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  • Gay Texas Judge Refuses to Wed Straight Couples

    10/01/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/24/2012 | Elizabeth Flock
    Correction: This post initially stated that Judge Tonya Parker was “no longer” marrying straight couples. Judge Parker has never performed such marriage ceremonies. This version has been corrected. Catholic priests have refused to marry same-sex couples for years. Judge Tonya Parker (Dallas County) Now, a Texas judge has an answer to that, saying she will not marry straight couples until gay marriage is legal in the state. Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County told the Dallas Voice that she respectfully tells couples why she can’t conduct their marriage ceremony: “I'm sorry. I don't perform marriage ceremonies because we are in...
  • Federal judge rules Obamacare subsidies illegal. Will Supreme Court weigh in?

    09/30/2014 4:30:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    yahoo ^ | september 30, 2014 | warren richey
    A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday struck down a key provision supporting the Affordable Care Act, in yet another judicial move that threatens to derail President Obama’s vision of national health care reform. US District Judge Ronald White said in a 20-page opinion that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to enact a regulation that allows the federal government to provide tax credits to qualified health care policyholders through health care exchanges in every instance. At issue in the lawsuit was whether the IRS regulation conflicted with the clear language of ACA, also known as Obamacare, which appears...
  • Judge Who Let Ray Rice Off For Domestic Abuse Pushes Prosecution Of Philly Single Mom

    09/08/2014 12:56:27 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 15 replies
    Real Defense ^ | 08/07/2014 | HomeGun Train
    Allen tried to avoid a trial and jail time by applying to a pre-trial intervention program in New Jersey for first-time offenders. Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back who knocked his then-fiancee unconscious during an altercation in Atlantic City in February, was accepted into the program in May.
  • Judge launches special inquiry into missing IRS emails and Lerner hard drive

    08/14/2014 8:38:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/14/14 | William A. Jacobson
    Insufficient IRS explanations cause Judge to order sworn answers from IRS about Lois Lerner’s hard drive and emails. Judicial Watch has sued over missing IRS emails in the federal district court in D.C., pursuant to its FOIA request for such documents.The IRS was ordered to provide explanations as to missing emails, particularly Lois Lerner.The IRS provided explanations, but those were not good enough for the Judge, who launched his own inquiry into the matter, as Judicial Watch explained in a statement posted on its website: Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement in response to today’s order...
  • Federal Judge Forbids Use of ‘Redskins’ in Court Documents

    07/15/2014 4:57:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 14 | Theresa Vargas
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office isn’t the only federal authority that has taken a stance against the name of the Washington Redskins. A federal judge in Maryland issued a ruling last week that purposely did not contain the team’s name, which has been described as an offensive slur against Native Americans. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, who is presiding over a lawsuit that former New York Giants linebacker Barrett Green brought against the Redskins, issued a 21-page ruling with this footnote on the first page: “Pro Football’s team is popularly known as the Washington ‘Redskins,’ but the Court...
  • Federal Judge Orders IRS to Explain Lost Emails

    07/10/2014 12:48:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    abc ^ | 7/10/14 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
    A federal judge ordered the IRS Thursday to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan said he is also appointing a federal magistrate to see if lost emails can be obtained from other sources. Sullivan issued the order as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. He said the IRS declaration must be signed, under oath, by the...
  • Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say

    07/10/2014 8:15:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Fox News
    French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year. The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported. French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien....
  • Judge Tells Supreme Court To 'STFU'

    07/07/2014 9:34:53 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 33 replies
    YAHOO-EY NEWS ^ | 7-7-2-14 | Colin Campbell
    Richard Kopf, a senior United States district judge in Nebraska, thinks the Supreme Court needs to learn when to "stfu." Kopf made the recommendation in a post on his personal blog July 5, where he argued the recent Hobby Lobby ruling demonstrated the high court's need to stay away from "hot button cases."
  • Top 13 wittiest remarks from a Florida judge

    06/27/2014 10:34:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Friday, June 27, 2014 11:58am | Curtis Krueger, Times Staff Writer
    If you want proof that Caddell had a unique personality and slightly skewed sense of humor, consider this: Many of those robes also carried stickers showing a winged pig. [....] McGrady warned the other judges not to get any ideas from the following examples, but then he read the top 13 "Caddellisms":
  • Saddam Hussein Trial Judge Executed By ISIS

