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2020-03-10 20:42:23
by Dan McCue
Appeals Court Finds House Entitled to Grand Jury Info from Mueller Report

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled that Justice Department officials must release grand jury testimony, compiled by Special Counsel... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled that Justice Department officials must release grand jury testimony, compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe into Russian interference in the 2020 election, to the House of Representatives. A divided U.S.... Read More

Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Riff, Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Monday that the British rock band Led Zeppelin did not steal portions... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Monday that the British rock band Led Zeppelin did not steal portions of its iconic hit “Stairway to Heaven” from a guitarist from another band. The ruling, by an 11-judge panel of... Read More

States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization

WASHINGTON — Since 2014, Congress has protected patients and cannabis programs from federal marijuana prosecutions in states that allow it... Read More

WASHINGTON — Since 2014, Congress has protected patients and cannabis programs from federal marijuana prosecutions in states that allow it for medical use. Medical marijuana’s unique legal status involves a little-known provision called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that Congress renews every... Read More

Lawsuit Threatened Over Trump Flags Hanging in Rural Pa. Municipal Building

One flag features Donald Trump standing on a tank. Another has him dressed as Captain America. On the third, the... Read More

One flag features Donald Trump standing on a tank. Another has him dressed as Captain America. On the third, the shirtless president is holding a rocket launcher, his biceps ripped. All three flags are hanging on the wood-paneled walls of... Read More

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... Read More

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

Trump Blocked From Building Mexico Wall With Trident Submarine Base Funds

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration was barred by a court from diverting $89 million to build the Mexico border... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration was barred by a court from diverting $89 million to build the Mexico border wall from a construction project at a submarine base in Washington state. Thursday’s ruling by a federal judge in Seattle... Read More

2020-02-26 21:59:47
by Dan McCue
House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime

The House, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, passed legislation that would classify lynching as a federal hate crime. The Emmett... Read More

The House, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, passed legislation that would classify lynching as a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., passed on a vote of 410-4. The Act is named for... Read More

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... Read More

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

Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’

LONDON — Julian Assange’s lawyers told a London court that they will provide evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump was... Read More

LONDON — Julian Assange’s lawyers told a London court that they will provide evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump was prepared to offer the WikiLeaks founder a pardon if he “played ball” about leaks of Democratic National Committee emails. At... Read More

Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000

ATLANTA — The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price... Read More

ATLANTA — The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000. The city, which covers health care costs... Read More

2020-02-13 16:19:11
by Tom Ramstack
Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC

WASHINGTON - Security guards for Turkey’s president must face civil prosecution in Washington, D.C. after they beat protesters on Embassy... Read More

WASHINGTON - Security guards for Turkey’s president must face civil prosecution in Washington, D.C. after they beat protesters on Embassy Row three years ago, a federal judge ruled last week. Attorneys for the government of Turkey argued the security personnel... Read More

2020-02-06 21:55:15
by Tom Ramstack
States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution

WASHINGTON -- The attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada are suing in federal court for an order that would... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada are suing in federal court for an order that would add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On January 27 Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the... Read More

2020-01-29 20:26:33
by Dan McCue
5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision... Read More

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In December, a three-judge panel in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the... Read More

2020-01-28 21:44:32
by Dan McCue
DOJ's Inspector General Says More Subpoena Power Needed to Protect Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice's chief internal investigator told a House panel on Tuesday that he and his... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice's chief internal investigator told a House panel on Tuesday that he and his colleagues across federal departments need more subpoena power to help protect whistleblowers alleging fraud and other malfeasance. DOJ Inspector General... Read More

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

A divided federal appeals court overturned election rules in Arizona Monday on the grounds they discriminate against black, Latino and... Read More

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

2020-01-23 13:39:07
by Dan McCue
District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia is suing the Trump inaugural committee and the two companies that control the Trump... Read More

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia is suing the Trump inaugural committee and the two companies that control the Trump International Hotel here, accusing them of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit the president's family. The city's attorney general, Karl Racine,... Read More

2020-01-21 16:26:02
by Dan McCue
Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request that it resolve a dispute over the authority of a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request that it resolve a dispute over the authority of a judge to order the disclosure of secret grand jury material in rare circumstances. The underlying case stems from a researcher's... Read More

2020-01-17 15:10:35
by Dan McCue
White House Violated the Law by Freezing Ukraine Aid, GAO Says

