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  • Judge: Christian Opposition to Same Sex Unions is Wrong

    01/13/2012 11:56:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/13/12 | Todd Starnes
    A New Jersey Judge has ruled that a Christian organization engaged in wrongdoing and violated the state’s discrimination laws when it prevented a gay couple from holding a civil union ceremony on its property. (snip) Administrative Law Judge Solomon Metzger made the ruling Thursday in a case involving the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. In 2007 the group stopped a lesbian couple from using its boardwalk pavilion. “Respondent opposes same-sex unions as a matter of religious belief, and in 2007 found itself on the wrong side of recent changes in the law,” Judge Metzger wrote in his ruling.
  • Judge denies anti-Semitism claims against UC Berkeley

    12/27/2011 11:06:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/27/11 | ap
    BERKELEY, Calif. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley filed by two Jewish students who claimed the school fostered an atmosphere of anti-Semitism by not doing enough to curb harassment during pro-Palestinian protests that included mock checkpoints. Plaintiff Jessica Felber claimed in the lawsuit that a leader of a pro-Palestinian campus group rammed her with a shopping cart as she staged a counterprotest to “Apartheid Week,” an annual event that compares Israel’s policies to the institutionalized racism of South Africa’s former white government. Ms. Felber, who graduated last year, and current undergraduate Brian...
  • NY judge: Iran, Taliban, al-Qaida liable for 9/11 (Biden disagrees?)

    12/25/2011 1:46:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/22/11
    NY judge: Iran, Taliban, al-Qaida liable for 9/11AP – Thu, Dec 22, 2011 NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has signed a default judgment finding Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida liable in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Judge George Daniels in Manhattan signed the judgment Thursday, a week after hearing testimony in the 10-year-old case. The signed ruling, which he promised last week, came in a $100 billion lawsuit brought by family members of victims of the attacks. He directed a magistrate judge to preside over remaining issues, including fixing compensatory and punitive damages. Daniels signed findings of fact...
  • Judge Strikes Key Provisions of South Carolina Immigration Law

    12/22/2011 11:42:55 AM PST · by ColdOne · 80 replies ^ | 12./22/11 | AP
    A federal judge on Thursday blocked three key provisions of South Carolina's controversial law cracking down on illegal immigration. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel granted the federal government's request for an injunction against the law that's set to take effect Jan. 1. The ruling applies to portions that require law officers to check the status of anyone they stop for something else and suspect is in the country illegally. Gergel also halted the implementation of sections pertaining to the transportation of illegal immigrants and immigrant registration cards. Gergel has denied the state's request that he suspend all court hearings
  • Judge rejects lawsuit over DOJ politicized hiring (during Bush administration)

    12/19/2011 6:59:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/16/11 | Bill Mears
    <p>A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit alleging conservative political ideology drove a prestigious, selective Justice Department hiring program during the administration of President George W. Bush.</p> <p>The ruling Thursday was a setback for three lawyers rejected for the Honors Program that funneled promising young lawyers into government jobs. They had sued alleging misconduct by Bush political appointees who did the hiring, and violations of the Privacy Act.</p>
  • Newt Gingrich Tackles The Court System

    12/19/2011 5:55:04 AM PST · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-19-11 | Curt
    Newt Gingrich has proposed many solutions to the ever growing power of our courts. Power that has surpassed the other two branches of government: Kelly: You have proposed a plan to subpoena judges to testify before Congress about controversial decisions that they make. In certain cases, you advocate impeaching judges or abolishing courts altogether. Two conservative former attorneys general have criticized your plan, saying it alters the checks and balances of the three branches of government. And they used words like “dangerous,” “outrageous,” and “totally irresponsible.” Are they wrong? Gingrich: Well, the first half is right. It alters the...
  • Senate GOP Vows Golden Rule on Judges(Halligan vote)

    12/09/2011 7:50:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 8 December, 2011 | Humberto Sanchez
    Senate Republicans have high hopes of reclaiming the majority and possibly the White House next year, and that’s precisely why they say this week’s filibuster of D.C. Circuit Court nominee Caitlin Halligan is not a harbinger of a freeze on President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) believes the golden rule applies in politics as much as it does in morality. “‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ was a good rule a long time ago, and I think it applies today,” Graham said. “I just think we ought to run the place assuming...
  • Federal judge: Montana blogger is not journalist

    12/07/2011 6:47:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    ap ^ | 12/7/11 | JEFF BARNARD
    A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that a Montana woman sued for defamation was not a journalist when she posted online that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally during a bankruptcy case, a decision with implications for bloggers around the country. Crystal L. Cox, a blogger from Eureka, Mont., was sued for defamation by attorney Kevin Padrick when she posted online that he was a thug and a thief during the handling of bankruptcy proceedings by him and Obsidian Finance Group LLC. U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez found last week that as a blogger, Cox was not a journalist and...
  • Sandusky's lawyer expects more charges (possible jail time. New out-of-county judge named)

    11/22/2011 3:08:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 11/22/11
    Sandusky's lawyer expects more chargesUpdated Nov 22, 2011 2:53 PM ET The preliminary hearing of accused child molester Jerry Sandusky was pushed back Tuesday, while his attorney expressed concern about possible new charges and jail time for the former Penn State assistant coach. Sandusky, who is charged in a 40-count indictment of sexually assaulting eight boys over a period of 15 years, will appear in court Dec. 13. The 67-year-old former Penn State defensive coordinator was initially scheduled to appear before a judge Nov. 9, but that was moved to Dec. 7 earlier this month. News of the delay came...
  • No Confidence in Our Judiciary

