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  • Federal Judge Uses 'Wrong Side of History' Argument in Striking Down Florida Marriage Law

    08/22/2014 6:12:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/22/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Even though the citizens of Florida voted in a 2008 referendum to define marriage as between one man and one woman in their state's constitution, yet another federal district judge has ruled that amendment is unconstitutional because it does not let Floridians marry someone of their same gender. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle came to the same conclusion Thursday as judges from four other districts in Florida previously found. Hinkle ruled that labeling marriage as only "between a man and a woman" was in violation of 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as it does not provide a guarantee...
  • Judge says US can't seize tanker full of Kurdish oil off Texas coast

    07/30/2014 8:17:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-30-14
    A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that U.S. Marshals will not be able to able to carry out her earlier order to seize a million barrels of Kurdish crude oil unless the tanker carrying the cargo comes closer to the Texas shore. The Wall Street Journal reported that federal magistrate judge Nancy Johnson said that the United Kalavrvta tanker was not within the boundaries of the state or the court's authority. She also said that the matter of who owned the oil should be decided in Iraq, not the United States. "Seems to me this is not a matter for...
  • Federal Judge Forbids Redskins’ Name from Being Used in His Court Docs

    07/17/2014 7:07:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 07/17/2014 | by Josh Feldman
    The Redskins. Just the mere mention of the name is enough to bother some people. Well, one federal judge ruling on a case about the team had forbade any references to the name in court or in court documents, and aside from a footnote, “Redskins” is never mentioned once in his ruling. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte wrote in that footnote, “Pro Football’s team is popularly known as the Washington ‘Redskins,’ but the Court will refrain from using the team name unless reference is made to a direct quote where the name appears.” And so, when he referenced the team...
  • Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional

    07/16/2014 1:32:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/16/2014 | Maura Dolan
    <p>A federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago.</p>
  • Second federal judge tells IRS to explain lost Lerner emails

    07/11/2014 2:01:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-11-14 | Shayla Bezdrob and Doug McKelway
    A second federal judge has now ordered the IRS to explain under oath how the agency lost emails from former division director Lois Lerner, the woman at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal. U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton told Obama administration lawyers on Friday he wants to see an affidavit explaining what happened with Lerner's hard drive. The IRS claims her computer suffered a crash in 2011 that wiped her email records at the time clean. But at a hearing examining a lawsuit against the IRS by conservative group True the Vote, Walton said he wants to...
  • Liberals Against an Obama Judge

    05/13/2014 9:02:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 12,2014 | Patrcia Murphy
    One of President Obama’s most controversial judicial nominees will finally get a hearing Tuesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee considers Michael Boggs for a lifetime appointment to Georgia’s federal bench.
  • Judge: Gov’t position in drone suit ‘disconcerting’

    07/19/2013 2:23:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2013 2:34 PM EDT | Frederic J. Frommer
    A federal judge said Friday that she finds “disconcerting” the Obama administration’s position that courts have no role in a lawsuit over the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric. U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer made the comment at a hearing on a government motion to dismiss the case. The suit was filed by relatives of the three men killed in the drone strikes, charging that the attacks violated the Constitution. It names as defendants then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, then-CIA Director David Petraeus and two commanders in the military’s Special Operations forces,...
  • US Judge backs Palestinian Authority's bid to conceal memo linking it to 2002 bombing

    01/14/2013 8:13:42 AM PST · by ilcenter · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 14, 2013 | BRUCE GOLDING
    A Us judge has ruled that the Palestinian Authority has the right to cover up a memo linking it to a suicide bombing that killed two teen American citizens in Israel, The Post has learned. The document — accidentally handed over to lawyers suing the authority for $300 million on behalf of the teens’ parents — reveals a “close relationship” between the bomber and a captain in the Palestinian Authority security forces who planned the terror attack, court papers say. The two-page memo, written in April 2012 by Maj. Ziad Abu Hamid of the authority’s General Intelligence Service, also details...
  • Senate vote moves pro-abortion Andrew Hurwitz closer to becoming a federal judge

