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  • Federal court to Obama: You can’t spend money on ObamaCare if Congress didn’t allocate

    05/13/2016 9:01:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/13/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Federal court to Obama: Sorry, champ, you can't spend money on ObamaCare if Congress didn't allocate it It seemed an astoundly obvious case. The power of the purse belongs to Congress, and the executive branch can’t just spend money if Congress never passed a bill allocating the money. But ths is the presidency of Barack Obama, where things like the Constitution and balances of power are mere puzzles to be solved by a power-crazed executive. Remember, this is the guy who regularly declares, “If Congress won’t act, I will!” No, champ. If Congress won’t act, you can’t. That’s how the...
  • Walmart wins suit against Puerto Rico; tax declared invalid

    03/28/2016 6:53:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 28, 2016 7:54 PM EDT | Danica Coto
    Retail giant Walmart won a legal victory Monday in a fight over taxation by Puerto Rico’s government. A federal judge in the U.S. island territory ruled that a modified tangible-property tax is invalid. The ruling was issued as Puerto Rico’s government rushes to find new sources of revenue and a debt restructuring mechanism from the U.S. Congress while struggling through a decade-long economic crisis. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said his government will appeal the decision. “The judge just took away $100 million from the people of Puerto Rico and gave it to Walmart,” he said, referring to the revenue the...
  • Federal court deals blow to gun reformers saying people have 'fundamental right' to own assault

    02/07/2016 8:10:45 AM PST · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    Daily News ^ | February 6, 2016 | Laura Bult
    FULL TITLE - Federal court deals blow to gun reformers saying people have 'fundamental right' to own assault weapons in rejection of Maryland law A federal court said that assault weapons are in such "common use" that owning them is a "fundamental right" in a decision that could force the Supreme Court to rule on whether the firearms are legal. On Thursday, a three-judge federal panel dealt a blow to anti-gun violence advocates when they rejected portions of a Maryland gun reform law. The legislation was passed following the Sandy Hook massacre which claimed the lives of 20 children and...
  • People Have A 'Fundamental Right' To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

    02/06/2016 8:32:39 AM PST · by Wildbill22 · 176 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 02/04/2016 | Cristian Farias
    In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state's prohibition on what the court called "the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens" amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. "In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the...
  • Time to Knock the Supremes Down a Peg or Three

    10/11/2015 12:59:02 AM PDT · by Monorprise · 43 replies ^ | OCTOBER 2, 2015 | AUSTIN RUSE
    Besides doing something about certain lawless decisions made by our black-robed masters, something must also be done about how we came to such a place where they can cast their gaze across the fruited plain and whatever catches their fancy becomes the law of the land, indeed higher than the Constitution. Roe was bad enough, a joke of a decision made out of whole cloth after Justice Blackmun consulted with phony history and the opinion of his young daughter. But Obergefell is much worse, coming as it does after twenty years of everyday Americans making their views abundantly and overwhelmingly...
  • Canada court allows women to wear veil for citizenship oath

    09/15/2015 1:36:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 2015 3:33 PM EDT
    Canada’s government has lost an attempt to ban the practice of wearing face veils while swearing the oath of citizenship. Zunera Ishaq is a 29-year-old woman with devout Muslim beliefs. She came to Canada from Pakistan in 2008 and refused to take part in a citizenship ceremony because she would have to remove her niqab. Prime Minister Stephen Harper government’s rule banning face coverings at such ceremonies was earlier found unlawful by the Federal Court. …
  • The ACA Means What It Says: The DC Court Declines to Usurp the Role of Congress

    07/23/2014 7:14:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/23/2014 | The Editors
    It’s an odd world in which judges are accused of usurping the role of Congress for ruling that the executive branch must follow the text of a law Congress wrote. But that’s what has happened today. In Halbig v. Burwell, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Congress never gave the federal government power to provide subsidies and assess penalties under the Affordable Care Act in states that haven’t established their own health-insurance exchanges. President Obama and the Congress that passed the law assumed this wouldn’t be a problem: States were expected to go along and establish their own...
  • Obama to nominate Krause to appeals court seat Read more at

