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2022-08-17 20:01:27
by Tom Ramstack
Appeals Court Says Judicial Workers Can Engage in Political Activities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., this week refused to allow a series of restrictions on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., this week refused to allow a series of restrictions on the political activity of some judicial workers. The court’s ruling said the two workers who sued to block the restrictions... Read More

2022-08-16 13:08:46
by Dan McCue
DOJ Asks Judge to Keep Trump Search Affidavit Under Seal

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday asked a federal judge to keep sealed the sworn affidavit that provided the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday asked a federal judge to keep sealed the sworn affidavit that provided the in-depth explanation for why it needed to search former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, home. Republican allies of the... Read More

2022-08-12 21:10:09
by Tom Ramstack
Mistrial in Michigan Water Contamination Lawsuit Blamed on Jury Stress

FLINT, Mich. — A federal judge declared a mistrial Thursday in a lawsuit over contamination of the Flint, Michigan, water... Read More

FLINT, Mich. — A federal judge declared a mistrial Thursday in a lawsuit over contamination of the Flint, Michigan, water supply after jurors who were unable to reach a verdict told him they were too stressed to continue. After nearly... Read More

2022-08-11 20:38:59
by Dan McCue
Justice Department Files Motion to Unseal Search Warrant, Receipt From Trump Raid

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland broke his silence on Monday’s raid on the Palm Beach, Florida, home of former... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland broke his silence on Monday’s raid on the Palm Beach, Florida, home of former President Donald Trump, announcing that the Justice Department has filed a motion in the federal court in South Florida to... Read More

2022-08-10 16:06:29
by Dan McCue
Trump Pleads Fifth in New York Deposition

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump invoked his right against self-incrimination Wednesday during a deposition in the New York... Read More

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump invoked his right against self-incrimination Wednesday during a deposition in the New York attorney general’s office. Trump traveled to New York City from his home and golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to... Read More

Trump Says He's Testifying Wednesday in NY Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump will be questioned under oath Wednesday in the New York attorney general’s long-running civil investigation into his... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump will be questioned under oath Wednesday in the New York attorney general’s long-running civil investigation into his dealings as a real estate mogul, he confirmed in a post on his Truth Social account. Trump’s testimony comes amid... Read More

2022-08-09 20:13:36
by Dan McCue
Trump Can’t Keep Tax Returns From House Panel, DC Circuit Rules

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump cannot block Congress from obtaining his tax returns as part of a House investigation... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump cannot block Congress from obtaining his tax returns as part of a House investigation into audits of sitting presidents by the IRS, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision by the U.S. Court... Read More

2022-08-05 21:12:01
by Dan McCue
Bannon Asks Court to Toss Contempt Verdict

WASHINGTON — Former Trump Advisor Steve Bannon is asking a federal judge to throw out the guilty verdict against him... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Trump Advisor Steve Bannon is asking a federal judge to throw out the guilty verdict against him on a contempt of Congress charge, claiming a pretrial decision barring him from calling members of Congress as witnesses violated... Read More

2022-08-04 21:27:53
by Dan McCue
Middle Schoolers Secure Exoneration for Last ‘Salem Witch’

BOSTON — At long last, perhaps, Elizabeth Johnson Jr. can rest in peace. Last week, some 329 years after she... Read More

BOSTON — At long last, perhaps, Elizabeth Johnson Jr. can rest in peace. Last week, some 329 years after she was convicted of being a witch at the infamous Salem witch trials, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker formally pardoned her, doing... Read More

2022-08-03 16:55:49
by Tom Ramstack
DC Attorney General Loses Again in Antitrust Claims Against Amazon

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.’s attorney general lost again Monday in an attempt to hold Amazon.com liable for alleged antitrust violations.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.’s attorney general lost again Monday in an attempt to hold Amazon.com liable for alleged antitrust violations. Attorney General Karl A. Racine filed an anti-competition lawsuit last year that accused Amazon of unfair trade practices that included... Read More

