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  • Judge Denies Donald Trump's Request to Decertify Joe Biden's Win in Georgia

    01/05/2021 11:56:39 AM PST · by Kevin C · 55 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Newsweek | ALEXANDRA HUTZLER
    President Donald Trump's last-minute legal bid to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia was denied by a federal judge on Tuesday. Ruling from the bench, U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen rejected the president's request for an emergency injunction to order the state legislature to choose a new slate of electors before the mandated congressional count takes place on January 6. The lawsuit was filed by Trump on New Year's Eve and accused Georgia officials of violating the state's election code in the handling and counting of mail-in ballots. The lawsuit also alleged state leaders conducted an "improper certification of...
  • Federal Judge Could Allow 200K Georgia Voters Purged in 2019 Be Restored for Runoff

    12/13/2020 4:40:26 AM PST · by knighthawk · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 11 2020 | PENNY STARR
    Federal Judge Steve C. Jones, a Barack Obama appointee, is set to decide whether some 200,000 people purged from the Georgia voter rolls in 2019 can be put back on, allowing them to cast a ballot in the January 5 runoff election for two Senate seats. The Law 360 website reported on the consequential case: U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones said at the end of a three-hour hearing Thursday that he’ll decide “pretty quickly” whether to grant a request by four multi-state voter and civil rights organizations to re-register the purged voters. Voter registration for Georgia’s senatorial runoffs, which...
  • GA Senate Runoff Election Cheat

    12/13/2020 8:03:57 AM PST · by RideForever · 89 replies
    12/13/2020 | Vanity
    GA law states that a runoff election is a continuation of a primary election; therefore only persons who voted in the primary can vote in the runoff less than a month from now. I contend that the knowledge exists to state the maximum number of votes possible in the coming runoff. All the Secty of State has to do is report the names of the voters from their vote history of who voted in the primary. From that list you delete the voters with address changes out-of-state. Clearly anyone recently registered is double-checked not to be on the runoff list...
  • For 2nd straight day, U.S. gov't to execute federal prisoner on Friday

    12/11/2020 6:07:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 11, 2020 / 6:44 AM | By Danielle Haynes
    Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. government on Friday plans to execute a man convicted of killing his 2-year-old daughter nearly two decades ago. Alfred Bourgeois, 55, is set to receive lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. He's awaiting a Supreme Court decision on his request for a stay. His attorneys said Bourgeois' execution would be unconstitutional because he is intellectually disabled and can't understand his punishment. They submitted evidence of IQ test scores of 70 and 75, as well as assessments by experts. The Eighth Amendment bans executing people with such impairments as cruel and...
  • Baffling: Supreme Court rejects pastor’s case involving violations of the ban on large gatherings

    11/28/2020 12:34:38 PM PST · by LibertyWoman · 64 replies
    BPR ^ | 11/28/2020 | Vivek Saxena
    Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has rejected a request from a Louisiana pastor who’d sought emergency relief from criminal charges he faces for the apparent crime of holding large church services in contravention of the state’s coronavirus rules. ... As the months passed, Spell wound up accruing three additional charges, making for a total of nine. Now fast-forward to last week, when he filed a motion with Justice Alito requesting an injunction against the charges he faces. ... For reasons that remain unclear, Alito outright rejected the request — meaning it won’t receive a full hearing in the Supreme Court...
  • Judge rules US media agency CEO's interference unconstitutional [VOA]

    11/21/2020 6:28:55 PM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Hill via MSN ^ | 21 Nov 2020 | Jordan Williams
    A federal judge ruled Friday that the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees Voice of America (VOA) and other networks, unconstitutionally interfered with the news service when he went after its journalists for alleged bias against President Trump, NPR reports. Five suspended officials from the USAGM sued CEO Michael Pack in early October, accusing him of violating the "firewall" that protects international broadcasters from political interference. The officials alleged that Pack and others investigated and punished journalists for negative stories about the president, as well as stories about now President-elect Joe Biden and the racial...
  • IN County Will Celebrate with Nativity Scene

