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  • Federal Judge Restores Non-Violent Offender’s Gun Rights Following Landmark Case

    10/05/2018 6:34:24 AM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 10 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Oct 4, 2018 | Stephen Gutowski
    [subheadline] Judge says non-violent DUIs not enough to meet standard for lifelong gun banA federal judge restored the rights of a Pennsylvania man on Friday after determining that his misdemeanor driving under the influence convictions were not serious enough to justify a lifelong restriction on his Second Amendment rights. Chief Judge Christopher Conner of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled that Raymond Holloway's second misdemeanor DUI conviction in 2005 was not a serious enough crime to result in a lifetime abridgment of one of his constitutional rights. Connor applied the standard set in the...
  • Trump plan to deport immigrants blocked

    10/04/2018 10:03:05 AM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 52 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Oct 4, 2018 | Bob Egelko
    The Trump administration’s plan to deport more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants whose home countries have been hit by disasters was blocked Wednesday by a San Francisco federal judge, who said the administration had abruptly changed federal policies without explanation and may have been motivated by racism. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen issued a nationwide injunction preserving temporary protected status for former residents of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan. President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security had decided to revoke that status for all four nations, eliminating the immigrants’ protections from deportation. The deportations had been scheduled to start with the...
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

    09/23/2018 9:46:47 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 4 replies
    Georgetown Law Library ^ | September 24, 2018 | GLL staff
    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is known informally as the D.C. Circuit, and is the federal appellate court for the U.S. District court for the District of Columbia. While it has the smallest geographic jurisdiction of any of the United States courts of appeals, the D.C. Circuit, with eleven active judgeships, is arguably the most important inferior appellate court as the court is given the responsibility of directly reviewing the decisions of many federal independent agencies of the United States government. Given the broad areas over which federal agencies have power, this often...
  • Trump chips away at liberal U.S. appeals court majorities

    09/20/2018 9:39:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Kitco News ^ | September 20, 2018 | Reuters
    Aided by fellow Republicans in the Senate, President Donald Trump is rapidly filling vacancies on U.S. appeals courts, moving some that had liberal majorities closer to conservative control in an ideological shift that could benefit his administration. These 13 courts wield considerable power, usually providing the last word on rulings appealed from lower courts on disputes involving federal law. Their rulings can be challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court, but most such appeals are turned away because the top court typically hears fewer than 100 cases annually. Eleven of the courts handle cases from specific multi-state regions, one handles cases...
  • A Man Serving a 50-Year Sentence ...Has Been Exonerated After the Discovery of a Missing Dog

    09/10/2018 10:32:04 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 36 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 10 Sept 2018 | Andrew Selsky
    (SALEM, Ore.) — The discovery of a black lab named Lucy led to the unravelling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence. Joshua Horner, a plumber from the central Oregon town of Redmond, was convicted on April 12, 2017, of sexual abuse of a minor. In the trial, the complainant testified Horner had threatened to shoot her animals if she went to the police about the alleged molestation, and said she saw him shoot her dog, killing it, to make his point. ...
  • How the Trump Administration is Remaking the Courts

    08/28/2018 6:52:48 AM PDT · by oblomov · 16 replies
    NYT Magazine ^ | 22 Aug 2018 | Jason Zengerle
    Donald F. McGahn, the White House counsel, stood in the gilded ballroom of Washington’s Mayflower Hotel last November to address the annual meeting of the Federalist Society. He seemed humbled, even a bit awed to be delivering the Barbara K. Olson Memorial lecture, named after the conservative lawyer who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Noting some of the legal giants who gave the Olson lecture in years past, McGahn reflected, “You hear names like Scalia, Roberts and Gorsuch and then me; one of those names really is different than the rest.” Unlike previous speakers — to say nothing of...
  • Mollie Tibbetts’ Accused Murderer Seeking Gag Order To Prevent From Being Referred To As An Illegal