    06/23/2014 3:53:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 6/23/2014 | ANDRE WALKER
    The Kurdish judge who sentenced former Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein to death has himself been captured and executed by ISIS. Raouf Abdul Rahman, was killed by militants in retaliation for the killing of the former Iraqi dictator, according to Al-Mesryoon. Jordanian Member of Parliament Khalil Attieh wrote on his Facebook page that: “Iraqi revolutionaries arrested him and sentenced him to death in retaliation for the death of the martyr Saddam Hussein.” So far the Iraqi government has not confirmed the death of Judge Rahman, but they have refused to deny the kidnapping. Attieh also claimed that Rahman was only captured...
  • Judge Who Sentenced Saddam Hussein To Death Has Been Executed By ISIS, Local Media Reports

    06/22/2014 9:17:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 99 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/22/14 | tylker durden
    Back in 2006, after the second US invasion of Iraq culminated if not with the discovery of the WMDs (which were the pretext for the invasion in the first place), but the unearthing (literally) and kangaroo court trial of Saddam Hussein, the US was quick to announce "mission accomplished." Recent events have made a mockery of that claim, however what is truly the straw that broke the back of poetic justice, to mix metaphors, are reports from local media that as part of its blitz-campaign to take over northern Iraq, ISIS found and the promptly executed Rauf Rashid Abd al-Rahman,...
  • What a Judge Ordered an Active Duty Sailor to Do or Lose Custody of His Daughter is an Outrage

    06/21/2014 4:11:51 PM PDT · by montag813 · 19 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 06-21-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsThe date has been set - in stone. Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe has ordered Matthew Hindes to appear in court on Monday, or risk losing full custody of his daughter. There's one problem -- a big one: Matthew Hindes is a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, and is currently stationed on a submarine deployed in the Pacific Ocean! Yes, the judge is out of her mind, but it is worse than that. Hindes has had full custody of his daughter since 2010. He received full parental rights when his daughter was taken from...
  • Judge throws out part of Zimmerman libel case against NBC

    06/19/2014 10:49:30 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6-19-14 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    SANFORD – A judge this morning threw out part of George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC Universal and held out the prospect that she may throw out the whole thing. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson tossed the allegations related to one of five broadcasts and said she needs to do more homework before deciding about the others. Zimmerman is suing the media company, alleging that it falsely portrayed him as a racist.
  • On same day, Senate confirms 2 gay judges to federal courts

    06/17/2014 11:19:29 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | 06/17/2014 | Wisconsin Gazette
    The U.S. Senate on June 17 confirmed three federal judges nominated by President Barack Obama. The White House, in a statement released hours later, said each judge will be a "trailblazer on their courts." • Judge Darrin Gayles, confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, is the first openly gay African American man to be confirmed as a lifetime-appointed federal judge. • Staci Yandle, confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, is the first African American to serve on that court and the first openly gay lifetime-appointed federal judge in...
  • Key teacher job protections violate California's constitution, judge rules

    06/10/2014 1:40:43 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6-10-14 | Howard Blume
    Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that key job protections for teachers in California are unconstitutional, in a major loss for unions.. The verdict represents a complete victory by attorneys who argued that state laws governing teacher layoffs, tenure and dismissals harm students by making them more likely to suffer from grossly ineffective instruction. If the preliminary ruling becomes final and is upheld, the effect will be sweeping across California and possibly the nation. Ruling "The law was on our side and the evidence was overwhelming,” said Marcellus McRae, an attorney for the plaintiffs. "Whatever happens, we can’t go...
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro: Bowe Bergdahl Fiasco Cries Out for Obama's Impeachment

    06/08/2014 11:52:04 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    You Tube via Fox News ^ | 6/7/14 | Judge Jeanine
    Published on Jun 7, 2014 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=23... June 7, 2014 Judge Jeanine Pirro again calls for Obama's impeachment -- this time for the astonishing exchange of one (alleged) US deserter for 5 top Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay. Judge Jeanine warns that the future atrocities these five perpetrate will be attributable to Barack Obama. Obama didn't "release" these murderers, he"unleashed" them says Judge Jeanine.
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Ban On Same-Sex Couples’ Marriages

