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  • House Judiciary Lawmakers Mull Subpoenas on FBI, DOJ After Text Messages Reveal ‘Path’ to Stop Trump

    12/13/2017 11:42:38 PM PST · by a little elbow grease · 42 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 12/13/17 | Kristina Wong
    (snip)-- Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday it was time to issue subpoenas to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, following the release of texts from FBI officials that suggested they wanted to stop Trump’s election. “It’s time for subpoenas from our committee, not just from the intelligence committee, but from our committee. Subpoenas for documents that we rightfully should have an ability to see,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the committee. He also said he wanted to subpoena Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, FBI senior official Peter Strzok, and...
  • Federal Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski Accused Of Sexual Harassment

    12/09/2017 2:36:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | December 8, 2017 | Ina Jaffe
    Six women have accused a federal appeals court judge of sexual misconduct, according to The Washington Post. Alex Kozinski serves on the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and was formerly that court's chief judge. Heidi Bond, who clerked for Kozinski in 2006 and 2007, said he called her into his office and showed her pornography on his computer. He asked her if she thought the images were "photoshopped." He asked her if they turned her on. Bond, who now authors romance novels under the name Courtney Milan, wrote on her website that such incidents happened at least three...
  • A Senate of the States: July 21st – July 23rd, 1787

    12/07/2017 2:12:52 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | December 7th, 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Since delegates resolved, on July 16th, the most contentious issue of the convention, equality of state suffrage in the senate, they quickly hammered out over twenty other fundamental resolutions in the next week. The Connecticut Compromise smoothed the way toward fitting the remaining pieces of our Constitutional puzzle. Among unresolved fundamental resolutions were judicial appointments. James Madison’s Virginia Plan of Government envisioned a bicameral congress, comprising a popularly elected house of representatives, and a senate appointed by the house of representatives. It also featured a judiciary powerful enough to check congress. Not only could the judiciary veto unconstitutional laws, it...
  • Why Roy Moore Matters

    11/27/2017 10:03:35 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 22 replies ^ | Nov 28, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. The lives of millions of unborn may be the stakes. Republicans now hold 52 Senate seats. If Democrats pick up the Alabama seat, they need only two more to recapture the Senate, and with it the power to kill any conservative court nominee, as they killed Robert Bork. Today, the GOP, holding Congress and the White House,...
  • Harry Pregerson, one of the most liberal federal appeals court judges in the nation, dies at 94

    11/26/2017 4:56:07 PM PST · by fwdude · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Nov 26, 2017 | Maura DolanMaura Dolan
    U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson, a Los Angeles-based jurist who embraced the underdog and let his conscience inform his rulings, has died. He was 94. (snip) Pregerson, born in Los Angeles on October 13, 1923, was one of the most liberal federal appeals court judges in the nation. (snip) Pregerson, born in Los Angeles on October 13, 1923, was one of the most liberal federal appeals court judges in the nation.
  • Conyers steps down as top Dem on House Judiciary Committee

    11/26/2017 9:55:57 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 63 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 26, 2017 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON – Rep. John Conyers will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee pending the investigation into allegations ​he ​sexual​ly​ harass​ed staffers. In a statement released through ​Democratic Minority ​Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office on Sunday, Conyers said he would like to keep his leadership position but realized that he may “undermine” the committee’s work if he stays at the helm.
  • Trump lawyer moves closer to becoming a circuit judge

    11/09/2017 10:51:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November9, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    The Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve Greg Katsas, one of President Trump’s White House lawyers, for a spot on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., overcoming complaints from Democrats who said they feared putting a Trump ally on the court that hears many big federal law cases. Mr. Katsas now moves to the Senate floor for final confirmation after the 11-9 party-line committee vote. Mr. Katsas served as deputy White House counsel since January, advising the president on his travel ban policy, his voter integrity commission, the challenges to Mr. Trump’s business arrangements under the Constitution’s...
  • Federal judge sides with New Mexico ranchers in water case