    02/05/2014 8:33:59 AM PST · by Phillyred · 6 replies ^ | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014, 10:57 AM | Jonathan Tamari
    Jonathan Tamari POSTED: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014, 10:57 AM WASHINGTON -- President Obama will nominate Cheryl Anne Krause, a partner at the Philadelphia office of law firm Dechert LLP, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the third circuit, the White House said. Krause will be nominated today to a seat on the federal appeals court that serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands. "Cheryl Ann Krause has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through her work and I am honored to nominate her," Obama said in a news release.
  • Court throws out Brian Terry family’s case; Appeal possible

    11/16/2013 7:29:21 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 15 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 15, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    A federal court tonight has thrown out a case brought by the family of Brian Terry, the Border Patrol agent who was killed in a firefight on the Arizona-Mexico border in December 2010. Sharyl Attkisson reports that money already awarded to the family precludes this sort of case from proceeding.
  • Gov’t: Court should not allow disclosure

    10/03/2013 1:42:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 2, 2013 9:41 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal court should not permit five leading Internet companies to reveal how often they are ordered to turn over information about their customers in national security investigations, the government argued in papers released Wednesday. In a filing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the government said that allowing the companies to release such detailed information “would be invaluable to our adversaries,” providing a clear picture of where the government’s surveillance efforts are directed and how its surveillance activities change over time, the court papers stated. Companies seeking to release the information about the orders received are Google Inc., Microsoft...
  • Court: Passport law on Jerusalem unconstitutional

    07/23/2013 2:11:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2013 3:21 PM EDT | Frederic J. Frommer
    A federal appeals court Tuesday declared unconstitutional a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on their U.S. passports, the latest ruling in a case that stretches back a decade. … The case was brought by parents of an American boy named Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in a Jerusalem hospital soon after the law was passed. The parents wanted to list Israel as his birthplace, but the U.S. has refused to recognize any nation's sovereignty over Jerusalem since Israel’s creation in 1948—so the boy’s U.S. passport only says “Jerusalem” as his birthplace. The Bush...
  • Gun Advocates Don't Like That A Concealed-Carry Lawsuit Is Going To Federal Court

    06/28/2013 6:27:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Wisconsin Public Radio ^ | 28 June, 2013 | Gilman Halsted
      Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen recently changed the venue of a lawsuit challenging the state's rules for granting concealed-carry permits. A gun rights group is now criticizing the decision. Listen   The law being challenged limits the class size of a firearms safety course that’s required for concealed-carry permit applicants. Originally, a Waukesha judge was scheduled to hear arguments on July 8 on blocking the law.Nik Clark of Wisconsin Carry, Inc. says now that the case has moved to federal court that hearing has been cancelled, delaying a decision in the suit. Clark: “It seems to me that this is a...
  • Obama Plans 3 Nominations for Key Court

    05/28/2013 6:26:35 AM PDT · by onyx · 61 replies
    NYT ^ | May 27, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Obama will soon accelerate his efforts to put a lasting imprint on the country’s judiciary by simultaneously nominating three judges to an important federal court, a move that is certain to unleash fierce Republican opposition and could rekindle a broader partisan struggle over Senate rules. In trying to fill the three vacancies on the 11-member United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at once, Mr. Obama will be adopting a more aggressive nomination strategy. He will effectively be daring Republicans to find specific ground to filibuster all the nominees. White House officials declined...
  • Levin: Federal Court Rules Obama Appointments Unconstitutional But Is Ignored

    02/01/2013 1:59:30 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 21 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | 02/01/13 | Daniel Noe - Mark Levin
    WASHINGTON – President Obama violated the Constitution whe n he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Court rejects Texas redistricting maps (blocks TX voter ID law)[2 title changes at link]

