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2022-06-17 16:15:16
by Tom Ramstack
Judges Concerned for Safety as Threats Against Them Grow

WASHINGTON — A panel of judges at an American Bar Association conference said Thursday that Congress should act quickly to... Read More

WASHINGTON — A panel of judges at an American Bar Association conference said Thursday that Congress should act quickly to ensure their safety amid growing threats. Panelists during a webinar based in Washington said the ability of the judiciary to... Read More

2022-05-23 20:24:49
by Tom Ramstack
Leak of Employee Survey to Media Prompts DC Courts Investigation

WASHINGTON — The federal judiciary in Washington, D.C., is investigating how embarrassing results of an employee survey were leaked to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The federal judiciary in Washington, D.C., is investigating how embarrassing results of an employee survey were leaked to the media recently. The confidential survey revealed that some employees of the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of... Read More

2022-05-03 23:13:54
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Hearing on Judicial Code of Ethics Overshadowed by Supreme Court Leak

WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing Tuesday started as a discussion of a proposed new code of conduct for the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing Tuesday started as a discussion of a proposed new code of conduct for the U.S. Supreme Court but quickly turned to outrage over a leaked draft copy of a ruling that would overturn most abortion... Read More

NYPD Veteran Convicted of Assaulting Officer in Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury on Monday convicted a New York Police Department veteran of assaulting an officer during the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury on Monday convicted a New York Police Department veteran of assaulting an officer during the U.S. Capitol riot, rejecting his claim that he was defending himself when he tackled the officer and grabbed his gas... Read More

2022-05-02 20:36:25
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Tosses Out RNC Bid to Block Select Committee Subpoena 

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has tossed out a Republican National Committee bid to block a subpoena to a third-party... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has tossed out a Republican National Committee bid to block a subpoena to a third-party vendor from the select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, siege on the U.S. Capitol by angry supporters of then-President... Read More

2022-04-28 15:02:41
by Dan McCue
Elon Musk Wins Suit Over Tesla Purchase of Rooftop Solar Company

WILMINGTON, Del. — In a week in which his planned purchase of Twitter is dominating headlines, Elon Musk scored a... Read More

WILMINGTON, Del. — In a week in which his planned purchase of Twitter is dominating headlines, Elon Musk scored a victory of another sort on Wednesday, prevailing in a shareholder lawsuit over electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla’s purchase of SolarCity, a... Read More

2022-04-25 19:45:45
by Dan McCue
New York Judge Finds Former President Trump in Contempt

New York, N.Y. — Former President Donald Trump is in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena... Read More

New York, N.Y. — Former President Donald Trump is in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena issued by N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James, a New York judge has ruled. The order, handed down by Judge Arthur... Read More

Judge: Georgia Voters Can Challenge Greene's Reelection Run

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled that a group of Georgia voters can proceed with legal efforts... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled that a group of Georgia voters can proceed with legal efforts seeking to disqualify U.S Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene from running for reelection to Congress, citing her role in the deadly... Read More

2022-04-18 19:23:24
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Strikes Down Mask Mandate for Travel

TAMPA, Fla. — A federal judge in Florida struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask mandate for... Read More

TAMPA, Fla. — A federal judge in Florida struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask mandate for travel on Monday, less than a week after the agency extended the public health mandate through May 3. In her... Read More

2022-04-13 23:26:34
by Tom Ramstack
Accused Spies Granted Bail as Secret Service Investigates

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., released two accused spies on bail Wednesday after prosecutors failed to show... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., released two accused spies on bail Wednesday after prosecutors failed to show they were flight risks or a threat to national security. The two men, Haider Ali and Arian Taherzadeh, had been... Read More

Ex-Officer Convicted of Storming Capitol to Disrupt Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury convicted a former Virginia police officer of storming the U.S. Capitol with another off-duty officer to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury convicted a former Virginia police officer of storming the U.S. Capitol with another off-duty officer to obstruct Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. Jurors on Monday convicted former Rocky Mount police officer Thomas Robertson of... Read More

2022-04-08 21:33:10
by Tom Ramstack
Jackson’s Appointment to Supreme Court Leaves Powerful Judicial Vacancy in DC

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson’s elevation on Thursday to the Supreme Court leaves open a judgeship on what is often... Read More

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson’s elevation on Thursday to the Supreme Court leaves open a judgeship on what is often considered the second most powerful court in the United States. Jackson resigned her post as a judge on the U.S.... Read More

Jury Deadlocked on Some Charges in Whitmer Kidnap Plot Trial

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A jury said Friday it has reached decisions on “several” of the 10 charges but... Read More

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A jury said Friday it has reached decisions on “several” of the 10 charges but was deadlocked on others in the trial of four men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. U.S. District Judge... Read More

Michigan Governor Sues to Secure Abortion Rights, Vacate Ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sued Thursday to protect abortion rights, asking a Michigan court to recognize a... Read More

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sued Thursday to protect abortion rights, asking a Michigan court to recognize a right to abortion under the state constitution and to overturn a 176-year-old ban in the state that may take effect... Read More

