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  • Law clerk accused of pretending to be judge is fired

    08/30/2016 11:14:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/30/2016 | Steve Mills and Todd Lighty
    Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, who has come under criticism for his handling of allegations that one of his law clerks put on a robe and heard cases, has fired the clerk, his office announced Tuesday. In a terse, three-paragraph statement, Evans' office said that Rhonda Crawford "is no longer employed as a law clerk/staff attorney" assigned to the south suburban Markham courthouse. The statement said that judicial rules prevented Evans from commenting further on the matter. Crawford has worked for Evans' office since 2011 and made about $57,000 a year. In March, Crawford defeated two opponents in the...
  • How the first liberal Supreme Court in a generation could reshape America

    08/23/2016 4:14:41 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 63 replies
    Vox ^ | August 22, 2016 | Dylan Matthews
    A liberal Court could end long-term solitary confinement. It could mandate better prison conditions in general, making it more costly to maintain mass incarceration. It could conceivably end the death penalty. It could uphold tough state campaign finance rules and start to move away from Citizens United. It could start to develop a robust right to vote and limit gerrymandering. It could strengthen abortion rights, moving toward viewing abortion rights as a matter of equal protection for women. If Donald Trump wins in November, this is all moot. But if he loses, as polls increasingly indicate, the dawn of a...
  • Roe v. Wade will be overturned if Trump wins, Pence says

    07/28/2016 6:36:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 245 replies
    MSN LA Times ^ | July 28, 2016
    GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Thursday predicted that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, would be overturned if Donald Trump is elected president. “I’m pro-life and I don’t apologize for it,” he said during a town hall meeting here. “We’ll see Roe vs. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”
  • Why Trump Wins: He knows border wars have replaced culture wars.

    07/01/2016 11:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | June 27, 2016 | Scott McConnell
    When he descended the Trump Tower escalator on June 15 last year to announce his run for the presidency, Donald Trump polled near the bottom of the Republican field. An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll taken from June 14 to 18 reported Trump was the first choice of 1 percent of Republican voters, behind Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, and eight others. A RealClearPolitics graphic tracking an average of several polls illustrates the stunning speed of Trump’s rise. For most of June, Trump’s line slithered along the bottom of the 17-person field, then headed by Jeb Bush. Two weeks after his announcement,...
  • Judges Behaving Badly

    06/23/2016 3:42:45 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | June 23, 2016 | Tim Dunkin
    "The Judicial Branch must be independent of other branches of government, but not independent of the nation itself. It is rightly responsible to the people for irregular and censurable decisions..." – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Archibald Stuart, 1791 Unquestionably, one of the greatest dangers to the liberties of the American people – from among the great multitude of such threats we face today – is that of unaccountable, out-of-control federal judges. Not a week goes by that some federal judge, somewhere, takes it upon himself or herself to judicially (and therefore unconstitutionally) amend the Constitution through a judicial decision that...
  • URGENT! Trump needs to hit Hillary on Democrat judges that are for criminal rights

    06/19/2016 7:17:13 AM PDT · by VermithraxPejorative · 27 replies
    6/19/16 | VermithraxPerjorative
    With all the politics of gun control after the latest radical Islamic terrorist attack it's important to remember there is a Supreme Court vacancy. Trump needs to hit Hillary on Democrat appointed judges that favor criminal rights. I cannot believe Democrats are never confronted about the punishment to the actual perpetrators. That is why they want to make it about guns rather than what to do about punishing those committing crimes. Democrats are not for the death penalty and then not even for life sentences! How many repeat offenders are there? And how many lives are lost and children molested,...
  • Seven Times Democrats Were Overtly Racist On Judges Before Trump

    06/06/2016 4:51:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/6/16 | Casey Harper
    1.Justice Sonia Sotomayor famously invoked her identity as a “wise Latina” who could outdo a white man. “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” she said in an October, 2001 speech that became a point of criticism for Republicans. 2.When Donald Trump released his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, the left was quick to point out they were all white. Think Progress published an article titled “Your Ultimate Guide To The 11 White People...
  • St.Louis Chief Dotson calls out judges, lack of judicial accountability in latest blog post