WASHINGTON - The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, one of the actions that set... Read More

WASHINGTON - The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, one of the actions that set the stage for President Donald Trump's impending  impeachment trial in the Senate, a nonpartisan federal watchdog said Thursday. In a... Read More

2020-01-04 00:14:32
by Tom Ramstack
Environmentalists Win Lawsuit Protecting Ocean Monuments

WASHINGTON - Environmentalists won an appeals court ruling in Washington, D.C. last week protecting ocean marine national monuments. Marine national... Read More

WASHINGTON - Environmentalists won an appeals court ruling in Washington, D.C. last week protecting ocean marine national monuments. Marine national monuments refer to offshore underwater areas intended to protect coral reefs or wildlife. There are five of them in U.S.... Read More

2020-01-04 00:11:18
by Tom Ramstack
Soldiers’ Families Sue Companies That Allegedly Paid Taliban for Protection

WASHINGTON - The families of 143 U.S. soldiers and government contractors sued a group of multinational corporations last week in... Read More

WASHINGTON - The families of 143 U.S. soldiers and government contractors sued a group of multinational corporations last week in Washington, D.C. accusing them of indirectly funding the Taliban insurgents who killed and injured their relatives. In the complaint, filed... Read More

Can People With Criminal Records Become Lawyers? These Michigan Attorneys Did It

DETROIT — Becoming a lawyer in Michigan after a felony conviction is challenging, but it’s not impossible. Tenisha Yancey did... Read More

DETROIT — Becoming a lawyer in Michigan after a felony conviction is challenging, but it’s not impossible. Tenisha Yancey did it, before she was elected to the state House, even though law school admissions officials warned that she probably wouldn’t... Read More

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.... Read More

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

Atlanta-Based Court Considers School’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

ATLANTA — Judges on the federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday peppered lawyers with questions in a case that... Read More

ATLANTA — Judges on the federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday peppered lawyers with questions in a case that could set an important precedent for bathroom access by transgender high school students. Two judges, both members of the more... Read More

2019-12-04 00:04:33
by Dan McCue
Appeals Court Says Congress Entitled to Trump Bank Records

WASHINGTON  — The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled Congress is entitled to review President Donald Trump's... Read More

WASHINGTON  — The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled Congress is entitled to review President Donald Trump's banking records as it investigates possible foreign influence in U.S. elections, violations of the emoluments clause and other issues. The... Read More

2019-12-03 19:18:23
by Tom Ramstack
States Appeal Judge’s Decision to Toss Local Tax Deductions Lawsuit

WASHINGTON - Four states are appealing a federal judge’s September dismissal of their lawsuit challenging federal authority to limit state... Read More

WASHINGTON - Four states are appealing a federal judge’s September dismissal of their lawsuit challenging federal authority to limit state and local tax deductions. In a filing before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys for the states argue... Read More

Trump Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Let Federal Executions Resume

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clear the federal government to resume executions as... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clear the federal government to resume executions as soon as next week. The emergency filing on Monday urged the court to lift a hold that a trial judge... Read More

Impeachment is Latest Boon for Washington Lawyers

WASHINGTON — Michael Volkov ran his client, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, through a “murder board” in preparation for his recent... Read More

WASHINGTON — Michael Volkov ran his client, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, through a “murder board” in preparation for his recent testimony under the glare of TV lights in the House impeachment hearings. Over more than a dozen intense days, Volkov... Read More

House Oversight Panel Sues Barr, Ross to Obtain Census Documents

WASHINGTON — A House committee on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross... Read More

WASHINGTON — A House committee on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to get documents on the administration’s unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. President Donald Trump... Read More

2019-11-15 20:32:09
by Dan McCue
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Tax Returns

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar his accounting firm from turning over eight... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar his accounting firm from turning over eight years of his tax returns to prosecutors in New York. The case has significance far beyond Trump as it could... Read More

2019-11-12 21:13:22
by Dan McCue
Showdown Over DACA Finally Has Its Day Before the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - A president has every right to undo a predecessor's policy he disagrees with, but if he does, he... Read More

WASHINGTON - A president has every right to undo a predecessor's policy he disagrees with, but if he does, he must do it the right way, the U.S. Supreme Court was told by immigrant advocates on Tuesday. That simple contention... Read More

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