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  • Federal Judge Forbids Use of ‘Redskins’ in Court Documents

    07/15/2014 4:57:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 14 | Theresa Vargas
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office isn’t the only federal authority that has taken a stance against the name of the Washington Redskins. A federal judge in Maryland issued a ruling last week that purposely did not contain the team’s name, which has been described as an offensive slur against Native Americans. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, who is presiding over a lawsuit that former New York Giants linebacker Barrett Green brought against the Redskins, issued a 21-page ruling with this footnote on the first page: “Pro Football’s team is popularly known as the Washington ‘Redskins,’ but the Court...
  • Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes

    07/09/2014 9:48:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Harris v. Quinn case means that parents of disabled children, relatives and friends taking care of loved ones and child care providers can no longer be forced to financially support unions simply because they receive taxpayer-provided assistance. "I felt like doing back flips," said Sherry Loar, when asked her reaction to the high court's decision. Loar is the Petoskey child care provider, who in 2009 brought the first forced unionization of workers to the attention of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "Trying to bring to light the fact that this is about...
  • Supreme Court Rules Unionization Schemes Involving Home-Based Care Providers Are Illegal

    07/08/2014 9:34:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/2/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The United States Supreme Court said today that workers who indirectly receive state funds for taking care of the disabled or elderly cannot be forced to pay union dues. The Justices ruled 5-4 in favor of an Illinois mom and a group of Illinois personal care assistants who said their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association had been violated by a forced unionization. The case, Harris v. Quinn, was similar to a scheme in Michigan in which the Service Employees International Union took more than $34 million from the elderly and disabled who received Medicaid money from...
  • Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession

    07/08/2014 9:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Many observers misunderstood the Hobby Lobby dispute and others like it as a First Amendment case, but it wasn’t. It primarily related to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), with an indirect reference to the constitutional freedom of religious expression. A case in Louisiana may be the real McCoy, though. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a priest must testify in a case about what he heard in a confessional — an order that would result in automatic excommunication and damnation, according to the doctrine and canon law of the Catholic Church: The state high court’s decision, rendered...
  • Judge Tells Supreme Court To 'STFU'

    07/07/2014 9:34:53 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 33 replies
    YAHOO-EY NEWS ^ | 7-7-2-14 | Colin Campbell
    Richard Kopf, a senior United States district judge in Nebraska, thinks the Supreme Court needs to learn when to "stfu." Kopf made the recommendation in a post on his personal blog July 5, where he argued the recent Hobby Lobby ruling demonstrated the high court's need to stay away from "hot button cases."
  • NC: Legal Immigrant Right to Carry

    07/05/2014 12:31:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is supporting the case of a legal Australian immigrant in North Carolina.   This test case will likely result in the removal of the restriction on the issuance of a concealed carry permit to people who are not U. S. citizens in North Carolina law.   SAF won a similar case in New Mexico at the end of March of this year.  In the New Mexico case, Alan M. Gottlieb stated one of the purposes of this action.    From the Washington Times: Alan M. Gottlieb, executive vice president of the foundation, said the discrimination ruling makes...
  • Supreme Court ruling signals trouble for state, Chicago (free stuff in the Constitution)

    07/04/2014 4:31:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/03/14 | Monique Garcia, Hal Dardick
    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being challenged in court. Today’s ruling also could affect the city of Chicago’s ongoing phase-out of retiree health insurance subsidies, a program Mayor Rahm Emanuel was counting on to save millions of dollars a year, as well as legislation recently approved to modify the pension plans of city workers and laborers. The 6-1 decision centers around a 2012 law that allowed the state to charge retired workers for...
  • Obama's Disappointing Year at the Supreme Court

    07/01/2014 12:56:50 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 4 replies
    Reason ^ | July 1, 2014 | Damon Root
    The U.S. Supreme Court went out with a bang on Monday, ending its 2013-2014 term with Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., in which the Court held that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violated federal law by placing a substantial burden on the exercise of religion when it required two "closely held" private corporations to cover certain forms of birth control in their employee health plans. It was a painful legal defeat for the Obama administration—and it was not the only such defeat in recent days. In fact, in the past month...
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal by Google over Street View data collection