    05/30/2016 3:30:19 PM PDT · by fingers_crossed · 8 replies
    KMOV Channel 4 St.Louis ^ | 5/30.2016 | Stephanie Baumer
    In a blog published Monday, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson wrote about the lenient punishments given to offenders that allow them to continue committing crimes.
  • Donald Trump Releases List of Potential Supreme Court Appointments

    05/18/2016 2:21:53 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 18, 2016 | Sundance
    Today Donald J. Trump released the much-anticipated list of people he would consider as potential replacements for Justice Scalia at the United States Supreme Court. This list was compiled, first and foremost, based on constitutional principles, with input from highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership. Mr. Trump stated, “Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I...
  • Trump's 11 potential Supreme Court Justices (bio and Wiki link)

    05/18/2016 12:48:45 PM PDT · by justlurking · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2016-05-18 | Me
    Don Willett is a Texas Supreme Court justice:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Willett David Stras is an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Stras Allison Eid is a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_H._Eid Joan Larsen is a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Larsen Steven Colloton is a federal judge who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Colloton Raymond Gruender is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Gruender Thomas Hardiman is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hardiman Raymond M. Kethledge is a federal judge...
  • Trump unveils list of his top Supreme Court picks

    05/18/2016 11:31:12 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 13 replies
    AP ^ | May 18, 2016 | JILL COLVIN
    Trump's picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri. Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump had previously named Pryor and Sykes as examples of kind of justices he would choose.
  • Obama’s Successor Will Likely Fill Dozens of Judicial Vacancies

    03/18/2016 4:48:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2016 | Joe Palazzolo
    Federal appeals courts have many judges near or at retirement age. President Barack ObamaÂ’s successor will likely come into an early opportunity to make an immediate impact on the federal bench, regardless of the outcome of the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. In his nearly eight years in office, Mr. Obama has had as dramatic an effect on the federal judiciary as any president in recent history, putting in place Democratic-appointed majorities in most of the regional appeals courts. Upon taking office next January, the next president will likely face dozens of judicial vacancies to fill...
  • A Debate Postscript: How Ignorant Is Trump?

    02/27/2016 6:07:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 125 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2-26-16 | John Hinderaker
    Paul (Mirengoff) has already noted one of the strangest incidents in last night’s debate, when Donald Trump repeatedly talked about judges signing “bills.” Before the debate fades into history, let’s go to the tape. It’s short: (the tape will not play) Three times, Trump says his sister and Sam Alito signed the same bill. As Paul politely put it, judges don’t sign bills. I would say, how did this knucklehead get through the eighth grade? We are faced with a likely presidential nominee who has no idea what a bill is, as opposed to a judicial opinion. I never imagined...
  • Trump’s dishonest attempt to hide behind Justice Alito on abortion

    02/27/2016 6:00:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 86 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2-26-16 | Paul Mirengoff
    Last night, in response to a question from Hugh Hewitt as to whether he would make a deal with liberals on religious liberty, Donald Trump decided to defend the judicial record of his sister, federal appeals court judge Maryanne Trump Barry, on abortion. In doing so, Trump displayed his characteristic ignorance and dishonesty. Here was the exchange: TRUMP: Now, Ted’s been very critical — I have a sister who’s a brilliant . . . HEWITT: Mr. Cruz, will you make a deal about religious liberty? TRUMP: . . . excuse me. She’s a brilliant judge. He’s been criticizing — he’s...
  • Antonin Scalia and G.K. Chesterton

