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  • Obamacare Lawfare in Oregon

    09/22/2015 6:03:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 9/22/2015 | David Catron
    In October 2013, Oregon was just another state whose Obamacare exchange failed to achieve lift-off when its Democrat governor attempted to abet the President in the launch of his “signature domestic achievement.” Shortly thereafter, Governor Kitzhaber earned two additional distinctions not enjoyed by Obama’s other accomplices: He was the first to abandon his constituents to Healthcare.gov, and resigned pursuant to an ethics scandal. Before leaving office, however, Kitzhaber made what may be the most outrageous decision of his tawdry tenure—he sicced his Attorney General on the IT firm that built the exchange as well as some of its employees. And...
  • Big Game Hunting, Lawfare Edition: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

    08/02/2015 3:51:58 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 2 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 8/2/15 | Steve Berman
    On Monday, two felony charges will be unsealed against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and the liberal media will feast on his humiliation and booking in another episode of Big Game Hunting: Lawfare Edition. After the indictments are unsealed, Paxton can surrender to be photographed, fingerprinted and booked at any of the state's 254 county jails. Kent Schaffer, one of the special prosecutors, has previously told News 8 they planned to present a third-degree charge of failing to register with the state securities board, as the law requires. They also said they planned to present a first-degree felony charge against Paxton, accusing him of securities...
  • Council Speaker Announces Free Attorneys for All Undocumented Migrant Children (5000 Lawyers)

    07/20/2015 4:37:04 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 07/19/2015 | Will Bredderman
    Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito declared today that an initiative launched last year to guarantee legal representation to all of the undocumented immigrant children inundating the city has been a success—and has already obtained asylum for more than a dozen youth lacking proper paperwork. Ms. Mark-Viverito proudly announced that the multi-million-dollar New York City Unaccompanied Minors Initiative, started last year to handle the cases of the thousands of underage children pouring in without their parents, has successfully gotten free lawyers for some 1,600 foreign national boys and girls and won asylum for 14 of them—meeting the speaker’s goal of providing legal...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘Every Aspect of My Life Is in Their Hands — and They Hate Me’

    04/20/2015 2:01:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 310 replies
    National Review ^ | May 4, 2015 | David French
    ‘They came with a battering ram.” Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full...
  • The 3 percent’s definition of morality mirrors communism, Islamic State

    04/03/2015 8:39:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    The hullabaloo over false information being propagated about Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) reveals a much more serious underlying problem in America. Morality according to the 3 Percent (the gay community in America) is defined by imposing conformity, control, coercion, and oppression over those who disagree with their definition of equality, fairness, tolerance, or even love. The 3 Percent’s “outrage” cannot be about equal rights, as same-sex couples already benefit from civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriage, adoption and fostering children, in addition to receiving health benefits and other legal rights. Nor can it be about fairness. I recently...
  • Coloradans become first to ask feds to block legalized marijuana

    02/20/2015 11:54:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 130 replies
    The Eugene Register-Guard ^ | February 19, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt (Associated Press)
    DENVER — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close. The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors.
  • Feds Still Going After Governor Chris Christie…Because It’s Jersey

    02/09/2015 6:27:12 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 2/9/15 | Steve Berman
    The Obama administration’s never-ending investigations against New Jersey GOP Governor Chris Christie continue, as the Feds launch a new probe.  Christie hasn’t even announced his presidential campaign yet, and the Democrats are already loading their trebuchets with Jersey mud. The International Business Times reported Bennet Barlyn’s allegation that he was fired from his job with the Hunterdon County prosecutor’s office as retaliation for his opposing the state’s dismissal of indictments against a county sheriff back in 2010. Barlyn told IBTimes that he met with the federal investigators at his Pennsylvania home for more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon. He...
  • Liability concerns prompt some cities to limit sledding (!)

