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  • “They Always Do It Within 24 to 48 Hours” – Attorney Sidney Powell Says Judge Sullivan Refuses to Sign Circuit Court Mandate and End General Flynn Case After 2 Weeks

    07/15/2020 3:43:43 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    GP ^ | 07/07/20 | Joe Hoft
    Jan Jekielek at the Epoch Times held an exceptional interview with General Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell a week ago where Powell’s entire timeline in regards to the government’s sham case against General Flynn was discussed.  This powerful interview is worth your time because it outlines the massive corruption surrounding the Flynn case that goes on to this day. We asked a week ago – What is Judge Emmet Sullivan waiting for?General Michael Flynn was lied to, set up multiple times before and after the Trump inauguration, excessively and to the point of illegally unmasked, targeted, ambushed in the White House,...
  • Supreme Court lifts stay for second federal execution this week [Developing]

    07/15/2020 2:03:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 15, 2020 | John Kruzel
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted another injunction on the Trump administration's rapid push to resume federal death sentences this week. A divided court lifted one of a handful of injunctions temporarily blocking the execution of a man whose lawyers say suffers from severe dementia. The vote was 5-4 with the liberal justices — Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — dissenting. DEVELOPING...
  • Judge Orders Halt To Federal Executions That Were Set To Resume This Week

    07/13/2020 9:47:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    NPR ^ | July 13, 2020·11:05 AM ET | Carrie Johnson
    A federal judge in Washington has blocked federal executions scheduled for this week, citing concerns that the lethal injection protocol involved is "very likely to cause extreme pain and needless suffering." Judge Tanya Chutkan said the last-minute ruling only hours before executions were set to resume for the first time in 17 years was "unfortunate," but she blamed the Justice Department for racing ahead before legal challenges had been fully aired. The judge said the prison's plan to use a single drug, pentobarbital, could cause pulmonary edema, producing a sense that the condemned men were drowning. That would violate the...
  • Supreme Court Petitioned to Decide if Forced Union Dues Must Be Refunded Following Landmark 2018 Janus Decision

    07/15/2020 8:44:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 15, 2020 | Mark Tapscott
    A Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) worker is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the union dues he was forced to pay must be returned, thanks to the 2018 Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) decision. Benito Casanova was forced to pay dues to the local chapter of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) that represents CTA workers. He is represented by attorneys for the National Right to Work Legal Foundation (NRTWLF). The Court held in Janus that public sector employees who do not wish to join a union cannot...
  • Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail in Epstein sex trafficking case

    07/14/2020 1:19:42 PM PDT · by Revel · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/14/20
    Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and ex-girlfriend of the late US convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been denied bail in a high-profile sex case. At a hearing via video link, a New York judge said she would remain in custody while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors for Epstein. Ms Maxwell, who pleaded not guilty, will go on trial in July 2021. Her lawyers had said she was at risk of contracting coronavirus in prison. Epstein died in prison on 10 August 2019 as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges.
  • US carries out the 1st federal execution in nearly 2 decades

    07/14/2020 10:33:17 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 49 replies
    SFgate ^ | July 14, 2020 | Michael Balsamo
    he U.S. on Tuesday carried out its first federal execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee, over the objection of the victims’ relatives and following days of legal wrangling and delays, revived the debate over capital punishment during a time of widespread social unrest. *** Lee, 47, of Yukon, Oklahoma, professed his innocence just before he was executed at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. “I didn’t do it," Lee...
  • Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to sex trafficking, abuse charges

    07/14/2020 10:28:19 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/14/2020 | Lia Eustachewich VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE GET AUTHOR RSS FEED July 14, 2020 | 1:21pm | Updated
    Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges she helped traffic young women for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. Maxwell appeared via video conference for her arraignment on a six-count indictment charging her with recruiting and grooming young women to be molested by Epstein. Prosecutors said she took part in some of the abuse herself. “How do you wish to plead to the charges?” Manhattan federal court Judge Alison Nathan asked. “Not guilty, your honor,” Maxwell replied in a raspy voice
  • Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities

    07/13/2020 7:56:47 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07 13 2020 | Justine Coleman
    A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration cannot withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities, affirming previous rulings in the state. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said its ruling that the Justice Department cannot block police funds from cities not enforcing immigration laws does not extend nationally, Bloomberg News reported. The decision follows rulings from three other regional federal appeals courts against the administration. But a New York court unanimously ruled in February that the department had the authority to withhold funds from the cities that do not comply with federal authorities' enforcement of...
  • Judge permanently blocks Georgia's 'heartbeat' abortion law

    07/13/2020 3:08:53 PM PDT · by Dacula · 71 replies
    Fox 5 Atlanta ^ | 07/13/2020 | N/A
    ATLANTA - A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat” abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against the state in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and an advocacy group. Jones had temporarily blocked the law in October, and it never went into effect. The new ruling permanently enjoins the state from ever enforcing House Bill 481. In his ruling, Jones said that part of the law "violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution." In response to the ruling, Gov. Brian Kemp said that his administration would...
  • Judge orders government to explain 'scope' of Roger Stone commutation (Berman)

    07/13/2020 9:51:17 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 108 replies
    Fox News ^ | 13 July 2020 | Brooke Singman
    A federal judge on Monday ordered the government to explain the “scope” of President Trump’s commutation of longtime GOP operative Roger Stone, including whether the move only involved the sentence of incarceration, or also the period of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the government to provide the court by Tuesday, July 14, “a copy of the Executive Order commuting the defendant’s sentence and to address the question of the scope of the commutation, in particular, whether it involves the sentence of incarceration alone or also the period of supervised release.” In February, Jackson sentenced Stone to...
  • U.S. judge delays first federal executions in 17 years

