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  • Pipeline developers say delays in courtroom could result in big delay for construction {WV}

    11/27/2017 1:31:11 PM PST · by buckalfa · 3 replies
    WVMetroNews ^ | November 27, 2017 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawyers for the Mountain Valley Pipeline say if there are delays in the federal court system, the entire project could be delayed by at least a year. The pipeline developers wrote in a recent court filing that they need access to all the property no later than this coming Feb. 1 to comply with a window for tree clearing required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “If MVP is unable to gain access to commence work on each respective deadline, construction of the entire MVP project may be delayed for as much as one year given...
  • Conservatives have a breathtaking plan for Trump to pack the courts

    11/24/2017 6:24:29 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 103 replies
    Conservatives have a new court-packing plan, and in the spirit of the holiday, it’s a turducken of a scheme: a regulatory rollback hidden inside a civil rights reversal stuffed into a Trumpification of the courts. If conservatives get their way, President Trump will add twice as many lifetime members to the federal judiciary in the next 12 months (650) as Barack Obama named in eight years (325). American law will never be the same. The “outer turkey” in the plan is the ongoing Trumpification of the courts. In the final two years of Obama’s presidency, Senate Republicans engaged in tenacious...
  • Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s How.

    11/12/2017 9:52:57 PM PST · by RC one · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOV. 11, 2017 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    WASHINGTON — In the weeks before Donald J. Trump took office, lawyers joining his administration gathered at a law firm near the Capitol, where Donald F. McGahn II, the soon-to-be White House counsel, filled a white board with a secret battle plan to fill the federal appeals courts with young and deeply conservative judges.Mr. McGahn, instructed by Mr. Trump to maximize the opportunity to reshape the judiciary, mapped out potential nominees and a strategy, according to two people familiar with the effort: Start by filling vacancies on appeals courts with multiple openings and where Democratic senators up for re-election next...
  • Coming Soon: Incest, State-Sponsored and Court-Approved

    11/08/2017 9:07:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/08/2017 | Taylor Lewis
    Oh, Rick Santorum, you left us too soon. The former Pennsylvania senator and obdurate social conservative may be absent from public life, but he's on track to receive a bigger honor: going down as a biblical prophet, not unlike Micah. During his ill fated presidential campaign, Santorum was asked by a university student to clarify past comments likening homosexuality to bestiality and incest.  Flustered, he replied, "If the Supreme Court gives the right to consensual sexual activity, then you have the right to incest, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to all sorts of – you...
  • Who Should Control a Lawyer’s Courtroom Behaviour?

    11/05/2017 7:57:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Sun., Nov. 5, 2017 | Arthur Cockfielld
    The Supreme Court decision on defence lawyer Joe Groia's behaviour will have a significant impact on lawyers and judicial independenceOn Monday, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case that will determine who gets to regulate a lawyer’s courtroom behaviour, which has important implications for our justice system. At the centre of the storm is a Toronto litigator named Joe Groia, who has been convicted of being “rude” — that is, in engaging in uncivil courtroom conduct — by the Law Society, the body that regulates Ontario lawyers. As a result of his conviction, Joe has been sentenced to...
  • Trump's opponents race to the courthouse to thwart him

    11/03/2017 8:09:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 2, 2017 | by Lawrence Hurley, Andrew Chung
    When President Donald Trump announced on Oct. 12 he would stop subsidies to health insurers critical to the Obamacare law, the response from Democratic state officials was swift and predictable: a lawsuit by 18 state attorneys general was filed within 24 hours. The race to the courthouse in response to presidential actions has become a familiar pattern since Trump took office in January, and early rulings in many of the lawsuits have, at least temporarily, hobbled key parts of the president’s agenda. Since Trump took office, courts have at least temporarily blocked Trump’s plans to: **ban travelers and immigrants from...
  • Senate confirms two more federal judges, bringing total to five this week