    07/01/2014 6:10:55 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 06/30/14 | Andrea Chang
    e U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal by Google over whether it violated federal wiretapping law when its Street View mapping cars collected consumers' personal data. That leaves intact a federal appeals court ruling that the U.S. Wiretap Act protects the privacy of information on unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks and means Google can face lawsuits over the matter, according to a Bloomberg report. The issue stems from Google's Street View, a comprehensive mapping program that provides images of areas around the world. Google has admitted that its camera-equipped Street View cars inadvertently captured emails, passwords and...
  • Dems put court in their '14 cross hairs after contraception ruling

    07/01/2014 2:59:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/30/14 | Cameron Joseph
    Democrats are putting the Supreme Court in their cross hairs, using its decision against ObamaCare’s contraception mandate to rally their base ahead of the midterm elections. Within hours of the high court’s decision that closely held companies cannot be compelled to offer contraception coverage as part of their employee health plans, Democrats were trying to raise cash and rally voters to their side. Strategists said the issue of women’s reproductive health could play well in elections across the country, helping the party in contests that could largely be won and lost on turnout. “It could play in almost all of...
  • Obama To Overrule Supreme Court? President Considers "Mitigating" Obamacare Ruling

    06/30/2014 12:12:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/30/14 | Tyler Durden
    Having had his omnipotence chipped away at last week, President Obama has - seemingly - been pushed too far by the Supreme Court's decision on contraception and Obamacare this morning: The White House stated... SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE JEOPARDIZES HEALTH OF WOMEN EMPLOYED BY THESE COMPANIESWILL WORK WITH CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE WOMEN AFFECTED BY RULING WILL HAVE SAME ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIONWILL CONSIDER WHETHER PRESIDENT CAN ACT ON HIS OWN TO MITIGATE EFFECT OF SUPREME COURT RULING Totalitarian? You decide... One wonders if the phrase "do you know who I am?" was uttered this morning? As The Hill adds,...
  • Judicial Watch: IRS Has Misled Courts "They Are in Real Trouble"

    06/28/2014 8:18:25 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/ ^ | June 28, 2014 | You Tube
    Judicial Watch has forced the IRS to court on July 10, 2014 to explain the missing Lois Lerner emails.
  • Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'

    06/27/2014 7:18:02 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jack Spencer
    As the current term of the United States Supreme Court nears its end, a ruling remains to be announced that could fundamentally change the way government unions are organized. Harris v. Quinn, which involves personal care providers in Illinois who contested a forced unionization they were subjected to, is largely equivalent to the home health care "dues skim" that took place in Michigan. In both unionization schemes, workers who take care of the elderly and disabled were forced into a union. In Michigan, an affiliate of the Service Employees International union took more than $34 million from the Medicaid checks...
  • Wisconsin Carry Wins Appeal: Court Orders Return of Gun

    06/26/2014 10:57:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On March 13, 2012, Aaron C. Ols went to the park across the street from his house to confront a man, his fiancee, their two children and dog who were in the park after hours.   The park was closed at 8 pm.  Animals were not allowed in the park.    Sunset was at 6:56 PM, so this was after dark. An argument ensued.  Ols retreated to his property, and was followed by the other man.    Ols repeatedly told the man to leave.  The man threatened to kill Ols, who then drew his firearm, pointed it at the ground, and called...
  • Court Orders State to Compensate Arab Land Claims

    06/24/2014 3:08:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/6/14 | Ari Yashar
    A court on Tuesday ordered the state to pay compensation to local Arabs over their claims of having owned land in the Jewish community of Amona, located to the north of Jerusalem. The six Arab claimants were given a total of 300,000 shekels ($85,700), and further the court ordered that if the Jewish residents of the town on the land claimed by the Arab side are not removed by 2015, the state must pay another 48,000 shekels ($13,500), reports AFP. The extreme left legal group Yesh Din praised the ruling, saying "now what is required is evacuation and we're going...
  • Court Upholds Law Banning Automatic Wage Increases For Public Employees

