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  • Judge Tied to Federalist Society Ban Belonged to Left-Wing Legal Group

    06/05/2020 12:09:59 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 3 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Kevin Daley - JUNE 4, 2020 | Kevin Daley - JUNE 4, 2020
    A federal judge tied to an ethics proposal that would bar judges from joining the Federalist Society and its would-be liberal equivalent, the American Constitution Society (ACS), was an ACS member as recently as 2010, prompting charges of bad faith from legal conservatives. The Committee on Codes of Conduct, an official judicial body that gives ethics advice to federal judges, produced a draft advisory opinion that would bar judges from joining the Federalist Society or ACS. Though the committee's work is confidential and the opinion was unsigned, conservative lawyers and commentators have pushed suspicions that Chief Judge John McConnell of...
  • Senate Dems raise alarm on 'captured' federal courts as Trump, Republicans keep judicial confirmations coming

    05/28/2020 11:51:58 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28 2020 | Tyler Olson
    Senate Democrats released a 50-plus page report Wednesday sounding alarm bells over the rate at which Senate Republicans and President Trump have confirmed federal judges during the president's first term as Republicans are working on shepherding along even more lifetime-appointed federal judges. The account calls GOP-appointed judges "politicians in robes," rails against the Chief Justice John Roberts' Supreme Court, slams the conservative and libertarian lawyers' group the Federalist Society and says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is "betraying the vision of our founders." The report was widely promoted by high-profile Senate Democrats on Wednesday, including Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.,...
  • Federal court backs California Gov. Gavin Newsom's orders keeping churches closed

    05/24/2020 8:45:05 PM PDT · by wanganghi · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/24/2020 | Bill Hutchinson
    A federal appeals court has backed California Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order banning in-church services to blunt the spread of coronavirus, rejecting an argument from clerics that the governor is treading on their First Amendment right to free exercise of their religious beliefs.
  • Carrie Severino: Far-left Obama-appointed judge launches political attack on conservative Federalist Society

    05/23/2020 9:18:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mat 23, 2020 | Carrie Severino
    U.S. District Judge John McConnell is an unabashed liberal, big donor to the Democratic Party, and a longtime friend of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a far-left Democrat from the judge’s home state of Rhode Island. McConnell owes his job to Whitehouse, who asked President Barack Obama to nominate him to become a federal judge. A recent CQ Roll Call investigation showed that McConnell gave about $500,000 to Democratic political committees before becoming a judge – more than any other judge nominated by Presidents Obama or Trump. Why should you care? Because McConnell sits on the Committee on Codes of Conduct of...
  • DC Circuit Panel Orders Judge Sullivan To Respond Within 10 Days

    05/21/2020 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Hostage · 54 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | May 21, 2020 | Sundance
    A three panel DC Appeals Court Panel, Judge Henderson, Judge Wilkins and Judge Rao have ordered Michael Flynn’s Judge, Emett Sullivan, to respond to the defense petition for a writ of mandamus within ten days: Quoting the U.S. vs Fokker ruling the panel is not responding directly to the Flynn petition with an immediate decision; instead they are requiring Judge Sullivan to explain his decision to engage with extra-party amicus actions despite the DOJ and Flynn defense agreement on the motion to dismiss. The order can be viewed as a smart move by the appeals panel because Judge Sullivan has...
  • McConnell Is Pushing Through Another Trump Judge Who’s Gunning for Obamacare

    05/20/2020 5:35:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies ^ | 5/20/20 | MARK JOSEPH STERN
    Wilson might as well have been hatched in a Federalist Society lab; his lengthy political record reveals a deep commitment to Republicans’ political goals. Alliance for Justice, a progressive group that has opposed most of Trump’s judicial nominees, compiled a record of Wilson’s many controversial positions. Examples of his partisanship are not difficult to find. Wilson called Barack Obama “King Barack,” “petty and small,” “a fit-throwing teenager,” the “Anointed One,” a “radical leftist,” and “shrill, dishonest, and intellectually bankrupt.” He charged Obama with running the “most paranoid and politicized White House since Nixon.” He has also called Hillary Clinton “Crooked...
  • Judge Justin Walker: Tough and Qualified for the DC Circuit

