Judge Tosses Congressional Map in Louisiana Citing Racial Gerrymander
Judge Tosses Congressional Map in Louisiana Citing Racial Gerrymander
2022-06-07 15:25:23
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal judge struck down Louisiana’s newly adopted congressional district map, ruling it must be redrawn to include a second district that gives Black voters the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. U.S. District... Read More

Social Media
Appeals Court Hands Gov. DeSantis a Loss
2022-05-24 19:07:12
by Madeline Hughes

ATLANTA, Ga. —  A Florida law intended to punish social media companies from allegedly barring conservative politicians from their platforms is unconstitutional, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. “Put simply, with minor exceptions, the government can’t tell... Read More

In The News
Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Approved After Struggle With Massive Debt
2022-01-20 16:41:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s five-year struggle to free itself from crushing debt ended Tuesday when a federal judge signed off on the U.S. territory’s bankruptcy plan. The restructuring cuts Puerto Rico’s public debt from $33 billion to just over $7.4... Read More

Court Delays North Carolina Primary Election Due to Map Dispute
2021-12-09 16:08:43
by Dan McCue

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s 2022 primary election will be moved from March to May to allow lawsuits over the alleged gerrymandering of congressional and state legislative districts to play out in the court, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.... Read More

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

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

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 plea set to occur this week by a second associate — puts a spotlight on Giuliani as a criminal probe... Read More

Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The one-paragraph decision by a three-judge... Read More

State News
States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail

WASHINGTON — States that claim changes by the U.S. Postal Service will threaten mail-in voting failed again to get an independent monitor appointed to observe the agency's compliance with a court order. U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh in Philadelphia on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania's attorney general, Josh... Read More

Political News
Trump Faces Skeptical Court in Fight to Keep Records from House

WASHINGTON - Two of three judges on a Washington appeals court appeared skeptical of President Donald Trump's renewed efforts to prevent accounting firm Mazars USA LLP from turning over his financial records to House Democrats. At a hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals, two judges appointed by... Read More

Judges Tell Congress Internet Video Will Make Courts More Accessible
2020-06-25 19:43:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Judges and lawmakers at a congressional hearing Thursday left little doubt that Internet video and teleconferencing will become permanent parts of court proceedings soon. They described the emergency procedures instituted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as an... Read More

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

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

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

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

In The News
Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
2020-04-03 13:39:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has directed federal courts across the nation to conduct a search for surplus medical supplies after two Florida courts discovered such stockpiles and donated them to local hospitals. Employees in the... Read More

State Appeals Court Won't Intervene In Wisconsin Voter Purge Case
2020-01-10 18:08:46
by Dan McCue

A state appeals court in Wisconsin said this week it intends to stay out of a closely watched legal dispute over the planned purging of up to 209,000 from voter rolls in the battleground state. The District 4 Appeals Court,... Read More

In The News
Trump Request Denied for Rehearing in House Tax-Records Case

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court in Washington denied President Donald Trump’s request that it reconsider an earlier three-judge panel ruling refusing to quash a demand by House Democrats for records at Trump’s accountants Mazars USA LLP. Congress issued the... Read More

Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP

Intellectual property policies could get a major court test this year as a real estate services company appeals a massive $706 million judgment that it stole trade secrets from a San Francisco-headquartered REtech company. At the dispute’s onset, the jury... Read More

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

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

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

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

Federal Judge Restores Obama Ban on Oil Drilling in Arctic Waters
2019-04-01 16:14:19
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Friday night reinstated an Obama-era ban on oil-and-gas drilling in vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean, holding President Donald Trump exceeded his authority in attempting to overturn it. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason... Read More

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