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  • Ex-Bin Laden Henchman Freed From NJ Prison After Judge Deems Him Too Fat For Jail

    12/11/2020 11:30:10 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/11/20 | Tamar Lapin
    A former Osama bin Laden henchman convicted in two deadly 1998 bombings is free and living in the UK this week after being released early — thanks to a Manhattan federal judge who agreed the terrorist was way too obese to survive the coronavirus behind bars.Adel Abdel Bary, 60, had spent 21 years in a New Jersey prison for his role in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of two US embassies in Africa that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.“Defendant’s obesity and somewhat advanced age make COVID-19 significantly more risky to him than to the average person,” US District Judge...
  • Senator Whitehouse’s Threat to Judicial Independence

    11/25/2020 1:49:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 25, 2020 | Brian Darling
    As a former staffer for the Senate Judiciary Committee for Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH), I am offended by the actions of some Democrats in the Senate to threaten the independence of the federal judiciary. I have never been a fan of legislators filing amicus curiae, friend of the court, briefs, because Congress writes the laws. I am even less of a fan of Senators weighing in on cases that don’t involve any federal statute. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gave a keynote speech to the Federalist Society on November 12, 2020 where he addressed an interesting case of Senators filing...
  • Judge orders Twitter to reveal identity behind account that started Seth Rich conspiracy

    10/08/2020 11:56:00 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 08 2020 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Twitter to reveal who was behind the account that allegedly spread the conspiracy about the death of slain Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich. U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu in Oakland, Calif., ordered that Twitter must turn over information about the account @whyspertech. That account allegedly forged FBI documents falsely linking Rich’s killing to the Wikileaks hack of Democratic emails and provided them to Fox News. NPR first reported on the order. Twitter has sought to keep the identity of the user secret, arguing that disclosing that information would violate the First Amendment....
  • Notorious Views of the Notorious RBG

    09/22/2020 5:29:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | September 22, 2020 | Bill Murchison
    If Ken Starr, in The Wall Street Journal, praises his late friend Ruth Bader Ginsburg as humane, conscientious and just plain nice, that's good enough for me. We can talk later about who's going to take her Supreme Court seat and when. I am minded, in the meantime, to remember her less as a constitutional bulldozer and more as a jurist cognizant of considerations --tact and caution, chiefly -- that bolster a democratic republic's survival chances. Down to cases. Roe v. Wade, the 7-2 decision whereby the court turned abortion into a pregnant woman's personal right. A right Ginsburg supported...
  • Ohio limit of 1 ballot drop box per county blocked, appealed

    09/18/2020 9:34:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | September 18, 2020 | Julie Carr Smyth
    An Ohio judge has temporarily blocked the Republican secretary of state’s order limiting counties in the critical presidential battleground to one ballot drop box, and the state and Republicans have appealed. A judge in Franklin County, home to the state capital, blocked the directive Wednesday after Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who oversees Ohio elections, failed to voluntarily respond to his declaration that the order was arbitrary and unreasonable. The state immediately appealed, and the Ohio Republican Party followed suit late Thursday. The faceoff makes unclear how many drop boxes will be available to Ohio voters just 2½ weeks...
  • Where Is Joe Biden's Supreme Court List?

    09/11/2020 4:21:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 11, 2020 | Josh Hammer
    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump unveiled his much-anticipated new Supreme Court nominee "list." A whopping 20 names long, Wednesday's list includes figures from all walks of legal/political life: federal appellate court judges, federal district court judges, sitting U.S. senators, current and former Trump administration figures, current state officers and a former U.S. solicitor general. With the 24 viable names remaining from the three previous "lists" -- the first two of which were released during the 2016 presidential campaign and were crucial to ensuring religious conservative voter turnout for Trump -- there are now 44 candidates being publicly floated for the...
  • 7 Times John Roberts Was A Leftist Hack

    06/19/2020 7:02:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 19, 2020 | Kylee Zempel
    John Roberts is a politician — a politician who consistently makes laws, inconsistently applies the Constitution, and can't be voted out of office. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Unelected leftist politicians in robes with lifetime tenure. Turns out, the Supreme Court is a joke, and the punchline is Chief Justice John Roberts.Two high court decisions this week brought that reality into focus, when the George W. Bush-appointed chief sided with leftist justices to say sexual orientation is “sex,” and that the current commander in chief can’t undo unlawful executive action from a past president because of his reasons.Roberts has quite the...
  • Supreme Court rules existing civil rights law protects gay and lesbian workers