    06/11/2012 9:03:50 PM PDT · by RicocheT · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Mon Jun 11, 2012 18:42 EST | Ben Johnson
    "One of the forces behind the Roe v. Wade opinion could be confirmed as a federal judge as early as tomorrow, after the U.S. Senate voted to advance his nomination for a vote Monday evening. The Senate adjourned just past seven o’clock Monday evening, shortly after Hurwitz cleared a cloture vote, which ended debate on his nomination. That vote means the Senate will take up a vote to name him to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday morning. He is strongly favored to win confirmation from the Democrat-controlled Senate sometime this week. Eight Republicans voted with the Democrats...
  • Encryption Decrypted By Federal Judge

    01/24/2012 12:27:06 PM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    http://www.mobilemag.com ^ | 01-24-2012 | By Leo Xavier,
    The self-incriminating clause of the Fifth Amendment is always a great help for defendants who want to keep their encrypted hard drives from being decrypted when prosecution asks for it, until now. A Colorado federal judge has ruled that decrypting a computer hard drive does not violate the defendant’s rights. The ruling came in a case against Ramona Fricosu, who is charged with mortgage fraud. She had argued that decrypting the data on her hard drive would require her to testify against herself, which is prohibited by the US Bill of Rights. But Judge Robert Blackburn decided differently. According to...
  • In Act of Defiance, Democrat Stalls Obama Choice for Court

    01/06/2012 6:23:47 AM PST · by Happy Valley Dude · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/5/2012 | KATE ZERNIKE
    When a Democratic president nominates a federal judge from a state with two Democratic senators — and the Senate itself is controlled by Democrats — a speedy confirmation hearing typically follows. But in an unusual case of intraparty defiance, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey is holding up President Obama’s nomination of a judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the only time a Democrat has tried to block one of Mr. Obama’s judicial nominees. Mr. Menendez would not comment. But the nominee, Patty Shwartz, has been in a relationship for more than two decades...
  • Bay Area to get 1st Latina federal judge (has been active in La Raza and other Latino groups)

    11/19/2011 6:48:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/16/11 | Bob Egelko
    Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, an Alameda County judge since 2008, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday for the U.S. District Court in Oakland, where she will become the first Latina federal judge in the Bay Area. The Senate voted 89-6 to approve President Obama's nomination of Gonzalez Rogers to fill the vacancy created by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's retirement in February. There was no debate, and the opponents, all Republicans, did not say why they voted against the nominee, who had not drawn any opposition in her committee hearing. Gonzalez Rogers, 46, a Texas native and Princeton honors graduate,...
  • Federal Judge Rules Florida Drug Law Unconstitutional

    07/30/2011 7:11:29 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/30/11 | Anthony Miller
    A federal judge has struck down a Florida drug law that convicts suspects of a drug offense even if they are unaware that the controlled substance is illegal.
  • 11 Republican Senators Permit Former Planned Parenthood Director to Become Federal Judge

    05/05/2011 1:48:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 5, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) - Senate Democrats were able to confirm the former director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island to a lifetime federal judgeship after 11 Republicans voted to close debate on the nomination and allow it to come up for a final vote. As a lawyer, the new judge was also involved in litigation against the tobacco industry and a failed lawsuit against former manufacturers of lead paint. The cloture vote on the nomination of John J. “Jack” McConnell was 63 to 33 with 1 senator voting present and 2 senators not voting at all. Had 4 of the 11...
  • Jared Loughner is indicted on 46 new charges in Tucson shooting - and could face death penalty

    03/05/2011 9:46:17 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:06 AM on 5th March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Suspected Tucson gunman Jared Loughner has been indicted on 46 new charges, including the murders of a federal judge and an aide to congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The new indictment, by a federal grand jury in Arizona, is the first step in a formal Department of Justice process to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the 22-year-old.
  • The Oklahoma Sharia Ban

    11/20/2010 1:35:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 22 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 20, 2010 | Todd Keister
    A Federal District Court judge recently issued an order blocking the implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma State Constitution. The amendment, approved by seventy percent of Oklahoma voters, would bar state court judges from considering either international or Islamic Sharia law when rendering legal decisions. This has naturally caused a firestorm of debate in the news media, all of which misses the central question, which is whether or not a federal court has the authority to arbitrarily interfere with the governance of a member state of our federal republic. The ruling in Oklahoma comes, not surprisingly, from federal judge...
  • Tax propositions ordered to fund Tangipahoa desegregation plan (Federal Judge goes berserk)

