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  • Woman gets 6 years in prison for damaging pipeline

    09/22/2022 5:50:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 22, 2022 | By DAVID PITT
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge sentenced an Arizona woman on Thursday to six years in prison for using a cutting torch to damage the Dakota Access pipeline in Iowa and setting fire to pipeline equipment in three counties in 2016 and 2017. The judge also ordered Ruby Katherine Montoya, 32, to pay nearly $3.2 million in restitution together with Jessica Reznicek, a woman who helped her. Montoya pleaded guilty to conspiracy to damage an energy facility. She admitted to helping Reznicek and others damage the pipeline in several locations in Iowa. “The sentence imposed today demonstrates that...
  • ‘Central Park Karen’ Amy Cooper loses lawsuit against former employer

    09/22/2022 8:41:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 22, 2022 | Patrick Reilly
    US District Judge Ronnie Abrams rejected Cooper’s claim on Wednesday that she was defamed when ex-employer Franklin Templeton, a holding company, axed her one day after the viral altercation in Central Park. Cooper claimed that Franklin Templeton and its chief executive Jenny Johnson perpetuated her image as a “privileged white female ‘Karen’” by making public statements about firing her after conducting an investigation into the incident. In May 2020, Cooper went viral after video showed her yelling at birder Christian Cooper and calling the police to claim an “African American man” was “threatening” her while she was walking her dog...
  • Judge won't force disclosure of records on alleged episode with Hunter Biden's gun!

    09/14/2022 7:58:29 PM PDT · by AnthonySoprano · 20 replies
    Politico via MSN ^ | 09//13/2022 | Josh Gerstein
    A court has rejected a lawsuit seeking to force the public disclosure of federal records about a 2018 episode in which a gun belonging to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was allegedly thrown in a trash can. In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras found that the public interest in the handling of any investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into the episode was “significant,” but that the importance of Hunter Biden’s privacy as a private citizen outweighed the value of releasing any such records to the public. “The privacy interest here is...
  • 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...
  • Ex-NYPD officer sentenced to record 10 years for Jan. 6 riot

    09/02/2022 7:26:17 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 35 replies ^ | 9/2/22 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    Ex-NYPD officer sentenced to record 10 years for Jan. 6 riot Retired New York Police Department officer Thomas Webster leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Webster was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison for attacking the U.S. Capitol and using a metal flagpole to assault one of the police officers trying to hold off a mob of Donald Trump supporters. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) 1 of 7 Retired New York Police Department officer Thomas Webster leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Webster was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in...
  • Federal Court Blocks Arkansas Law Banning ‘Gender-Affirming’ Care for Minors

    08/25/2022 2:55:22 PM PDT · by fwdude · 48 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 25, 2022 | Madeline Leesman
    On Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that Arkansas cannot enforce a ban on “transgender” children receiving “gender-affirming” care. “Gender-affirming” care encompasses hormone therapy, puberty blockers and sex reassignment surgery. The 8th U.S. The Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking the state from enforcing the law, which prohibits doctors in the state from providing this type of care to anyone under 18 years old or referring them to other providers to receive treatment. The ACLU challenged the 2021 law on behalf of four families of transgender children and two doctors who provide “gender affirming” treatments.
  • Gender dysphoria covered by disability law, court rules

    08/25/2022 6:29:23 AM PDT · by devane617 · 49 replies
    AP ^ | 08/25/2022
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal ruling that gender dysphoria is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act could help block conservative political efforts to restrict access to gender-affirming care, advocates and experts say. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week became the first federal appellate court in the country to find that the 1990 landmark federal law protects transgender people who experience anguish and other symptoms as a result of the disparity between their assigned sex and their gender identity. The ruling could become a powerful tool to challenge legislation restricting access to medical...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Doctor known for spreading Covid misinformation is sentenced to prison for role in US Capitol attack

    06/16/2022 12:58:10 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | June 16, 2022 | Hannah Rabinowitz
    Dr. Simone Gold, a Beverly Hills woman known for spreading debunked claims about Covid-19 was sentenced on Thursday to 60 days in prison for illegally entering and remaining in the US Capitol during the January 6 insurrection. Gold, founder of the group America’s Frontline Doctors, was also ordered to pay a $9,500 fine – the largest fine imposed to date among the almost 200 rioters who have been sentenced. “Your organization is leaving people with the misimpression that this is a political prosecution or that it’s about free speech,” district Judge Christopher Cooper said as he imposed the sentence, slamming...
  • Ordering Sex-Change Surgery for Trans Cop, Obama Judge Equates it to Mastectomies for Cancer

    06/09/2022 5:59:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Georgia taxpayers will fund the costly “gender-affirming” surgery of a law enforcement officer because an Obama-appointed federal judge ruled that a county in the state’s central region violated the Civil Rights Act when its insurance company denied the operation. The chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgie, Marc Treadwell, writes in his opinion that the exclusion for the surgery, which is complicated and can cost tens of thousands of dollars, “plainly discriminates because of transgender status.” Enacted in 1964, the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national...
  • Time served for undocumented man in 2015 killing of Kate Steinle

    06/06/2022 9:15:47 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    KTVU ^ | June 6, 2022 | Associated Press
    A federal judge on Monday sentenced the undocumented man acquitted of murder in the 2015 shooting death of a woman on a San Francisco pier to the seven years he's already spent in jail -- bringing to a legal close the case that ignited a national firestorm over immigration, crime and sanctuary cities.

    06/02/2022 6:06:10 PM PDT · by Macho MAGA Man · 4 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | June 2, 2022 | Joe Hoft
    The We Build the Wall campaign to crowdfund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border was spearheaded by Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage and Steve Bannon, the erstwhile chief White House strategist to former President Donald Trump. Along with two associates, Kolfage and Bannon were indicted in August 2020 on charges that they siphoned donors’ money from the organization for their personal use. Steve Bannon was pardoned by President Trump. Brian Kolfage pleaded guilty after months of threats and abuse by his government. It should be noted that the We Build the Wall organization accomplished more than the US government and...
  • 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...
  • Judge Strikes Email, Testimony Suggesting Trump-Russia Claims May Have Been Fabricated

    05/26/2022 8:09:00 AM PDT · by gattaca · 35 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | May 26, 2022 | John Haughey and Zachary Stieber
    WASHINGTON—Testimony that suggested the Donald Trump-Russia claims given to the FBI by a Hillary Clinton lawyer may have been fabricated will be struck from the record, along with mention of the email that triggered the testimony, a judge has ruled. On Tuesday, FBI agent Curtis Heide was presented with an email sent by Rodney Joffe to researchers with the Georgia Institute of Technology dated Sept. 14, 2016. Joffe discussed one of the white papers Michael Sussmann, a lawyer representing both Joffe and the Clinton campaign, later handed over to the FBI alleging a secret link between Trump and a Russian...
  • 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...
  • Federal judge rules Indiana school must allow transgender student to use boys restroom

    05/17/2022 12:07:31 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 88 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2022 10:34am EDT | By Andrew Mark Miller
    A federal judge is standing by a previous ruling that an Indiana transgender student must be allowed to use the boys restroom. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, an Obama appointee, has denied a motion from the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville to put on hold a previous injunction forcing John R. Wooden Middle School to allow the transgender student to use the boys bathroom, WTHR-TV reported. Pratt ruled the district failed to show evidence that proved it would suffer "irreparable harm" if the student was allowed to use the boys restroom. "In addition, the School District has not presented any new...