    11/02/2017 4:05:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 11/2/17 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate confirmed two more appeals court picks Thursday, closing out a week that saw them devote all their time to filling the federal judiciary with President Trump’s nominees. Including the two latest picks, they confirmed four circuit judges and one district judge this week — overcoming Democratic filibuster attempts for each. Senators voted 56-41 to confirm Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid for a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, then voted 54-43 for Stephanos Bibas, who is nominated to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Eid will fill Supreme Court Justice Neil M....
  • GOP threatens weekend work on judicial nominees

    10/30/2017 4:07:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Republicans are digging in ahead of a looming battle over President Trump's judicial nominees. Senate GOP leadership wants to clear four picks this week for the circuit courts—which are second in line to the Supreme Court—amid pressure from conservatives to pick up the pace. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned that Republicans would confirm all of the nominees, even if it meant keeping lawmakers in town through a rare weekend session. “We'll confirm all of them this week no matter how long it takes,” McConnell said from the Senate floor. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican,...
  • House Intel Committee Reaches Agreement With Fusion GPS on Bank Records – (pdf of Judicial Order)…

    10/28/2017 4:49:30 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 15 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Oct 28, 2017 | Sundance
    Last week, the firm behind the contract for the Russian Dossier, Fusion GPS, requested that a U.S. District judge block congressional investigators from access, via a previous subpoena, to its bank records. The judge gave the House Intelligence Committee lawyers and Fusion GPS a week to see if they could work out a mutual agreement on the production of the records. Yesterday the attorney’s for Fusion GPS and the House Intelligence Committee agreed to terms for releasing the bank records. The intel committee will receive the bank records to continue their investigation, but the documents will be sealed from public...
  • Court: Cross-shaped WWI memorial is unconstitutional

    10/19/2017 12:55:53 PM PDT · by detective · 45 replies
    MSN News ^ | 10/19/2017 | Hannah Lang
    A federal appeals court has ruled that a 40-foot cross-shaped Maryland monument honoring soldiers who died in World War I is unconstitutional, saying it violates the separation between church and state. The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the 92-year-old structure was in violation of the First Amendment because it is on public land at a busy intersection in Prince George's County and is maintained with government funds. The court's decision does not address whether the monument should be removed or modified.
  • State Supreme Court knocks down injunction over WV right-to-work law

    09/15/2017 6:48:07 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 11 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | September 15, 2017 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Supreme Court has overruled a lower court injunction that blocked West Virginia’s right-to-work law, chastising a circuit judge for the pace of decision-making and for issuing the injunction in the first place. The state’s unions failed to establish the likelihood of success based on the merits of three constitutional claims, wrote Justice Menis Ketchum in the court’s majority opinion. The state AFL-CIO issued a statement noting that the Supreme Court ruling applied specifically to the injunction, saying unions will continue to fight during a broader hearing in circuit court and anticipating an eventual appeal of...
  • Court 'licenses' illegals to commit identity theft

    09/14/2017 12:25:05 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 09/13/2017 | Jack Cashill
    Strange as it may seem, the Kansas Supreme Court has recently decreed that it is all but impossible for state or local authorities to arrest or prosecute an illegal alien for identity theft. This is not “fake news.” It merely sounds like fake news, but it could not be more real. The headline of the Lawrence Journal World sums up the verdict, “Kansas Supreme Court blocks state prosecution of undocumented immigrants.”
  • Question Court Nominees Should Expect: Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been, A Christian?

    09/14/2017 8:50:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/14/2017 | John Kass
    There's something refreshingly honest about those Democrats revealing their bigotry in the halls of the United States Senate.They did so in questioning Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame, a Catholic and woman of impeccable academic credentials, who has been nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, a Catholic town.Democratic U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein are applying a religious test to public office, something expressly forbidden by the Constitution. And by their questions to Barrett, they reveal themselves.This evokes a line of inquiry from an earlier age, one asked of leftists during the...
  • Anthony Weiner - Spare Me Judge! I'm Getting Better for Huma and Our Son