    11/18/2010 5:53:08 PM PST · by abb · 28 replies
    The (Baton Rouge) Advocate ^ | November 18, 2010 | Faimon A. Roberts
    U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle has ordered the Tangipahoa School Board to place a tax proposition on the April 2011 ballot, according to court documents. The order, dated Wednesday, reinforces earlier court orders and Lemelle’s statements during a U.S. District Court hearing Friday in New Orleans, when he warned the board that failure to put the measure on the ballot could result in court sanction. “To say, ‘We are not going to comply (with a court order)’ is not acceptable,” Lemelle told the board during Friday’s hearing. “You will force me to react.” The School Board could face a...
  • Shocker: "Gay" Federal Judge Rules California Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    08/04/2010 5:34:28 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 19 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Wednesday, August 4, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    U. S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker has ruled California's Prop 8 banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. Walker is one of only two known gay federal judges. Ironically, his appointment by former President George H. W. Bush was opposed by some Democrats on the grounds he was anti-gay. The Constitution has been in effect for over 200 years and the Fourteenth Amendment, cited by Judge Walker, has been in effect for over 140 years. Some things, such as new technology, may not have been envisioned by our founding fathers and could need interpretation by the courts. Gay marriage isn't...
  • Judge wants details on school tax proposal (Fed judge to impose tax w/o vote)

    05/20/2010 5:15:52 AM PDT · by abb · 13 replies · 459+ views
    The (Baton Rouge) Advocate ^ | May 20, 2010 | Bill Lodge
    A Baton Rouge federal judge said Wednesday he wants details on a plan to tax St. Helena Parish residents for public school improvements without calling an election. Parish and state officials also announced that low-performing St. Helena Central Middle School will be taken over by Louisiana’s Recovery School District. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady told School Board officials at a court hearing in the parish’s 57-year-old desegregation suit: “All of you get together, come up with a schedule.” Within a month, the judge said, he wants details on how the plan would “put some money into the system.” Earlier...
  • Federal Judge Awards Illegal Immigrant $145G Over Civil Rights Violation

    05/09/2010 9:10:48 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 24 replies · 701+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/9/10
    An illegal immigrant with a long rap sheet got a $145,000 parting gift from New York City taxpayers before he was deported, after a federal judge ruled his civil rights had been violated when he was held too long on Rikers Island.
  • Federal Court's Ruling Poses Threat to Terror-Finance Investigation

    04/02/2010 4:55:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 535+ views
    SNIPPET: "A federal judge in California has ruled that the Bush Administration illegally wiretapped the U.S. branch of the Saudi Arabian-based charity al Haramain Islamic Foundation. While ground breaking in its assessment of the controversial Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP), Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling is perhaps more important in that it may dismantle a five-year investigation into al Haramain's financial support for terrorist organizations. Al Haramain is active in more than 50 countries. The U.S. branch registered as a non-profit charity in Oregon in 1999.While it claims to "stand against terrorism, injustice, or subversive activities in any form, and [ ]...
  • Bank sues San Jose federal judge over boat payments (James Ware)

    10/01/2009 2:52:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 611+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 10/1/09 | Howard Mintz
    Even a federal judge can wind up having problems with lenders and banks these days. A small Northern California community bank this week sued San Jose U.S. District Judge James Ware in Santa Clara County Superior Court, accusing him of failing to make payments on an $80,000 boat he purchased nine years ago. The lawsuit, filed by Butte Community Bank, alleges that Ware owes more than $58,000 — and the bank is seeking a court order to seize the boat. So now the veteran federal judge finds himself facing the prospect of being a civil defendant in a courtroom instead...
  • Millions missing in funds controlled by L.A. federal judge (US District Court Judge Manuel L. Real)