    08/28/2012 1:47:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 106 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/28/12 | Drew Singer
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial Texas voter identification law discriminates against black and Hispanic voters, effectively killing the law before it could take effect for the November 6 presidential election. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued the ruling. ..
  • Federal court rejects voting districts drawn by Texas Legislature, finds maps discriminatory

    08/28/2012 1:01:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 28, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal court rejects voting districts drawn by Texas Legislature, finds maps discriminatory.
  • Court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules

    06/26/2012 12:04:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/26/12 | Ayesha Rascoe - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed rules governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, clearing a path for sweeping regulations affecting vehicles, coal-burning power plants and other industrial facilities. Handing a setback to industry and a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decision to set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were "neither arbitrary nor capricious." The ruling, which addresses four separate lawsuits, upholds the underpinnings of the...
  • Federal court upholds EPA's global warming rules

    06/26/2012 9:37:13 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 26, 2012 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming. The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and various states, will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities such as factories and power plants, as well as from automobile tailpipes.
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, June-26-2012

    06/26/2012 2:25:11 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 152 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Newt Gingrich follows FDR with court-packing scheme

    11/25/2011 5:13:14 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 58 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Examiner, opinion ^ | November 25, 2011 | Ken Klukowski
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s idea for checking judicial activism is a textbook case of historical revisionism that is strikingly similar to the court-packing scheme of liberal icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Gingrich said Congress should just pass a law eliminating specific judgeships, presumably immediately ousting the activist judges currently filling those seats. Gingrich lionizes an incident now regarded as profoundly troubling by constitutional scholars. When Thomas Jefferson replaced John Adams as president in 1801, the outgoing Congress created new federal courts and judgeships which Adams promptly filled. The new Congress repealed the law and the judges were ousted. Jefferson considered...
  • Sunken treasure awarded to Spain

    09/26/2011 12:23:37 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 67 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 9-26-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    A sunken treasure worth about $500 million was discovered by an American company has been awarded to Spain by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The treasure-laden Spanish ship was located off the coast of Gibraltar in 2007. It had been sunk during a naval battle with the British navy in 1804. Several parties made claim to the treasure. The company that made the recovery, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., the governments of Spain and Peru, and 25 individuals who were descendants of the sailors on the ship. The federal district court, which heard...
  • Watch out for Bankruptcy trustees-MUST READ!

    07/19/2011 1:22:58 PM PDT · by caringforlife31 · 43 replies
    N/A | 7/19/11 | caringforlife31
    If you have fallen on hard times like my wife and I and you file any type of personal bankruptcy be very careful that your assigned US bankruptcy trustee has disclosed all pertinent information to you. In our case we used a licensed bankruptcy petitioner who gave us incorrect information about our income tax refund which was not filed for 2010 yet. We were told we need not list anything about our 2010 income taxes since we had not filed yet nor had any w-2s etc. Our bankruptcy case was filed august 2010 and was discharged in dec 2010. In...
  • Oh my: Federal appeals court highly skeptical of ObamaCare in today’s oral arguments

    06/08/2011 5:50:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Allahpundit
    Granted, granted, a tough oral argument is no guarantee of defeat, but the mere possibility of O-Care crashing and burning in the 11th Circuit is tasty enough to be blogworthy. Time magazine makes a good point: Lower-court rulings on the mandate’s constitutionality have tracked with each judge’s partisan leanings, but the 11th Circuit panel is truly bipartisan. Two of the three judges who heard arguments today were appointed to the district court by Reagan, but two of the three were elevated to the appellate court by Clinton. Given that melange of blue and red, you think famous fencesitter Anthony Kennedy...
  • Gay softball league limit on straight players OK'd