2022-08-01 21:59:11
by Tom Ramstack
Appellate Court Ruling Supports FAA's Remote ID Rules for Drones

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court decision Friday will allow greater tracking of privately owned drones whose presence is growing... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court decision Friday will allow greater tracking of privately owned drones whose presence is growing in the sky nationwide — sometimes unwanted. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., affirmed the Federal Aviation... Read More

2022-07-29 14:52:48
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Braces Itself for Ruling on State Authority Over Elections

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried Thursday to prepare for another Supreme Court ruling that could upend conventional thinking, this... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried Thursday to prepare for another Supreme Court ruling that could upend conventional thinking, this time on state authority over federal elections. Depending on how the Supreme Court rules in the case of Moore v.... Read More

2022-07-28 20:49:12
by Madeline Hughes
Bipartisan Policy Center Digs Into Proposed Tech Antitrust Law

WASHINGTON — The proposed antitrust legislation aimed at large online companies in the Senate hinges on the courts to enforce... Read More

WASHINGTON — The proposed antitrust legislation aimed at large online companies in the Senate hinges on the courts to enforce the potential law to stop big online platforms from self-preferencing by placing their products and services first, which will open... Read More

2022-07-28 20:29:10
by Dan McCue
$10M Award Offered for Info on Foreign Interference in US Elections

WASHINGTON — The State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on foreign interference in... Read More

WASHINGTON — The State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on foreign interference in U.S. elections.  The effort, which is being administered by the department’s Rewards for Justice program, is seeking information leading to... Read More

2022-07-28 17:32:26
by Dan McCue
Bill Would Bar Use of Lyrics in Court Proceedings

WASHINGTON — A pair of Democratic congressmen are seeking to protect recording artists from the use of their lyrics as... Read More

WASHINGTON — A pair of Democratic congressmen are seeking to protect recording artists from the use of their lyrics as evidence against them in criminal and civil proceedings. On Wednesday, Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., introduced the... Read More

2022-07-22 20:32:49
by Tom Ramstack
Bannon Found Guilty of Defying Congressional Subpoena

WASHINGTON — A jury in Washington, D.C., Friday found former Trump White House Adviser Stephen K. Bannon guilty on two... Read More

WASHINGTON — A jury in Washington, D.C., Friday found former Trump White House Adviser Stephen K. Bannon guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the... Read More

2022-07-19 20:29:04
by Madeline Hughes
Early Loss for Musk as October Date Set for Twitter Trial

GEORGETOWN, Del. — Twitter’s lawsuit will move forward in a five-day trial in October, Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor Kathaleen... Read More

GEORGETOWN, Del. — Twitter’s lawsuit will move forward in a five-day trial in October, Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick ruled Tuesday. The ruling was a win for Twitter as the company had requested an expedited trial... Read More

2022-07-19 13:46:02
by Dan McCue
US Attorney Declines to Prosecute Colbert Team for Capitol ‘Disturbance’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has declined to press charges against staffers from “The... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has declined to press charges against staffers from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” who were arrested in June for allegedly trespassing in a congressional office building near the... Read More

2022-07-18 23:30:30
by Tom Ramstack
Prosecutors Select Jury in Bannon Contempt Trial

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors were promising a quick trial of former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon after choosing a jury in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors were promising a quick trial of former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon after choosing a jury in the case Monday in Washington, D.C. Bannon is being prosecuted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to... Read More

2022-07-13 16:42:10
by Reece Nations
Federal Judge Blocks Arizona Law Granting ‘Personhood’ to the Unborn

PHOENIX — U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Rayes on Monday ruled against an Arizona law passed last year granting civil... Read More

PHOENIX — U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Rayes on Monday ruled against an Arizona law passed last year granting civil rights to unborn fetuses after abortion rights groups argued in court the restrictions were unconstitutionally vague. Arizona enacted its “interpretation... Read More