    09/14/2017 3:44:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    TMZ ^ | September 13, 2017
    Anthony Weiner says he's turned a corner in his recovery, and he's asking a judge to show leniency when he's sentenced for sending obscene material to a minor. Weiner fired off the letter to the judge in his case, saying, "I am 345 days off my destructive behaviors and have a daily practice to help me never return to them." Those behaviors include his multiple sexting scandals ... the last of which involved his lewd online communication with a 15-year-old. Weiner pleaded guilty, and will be sentenced Sept. 25. The letter, obtained by TMZ, contains repeated references to his treatment...
  • Trump nominates 16 judges as Democrats look ahead to Supreme Court fight

    09/07/2017 4:42:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Ariane de Vogue,
    There are issues that have deeply divided President Donald Trump and conservatives during the first turbulent months since his inauguration. The judiciary is not one of them. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is a clean win. And lawyers inside and outside of the administration are working to vet potential conservative nominees, fill vacancies and ensure that the appellate bench is deep in case another Supreme Court vacancy arises. Amid tension, Trump and McConnell together on judges As such on Thursday, the President announced 16 more nominees -- including his own deputy White House counsel -- for lower court seats.
  • Judge Upholds Requirement Forcing California Churches to Pay for Abortions

    09/07/2017 11:25:17 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | Sep 6, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger  
    Churches in California still are being forced to pay for abortions in their health insurance plans after a federal court dismissed a legal challenge by three churches Friday. Churches across California have been battling the onerous abortion mandate for years with no relief. The troubling situation began in 2014 when the California Department of Managed Health Care reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering elective abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt. Friday was another defeat for the churches in Foothill Church v. Rouillard...
  • Texas judge strikes down Obama overtime rule

    09/02/2017 2:29:15 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 2 replies
    Upstate Business Journal ^ | September 1, 2017 | Rudolph Bell
    A federal judge in Texas has made permanent an earlier finding that the Obama administration overstepped its bounds by extending overtime pay to 4.2 million workers. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in November had issued a preliminary injunction blocking the mandate from the U.S. Labor Department. He struck down the mandate in a permanent order issued Aug. 31. The rule change would have extended overtime protection to salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year. The proposal had employers in a range of industries, including restaurants, scrambling to decide whether to raise the salaries of affected employees to the new...
  • Israeli Court Reduces Prison Term for Pisgat Ze’ev Teen Terrorist (13 Yrs Old - Victims Angry)

    08/11/2017 10:53:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | August 10, 2017 | Hana Levi Julian
    Arab terrorists, ages 13 and 15, chasing victim in Pisgat Ze'ev - both brandishing knives. Israel’s Supreme Court has reduced the prison term meted out to one of two Arab terrorists who in 2015 attempted to murder Jews in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev. The terrorist in question, Ahmed Manasra, was 13 years old at the time of the attack and nearly succeeded in his efforts. One of his victims was a Jewish boy his own age, who nearly died of the stab wounds he inflicted. His 15-year-old cousin Hasan was shot and killed by police at the scene,...
  • Courting Success, Bigly

    08/09/2017 6:35:17 PM PDT · by LS · 29 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 8/3/2017 | LS
    Don’t look now, but while Democrats (and some goofy Republicans) continue to push Russian conspiracy stories, President Trump is advancing his Greatness Agenda through court appointments like wildfire. The Senate on August 1 confirmed Kevin Newsom to the 11th Circuit, joining Sixth Circuit Judges Amul R. Thapar and John K. Bush as confirmed
  • Mexican court forbids imports of US potatoes

    08/04/2017 8:53:58 PM PDT · by boycott · 33 replies ^ | August 04, 2017
    A Mexican federal court has made an unusual ruling that bans the import of U.S. potatoes on the grounds the imports violate Mexicans’ right to food sovereignty and a healthy environment. A group of Mexican potato growers had sought a constitutional injunction on the imports, claiming they threaten to spread agricultural diseases. The court said Mexican agricultural authorities had failed to use methods like radiation treatment of imports to prevent diseases. But because federal injunctions are intended only to protect constitutional rights, the ruling had to break some new ground. The court ruled the ban must be implemented to preserve...