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  • A Florida Judge Just Voided the State’s Congressional Districts. Here’s What You Need to Know

    07/12/2014 2:06:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 11 | Christopher Ingraham
    Last night a circuit court judge in Florida voided the state's congressional map, citing a "secret, organized campaign" by Republican operatives that "made a mockery of the Legislature's transparent and open process of redistricting." The ruling concluded that District 5, held by Democrat Corrine Brown, and District 10, held by Republican Dan Webster, will need to be redrawn. From a purely practical standpoint, this means redrawing any surrounding districts as well, and possibly many of the state's 27 districts overall. "If one or more districts do not meet constitutional muster, then the entire act is unconstitutional," Judge Terry Lewis wrote....
  • Ruling shows crack in legal gay marriage unanimity

    07/01/2014 3:58:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    A federal appeals court's gay marriage ruling contained two historic firsts: It was the first appellate decision for gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act one year ago, and it also marked the first time since then a federal judge has argued for keeping a state ban on same-sex marriages... Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr. was in the minority in his opinion....[said] creating a national mandate for gay marriage, even in states where it is unpopular, "turns the notion of a limited national government on its head," he wrote, adding later: "We should...
  • 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...
  • Is It Time to Give Term Limits to Supreme Court Justices?

    05/27/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 21, 2014 | Norm Ornstein
    This has been quite a time for anniversaries: the 50th of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 50th of the Great Society, the 60th of Brown v. Board of Education. Each has produced a flurry of celebrations and analyses, including the latest, on Brown. Here's one more. Ten years ago, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Brown, I attended one of the most interesting and moving panels ever. Yale Law School brought together six luminaries who had been clerks to Supreme Court justices during the deliberations over the Brown decision. They talked about the internal discussions and struggles...
  • Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts

    04/21/2014 7:26:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/21/2014 | Patrick Howley
    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. “The Committee’s invitation ignores the fact that the change also encompasses other youth organizations whose membership is limited on the basis of gender, e.g., the Girl Scouts, as well as the military, which continues to practice ‘discrimination’ on the basis of gender,” wrote Catherine Short, legal director of...
  • Judges: The King is Coming - The Prophet We Must Shema

    04/05/2014 8:07:50 AM PDT · by Errant
    SNL (Sabbath Night Live) via Youtube ^ | 4 April 2014 | Michael Rood
    The most repeated prophecy in the entirety of the Gospel record is often hidden behind the definitive article. The definitive articles from the Greek text have been translated: THIS, THAT, and THE - but they all definitively define THE PROPHET who was prophesied by Moses. This is THE PROPHET the Almighty promised to send, and THAT PROPHET is the one who would speak only that which he heard from heaven. It is THIS PROPHET that we must shema (hear and obey). There is not a more repeated prophetic declaration in the Gospel record than the recognition that Yeshua is THAT...
  • Judgment According to the Standard of Righteousness (Judges: The King Is Coming March 28, 2014)

    03/30/2014 7:13:19 AM PDT · by Errant · 2 replies
    SNL (Shabbat Nigh Live via Youtube) ^ | 28 March 2014 | Michael Rood
    For Judges to judge, there must be a standard against which all actions are judged. The Book of Judges is preceded by Moses’ reiteration of the Torah just before the nation of Israel proceeds into the Promised Land. The law, the standard of righteousness by which Israel is to govern themselves as a people, is repeated and amplified one last time before the death of Moses. It is in this final instruction of Moses that we find the context to the Book of The Judges, which is a prophetic shadow picture of the day and hour in which we live.
  • The Ways of YHVH (Part of the series Judges: The King Is Coming March 21, 2014)

    03/23/2014 8:58:30 AM PDT · by Errant · 16 replies
    SNL (Shabbat Night Live) via Youtube ^ | 21 March 2014 | Michael Rood
    The prophet David gave us an insightful overview of the Torah, “He made known His acts unto Israel – His ways unto Moses.” Moses pled for the Almighty to reveal Himself to him, so the Almighty moved Moses into the cleft of the rock and covered him with His hand as the glory of YHVH approached. Moses was only allowed to see Him after He passed by. So it is, that we are seldom allowed to see what He is doing – or going to do – but in “hindsight” we can see His “ways” that so profoundly affect our...
  • The First Judges (Part II of the series Judges: The King Is Coming - March 14, 2014)