    06/24/2014 7:28:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a law banning automatic wage increases after the expiration of union contracts. A 2011 law banned the practice of salary increases after collective bargaining agreements expired. Before the law, in practice, what was happening was a union contract would lock in raises. After a contract expired, the law required districts make pay increases as if the contract was still in effect, which meant step increases and wages were guaranteed until a new contract was agreed to by both parties. The new law froze salaries until a new contract was reached. Former State Rep....
  • Unionization Case Before The Supreme Court Could Have Lasting National Impact

    06/18/2014 8:30:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The U.S. Supreme Court will hand down a decision by the end of this month that could have significant and lasting effects on organized labor in this country. In January, when the high court heard oral arguments in the Harris v Quinn case, the justices clearly were considering a ruling that would, in effect, give public employees the freedom to choose whether to pay dues or fees to a union without being worried about being fired. The case before the court involves Pamela Harris and seven other Illinois personal care providers (home-based caregivers), who challenged a forced unionization that was...
  • Hubby Gets Ban on 'Indecent' Sister-in-Law Visiting Ex-Wife

    06/11/2014 1:33:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    Abu Dhabi Court has issued a verdict in favour of a person who had asked the court to prevent his ex-wife’s sister from visiting his children after the former was sentenced and in an ‘indecent’ case, reported Emarat Al Youm. The man requested that the woman be banned from visiting his children, who lives with his ex-wife. The court said that the father is the legal guardian of his children and he has the right to care for them. Earlier, he had filed a case in Court of Khorfakkan requesting that the family of his ex-wife be prevented from visiting...
  • Judge denies motion to join defense of gay marriage ban

    06/05/2014 5:08:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/4/14 | Jeff Kunerth
    A Miami judge has denied a motion from the Maitland-based Liberty Counsel to join the defense of Florida's Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel ruled that three organizations represented by the Liberty Counsel had no legal standing to join Miami-Dade Clerk of Court Harvey Ruvin in a lawsuit filed by six South Florida gay couples.
  • Brevard judge tells attorney, 'I'll beat your a**,' allegedly throws punches

    06/03/2014 7:10:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    wftv ^ | wftv
    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Court deputies had to break up a physical fight between a Brevard County judge and a public defender after an argument during a hearing on Monday. Judge John Murphy is accused of punching veteran public defender Andrew Weinstock after the two had words during court in which Murphy allegedly pressured Weinstock to get his client to waive his right to a speedy trial. "You know, if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now," Murphy tells Weinstock. "Stop pissing me off. Just sit down." "You know I'm the public defender. I have...
  • BREVARD JUDGE JOHN MURPHY: ‘I’ll Just Beat Your Ass’ [Judge Punches Attorney]

    06/03/2014 9:35:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    If You Want To Fight, Let’s Go Out Back and I’ll Just Beat Your Ass’ BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Judge John Murphy and Bevard County public defender Andrew Weinstock exchanged heated words during court today in which Murphy allegedly pressured Weinstock to get his client to waive his right to a speedy trial.
  • Louisiana Supreme Court: Enhanced Penalties for Possession of Guns and Drugs are Constitutional

    06/01/2014 10:07:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that enhanced penalties for the possession of a legal firearm while in possession of illegal drugs do not violate the States new protections of the right to keep and bear arms. 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...
  • China sentences mining tycoon Liu Han to death

    05/23/2014 10:59:09 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 10 replies
    MSN News ^ | May 24 2014 | By AFP
    A Chinese court on Friday convicted a mining billionaire said to have links with former security tsar Zhou Yongkang of murder and sentenced him to death. Liu Han led private company Hanlong, which once launched a billion-dollar bid for an Australian firm. He and his brother Liu Wei were found guilty of "organising and leading a mafia-style group", murder and other crimes, the Xianning Intermediate People's Court said. They and three accomplices were sentenced to death.
  • Federal court: police can break down door and seize guns without warrant or charges