    01/06/2015 8:07:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 4, 2015 3:53 PM EST | Scott McFetridge
    As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree. But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims. No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where the City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks. […] A study by...
  • Palestine applies to join the International Criminal Court

    01/02/2015 9:10:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | January 2, 2015 | Ken Hanly
    The Hague - The Palestinian Authority on Friday took further steps towards joining the International Criminal Court and has asked the court to investigate crimes Israel has committed on Palestinian territories since June 13, 2014,according to ICC sources. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A US senior State Department official told Reuters that the move could have implications for US aid to Palestine saying: “It should come as no surprise that there will be implications for this step, but we continue to review. U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority has played a valuable role in promoting stability and prosperity not just for the Palestinians, but also...
  • Ira Hansen, ousted Assembly speaker, not guilty in trapping case

    11/27/2014 8:28:06 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Embattled Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen was found innocent after facing a misdemeanor charge of illegally setting animal traps. A New River Township Justice Court judge ruled that Hansen was not guilty of a misdemeanor when he set four animal traps known as snares within 200 feet of public roadways in Churchill County. The decision caps what’s been a yearlong battle and difficult month for Hansen, a Sparks lawmaker who recently stepped down as the Assembly speaker-elect. In November 2013, the Nevada Department of Wildlife spotted Hansen removing traps that were within the 200-foot limit. The department assembled a case and...
  • Lawsuit: Gov. Rick Scott Shields More Than $200 million In Assets

    10/09/2014 6:08:26 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 29 replies
    Tampa BayTimes ^ | October 8, 2014 | Mary Ellen Klas
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has failed to report more than $200 million in assets on his state financial disclosure form in violation of the Florida Constitution, Democratic attorney general candidate George Sheldon alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Sheldon, a former deputy attorney general under Bob Butterworth, is running against Republican Pam Bondi. His lawsuit, filed in Leon County just weeks before Election Day, accuses the governor of relying on a "web of complex financial arrangements" to shift investments and hide his "financial interests from public view." Sheldon is asking a judge to order Scott, Florida's wealthiest governor, to...
  • Court Rules State Attorney Biased Against the Right (Israel’s deputy AG)

    09/12/2014 3:10:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/12/2014, 12:27 PM | Ido Ben-Porat
    A court has leveled unprecedented criticism against State Attorney Shai Nitzan, who has previously been accused of a strong left-wing bias, over the “scandalous” bias he showed as Deputy Attorney General. The details of the case emerged in the trial of Uri Baram, who three-and-a-half years ago published videos against Nitzan. On Wednesday the court accepted the defense’s arguments against Nitzan, presented by Attorney Adi Kedar of the Honenu legal rights aid organization in his defense of Baram. The court ruled that Nitzan enforced the law selectively by automatically closing complaints submitted against left-wing activists or Arabs who incited to...
  • Who Are ‘Texans for Public Justice,’ and Why Does Their Role in the Rick Perry Case Matter?

    08/18/2014 9:26:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/18/2014 | Bryan Preston
    As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, a grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts late Friday. Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted in office since 1917. He was indicted for threatening to veto funds for the Public Integrity Unit of Travis County’s district attorney’s office, because the head of that office, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, had been caught drunk driving, and was later caught on tape abusing her power to try to get out of the DWI charge. Though that office runs out of Travis County, it has statewide jurisdiction over elected officials...
  • Rick Perry And The Democrats’ Pattern Of “Lawfare” Against Rising Republicans

    08/17/2014 2:10:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 16, 2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    John and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for the national office. Invocation of the legal process against Christie may well be warranted. (So too with Bob McDonnell, whom I didn’t include in my list because, although once vaguely...
  • Immigrants want declaration agents acted illegally

    08/16/2014 7:32:06 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 15, 2014 | TRAVIS LOLLER - Associated Press -
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When federal immigration agents surrounded a south Nashville apartment and began banging on doors, the men inside were within their rights to turn off the lights and refuse to answer. The officers did not have warrants, either to search the apartment or to arrest anyone inside, according to court documents
  • Shirley Sherrod v. Breitbart Update: Big Law Fuels the Left

    07/24/2014 2:13:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 24, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Liberal groups already enjoy a tremendous structural advantage over conservative groups in terms of foundation support, bricks and mortars institutions and a steady pipeline of youngsters eager to shape mankind to their own image. There’s another often overlooked advantage enjoyed by the left: big law firms donating thousands and thousands of hours to help leftist causes far outside of the American mainstream. There is no counterpart donation of time and money for conservative causes. Big Law’s ideological “lawfare” completes the architecture for attacks on election integrity laws, springing free Al-Qaeda terrorists and even suing conservative new media pioneers like Andrew...
  • Attorney for Trayvon Martin takes on Bellaire police shooting

