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

Winner-Take-All Presidential Elector System Deemed Constitutional
Political News
Winner-Take-All Presidential Elector System Deemed Constitutional
2020-02-27 14:32:14
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court has declared the winner-take-all system 48 of 50 states use to assign their electoral college votes is constitutional. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court's dismissal of... Read More

Trump Flipped the 9th Circuit — and Some New Judges Are Causing a ‘Shock Wave’
Courts
Trump Flipped the 9th Circuit — and Some New Judges Are Causing a ‘Shock Wave’

When President Trump ticks off his accomplishments since taking office, he frequently mentions his aggressive makeover of a key sector of the federal judiciary — the circuit courts of appeal, where he has appointed 51 judges to lifetime jobs in... Read More

9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate
Voting
9th Circuit Tosses Arizona Ballot Rules Finding They Discriminate
2020-01-28 18:35:37
by Dan McCue

A divided federal appeals court overturned election rules in Arizona Monday on the grounds they discriminate against black, Latino and Native American voters. In a 7-4 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Arizona requirement that... Read More

Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
Courts
Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
2020-01-06 20:05:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued his year-end report on the judiciary last week, coming closer than ever to publicly commenting on the partisan divide that has gripped the federal government. "Each generation has an obligation to pass on... Read More

What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?
Health
What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?

Any day now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. At least it seemed that two of the three appeals court judges were leaning that way during oral arguments in... Read More

Trump May Withhold Tax Returns and Appear on Ballot, California Supreme Court Rules
2020 Elections
Trump May Withhold Tax Returns and Appear on Ballot, California Supreme Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Democrats have tried to force President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns, and Trump has resisted. The California Legislature, aiming at the president, passed a law this year to try to force Trump’s hand.... Read More

Trump Request Denied for Rehearing in House Tax-Records Case
In The News
Trump Request Denied for Rehearing in House Tax-Records Case

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court in Washington denied President Donald Trump’s request that it reconsider an earlier three-judge panel ruling refusing to quash a demand by House Democrats for records at Trump’s accountants Mazars USA LLP. Congress issued the... Read More

Trial to Determine Sanity for Capital Gazette Gunman Rescheduled for March
Criminal Justice
Trial to Determine Sanity for Capital Gazette Gunman Rescheduled for March

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anne Arundel County Judge Laura Ripken has set a new date for the trial to determine whether the Capital Gazette shooter was sane at the time of the mass shooting, according to the Maryland Judiciary. Slated to... Read More

Trump Not Immune From Manhattan DA’s Demand for Tax Returns, Federal Appeals Court Rules
Law
Trump Not Immune From Manhattan DA’s Demand for Tax Returns, Federal Appeals Court Rules

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is not entitled to Oval Office immunity that would block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. from obtaining copies of his tax returns, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 34-page ruling by the... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Election Despite Alleged Missing Votes
State News
Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Election Despite Alleged Missing Votes

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there wasn’t enough evidence to further dispute last year’s election for lieutenant governor, which had inexplicably low vote totals. An election can’t be overturned based solely on unusual vote counts in... Read More

Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
State News
Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
2019-10-18 21:18:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A circuit court judge in South Carolina heard more than two hours of oral arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging the state GOP executive committee's vote last month to forgo a 2020 Republican presidential primary. In the end,... Read More

State Court Halts Michigan Governor’s Flavored Vaping Ban
Health
State Court Halts Michigan Governor’s Flavored Vaping Ban

LANSING, Mich. — A state judge has granted a preliminary injunction to vape shop owners who opposed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s flavored vaping ban, temporarily stopping the state from enforcing emergency rules banning the sale of the products. The facts... Read More

Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror
Courts
Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Chief Judge Krista Marx said she wanted to make it clear to the residents of the county the limits of her authority when it comes to the question of intervening in the case that brought... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
Law
Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
2019-10-10 20:31:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court this week took up a question it has avoided in recent years: Whether the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution requires unanimous verdicts in criminal cases in both federal and state courts. In practice, the Bill... Read More

Appeals Court Upholds Claw Back of Net Neutrality Rules, With Caveat
Technology
Appeals Court Upholds Claw Back of Net Neutrality Rules, With Caveat
2019-10-01 18:27:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued a mixed ruling on the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 repeal of so-called net neutrality, allowing the claw back to stand while striking down a provision blocking states from adopting... Read More

Gorsuch Takes Audience Behind The Scenes of High Court in Archives Appearance
Supreme Court
Gorsuch Takes Audience Behind The Scenes of High Court in Archives Appearance
2019-09-17 18:01:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch may have been President Donald Trump’s first appointee to the high court, but onstage at the National Archive Monday night he seemed almost a throwback to a more gentlemanly and light hearted era. "I'm... Read More

Judge Leans Toward Blocking Trump Asylum Restriction Nationwide
Immigration
Judge Leans Toward Blocking Trump Asylum Restriction Nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge signaled he will probably block the Trump administration from enforcing restrictions on asylum applications anywhere along the Mexican border while the legality of the policy announced in July is being challenged. U.S. District Judge... Read More

Majority of  Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
Immigration
Majority of Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
2019-09-05 20:49:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When it comes to opposition talking points, the myth that Democrats advocate for "open borders" is both the most preposterous -- and persistent -- assertion of the still-young 2020 campaign season. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-described... Read More

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Role in State's Opioid Epidemic
Opioids
Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Role in State's Opioid Epidemic
2019-08-26 23:25:56
by Dan McCue

An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in fueling the state's opioid abuse crisis. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman's ruling concluded the first state opioid case to make it to... Read More

Federal Appeals Judge Removed from Case After Dispute Over Climate Change Seminar
Courts
Federal Appeals Judge Removed from Case After Dispute Over Climate Change Seminar
2019-08-20 19:02:46
by Tom Ramstack

A Washington, D.C. federal appeals court judge was removed from an upcoming high-profile environmental case last week after a dispute with a second judge over what was supposed to be a harmless invitation. It started with a simple advisory email... Read More

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