    05/04/2020 3:42:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 5/4/20 | Garrett Ventry
    Donald Trump’s most lasting legacy will be his appointments to the federal bench. In his tenure so far, the Senate has confirmed 193 judges, 51 of whom were circuit judges. All were nominated by President Trump. Indeed, President Trump and the Senate have confirmed federal appellate judges faster than any other president in U.S. history. For all judges, President Trump’s rate is the second fastest. The Senate returns to Washington next week, and on the agenda is another stellar judicial nominee, Judge Justin Walker. Walker is the quintessential Trump appointee. He’s young, he has impeccable legal credentials, and he has...
  • Dems resist Senate GOP push to confirm judges, including ex-Kavanaugh clerk, amid coronavirus

    04/29/2020 2:48:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2020 | Tyler Olson
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of Democrats calling on Senate Republicans to pause their efforts to confirm federal judges when the Senate returns on May 4 amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the GOP seems less interested in passing further measures to combat the virus than they are in putting more of President Trump's nominees on the federal bench. "The GDP just had its biggest drop since the Great Recession, the United States has surpassed one million confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, and we still don’t have adequate testing," Schumer said in a statement....
  • For Easter, a federal judge wrote a luminous decision defending religious liberty

    04/12/2020 3:57:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 4/12/20 | Andrea Widburg
    On Saturday, American Thinker pointed out that Democrat-run jurisdictions, at both the state and the local level, seem to be enjoying a little too much the power that a public health emergency has put into their hands. One of the examples was the order Mayor Greg Fischer issued in Louisville, Kentucky. He banned all Easter services, including drive-ins, and explicitly instructed his police department to write down the license plate numbers of people attending a drive-in Easter Sunday service. The On Fire Christian Center sought an emergency temporary restraining order in the United States District Court for the Western District...
  • Judge: Kentucky church can conduct Easter drive-in service

    04/11/2020 5:38:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 4/11/2020
    Kentucky’s largest city cannot halt a local church’s drive-in service planned for Easter, a federal judge on Saturday ruled. The ruling came as Republicans blasted Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s statewide plan to order people into quarantine if they attend mass gatherings, including religious ones. On Fire Christian Church had sued Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and the city after Fischer announced drive-in style religious gatherings were not allowed on Easter.
  • Federal Judge Issues Restraining Order Against Kentucky City and Police Attempting to Block Easter Worship…

    04/11/2020 4:06:38 PM PDT · by TexasGurl24 · 17 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | 04/11/2020 | Conservative Tree House
    Well, at least one federal judge has some common sense. Louisville Kentucky Mayor, Greg Fischer, attempted to ban drive-in Easter church services and use local police to arrest and detain any non-compliant parishioners. The church quickly sued Mayor Greg Fischer and the city of Louisville on Friday, arguing the mayor’s directive for churches to forgo gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 violated Constitutional rights and their religious liberty. The judge agreed. District Court Judge walker issued an emergency restraining order banning the city from “enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition...
  • Kentucky Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Mayor For Prohibiting Drive-In Easter Church Service

    04/11/2020 2:37:56 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 78 replies ^ | 04-11-2020 | 0Andrea Morris
    A judge in Louisville, Kentucky issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that would stop Mayor Greg Fischer from preventing a church from having a drive-in Easter service. According to the First Liberty Institute, a religious law group, the TRO was filed on Friday in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on behalf of On Fire Christian Church located in Louisville. Judge Justin Walker granted the order on Saturday, preventing the city from "enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services at On Fire," according to court...
  • Texas abortion ban can go back into effect, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules

    03/31/2020 2:03:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | March 31, 2020 | Katie Smith
    Texas will again be allowed to implement its temporary ban on abortion, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday afternoon. Per the order, any abortion "not medically necessary to preserve the life or health" of the patient must be halted as part of the state's directive suspending "non-essential" medical procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic. The ban was briefly lifted on Monday evening when a lower court ruled the suspension of abortion services was unconstitutional and in violation of Supreme Court precedent, including Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. "I thank the court for their immediate...
  • District judge says city cant stop Louisville church from holding drive-in Easter service