    05/12/2014 6:50:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 12, 2014 | Brian Rogers
    Pastors, legislators and the civil rights attorney who represented Trayvon Martin's family against George Zimmerman last year vowed Monday to get justice for Robbie Tolan, the former minor league baseball player who was shot by a Bellaire police sergeant in 2008. "The Supreme Court said that this should go to a jury," lawyer Benjamin Crump told a crowd of more than 100 people at a press conference announcing he had been hired by Tolan and his parents. "If this could happen to a model family, like this, it could happen to anyone here." Tolan and his family, who are black,...
  • New York Muslim group’s libel lawsuit is dismissed

    04/25/2014 3:20:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2014 4:30 PM EDT
    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing a Christian organization of defaming a Muslim group in a book that alleged that the Muslim group conducted terrorist training. Judge Thomas McAvoy says The Muslims of America, which incorporated last year, failed to prove it has the legal standing to sue. …
  • California Town Drops City Council Prayers to Avoid Further Legal Costs

    04/21/2014 7:08:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/21/2014 | KATHERINE WEBER
    A small, coastal town in central California has settled a lawsuit regarding prayer at City Council meetings, ultimately agreeing to no longer hold any form of prayer, whether sectarian or non-sectarian, ahead of the local government meetings. City officials say they decided to settle the lawsuit to avoid further legal costs paid by taxpayer money. Pismo Beach city officials announced their settlement earlier this week, nearly six months after the Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF] and the local chapter of Atheists United San Luis Obispo filed a lawsuit against the city, arguing that it had violated the U.S. Constitution's separation...
  • Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs [Solicitors told how to draw up Sharia-style wills]

    03/22/2014 3:29:08 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs Solicitors told how to draw up Sharia-style wills penalising widows and non-believers By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor 9:35PM GMT 22 Mar 2014 Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills. Under ground-breaking guidance, produced by The Law Society, High Street solicitors will be able to write Islamic wills that deny women an equal share of inheritances and exclude unbelievers altogether. The documents, which would be recognised by Britain’s courts, will also prevent children...
  • Muslim Woman Alleges She Was Maliciously Baconed by TGI Friday’s

    10/19/2013 6:20:58 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 87 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | 10/14/2013 | Michelle Wright
    Garland, Texas~ Nicole Queen went with her friends for a casual lunch at TGIFriday’s and states that they were given a cold reception by their server, who appeared very put off when asked to leave the bacon off of the cobb salad that was ordered by Queen. She suggested to her friends that they be “extra nice” to their server, under the assumption that he was uncomfortable with them being Muslim. Queen recalls that by the end of their meal, the original server had been replaced and their new server offered her a free to go refill of her iced...
  • Groups sue to halt key parts of Texas abortion law

    09/27/2013 6:22:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2013 6:12 PM EDT | Will Weissert
    More than a dozen women’s health care providers in Texas sued the state Friday, attempting to block as unconstitutional key provisions of a strict new abortion law that drew massive protests and threw the Legislature into chaos before it was approved this summer. The 32-page complaint was filed in Austin by the providers and Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union. The new law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allows abortions in surgical centers and bans the procedure completely after 20 weeks, while also limiting medical abortions. …
  • 12 states sue EPA over agency's alleged 'sue and settle' tactics

    07/16/2013 11:09:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2013/
    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the attorneys general of 11 other states sued the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, demanding that the agency turn over documents the states allege will show the agency cooperates with environmental groups as part of a "sue and settle" legal strategy to develop regulations. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, alleges that binding consent decrees between the EPA and environmental groups that have sued the agency over the years have led to new rules and regulations for states without allowing their attorneys general to defend their interests and those of its...
  • Allowing British soldiers to sue could put troops at even greater risk