    06/03/2011 4:57:05 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 2, 2011 | GENE JOHNSON
    A gay softball organization can keep its rule limiting the number of heterosexual players on each team, but allegations by three players who say they were disqualified from a tournament because they weren't gay enough can proceed to trial, a federal judge said. The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance oversees gay softball leagues in dozens of U.S. cities and runs an annual tournament called the Gay Softball World Series. Three men claim in a lawsuit filed last year that their team's second-place finish in the 2008 tournament in Washington state was nullified because they are bisexual, not gay, and...
  • CORNYN: No gavel for Obama’s pay-for-play appointee (McConnell)

    05/03/2011 7:43:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 3, 2011 | Sen. John Cornyn
    Senate can’t be rubber stamp for judicial nominees who mislead CongressThe Constitution clearly delineates the power of “advice and consent” on judicial nominations to the U.S. Senate alone. Moreover, “advice and consent” means more than a rubber-stamp of the president’s nominees. It means we, as senators, have a constitutional responsibility to ensure that the nation gets the very best candidates for these appointments. Typically, those nominated are of the highest caliber, practitioners and scholars characterized by distinguished careers marked with unmistakable professional integrity. Unfortunately, Jack McConnell does not fit this bill. Nominated to the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island,...
  • ObamaCare overreach

    12/14/2010 3:55:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 13, 2010 | BETSY McCAUGHEY
    <p>Federal District Court Judge Henry Hudson's ruling yesterday that Congress can't compel Americans to buy health insurance ought to be required reading for Congress members. They take an oath to uphold the US Constitution, but most members are ignorant of what the document says and routinely enact laws without giving the Constitution a moment's thought.</p>
  • Alleged Al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ghailani acquitted

    11/17/2010 7:47:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/17/2010 | Scott Shifrel,Jose Martinez,Lukas Alpert
    The first civilian trial of a Guantanamo detainee ended yesterday with the stunning acquittal of an alleged Al Qaeda operative on all but a single count. A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani, 36, of conspiring to destroy U.S. buildings and property in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. But the jury - after 4 1/2 days of deliberation - cleared Ghailani of more than 280 other counts, including the top charges of murder and murder conspiracy. Even though the charge he was convicted of carries a mandatory 20-year-to-life sentence,...
  • Judge likely to deny gov't on gay troops order

    10/19/2010 11:33:04 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    AOL News ^ | 19/10/10 | Julie Watson
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. -A federal judge is expected to rule Tuesday on a government request to delay her order halting the military from enforcing its ban on openly gay troops — a request she has said she'll probably deny. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said Monday she would review the arguments from Justice Department lawyers. "My tentative ruling is to deny the application for a stay," Phillips said at the start of Monday's hearing.
  • Legal Challenge to ObamaCare Passes First Hurdle

    08/03/2010 8:58:35 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 3, 1010 | Dan Miller
    Judge Hudson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied a motion by the federal government to dismiss a suit filed by Virginia challenging the mandatory health insurance provisions of the ObamaCare law. Similar motions to dismiss are pending in other district courts. By virtue of its procedural posture, denial of the motion to dismiss Virginia’s action does not decide the case. However, it does provide tentative guidance as to how at least one federal judge may eventually rule on whether a federal requirement that individuals purchase health insurance is within the powers of the...
  • Obama Administration 'Edict' Halting Deepwater Drilling Enjoined by Federal Court

    06/23/2010 4:50:50 AM PDT · by tcg · 10 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/23/10 | Keith A. Fournier
    Motions for Preliminary Injunctions are called "extraordinary relief" for good reason. They are rarely granted...They are based upon a pleading, filed prior to a full hearing, which claims that if the Court does not intervene, serious and irreparable injury and harm will result to the party who seeks the remedy. When the Court does intervene, the party who sought the remedy from the Court has shown "a substantial likelihood of prevailing on the merits" as well as a "substantial threat of irreparable injury" without such a drastic judicial action by the Court This is a very well written, carefully researched...