    06/15/2020 7:25:08 AM PDT · by John W · 94 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 15, 2020 | Pete Williams
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, a major victory for advocates of gay rights — and a surprising one from an increasingly conservative court. The decision said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person's sex, among other factors, also covers sexual orientation. It upheld rulings from lower courts that said sexual orientation discrimination was a form of sex discrimination. Across the nation, 21 states have their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on...
  • Supreme Court rules federal civil rights law protects LGBT workers

    06/15/2020 7:22:54 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 172 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 15, 2020` | Melissa Quinn
    Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is illegal for an employer to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, delivering a major victory in the fight for civil rights for LGBT people. The court's 6-3 ruling extends the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion, to include LGBT people. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch, who authored the majority's opinion, joined the liberal wing of the bench in ruling that "an employer who fires an...
  • Former Acting AG Whitaker speaks to Judge Sullivan's orders in Flynn case

    05/24/2020 12:29:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 24, 2020 | Talia Kaplan
    Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker reacted on “Sunday Morning Futures” to a federal appeals court directing the judge hearing the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to respond to a petition by Flynn for the charges against him to be thrown out. “There is no discretion of Judge [Emmet] Sullivan to not dismiss the case once the Department of Justice has decided to no longer pursue those charges,” Whitaker said in an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “I think ultimately it’s going to be a strange proceeding when the appeals court gets their filing from the...
  • Attorneys for Conn. High School Runners Ask Judge to Recuse after He Forbids Them from Describing Trans Athletes as ‘Male’

    05/11/2020 10:50:20 AM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies ^ | May 11, 2020 | JACK CROWE
    High-school athletes Selina Soule and Alanna Smith (Photo courtesy Alliance Defending Freedom)Attorneys representing three female high school track athletes in their effort to bar biological males from competing against them filed a motion on Saturday calling for the presiding judge to recuse himself after he forbid the attorneys from referring to the transgender athletes at issue as “males.” The ADF filed suit in February against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) on behalf of three girls — Selina Soule, Alana Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell. The suit challenges the CIAC policy allowing students to compete in the division that accords with...
  • United States v. Joseph

    04/12/2020 9:49:32 AM PDT · by RideForever · 6 replies
    U.S. District Court ^ | 3/23/2020 | District Court D
    121 Mar 18, 2020 ELECTRONIC NOTICE as to Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, Wesley MacGregor Resetting Hearing. The Motion Hearing on Motion 109 MOTION for Discovery of Grand Jury Instructions, 59 MOTION to Dismiss the Indictment Under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 12(b), 61 MOTION to Dismiss Indictment Under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 12(b), 105 Objection to Magistrate Judge's 86 Order as to Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and 106 Objection to Magistrate Judge's 86 Order as to Wesley MacGregor, currently scheduled for 4/2/2020, is reset for 6/2/2020 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 13 before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin. (Montes,...
  • A federal judge in Waco has dismissed 13 civil rights lawsuits filed by 45 bikers arrested after the May 2015 shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco

    04/09/2020 4:32:24 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    Harley Liberty ^ | 4/9/2020 | Tommy Witherspoon
    A federal judge in Waco has dismissed 13 civil rights lawsuits filed by 45 bikers arrested after the May 2015 shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco, a ruling that suggests more dismissals will be coming. U.S. Judge Alan Albright, in a 13-page order issued Monday, dismissed civil rights claims against the city of Waco, McLennan County, former District Attorney Abel Reyna, former Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman and a handful of other Waco and Texas Department of Public Safety officers. The 45 plaintiffs were among 192 bikers who were arrested and among 155 who were indicted in the Sunday noon-hour...
  • About That Federal Judges Meeting That Was Postponed...Was It About Rebuking Trump?

