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2021-10-21 21:29:42
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Raids DC Home of Russian Oligarch Allegedly Linked to 2016 Influence-Peddling

WASHINGTON -- An FBI search of the Washington, D.C. home of a Russian oligarch this week is moving the Justice... Read More

WASHINGTON -- An FBI search of the Washington, D.C. home of a Russian oligarch this week is moving the Justice Department into the political minefield that comes from mixing foreign policy with legal enforcement. The FBI conducted what it called... Read More

2021-10-19 22:10:21
by Dan McCue
Fortenberry Accused in Indictment of Lying to FBI

WASHINGTON — Nine-term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nine-term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents investigating campaign contributions illegally made to him by a Nigerian billionaire. The... Read More

2021-10-12 19:47:57
by Tom Ramstack
Lawsuit Challenges Law Banning ‘Ghost Gun’ Sales

WASHINGTON -- Guns are again playing a big role in the courts and politics of Washington, D.C. after a champion... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Guns are again playing a big role in the courts and politics of Washington, D.C. after a champion of Second Amendment rights filed a new federal lawsuit to challenge a local law that seeks to restrict some firearms. ... Read More

2021-10-11 21:13:43
by Tom Ramstack
American University Students Appeal Tuition Refund Ruling

WASHINGTON -- Three American University students are appealing a ruling that dismissed their lawsuit demanding tuition refunds after the COVID-19... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Three American University students are appealing a ruling that dismissed their lawsuit demanding tuition refunds after the COVID-19 pandemic compelled a transition to online learning. They argue the university breached a contract and received unjust enrichment after they... 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

2021-10-08 15:43:29
by Dan McCue
Don’t Need a Clairvoyant to Know Court’s Position on Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme

MIAMI, Fla. - Three individuals and two companies have been permanently enjoined from operating an international mail fraud scheme offering... Read More

MIAMI, Fla. - Three individuals and two companies have been permanently enjoined from operating an international mail fraud scheme offering unwary consumers psychic, clairvoyant or astrological services, the Justice Department said on Friday. Robert Lhez, Mireille Dayer and Julie Poulleau,... Read More

2021-10-06 16:06:14
by Dan McCue
ABA Guidance Aims to Aid Lawyers Confronted With Communications Challenges

CHICAGO -- The American Bar Association released a formal opinion Wednesday intended to aid lawyers in situations in which they... Read More

CHICAGO -- The American Bar Association released a formal opinion Wednesday intended to aid lawyers in situations in which they and their clients do not share a common language or the client has a condition or disability that makes communication... Read More

2021-10-04 20:22:15
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Holds DC Not Entitled to Vote in Congress

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that denied District of Columbia residents a voting... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that denied District of Columbia residents a voting member in the House of Representatives. As is their custom, the justices did not explain the rationale behind their summary... Read More

2021-10-04 20:08:06
by Tom Ramstack
Ruling Clears Way for More Lawsuits Against D.C. Ban on Carrying Guns

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge’s ruling last week cast the District of Columbia back into disputes over gun rights at... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge’s ruling last week cast the District of Columbia back into disputes over gun rights at a time the murder rate is renewing calls for legislative reform. The judge ruled the District of Columbia must compensate... Read More

What's Old is New Again: Justices Back at Court for New Term

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is beginning a momentous new term with a return to familiar surroundings, the mahogany... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is beginning a momentous new term with a return to familiar surroundings, the mahogany and marble courtroom that the justices abandoned more than 18 months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. Abortion, guns and... 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

Officials: Many Migrants From Border Camp Staying in US

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the... Read More

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate... Read More

2021-09-17 21:05:19
by Dan McCue
Authorities Say They’re Ready, Come What May, for Saturday’s J6 Rally

WASHINGTON -- Empty streets, a large police presence and a smattering of tourists taking photographs of the newly installed security... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Empty streets, a large police presence and a smattering of tourists taking photographs of the newly installed security fence lent a somber air to Capitol Hill Friday as preparations continued for Saturday’s J6 rally. It was a reminder,... Read More

2021-09-13 18:44:14
by Dan McCue
Fencing Surrounding Capitol to Return Ahead of Sept. 18 Rally

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of... Read More

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the building will return ahead of a follow up rally by Trump supporters on Sept.... Read More

2021-09-10 13:49:54
by Victoria Turner
Federalist Society Event Focuses on Competition and Antitrust Issues

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s controversial executive order on competition was the topic being discussed at a Federalist Society event... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s controversial executive order on competition was the topic being discussed at a Federalist Society event held Thursday.  The July 9 Executive Order 14036 entitled, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” seeks to address competition issues... Read More

2021-09-09 21:09:41
by Dan McCue
Justice Department Sues to Block Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits nearly all abortions in the state. The move came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the... Read More

2021-09-08 18:21:15
by Dan McCue
New, Pro Bono Legal Defense Network Hopes to Aid Harried Election Officials

The temptation is to liken them to the undeterable posse that pursed Robert Redford and Paul Newman to the end... Read More

The temptation is to liken them to the undeterable posse that pursed Robert Redford and Paul Newman to the end of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” “Who are those guys?” Butch asks so often toward the closing credits of... 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

2021-09-02 20:34:36
by Tom Ramstack
Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week that a public school teacher must be reinstated after he... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week that a public school teacher must be reinstated after he was suspended for refusing to use transgender students’ preferred names and pronouns. The teacher, physical education instructor Tanner Cross, cited... 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

Judge Set to Rule on Purdue Pharma's Opioid Settlement Plan

A federal bankruptcy judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to accept a settlement between OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma,... Read More

A federal bankruptcy judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to accept a settlement between OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, the states and thousands of local governments over an opioid crisis that has killed a half-million Americans over the last... Read More

2021-08-27 20:44:19
by Reece Nations
Circuit Judge Rebukes DeSantis Order Prohibiting Masks In Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that blocked public schools from imposing mask... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that blocked public schools from imposing mask mandates in the classroom was struck down by Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper. DeSantis’s order had been challenged in... 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

2021-08-16 20:04:46
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Anti-Eviction Law

WASHINGTON -- Federal courts continued their struggle with state and federal eviction moratoriums in separate rulings Thursday and Friday. A... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Federal courts continued their struggle with state and federal eviction moratoriums in separate rulings Thursday and Friday. A federal judge in Washington ruled Friday that her “hands are tied” to halt the federal eviction moratorium that the Centers... Read More

2021-08-13 15:58:18
by Tom Ramstack
Nunes’s Defamation Suit Against Washington Post to Continue

WASHINGTON -- A lawsuit by Rep. Devin Nunes against The Washington Post for defamation is proceeding after a judge this... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A lawsuit by Rep. Devin Nunes against The Washington Post for defamation is proceeding after a judge this week declined to dismiss it. The Post reported that Nunes accused the Obama administration of spying on Trump Tower in... Read More

2021-08-12 19:53:54
by Tom Ramstack
Twitter Loses in Court Ruling on Releasing FBI Search Data

Twitter lost another court battle this week in its effort to publicly release data showing when the FBI tapped into... Read More

Twitter lost another court battle this week in its effort to publicly release data showing when the FBI tapped into customer communications of the social media giant. Twitter, Inc. wants to release the information for the sake of transparency to... Read More

2021-08-10 15:45:54
by Dan McCue
Dominion Voting Systems Files Flurry of Defamation Suits

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a series of defamation lawsuits against One America News Network, Newsmax and Patrick Byrne, the... Read More

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a series of defamation lawsuits against One America News Network, Newsmax and Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock.com, over their roles in advancing conspiracy theories that Dominion rigged the results of the 2020 presidential... Read More

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