    02/17/2016 10:01:27 AM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/15/16 | R. Michael Dunnigan
    Even in his very first years on the US Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia already was making a profound impression on the Court, on Washington, and on American life. I matriculated at Georgetown Law shortly after Scalia joined the Court, and throughout the course of my legal studies, he often was the talk of both the town and the law school. He quickly became something of a judicial folk hero to students who favored judicial restraint, a method of judicial decision-making marked by a justice’s broad deference to the decisions of the people and their elected representatives, and by...
  • Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch

    02/13/2016 1:55:56 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1,306 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | Updated 3:53 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016 | Gary Martin
    Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said. Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa. According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said he was among those notified about Scalia's death. "I was told...
  • Realigning the Courts with the Constitution

    01/25/2016 9:27:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Jeb! 2016 ^ | January 24, 2016 | Jeb Bush
    The next presidential election will help to determine whether we move further away from constitutional government, or make a critical course correction. Most Supreme Court watchers agree that the next president will significantly influence the court’s course for at least the next decade, maybe longer. With vacancies possible across the Supreme Court’s ideological spectrum, and in the lower federal courts as well, the stakes are high. Nothing less than preserving the form of government our Founders gave us—with limited powers, and accountability to the people—is at stake.
  • Alleged Tea Party Senators Betray on Radical Judge Vote

    01/20/2016 2:57:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 28 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 20 2016 | Steve Flesher
    Just one more moment of disappointment from those we work hard so had to elect (h/t Michelle Malkin on Twitter, Tuesday). This is the Senate roll call vote on the radical judge Wright nomination. Note the bend-over Rs who voted yes. @CR pic.twitter.com/e2EpkK41Sm   — Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 20, 2016 First to note: Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio didn’t show up to vote (they’re too busy asking Americans for a promotion). Second to note: Even though Senator Rand Paul is also running for president, he made time to show up and vote on the right side. (Nay) Lastly...
  • Massachusetts Court is Forcing Catholic Schools to Hire Homosexuals

    12/23/2015 11:03:20 AM PST · by xzins · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 23, 2015 | Michael Cantrell
    The First Amendment right to freedom of religion seems to be utterly meaningless to liberals in government today as they continue to make rulings that are the equivalent of ripping the Constitution to pieces and wiping their backsides with it. Courts in Massachusetts are now telling Catholic schools they have no choice but to hire homosexuals, despite the fact doing so goes against their beliefs. This is exactly why separation of church and state exists. Not to keep God out of government, but government out of the church. From Christian News: A state court in Massachusetts has ruled that a...
  • (Florida) Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Liberal Coalition's Redistricting Map

    12/03/2015 3:01:55 AM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | Dec 2, 2015 | Nancy Smith
    In a 5-2 opinion, the Florida Supreme Court Wednesday approved a map for the 27 congressional districts submitted not by the Florida Legislature, but by the Florida League of Women Voters and other members of a liberal coalition and approved by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis in October. See the high court's decison here. The resulting map approved Wednesday is basically the work of Democratic operatives. Justice Ricky Polston, one of the dissenters, criticized the decision because Judge Lewis relied on a map drawn by a redistricting consultant with ties to Democrats and was designed to intentionally pack Republicans into districts. That...
  • Walker yet to sign GAB overhaul bill (WI)

    12/01/2015 7:32:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 12-1-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 294 of 292 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wis. — More than two weeks after the Assembly finalized passage of a bill that would dismantle the state’s rogue political speech regulator, Gov. Scott Walker has yet to sign the legislation into law. And it’s not clear when he will do so. “I don’t have an update beyond what I have previously provided, which is that he will review this legislation and supports overall reform of the Government Accountability Board to provide a replacement that is fair, transparent, and accountable to Wisconsinites,” Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick told...
  • Ohio judges advised that they can’t refuse to perform same sex weddings