    04/11/2020 12:55:16 PM PDT · by abb · 63 replies
    WLKY-TV ^ | April 11, 2020` | WLKY Digital Team
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville-based church was granted an injunction in response to the city's crackdown on drive-in services. Earlier this week, On Fire Christian church sued Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and the city of Louisville, arguing the mayor's action to stop drive-in services at churches was a violation of constitutional rights. Advertisement According to court documents obtained by WLKY, Kentucky District Judge Justin Walker issued a temporary restraining order Saturday, which says the city is banned from stopping On Fire Christian Church from holding the services. "The Court enjoins Louisville from enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or...
  • Trump nominates Mississippi judge for 5th US appeals court

    03/30/2020 4:33:00 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    A judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals is being nominated to serve on a federal appeals court that handles cases for Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, the White House announced Monday. Cory Wilson joined the 10-member state court in February 2019 after being appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican. Before that, Wilson was a first-term Republican member of the Mississippi House. President Donald Trump announced in August that he was nominating Wilson to become a federal district judge in southern Mississippi. The state’s two Republican U.S. senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, introduced Wilson to the Senate Judiciary Committee...
  • Trump Drains The Swamp, Keeps His Promise with Judge Justin Walker

    04/03/2020 8:41:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | April 3, 2020 | Mike Davis
    President Trump continues his record-breaking transformation of the federal judiciary with the selection of Judge Justin Walker -- a young, brilliant conservative legal mind and everyday American -- for the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Walker, a new federal trial judge in Louisville, Kentucky, is a first-generation college graduate, an outside-the-beltway legal powerhouse, and a committed constitutionalist who understands a judge’s modest, but critical, role is to interpret the law as written -- not how that judge wishes it were written if he were a senator. Very few Trump could pick for this sought-after seat would...
  • A Conservative Agenda Unleashed on the Federal Courts. President Trump’s imprint on the nation’s appeals courts has been swift and historic. He has named judges with records on a range of issues important to Republicans — and to his re-election.

    03/15/2020 4:42:25 AM PDT · by karpov · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 14, 2020 | Rebecca R. Ruiz, Robert Gebeloff, Steve Eder and Ben Protess
    As a Republican candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, Don R. Willett flaunted his uncompromising conservatism, boasting of endorsements from groups with “pro-life, pro-faith, pro-family” credentials. “I intend to build such a fiercely conservative record on the court that I will be unconfirmable for any future federal judicial post — and proudly so,” a Republican rival quoted him telling party leaders. Judge Willett served a dozen years on the Texas bench. But rather than disqualifying him, his record there propelled him to the very job he had deemed beyond reach. President Trump nominated him to a federal appeals court, and...
  • Today’s Political Mob Has Consequences, Veteran Jurist Warns

    02/26/2020 5:27:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 25, 2020 | Fred Lucas
    Retired federal judge Janice Rogers Brown warned Tuesday about the perils of the mob that views politics as all important and ignores objective truth. President Donald Trump has had to contend with a fired-up “resistance” of political opposition that will not recognize his presidency as legitimate, Brown suggested. “Prior to the 2016 election, America had a cherished tradition of peacefully transferring power. No riots in the streets. No military coups. George Washington himself set the standard,” Brown said. “However, we now know elections have consequences only when the correct candidate is elected.” Brown, who served on the U.S. Court of...
  • Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a 'shock wave'

    02/22/2020 1:44:26 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 58 replies ^ | 2/20/20 | Maura Dolan
    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 three years. In few places has the effect been felt more powerfully than in the sprawling 9th Circuit, which covers California and eight other states. Because of Trump's success in filling vacancies, the San Francisco-based circuit, long dominated by Democratic appointees, has suddenly shifted to the right, with an even more pronounced tilt expected in the years ahead. Trump has...
  • Trump Administration Appoints Numerous Texas Judges

    02/17/2020 6:01:08 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    The final vacant judicial seat in Texas is about to be filled by another of many Trump appointees. Houston lawyer Drew Tipton is expected to be confirmed soon to a lifetime appointment to a district judgeship in Corpus Christi. When Trump took office, Texas had more vacant judicial seats than most other states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, changed Senate procedures to speed the process of filling court vacancies. Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz say the new judges are strict constitutional interpreters.