    06/07/2014 11:11:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 06/07/2014 | Chris Geidner
    WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Wisconsin Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying, joining federal judges across the nation to have reached a similar decision in the past six months that such bans are unconstitutional. “I conclude that the Wisconsin laws prohibiting marriage between same-sex couples interfere with plaintiffs’ right to marry, in violation of the due process clause, and discriminate against plaintiffs on the basis of sexual orientation, in violation of the equal protection clause,” U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb wrote. She held off on issuing an injunction stopping enforcement of the ban, as...
  • Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Evidence — For The Third Time

    06/06/2014 5:45:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/6/14 | Giuseppe Macr
    A federal judge has ordered the government to stop destroying National Security Agency surveillance records that could be used to challenge the legality of its spying programs in court. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling came at the request of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is in the midst of a case challenging NSA’s ability to surveil foreign citizen’s U.S.-based email and social media accounts. According to the EFF, the signals intelligence agency and the Department of Justice were knowingly destroying key evidence in the case by purposefully misinterpreting earlier preservation orders by multiple courts,
  • Judge: Waive Speedy Trial, or I’ll “Beat Your ***"

    06/04/2014 12:07:50 PM PDT · by Altariel · 17 replies
    Christophercantwell.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Christopher Cantwell
    If you’ve ever had a public defender in a criminal case, you probably plead guilty for fear of getting beaten in a trial. Yesterday in Brevard County, Florida however, a public defender got beaten at arraignment, literally. Judge John Murphy is accused of punching veteran public defender Andrew Weinstock in the face repeatedly, after the two exchanged words in the court room. Murphy reportedly wanted Weinstock’s client to waive his right to a speedy trial, and when he refused, the judge said “If I had a rock I’d throw it at you” and then invited him outside of the courtroom...
  • Brevard judge tells attorney, 'I'll beat your a**,' allegedly throws punches

    06/03/2014 7:10:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    wftv ^ | wftv
    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Court deputies had to break up a physical fight between a Brevard County judge and a public defender after an argument during a hearing on Monday. Judge John Murphy is accused of punching veteran public defender Andrew Weinstock after the two had words during court in which Murphy allegedly pressured Weinstock to get his client to waive his right to a speedy trial. "You know, if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now," Murphy tells Weinstock. "Stop pissing me off. Just sit down." "You know I'm the public defender. I have...
  • Iran judge summons Facebook CEO to court

    05/27/2014 9:08:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/27/14 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A judge in southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, semiofficial news agency ISNA reported Tuesday. It quoted Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, as saying that the judge also ordered the two apps blocked. It is highly unlikely that Zuckerberg would appear in an Iranian court since there is no extradition treaty between Iran and the United States. Some Iranian courts have in recent years issued similar rulings that...
  • Judge rules Yee case evidence to remain secret (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/21/2014 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/20/14 | Howard Mintz
    Over the objections of reputed gang figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's lawyers, a federal judge has ordered that the government's evidence in a sweeping criminal case that includes political corruption charges against state Sen. Leland Yee must be kept secret for now. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer imposed the restrictions Monday on every lawyer and defendant in the case, finding the material should be kept under wraps while both sides prepare for trial. Breyer rejected the free speech arguments of Chow's lawyer, J. Tony Serra, who insisted he should be able to reveal evidence to combat the government's public charges.
  • Alleged Satanist 'Craigslist Killer' Could Face Death: Judge

    05/19/2014 10:03:41 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | May 20 2014 | M. Alex Johnson
    A self-proclaimed Satanist who claimed to have killed almost two dozen people could face the death penalty in the killing of a man she and her husband are accused of luring to his death through a Craigslist ad, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Monday.
  • Federal Judge Rules NAACP Parody Not Funny

    05/07/2014 11:44:38 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05-06-2014 | Austin Ruse
    A federal judge has ordered Ryan Bomberger to stop making fun of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Court effectively ruled that Bomberger and his group, The Radiance Foundation, are not very funny. Bomberger, who founded The Radiance Foundation, created a series of ads for billboards and websites calling attention to what he sees as the support of the NAACP for abortion. In them Bomberger referred to the NAACP as the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People.”
  • Senate confirms judge linked to Benghazi scandal

