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  • ‘You can hear the Klan’s lawyers’: Federal judge likens Trump’s attacks on judiciary to KKK

    04/13/2019 9:43:15 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    WashPost ^ | 4-13-2019 | Reid Thiebolt
    President Trump has attacked the judiciary like few U.S. leaders before him, disparaging judges and their rulings as “dangerous,” “horrible” and “a complete and total disgrace.” Some of his supporters and fellow Republicans applaud and parrot him, but U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said he hears something sinister: echoes of a time when the Ku Klux Klan and the architects of the Jim Crow South attacked the courts for chipping away at segregation and racism. In a speech to the University of Virginia School of Law on Thursday, Reeves publicly criticized Trump’s aggressive responses to his administration’s losses in court...
  • Federal judge compares Trump to KKK, says president engaged in 'great assault on our judiciary'

    04/12/2019 4:06:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 98 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/12/19 | Alex Swoyer, Bailey Vogt
    A federal judge delivered a speech Thursday lambasting President Trump’s administration, saying the president has selected judicial nominees that do not represent the diversity of America. During a speech at the University of Virginia School of Law, Judge Carlton W. Reeves, an Obama appointee, compared the president to the Ku Klux Klan and called his administration a “great assault on our judiciary.” “When politicians attack courts as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach,’ you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South,” the judge said. He noted 90 percent of the president’s picks for...
  • Final Verdict: Liberal concedes defeat to Conservative in Wisconsin Supreme Court election

    04/11/2019 6:18:20 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 4 replies
    Legal insurrection ^ | April 10, 2019 at 3:00pm | William A. Jacobson
    A conservative victory in Wisconsin now is a done deal in the election to replace retiring uber-liberal Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
  • Judge blocks Trump's wait-in-Mexico asylum policy

    04/08/2019 11:04:05 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, April 8, 2019 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to stop its new policy of sending asylum-seekers who jumped the border back to Mexico to wait while their cases proceed, ruling Monday that the plan was likely illegal... Judge Richard Seeborg, an Obama appointee to the bench, said... Mexico is so dangerous that making asylum-seekers wait there — even if they’re not from Mexico — is untenable.
  • A Venezuelan-born Miami lawyer becomes one of the youngest U.S. lifetime judges ever

    04/06/2019 10:14:32 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | APRIL 04, 2019 | ALEX DAUGHERTY
    The U.S. Senate confirmed a Venezuelan-born Miami lawyer on Thursday to the federal bench in South Florida, the first judicial nominee confirmed after Senate Republicans changed the rules to lessen the power of the minority party during the confirmation process. Roy Altman, a lawyer at Miami firm Podhurst Orseck, was approved by the Senate to be a U.S. district judge in a 66-33 vote on Thursday, with 14 Democrats joining Republicans to confirm him. Republican Sen. Rand Paul joined 30 Democrats and two independents to vote against Altman’s nomination. Altman’s private work was centered on aviation law, and he represented...
  • Obama Judge: Illegal Alien Who Used FAKE Federal Docs to Get Driver’s License Did NOT Commit a Crime

    04/07/2019 8:34:35 PM PDT · by montag813 · 56 replies
    BorderPac ^ | 04-07-2019 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes According to a ruling by Obama-appointed federal Judge Beth Bloom, it is not a crime for an illegal alien to use fake federal documents to obtain a state license. Rubman Ardon Chinchilla is a roofer who lives in Broward County, Florida and has been illegally living in the US for decades. Chinchilla got busted using fake immigration documents in order to obtain a Florida driver’s license and was indicted on two counts of violating federal law. Chinchilla was one of 20 illegal aliens who was arrested for using an “Order of Supervision,” — this is a...
  • Judge tosses Trump executive order, restores Obama drilling ban

