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2020-06-25 16:55:06
by Tom Ramstack
U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Attorney General of Politically Influencing Criminal Investigations

WASHINGTON -- Current and former Justice Department attorneys on Wednesday accused the U.S. Attorney General of allowing Trump administration policies... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Current and former Justice Department attorneys on Wednesday accused the U.S. Attorney General of allowing Trump administration policies to influence criminal investigations and prosecutions. They also said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Justice Department administrators threatened... Read More

2020-06-25 16:51:41
by Gaspard Le Dem
Colleges Seek Legal Protection as They Mull Return to In-Person Classes

WASHINGTON -- With fall around the corner and coronavirus cases surging in some states, U.S. colleges are scrambling to figure... Read More

WASHINGTON -- With fall around the corner and coronavirus cases surging in some states, U.S. colleges are scrambling to figure out their gameplans for the upcoming school year.  Public health experts have repeatedly warned of a potentially massive second wave... Read More

2020-06-23 18:31:20
by Dan McCue
Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't... Read More

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't met the legal standard for such a requirement. California requires warning labels on cancer-causing products under the state's Safe Drinking... Read More

2020-06-17 20:58:53
by Dan McCue
Solicitor General Noel Francisco Leaving Justice Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who represented the Trump administration in a series of high profile Supreme Court... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who represented the Trump administration in a series of high profile Supreme Court cases, is leaving the Justice Department. Francisco, who officially informed President Trump of his decision Wednesday morning, will step down... Read More

2020-06-15 13:12:13
by Tom Ramstack
Pastor Sues Washington Mayor Over Political Street Lettering

A self-described street pastor is suing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over her decision to commission a street mural that... Read More

A self-described street pastor is suing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over her decision to commission a street mural that says “Black Lives Matter” in large letters on a street near the White House. The lawsuit filed by Rich Penkoski... Read More

2020-06-09 17:55:59
by Tom Ramstack
Venezuelan Embassy Activists Avoid Jail With Plea Bargain

WASHINGTON - A plea bargain with federal prosecutors is allowing four activists to avoid jail time after they occupied the... Read More

WASHINGTON - A plea bargain with federal prosecutors is allowing four activists to avoid jail time after they occupied the Venezuelan Embassy in April and May. The four were part of a group that stayed in the embassy in Washington,... Read More

Democrats Proposing New Police Procedures, Accountability

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures is being proposed by Democrats in response to the deaths... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures is being proposed by Democrats in response to the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, according to a draft outline obtained by The Associated Press. The Justice... Read More

2020-06-01 13:03:49
by Gaspard Le Dem
D.C. Drops Speed Limit to 20 MPH On Local Roads to Combat Reckless Driving

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that the default speed limit on local D.C. roads... Read More

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that the default speed limit on local D.C. roads will be lowered from 25 to 20 mph. The decision to lower the speed limit was prompted by an uptick... Read More

2020-05-19 14:07:35
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Seeks Dismissal of Equal Rights Amendment Suit

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is attempting to get a lawsuit dismissed that seeks to add the Equal Rights Amendment... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is attempting to get a lawsuit dismissed that seeks to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A Justice Department motion to dismiss filed last week says the deadline expired for states to... Read More

2020-05-18 17:07:48
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Says Sudan Liable for $4.3 Billion in Damages for 1998 Embassy Bombings

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sudan is liable for $4.3 billion in punitive damages for the 1998... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sudan is liable for $4.3 billion in punitive damages for the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 people dead and injured thousands. Despite the court's unanimous ruling, however,... Read More

2020-05-14 13:50:23
by Dan McCue
4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled against President Donald Trump on Thursday in a lawsuit alleging he's violated the... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled against President Donald Trump on Thursday in a lawsuit alleging he's violated the Constitution's emoluments clause by profiting from foreign and state government patrons at his hotel in downtown Washington. A divided 4th... Read More

2020-05-11 13:36:49
by Tom Ramstack
Universities Sued by Students Who Say Online Education Inadequate

Universities nationwide are being sued by parents and students who say the schools are falling short of their duties during... Read More

Universities nationwide are being sued by parents and students who say the schools are falling short of their duties during the coronavirus shutdown. The universities have switched to online education until the national emergency subsides. The students and their parents... Read More

2020-05-08 15:45:15
by Gaspard Le Dem
Michigan Legislature Sues Gov. Whitmer Over Extension of Coronavirus Emergency

Republican lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature are suing Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer over her move to extend stay-at-home orders last... Read More

Republican lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature are suing Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer over her move to extend stay-at-home orders last week amid the coronavirus crisis. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike... Read More

2020-05-06 20:50:07
by Dan McCue
New Campus Sexual Assault Rules Bolster Rights of Accused, Protections for Schools

WASHINGTON - The Education Department unveiled new campus sexual assault rules on Wednesday that significantly reduce the legal liabilities for... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Education Department unveiled new campus sexual assault rules on Wednesday that significantly reduce the legal liabilities for schools, narrow the scope of cases educators will be required to investigate and bolster the rights of those accused of... Read More