    08/24/2018 3:52:28 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 91 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/24/2018 | Molly Prince
    Title missing the word "Alien" because of 100 char limit The attorney for the accused murderer of Mollie Tibbetts filed a gag order on Wednesday to prevent his client from being referred to as an illegal alien. The defendant, 24-year-old Christian Bahena Rivera, has been charged with first degree murder for the slaying of Iowa college student Tibbetts. Rivera led investigators to the Tibbetts’ body in a cornfield after he admitted that he followed her while she was running. Rivera, a Mexican national, has been residing in the Poweshiek County area for up to seven years, according to officials. He...
  • South Carolina judge Marvin Quattlebaum confirmed to 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

    08/16/2018 9:56:53 AM PDT · by Jaysin · 11 replies
    The Post & Courier ^ | 8-16-2018 | Jaime Lovegrove
    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed the first of two South Carolina judges picked for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, giving federal Judge Marvin Quattlebaum of Greenville a lifetime appointment in the key appellate post. The Senate is also expected later this week to confirm Julius “Jay” Richardson, a deputy criminal chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia, to another open post on the same appeals court. Quattlebaum has swiftly risen the judicial ranks during the Trump administration. He earned a spot on the U.S. District Court of South Carolina just a few months ago. That confirmation came...
  • West Virginia Supreme Court Faces Impeachment Threat

    08/08/2018 1:50:54 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 7, 2018 | Jacob Gershman
    West Virginia lawmakers voted to recommend the impeachment of all four sitting members of the state’s highest court on charges of abusing tax dollars for personal use. The move Tuesday against the justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, which observers called unprecedented for a state’s high court in the modern era, came after a weekslong legislative probe into spending practices that lawmakers said ran amok. The Republican-led judiciary committee of the state House of Delegates accused each of the justices of violating their oaths by making “unnecessary and lavish” expenditures, including a combined $1.5 million to design...
  • Court grants Mexican mother power to sue in U.S. court over cross-border shooting

    08/07/2018 2:10:27 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Mexican woman could get access to U.S. courts to sue a Border Patrol agent for killing her son in a cross-border shooting, in a decision that expands foreigners’ ability to push back against growing border enforcement. Immigration activists had been closely watching the case, calling it a major test of whether people outside the U.S. could claim constitutional rights to punish government officials inside the U.S. The complicated case involved a Border Patrol agent accused of recklessly firing dozens of shots from Nogales, Arizona, into Nogales, Mexico, striking a teenage boy 10...
  • Work halted on Mountain Valley Pipeline (WV)

    08/05/2018 1:49:30 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 13 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | August 4, 2018 | MetroNews Staff
    WASHINGTON, DC — Work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline has come to a halt after a Friday order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The agency issued the stop work order a week after the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pulled a permit needed for construction in the National Forest. The 300 miles pipeline is under construction to carry natural gas from Wetzel County, West Virginia to Pittsylvania County, Virginia. FERC ordered a halt to all work with the exception of what it considered measures necessary to land management and stabilization of the right of way and work areas....
  • One Judge Confirmed This Week (and one floor vote cancelled at last minute)

    07/21/2018 2:49:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count is now 44. Could have been 45, but Senators Tim Scott and Marco Rubio decided to remove their support at the very last minute. Because Scott was "uncomfortable" with the nominee's anti-multiculturism writings in college. They could have said something before the committee vote. They could have said something before the cloture vote THE PREVIOUS DAY! But they decided, for their own purposes, to kill a good conservative nominee. Again, count could have been 45 but for two scheming republicans.
  • No Judges Confirmed This Week

    07/28/2018 5:12:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count remains at 44.
  • U.S. Senate confirms Georgia judge to powerful federal court

    07/31/2018 12:07:28 PM PDT · by Jaysin · 18 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7-31-2018 | Tamar Hallerman
    <p>WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted narrowly on Tuesday to confirm Britt Grant to Atlanta’s 11th U.S. Circuit, greenlighting the Georgia Supreme Court justice for a lifetime position on the powerful federal appeals court that frequently takes on hotly contested issues such as gun rights and the death penalty.</p>
  • The Curious Case of James Wolfe Continues…

