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Trump Ally Bannon Talks Tough After Court Appearance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon appeared before a judge to face criminal contempt charges for defying a subpoena from... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon appeared before a judge to face criminal contempt charges for defying a subpoena from Congress' Jan. 6 committee, then declared combatively outside court that he was “taking on the Biden regime” in fighting the... Read More

2021-11-11 22:59:31
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Accuse US Judges of Bias in Hiring Law Clerk Accused of Racism

WASHINGTON — Democratic members of Congress are asking for an investigation of two federal judges who hired a law clerk... Read More

WASHINGTON — Democratic members of Congress are asking for an investigation of two federal judges who hired a law clerk they say has a "history of nakedly racist and hateful conduct." Seven members of the House Judiciary Committee wrote a... Read More

2021-10-11 18:20:58
by Reece Nations
Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court Following Brief Suspension

Just days after a preliminary injunction allowed health care providers to resume performing abortions, a three-judge panel of the U.S.... Read More

Just days after a preliminary injunction allowed health care providers to resume performing abortions, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily restored a Texas law banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.... Read More

Former US Defense Secretary Testifies in Holmes Fraud Trial

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified Wednesday in the trial of fallen tech... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified Wednesday in the trial of fallen tech star Elizabeth Holmes, saying the entrepreneur misled him into believing she was on the verge of rolling out a blood-testing... Read More

Plea And a Trial Loom in Next Month for Giuliani Associates

NEW YORK (AP) — The October illegal campaign contribution trial of an associate of Rudy Giuliani — and a guilty... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — The October illegal campaign contribution trial of an associate of Rudy Giuliani — and a guilty plea set to occur this week by a second associate — puts a spotlight on Giuliani as a criminal probe... Read More

2021-09-03 20:25:45
by Dan McCue
Judge Declines to Toss Blankenship Suit Against Donald Trump Jr.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal Judge in West Virginia has refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by one-time... Read More

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal Judge in West Virginia has refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by one-time coal magnate Don Blankenship against Donald Trump Jr. The lawsuit stems from comments Trump Jr., son of former President Donald... Read More

2021-09-03 20:23:50
by Dan McCue
‘QAnon Shaman’ Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge Stemming from Jan. 6 Riot

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona man who wore a fur hat with horns and decorative body paint as he joined... Read More

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona man who wore a fur hat with horns and decorative body paint as he joined the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge and could serve... Read More

2021-09-01 20:45:52
by Alexa Hornbeck
Jury Selection Begins In Fraud Trial of Theranos Founder

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jury selection is underway in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, a one-time darling... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jury selection is underway in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, a one-time darling of Silicon Valley now facing felony charges alleging she duped elite financial backers, customers and patients into believing that her... Read More

Conservative Hoaxers Face $5.1M Fine for Election Robocalls

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two conservative hoaxers face a record $5.1 million fine for allegedly making illegal robocalls to wireless... Read More

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two conservative hoaxers face a record $5.1 million fine for allegedly making illegal robocalls to wireless phones without the owners' consent in the 2020 election. The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that the proposed fine for... Read More

2021-08-20 20:14:49
by Dan McCue
Capitol Hill Bomb Threat Suspect Faces Weapons of Mass Destruction Charge

WASHINGTON -- Floyd Ray Roseberry, the North Carolina man who engaged in an hours-long standoff with police in front of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Floyd Ray Roseberry, the North Carolina man who engaged in an hours-long standoff with police in front of the Library of Congress Thursday afternoon, is now facing a federal weapons of mass destruction charge. Roseberry learned of the... Read More

2021-07-26 13:00:04
by Dan McCue
Judge Grants FTC More Time to File Amended Complaint Against Facebook

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday gave the U.S. Federal Trade Commission until Aug. 19 to file an amended... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday gave the U.S. Federal Trade Commission until Aug. 19 to file an amended complaint in its antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,... Read More

2021-07-20 21:07:55
by Tom Ramstack
Man Who Threatened Federal Judge Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

A man who threatened a federal judge presiding over prosecution of a Trump national security adviser was sentenced in Washington,... Read More

A man who threatened a federal judge presiding over prosecution of a Trump national security adviser was sentenced in Washington, D.C. Monday to 18 months in prison. Frank J. Caporusso, a 53-year-old electronic parts salesman, had pleaded guilty to threatening... Read More

Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court... Read More

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The one-paragraph decision by a three-judge... Read More

2021-07-18 12:06:09
by Dan McCue
President Calls for Ending DACA Uncertainty After Court Declares Program 'Illegal'

President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, by executive order in 2012,... Read More

President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, by executive order in 2012, a federal judge ruled Friday. But U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, presiding in the federal court in Houston, stopped short... Read More

2021-07-12 20:22:03
by Tom Ramstack
Diversity Among Federal Judges Sought by Congressional Panel

WASHINGTON -- Legal experts who testified to Congress Monday gave qualified support to President Joe Biden’s plan to make the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Legal experts who testified to Congress Monday gave qualified support to President Joe Biden’s plan to make the federal judiciary more diversified. They said a judiciary that looks like the rest of America’s population was more likely to... Read More