    11/08/2017 4:13:34 PM PST · by Tammy8 · 21 replies
    FOX Business ^ | November 07, 2017 | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A U.S. court has sided with a New Mexico ranching family in a decades-long battle over access to water on national forest land, providing more certainty that state law allows for the protection of water rights dating back more than a century. The case of the Goss family has been closely watched by thousands of ranchers who hold grazing permits across the West. Attorneys and others say the outcome could have ripple effects on ranchers and rural communities that have often complained about federal land managers trampling property rights. The Goss family claimed the federal government violated...
  • Senate confirms two more federal judges, bringing total to five this week

    11/02/2017 4:05:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 11/2/17 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate confirmed two more appeals court picks Thursday, closing out a week that saw them devote all their time to filling the federal judiciary with President Trump’s nominees. Including the two latest picks, they confirmed four circuit judges and one district judge this week — overcoming Democratic filibuster attempts for each. Senators voted 56-41 to confirm Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid for a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, then voted 54-43 for Stephanos Bibas, who is nominated to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Eid will fill Supreme Court Justice Neil M....
  • Peace Cross of Bladensburg ruled unconstitutional by appeals court

    10/18/2017 4:18:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/18/17 | Bradford Richardson
    A three-judge court panel ruled Wednesday that a World War I memorial in the shape of a cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, is unconstitutional, a decision that a legal scholar says could imperil other similar memorials. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the 40-foot cross erected 92 years ago violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. “The monument here has the primary effect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government in religion,” Judge Stephanie Thacker wrote for the majority. “The Latin cross is the core symbol of Christianity. And here, it is 40...
  • Senate Democrats Obstruction Damaging Senate As Senate Democrats oppose President Trump’s nominees

    10/11/2017 2:28:39 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Republican National Lawyers Assn ^ | 10-10-2017 | Michael B. Thielen
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Senate Democrats' Obstruction Is Damaging the Senate As Senate Democrats oppose President Trump’s judicial nominees for bad reasons and no reasons, they are damaging the Senate as institution long-term. A quick example of each. The Democrats are using procedural motions to delay the confirmation of NON-CONTROVERSIAL nominees: The Senate has confirmed just seven judges this year, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. There are 149 judicial vacancies right now, compared to the 108 Trump started the year with. Trump has so far sent nominees for 50 of the current vacancies. . . . The majority leader...
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Eighth Wave of Judicial Candidates

    09/28/2017 9:58:50 PM PDT · by Impy · 18 replies
    The White House, Office of the Press Secretary ^ | 9-28-17 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Today the President announced his intent to nominate these nine individuals to the following Federal judgeships. If confirmed, Stuart Kyle Duncan of Louisiana will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Kyle Duncan is currently a partner at Schaerr Duncan LLP, where he represents clients in trial and appellate litigation. Before joining the firm, Mr. Duncan served for two years as general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where he managed Becket’s nationwide public-interest litigation. Mr. Duncan previously served for three years as the Solicitor General and Appellate Chief of...
  • Fed Judge Rules Trump Admin Can't Withhold Grants to 'Sanctuary Cities'

    09/19/2017 8:43:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    MRC TV ^ | September 19, 2017 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    On Friday, September 15, the Associated Press reported on a fascinating new wrinkle in the centuries-old face of unconstitutional federal activity, and the details might surprise many who are concerned about the sticky issue of “immigration”. According to the report, Federal District Judge Harry Leinenweber just ruled that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department cannot withhold federal “public safety” grants to so-called “Sanctuary Cities” if the politicians in those cities did not conform to federal immigration policies. This, in effect, temporarily removes a powerful tool in the Trump Administration’s work shed as the President attempts to wrangle with...
  • Democrats are pulling their hair out over this (President Trump's judicial appointments)

