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Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
Law
Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
2020-04-07 15:28:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Free speech advocates are expressing concern that criminal proceedings being held by closed circuit video during the coronavirus pandemic threaten to cut off the people’s right to know what’s happening in federal and state courts. A federal judiciary... Read More

Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
In The News
Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
2020-04-03 13:39:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has directed federal courts across the nation to conduct a search for surplus medical supplies after two Florida courts discovered such stockpiles and donated them to local hospitals. Employees in the... Read More

Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting
2020 Elections
Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting
2020-04-03 13:34:35
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday refused to push back the date of Wisconsin's April 7 presidential primary despite concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. U.S. District Judge William Conley's ruling came after listening to arguments Wednesday over whether the primary... Read More

FDA Asks Judge to Delay E-Cigarette Deadline, Citing Virus
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FDA Asks Judge to Delay E-Cigarette Deadline, Citing Virus

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration asked a federal judge to grant a 120-day delay for a deadline for e-cigarette manufacturers to submit applications to keep their products on the market. Citing “the exceptional circumstances presented by the global... Read More

Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
Law
Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
2020-03-31 16:08:39
by Dan McCue

Federal judges in three states blocked efforts to shutter abortion providers during the coronavirus outbreak. In Texas, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel held that the Supreme Court has already "spoken clearly" on a woman's right to abortion and therefore Texas... Read More

Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says
Law
Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says

A federal judge called on the U.S. government to speed the release of migrant children in detention centers to suitable adult guardians, saying there are serious questions about whether the facilities are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an order... Read More

Justice Department Proposes Pausing Court Procedures During Emergency
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Justice Department Proposes Pausing Court Procedures During Emergency
2020-03-25 16:21:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -The Justice Department is asking Congress to authorize courts to detain criminal suspects indefinitely without trials until the coronavirus subsides. The request would give chief federal judges the power to alter procedures for arrests, investigations and how the cases... Read More

Trump-Appointed Judge Playing Defense on Presidential Powers
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Trump-Appointed Judge Playing Defense on Presidential Powers

WASHINGTON — Democrats saw warning signs long before President Donald Trump nominated Neomi Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At the time, she was a White House lawyer who zealously defended Trump’s agenda.... Read More

Pa. Supreme Court Denies Gun Advocates’ Challenge to Coronavirus Clampdown
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Pa. Supreme Court Denies Gun Advocates’ Challenge to Coronavirus Clampdown

PHILADELPHIA — A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed a group of gun rights advocates’ legal challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide order closing all non-“life-sustaining” businesses, clearing the way for enforcement of the mandate to begin. In an order issued... Read More

US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
Supreme Court
US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
2020-03-16 16:07:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday postponed oral arguments scheduled for the rest of March, "in keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19." In a written statement the court said it "will examine the options... Read More

American Constitution Society Unveils Tool to Track Diversity of the Federal Bench
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American Constitution Society Unveils Tool to Track Diversity of the Federal Bench
2020-03-13 15:15:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The American Constitution Society has launched a new data tracker that will monitor the gender, racial and ethnic diversity of the nation's federal courts. According to the nonpartisan legal think tank, while the overwhelming number of judges who... Read More

Mueller Report Redactions Subject to Federal Judge’s Review
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Mueller Report Redactions Subject to Federal Judge’s Review

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., expressed doubt about Attorney General William Barr’s credibility and said he’ll conduct an “independent review” of the Mueller report to determine whether the Justice Department properly redacted it. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in... Read More

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