    05/23/2014 2:06:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Police State USA ^ | May 18, 2014 | staff
    MILWAUKEE, WI — The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not a violation of constitutional rights if police break down a citizen’s door, search the home, and confiscate firearms, so long that they believe it is in the citizen’s best interest. A Doctor’s Concern The lawsuit stems back to an incident that occurred on May 22, 2011. A psychiatrist, Dr. Michelle Bentle, phoned police to report that a patient had expressed a suicidal thought during an outpatient appointment; the woman had received some bad news and privately expressed grief during a difficult appointment. At approximately...
  • 7th Circuit upholds warrantless entry, seizure of gun rights activist

    05/14/2014 9:55:15 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 05/13/2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Milwaukee police who forced their way into a gun rights advocate's home without a warrant, took her for an emergency mental evaluation and seized her gun were justified under the circumstances and protected from her civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ruled. "The intrusions upon Sutterfield's privacy were profound," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for three-judge panel. "At the core of the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment is the right to be let alone in one's home." But the court also found, that on the other hand, "There is no suggestion that (police) acted for any reason other...
  • Bold 14-Year-Old Girl Confronts School Board After Dad Gets Arrested for Violating Two-Minute Rule

    05/09/2014 7:08:10 PM PDT · by massmike · 66 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 05/09/2014 | Jason Howerton
    Marina Baer watched her father get dragged away by a police officer after he violated the two-minute rule at a school board meeting in Gilford, New Hampshire. The dad, William Baer, was speaking out against the sexually graphic content found in a book assigned to his young daughter. Earlier this week, 14-year-old Marina confronted the school board over the incident, telling members: “I honestly don’t feel safe around you people.” “I just watched my father get arrested because he broke the two minute rule, at a board of education meeting,” she said. “This just shows that you resort to force...
  • DC Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Obamacare Origination

    05/09/2014 5:22:45 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/9/2014 | John Gizzi
    A federal appeals court heard arguments on Thursday that Obamacare is unconstitutional because it is a tax that originated in the Senate rather than the House and thus violates the Origination Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The case, Sissel v. Health and Human Services, was argued before a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with two jurists recently appointed by President Barack Obama and the other by President Bill Clinton. Appearing before the panel, Timothy Sandefur, co-counsel for the Pacific Legal Foundation that launched Sissel, said the House bill that became the Affordable Care Act in the...
  • Dad arrested while protesting sexually graphic book assigned to 14-year-old daughter

    05/07/2014 9:40:02 AM PDT · by topher · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue May 06, 2014 18:09 EST | Ben Johnson
    GILFORD, NH, May 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The father of a Gilford High School student was arrested at a school board meeting on Monday night after objecting that the school had assigned his 14-year-old daughter to read a pornographic book without his knowledge or consent. William Baer, an attorney who moved to New Hampshire from New Jersey, registered his complaint about the book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, which includes a graphic depiction of sex between two teenagers, at the local school board meeting.
  • Police can’t knock on your door and wait at front steps forever, court holds

    05/06/2014 9:55:55 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    Washington Post (Volokh Conspiracy0 ^ | May 1, 2014 | Orin Kerr
    The police are allowed to walk up to a house and knock on the door in an attempt to speak to residents inside. But if no one answers, how long can they stay at the door? Not for as long as 45 minutes, holds the Court of Appeals of Indiana in J.K. v. State. The court bases this conclusion on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Florida v. Jardines, which held that a knock-and-talk is permitted by implied social custom but that other steps such as bringing a drug-sniffing dog to the front steps go too far. From the...
  • US Marshal Shoots Defendant in Federal Court

    04/21/2014 11:33:36 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04/21/2014
    US Marshal Shoots Defendant in Federal Court A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said. Defendant Siale Angilau was hospitalized with at least one chest wound, FBI spokesman Mark Dressen said. The witness wasn't hurt. Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 29-count racketeering indictment filed in 2008 accusing gang members of conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offenses.
  • 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 FindLaw.com: 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...