    03/16/2014 10:51:02 AM PDT · by Errant · 2 replies
    Sabbath Night Live via Youtube ^ | 14 March 2014 | Michael Rood
    What we see in the book of Judges are prophetic shadow pictures for our time. Everything that was recorded was done so for you, so you may know the truth. Soon prophecy will be fulfilled, Babylon will fall, and your understanding of the prophetic shadow pictures will be what keeps you standing in the end.
  • 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...
  • Alliance sees more lack of diversity on bench--Wants broader backgrounds

    02/11/2014 6:33:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Not satisfied with President Obama for appointing record numbers of gay, female and minority judges, liberal groups and labor unions are now pressuring the president to nominate more jurists who have backgrounds working for unions and public-interest organizations. The Alliance for Justice, a coalition of more than 100 liberal groups, is lobbying the White House to “broaden the bench” with more judicial nominees who represent what it calls “professional diversity” — judges who are more likely to be aligned with the coalition’s liberal agenda. “We face a federal bench that has a striking lack of diversity,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts...
  • The Bible Is Loud & Clear, Homosexuality Is An Abomination To God

    02/04/2014 11:38:35 AM PST · by OneVike · 43 replies
    TRC Magazine Facebook Page ^ | 2/4/2014 | Chuck Ness
    Like a precariously balanced house of cards, the fight against same sex marriage has been getting defeated in state after state. However, it is not because the voters have had a change of heart, it's because too many judges are inventing new constitutional rights our founding fathers never intended to exist. All the while inventing illogical reasons why some constitutional rights do not exist as specified in the the bill of rights. Now that the Democrats in the US Senate have unilaterally ended the opposition's ability to stop judicial appointments they disagree with, Obama will have free reign to appoint...
  • Judges Who Regard Not...Luke 18 pt 3

    And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the...
  • Ala. judge again rules that man convicted in series of rapes doesn't have to serve prison time

    01/01/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by Innovative · 32 replies
    A north Alabama man convicted in a series of rapes has again avoided a prison sentence for the assaults. Limestone County Circuit Judge James Woodroof suspended a 35-year sentence for Austin Clem and ordered him to spend five years on probation for a series of assaults on a former neighbor. Clem was convicted of sexually assaulting the woman three times. Prosecutors say the assaults began seven years ago when the victim was 13.
  • Here’s the ‘Uncontroversial’ Judicial Nominee the Senate Just Approved by Majority Vote Last Night

    12/12/2013 1:24:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/12/2013 | Patrick Brennan
    At about 1 a.m. last night, the Senate voted 51–44 to approve Cornelia Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The vote occurred in the middle of the night because the GOP, asserting its minority rights that the Democratic majority has significantly curtailed, is holding a “talkathon” to drag out the process of voting on the nominations before the Senate. This really bothered Rachel Maddow: CLICK ABOVE LINK TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF RACHEL MADDOW's RANT... Unfortunately for Ms. “Borders on Obsessed with the Facts” Maddow, Nina Pillard is, objectively, quite far from a “noncontroversial” nominee. She’s probably the...
  • At a fundraiser, Obama makes a chilling admission about the courts

    11/07/2013 3:53:00 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 18 replies ^ | 11/7/13 | Twitchy
    At a fundraiser, Obama makes a chilling admission about the courts Posted at 5:07 pm on November 7, 2013 by Twitchy Staff I missed this line from Obama last night at DSCC fundraiser: "We are remaking the courts." — Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) November 07, 2013 Yep, at a fundraiser in Texas last night, President Obama said his administration is “remaking the courts.” Here’s the full quote for context via a transcript: We were able to reform our financial system so that the likelihood of taxpayer-funded bailouts is a lot less than it was. We were able to expand funding...
  • Bad Judgment

    10/13/2013 8:19:21 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | OCTOBER 28, 2013 | John Fund
    It’s been over a quarter-century since Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court became a defining moment in the confirmation of federal judges. Since the distinguished judge and former Yale Law professor was “borked” by demagogic personal attacks and blocked from the Court, confirmation battles have grown uglier and more protracted. John Lott, an economist who has written thought-provoking books on everything from gun control to the federal budget, says the pitched battles over court nominations are having real-world consequences. He argues that our federal courts are being intellectually degraded as politicians in both parties try to keep the brightest...
  • Judges bid to banish Bible from court over fears witnesses, defendants no longer take oath seriously

    10/05/2013 10:29:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:54 EST, 5 October 2013 | Nick Constable and Martin Beckford
    Defendants and witnesses in British courts will no longer swear on the Bible to tell the truth under controversial plans being considered by a powerful body of judges. The traditional religious oath could be scrapped amid concerns that many giving evidence in criminal cases no longer take it seriously. Instead, all witnesses and defendants would promise to tell the truth without mentioning God, and would acknowledge they could be jailed if they are caught lying. It is claimed the new oath would be fairer for everyone and make it easier to understand the importance of what they are saying. But...