    04/01/2009 5:29:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 919+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/1/09 | Carol J. Williams
    At least $5 million, and perhaps 10 times that amount, appears to be unaccounted for in funds entrusted to U.S. District Court Judge Manuel L. Real, and the rival Filipino claimants to the account want the controversy-plagued Los Angeles judge to provide full details of what happened with their money. In a protracted legal action brought by victims of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Real had been given control over about $34 million in assets seized from a Swiss bank account and a Panamanian shell company while the Manila government, the Philippines National Bank and individuals abused by Marcos pressed...
  • Federal judge upholds guns-at-work law (Florida)

    07/29/2008 5:59:16 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 40 replies · 222+ views
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | 07/29/08 | Aaron Deslatte
    A federal judge has dealt a major defeat to Florida's business lobby by upholding the main thrust of a new law allowing employees with concealed weapons permits to take their guns to work. The so called "guns-at-work" law was the product of a three-year constitutional clash that pitted the powerful National Rifle Association against equally influential business groups over two basic constitutional concepts: the right of private property and the right to bear arms.
  • CA: Federal judge throws out death penalty for 1983 double murder

    07/26/2008 10:42:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 420+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/26/08 | Steven Meyer and Steve. E. Swenson
    A Kern County man sentenced to death 25 years ago for participating in the double murder of a Mojave couple will not face the death penalty after all. The state attorney general’s office confirmed Friday it will not appeal a federal judge’s decision to throw out the 1983 death sentence of Constantino Carrera. In addition, the Kern County prosecutor who originally handled the case says too much time has passed to retry the case. None of these decisions affect Carrera’s conviction for the 1982 robbery and stabbing deaths of Jack and Carol Hayes, who managed the Imperial 400 Motel in...
  • Federal judge overturns rape, murder conviction

    02/08/2008 10:35:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 191+ views
    A federal judge on Friday overturned the conviction of a man on death row for the rape and murder of a woman outside an Orange County bar because of statements made by a prospective FBI agent that allowed him to get on the trial's jury. U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo B. Marshall overturned the conviction of Richard Raymond Ramirez because the jury foreman - who was a candidate to become an FBI agent - made "false and misleading" statements about his employment situation during jury selection in the 1985 trial. The juror, Thomas Alston, is now an FBI agent in...
  • Federal judge delays even further Calif's stalled death penalty

    11/06/2007 2:52:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 107+ views
    A federal judge canceled plans to tour California's new execution chamber later this month and temporarily halted proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's death penalty. U.S. District Court Jeremy Fogel (FOE-gol) in San Jose delayed litigation in the federal lawsuit filed by condemned killer Michael Morales because a state court judge on Oct. 31 invalidated the state's death penalty on administrative grounds. The U.S. Supreme Court has also been halting executions nationwide while it considers a challenge to Kentucky's lethal injection execution method. Fogel ordered lawyers to return to his courtroom in Jan. 17 to consider the next steps.
  • Judge halts illegal immigrant notices (Yup - a Clinton Appointee)

    09/01/2007 4:28:44 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 24 replies · 731+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1 Sep 07 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Social Security Administration cannot start sending out letters to employers next week containing notification of more serious penalties for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, a federal judge ruled Friday. Ruling on a lawsuit by the nation's largest federation of labor unions against the U.S. government, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the so-called "no-match" letters from going out as planned starting Tuesday. The AFL-CIO lawsuit, filed this week, claims that new Department of Homeland Security rules outlined in accompanying letters threaten to violate workers' rights and unfairly burden employers. Chesney said the...
  • Judge: Too drunk to remember night at strip club

    08/11/2007 8:22:23 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 44 replies · 1,649+ views
    WSTP-TV, Tampa Bay ^ | 8/10/2007 | Amy Herdy
    Denver -- Court documents show Colorado's top federal judge was too drunk to remember how he spent more than $3,000 at a strip club in two consecutive days. He also used an Internet dating service while he was married. Judge Edward Nottingham is the chief federal judge in Colorado and he is held to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. Nottingham recently presided over the insider trading trial of ex-Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio. Nottingham married his wife, Marcie Jaeger, on one of the most romantic days of the year – Valentine's Day 2004. The marriage ended after...
  • LA federal judge removed from discrimination case (by the 9th circus yet, ol' Manuel Real again)