    06/24/2013 6:23:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:37PM BST 20 Jun 2013 | Dominic Raab
    Far from protecting British troops, this week’s novel ruling by the Supreme Court—stretching the Human Rights Act (HRA) to allow soldiers to sue the Government over decisions on equipment, training and operations—will endanger our forces and undermine democratic accountability. The claims followed casualties in Iraq after a “friendly fire” incident between two Challenger tanks, and when a Snatch Land Rover patrol hit roadside bombs. The Ministry of Defense was accused of negligence in equipping the tanks and jeeps, training the servicemen and operational decision-making. In an unprecedented judgment, the court abandoned the bar to negligence claims against the MoD in...
  • EPA's back-room 'Sue and Settle' deals require reform

    05/27/2013 9:46:55 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 25, 2013 | Staff
    Imagine the outcry if the nation woke up this morning to New York Times and Washington Post headlines reporting that in order to settle a lawsuit against Charles and David Koch, officials with the Environmental Protection Agency had met behind closed doors with them to iron out a deal that effectively allowed the brothers to rewrite regulations as they pleased. Imagine, also, that the EPA and the Kochs then got a federal court to issue a decree ratifying the deal and giving it the force of law? The sun would not likely set on a peaceful America until the EPA/Koch...
  • Sued over cuts and grazes: Schools rip out playgrounds as compensation claims soar

    04/14/2013 1:49:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sun., April 14, 2013 | David Paul
    Schools have begun ripping out swings and slides from playgrounds because they can no longer afford huge compensation payouts when children suffer minor cuts and grazes. The claims have become so common that even school trips to the seaside are being canceled in case pupils injure themselves while paddling in the sea and their parents then sue. Education authorities face big bills even if a child is hurt while defying school rules by climbing walls or trees. Lawyers all over the country are fueling the problem by offering parents no-win no-fee deals. Some firms have even set up telephone hotlines...
  • 56 percent of all patent lawsuits are made by patent trolls

    04/13/2013 5:56:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 4/11/13 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Summary: According to a new, comprehensive report by Lex Machina, more than half of all patent lawsuits in the US now come from patent trolls.Patent lawsuits are used as weapons in business wars between companies such as Oracle vs. Google and Apple vs. Samsung. Behind the intellectual property (IP) headlines, however, Lex Machina, a Silicon Valley startup, has found that patent troll lawsuits have increased from 24 percent of cases filed in 2007 to 56% in 2012. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a "patent troll uses patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming...
  • Middle East Forum bankrolls free speech defenses for critics of ‘Islamist threat’

    12/21/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    americanindependent.com ^ | 20DEC12 | Eli Clifton
    When the people sounding alarms over the ‘Islamist threat’ run into trouble with the law, the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project is increasingly the go-to funder tapped to mount defenses here and abroad. In September, Reuters revealed that the Legal Project paid legal bills for Dutch anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders. Wilders faced charges in the Netherlands for inciting hatred against Muslims in interviews, articles, and his short film, “Fitna,” which compared “Islamic ideology” to Nazism and Communism. Wilders was acquitted on all charges in June 2011. The Legal Project’s work on the case is part of its focus on what...
  • CAIR-Michigan Goes After the U.S. Constitution

    12/13/2012 2:30:11 PM PST · by bayouranger · 30 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 13DEC12 | Clare M. Lopez
    There they go again. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has just put out an Action Alert that takes direct aim at the Constitution of the United States. At issue is the Michigan state legislature’s House Bill No. 4769, which looks likely to pass in coming days. Quite simply, that bill states that no foreign law may take precedence over American law or Michigan state law in a Michigan court room. The key provision of the bill is Section 2, which says: “A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority shall not enforce a foreign law...
  • ANALYSIS U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Introduces New Deception Campaign

    12/13/2012 8:19:02 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 12DEC12 | GlobalMBR
    The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and its allies in the interfaith movement have created what appears to a new effort whose net effect is to further promote the Brotherhood’s deception tactics. In October, the Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Education Project of the First Amendment Center released a document titled “What is the Truth about American Muslims? Questions and Answers, described as follows: “What is the Truth About American Muslims: Questions and Answers is a resource created jointly by Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Education Project. In a time when misinformation about and misunderstandings of Islam and of the...
  • Beyond The Line For Holy Land Foundation