    09/26/2013 6:44:54 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 7 replies ^ | September 25, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    In his newest book, Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps The Smartest Judges Off The Bench, John R. Lott, Jr. examines the increasing role of courts in American life and the consequent difficulty excellence judicial nominees face over confirmation—especially if they are not invested in liberal ideology. Lott shows that we have reached a point where the more fit a nominee is for the bench—via his or her accomplishments, educational honors, and experience—the more unfit he or she may be viewed in the confirming process. And this is more true for Republican nominees than for Democrats. Lott examines how...
  • Are politics dumbing down America's courts?

    09/21/2013 3:05:40 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 21, 2013 | Tucker Carlson
    Discussion on Fox & Friends about how those being confirmed to judgeships aren't as smart as they used to be
  • Transsexual inmate to be examined by gender specialist

    09/03/2013 10:03:04 AM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | August 29, 2013 | Jeff Sturgeon
    Virginia prison officials must grant transsexual inmate Ophelia De’lonta her wish to be examined by a gender specialist at the Buckingham Correctional Center, the all-male prison where she lives. U.S. District Court Judge James Turk announced his decision Wednesday. Turk said the exam, which De’lonta’s attorneys pledged she will pay for, is for valid legal discovery to support her ongoing lawsuit aimed at winning sex-reassignment surgery at state expense. . . . Brown said in a court filing that Virginia prison officials’ protocol for inmates with gender dysphoria is “grossly clinically inappropriate” and at least 10 years out of date,...
  • Gay couple files federal lawsuit attacking SC’s Defense of Marriage Law

    09/02/2013 7:29:21 PM PDT · by kevcol · 27 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Sep 1, 2013 | John Monk
    Two Lexington County women who were legally married in Washington, D.C., have filed a federal lawsuit in Columbia, challenging the state’s Defense of Marriage Law and a 2006 amendment to the state Constitution that expressly banned same-sex marriages. The lawsuit, brought by S.C. Highway Patrol trooper Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin, was filed in U.S. District Court in Columbia last week. Judge Joe Anderson, a veteran judge who has presided in numerous high-profile civil and criminal cases, has been named to hear arguments in the case, which will be heard without a jury. Defendants in the case are Gov. Nikki...
  • Liberal Judge Appoints Monitor To Spy On Sheriff Arpaio

    09/02/2013 7:04:17 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | Sept 2, 2013 | Dave Jolly
    Snow was the judge that ruled that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by racially profiling Hispanics. This wasn’t enough for Obama and Holder, largely because Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse refused to back off from the investigation into Obama’s birth certificate, Social Security Number and Selective Service Registration form, all of which appear to be forgeries. ... Late last week, Judge Snow rendered an additional ruling against Arpaio and his department. He ordered that a court appointed monitor watch over all aspects of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department for...
  • Egypt judges recommend dissolving the Brotherhood

    09/02/2013 6:33:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2013 9:21 AM EDT | Sarah El Deeb
    A judicial official says a panel of judges has recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political group, from which ousted President Mohammed Morsi hails. … The recommendation isn’t binding to the court, which holds its next hearing on Nov. 12. …
  • Reid Pushes to Flip Balance of D.C. Circuit Court, Hints at Another Filibuster Battle

    08/12/2013 7:41:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 8/9/13 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Democrats are still focused on getting at least one more judge confirmed to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals — and hinted at more changes to Senate rules unless Republicans stop filibustering “literally everything.” “People don’t focus much on the D.C. Circuit. It is, some say, more important than even the Supreme Court,” the Nevada Democrat said Friday during a lengthy appearance on Nevada Public Radio. “We put on three people — I don’t think they deserve to be on any court, but they — we put them on there, and they...
  • Psalm 58 (When Rulers are Unjust and Judges Not Upright)

