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  • Judge OKs $9.25M settlement between Chicago schools, union

    09/07/2022 3:08:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 7, 2022
    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $9.25 million settlement by the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union in two long-running lawsuits stemming from the layoffs of hundreds of Black educators at underperforming schools, officials said Wednesday. Those eligible to receive payments under the settlement have until Friday to submit claims, attorneys for the teachers union said. Eligible to receive payments are all Black persons employed as teachers or para-professionals in any school or attendance center subjected to a “turnaround” policy that targeted schools that had been put on probation due to substandard test scores and...
  • Appeals court halts Sen. Lindsey Graham testimony in Georgia 2020 election probe

    08/21/2022 1:06:43 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 21, 2022 1:27pm | Mark Moore
    A federal appeals court ​on Sunday halted Sen. Lindsey Graham’s testimony before the grand jury investigating possible illegal efforts by allies of former President Donald Trump’s to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a request by the South Carolina Republican, temporarily blocked a decision by a federal judge in Atlanta that rejected Graham’s claim of congressional immunity and ordered him to appear before the special grand jury on Tuesday. ​ The three-panel appeals court returned the matter to ​US District Judge Leigh Martin May​ ​to decide whether the subpoena...
  • Former Police Officer Gets 7 Years in Prison in Jan. 6 Case

    08/15/2022 1:53:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    Front page ^ | Aug 15, 2022 | Lloyd Billingsley
    For carrying a “large wooden stick” on January 6 -- and for things the ex-officer said and believed.. Former police officer Thomas Robertson, who according to CBS News, “stormed the U.S. Capitol” on January 6, 2021, will spend more than seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Robertson, 49, was charged with interfering with police officers and “entering a restricted area with a dangerous weapon, a large wooden stick.” The seven-year sentence, handed down last Thursday, matches the longest prison term among the Jan. 6 cases to date. Its severity was not entirely the result of...
  • judge in Georgia has rejected the effort by Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC to avoid testifying before a special grand jury in Georgia

    08/15/2022 6:10:27 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 22 replies
    A federal judge in Georgia has rejected the effort by Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC to avoid testifying before a special grand jury in Georgia, which is investigating Donald Trump's efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss.
  • Judge revives Obama-era ban on coal sales from federal lands

    08/12/2022 11:39:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 12, 2022 | By MATTHEW BROWN
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands that was imposed under former President Barack Obama and then scuttled under former President Donald Trump. Friday’s ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris requires government officials to complete a new environmental review before they can resume coal sales from federal lands. Among President Joe Biden’s first actions in his first week in office was to suspend oil and gas lease sales — a move later blocked by a federal judge — and he faced pressure from environmental groups to take similar action...
  • Judge: Transgender girl can rejoin school’s softball team

    07/26/2022 1:54:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 26, 2022
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Indianapolis Public Schools to allow a 10-year-old transgender girl to rejoin her school’s all-girls softball team while a lawsuit continues against a state law that bans transgender females from competing in girls school sports. U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson in Indianapolis issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday on behalf of the girl, finding that she “has established that she has a strong likelihood of succeeding on the merits” of her claim. “She has also established that she would suffer irreparable harm for which there is no adequate legal remedy,” Magnus-Stinson wrote in her...
  • Man’s 63-month prison term matches longest in Capitol insurrection

    07/26/2022 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Coronal · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 26, 2022 | Michael Kunzelman
    A man who attacked police officers with poles during the riot at the U.S. Capitol was sentenced on Tuesday to more than five years in prison, matching the longest term of imprisonment so far among hundreds of Capitol riot prosecutions. Mark Ponder, a 56-year-old resident of Washington, D.C., said he “got caught up” in the chaos that erupted on Jan. 6, 2021, and “didn’t mean for any of this to happen.” “I wasn’t thinking that day,” Ponder told U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, asking her for mercy before she sentenced him to five years and three months in prison. That...
  • DOJ Tries to Silence Navarro

