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2019-09-01 21:59:21
by Dan McCue
Appeals Court Says Government Can Be Sued Over 2015 Church Massacre

WASHINGTON — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit over the flawed background check that allowed an... Read More

WASHINGTON — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit over the flawed background check that allowed an avowed white supremacist to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack on a South... Read More

2019-08-27 21:02:20
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Aide Testifies Against Attorney Accused of Foreign Lobbying Violations

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors accused a high-powered Washington, D.C. lawyer in court this week of engaging in illegal foreign lobbying... Read More

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors accused a high-powered Washington, D.C. lawyer in court this week of engaging in illegal foreign lobbying by helping to craft a report critical of the Ukraine’s former prime minister. Gregory Craig, White House counsel during the... Read More

2019-08-27 20:52:11
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks, one of the most restrictive... Read More

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks, one of the most restrictive proposals nationwide. The law, which included no exceptions for rape and incest, was signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson in... Read More

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

An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in fueling the state's... Read More

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

2019-08-22 14:01:32
by Dan McCue
10th Circuit Sides With ‘Faithless Electors’ in Colorado 2016 Election Case

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that three presidential electors from Colorado were unconstitutionally forced to cast their Electoral... Read More

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that three presidential electors from Colorado were unconstitutionally forced to cast their Electoral College votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The ruling by a divided 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a... Read More

2019-08-21 20:17:32
by Dan McCue
White House Advances Plan for Indefinite Detention of Migrant Families

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled new regulations that would allow it to indefinitely detain migrant families who... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled new regulations that would allow it to indefinitely detain migrant families who cross the southwestern border illegally. The regulations, which will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, voids a long-standing... Read More

2019-08-21 18:19:03
by Tom Ramstack
Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects

A ruling last week by Maryland’s highest court is likely to help redefine the criminal law of marijuana possession as... Read More

A ruling last week by Maryland’s highest court is likely to help redefine the criminal law of marijuana possession as states nationwide search for new legal standards. A unanimous Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that police who smell marijuana can... Read More

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

A Washington, D.C. federal appeals court judge was removed from an upcoming high-profile environmental case last week after a dispute... Read More

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

2019-08-20 12:48:38
by Dan McCue
Top CDC Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint

WASHINGTON - Dr. George Luber, one of the federal government's top experts on the health impacts of climate change is... Read More

WASHINGTON - Dr. George Luber, one of the federal government's top experts on the health impacts of climate change is seeking whistleblower protection due to retaliation he claims he's faced since speaking out against the Trump administration's efforts to end... Read More

2019-08-15 17:04:02
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to stop using its "unsecure ... and grossly outdated" voting machines after this... Read More

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to stop using its "unsecure ... and grossly outdated" voting machines after this year and to have hand-marked paper ballots at the ready if new, more secure machines aren't in place by the... Read More

2019-08-09 23:10:03
by Dan McCue
'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess knew he had to do something. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Read More

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess knew he had to do something. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced South Carolina led the nation in drunk driving fatalities, with 44% of all auto accident deaths involving at least... Read More

2019-08-06 20:34:14
by Dan McCue
Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release... Read More

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state’s primary. "Today we have taken decisive action in federal court challenging California’s... Read More

2019-08-06 20:27:25
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Combat Domestic Terrorism Threats

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the Blue Dog Coalition... Read More

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats announced its endorsement Tuesday of H.R. 1931, Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2019, a bill aimed at... Read More

2019-08-02 20:43:59
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Tosses Trump Asylum Policy, Calling it 'Contrary to Law'

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday tossed a Trump administration policy that would only allow migrants who enter the... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday tossed a Trump administration policy that would only allow migrants who enter the country through legal ports of entry to apply for asylum. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss, an Obama... Read More

2019-07-25 21:52:34
by Dan McCue
Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades. In a written statement, the Department said Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt... Read More

2019-07-23 20:44:26
by Dan McCue
Cuomo Signs Bill Outlawing Revenge Porn in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday outlawing the “dissemination or publication of an intimate image” intended to cause emotional... Read More

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday outlawing the “dissemination or publication of an intimate image” intended to cause emotional or other harm to the person captured in the photo or video. The law not only makes it a Class... Read More