    11/20/2020 6:32:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion to stay regarding a lower court decision allowing Jackson County to include the Nativity scene in its annual holiday display this year in front of the courthouse while the judges decide on the case. Liberty Counsel represents Jackson County, Indiana against the ACLU. Liberty Counsel recently presented oral argument before the three-judge panel defending the Nativity scene display at the Jackson County Courthouse. The holiday display which includes the Nativity has been ongoing for many years. After the 2019 display, the lower federal court ruled against the display. In addition to...
  • US judge blocks Trump Administration rule inhibiting unions

    11/19/2020 6:04:06 PM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 17 Nov 2020 | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump Administration rule that opponents said would have harmed the bargaining rights of more than 500,000 home healthcare workers in California and several hundred thousand additional workers across the nation. San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria found that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule changing Medicaid state payment requirements would have made it tougher for states to deduct employee benefits and union dues from workers’ paychecks... ...The agency had said it was required to make the change because the old system was barred by federal...
  • Judge halts federal execution in Terre Haute after lawyers contract virus at prison

    11/19/2020 3:50:08 PM PST · by RummyChick · 11 replies
    wishtv ^ | 11/19/20 | balsamo
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is temporarily blocking the federal government’s plan to execute the first female death row inmate in almost six decades after her attorneys contracted the coronavirus visiting her in prison. The order, handed down Thursday by U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington, prohibits the federal Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year. She was scheduled to be put to death on Dec. 8 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Montgomery’s attorneys had sought to delay the execution in order to file a clemency...
  • Federal Judge Throws Permanent Wrench into DeVos’s Plans to Send $16M in CARES Act Funds to Private Schools

    11/16/2020 9:04:00 PM PST · by kiryandil · 7 replies
    Law & Crime ^ | November 16, 2020 | Elura Nanos
    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just got to the official end of the line with her efforts to divert $16 million in public school COVID-relief funding to private schools. U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California James Donato signed a permanent injunction–made public Monday–that will formally end litigation begun last summer against the Department of Education (DOE). In July, Judge Donato, a Barack Obama appointee, quoted the late Justice Antonin Scalia when he called DeVos’s justification of the DOE’s pro-private school policy “interpretive jiggery-pokery in the extreme.” The Congressional CARES Act earmarked approximately $16 billion to help elementary...
  • Judges appear increasingly frustrated with Trump's legal claims about 2020 election (barf alert)

    11/16/2020 7:35:31 AM PST · by lowbridge · 31 replies ^ | November 16, 2020 | Matthew Mosk,Olivia Rubin, andAlex Hosenball
    The recent scene in Clark County, Nevada, has become increasingly common in courthouses around the country as President Donald Trump continues to push thinly supported allegations of election misconduct and fraud. When Republican lawyers in Nevada complained their observers were not close enough if they could not hear everything poll workers were saying, U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon pushed back. "At what point does this get ridiculous?" the exasperated judge, an appointee of President Barack Obama, asked before ruling against the Republicans. In court hearings and opinions around the country, judges are voicing similar frustrations with the Trump campaign's legal...
  • 2nd Circuit Denies Injunction Pending Appeal Of NY Governor's Cluster Zone Limits On Houses of Worship

    11/12/2020 6:02:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 11/10/20 | Howard Friedman
    In Agudath Israel of America v. Cuomo, (2d Cir., Nov. 9, 2020), the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision refused to grant an injunction pending appeal to a group of Jewish synagogues and to the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn in a case challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's restrictions on spots in which clusters of COVD-19 cases have broken out. (See prior posting.) The majority said in part: The Court fully understands the impact the executive order has had on houses of worship throughout the affected zones. Nevertheless, the Appellants cannot clear the high bar necessary...
  • Court Refuses Stay of Order On Creche Display