    06/26/2013 6:22:05 PM PDT · by xzins · 12 replies
    1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge uprightly among men? 2 No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. 3 Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies. 4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears, 5 that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be. 6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; tear out, O LORD, the fangs of the...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Samson and Delilah"(1949)

    06/23/2013 11:19:04 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1949 | Cecil B. DeMille
  • Judge apologizes for lack of transparency in James Rosen leak probe

    05/22/2013 6:49:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/22/13 | Ann E. Marimow
    The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The gesture of transparency by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth comes at a time when the Obama administration is under scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, including one showing that the Justice Department had secretly probed the news-gathering activities of Fox News reporter James Rosen. The investigation of Rosen was first reported Monday, after The Washington
  • Judges' lawsuit: Disability system 'in crisis' (Social Security program overwhelmed)

    04/19/2013 3:56:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/19/13 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Social Security's disability program is overwhelmed by so many claims that judges sometimes award benefits they might otherwise deny just to keep up with the flow of cases, according to a lawsuit filed by the judges themselves. The Social Security Administration says the agency's administrative law judges should decide 500 to 700 disability cases a year. The agency calls the standard a productivity goal, but the lawsuit claims it is an illegal quota that requires judges to decide an average of more than two cases per workday. "When the goals are too high, the easy way out...
  • Judge Orders F.D.A. to Make Morning-After Pill Available Over the Counter for All Ages

    04/05/2013 5:44:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 79 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 4/5/13 | Pam Belluck
    A federal judge has ruled that the Unites States government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and under. The decision, on a fraught and politically controversial subject, comes after a decade-long fight over who should have access to the pill and under what circumstances, and it counteracts an unprecedented move by the Obama administration's Health and Human Services secretary who in 2011 overruled a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration to make the pill available for all ages without a prescription.
  • History Channel's Bible Series: Episode 2

    03/13/2013 3:14:44 PM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 8 replies
    Just Genesis ^ | March 10, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    The second episode of the History Channel's Bible series is likely to have as many viewers as the first episode, which broke all 2013 records for cable programs with 13.1 million viewers. The second segment covers the "tribes of Israel" returning to the "homeland" under the leadership of Joshua (Yeshua/Jesus). These Israelites were Horites and they were fighting other Horites to gain control of important cities in Canaan. The Horites (Horim in Hebrew) were a caste of ruler-priests who were in charge of the shrines in Canaan. These shrines were in the important cities that the warriors of Joshua attacked....
  • Eligibility judge quotes famous Santa case

    12/22/2012 5:25:09 AM PST · by iontheball · 11 replies
    WND ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A real-life Florida judge has paraphrased a statement from the fictional Judge Henry X. Harper in “Miracle on 34th Street” to justify his sudden decision to dismiss a challenge under state law to Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office. The ruling from Kevin Carroll of the Florida circuit court for Leon County dismissed the case brought on behalf of Democratic voter Michael C. Voeltz, who raised the issue of Obama’s qualifications under a state law that allows voters to challenge candidates’ eligibility. Read more at
  • How Obama Could Turn The Supreme Court Into A Bastion Of Liberalism

    11/07/2012 2:19:07 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-7-2012 | Erin Fuchs
    How Obama Could Turn The Supreme Court Into A Bastion Of Liberalism Erin FuchsNov. 7, 2012, 12:48 PM While the nation's highest court barely got a mention this election season, President Barack Obama could reshape the conservative-leaning Supreme Court now that he has won. To be sure, two of the court's oldest justices are liberals: 79-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 74-year-old Stephen Breyer. But other septuagenarians fill the court's less liberal wing, too – namely the mercurial swing vote Anthony Kennedy and the bombastic right-winger Antonin Scalia, both of whom are 76. If Kennedy retires, Obama can replace him with...
  • Litmus test for judges? abortion rights, gay marriage.. -- or be rejected.