    01/05/2007 1:17:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 830+ views
    A federal judge was removed from a discrimination case against the U.S. Navy by an appellate court that said he committed five abuses of discretion, including preventing an expert witness from testifying. Los Angeles-based Judge Manuel Real was sitting in Hawaii as a visiting judge when he was reassigned by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Real has appealed the decision to the Judicial Conference of the U.S. in Washington. He had been hearing a case involving Ronald L. Obrey Jr., a Pearl Harbor shipyard supervisor who contends he was denied promotion because he is part...
  • Immigration activist defying ruling (federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed on her behalf)

    10/01/2006 12:01:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 775+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/30/06 | Sophia Tareen - ap
    CHICAGO - An immigration activist who took refuge in a church after the government ordered her deported to Mexico said Saturday she will remain holed up there, even though a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed on her behalf. The lawsuit against the government had contended that deporting Arellano would effectively deport her son Saul, who is a U.S. citizen, and would violate his rights. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ruled Friday that although the 7-year-old would face hardships, they weren't of constitutional magnitude. Arellano, 31, and her son have been living at the Adalberto United Methodist Church since...
  • CA: Federal judge delays trial in S.D. pension case until May

    08/31/2006 11:39:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 251+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/31/06 | Kelly Thornton
    The judge in the federal pension fraud case has postponed the February trial date until May 15, 2007, after defense attorneys requested more time to prepare. U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez said the delay was reasonable because of the complex nature of the case, which involves five defendants and more than a million pages of documents, and because one of the defense attorneys has just been retained – eight months after indictments. The government did not oppose the delay. Defense attorney Michael Pancer was hired this month by Loraine Chapin after her previous lawyer was disqualified by Benitez over...
  • Federal judge rejects Bush plan to log in Sequoia forest

    08/22/2006 12:07:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 893+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/22/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in the Giant Sequoia National Monument violates environmental laws. U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer sided with environmental groups that sued the U.S. Forest Service over plans to manage the 328,000-acre preserve, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees. In the lawsuit filed last year, the Sierra Club and other conservation groups said the forest management plan was a scientifically suspect strategy meant to satisfy timber interests under the guise of wildfire prevention. In September last year, Breyer issued a preliminary...
  • CA: Federal judge backs release of Islamic charity fundraiser

    07/27/2006 6:22:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 551+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/27/06 | Jeremiah Marquez - ap
    A federal judge has ordered that a top fundraiser for an Islamic charity the government says has ties to terrorism be released from detention, his attorney said Thursday. Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, who has been held for two years, was ordered released without bond, according to his attorney, Ranjana Natarajan of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. "We're thrilled, we're just thrilled," Natarajan said. The order was entered Thursday by U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter. "It is ordered that judgment be entered granting the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed herein and ordering respondents to release petitioner forthwith on...
  • Panel orders judge removed from case - Federal Judge Royce Lamberth

    07/11/2006 6:28:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 895+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/11/06 | Jennifer Talhelm - ap
    WASHINGTON - Federal Judge Royce Lamberth has long been known for speaking his mind — most notably in rulings siding with American Indians in their battle with the government over their trust funds. But Lamberth went a step too far, an appeals court said Tuesday, citing one particularly harsh decision last July in which he accused the government of racism. In a rare move, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered Lamberth removed from the 10-year-old Indian trust case, saying he had lost his objectivity. "We conclude, reluctantly, that this...
  • Judge rules pledge law violates Constitution

    06/02/2006 4:16:41 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 78 replies · 1,580+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/2/2006 | Rani Cupta
    A federal judge has declared a state law requiring students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp also declared students do not need a parent's permission to be excused from reciting the pledge, citing previous federal cases. ''It is a long-standing rule of constitutional law that a student may remain quietly seated during the pledge on grounds of personal or political belief,'' Ryskamp stated in his ruling based on a lawsuit filed by a Boynton Beach High School student who had refused to stand for the pledge. Cameron Frazier, then a 17-year-old junior,...
  • CA: Federal judge allows evidence in Pellicano trial