    06/08/2022 2:04:48 PM PDT · by blam · 70 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6-8-2022
    The Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to prevent former presidential adviser Peter Navarro from discussing publicly his recent arrest and litigating his legal case "through the media," it was reported. Navarro, a former aide to then-President Donald Trump, was arrested and indicted Friday on contempt charges after defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The DOJ filed a protective order request Wednesday with Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. "DOJ is asking Judge Mehta to quickly enter a protective...
  • Breaking! Obama-Appointed Judge Throws Out Trump’s Lawsuit to Block New York AG Letitia James’ Witch Hunt Investigation

    05/27/2022 12:36:45 PM PDT · by Macho MAGA Man · 27 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 27, 2022 | Cristina Laila
    A federal judge on Friday tossed Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block New York Attorney General Letitia James’ witch hunt investigation into the former president’s business practices. U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes for upstate New York, an Obama appointee, issued the ruling just one day after a state appeals court ruled Trump must testify under oath. “While the New York proceeding has been ongoing since August 2020, Plaintiffs have submitted no evidence that the subpoena enforcement proceeding has been conducted in such a way as to constitute harassment,” Sannes wrote in a 43-page decision. Trump’s lawyers said they will immediately appeal...
  • Armed Feds Pay a Visit: Amish Farmer Faces Hundreds of Thousands in Fines

    05/21/2022 10:25:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 68 replies
    IJR ^ | 5/21/22 | Jack Gist
    Amos Miller, an Amish farmer who runs a holistically managed small farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania, grows and prepares food in tune with nature, the way he believes God intended. This seems like a sound idea to the approximately 4,000 customers who purchase Miller’s meat, eggs and dairy products from his private, members-only food club. The federal government, however, appears to disagree. A federal judge recently ordered Miller to cease and desist all meat sales, Our Organic Wellness reported. U.S. marshals were deployed to search Miller’s property. They inventoried his stock to assure he doesn’t sell or slaughter more animals. In...
  • Judge tosses Trump lawsuit against Twitter

    05/07/2022 9:19:37 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 31 replies
    Nypost ^ | 05/07/2022 | Jon Levine
    A federal judge in San Francisco tossed a lawsuit from former President Trump against Twitter because of its decision to ban him from the platform after the January 6 riots in Washington D.C. In his suit, Trump alleged that Twitter and other social media companies which moved to curb his speech were acting as de facto government agents and were therefore infringing on his first amendment rights.
  • CNN Analyst: I Was 'Too Kind' To Call Trump 'Leader of a Terror Movement'

    Lumping Donald Trump with Osama Bin Laden? That's going too easy on the former president! At least, if you ask CNN's "national security analyst" Juliette Kayyem, a former Obama DHS assistant secretary. Appearing on Thursday morning's New Day, Kayyem said that when a year ago in an Atlantic article she depicted Trump as "the leader of a terror movement," she was, as she recently tweeted, actually being "too kind" to him!Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • U.S. Judge Nullifies Results of November Offshore Lease Auction Over Climate Impact

    01/28/2022 8:59:25 AM PST · by texas booster · 30 replies
    Offshore Engineer ^ | Jan 28 2022 | Nichola Groom and Valerie Volcovici
    A federal judge invalidated the results of an oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday saying the Biden administration failed to properly account for the auction's climate change impact. The decision has cast uncertainty over the future of the U.S. federal offshore drilling program, which has been a big source of public revenue for decades but also drawn the ire of activists concerned about its impact on the environment and contribution to global warming. The Gulf of Mexico accounts for 15% of existing U.S. oil production and 5% of dry natural gas output, according to...
  • Federal judge cites climate impact in revoking Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale

    01/28/2022 4:18:04 AM PST · by Political Junkie Too · 13 replies
    The Associated Press via NBC News ^ | January 27, 2022 | Unnamed "The Associated Press"
    WASHINGTON — A federal court has rejected a plan to lease millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling, saying the Biden administration did not adequately take into account the lease sale's effect on planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, violating a bedrock environmental law.The decision Thursday by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington sends the proposed lease sale back to the Interior Department to decide next steps. The judge said it was up to Interior to decide whether to go forward with the sale after a revised review, scrap it or take other steps.Environmental groups hailed...
  • We Are All Domestic Terrorists Now