    10/30/2012 1:11:50 PM PDT · by bayouranger
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | 29OCT12 | IPT News
    While Monday's refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal by defendants in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) prosecution effectively closes the case for the defense, it could open options for the government. In addition to the five defendants, HLF as an organization also was convicted in the case. As we reported in December 2008, there are potential enforcement ramifications stemming from the HLF case beyond the five convicted defendants. This is particularly true now the appellate process has been exhausted in favor of the prosecution. Since HLF has now been legally determined to...
  • UN removes suspected al-Qaeda financer from blacklist

    10/22/2012 7:37:55 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | October 6, 2012 | Not Listed
    Saudi businessman Yasin al-Qadi de-listed by sanctions monitoring committee, following recommendation by ombudsman UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaeda removed a Saudi businessman from its blacklist Friday. The committee chairman, Germany’s UN Ambassador Peter Wittig, said that Yasin al-Qadi had been de-listed, following a recommendation by the blacklist’s ombudsman to remove him. Al-Qadi filed a lawsuit in 2009 in Washington, DC to be removed from a US list of people accused of financing al-Qaeda. Al-Qadi’s charitable Muwafaq foundation was identified by the US Treasury department as an al-Qaeda front and placed on a...
  • The Muslim Takeover of the ACLU

    10/08/2012 8:36:57 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 24 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 07OCT12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Yesterday I mentioned that the ACLU had completely discredited itself with its non-response to the Nakoula case, now IBD offers some insight into the state of affairs at the ACLU. The ACLU now counts at least eight Muslims on its national executive staff alone. In fact, a Muslim runs the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, while another heads its National Security Project. The irony is not lost on Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. “The ACLU was founded on the basis that there shouldn’t be any blasphemy laws,” said Emerson, who’s airing a new documentary, “Jihad in America:...
  • CAIR Sends Letter To Michelle Bachman

    07/24/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 30 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 22JUL12 | GlobalMB
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has sent a letter to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) in response to her recent allegations of Muslim Brotherhood influence within the U.S. government. expressing stating that the organization is “eternally grateful that, like Sen. Joseph McCarthy before you, your power is limited, enumerated and constrained by our nation’s constitution.’ According to a CAIR press release: WASHINGTON, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today sent a letter to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) in response to her recent calls for investigations of American Muslims who are participating in the democratic...
  • Justice Department says it will sue Florida over voting rolls purge

    06/12/2012 12:44:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | Updated 1:55 AM EDT, Tue June 12, 2012 | Terry Frieden and Kevin Liptak
    In the latest volley in the ongoing battle over Florida voter lists, the Justice Department has sent a letter stating it will take legal action against the state, citing violations of voting rights laws. "Because the State has indicated its unwillingness to comply with these requirements, I have authorized the initiation of an enforcement action against Florida in federal court," said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights. The lawsuit comes after the department began questioning the legality of the state's so-called voter purge program, which would remove names from Florida's voter rolls months before the 2012 presidential election,...
  • How Two Al-Qaeda Fundraisers Were Set Free

    06/07/2012 11:02:56 AM PDT · by bayouranger
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 06JUN12 | Daniel Greenfield
    What do you get for being a terrorist fundraiser? If you’re Emadeddin Z. Muntasser, then you grin after walking away with six months of home confinement. And if you’re, Samir Al-Monla, then you get off with eight months of home confinement. The jury had convicted Muntasser and Al-Monla back in 2008 of conspiracy and of scheming to cover up their Islamic terrorism charity, but District Court Judge Dennis Saylor IV had thrown out the jury’s verdict. From there the case had gone to the United States Court of Appeals, which rejected Saylor’s willful disregard for the justice system and reinstated...
  • An Inconvenient Lawsuit: Teenagers Take Global Warming to the Courts

    05/12/2012 11:23:30 AM PDT · by Twotone · 65 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 9, 2012 | Katherine Ellison
    Alec Loorz turns 18 at the end of this month. While finishing high school and playing Ultimate Frisbee on weekends, he's also suing the federal government in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The Ventura, California, teen and four other juvenile plaintiffs want government officials to do more to prevent the risks of climate change -- the dangerous storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, and food-supply disruptions that scientists warn will threaten their generation absent a major turnabout in global energy policy. Specifically, the students are demanding that the U.S. government start reducing national emissions of carbon dioxide by at...
  • 'Lawfare' loses big