    11/10/2020 6:21:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 11/6/20 | Howard Friedman
    In Woodring v. Jackson County, Indiana, (SD IN, Nov. 3, 2020), an Indiana federal district court refused to stay its final judgment pending appeal in a case challenging the annual display of a creche on the county courthouse lawn. The court said in part: Because the crèche straddles the sidewalk subdividing the lawn and the more-secular figures are placed on the periphery, the venerable magi and hallowed manger share center stage. Id. Since the primary focus of the display is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, a reasonable observer would believe that Jackson County was endorsing a particular...
  • Court Document Shows Joe Biden Listed as Possible Witness With Son in Fraud Case

    11/02/2020 12:28:09 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 21 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | 11/02/2020 | Paul Sperry
    A federal judge named Joe Biden as a possible “witness” along with his son Hunter in a criminal fraud case last year that ended in the convictions of two of Hunter’s business partners, according to little-noticed court documents. The Democratic presidential candidate’s appearance on a witness list casts new doubt on his claims he knew nothing about his son’s shady business dealings. Hunter Biden blamed one of his convicted partners — Devon Archer — for his father's name appearing on a list of potential witnesses in a juror questionnaire in the case, which was filed Jan. 11, 2019. In a...
  • Immediate Attention: Minnesota Mail in voters

    10/29/2020 4:12:57 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    10/29/2020 | self
  • Second court blocks Trump's order to exclude undocumented immigrants from census

    10/22/2020 8:35:31 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 22 2020 | Harper Neidig
    A federal court in California on Thursday ruled against President Trump's order to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count for apportioning congressional seats, dealing the administration its second court loss over the July executive memorandum. A panel of three judges for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California ruled that the memo was unconstitutional and violated laws governing the census. "The policy which the Presidential Memorandum attempts to enact has already been rejected by the Constitution, the applicable statutes, and 230 years of history," the panel wrote in a 90-page decision. The order forbids the Commerce...
  • Church's Challenge To California COVID-19 Limits Rejected Again

    10/19/2020 6:21:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 10/17/10 | Howard Friedman
    In South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, (SD CA, Oct. 15, 2020), a California federal district court refused to grant a preliminary injunction to a church that challenged California's current COVID-19 restrictions on worship services. The state limits plaintiffs’ indoor worship services to the lesser of 25% of building capacity or 100 people. The church had earlier unsuccessfully appealed a challenge to an earlier version of state restrictions all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. (See prior posting.) According to the district court: Plaintiffs now argue ... that California’s “scientific pronouncements” are “largely baseless,” and that by “all...
  • Debunking the Fourth Circuit's Insane Transgender Ruling in Grimm v. Gloucester

    10/16/2020 7:38:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | October 16, 2020 | Jay Tucker
    On August 26, 2020 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in the case of Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board. The decision declared that rights of the plaintiff Gavin Grimm, a female student who considers herself male, were violated because the school board denied Grimm the right to access the boys' restroom and refused to amend school records to call her "male" after a court had ordered the state of Virginia to issue a new birth certificate indicating Grimm as a male. In justifying its opinion, the Court made many findings of fact...
  • Supreme Court Sides with Trump Administration to End 2020 Census Count

    10/13/2020 2:41:17 PM PDT · by wrrock · 13 replies
    TG ^ | 10/13/2020 | Evan
    -The Supreme Court on Tuesday paved the way for the Trump administration to end field operations for the 2020 census, blocking a lower court ruling that had prolonged the count. -As is usual for emergency situations, the ruling came in an unsigned order. -Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
  • Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration To End Census Early October 13, 20205:06 PM ET

    10/13/2020 2:45:20 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 13 Oct 2020 | HANSI LO WANG
    The Trump administration can end counting for the 2020 census after the Supreme Court approved a request for now to suspend a lower court order that extended the count's schedule. The high court's ruling, following an emergency request the Justice Department made last week, is the latest turn in a roller coaster of a legal fight over the timeline for the count... Justice Department attorneys say the Census Bureau is under pressure to meet a legal deadline of Dec. 31 for reporting to the president the first set of census results — the latest state population counts that determine each...