    01/14/2022 5:56:54 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 13 Jan, 2022 | Julie Kelly
    Paul Hodgkins, according to Joe Biden’s Justice Department, is a domestic terrorist. A working-class man from Tampa, Hodgkins committed what Democrats and the media consider a murderous crime comparable to flying a packed jetliner into a skyscraper or detonating a truck filled with explosives under a crowded federal building. Paul Hodgkins entered the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. What exactly did Hodgkins do on that day of infamy? He followed a group of like-minded Donald Trump supporters SNIP When he entered the sacred Senate chambers, Hodgkins carried with him a weapon so offensive that the mere sight of the...
  • BOMBSHELL: Stewart Rhodes, Ray Epps, John Sullivan Subpoenaed to Testify in 1/6 Oath Keepers Case

    01/03/2022 9:06:24 PM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 18 replies
    National File ^ | 01/03/2022 | Tom Pappert
    The leader of the Oath Keepers and two of the men captured on video urging people to enter or proceed into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 have been subpoenaed by the defense to testify in the government’s case against Kelly Meggs, an Oath Keeper accused of conspiring to storm the Capitol.Stewart Rhodes, Ray Epps, and John Sullivan have been subpoenaed to testify at Meggs’ trial in a move defense attorney Jon Moseley told National File he believes will prove his client’s innocence, and will prove the entire prosecution to be politically motivated.
  • Capitol rioter Robert Palmer gets 5 years, harshest sentence yet

    12/17/2021 8:05:12 PM PST · by Coronal · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 17, 2021 | Patrick Reilly
    A Florida man was sentenced to more than five years behind bars Friday for storming the US Capitol on Jan. 6 — the harshest penalty dished out yet over the insurrection. Robert Palmer, 54, was handed a 63-month sentence after he pleaded guilty in October to attacking police officers during the riot. “Your honor. I’m really really ashamed of what I did,” he told US District Judge Tanya Chutkan through sobs on Friday. Federal prosecutors said Palmer, of Largo Florida, was on the “front lines” of the mob attempting to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020...
  • Judge goes beyond prosecutors' request with sentence for Jan. 6 couple

    12/17/2021 6:31:19 AM PST · by RandFan · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/21 06:12 PM EST | BY JOSEPH CHOI
    A U.S. district judge on Wednesday issued a sentence against a couple who took part in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that went beyond what prosecutors recommended, giving them jail time. The Department of Justice (DOJ) had asked that Brandon Miller and his wife Stephanie Miller be sentenced to home confinement as part of a 36-month probationary period. The Ohio couple was charged with entering the Capitol, with Brandon Miller livestreaming their actions on Facebook. As WUSA reported, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled, however, that their actions warranted time behind bars. "They didn’t just walk through a door. They...
  • Supreme Court returns Texas abortion case to appeals court

    12/16/2021 10:31:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 16, 2021 | By MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has formally returned a lawsuit over Texas’ six-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court that has twice allowed the law to stay in effect, rather than to a district judge who sought to block it. Justice Neil Gorsuch on Thursday signed the court’s order that granted the request of abortion clinics for the court to act speedily. But the clinics wanted the case sent directly to U.S. Judge Robert Pitman, who had previously though briefly blocked enforcement of the Texas abortion ban known as S.B. 8. When Pitman ordered the law blocked in...
  • Judge Rules for UNC in Admissions Case (over racial preferences)

    12/13/2021 8:53:52 AM PST · by karpov · 7 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | December 13, 2021 | George Leef
    In 2014, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed suit against the University of North Carolina. Its complaint argued that the university had engaged in intentional discrimination on the basis of race and ethnicity to the detriment of SFFA members. The suit followed in a line of cases challenging the admissions policies of universities, where students from certain groups were given preferences over students who were not in those groups. In a pair of 2003 cases involving the University of Michigan, the Supreme Court ruled that universities were in violation of the law if they used a rigid quota system (Gratz...