    08/11/2015 10:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/11/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I think we all knew there would be more than a few of these cases reverberating around the country following the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, and this time it’s popping up in Ohio. Some municipal judges are either refusing to perform the ceremonies for gay couples or stopping performing marriages entirely, citing religious freedom objections. This prompted an inquiry at the state supreme court and their advisory Board of Professional Conduct has come back with an answer. Now if only somebody can figure out exactly what they meant. Amid scattered instances of balking, Ohio judges who perform...
  • The People’s Votes Matter – Except When They Don’t

    07/16/2015 7:06:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/16/2015 | Kerri Kupec
    To celebrate the recent birthday of the 14th Amendment, let’s play a little end-of-term Supreme Court bingo. Which justice would you pick as author of the following “state’s rights” position? “Through the structure of its government, and the character of those who exercise government authority, a State defines itself as a sovereign.” I’ll give you a hint: her name begins with Ruth and ends with Ginsburg. Yes, it’s true. The same “lawyers,” to use Chief Justice John Roberts’ word, that obliterated the civil rights of millions of Americans in the Obergefell v. Hodges marriage decision, championed, just three days later,...
  • Toledo judge with extensive NAACP background tells lesbian couple, sorry, I’m a Christian so I can’t

    07/11/2015 4:46:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/11/15 | Dan Calabrese
    And so it begins. Let’s just say this right off: Judge C. Allen McConnell of the Toledo Municipal Court is guilty of nothing. Not hypocrisy. Not bigotry. Not any sort of inconsistency. He’s on completely solid ground saying that he came up through the ranks as a champion of civil rights. He did. And he’s a civil rights champion to this day. HTML5 video is not supported! Special: Prepared for This Ancient Biblical Prophecies The problem is not with McConnell. Not at all. The problem is going to come from the very confused culture whose collective head is about to...
  • FLORIDA! 130 DAYS TIL YOU CAN VOTE OUT 3 SUPREME COURT SCOFF-LAWS! DON'T FORGET!!

    Election Day is November 5, 2002. Please, Florida, do not forget the HATRED FOR THE CONSTITUTION the Supreme Court of Florida exhibited in November and December of the year 2000. From the SCOFFLAWS website, there is a clear chance for you to replace three of the seven Kangaroo Court Justices: Merit retention is a system of selecting Justices established by the voters when they amended the Florida Constitution in the 1970s. Under merit retention, the Governor appoints new Justices from a list of three to six names submitted by a Judicial Nominating Commission. The Governor must select from the list....
  • Judges Sue Over Same Sex ‘Marriage’

    04/22/2015 8:30:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 60 replies
    Tea Party.org ^ | APRIL 20, 2015
    (Courthouse News) – Two former magistrates sued the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts claiming it violated their religious rights by forcing them to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies or face discipline, termination, and even criminal prosecution. Gilbert Breedlove and Thomas Holland claim in a lawsuit filed in the Wake County Superior Court that they resigned from their positions after the AOC and its director, John Smith, made no attempt to accommodate their religious beliefs while attempting to comply with the change in law on same-sex marriage. Instead, they say, the AOC forced them to choose between “taking an act...
  • Federal court: no liability for PA judge who made up criminal charge

    04/13/2015 7:09:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Apr 13, 2015 | Rachel Martin
    Judiciary Federal court: no liability for PA judge who made up criminal charge By Rachel MartinPublished April 13, 2015watchdog.org A federal court recently told a Lawrence County woman she’s simply out of luck and can’t sue local officials, including a Common Pleas judge who apparently made up a criminal charge that was used to place her on electronic monitoring. A judge has absolute civil immunity, even if the action “was in error, was done maliciously, or was in excess of his authority,” the three-judge panel ruled in its six-page opinion. Judge Thomas Piccione had ordered Lynn Van Tassel to report...
  • 43 California judges were reprimanded for misconduct last year