    09/16/2017 5:14:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | September 16, 2017 | Scott Jennings
    Sitting atop the Frazier History Museum in downtown Louisville on Monday morning was the who's who of Kentucky's legal community, all gathered to witness the investiture of John Kenneth Bush, President Donald Trump's latest appointee to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Overlooking the banks of the Ohio River, 6h Circuit Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. pointed out that the limited number of cases taken by the Supreme Court each year makes appointments to the circuit court -- the level just below the high court -- among the most important any president makes. On that score, President Trump...
  • While you aren't watching, Trump is doing a great job of nominating lower-level judges

    09/09/2017 2:36:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 9/7/17 | Nicole Russell
    When Donald Trump was elected and then started tweeting strange things or firing staffers, liberals asked conservatives, "Was Gorsuch worth it?" They are referring, of course, to the logic behind why many conservatives rallied for Trump — They wanted a conservative Supreme Court justice in the mold of Justice Scalia to replace him. Many liberals, and even conservatives, are acting now like that litmus test has passed, as if there's no redeeming factor. Not so. Trump is still nominating judges and the Senate still needs to confirm them. Much is on the line during this process, far beyond one presidency...
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Seventh Wave of Judicial Candidates

    09/08/2017 3:46:27 PM PDT · by Impy · 35 replies
    The White House, Office of the Press Secretary ^ | 9-7-17 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that he has nominated sixteen individuals to the following Federal judgeships. If confirmed, Ryan Wesley Bounds of Oregon will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ryan Bounds serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, where he prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of the United States. Previously, he was a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Before becoming a Federal prosecutor, Mr. Bounds served as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, acting as the White...
  • Judge Richard Posner: ‘No value’ in studying the U.S. Constitution

    09/04/2017 9:02:30 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 104 replies ^ | 6/27/16 | Jessica Chasmar
    Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner sees “absolutely no value” in studying the U.S. Constitution because “eighteenth-century guys” couldn’t have possibly foreseen the culture and technology of today. In a recent op-ed for Slate, Judge Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, argued that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments “do not speak to today.” “I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries — well,...
  • Trump Lands His Biggest Judicial Appointment Since Gorsuch

    09/04/2017 9:02:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 38 replies ^ | 9/3/17 | Kevin Daley
    Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced his retirement Friday afternoon, affording President Donald Trump the opportunity to replace a legal titan on the Chicago-based federal appeals court. Posner subscribes to a method of judging called “pragmatism,” which seeks to balance the equities of each case and conform judicial rulings to the social, political, and economic arrangements of the times. He touted his commitment to pragmatism in announcing his retirement.
  • Judge Roy Moore Blasts Congress for Allowing Tyrannical Judges to Obliterate Religious Liberty

    08/26/2017 11:42:22 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Politistick ^ | AUGUST 26, 2017 | Matthew K. Burke
    “The same courts that have unilaterally granted foreign nationals a religious liberty right to immigrate are now preventing American Christians from praying.” “Ten Commandments” Judge Roy Moore, who is running against RINO Mitch McConnell stooge Luther Strange to fill the vacant Alabama Senate seat created when Jeff Sessions became attorney general, blasted the “do-nothing Congress” this week following the horrific 9th Circuit (Circus) ruling that made public prayer on a football field illegal, a clear violation of religious liberty and the First Amendment. Several years ago, now fired former Bremerton High School (in Washington state) football coach Joe Kennedy would...
  • Wyoming Judge Appeals To Nation’s Highest Court After Losing Job For Being A Christian

    08/15/2017 5:20:24 PM PDT · by Mafe · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 15, 2017 | Jonathan Lange
    “Does a state violate the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause or Free Speech Clause when it punishes a judge who has discretionary authority to solemnize marriages because she states that her religious beliefs preclude her from performing a same-sex wedding?” That’s the question Judge Ruth Neely from Pinedale, Wyoming, wants the Supreme Court to answer. On August 4, she filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), asking them to review a March 7, 2017 ruling from the Wyoming Supreme Court. That ruling handed down a public censure and effectively removed her from a circuit court...