2019-07-16 21:15:50
by Tom Ramstack
Washington Legal Advocates, Lawmakers Want Immigration Procedures Changed

WASHINGTON -- Some of Washington’s prominent legal organizations and lawmakers are scrambling to address the nation’s illegal immigration crisis while... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Some of Washington’s prominent legal organizations and lawmakers are scrambling to address the nation’s illegal immigration crisis while courts confront a hopeless backlog of cases. They are proposing new procedures to manage the flood of illegal immigrants being... Read More

2019-07-11 19:05:30
by Elin Johnson
New Jersey Governor Signs New Legislation and Temporarily Freezes Part of Budget

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation this past week, including bills that expand patient access to... Read More

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation this past week, including bills that expand patient access to medical marijuana, ensure the health benefits and compensation to 9/11 responders, and prohibit utilities from cutting the power off on... Read More

2019-07-10 19:48:58
by Dan McCue
Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit... Read More

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit claiming he's been illegally profiting from foreign and state government officials who stay at his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.... Read More

2019-07-09 17:48:20
by Dan McCue
Trump Can't Block Critics From Twitter Account, Appeals Court Says

WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking his critics' posts from his Twitter account, a... Read More

WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking his critics' posts from his Twitter account, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Earlier this year during oral arguments, Justice Department attorney Jennifer Utrecht argued Trump's Twitter account... Read More

2019-06-28 20:53:06
by Sean Trambley
Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions... Read More

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, promises to put more teeth in efforts to curb the activities of Chinese and other traffickers of Fentanyl and... Read More

2019-06-28 20:27:14
by Dan McCue
Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering appears likely only to intensify efforts in the states to end the practice that allows both political parties to put... Read More

2019-06-25 20:49:07
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information

WASHINGTON - Federal employees will get their day in court after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week... Read More

WASHINGTON - Federal employees will get their day in court after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that their lawsuit over an Office of Personnel Management data breach can be reinstated. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit... Read More

2019-06-24 21:13:23
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Weighs In On Property Rights

WASHINGTON - A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that property owners can go directly to federal court with claims... Read More

WASHINGTON - A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that property owners can go directly to federal court with claims that state and local officials are depriving them of the use of their property. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the... Read More

2019-06-24 21:08:54
by Dan McCue
FOIA Doesn't Entitle Newspaper to Private Business Information

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the media and general public are not entitled to every bit... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the media and general public are not entitled to every bit of information a government body collects about private businesses. The underlying case came to the high court from South Dakota... Read More

2019-06-24 20:59:28
by Dan McCue
Trademark Law Restricting 'Scandalous' Speech Found Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a section of the federal trademark law that prohibited businesses from registering... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a section of the federal trademark law that prohibited businesses from registering marks that some might see as scandalous or immoral. The ruling is a victory for the fashion brand FUCT, and... Read More

2019-06-21 20:09:15
by Dan McCue
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws Curbing Democrats Power

Wisconsin's Supreme Court upheld lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, on... Read More

Wisconsin's Supreme Court upheld lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, on Friday, a win for state Republicans, but one that might be only temporary. The victory was on procedural grounds only,... Read More

2019-06-21 12:47:32
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Says 40-Foot-Tall Cross on Public Land in Maryland Can Stay

WASHINGTON - A large, cross-shaped memorial to the dead of World War I that has stood in the grassy median... Read More

WASHINGTON - A large, cross-shaped memorial to the dead of World War I that has stood in the grassy median of a local roadway for nearly a century, can stay right where it is, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read More

2019-06-17 19:42:27
by Dan McCue
Trials for Same Crime in Both State and Federal Court Allowed

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a longstanding rule allowing both state and federal prosecutors to pursue charges... Read More

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a longstanding rule allowing both state and federal prosecutors to pursue charges against the same individual for the same crime. The 7-2 decision handed down by the justices preserves an exception to... Read More

2019-06-17 19:38:40
by Dan McCue
Virginia Election to Proceed With Redrawn District

WASHINGTON - Voters in Virginia will elect members of the state's House of Delegates in districts drawn on a map... Read More

WASHINGTON - Voters in Virginia will elect members of the state's House of Delegates in districts drawn on a map considered to be favorable to Democrats, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-4 ruling comes in a case... Read More

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