    04/05/2015 2:52:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/04/15 | Maura Dolan
    Two judges had sex with women in their chambers, one with his former law students, the other with his court clerk.. A traffic court judge delegated his job to his clerk. While the judge was in chambers, the clerk heard pleas and imposed sentences. A family law court judge excoriated two parents who appeared before him as "rotten" and the mother a "train wreck" and a "liar." The judges, among 43 disciplined last year by California's Commission on Judicial Performance, received rebukes ranging from public censure or admonishment to a confidential "advisory" letter. The state watchdog agency documented the transgressions...
  • Egypt sacks 41 judges for supporting the Brotherhood: sources (orders compulsory retirement)

    03/14/2015 11:58:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/14/15 | Mahmoud Mourad - Reuters
    CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian disciplinary court ordered 41 judges into compulsory retirement on Saturday for supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, judicial sources said, the latest move in a sweeping crackdown on political dissent. The government has implemented a harsh crackdown on Islamists as well as secular political opponents since then army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. The Disciplinary Council headed by judge Nabil Zaki did not immediately release the reason for its decision, but the judicial sources said 31 of the judges were sent into compulsory...
  • Federal Judge Terrence Berg Shot at Detroit Home (UPDATED)

    03/05/2015 7:10:18 PM PST · by kristinn · 69 replies
    WJBK-TV ^ | Thursday, March 5, 2015
    A federal judge has been shot in the leg at his home in Detroit Thursday night. SNIP Police are looking for two suspects in a black Chrysler 200 or 300 series or a Dodge Charger.
  • A Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Reining in Judges

    02/19/2015 9:17:22 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/19/15 | Tim Dunkin
    Dealing with the problem of tyrannical, out of control judges who refuse to abide by either the letter or the spirit of the Constitution It is a widely agreed upon proposition that the federal judiciary in our country is out of control; literally out of control. Federal judges increasingly act as if there are no limits to their authority to not only interpret, but to make and impose law. As a result, the situation has developed whereby there are essentially no meaningful checks on federal judges at all, and the system of checks and balances has broken down which was...
  • Southern Baptist Leader Says Roy Moore Should Comply with Judge’s Order or Resign

    02/14/2015 10:41:40 AM PST · by fwdude · 80 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | February 14, 2015 | Gary DeMar
    Russell Moore (no relation to Roy Moore), the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy arm, “says Alabama judges who in good conscience cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, should resign instead of fighting the law while in office.” What if judges in Germany refused to approve legal orders to transport Jews to death camps? What if they just resigned? Would that have been enough? A resignation would only mean that a new judge would be appointed who would comply with the order. A line has to be drawn somewhere.
  • Gay Marriage Being Forced Down Throats via Alabama Newspapers

    02/09/2015 11:21:25 AM PST · by boycott · 24 replies
    AL.com ^ | 2-9-2015 | me
    The Alabama newspapers have been slamming their gay agenda down the throats Alabama readers for several weeks. As you can see, it's one story after another. The newspapers are putting those in support of same sex marriage as being on the morally correct side. It is absolutely repulsive how they're pushing this agenda. I'll add that I am shocked how frequently and hard they've been pushing it down reader's throats. It's a war of moral values.
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Mob squeezed him; city squeezes widow (Kass: Chicago outfit, Daley machine)

    07/05/2009 9:17:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 1,139+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-4-09 | John Kass
    Whether the name of Richie Urso ever makes it into the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich next June is anybody's guess. You've probably never heard of Richie Urso. But the FBI sure has heard of him. His is a classic Chicago story, about a beefy yet charming guy born on Grand Avenue, who got in trouble with the law as a kid, only to make political friends and become extremely wealthy. He was arrested once for jewelry theft in the '60s by the Outfit's top Chicago police detective, William Hanhardt. Urso's alleged partner in the theft was the...
  • 16 North Carolina Judges Quit Following State's Legalization of Gay Marriage