    06/01/2006 7:25:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 304+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/1/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    A U.S. District Court judge presiding over the trial of a private investigator accused of wiretapping Hollywood celebrities said prosecutors can use evidence gathered in a search of his offices. FBI agents raided Anthony Pellicano's offices in 2002 and found illegal explosives. Authorities were investigating whether Pellicano hired a man to threaten a Los Angeles Times reporter working on a story about actor Steven Seagal and his possible links to the Mafia. Pellicano's attorney Steven Gruel challenged the legality of the search, contending the raids were a ruse to get inside and look for suspected wrongdoing. FBI agents seized computers...
  • Breakdown of Trust Led Judge Luttig To Clash With Bush

    05/11/2006 8:59:45 AM PDT · by mathprof · 126 replies · 3,502+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/11/06 | JESS BRAVIN and J. LYNN LUNSFORD
    After Fight in Terrorism Case, Conservative Star Gives Up Court Seat for Boeing Job. On Nov. 22, U.S. Circuit Judge J. Michael Luttig was at work in his chambers here when he received a telephone call telling him to switch on the television. There, he saw Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announce that the government would file charges against Jose Padilla in a federal court -- treating the accused terrorist like a normal criminal suspect. The judge was stunned. Two months earlier, he had written a landmark opinion saying the government could hold Mr. Padilla without charge in a military brig....
  • Federal judge to determine International Marriage Regulations Act soon

    04/22/2006 10:18:11 AM PDT · by flusman · 2 replies · 558+ views
    International Marriage Regulation Act ^ | February 2006 | Gary Bala
    A Federal Judge in Atlanta Georgia will soon determine the outcome of the International Marriage Broker Regulation Marriage act of 2005. (IMBRA). The law was passed by Congress on Dec. 17, 2005 and signed by the president on Jan. 5, 2006. Before the law was scheduled to be enacted on March 6, 2006 a Federal Judge in Atlanta issued a Temporary Restraining Order. A hearing was held including April 3, 2006 with the plaintiffs (European Connections and Tours)and defendants (The Attorney General)presenting Testimony. A decision is expected by the Federal judge the week of April 24, 2006. The laws provisions...
  • Federal judge rejects bail bond for Lodi terror suspect

    01/04/2006 5:24:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 303+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/4/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday rejected bail for a Lodi man involved in a terrorism investigation, finding that his relatives could not properly post his $1.2 million bond. U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said he was gratified by the ruling, which overturned a decision last month by a federal magistrate who approved bail for Umer Hayat. Hayat's attorney said he will appeal Wednesday's decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hayat, 47, was arrested in June and charged with lying to the FBI by denying that his son attended an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan...
  • Longtime federal judge Bryant dies at 94 (LBJ appointee 1965)

    11/14/2005 8:32:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 418+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/14/05 | ap - Washington
    WASHINGTON - Longtime federal judge William B. Bryant — the first black person to serve as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia — has died. He was 94. Bryant, who continued hearing cases as a senior judge until recently, died Sunday night, court spokesman Sheldon Snook said. President Johnson nominated Bryant to the federal bench in 1965, after Bryant distinguished himself in private practice and as a federal prosecutor in Washington. He was first hired as an assistant U.S. attorney in 1951. On Friday, President Bush signed legislation that will name a new $110...
  • Federal judge sets stage for pledge case to move to appeals court (Newdow)

    10/05/2005 7:39:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 438+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/5/05 | Jennifer Coleman - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday set the stage for an atheist and three Sacramento-area school districts to take their dispute over the Pledge of Allegiance to an appeals court. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton said he will stay a ruling made last month, meaning the schools can continue having children recite the pledge. In his previous finding, Karlton said he was bound by a 2002 ruling of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the pledge is unconstitutional when recited in public schools because it contains the words "under God." That lawsuit was...
  • Federal judge allows suits vs. Arab Bank (for funnelling monies to Pali homibombers)

    09/02/2005 5:50:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 297+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/2/05 | ap - New York
    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge upheld three lawsuits Friday accusing Jordan-based Arab Bank of promoting Palestinian suicide attacks by funneling Saudi money to bombers' families. U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon denied six of eight counts in Arab Bank's March motion to dismiss the litigation, allowing bombing survivors and victims' families to move forward with their lawsuits seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuits claim that Arab Bank aided terrorism by acting as the administrator of an "insurance plan" by the Saudi Committee in Support of the Intifada Al Quds, which paid $5,300 to the families...
  • Judge Refuses to have feeding tube reinserted in Terri Schiavo (FOX NEWS ALERT)

    03/22/2005 3:26:06 AM PST · by tsmith130 · 1,140 replies · 24,073+ views
    Fox News | 03/22/05
    Just heard on Fox....so sad.
  • Georgia federal judge: Textbook stickers stating evolution is a theory not fact is unconstitutional.