2022-07-12 16:19:27
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Advisor Bannon Loses Motion to Delay His Trial on Contempt Charge

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon lost out Monday in his attempt to delay his trial for... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon lost out Monday in his attempt to delay his trial for contempt of Congress until mid-October. He said in his petition to U.S. District Court that recent hearings of the House... Read More

2022-07-08 18:55:54
by Tom Ramstack
Five Indicted for Spying and Harassing Chinese Dissidents Living in the US

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in New York indicted five men Thursday on charges of spying and carrying out... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in New York indicted five men Thursday on charges of spying and carrying out political repression against U.S. citizens who were critics of the Chinese government. One of the men indicted is a current... Read More

2022-07-05 20:44:38
by Tom Ramstack
Drug Distributors Win Lawsuit Accusing Them of Opioid Abuse

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. — A federal judge in West Virginia on Monday ruled in favor of drug distribution companies accused... Read More

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. — A federal judge in West Virginia on Monday ruled in favor of drug distribution companies accused in a lawsuit of creating a public nuisance by distributing opioids that kill thousands of Americans each year. The judge... Read More

2022-07-01 21:55:13
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Advisor Bannon Seeks a Trial Delay on Contempt Charge

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is asking a Washington, D.C., federal judge to delay his trial... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is asking a Washington, D.C., federal judge to delay his trial for contempt of Congress after recent hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the... Read More

2022-06-29 21:55:30
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Expands Veterans’ Rights to Sue States for Job Discrimination

WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday broadens the rights of veterans to sue state agencies for employment discrimination based... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday broadens the rights of veterans to sue state agencies for employment discrimination based on their military service. The ruling revives a lawsuit by a former Texas state trooper who said he was forced... Read More

2022-06-28 15:27:43
by Dan McCue
Bar Association to Honor Justice Breyer

CHICAGO — Justice Stephen Breyer, on the verge of retirement after 28 years on the Supreme Court, is being awarded... Read More

CHICAGO — Justice Stephen Breyer, on the verge of retirement after 28 years on the Supreme Court, is being awarded the ABA Medal, the highest honor conferred by the American Bar Association. Breyer, who for many years has served as... Read More

2022-06-27 21:21:14
by Dan McCue
Justices Side With Two Doctors Snared in Opioid ‘Pill Mill’ Case 

WASHINGTON — In a unanimous ruling the Supreme Court said on Monday that prosecutors must prove doctors knowingly misprescribed drugs... Read More

WASHINGTON — In a unanimous ruling the Supreme Court said on Monday that prosecutors must prove doctors knowingly misprescribed drugs to secure convictions against them for the unlawful distribution of controlled medicines, like opioids. The decision came down in a... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Stays FDA Ban on Juul E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday stayed the Food and Drug Administration's ban on sales of Juul Labs... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday stayed the Food and Drug Administration's ban on sales of Juul Labs Inc's e-cigarettes, after the company appealed the agency's order on the grounds the ban would cause it "irreparable harm." The... Read More

2022-06-23 13:35:57
by Dan McCue
8th Circuit Rules Boycotts Are Not Protected Free Speech

ST. LOUIS — An Arkansas law targeting boycotts of Israel did not infringe on constitutionally protected free speech rights because... Read More

ST. LOUIS — An Arkansas law targeting boycotts of Israel did not infringe on constitutionally protected free speech rights because it was intended to serve “a purely commercial purpose,” the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. The... Read More

2022-06-17 19:54:47
by Dan McCue
Cert Petition Decisions on Tuesday Could Spell the True End of Bivens Precedent

WASHINGTON — The line originally comes from Ecclesiastes 3 in the King James version of The Bible, but is likely... Read More

WASHINGTON — The line originally comes from Ecclesiastes 3 in the King James version of The Bible, but is likely better known to generations of music fans due to the autumn 1965 hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds. “To... Read More

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