    01/30/2012 10:11:05 AM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/28/2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    The guerrilla legal campaign against national security suffered a big defeat this week, and the good news deserves more attention. The victory for legal sanity came Monday when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to toss out a suit brought by aspiring terrorist Jose Padilla against a slew of Bush Administration officials. Readers may remember that Padilla was arrested in 2002 for plotting to set off a dirty bomb on U.S. soil. He was detained as an enemy combatant, convicted in a Miami court and sentenced to 17 years in prison. But Padilla has been...
  • EDITORIAL: Shariah in America’s courts

    01/11/2012 6:41:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 11, 2012 | Editorial
    Koranic law: Coming to a city near youA panel of federal judges has ruled that states cannot protect their courts from jurists who base their decisions on international or Koranic law. America needs better judges. On Tuesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal district court order blocking implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that sought to ban judges from using international or Muslim law as a basis for deciding cases. The amendment was approved in November 2010 by a 70 percent popular vote but has never been enforced. Plaintiff Muneer Awad, executive director of the...
  • Richmond's Fourth Circuit Is Stage For Next "Lawfare" Battle Against Donald Rumsfeld

    10/25/2011 11:20:25 AM PDT · by american_steve · 2 replies
    OfficialWire ^ | 10/25/2011 | Staff
    Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen, former gang member, and designated enemy combatant who was sentenced to 17 years in prison, is mounting an aggressive appeal. The oral arguments on October 26 in Richmond’s Fourth Circuit will strike at the heart of the Constitution. Padilla brought a lawsuit against former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld and other high-ranking officials, alleging he was illegally detained and tortured in the military brig after his 2002 arrest. That suit, which has been described as “lawfare” or exacting personal and financial “flesh” from an opponent, was dismissed last February by a federal judge in Charleston,...
  • Meet the Legal Wonks Who Brought Down the Flotilla

    08/23/2011 6:31:20 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 16 replies
    Commentary Magizine ^ | 8/22/07 | Alana Goodman
    At a radical left-wing coffee shop in Washington, D.C. last month, Code Pink founder and “Freedom Flotilla II” passenger Medea Benjamin​ woefully recounted the moment she realized her boat, the Audacity of Hope, wouldn’t be legally permitted to leave a port in Greece to sail to Gaza. “There was something called a ‘complaint’ that was put against our boat,” Benjamin explained to a crowd of anti-Israel activists stuffed into the back room of the restaurant.
  • Free Speech On Trial In Europe

    02/06/2011 6:50:27 AM PST · by KyGeezer · 20 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | January 27, 2011 | Soeren Kern
    The "hate speech" trial of Lars Hedegaard, the president of the Danish Free Press Society and the International Free Press Society, began in a courthouse near Copenhagen on January 24. Hedegaard, who has been charged with "racism" for critical comments he made about Islam, faces up to two years in prison. Hedegaard's trial, which is similar to recent or current ones in Austria, Finland, France, Italy and the Netherlands, represents a landmark case that will establish the limits of free speech in a country where the politically correct elite routinely seek to silence public discussion about the growing problem of...
  • VIDEO: Lawfare, Are Radical Islamists Using the Legal System to Covertly Manipulate America? by PJTV

    12/01/2010 8:52:23 PM PST · by damonw
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 12/01/10 | Damon
    Lawyer Larry Klayman, Terry Jones (not the pastor) and Don Watkins join Allen Barton to talk about the lawsuits surrounding the Ground Zero mosque. The discussion gets really good in the second half and properly notes the free worlds major problem, that of a self esteem crisis, no moral spine and resulting over sensitivity - always blaming ourselves for everything bad that goes on in the world and bending over backwards to accommodate everyone. The prognosis is that western democracies need to have the self esteem to identify and fight there enemies. Also mentions why Islamist use racist and Islamophobia...
  • Muslim Brotherhood infiltrates Canada with lawfare — and RCMP approval