    03/31/2019 8:29:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 100 replies ^ | 3/31/2019 | Sudhin Thanawala
    President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, a U.S. judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in a decision late Friday threw out Trump’s executive order that overturned the bans that comprised a key part of Obama’s environmental legacy. Presidents have the power under a federal law to remove certain lands from development but cannot revoke those removals, Gleason said. “The wording of President Obama’s 2015 and 2016 withdrawals indicates...
  • Estonia is Building a “Robot Judge” to Help Clear Legal Backlog

    03/31/2019 4:32:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Futurism ^ | March 25th 19__ | Victor Tangermann
    Estonia, a tiny Northern European nation of fewer than 1.4 million inhabitants, has made impressive strides in digitizing, streamlining, and modernizing its government functions. Estonia famously launched its “e-residency” program that allows practically anybody — including foreigners — to access Estonian government services. Its digital national ID smartcard blazed the trail of next-generation government-issued IDs — despite its (significant) security vulnerabilities. And it’s not just the court system that’s getting an AI overhaul in the country — in fact, AI already has automated a number of government functions. It’s scanning satellite images with algorithms to determine if subsidized farming operations...
  • Judge rules Trump executive order allowing offshore drilling in Arctic Ocean unlawful

    03/30/2019 2:48:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 120 replies
    CNN ^ | March 30, 2019 | Kevin Bohn
    A federal judge in Alaska has ruled an executive order by President Donald Trump allowing offshore oil drilling of tens of millions of acres in the Arctic Ocean is "unlawful and invalid." The ruling on Friday from US District Court Judge Sharon Gleason means a drilling ban for much of the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska will go back into effect. On April 28, 2017, Trump issued an executive order reversing three memoranda and one executive order in 2015 and 2016 by then President Barack Obama withdrawing about 125 million acres of the Arctic Ocean from oil leasing. The Obama...
  • Leticia Astacio opens up to News10NBC about running for Rochester City Council

    03/29/2019 4:15:30 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 14 replies
    WHEC10 NBC ^ | 3/12/2019 | Beth Cefalu
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- It is official. Former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio confirms to News10NBC that she's running for Rochester City Council. On Monday night, Astacio opened up to News10NBC about her new campaign. Astacio's announcement comes three weeks before her felony trial. She is accused of trying to buy a shotgun at Dick's Sporting Goods, which violates the terms of her probation on her 2016 DWI conviction. If Astacio gets the appropriate amount of signatures, she can run. If she is convicted and sentenced to jail or probation, the New York State Board of Elections says she...
  • North Carolina Judge: Abortion Ban At 20 Weeks Is Unconstitutional

    03/27/2019 3:38:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 3/27/19 | Nick Visser
    A federal judge struck down a controversial law in North Carolina on Tuesday that banned abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge William Osteen declared the ban unconstitutional in response to a 2016 lawsuit filed by several abortion rights organizations. Osteen cited other successful lawsuits around the country that have taken down bans on abortions that were based on weeks of pregnancy or gestational events. His decision will allow women in the state to obtain an abortion at any time prior to the viability of a fetus, which Osteen said would need to be determined on a...
  • Judge blocks oil-drilling in Wyoming because of climate change

    03/21/2019 11:20:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 3/21/2019 | Rick Moran
    An outrageous ruling from a federal judge will halt hundreds of oil and gas drilling projects across 500 square miles in Wyoming because he says the government did not adequately take into account climate change when granting the leases on public lands. Talk about out-of-control Judiciary. NBC News: U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington appeared to go a step further than other judges in his order issued late Tuesday. Previous rulings focused on individual lease sales or permits. But Contreras said that when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management auctions public lands for oil and gas leasing, officials must...
  • Citing climate change, U.S. judge blocks oil and gas drilling in large swath of Wyoming

    03/21/2019 2:30:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/20/19
    BILLINGS, Mont. — A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more broadly as it leases huge swaths of public land for energy exploration. The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the past decade - including one last month in Montana - that have faulted the U.S. for inadequate consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when approving oil, gas and coal projects on federal land. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington appeared to go a step further than other...
  • Judge blocks Kentucky’s new law banning abortion of babies with beating hearts (Gov. Vows to Fight)