    04/19/2010 5:54:02 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies · 288+ views ^ | 04/19/2010 | Staff
    The Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action call Judge Crabb's decision "judicial activism at its worst." National prayer observances date back to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt with the National Day of Prayer beginning in 1952 by an act of Congress. Rev. Patrick Mahoney and Rev. Rob Schenck will be holding a news conference to discuss their call for President Obama to take urgent action on the appeal and the steps they are putting in place for a national campaign. The news conference will be on Monday, April 19, at 11:00 A.M., in front of the White...
  • Backing Away from the Wall

    03/14/2010 3:30:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 292+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | March 14, 2010 | Ben Voth
    It is an article of faith on the left that a "Wall" separating church and state justifies hounding religion out of the public square. But the federal courts have been backing away from that metaphor. March 11, 2010 may go down as another politically historic day. On that date, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voted in a 2-1 decision that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional. This surprising verdict from the most overturned federal appeals courts in the nation must have come as a shock to Michael Newdow, who had previously...
  • Congresswomen Kilpatrick, Grand Jury Subpoena

    03/11/2010 3:04:30 AM PST · by taildragger · 83 replies · 5,222+ views
    WWJ Radio | 3/11/2010 | taildragger
    Kawame's Mommy and a Top Aid have been served Subpoena's. It happened March 1st, she told Pelosi and it is just breaking now
  • Obama - Maybe a Citizen of the United States But Not a Natural Born Citizen

    03/05/2010 4:25:45 AM PST · by Spaulding · 131 replies · 2,542+ views
    The question which has gripped our Constitutional Republic is whether putative President, Barack Obama, is eligible to be President and Commander in Chief of the Military. Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of our Constitution provides that: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.” Despite...
  • 'Lady Al Qaeda' trial: Suspected terrorist Aafia Siddiqui tossed from courtroom after outburst

    01/14/2010 4:31:05 PM PST · by Velveeta · 24 replies · 1,073+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/14/2010 | Alison Gendar
    A jury was chosen Thursday in the "Lady Al Qaeda" trial - but not before the defendant interrupted the process with more outbursts and was tossed from the courtroom. A day after she demanded Jews be excluded from the jury, Aafia Siddiqui went to deliver more rants about Jews and the 9/11 terror attacks. "I have nothing to do with 9/11," she said when a potential juror who cited her personal experience on Sept. 11 was dismissed. Siddiqui is on trial in Manhattan federal court for attempted murder. She was arrested by Afghan police after being caught in July 2008...
  • Blackwater men cleared

    01/01/2010 3:07:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 849+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- A federal judge dismissed all charges yesterday against five private Blackwater security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007. The shooting left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. The Iraqi government had wanted the guards to face trial in Iraq. Judge Ricardo Urbina said the prosecutors ignored the advice of Justice Department officials and improperly built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity. Urbina said the government's explanations were "contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility."
  • Why the gov't could lose this case

    11/25/2009 3:10:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies · 939+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 25, 2009 | MICHAEL W. SCHWARTZ
    BY the real-world standard of how lawyers act, Attorney General Eric Holder's professed certainty about his decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-defendants in federal court is strictly (pardon the expression) "bush." It's an old adage among litigators that you're not a real trial lawyer until you've won an unwinnable case and lost an unloseable one. Lawyers in private practice know -- and make sure their clients know -- that litigation is a chancy business. That, of course, is a major reason why private disputes are overwhelmingly settled before (or during) trial and why most criminal cases are...
  • Lindsey Graham Utterly Destroys The Obama Administration Decision To Try KSM In Civilian Court