    11/04/2012 4:07:51 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    Mmass Resistance ^ | Nov. 3, 2012 | Mmass Resistance
    Litmus test for judges? You must support abortion rights, gay marriage, affirmative action -- or be rejected. It could happen in Massachusetts after Tuesday's vote! Leftist former Springfield mayor vs Republican Mike Franco POSTED: Nov. 3, 2012 Who will be choosing your judges? It could be people more radical than you ever imagined. This is what could happen when the conservative establishment starts to go soft. In Massachusetts, the eight elected members of the "Governor's Council" decide on who will be your judges. Are they looking out for you -- or for the special interests? [MassResistance photo] As we've repeatedly...
  • Missouri Judge Elections

    10/22/2012 5:59:10 PM PDT · by urtax$@work · 14 replies
    various internet googling | October 22, 2012 | urtax$@work
    Since nobody is talking about it, here is what i found about all those judges that we have to consider. Judge name , followed by D, or R or ? Which means appointed by Dem or Rep. You can figure it out the rest of the way. If you find any mistakes, sorry- then go ahead correct it here on FR. Some of these may be state wide and some may by Kansas City or Western Missouri. Draper, D Cynthia Martin, R Thomas Newton ,D Gary Witt, D Kanatzer, D McKenzie, R Roldan, R Grate, R Garret, D Scovill, D...
  • Before making choice for circuit court judge, voters must consider abortion stance

    10/22/2012 4:21:24 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 4 replies ^ | 10-22-2012 | Tom Wieder
    On Nov. 6, Washtenaw County voters will fill the first vacant circuit court judge position in nearly two decades. With your vote, you may help to decide the futures of dozens, if not hundreds, of young women dealing with unwanted pregnancies, even those resulting from rape or incest. How can this be? Aren’t these matters determined by the Michigan Legislature and federal and state appellate courts? In fact, whether a minor obtains an abortion may be determined by the decision of a single judge, acting under a state law that gives virtually total discretion to the judge. There is a...
  • Bad reviews, shaky mental health not expected to keep judge off bench (chicago)

    10/14/2012 5:14:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10-13-12 | LISA DONOVAN
    This month the Chicago Bar Association issued its judicial evaluations for the 50-plus judges running for retention, putting her and seven other judges under the “not recommended” category, as the association did in 2006 when she was up for re-election. ‘Not qualified’ The Chicago Council of Lawyers also recently found her “not qualified” — as the council did six years earlier. snip Court records obtained by the Sun-Times reveal she was examined by a court-appointed psychiatrist who believes she’s “presently mentally fit with medication” but opined she was “legally insane” at the time of the reported skirmish with the sheriff’s...
  • At Harvard Law School in 1991, Obama approved of restricting speech to protect minorities

    10/08/2012 11:13:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    At the height of early-1990s conservative backlash over political correctness and “speech codes” on U.S. college campuses, Barack Obama participated in a panel event geared toward denying that restrictions on free expression were problematic, or happening at all. The 1991 Harvard Law School yearbook quoted the future President of the United States virtually shrugging his shoulders at the thought that non-liberal white students might take offense at restrictions on speech that minority students found objectionable. “I don’t see a lot of conservatives getting upset if minorities feel silenced,” Obama said, flipping the argument around.
  • Judges, prosecutors claim cuts in their salaries are 'unconstitutional' (Greece)

    09/29/2012 11:46:06 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies ^ | 9-29-12 | ekathimerini
    In a letter addressed to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, his fellow coalition leaders -- PASOK’s Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left’s Fotis Kouvelis -- Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, six judges and prosecutors associations have claimed that the proposed cuts in their salaries and pensions devised by the government are unconstitutional. Judges and magistrates have been staging a series of rolling work stoppages in recent weeks, while administrative judges have said they will extend their industrial action until October 5.
  • Florida justice warns of assault on the courts ‘through partisan politics’

    09/25/2012 1:39:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 24, 2012 | Mary Ellen Klas
    As the secretive campaign against the three Florida Supreme Court justices up for merit retention took shape Monday, one of the targeted justices warned that the future of the state’s independent judiciary was under threat. "This is the most stressful time I’ve ever experienced in my life,’’ said Justice R. Fred Lewis at a meeting of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. “There is an entire branch of government to protect and defend. We cannot sacrifice fairness and impartiality and the court system to political whims." Lewis’ remarks came three days after the Republican Party of Florida announced it will oppose...
  • Republicans Lose Ballot Lawsuits as Swing-State Rulings Loom

    09/07/2012 11:44:32 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 48 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 9/07/2012 | MacNaughton
    Republicans are losing most of the court fights with Democrats over whether GOP-backed state voter regulations will illegally suppress turnout among the poor and minorities in the Nov. 6 presidential contest. As the general election begins in earnest today following the conclusion of the Democratic national convention, legal battles continue in a half dozen swing-states where court challenges await decisions by state and federal judges. ...
  • Judges Love Star Trek Too

    09/05/2012 5:32:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Legal Geeks ^ | August 30, 2012 | Jessica Mederson
    A lot of lawyers are geeks. A lot of geeks are lawyers. So it should come as no surprise that a lot of judges are Star Trek fans and they aren’t afraid to show it. Below are my favorite Star Trek quotes…from the bench:
  • Vanity: How do we know the judges we vote for?