    07/29/2018 7:06:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | 7/28/2018 | sundance
    Curious legal developments in the case against the former Director of Security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Wolfe, are beginning to become quite troublesome. In a noted bit of research timing, Jeff at MarketsWork [SEE HERE] and CTH are following the same curious trail. SEE HERE. First, we know from overwhelming circumstantial evidence, conveniently overlooked by media, that one of Wolfe’s specific leaks involved sending his concubine Ali Watkins a copy of the 82-page FISA application used to gain a Title-1 surveillance warrant against U.S. person Carter Page. {Full Backstory Here} Some key things about this leak: It is...
  • Ryan Bounds, Trumps Ninth Circuit Nominee, Withdrawn From Senate Floor Vote

    07/19/2018 12:27:03 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 82 replies
    National Law Journal ^ | July 19, 2019 | Ellis Kim
    In a dramatic move Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell withdrew the nomination of President Donald Trump’s pick for the Ninth Circuit, Ryan Bounds, after reports surfaced that his nomination didn’t have enough votes for confirmation. Bounds, an assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon for the last eight years, was the Trump administration’s first nominee to the Ninth Circuit, named in September to replace Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, for whom Bounds clerked. O’Scannlain took senior status at the end of 2016. Both of Bounds’ home-state senators, Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, opposed his nomination. They withheld their blue slips for Bounds,...
  • U.S. Senate confirms former Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett to U.S. Court of Appeals

    07/10/2018 12:55:14 PM PDT · by Jaysin · 19 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | 7-10-2018 | Star-Advertiser staff
    The United States Senate has confirmed former Hawaii Attorney General Mark J. Bennett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by a bipartisan vote of 72-27. Judge Bennett, who will maintain chambers in Honolulu, was nominated to the court by President Donald Trump on Feb. 15. After appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 11, his nomination was reported to the Senate floor on May 10. He fills a judgeship vacant since Dec. 31, 2016, when Judge Richard R. Clifton of Honolulu assumed senior status. “I am very pleased to see Mark Bennett confirmed with a...
  • On Immigration and the Supreme Court, Democrats Are Snookered

    07/09/2018 5:18:11 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | July 3, 2018 | Conrad Black
    And their only serious leader may be Michael Bloomberg, who will be 78 in 2020. It appears to have been the Supreme Court of the United States, the most unremitting and inscrutable center of government, that has been a deus ex machina in clarifying issues for the American voters in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is almost a mnemonic feat now to recall 17 months ago when Senator Chuck Schumer was weeping on the Senate floor, in emulation, he said, of the Statue of Liberty, over President Trump’s proposed curtailment of the rights of entry into America from...
  • Christian College Wins [Federal Court] Legal Battle Against Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

    07/07/2018 7:33:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Jul 6, 2018 | Samuel Smith
    A federal court has granted a Christian liberal arts college in Pennsylvania a permanent injunction against the Obama-era abortion pill mandate that required the school to be complicit in providing health care coverage that violated its religious convictions. On Thursday, Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted permanent relief to Geneva College, a liberal arts school affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Conti ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services Obamacare contraception mandate violated the college's rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by requiring...
  • The Judge In The Bundy Trial Just Spiked Prosecutors’ Plea For One Last Shot At A Conviction

    07/06/2018 6:27:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 4, 2018 | Tim Pearce
    A federal judge rejected prosecutors’ request Tuesday to reconsider her dismissal of the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and friend Ryan Payne. U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro dismissed conspiracy charges against the four men on Jan. 8 after finding that prosecutors had acted “with prejudice” throughout the trial, The Oregonian reported. Federal prosecutors violated federal law and failed to share evidence favorable to the defendants case with the court. “The Court’s finding of outrageous government conduct was not in error,” Navarro wrote in her 11-page ruling, obtained by The Oregonian. “On the contrary, a universal...