    11/18/2009 10:38:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 80 replies · 3,670+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Curt
    Senator Lindsey Graham, of all people, destroys Our Attorney General (and Obama) on their idiotic decision to fight this war as a law enforcement issue: Ann Althouse: Holder imagines that he can hide inside that “thoughtful” routine that Obama so often relies on, but it is utterly pathetic here. Either he knows damned well what he’s doing and he’s lying or he’s outrageously unqualified for his job. His evasive style is so similar to Obama’s that he makes Obama look worse. Dan Karipides at Wizbang isn’t buying it. He doesn’t believe Holder is this much of an amateur: Which unfortunately...
  • The AG's Distortion of the Opposition to His Decision

    11/18/2009 3:29:52 PM PST · by kwill4u · 6 replies · 341+ views
    N.R.O. ^ | andy mccarthy
    Attorney General Holder has several times offered a spirited defense of federal prosecutors — including expressions of confidence that KSM and the other jihadists will be convicted
  • How Hard Will It Be to Convict Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?

    11/18/2009 1:08:34 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 789+ views
    Pajamas News ^ | 11/19/2009 | Dan Miller
    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators detained at Gitmo are to face trial in a federal district court in New York City, where the death penalty may be sought. They had been facing trial by a military commission at Gitmo, but President Obama decided that he would prefer that the trial be in a civilian court. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressed confidence that the cases were strong, and said the trials would not be impaired by the harsh interrogations of Mohammed and others: I am confident in the ability of our courts to provide these defendants a fair trial,...
  • The KSM Trial Will Be an Intelligence Bonanza for al Qaeda

    11/15/2009 10:07:52 PM PST · by FromLori · 49 replies · 1,754+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/15/09
    The government will have to choose between vigorous prosecution and revealing classified sources and methods. This is a prosecutorial decision as well as a national security decision," President Barack Obama said last week about the attorney general's announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other al Qaeda operatives will be put on trial in New York City federal court. No, it is not. It is a presidential decision—one about the hard, ever-present trade-off between civil liberties and national security. Trying KSM in civilian court will be an intelligence bonanza for al Qaeda and the hostile nations that will view the U.S....

    10/27/2009 5:42:01 AM PDT · by jbjd · 2 replies · 502+ views
    jbjd ^ | 10.27.09 | jbjd
    ... It’s true. Mr. Bauer actually asked a federal judge to take judicial notice that APFC ‘noted’ an imaginary newspaper birth announcement; and that Barack Obama “publicly produced” a “birth certificate” that can only be observed through a computer screen. And he had the audacity to hope the court would grant his wish. Thank goodness, the only relief The Honorable Judge James Robertson granted was the Motion to Dismiss. Because know what Mr. Bauer would have done if Judge Robertson had been as “impressed” with his tenacity as Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Kaine, et al.? He would have twisted judicial notice...
  • Government by the Courts, Not the People CA Federal Court thwarts State budget cuts

    10/22/2009 8:49:41 AM PDT · by usflagwaver · 4 replies · 263+ views ^ | 10/22/09 | Thomas G. Del Beccaro
    California has long been the land of fruits and nuts – and now runaway federal courts. Of course, a long time ago, in a place far, far away, the legislatures of individual States of these United States, had a far greater say in the lives of their citizens. Indeed, for the first 150 years of our existence, the federal government – the Congress and the Courts – had little to say or do in the lives of Americans – the Civil War excluded.
  • New York Federal Judge Denies Request For CIA Secret Documents

    10/17/2009 8:38:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1,338+ views
    Global Security ^ | 10/01/2009 | Carolyn Weaver
    A U.S. federal judge has ruled that hundreds of documents detailing the Central Intelligence Agency's now-shuttered overseas secret detention program of suspected terrorists, including extreme interrogation methods, may be kept secret. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein on Wednesday refused to release documents describing Central Intelligence Agency terror interrogations, and the names of detainees or CIA contractors involved in the secret rendition program. He said he would defer to the CIA's judgment on the need to keep the papers secret in order to protect intelligence methods and sources. The American Civil Liberties Union had asked for the release of 580...
  • Hearing scheduled in case of Capt. Connie Rhodes and attorney Orly Taitz

