them. Packed in 150 transparent sacks each weighing about 50 pounds, the $150,000 in coins were nearly one-third of the money an appellate court required Herrin to pay back to resolve years-long legal feuding among the crash's survivors over how $800,000 in insurance...
  • Court Marshal SEXUALLY ASSAULTS Woman – In Front Of Judge – Then ARRESTS Her (Clark County, Nevada)

    07/31/2013 3:52:27 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    Political Blind Spot ^ | July 28, 2013 | Daniel Jordan Wilson and Micah Naziri
    Still think the state is here to protect you? You might want to think again… In the video below, a court marshal first sexually assaults a women, who begs to be assigned instead to a female officer. The plea is ignored by the judge sitting right there. Multiple employees and managers at the county family court are under investigation for covering up an assault by a court marshal. After a six-month internal investigation, court marshal Ron Fox was finally fired for the incident seen below. How many other untold instances of similar abuse are not captured on film and thus...
  • Court to Decide if Lawyers Can Block Gays From Juries

    07/29/2013 4:17:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/29/13 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — Last month’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage were major gay rights victories. But countless questions about the legal rights of gay men and lesbians remain. Here’s one: May gays be excluded from juries on account of their sexual orientation? The federal appeals court in California will soon decide the issue, which turns out to be surprisingly knotty. It arose at the 2011 trial of an antitrust fight between two giant drug companies. After a potential juror appeared to reveal that he was gay, a lawyer for Abbott Laboratories used a peremptory strike — one that does not...
  • Court: Americans Born in Jerusalem Cannot Label 'Israel' as Birthplace

    07/23/2013 3:02:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/23/13 | Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, a unanimous three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that Americans born in Jerusalem cannot put “Israel” as place of birth on their birth certificates. Judge Karen Henderson wrote that the president “exclusively holds the power to determine whether to recognize a foreign sovereign,” and that the president had not recognized Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. Congress passed a law in 2002 dictating that Americans living in Jerusalem could label their children’s birthplace “Israel,” but the State Department has refused to enforce that law for over a decade. Over 50,000 Americans have...