    09/06/2010 3:39:37 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 7 replies
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one… On their websites, Canada’s highest profile Muslim groups boast about their affinities with the sinister Muslim Brotherhood — then deny it up and down when confronted. They also suddenly start bragging about all their charitable deeds in the community. Yeah, well: Al Capone started the first soup kitchen, too. Exhibit A: A plan by the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) to build an Islamic school in Edmonton has revealed the startling, and openly-admitted link between MAC and the anti-Semitic, jihadist movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood, as outlined in this highly detailed, comprehensively...
  • Website operators use new defenses to fight R-J copyright suits

    08/18/2010 4:47:02 PM PDT · by redreno · 52 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 | 10:50 a.m. | By Steve Green
    New defenses are being asserted by websites and bloggers facing copyright infringement lawsuits for online postings of material from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Review-Journal's copyright enforcement partner, Las Vegas company Righthaven LLC, has sued 98 North American websites and blogsites in federal court in Las Vegas since March -- typically demanding $75,000 in damages and forfeiture of the defendants' website domain names.
  • RightHaven LLC Opposition Organizing

    08/15/2010 5:36:18 AM PDT · by shove_it · 116 replies · 1+ views
    OnlyGunsand Money via Instapundit ^ | 14 Aug 2010 | John Richardson
    If you are a mom and pop blogger, getting hit with a Federal lawsuit out of the blue has got to be terrifying. Many of those being sued by RightHaven LLC do not have deep pockets and are afraid that they will lose everything. Clayton Cramer reported that some of those being sued will probably have to declare bankruptcy. Fortunately, its seems that the victims and those opposed to RightHaven's tactics have started to organize. Realizing that information is key, a new website has been established called RightHavenLawsuits.com. They say their mission "is dedicated to gathering together and posting for...
  • Muslim States Seek U.N. Action on West's "Islamophobia"

    06/16/2010 11:18:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies · 1,004+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 16, 2010
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Muslim states said on Wednesday that what they call "islamophobia" is sweeping the West and its media and demanded that the United Nations take tougher action against it. Delegates from Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Egypt, told the United Nations Human Rights Council that treatment of Muslims in Western countries amounted to racism and discrimination and must be fought. "People of Arab origin face new forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance and experience discrimination and marginalization," an Egyptian delegate said, according to a U.N. summary. And Pakistan, speaking for the 57-nation Organization...
  • Keep the cell door shut: Appeal a judge's outrageous ruling to free 9/11 thug

    03/24/2010 1:27:25 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 9 replies · 397+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 24, 2010 | Editors
    It is shocking and true: A federal judge has ordered the release of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, one of the top recruiters for the 9/11 attacks - a man once deemed the highest-value detainee at Guantanamo Bay. With but a two-sentence ruling, Washington Federal Judge James Robertson has taken the dangerous folly of granting enemy combatants entree into civilian courts to its outrageous, indecent limit. Who's next, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed? So that there is no mistake: Robertson's determination that a terrorist with the blood of 3,000 on his hands deserves life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not the work...
  • Stalking the CIA; Justice lawyers at daggers drawn with the ­intelligence community

    03/22/2010 6:41:10 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 4 replies · 376+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 20, 2010 | Debra Burlingane & Tom Joscelyn
    Daskal’s anti-CIA activism was not limited to making hyperbolic statements to the press. Daskal and Human Rights Watch played a significant role in uncovering the CIA’s secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan, where top terrorists were detained and interrogated. On November 2, 2005, Dana Priest of the Washington Post reported that the “CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe.” The Post, citing the government’s security concerns, did not name the countries where the facilities were located. But just a few days later, on November...
  • Justice, CIA clash over probe of interrogator IDs

    03/15/2010 4:15:14 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 13 replies · 655+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 15, 2010 | Bill Gertz
    The CIA and Justice Department are fighting over a secret investigation into a controversial program by legal supporters of Islamist terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay that involved photographing CIA interrogators and showing the pictures to prisoners, an effort CIA officials say threatens the officers' lives. The dispute prompted a meeting Tuesday at CIA headquarters between U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and senior CIA counterintelligence officials. It is the latest battle between the agency and the department over detainees and interrogations of terrorists. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. angered many CIA officials and Republicans in Congress by reopening an investigation...