    09/10/2009 4:33:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies · 1,228+ views ^ | 09/10/2009 | ALAN RIQUELMY
    A federal hearing has been scheduled in the case of an Army captain seeking to avoid deployment based on arguments that President Barack Obama can’t legitimately hold office. A hearing for Capt. Connie Rhodes is set for 2 p.m. Friday, court records show. Rhodes claims the president is “an illegal usurper” and “an unlawful pretender” and that she cannot lawfully act under his authority. Defendants include Obama, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Col. Thomas MacDonald, Fort Benning garrison commander. Rhodes seeks to stop Gates, MacDonald and others from giving her and others until Obama’s citizenship status is established, her...
  • Obama Choice of September 8th to Address Schools has Hidden Agenda

    09/03/2009 12:37:12 PM PDT · by FARS · 95 replies · 4,933+ views
    AntiMullah ^ | 09/03/09 | Alan Peters
    As an observer of the Oba-Hussein Administration strategy and tactics, which increasingly seems to misjudge the minds of the American people and bask in the narcissistic glow of accolades from their core admirers and bought supporters, it occurred to me that the choice of Tuesday September 8th to try to hog the national news scene has much to do with another MAJOR event taking place on that date at 8:00 a.m. in Santa Ana, California.
  • Judge sets Jan 2010 federal gay marriage trial

    08/20/2009 10:48:26 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies · 2,178+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-19-09 | Peter Henderson
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal court case which could legalize gay marriage in the United States will begin trial in January 2010 with high-profile lawyers but not longtime gay and conservative antagonists lined up on opposite sides of the debate, a district judge ruled on Wednesday. Aiming to speed a contentious case that could be destined for the U.S. Supreme Court, San Francisco District Court Judge Vaughn Walker denied requests to join the case from gay advocacy groups and social conservatives who said they would not be adequately represented. Ted Olson, the conservative lawyer whose Supreme Court arguments put...
  • The Fourteenth Amendment and a “natural born citizen” (Obama NOT nbc even if born in Hawaii)

    07/23/2009 2:37:34 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 116 replies · 5,414+ views
    The Birthers ^ | Unknown | Staff
    The Fourteenth Amendment and a “natural born citizen” A common misunderstanding of “natural born” citizenship comes from the Fourteenth Amendment, but a strict reading of the fourteenth amendment is quite clear that this only conveys an at birth naturalized citizenship. Those born in the United States at the time of adoption and afterwards were only citizens. Those who wrote the amendment knew exactly what they were doing. Because of the distinctive use of “natural born citizen” and “citizen,” in Article II, Section 1 the simple fact that being born in the United States does not make one a “natural born...
  • Obama has 60 Days To Answer

    07/20/2009 4:17:05 AM PDT · by Man50D · 36 replies · 3,379+ views
    The Judge assured Orly that the case would be given top priority and would be quote, “resolved quicker in this court than in any other court.” LOL, hahahaahah I just got off the phone with Attorney Charles Lincoln who has been working with Dr. Orly and was at the hearing today. The judge denied default BUT he ordered that the case proceed without any objections, and that the case would be decided on its merits. Obama has 60 days to answer. The Judge assured Orly that the case would be given top priority and would be quote, “resolved quicker in...
  • Retired general, lieutenant colonel join reservist’s lawsuit over Obama's birth status

    07/15/2009 5:09:42 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 61 replies · 3,909+ views
    Ledger-Enquirer ^ | July 15, 2009 | Lily Gordon
    A controversial suit brought by a U.S. Army reservist has been joined by a retired Army two-star general and an active reserve Air Force lieutenant colonel. Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook filed the suit July 8 in federal court here asking for conscientious objector status and a preliminary injunction based upon his belief that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and is therefore ineligible to serve as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. But before the issue got to court, Cook’s orders to deploy to Afghanistan were revoked. Lt. Col. Maria Quon, U.S. Army Public Affairs...