2021-06-25 13:54:57
by Tom Ramstack
Cameras in Courts Proposal Wins Early Support in Senate

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved bills Thursday to put video cameras in federal courts in a move that ups... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved bills Thursday to put video cameras in federal courts in a move that ups the chances more of the proceedings will reach household televisions soon. If the proposed legislation wins as expected in a... Read More

Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to... Read More

2021-06-21 23:51:02
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Says Marshals Service Unable to Properly Protect Judges

WASHINGTON -- A new Department of Justice audit found the U.S. Marshals Service is too understaffed and poorly equipped to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A new Department of Justice audit found the U.S. Marshals Service is too understaffed and poorly equipped to adequately protect the nation’s judges. The report was partly a response to the killing last year of a New Jersey... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was... Read More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for... Read More

2021-06-15 14:49:45
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday in what could be a move for her toward the Supreme Court. Jackson, 50, was nominated to... Read More

2021-06-08 21:05:36
by Tom Ramstack
Virginia Teacher Reinstated After Dispute Over Transgender Students

A judge on Tuesday ordered a Leesburg, Va., elementary teacher reinstated in his job after he was suspended for refusing... Read More

A judge on Tuesday ordered a Leesburg, Va., elementary teacher reinstated in his job after he was suspended for refusing to address transgender and nonbinary students according to their gender preferences. Physical education teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross refused to address... Read More

Johnson & Johnson Asks High Court to Void $2B Talc Verdict

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is asking for Supreme Court review of a $2 billion verdict in favor of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is asking for Supreme Court review of a $2 billion verdict in favor of women who claim they developed ovarian cancer from using the company's talc products. The case features an array of high-profile... Read More

2021-03-30 20:09:15
by Dan McCue
First Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees is Diversity Personified

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s first slate of judicial nominees is a marked departure from the mostly white and mostly... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s first slate of judicial nominees is a marked departure from the mostly white and mostly male picks of the Trump years. In all, Biden named 11 individuals he’d like to see on the bench, 10... Read More

2021-03-26 18:54:43
by Tom Ramstack
Pre-Trial Reforms Struggle to Balance Rights of Defendants and Crime Victims

WASHINGTON -- As Congress struggled Friday to find the fine line between protecting crime victims and suspects in pre-trial proceedings,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- As Congress struggled Friday to find the fine line between protecting crime victims and suspects in pre-trial proceedings, federal prosecutors were trying to recover from an embarrassing blunder. In both cases, the federal government seeks to eliminate stumbling... Read More

2021-03-24 16:01:30
by TWN Staff
Kansas Welcomes First Woman of Color to Appellate Court Bench

The Kansas Senate has confirmed two women to serve on the state's court of appeals, including the first woman of... Read More

The Kansas Senate has confirmed two women to serve on the state's court of appeals, including the first woman of color to serve in that position. In doing so, the Senate took steps to assure itself neither woman would be... Read More

2021-02-19 15:15:36
by Tom Ramstack
British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents

A ruling by Britain's top court last week that said Royal Dutch Shell oil company could be liable in English... Read More

A ruling by Britain's top court last week that said Royal Dutch Shell oil company could be liable in English courts for pollution by its subsidiary in Nigeria, is likely to expand the company’s potential liability abroad. The court’s decision... Read More

2020-10-27 13:13:56
by Sean Trambley
Corporate Pro Bono Initiatives Deliver Legal Aid to Those Who Need It Most

When Gwen Boyd-Willis was released from a Georgia women’s prison after a four-month sentence for fraudulently using an ATM card... Read More

When Gwen Boyd-Willis was released from a Georgia women’s prison after a four-month sentence for fraudulently using an ATM card left in a machine, she faced new barriers to gaining employment and becoming a productive member of society. Candid with... Read More

2020-08-17 15:59:49
by Tom Ramstack
Appeals Court Rules That Only Men Can Be Drafted by U.S. Military

Only men can be drafted into the U.S. military, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled last week. The... Read More

Only men can be drafted into the U.S. military, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled last week. The ruling was based on a lawsuit filed by the advocacy group National Coalition for Men and two men who alleged... Read More

2020-08-10 14:35:28
by Tom Ramstack
Court Ruling Denies Insurance For Restaurants Hit by Pandemic

WASHINGTON - A District of Columbia judge’s ruling this week is the latest court judgment that absolves insurers from obligations... Read More

WASHINGTON - A District of Columbia judge’s ruling this week is the latest court judgment that absolves insurers from obligations to cover the losses of businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. A group of restaurants sued their insurer after the company... Read More

2020-06-25 19:43:30
by Tom Ramstack
Judges Tell Congress Internet Video Will Make Courts More Accessible

WASHINGTON - Judges and lawmakers at a congressional hearing Thursday left little doubt that Internet video and teleconferencing will become... Read More

WASHINGTON - Judges and lawmakers at a congressional hearing Thursday left little doubt that Internet video and teleconferencing will become permanent parts of court proceedings soon. They described the emergency procedures instituted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as an... Read More

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