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  • Judge tells Capitol rioter supervision is necessary to protect democracy from ‘people like you’

    04/15/2022 1:20:50 PM PDT · by RandFan · 74 replies
    courthousenews ^ | April 14, 2022 | EMILY ZANTOW
    WASHINGTON (CN) — A federal judge imposed a prison sentence plus house arrest and probation on a Tennessee man who stormed the Capitol, saying the government wants to keep an eye on people like him as the 2024 presidential election approaches. U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell spoke at the Thursday hearing about the “conundrum” many sentencing judges are facing as they decide how to sentence a nonviolent Capitol riot defendant like Blake Reed, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of entering and remaining in a restricted building. There’s a trade-off in punishment, she said, with jail time on...
  • Capitol rioters’ social media posts influencing sentencings

    12/11/2021 7:09:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 31 replies ^ | December 11, 2021 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    For many rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, self-incriminating messages, photos and videos that they broadcast on social media before, during and after the insurrection are influencing even their criminal sentences. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson read aloud some of Russell Peterson’s posts about the riot before she sentenced the Pennsylvania man to 30 days imprisonment. “Overall I had fun lol,” Peterson posted on Facebook. The judge told Peterson that his posts made it “extraordinarily difficult” for her to show him leniency. “The ’lol’ particularly stuck in my craw because, as I hope you’ve...
  • Judge Amy Berman Jackson releases a 1/6 defendant after he writes a letter saying now hates Trump

    10/26/2021 3:32:54 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 46 replies
  • More than 130 federal judges broke the law and violated ethics by hearing cases involving companies they had a financial interest in over 11 years

    09/28/2021 8:56:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 28 September 2021 | ALEX HAMMER
    An investigation found that more than 130 judges violated US law by overseeing cases involving companies in which they or their family held direct stock.. The report found that these judges have improperly failed to recuse themselves from 685 US court cases since 2010.. Roughly two-thirds of the 131 jurists' rulings ended up being in favor of their or their family's financial interests.. Of the two-thirds of judges who disclosed stock holdings, about a fifth of them presided over at least one case that involved their stock ... Judges offered multiple explanations for their infringements when confronted . ... In...
  • This is How Far Left-Wing State Bars Are Now Going to Destroy Conservatives: Prosecution

    09/13/2021 4:45:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | September 13, 2021 | Rachel Alexander
    State bars have acquired a reputation for targeting conservative attorneys and destroying their ability to practice law, and now they are taking it to a new level — prosecution. It is practically unheard of — unless you’re being targeted — to be criminally prosecuted and arrested for not checking a box about an unrelated civil matter on a form, but that is what is happening to former Republican congressional candidate Jeffrey Moffatt. Moffatt, who many believe was targeted by the State Bar of Arizona because he and his wife both ran for office as Republicans, was indicted a week ago...
  • Barrett Concerned About Public Perception of Supreme Court

    09/13/2021 6:07:34 AM PDT · by rarestia · 79 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, 13 September 2021 07:07 AM | AP
    Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett expressed concerns Sunday that the public may increasingly see the court as a partisan institution. Justices must be “hyper vigilant to make sure they’re not letting personal biases creep into their decisions, since judges are people, too,” Barrett said at a lecture hosted by the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center. Introduced by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who founded the center and played a key role in pushing through her confirmation in the last days of the Trump administration, Barrett spoke at length about her desire for others to see the Supreme Court as...
  • US Capitol riot defendant jailed after watching MyPillow CEO's conspiracy symposium while prohibited from going online

    09/03/2021 2:20:44 PM PDT · by BusterDog · 37 replies
    This is CNN ^ | September 2, 2021 | Marshall Cohen
    The QAnon supporter who chased Officer Eugene Goodman near the Senate chamber during the US Capitol insurrection was sent back to jail Thursday, in part because he violated the rules of his release by going online to access conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. Those conditions included a prohibition on using the internet -- to keep Jensen away from the QAnon conspiracy, which he previously admitted to investigators was the reason he breached the Capitol. But when court officials made their first unannounced visit to check on Jensen at his home last month, they found him in his garage, using...
  • Democrats Are Remaking the Federal Courts at a Record-Breaking Pace