    11/22/2014 5:58:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/22/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    Sixteen North Carolina judges have either resigned or retired after gay marriage became legal in the state last month when a judge ruled that an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. In October, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn of Asheville struck down the ban and ruled the amendment unconstitutional in response to a Charlotte-based lawsuit. Reports from the administrative office of the courts note that "between the ruling on Oct. 10 and the end of the month, 16 magistrates left their jobs, but the state wouldn't release why they left," Time Warner Cable News-Charlotte reports. The...
  • Lindsey Graham Calls On Republicans To Restore Senate Filibuster Rules

    11/20/2014 8:31:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 95 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | November 18, 2014 | Amanda Terkel
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants Republicans to reverse the Democrats' filibuster reforms in the new year, arguing that doing so will make it tougher for President Barack Obama to get his nominees approved. The new system requires just 51 votes to advance executive branch nominees and judges nominated for all courts except the Supreme Court, instead of the 60 votes that were previously required. Democrats approved the reforms after Republicans were refusing to let many of Obama's nominees go through. Half the nominees filibustered in the country's history, for example, were blocked by Republicans during the Obama administration.
  • Republicans take control of US Senate, increase their House majority

    11/05/2014 6:20:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Nov 5, 2014 | DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
    Republicans take control of US Senate, increase their House majority for Obama's final 2 years Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press Updated: November 5, 2014 - 7:45 AM WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office. Republican Mitch McConnell led the way to a new Senate majority, dispatching Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky after a $78 million campaign of unrelieved negativity. Voters are "hungry for new leadership....
  • Slouching toward Ebola

    11/03/2014 7:16:23 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/03/14 | Rolf Yungclas
    Real science acknowledges that people can make mistakes, making such a dangerous virus a zero-risk to a nation or a state means taking precautions that absolutely prevent human error In 1968 Joan Didion published a collection of non-fiction essays titled Slouching Towards Bethlehem in which she took a look at the chaos of the counterculture in the mid-1960s. The title of the book comes from a line in a poem by William Butler Yeats titled The Second Coming: “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” In the preface to her book,...
  • The Country’s Judges Are Becoming More Politically Minded than Judicially Correct

    11/02/2014 2:04:54 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/02/14 | Jerry McConnell
    If people like Holder, Obama and the Black Panthers are going to use attitudes from a half-century in the past to justify unjust behavior today, all the great advances in civility and relations, will have been fo In an online *article on October 31, 2014, Politico.Com headlined “The Tea Party Isn’t Giving Up Against The IRS, By Mark Meckler, we read how a District of Columbia district court judge, Reggie Walton, dismisses lawsuits protesting the IRS’s targeting of conservatives. But, as Meckler reminds us, the fight will continue. Judge Walton dismissed almost all counts in two major lawsuits brought by...
  • Six North Carolina judges quit after gay ‘marriage’ legalized

    10/31/2014 4:33:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of a federal court decision legalizing same-sex “marriage” in North Carolina, at least six judges in the state have resigned rather than be forced to officiate such unions. All stepped down, since October 10, because they believe marriage is a union between one man and one woman. They are: John Kallam Jr. (Rockingham County), Gilbert Breedlove (Swain County), Bill Stevenson (Gaston County), Tommy Holland (Graham County), Gayle Myrick (Union County) and Jeff Powell (Jackson County). The decision wasn’t easy for Stevenson, whose family depends on his $50,000 per year salary as their primary income. "I prayed about...
  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS INVESTIGATES: Felony Gun Convictions Often End With No Prison Time

    10/31/2014 8:16:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    KSTP ^ | 10-30-14 | Stephen Tellier
    EYEWITNESS NEWS spent weeks analyzing more than 1,800 cases across Minnesota - murders, robberies, burglaries, and assaults, all involving firearms, as well as many cases of previously convicted felons being caught with guns. In more than half of such cases, the convicted felon received less than the minimum sentence. And whether they spent any time in prison varied greatly from judge to judge and courtroom to courtroom. Daylight was beginning to dwindle. Leaves were beginning to litter the landscape. Fall was beginning to descend on Folwell Park. "This is where kids come. This is their sanctuary," said John Joyce, who...
  • 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...