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  • 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...
  • In Travel Ban Ruling, Justice Thomas Takes Aim At Nationwide Injunctions

    07/01/2018 10:51:52 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 29 Jun 18 | Ben Weingarten
    Justice Clarence Thomas opened the door to future Supreme Court sparring over an issue with profound legal and practical implications that go well beyond Trump’s travel ban in his concurring opinion in Trump v. Hawaii.Thomas — the underappreciated revolutionary of the Supreme Court, in the sense of his work to restore founding principles in the law through philosophically consistent originalist jurisprudence – called into question the very idea that a single federal judge in Hawaii can impose an injunction barring a presidential executive order against anyone nationwide in the first place.If his words are any indication, the practice of...
  • Gambling Site Releases Odds For Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

    06/28/2018 10:38:32 AM PDT · by kevcol · 62 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | June 28, 2018 | Molly Prince
    Brett Kavanaugh (2.5:1) Amul Thapar (3.6:1) Amy Coney Barrett (4.0:1) Raymond Kethledge (5.0:1) Kevin Newsom (6.0:1) Patrick Wyrick (8.0:1) Britt Grant (8.0:1) Thomas Hardiman (9.5:1) Mike Lee (9.5:1) William Pryor (10.0:1)
  • Mississippi: Judges have No Power to Ban Concealed Guns in Courthouse

    06/28/2018 4:31:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In November of 2011, the Mississippi legislature restored the right to carry concealed weapons in most public buildings, including courthouses, but not courtrooms while a judicial proceeding was in process, to people with an enhanced concealed carry permit.  Some judges in Mississippi attempted to reverse the modest restoration of the right to bear arms. They banned the carry of concealed firearms within 200 feet of any door to any courtroom. In 2016, Rick Ward, a Second Amendment activist, filed a petition to the Supreme Court, complaining that the judges had overstepped their authority. On June 7, 2018, the Supreme...
  • Trump’s Judicial Nominees Now Under Threat From… Who?

    06/21/2018 11:48:09 AM PDT · by Jaysin · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6-21-2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    President Trump has now energized voters in both parties to levels not seen in decades as the midterm elections approach. On the GOP side, voter enthusiasm even exceeds the levels reported before the red wave of 2010, and one of the main reasons Republican voters cite is the progress being made on judicial appointments. When it was announced that Congress would need to hang around for most of the August recess and continue working, processing nominations was a key factor in that decision. But now somebody might be putting the brakes on the nominee confirmation process and it’s not even...
  • Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292 (1993)

    06/20/2018 9:56:20 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 4 replies ^ | OCTOBER TERM, 1992 | Justia
    OCTOBER TERM, 1992 Syllabus RENO, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ET AL. v. FLORES ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT No. 91-905. Argued October 13, 1992-Decided March 23,1993 Respondents are a class of alien juveniles arrested by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) on suspicion of being deportable, and then detained pending deportation hearings pursuant to a regulation, promulgated in 1988 and codified at 8 CFR § 242.24, which provides for the release of detained minors only to their parents, close relatives, or legal guardians, except in unusual and compelling circumstances. An immigration judge will...
  • Satanist loses legal challenge to strip 'In God We Trust' from currency

    06/10/2018 7:11:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    CNA ^ | Jun 9, 2018 | CNA/EWTN News)
    Chicago, Ill., Jun 9, 2018 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. appellate court has ruled against a self-described Satanist from Chicago who had filed a lawsuit seeking to remove the motto “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency. The ruling, released May 31, found that “a reasonable observer would not perceive the motto on currency as a religious endorsement.” Kenneth Mayle, who describes himself as a non-theistic Satanist, filed the original lawsuit in May 2017. A lower court had dismissed the suit, and Mayle appealed. The 36-year-old told the Chicago Tribune that carrying and using money with the motto...
  • Three Judges Confirmed This Week

    06/09/2018 2:29:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count is now at 42. Also, the Senate Judiciary committee moved a 9th circuit judge to the floor. And Trump nominated his 15th wave of judges.