    11/18/2011 3:28:29 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 10 replies
    11/18/11 | originalbuckeye
    1. There is no confidence in our judiciary when a Supreme Court Justice does not bother to recuse herself when she had direct involvement in the issue before the court.
  • Second Mile chairman gave money to judge who arraigned Sandusky

    11/18/2011 11:28:20 AM PST · by Colofornian · 57 replies
    Robert Poole, chairman of the state board of directors for The Second Mile, contributed about $2,400 to the campaign of Magisterial District Judge Leslie Dutchcot in 2007, according to Dutchcot’s campaign finance reports. Dutchcot arraigned Jerry Sandusky and set the $100,000 unsecured bail, after the Attorney General’s Office asked for a higher, cash bail and electronic monitoring. Criticism has arisen that Dutchcot had a conflict of interest with The Second Mile, as a volunteer and donor for the organization Dutchcot. She has not commented on that issue, saying previously that a judge is not allowed to comment on pending cases....
  • Montco Rep. Vereb asks judge to look into Sandusky's bail setting (judge is Second Mile donor)

    11/15/2011 10:41:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Delco Times ^ | 11/15/11 | JENNY DeHUFF
    Montco Rep. Vereb asks judge to look into Sandusky's bail settingBy JENNY DeHUFF Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 HARRISBURG — If what is alleged is true, the judge who arraigned Jerry Sandusky on $100,000 unsecured bail also had ties to his charity organization, in the form of being a hefty donor, volunteer and gala attendee, among other things. That is the claim State Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150th of Montgomery County, is making against District Justice Leslie Dutchcot, who, by some sources, gave Sandusky a mere slap on the wrist when she arraigned him last week. He pays nothing unless he...
  • Judge who gave Jerry Sandusky bail after Penn State sex abuse scandal is Second Mile volunteer

    11/13/2011 6:49:40 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 44 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/13/2011 | Kevin Armstrong
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The judge who ruled former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail after being charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse against children is a volunteer for The Second Mile, the charity Sandusky founded. The state Attorney General's Office requested $500,000 bail and an electronic leg monitor for Sandusky, but District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, active in several volunteer roles, ordered Sandusky, a State College resident, to have no contact with children. He will not have to pay any money unless he fails to appear for court. Dutchot also serves as counsel...
  • Former Oklahoma judge will lose most of pension [penis pump judge]

    11/12/2011 8:50:51 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    NewsOK ^ | October 25, 2011 | MICHAEL MCNUTT
    A former Creek County judge convicted of exposing himself by using a sexual device while on the bench will lose his judicial retirement pay, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. -snip- Thompson served about 20 months in prison after being found guilty in 2006 of four felony counts for his use of a penis pump while presiding over trials.
  • Video of South Texas Judge beating daughter sparks outrage, investigations

    11/02/2011 3:29:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 68 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 11/2/2011 | Star Telegram
    Video Linky Here
  • U.S. judge dismisses Arizona claims against feds on immigration law

    10/23/2011 7:09:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    KAJ 18 ^ | 10/22/11
    U.S. judge dismisses Arizona claims against feds on immigration lawPosted: Oct 22, 2011 11:23 PM by CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- A judge on Friday ruled against Arizona, dismissing its claims "in their entirety" against the federal government over its enforcement of immigration laws. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is an apparent blow to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and her allies. They pushed a controversial law known as SB 1070 through the state legislature, which allows, among other measures, local police officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.
  • APNewsBreak: [AZ Gov Jan] Brewer's case against feds dismissed

    10/21/2011 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, October 21, 2011 7:27 PM EDT | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge Friday dismissed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's lawsuit that accused the Obama administration of failing to enforce immigration laws or maintain control of her state's border with Mexico. The dismissal by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton comes in a counter-lawsuit filed by Brewer as part of the Justice Department's challenge to Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law. The Republican governor was seeking a court order that would require the federal government to take extra steps, such as more border fencing, to protect Arizona until the border is controlled. Bolton said Brewer's claim that Washington has failed...
  • Judge denies bid by government for Solyndra trustee

    10/17/2011 9:52:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/18/11 | Jim McElhatton
    Wilmington, Del. - Customer contracts figure prominently in the FBI’s criminal investigation of solar panel maker Solyndra LLC, which went bankrupt despite receipt of more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans, according to testimony on Monday. A top company official testified in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware that the FBI’s search warrant affidavit specifically sought information about company contracts. (Snip) His refusal, government lawyers argued, proved that a trustee should be appointed to take over the company. But U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary F. Walrath refused, saying there was no indication of any fraud or mismanagement at the company.
  • Helena shooting victim had just filed for divorce, sought protection from wife

    10/15/2011 7:26:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2011
    HELENA - A Helena man who was shot to death Thursday morning was denied an order of protection last month and filed for divorce two days before his estranged wife was charged with killing him. The Independent Record reports 48-year-old Joseph Andrew Gable asked District Judge Dorothy McCarter for a temporary order of protection from Michelle Coller Gable on Sept. 20, alleging she was stalking him.
  • Manhattan Judge Spares the CIA

    10/06/2011 1:42:23 PM PDT · by Immerito
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2011 | By Terin Tashi Miller
    The Central Intelligence Agency has avoided a potential showdown with a Manhattan federal judge. Judge Alvin Hellerstein (pictured) yesterday declined to find the CIA in contempt for destroying videotapes of its interrogations of Sept. 11 detainees, concluding that it would serve no beneficial purpose to penalize the agency, according to this AP report. Hellerstein also noted in his ruling that the CIA has put in place new procedures to prevent such destruction from happening again.