    07/25/2012 6:57:50 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 24 replies
    7/25/2012 | me
    Does anyone have a good source that allows you to scrutinize the judges that we'll be voting for? This, to me, seems like the most sinister way to destroy our nation, as judges wield so much power, and we have no real way to vett them. This is the liberal's ultimate tool! Help in any way you can, particularly for Florida, but elsewhere is good too.

    07/03/2012 8:24:06 PM PDT · by scooby321 · 12 replies
    Ann ^ | 7/20/2005 | Ann Coulter
    Maybe Roberts will contravene the sordid history of "stealth nominees" and be the Scalia or Thomas that Bush promised us when he was asking for our votes. Or maybe he won't. The Supreme Court shouldn't be a game of Russian roulette.
  • Deuteronomy Chapter 32--as if modern day America

    06/29/2012 9:33:18 AM PDT · by tflabo · 6 replies
    Voice of Freedom TV Ministry ^ | 6.29.12 | Pastor John W . Hill
    Deuteronomy 32:31KJV For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. Micah 7:3KJV ..the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man he uttereth his mischievous desire, so they wrap it up. YHWH IS OUR ROCK, SO ROCK ON!! Pastor John W. Hill
  • Judge allows [rifle] brandishing case to proceed

    06/22/2012 8:30:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    Livingston Daily (MI) ^ | June 22, 2012 | Jay M. Grossman
    An Oakland County District court judge has decided to allow a criminal case to go forward against a Troy teenager accused of brandishing a rifle in downtown Birmingham. "This is not a gun-rights case," Judge Marc Barron said during an evidentiary hearing held Wednesday in the case against Sean Michael Combs. Rather, the case hinged on the city of Birmingham's brandishing ordinance and whether the city has a legal right to regulate firearms. Defense attorney Jim Makowski had filed a motion to dismiss all the charges, saying his client never should have been stopped in the first place. Michigan is...
  • Judge tosses man in slammer for ‘sagging’ pants

    06/20/2012 11:10:51 AM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    WTRV CBS6 ^ | June 16, 2012 | Nick Dutton
    LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) – An Ohio man is sent to the slammer for saggy pants. Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok has been on the bench for 10 years. Like an umpire, he has the call of the courtroom. That includes handing down sentences to upholding high standards in court. On Thursday, Durrell Brooks of Lorain was in court to assist his girlfriend with her traffic citation. That is when Judge Mihok found the 23-year-old man was in violation. “When he turned around and sit back down, I could see that his pants were sagging. And, I could see his...
  • Obama Nominates Two to Appeals Court

    06/16/2012 2:20:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2012 | Charlie Savage
    President Obama on Monday nominated two lawyers to fill vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a powerful panel to which he has so far been unable to appoint anyone since taking office. Mr. Srinivasan also represented several clients at O'Melveny and Myers that conservatives are likely to criticize him over, filing amicus briefs on behalf of groups opposed to voter photographic identification laws and supporting affirmative action policies in university admissions. Republicans cited several reasons for their opposition to Ms. Halligan, including that as New York's solicitor general she had advanced the...
  • GOP Begins Judge Blockade

    06/13/2012 6:56:30 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 13, 2012 | John Stanton
    With less than four and a half months until Election Day, Senate Republicans are shutting off the bipartisan spigot when it comes to confirming President Barack Obama’s nominees to the nation’s top courts and will present a unified front against his circuit court picks through November. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) made the decision to blockade nominations official Wednesday when he informed his colleagues that he would invoke the “Thurmond Rule” from now until after the elections.
  • Judge rules Wisconsin man can't hand out Bibles inside MN gay pride fest

    06/12/2012 8:12:26 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    WSAU (WI) ^ | June 12, 2012 | news
    MINNEAPOLIS (WTAQ) - A federal judge says a Wisconsin man cannot hand out Bibles inside a gay pride festival this month at a public park in Minneapolis. Brian Johnson of Hayward sought an injunction giving him unfettered access to the festival grounds.