    08/31/2021 4:46:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 31, 2021 | John Lott Jr
    With the narrowest of Senate majorities, resident Biden is remaking the federal courts at a record-breaking rate. Biden has successfully confirmed twice as many federal Circuit and District Court judges as any modern president had at this point in their presidencies. The record pace isn’t because Biden is making nominations more quickly, but because the Senate, with the help of Lindsay Graham, are confirming them more quickly. By the end of his administration, Trump had confirmed 54 Circuit Court judges, but was only able to bring the courts into rough political balance, with Republicans controlling seven of the Circuit courts...
  • 9th Circuit Denies En Banc Review Of Football Coach's Challenge To Dismissal For On-Field Prayer

    07/23/2021 6:42:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 9/20/21 | Howard Friedman
    In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, (9th Cir., July 19, 2021), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a sua sponte request for a rehearing en banc in the case of a high school football coach who insisted on prominently praying at the 50-yard line immediately after football games. A 3-judge panel upheld upheld a Washington state school board's dismissal of the coach. (See prior posting.) The denial of the rehearing however generated six concurring and dissenting opinions and statements spanning 92 pages, reflecting sharp differences. Judge Smith's opinion concurring in the denial of review says in part: Unlike...
  • Federal Court Rules CDC’s COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium of Non-Paying Tenants Is Unlawful

    07/23/2021 6:38:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 07/23/2021 | Jack Phillips
    A federal court on Friday ruled that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overstepped its authority by halting evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Cincinnati-based U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed (pdf) with a lower court ruling that said the CDC engaged in federal overreach with the eviction moratorium, which the agency has consistently extended for months. Several weeks ago, the CDC announced it would allow the policy, which was passed into law by Congress, to expire at the end of July.“It is not our job as judges to make legislative rules that favor one side...
  • Tom Barrack, former Trump inaugural chair, released on $250 million bond

    07/23/2021 3:37:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    NBC 'News' via MSN ^ | 7/23/21 | Tom Winter, Dareh Gregorian
    Former Trump inaugural committee chair Tom Barrack on Friday was released from federal lockup in California on a $250 million bond ahead of his scheduled arraignment in New York on charges he acted as an agent of the United Arab Emirates and obstructed justice. As part of the terms of his release, Barrack, 74, is subject to electronic monitoring and will have to foot the bill for his GPS ankle bracelet, Judge Patricia Donahue ordered, signing off on an agreement that had been worked out between the government and Barrack's attorneys. Barrack, a private equity investor and founder of the...
  • Ninth Circuit Favors Washington Church in Case Against State Abortion Coverage Mandate

    07/23/2021 2:51:11 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 07/23/2021 | Matt Hadro/CNA Nation
    A Washington church won its case against a state abortion coverage mandate on Thursday, in a ruling by a federal appeals court.Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington had filed a complaint in March 2019 regarding a state law that required employers – including churches – to cover abortions if their health plans also included maternity coverage. While state law allowed religious groups not to pay for abortion coverage, it required it to be available to enrollees; the church argued that it could not find a health plan without abortion coverage included.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that...
  • Biden's quiet court drive

    07/23/2021 12:36:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | July 22, 2021 | Jonathan Swan, Sam Baker, Hans Nichols
    President Biden and the Democratic-controlled Senate have installed more federal judges during the first six months of his presidency than any administration since Richard Nixon's. Why it matters: While Democrats may spend more time talking publicly about vaccines and infrastructure, the rapid pace of both nominations and confirmations shows judges are one of the party's most urgent priorities. President Trump pushed through his own slate of judges to boost conservatives for decades. By the numbers: Biden has had eight federal judges confirmed since taking office on Jan. 20. * Six months into their presidencies, Trump and George H.W. Bush had...
  • On eve of trial, U.S. seeks to drop yearlong visa fraud case against UC Davis Chinese researcher