2020-05-06 12:50:01
by Dan McCue
New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary, Federal Judge Rules

Election officials in New York State must hold a Democratic presidential primary election in June, with all qualifying candidates restored... Read More

Election officials in New York State must hold a Democratic presidential primary election in June, with all qualifying candidates restored to the ballot, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres, who presides in the... Read More

2020-05-05 14:56:41
by Tom Ramstack
Restaurants Sue Insurance Companies for Business Losses from Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Restaurants are filing a surge of lawsuits against insurance companies as they seek coverage for business interruptions during... Read More

WASHINGTON - Restaurants are filing a surge of lawsuits against insurance companies as they seek coverage for business interruptions during the coronavirus shutdown. The insurance companies say their business interruption policies grant them exemptions for viruses that cause no physical... Read More

2020-05-04 18:52:36
by Tom Ramstack
Urban Courts Likely to Be Slow to Reopen During Coronavirus

WASHINGTON – Guidelines announced last week for reopening U.S. federal courts are likely to leave the nation’s biggest cities as... Read More

WASHINGTON – Guidelines announced last week for reopening U.S. federal courts are likely to leave the nation’s biggest cities as late-comers.  The guidelines from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts depend heavily on conditions of the epidemic in each... Read More

Blind Justice: No Visual Cues in High Court Phone Cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the evening before he was to argue a case before the Supreme Court years ago, Jeffrey... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the evening before he was to argue a case before the Supreme Court years ago, Jeffrey Fisher broke his glasses. That left the very nearsighted lawyer with an unappealing choice. He could wear contacts and clearly... Read More

2020-04-27 17:04:25
by Dan McCue
Justices Toss New York Case That Could Have Expanded Gun Rights

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday tossed one of its most closely-watched cases of the term, claiming a subsequent... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday tossed one of its most closely-watched cases of the term, claiming a subsequent easing of the restrictions being challenged -- a ban on transporting guns -- effectively left them with nothing to decide.... Read More

2020-04-23 20:42:44
by Tom Ramstack
Class Actions Against China Grow Despite Foreign Policy Obstacles

WASHINGTON - Law firms and their clients who are joining the growing list of plaintiffs against the Chinese government over... Read More

WASHINGTON - Law firms and their clients who are joining the growing list of plaintiffs against the Chinese government over the coronavirus outbreak are running up against a foreign policy that could rule out any successful lawsuits. About a half-dozen... Read More

2020-04-20 19:27:45
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Rules Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Trials Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that defendants in criminal trials can only be convicted by a unanimous... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that defendants in criminal trials can only be convicted by a unanimous jury, striking down a practice that has already been abandoned by all but one state. Writing for the majority on... Read More

2020-04-20 14:00:56
by Tom Ramstack
Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones

WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general issued a guidance this week that authorizes the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general issued a guidance this week that authorizes the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Prisons and other Justice Department agencies to intercept communications from threatening drones or destroy them without prior consent. The policy... Read More

2020-04-13 19:46:54
by Tom Ramstack
Maryland City’s Female Toplessness Ban Survives in Court Ruling ... For Now

Ocean City, Maryland, can continue to enforce its ban on topless women at its popular beach, a federal judge ruled... Read More

Ocean City, Maryland, can continue to enforce its ban on topless women at its popular beach, a federal judge ruled last week. There’s a fundamental difference between topless women and topless men that is supported by case law and tradition,... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - Free speech advocates are expressing concern that criminal proceedings being held by closed circuit video during the coronavirus... Read More

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

2020-04-06 17:57:10
by Dan McCue
Justices Decline to Revisit Case Involving 60s Black Militant

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court did not add any new cases to its docket Monday morning, declining, among other things,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court did not add any new cases to its docket Monday morning, declining, among other things, to revisit the murder conviction of the 1960s black militant formerly known as H. Rap Brown. A native of Baton... Read More

2020-04-06 17:55:15
by Dan McCue
High Court Upholds Police Right to Stop Vehicles Without Suspicion of Crime

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Kansas deputy sheriff did not violate a motorist's constitutional rights when... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Kansas deputy sheriff did not violate a motorist's constitutional rights when he pulled over a truck owned by a driver with a revoked license. The case stems from events that occurred... Read More

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

Federal judges in three states blocked efforts to shutter abortion providers during the coronavirus outbreak. In Texas, U.S. District Judge... Read More

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

Google, Oracle and Trump Cases Put on Hold as Supreme Court Responds to Virus

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has put on indefinite hold a major portion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket, including... Read More

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has put on indefinite hold a major portion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket, including a multibillion-dollar clash between software giants Google and Oracle Corp. and cases that could affect President Donald Trump’s reelection chances.... Read More

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... Read More

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

2020-03-23 19:15:32
by Tom Ramstack
Lawsuit Against Trump Delayed While Similar Dispute Pending

WASHINGTON - A federal judge put a lawsuit by Congress against President Donald Trump on hold Friday until other legal... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal judge put a lawsuit by Congress against President Donald Trump on hold Friday until other legal action against the White House is resolved. The lawsuit filed by congressional Democrats seeks six years of Trump’s federal tax... Read More

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