    03/19/2019 12:41:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 03/19/2019
    In the latest abortion-related legal battle to hit the state, a federal judge has temporarily blocked Kentucky officials from implementing their newly-enacted law banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Signed Friday by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, the law requires abortionists to check for a fetal heartbeat before aborting. If a heartbeat is found, committing the abortion would be a Class D felony (punishable by up to five years in prison) except in cases of medical emergencies, which would also have to be documented. The same day Bevin signed the law, Judge David J. Hale of the Western...
  • Senate confirms Neomi Rao to DC Circuit in party-line vote

    03/13/2019 1:22:12 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 13, 2019 | Melissa Quinn
    The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Neomi Rao, President Trump’s regulatory czar, to succeed Justice Brett Kavanaugh on a powerful federal appeals court viewed as a springboard to the Supreme Court... Four of the nine current justices Supreme Court justices served in the D.C. Court of Appeals. Rao is reportedly considered to be a possible contender for the Supreme Court should another vacancy open up... Rao, 45, served as the chief of the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and has played a crucial role in implementing Trump’s regulatory agenda. Prior to joining the Trump administration, she worked...
  • Ohio delays 3 executions after judge compares process to 'waterboarding'

    03/09/2019 4:29:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/07/19 | Danielle Haynes
    March 7 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday delayed the executions of three men on death row and asked corrections officials to review alternative methods of lethal injection after a federal judge compared the state's current process to waterboarding. The order came after Magistrate Judge Michael Merz issued a reprieve of execution for Warren Henness in January. The judge said Ohio's three-drug protocol for lethal injection would likely cause Henness "severe pain and needless suffering." Ohio was one of several states to alter the traditional drug protocol it used for decades in lethal injections after European drug companies...
  • 9th Circuit gets another Trump-picked judge, after White House bypasses consultation with Dems

    02/26/2019 11:22:21 PM PST · by knighthawk · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 26 2019 | Gregg Re
    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Trump's nominee to be a judge on the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a party-line vote -- and, in a historic snub, the White House ignored the input of the judge's two Democratic home-state senators in the process. The aggressive and unprecedented move to bypass the traditional "blue slip" consultation process and plow ahead with the confirmation comes as the Trump administration seeks to systematically erode left-wing dominance on the key appellate court, which Trump has called "disgraceful" and politically biased. With a sprawling purview representing nine Western states, the appellate court...
  • The Media Was Just Shut Out of the Roger Stone Case

    02/15/2019 4:31:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 44 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 15, 2019 6:10 PM | Beth Baumann
    Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the federal court for the District of Columbia on Friday placed a gag order in the case of Roger Stone.According to Fox News, Judge Berman signed an order telling Stone he must "refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case." The judge also told witnesses and council to keep from making statements to the media or general public near the courthouse. The reason? The statements could “influence any juror, potential juror, judge, witness or court officer or interfere with the administration of...
  • The Battle Over Neomi Rao For the Court of Appeals Is the Latest in the Judicial Wars

    02/06/2019 9:14:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/06/2019 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Republicans must stand up to Democrats’ attempt to damage a rising legal star. The battle to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court should have taught Republicans that any lingering illusions about civility or fair play go out the window when it comes to the efforts of Democrats to derail conservative nominees. But this week, the ongoing struggle for control of the courts may take another step yet further into the partisan abyss as hearings begin for his replacement on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Trump’s nominee, Neomi Rao, may have a sterling reputation as a legal scholar,...
  • Judge: California’s recent wildfires were caused by negligence…not ‘climate change’

    01/19/2019 3:54:23 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 28 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 1/19/19 | USA Features
    A federal judge on Thursday “tentatively” blamed poor maintenance of power lines and not human-caused “climate change” on California’s recent deadly wildfires. U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued his ruling regarding the actions of the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) utility company in a case related to PG&E’s response to the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed a number of people. But scores of liberals in California and beyond have blamed human-caused climate change for the wildfires.