    07/23/2021 9:54:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    A year ago Tang Juan was among those charged by the US Department of Justice in connection with an alleged scheme to lie about their status as members of China’s military while in the US conducting research. (Department of Justice)In documents filed in federal court in Sacramento, prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss a charge of visa fraud against Juan Tang but gave no reason why. The trial was set to begin on Monday. A message seeking comment from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento was not returned.
  • Pa. court upholds order closing restaurant for violating Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 mask mandate

    07/23/2021 8:15:18 AM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 23 July A.D. 2021 | Matt Miller
    A state appeals court Friday refused to overturn an order that closed a Pennsylvania restaurant for disobeying Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions requiring its workers and customers to wear face masks. The Commonwealth Court panel’s decision in the case of The Crack’d Egg of Pittsburgh marks the defeat of yet another legal challenge to the validity of directives Wolf issued amid the pandemic. Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer noted in the Commonwealth Court opinion that the state Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the governor’s emergency authority to issue those edicts. The Crack’d Egg case involves a battle between the restaurant owners...
  • Nonprofit Sues HHS to Immediately Stop Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines

    07/23/2021 8:12:21 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 23 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 7/22/21 | Li Hai
    America’s Frontline Doctors, a nonprofit, filed a motion on July 19 seeking immediate injunctive relief to stop the emergency use authorization (EUA) of COVID-19 vaccines for three groups of Americans: anyone under the age of 18, anyone who has recovered from COVID-19, and those who haven’t given informed consent as defined by federal law. The motion was filed against Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other defendants in a federal district court in the Northern District of Alabama. “The emergency declaration and its multiple renewals are illegal,” the complaint (pdf) alleges. According to...
  • Appeals Court Holds 18 to 20-year-olds Have Second Amendment Rights

    07/23/2021 4:26:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 20, July, 2021 | Dean Weingarten
    On 13 July, 2021, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a three-judge panel issued an opinion that held 18-20-Year-Old people have Second Amendment rights. To people who have studied the Second Amendment and the supporting documents at the Founding, this is an unsurprising conclusion. From the decision, p. 24:As with any matter of constitutional interpretation, “our inquiry begins with the text of the Constitution.” Altman v. City of High Point,330 F.3d 194, 200 (4th Cir. 2003). Both the text and structure of the Second Amendment, along with its place within the Constitution as a whole,...
  • Briahna Joy Gray: Supreme Court's 'workaround' for Garland daughter's clerkship is not 'available to all'

    07/23/2021 2:59:02 AM PDT · by gattaca · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 21, 2021 | The Hill
    Briahna Joy Gray, co-host of the “Bad Faith” podcast, said Wednesday that while the Supreme Court announced that a clerkship awarded to one of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s daughters would not take place while her father is in office, similar “workarounds” have not always been given to others in comparable situations. In an interview on Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Gray said that a Black friend of hers was denied a federal court clerkship in a southern state because his uncle was a magistrate judge on that court. “There are nepotism rules in place at a number of institutions that seem to not...
  • Mississippi asks U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade

    07/22/2021 8:09:11 PM PDT · by Conservat1 · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | Jul 22, 2021 | Pete Williams
    The state is appealing lower court rulings that struck down a law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court in Washington on Jan. 22, 2021.Stefani Reynolds / Bloomberg via Getty Images file
  • Mississippi asks the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

    07/22/2021 3:04:09 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/22/2021 | Ariane de Vogue
    CNN — Mississippi's attorney general told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Roe v. Wade was "egregiously wrong" and should be overturned as she urged the justices to allow a controversial law that bars most abortions after 15 weeks to go into effect. "The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition" state Attorney General Lynn Fitch told the justices in a new brief, launching the opening salvo in the most important abortion-related dispute the court has heard in decades. Fitch said that the case for overruling Roe is "overwhelming." Roe v....