    02/17/2005 5:30:03 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 364 replies · 3,086+ views
    News Alert:On January 13, a federal judge in Georgia ruled that stickers placed in textbooks of an Atlanta area school district saying “Evolution is a theory, not a fact” are unconstitutional! ( View sticker.) According to this judge, such criticisms of evolution are an endorsement of religion. The judge’s action is the latest example of the nationwide effort to ban any critical analysis of the theory of evolution and insist that evolution be taught as the only option! The Action:The Center for Reclaiming America has launched a national petition to rally 100,000 citizens immediately to oppose this federal court...
  • CA: Federal judge denies motion to block closing of troubled South LA hospital's trauma unit

    12/03/2004 8:52:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 347+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/3/04 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has allowed the county to continue with its plans to close the trauma center at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center by denying a temporary restraining order sought by doctors and residents. The motion by Friends of King/Drew argued that the court needed to intervene immediately so community members would not be deprived of emergency medical services. The court filing rejected Thursday is part of a civil rights lawsuit alleging that closing the trauma unit would have a disproportionate affect South Los Angeles residents. Health department officials have said they need to close...
  • Judge: Cuba Detainees Must Have Lawyers

    10/20/2004 4:10:53 PM PDT · by ezfindit · 55 replies · 1,490+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/2004 | Gina Holland
    A federal judge ruled Wednesday that terror suspects held in Cuba must be allowed to meet with lawyers, and that the government cannot monitor their conversations. In a sharp rebuke of the Bush administration, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the administration "attempts to erode this bedrock principle" of attorney-client privacy with "a flimsy assemblage" of arguments. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the 600 foreign-born men then held in the Navy-run prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could challenge their captivity in American courts.
  • Federal judge threatens to put (CA) state prison system into receivership

    07/20/2004 3:40:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 358+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/20/04 | AP
    A federal judge threatened to put the state's prison system into receivership after warning that a prison guard contract renegotiated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger harms reform efforts in the nation's largest state correctional system. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the guard's union, already has a pattern of interfering with investigations and employee discipline, U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson wrote Monday in a letter received Tuesday by Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger's proposal would worsen problems by granting even more concessions to the union in return for postponing pay increases, despite numerous warnings from a federal court special master, witnesses at Senate...
  • Federal Court Sides With ACLU in Fight for Ten Commandments in Courtroom

    07/15/2004 6:39:29 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 22 replies · 527+ views
    News Journal | July 15, 2004 | News Journal Staff Report
    CINCINNATI -- Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese's fight to return the Ten Commandments to his courtroom wall suffered a setback Wednesday. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth District's three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that displaying the plaque violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. "We're obviously pleased with the ruling," Gary Daniels, litigation coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, said. A federal judge forced DeWeese to remove the Ten Commandments in 2002 after a lawsuit by the ACLU. "We've contended such a display is offensive to the Establishment Clause and violates the...
  • University's sculpture mocks Catholics

    03/05/2004 11:37:42 AM PST · by sean327 · 32 replies · 261+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 05 March 2004
    A federal judge in Kansas ruled a university's prominent display of a sculpture that mocks the Catholic faith did not violate the Constitution. Washburn University's sculpture, entitled "Holier than Thou," depicts a Roman Catholic bishop with a grotesque facial expression wearing a miter that resembles a phallus. The Topeka school's Campus Beautification Committee selected the display to help fulfill its goal of having "one of the most beautiful campuses in Kansas." After refusing to act on complaints brought by numerous Catholics, including the archbishop of Kansas City, a lawsuit was filed by the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center....