    07/13/2020 9:07:53 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 13, 2020 | Bryan Woolston
    ERRE HAUTE, Indiana (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge issued an injunction on Monday delaying what would have been the first federal execution in 17 years, scheduled for later in the day, thwarting at least for now the Trump administration’s goal of reviving capital punishment at the federal level. Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. district court in Washington ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to delay four executions scheduled for July and August to allow continuation of the condemned men’s legal challenges against a new lethal injection protocol announced in 2019. “The scientific evidence before the court overwhelmingly indicates...
  • Execution of Daniel Lee can proceed, federal appeals court rules

    07/12/2020 7:55:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Fox ^ | Brqadford Betz
    Chief District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ruled Friday in Indiana that the execution would be delayed because of concerns from the victims’ family about the coronavirus pandemic. The Justice Department (DOJ) argued that the judge’s order misconstrued the law and asked the appeals court to immediately overturn the ruling. The appeals court found that the claim from the victims’ family “lacks any arguable legal basis and is therefore frivolous." The Justice Department also argued that while the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has taken measures to accommodate the family and implemented additional safety protocols because of the pandemic, the family’s concerns “do...
  • Turlock Man Sentenced for Laser Strikes on Helicopter

    07/12/2020 6:43:02 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | July 6, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California
    FRESNO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd sentenced a Turlock man today to two years and three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for purposefully striking a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s helicopter with the beam of a powerful laser, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.In March 2018, Roger Shane John, 34, pleaded guilty. According to court documents, on the evening of Oct. 22, 2017, John struck a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s helicopter, Air 101, five to six times with a powerful green laser, causing visual interference of both the pilot and tactical flight...
  • Court rules against Obama 'deep state' job-security strategy

    07/12/2020 12:12:20 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 23 replies
    WND ^ | 7/11/2020 | WND Staff
    Political appointees are just that, appointees, and they can be removed from their jobs just about any time for any reason. Civil service employees, however, are another matter. They have more job protections than just about anyone else in the country. So it was a hit to the "deep state," the entrenched bureaucrats who wield immense power in the government, writing rules and imposing agendas, when a court released a recent decision. It ruled an employee who maneuvers around some of the requirements of the civil service system to change jobs – from appointee to civil servant – can be...
  • Judge postpones execution of inmate who was set to be first federal prisoner put to death in 17 years

    07/11/2020 8:21:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/10/2020 | David Shortell and Caroline Kelly, Veronica Stracqualursi and Ariane de Vogue
    Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, of the Southern District of Indiana, sided with the family of Lee's victims, who had pleaded for a delay given the coronavirus pandemic. Lee's death was expected to usher in a new era for the death penalty in the United States, and three other men convicted for murdering children were slated to be killed in the coming weeks. Earlene Peterson -- whose daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law were tortured, killed and dumped in a lake by Lee and an accomplice -- has opposed Lee's execution, telling CNN last year that she did not want it done in her...
  • Who Is Harold Koh?

    03/31/2009 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,819+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 31, 2009
    Law: President Obama's nominee for State Department legal adviser could be a future Supreme Court pick. He believes U.S. law should be based on foreign precedent, and even Shariah law could find a home here.We have commented many times on the opinion of a number of U.S. Supreme Court justices that American jurists should include foreign law and precedent in their decisions. In several prominent cases, this has already happened. In a speech in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the March 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision, in which a 5-4 majority ruled against executing murderers who were 17...
  • Judge Sullivan Appeals Order to Dismiss Flynn Case

    07/09/2020 2:06:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    GP ^ | 07/09/2020 | Kristinn Taylor
    Judge Emmet Sullivan filed an appeal Thursday of the 2-1 writ of mandamus ruling last month by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to dismiss the Justice Department case against former Trump National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (US Army Ret.) Sullivan is asking for an en banc hearing by the entire eleven judges on the appeals court. The main argument by Sullivan and Wilkinson seems to be, “Get off my yard!”: “The panel’s decision threatens to turn ordinary judicial process upside down. It is the district court’s job to consider and rule on pending...
  • Michael Flynn Judge Asks Full D.C. Circuit to Rehear His Case Against Immediate Dismissal of Prosecution

    07/09/2020 1:15:45 PM PDT · by bitt · 65 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | matt naham
    U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, through his counsel Beth Wilkinson, has asked for U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to rehear his case against the immediate dismissal of the Michael Flynn prosecution. The Thursday petition for rehearing comes after a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit granted Flynn’s petition for writ a mandamus on June 24, directing Sullivan to dismiss the case. “The panel majority granted the extraordinary writ of mandamus to prevent the district court from receiving adversarial briefing and argument on a pending motion. The opinion is couched as a fact-bound ruling based on...
  • Judge asks full federal appeals court to reconsider decision forcing him to drop Michael Flynn case

    07/09/2020 12:29:11 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 156 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/09/2020 | Dan Mangan
    The judge in Michael Flynn’s criminal case asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reconsider its ruling last month ordering him to dismiss the prosecution of the former national security advisor to President Donald Trump. Judge Emmet Sullivan’s lawyer asked for a so-called en banc review of the decision of the appeals court, which would involve all active judges on the court to re-hear the case.
  • Supreme Court Rules Nearly Half of Oklahoma is Indian Reservation

    07/09/2020 8:05:23 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 97 replies
    NYT ^ | July 9, 2020 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled by a 5-4 margin that nearly half of Oklahoma is an Indian reservation in the eyes of the criminal-justice system, preventing state authorities from prosecuting offenses there that involve Native Americans. The decision was potentially one of the most consequential legal victories for Native Americans in decades. It was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Westerner who has sided with tribes in previous cases and joined the court’s more liberal members.