    05/02/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT · by kcvl · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/01/2014 | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate confirmed four of President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees Thursday. Theodore Chuang and George Hazel will serve as U.S. district judges for Maryland. The Senate voted 53-42 on Chuang’s nomination and 95-0 on Hazel’s. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he couldn’t support Chuang’s nomination because he helped the Obama administration “stonewall” Congress on the investigation of the death of four Americans at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. “I can’t support his nomination because of the central role Mr. Chuang played in the administration’s efforts to stonewall an investigation into the situation in Benghazi,”...
  • Judge OKs decision to sell widow's home over $6.30 debt

    04/28/2014 2:22:17 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04-28-2014 | Associated Press
    BEAVER, Pa. – A widow was given ample notice before her $280,000 house was sold at a tax auction three years ago over $6.30 in unpaid interest, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled. The decision last week turned down Eileen Battisti's request to reverse the September 2011 sale of her home outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania. "I paid everything, and didn't know about the $6.30," Battisti said. "For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is crazy."
  • Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts

    04/21/2014 1:02:14 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned. In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would end the group’s exemption to anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group.
  • Ohio Representative Moves to Impeach (Federal) Judge for Pro-Gay Rulings

    04/09/2014 7:06:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | Wednesday, April 09, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    Representative John Becker of Ohio has called to impeach a federal judge due to his recent rulings involving gay marriage. Becker says that U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black has abused his power and went against the state and federal constitution through his pro-gay decisions. Becker’s office released a statement writing, “In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of ‘homosexual marriages’ performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.” In December the...
  • Catholic DePaul University Invites Partial Birth Abortion Judge: 14,000 Pro-Lifers Protest

    04/07/2014 7:25:41 PM PDT · by ConernedAmerican · 11 replies
    TFP ^ | 04-07-14 | Matthew Miller
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer is more than vaguely "pro-choice."  He penned the majority opinion in the Stenberg v Carhart decision in 2000, striking down state laws banning partial-birth abortion.  In fact, the abortion procedure he supported is so barbaric that the United States Congress called for its outright prohibition in 2003: "A moral, medical, and ethical consensus exists that the practice of performing a partial-birth abortion.... (usually the puncturing of the back of the child’s skull and removing the baby’s brains) is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary and should be prohibited.” As...
  • Judge wants back on bench after insanity ruling (Chicago)

    03/31/2014 7:29:26 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/28/2014 | Steve Schmadeke
    (snip) Brim was effectively suspended from her duties as a judge after the battery charges were filed but was nonetheless returned to the bench by voters weeks later. She has continued to collect her $182,000 salary since her 2012 suspension. On Friday, Brim said she was once again able to fulfill her duties as judge. Over the last two years, she said, she has consistently taken her medications – a requirement of her probation in the battery case – and has not had any psychotic episodes. “I can serve as a judge with full capability as long as I continue...
  • Michigan Supreme Court bans Detroit Judge Wade McCree Jr. from bench until 2021

    03/26/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    M Live ^ | 3/26/14 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree is barred from presiding over a courtroom until January of 2021. The Michigan Supreme Court enacted a recommendation that the judge, suspended without pay since Feb. 3, 2013, be suspended from holding a judgeship for six years from Jan. 1,2015, should he be re-elected in this year's election. The 57-year-old must also pay $11,645.17 in costs, according to the Supreme Court opinion issued Wednesday.
  • Federal Judge Hands Republicans In Kansas, Arizona A Big Win In Voting Rights Fight

    03/19/2014 5:45:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    TPM ^ | 3/18/14 | Eric Lach
    A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ruled that the federal agency which oversees the federal voter registration form must include the state-specific proof-of-citizenship requirements requested by both Kansas and Arizona. The ruling was hailed by Republican officials in both states. And it also does away with the need for the "two-tier" voting systems that were proposed while the case was pending. “This is a huge victory for the states of Kansas and Arizona," Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) said in a statement. "They have successfully protected our sovereign right to set and enforce the qualifications for registering...
  • Arizona jury to consider again death penalty for Jodi Arias in September

    03/17/2014 6:33:14 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 17 2014 | David Schwartz
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge on Monday set a September court date to try again to determine whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend nearly six years ago, court officials said. Arias was convicted by a jury in May 2013 of murdering Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. He had been stabbed multiple times, shot in the face and had his throat slashed. But the jury deadlocked on whether the former California waitress should be executed or face life in...
  • Cardinal Dolan says "Bravo!"