    03/03/2020 2:55:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 3, 2020 | Matt Vespa
    There’s been a lot going on—I know. But something might be going on with the Federal Judges Association and this aborted meeting about the president over the Roger Stone case. Attorney General William Barr noted that Trump’s tweets make his job more difficult. Then, there was an overreach by the media who suggested Barr could resign. He’s not going anywhere—and notice how that story died within36 hours. It was crap. Do we have another instance of the media getting it wrong with this FJA meeting that reportedly centered on rebuking Trump? The case that supposedly caused the organization to...
  • Hans von Spakovsky: ‘Remain-in-Mexico’ policy is needed to reduce illegal immigration [Good read]

    03/01/2020 9:26:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 1, 2020 | Hans von Spakovsky
    In a torturous, twisted interpretation of federal immigration law, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary court order Friday to block the Trump administration from continuing to implement its Migrant Protection Protocols, known informally as the Remain-in-Mexico policy. But shortly after issuing the ruling, the three-judge panel voted 2-1 to put a hold on it, preventing it from going into force until the federal government can file written arguments by the end of Monday in favor of the Remain-in-Mexico policy and plaintiffs can respond by the end of Tuesday arguing in favor of...
  • Severino: Trump's reshaping of ‘Ninth Circus’ appeals court has stopped a lot of 'liberal judicial activism'

    02/29/2020 5:55:45 PM PST · by ransomnote · 21 replies ^ | 02/24/20 | Talia Kaplan
    President Trump has reshaped the “notoriously liberal” U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, according to Carrie Severino, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network's chief counsel and policy director, who noted it was often referred to as the “Ninth Circus.”The former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made the comments Monday on “Fox & Friends” in response to a Los Angeles Times article titled “Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a ‘shock wave.’”  The article said that when President Trump talks about his accomplishments in office, “he frequently mentions his aggressive makeover of a key sector...
  • Trump Calls Out Sotomayor For Her Activism

    02/27/2020 4:46:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | February 27, 2020 | Sheriff David Clarke Ret
    President Trump is right to call out Justice Sotomayor, and other unelected black robed social justice activist hacks who are masquerading as non-partisan upholders of the rule of law. Remember when the United States Supreme Court carefully guarded their time-honored independence from the politics of the Executive and Legislative branches? In those days, rarely were they ever seen or heard from outside of rendering opinions, and they kept those decisions based on the law, not politics. Those days are over thanks to judges who believe it is their role to act as a super legislature. Recently Justice Sotomayor showed her...
  • The Roots of Our Partisan Divide

    02/23/2020 3:25:33 AM PST · by Jerrybob · 39 replies
    Imprimis, Hillsdale College ^ | 2/23/20 | Christopher Caldwell
    Here's a part: Let’s say you’re a progressive. In fact, let’s say you are a progressive gay man in a gay marriage, with two adopted children. The civil rights version of the country is everything to you. Your whole way of life depends on it. How can you back a party or a politician who even wavers on it? Quite likely, your whole moral idea of yourself depends on it, too. You may have marched in gay pride parades carrying signs reading “Stop the Hate,” and you believe that people who opposed the campaign that made possible your way of...
  • Cue the Lefty Hysteria: Justice Sotomayor Says Her Colleagues Are Biased in Favor of Trump

    02/22/2020 1:18:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | February 22, 2020 | Beth Bauman
    The Supreme Court on Friday issued a 5-4 ruling upholding the Trump administration's public charge rule, which withholds green cards from immigrants that are dependant on government welfare programs. Typically, the government looks at cash assistance programs but the Trump administration recently expanded that rule to include non-cash assistance programs, like food stamps, the Washington Free Beacon reported.  The policy follows under the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes a legal immigrant ineligible for a green card if they are deemed “likely at any time to become a public charge."Justice Sonia Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, at which point she...
  • Arizona Republicans discriminated against minority voters, court rules

    01/28/2020 9:55:14 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 46 replies
    The Guardian US Edition ^ | Jan 27, 2020 | staff
    A federal court has ruled Arizona Republicans’ ban on mail-in ballots is illegal and unconstitutional, calling it intentionally discriminatory toward people of color, who already face increased barriers to voting. The ruling is a major victory for the Democratic party, which filed the suit, and will likely make it easier for minorities to get their ballots counted in the largely red state.