Ex-Police Officer Faces Jury Trial on Capitol Riot Charges

Over a year ago, two off-duty police officers from a small town in Virginia were charged with storming the U.S. Capitol together.... Read More

Over a year ago, two off-duty police officers from a small town in Virginia were charged with storming the U.S. Capitol together. A trial for one of them starts this week. The other could be a key prosecution witness. The trial of former... Read More

$14M Jury Award for Protesters Could Resonate Around US

DENVER (AP) — A federal jury’s $14 million award to Denver protesters hit with pepper balls and a bag filled... Read More

DENVER (AP) — A federal jury’s $14 million award to Denver protesters hit with pepper balls and a bag filled with lead during 2020 demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis could resonate nationwide as courts weigh... Read More

Official Guilty of Illegally Entering Capitol Grounds Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday convicted an elected official from New Mexico of illegally entering restricted U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday convicted an elected official from New Mexico of illegally entering restricted U.S. Capitol grounds but acquitted him of engaging in disorderly conduct during the riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.... Read More

Capitol Riot Trial Opens for Cowboys for Trump Founder

WASHINGTON (AP) — An elected official from New Mexico has vowed to ride a horse to court on Monday for... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — An elected official from New Mexico has vowed to ride a horse to court on Monday for his trial on charges that he illegally entered the U.S. Capitol grounds on the day a pro-Trump mob disrupted the certification of... Read More

Opioid Crisis Victims to Confront Purdue Pharma's Owners

NEW YORK (AP) — Their advocacy helped send Purdue Pharma into bankruptcy and is forcing the family that has controlled... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Their advocacy helped send Purdue Pharma into bankruptcy and is forcing the family that has controlled the company for generations to relinquish ownership and provide billions of dollars for communities to combat opioid addiction. But what... Read More

2022-02-28 23:05:51
by Tom Ramstack
Jury Selection Begins for First Defendant’s Trial After Jan. 6 Riot

WASHINGTON — Jury selection got off to a rough start Monday in Washington, D.C., for the trial of accused Jan.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Jury selection got off to a rough start Monday in Washington, D.C., for the trial of accused Jan. 6, 2021, insurrectionist Guy Reffitt as attorneys ran into difficulties finding objective jurors. All the prospective jurors knew about the... Read More

2022-02-23 15:42:30
by Dan McCue
4th Circuit Upholds Decision to Block SC’s ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

RICHMOND, Va. — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to temporarily block South... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to temporarily block South Carolina’s ban on abortions after six weeks. Signed by Republican Gov. Henry McMaster last year, the law requires doctors to... Read More

Jury Deliberating Hate Crimes Case in Ahmaud Arbery Killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — They chased and killed a running Black man who was unarmed and committed no crimes, leaving... Read More

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — They chased and killed a running Black man who was unarmed and committed no crimes, leaving a trail of racist text messages and social media posts in the months and years before the shooting. Whether the... Read More

Judge Rejects Plea Deal for Man Who Killed Ahmaud Arbery

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge rejected a plea agreement Monday that would have averted a hate crimes trial... Read More

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge rejected a plea agreement Monday that would have averted a hate crimes trial for the white man convicted of murder for fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery, whose parents angrily objected to the deal as unfair and... Read More

Prosecutors: Video Will Show Three Cops Violated Floyd's Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Witness testimony will get underway in earnest Tuesday at the federal civil rights trial of three... Read More

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Witness testimony will get underway in earnest Tuesday at the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers accused of failing to intervene as fellow Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by pressing his knee into the... Read More

2022-01-24 21:29:44
by Tom Ramstack
Sarah Palin Diagnosed With COVID Before New York Times Lawsuit Trial

NEW YORK — Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was diagnosed with COVID-19 this weekend, which delayed her defamation lawsuit against... Read More

NEW YORK — Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was diagnosed with COVID-19 this weekend, which delayed her defamation lawsuit against The New York Times that was scheduled for a trial beginning Monday. Palin reported her illness to Judge Jed Rakoff... Read More

Assange Wins First Stage in Effort to Appeal US Extradition

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won the first stage of his effort to overturn a U.K.... Read More

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won the first stage of his effort to overturn a U.K. ruling that opened the door for his extradition to U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges. The High Court in... Read More

Jury in Federal Trial in Floyd Killing Appears Mostly White

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal... Read More

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has “absolutely nothing”... Read More

2021-12-28 22:10:15
by Dan McCue
DC Circuit Upholds FCC Decision to Clear Path for Next-Gen Wi-Fi

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2020 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to free up... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2020 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to free up the 6 GHz band for next-generation Wi-Fi. Writing for the unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

2021-12-16 21:50:27
by Tom Ramstack
Judge Orders Hospital to Offer Unapproved Drug to COVID Patient

FAUQUIER COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia judge ruled last week that a hospital has no authority to block a family’s... Read More

FAUQUIER COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia judge ruled last week that a hospital has no authority to block a family’s choice to be treated for COVID-19 with the controversial drug ivermectin. The drug is not approved by the Food and... Read More

Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Floyd’s Death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George... Read More

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck — even after he... Read More

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