    03/10/2014 3:56:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 3/08/2014 | New Catholic
    "Who am I to judge?" makes a triumphant entry in the American subset of the College of Cardinals, in an interview granted to the highest-rated political debate program on US television, to be broadcast tomorrow: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out as gay, saying he would not judge the athlete for his sexual orientation. "Good for him," Dolan said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" airing Sunday. "I would have no sense of judgment on him," Dolan continued. "God bless ya. I don't think, look, the same...
  • Philadelphia Judge Issues Ruling That Could Give Anonymous Online Commenters Second Thoughts

    03/08/2014 7:18:35 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 78 replies
    CBS ^ | 03-08-2014 | Pat Loeb
    PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia judge has ordered philly.com to reveal the name of an anonymous commenter, in a defamation suit brought by electricians’ union leader John Dougherty. An attorney in the case says it could have a broad impact on incendiary online comments and those users, sometimes called “trolls,” who post them anonymously. The anonymous defendant in the suit, disguised by the nonsense name “fbpdplt,” called Dougherty a name in the comments section of an article on the website, one of the properties in the media group that also owns the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.
  • Judge says juror having heart attack ‘can wait’: witness

    03/02/2014 10:41:20 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 27, 2014 | Christina Carrega-Woodby and Erin Calabrese
    Now that’s bad judgment. A Queens father-to-be is lucky to be alive after a judge allegedly ignored his pleas to be excused from a jury pool when he complained about searing pains in his chest, court documents reveal. Nyima Dorjee, 39, of Woodside was sitting in a jury pool on a gun possession trial last week when he told a prosecutor that he was having chest pains and difficulty breathing, according to a report filed by the officer. But when the court officer informed Justice Joel Blumenfeld of the emergency, the judge insisted to him and his supervisor that the...
  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal [Florida]

    02/25/2014 7:08:57 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 90 replies
    Off the Grid News pasted onto Grist blog ^ | February 22, 2014 | by: Daniel Jennings Off the Grid News copied by Sarah Laskow
    Near the end of 2013, a Florida official decided Robin Speronis was doing something too strange to tolerate: She was trying to live off the grid. Off the Grid News reports: Speronis has been fighting the city of Cape Coral since November when a code enforcement officer tried to evict her from her home for living without utilities. The city contends that Speronis violated the International Property Maintenance Code by relying on rain water instead of the city water system and solar panels instead of the electric grid. And now, a judge has ruled that living independently of the city’s...
  • Jodi Arias Defense Attorneys Request Two Heavily-Covered Events Stay Out of the Courtroom

    02/24/2014 11:23:50 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 2 replies
    HEADLINES & GLOBAL NEWS ^ | Feb 21, 2014 02:46 PM EST | Maxine Wally
    "Jodi Arias' defense team is trying hard to keep two heavily-covered events out of the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom. Lawyers have filed two motions with the court as of Feb. 13, requesting Judge Sherry Stephens prevent the retrial jury from hearing about Jodi Arias' attempt to switch out her attorney and claims that Arias wanted to kill prosecutor Juan Martinez."
  • Judge Rejects Lawsuit on Scope of Obamacare Subsidies(Although the law clearly says the opposite)

    02/19/2014 12:50:21 PM PST · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/19/14 | m batley
    A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit that claims Obamacare subsidies can only be paid to individuals in states that set up their own healthcare exchanges, even though the Affordable Care Act was worded that way. According to The Washington Times, four Virginia residents filed the lawsuit because the Obamacare subsidy in their state makes them subject to the law's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to purchase health insurance this year or face a fine. The decision has been a setback for Republican lawmakers and limited government advocates seeking to roll back the scope of the law, and who...
  • NARAL Upset Obama Nominated Judge Who Once Backed Pregnancy Centers

    02/13/2014 7:54:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/13/14 | Kelsey Hazzard
    NARAL has been flooding my Facebook feed with paid advertisements for a petition to thwart the nomination of Judge Michael Boggs to the federal bench. This is a little strange, since you may recall from high school civics class that federal judges are nominated by the President; you might also recall that the current President of the United States is such a diehard abortion supporter that he was unwilling to get on board with the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. So what’s going on here? According to NARAL, when Boggs was a Georgia state legislator more than a decade ago, he...
  • Judge orders no jail for teen in fatal car wreck

    02/06/2014 8:49:43 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 35 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 6, 2014 | By Nomaan Merchant of AP
    "Judge Jean Boyd again decided to give no jail time for Ethan Couch, defense attorney Reagan Wynn and prosecutors told reporters after the hearing, which was closed to the public. Prosecutors had asked Boyd to sentence him to 20 years in state custody on charges related to two people who were severely injured."
  • Jodi Arias: Her $2.1 million legal bill paid by taxpayers

    01/29/2014 10:58:41 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 28, 2014 | Brian Skoloff
    Jodi Arias was convicted of murder, but still awaits a sentence. So far, Arizona taxpayers have covered $2.1 million in legal fees for the Jodi Arias legal team and other costs associated with her case.
  • Judge's laptop ruling challenges the Constitution - and your privacy

    01/25/2014 8:04:59 AM PST · by madison10 · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/25/2014 | Kim Komando
    It's pretty obvious that we as a society are now made up of two groups. There are those who, for better or worse, have moved their lives into the digital realm, and those who haven't. I would like to introduce you to someone in the latter category. His name is Edward Korman and he is a federal judge in New York state. He had a case before him involving a U.S. citizen – a Ph.D. student at McGill University in Montreal – who had his computer confiscated while returning to the States. The judge ruled, sweepingly, that, yes, the federal...
  • Judge Orders ‘Compassionate Release’ Of Jailed Former Civil Rights Lawyer

    12/31/2013 4:29:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/31/13 | cbs
    <p>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –A federal judge in Manhattan ordered a “compassionate release” Tuesday from prison for a dying former civil rights lawyer.</p> <p>The U.S. government requested the release earlier in the day for Lynne Stewart, who was convicted in a terrorism case from prison. Prosecutors say Stewart, 74, suffers from recurrent stage-four breast cancer. She was not scheduled to be released until August 2018.</p>
  • Texas judge claims he was saving girlfriend’s life, not choking her

    12/29/2013 3:37:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/29/13 | Doyle Murphy
    A Texas judge claims he wasn’t choking his girlfriend — he was saving her life. Dallas County Judge Carlos Raul Cortez was arrested Saturday morning after his 26-year-old girlfriend told police he strangled her, dragged her by the hair to his apartment balcony and choked her some more against the railing. “The allegations made by the complainant are false,” Cortez’s attorney Andrew Korn said in a statement to media outlets. “If necessary, it will be shown in the proper forum that Judge Cortez actually saved her life.” The girlfriend described a harrowing scene, according to police reports obtained by the...
  • Black male judge’s pay sparks outcry

    12/28/2013 8:48:21 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/28/13 | Matt Stout
    A scathing discrimination complaint is pitting three appointees of Gov. Deval Patrick against his own administration, accusing it of paying a black male administrative judge more than three women who hold the same job, including former Democratic state Sen. Cheryl Jacques. The three Patrick-appointed administrative judges at the Department of Industrial Accidents say officials led by state labor boss Joanne Goldstein lavished a six-figure starting salary and prime downtown parking space on Judge Michael Williams, who, according to the complaint, has less experience. “Would you want to bite the hand that feeds you? None of us want to do that....
  • Obama-appointed judge: Same-sex marriage like interracial, ‘deeply rooted in nation’s history

    12/22/2013 11:28:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | December 22, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    An Obama appointee to the federal bench ruled Friday that the right to same-sex marriage is “deeply rooted in the nation’s history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty,” and as such is a fundamental right. Judge Robert J. Shelby was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Central Division of Utah in 2012 by President Obama, then confirmed by a Senate voice vote on Sept. 21, 2012, with neither debate nor objection, according to CNS News. A federal district court is a court of original jurisdiction, but if its opinions are left unchallenged, they become the law...
  • Judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional

    12/20/2013 4:51:55 PM PST · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 20, 2013 | AP
    Just hours earlier, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling saying Utah's law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby said the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way. "In the absence of such evidence, the State's unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State's refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens," Shelby wrote.
  • Same-sex couples in Utah getting marriage licenses

    12/20/2013 2:45:50 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 76 replies
    FOX 10 ^ | 12/20/2013 | Brady McCombs
    A county clerk's office in Utah is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just hours after a federal judge struck down Utah's ban on gay marriages. Salt Lake County Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee says the district attorney authorized her office to begin issuing the marriage licenses Friday. She couldn't immediately say how many licenses have been issued so far. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that a law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby said the state failed to show that allowing same-sex...