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  • Are Democrats Testing a Future Strategy against Amy Coney Barrett?

    01/15/2019 5:00:29 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 11 Jan, 2019 | Alexandra DeSanctis
    One way to understand the Democratic opposition to the judicial nomination of Brian Buescher over his membership in the Catholic group the Knights of Columbus is as a test run in preventing their worst nightmare: the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Democratic senators Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) targeted Buescher during his confirmation hearing and in written questions late last year, suggesting that his Catholic beliefs would lead him to rule against abortion rights, as well as that his membership in the Knights could be enough to disqualify him from serving as a...
  • Lawless Federal Judges Are Winning Their War against the Trump Administration

    01/15/2019 1:37:00 PM PST · by detective · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | January 14, 2019 | David French
    Sunday’s injunction against Trump-administration religious-freedom rules is nothing but judicial #Resistance. It’s déjà vu all over again. A federal judge has blocked a lawful Trump-administration policy, essentially enshrining the Obama administration’s policy choices in social-justice granite. The practical result is a judicial equivalent of a one-way ratchet. The pattern is clear: Step One: The Obama administration uses its executive power to implement a progressive policy (such as DACA or the contraceptive mandate). Step Two: The Trump administration uses its executive power to repeal the Obama-administration action and implement a more conservative policy. Step Three: Progressive plaintiffs file suit in a...
  • Senators Wonder If Catholics Are Qualified to Be Judges [semi-satire]

    01/02/2019 8:39:55 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Dec 2018 | John Semmens
    Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif) are concerned that judicial nominee Brian Buescher's membership in the Knights of Columbus—a Catholic charity—might disqualify him from being confirmed as a federal judge. "In general, Catholics are kind of out of step with the values I think we want our country to have," Hirono said. "Their belief that marriage is a bond between a man and a woman and their opposition to abortion are at odds with the law. Joining the Knights of Columbus demonstrates a degree of religious fanaticism beyond that of the typical Sunday churchgoer. Should we put such...
  • One Texas county just swore in 17 black female judges

    01/01/2019 6:30:03 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 85 replies
    CNN ^ | January 1, 2019 | By AJ Willingham
    A new year brought the swearing-in of newly elected officials in Harris County, Texas, and among them were 17 black female judges. The group of women, who were part of a local democratic campaign called "Black Girl Magic Texas," first made history -- and headlines -- when they won their respective midterm elections in November. Together, they make up what is believed to be the largest group of black female judges to be elected at the same time in Harris County history.
  • Texas judge allows Obamacare to remain while his ruling is appealed

    12/30/2018 10:20:55 PM PST · by conservative98 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 30, 2018 | By Bruce Golding
    The Texas judge who ruled Obamacare unconstitutional earlier this month agreed Sunday to stay his decision from taking effect until it can be appealed. Federal Judge Reed O’Connor said he didn’t believe 17 state attorneys general, led by California’s Xavier Becerra, would prevail in their challenge of his blockbuster ruling. “But because many everyday Americans would otherwise face great uncertainty during the pendency of appeal, the Court finds that the December 14, 2018 Order declaring the Individual Mandate unconstitutional and inseverable should be stayed,” he wrote in the 30-page order.
  • democrats open a new line of attack on judges: "Are you now or have you ever been a Catholic?"

    12/23/2018 9:41:53 AM PST · by Starman417 · 49 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-23-18 | DrJohn
    democrats endeavor for nothing so ardently as they do in their search for something by which to be offended. If that something happens to be a tool used to batter the political opposition so much the better. Today's example is represented by dem Sens. Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono. The two of them demonstrate how the power of stupidity can be multiplied when combined instead of the just added. They have concluded that being Catholic can lead to a fatal flaw which fatally compromises one's ability to sit as a Federal judge. That flaw? Joining a group known for its hatred,...
  • Judge Theresa Brennan arraigned on 3 felonies, released on bond (MI)

    12/19/2018 8:39:29 AM PST · by polymuser · 8 replies
    Livingston Daily ^ | 12-18-18 | Kayla Daugherty
    Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan was arraigned on perjury and two other felony charges Tuesday morning in a Livingston County courtroom. Genesee County Judge G. David Guinn ordered Brennan to surrender her passport and set a bond that doesn't require payment for her to be released. Brennan was charged last week with perjury, tampering with evidence and common law offenses by the Michigan Attorney General's office.
  • "An Impossible Son, an Impossible Deliverance" (Advent sermon on Judges 13:2-7 and Luke 1:26-38)

    12/12/2018 9:16:02 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 12, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “An Impossible Son, an Impossible Deliverance” (Judges 13:2-7; Luke 1:26-38) It was an impossible situation. For forty years, Israel had been suffering under the oppression of the Philistines. The Philistines were looting their cities and ravaging their countryside. It was a period of great distress. Israel was in a dark and hopeless time. Often, though, in God’s way of doing things, dark and hopeless times give birth to new hope and renewed faith. So the Lord heard the Israelites’ cries of distress and did for them what was humanly impossible: He delivered them from the hand of the Philistines. But...
  • Judicial Nightmare: Jeff Flake Has Pretty Much Destroyed His Party's Agenda On Judges This Year

    12/05/2018 3:10:00 PM PST · by Signalman · 83 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 12/5/2018 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is leaving, but not quietly. The immensely unpopular Republicanhas decided to totally trashhis party’s judicial agenda. Flake is the key 11thvote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he’s not budging until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell holds a binding vote on a billprotecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice’s Russia investigation. It’s frustrating. It’s deplorable. And it just comes to show you why Flake would never have won re-election if he decided to execute a suicidal banzai charge concerning that effort. He would have been knocked off in a primary, but I digress....
  • Senate panel cancels votes on Trump court picks amid Flake standoff

    11/28/2018 4:47:53 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 114 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/18 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced Wednesday that he is canceling votes on nearly two dozen of President Trump’s judicial nominees that were expected to come up in the Judiciary Committee this week. The cancellation of the committee’s Thursday business meeting comes as Senate Republicans are in a standoff with outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has vowed to oppose all court picks until he gets a vote on legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller. The notification from the Judiciary Committee didn’t specify when, or if, the committee votes on the nominations would be rescheduled. Six circuit court nominees had been...
  • Marc Thiessen: Chief Justice Roberts is wrong. We do have Obama judges and Trump judges.

    11/25/2018 6:24:57 AM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/24/ 2018 | Marc Thiessen
    For someone trying to demonstrate that the judiciary is not political, getting into a political fight with the president sure is a funny way to do it. ... Even Roberts's fellow justices know there is a difference. If there were no Obama judges or Trump judges, then why did Anthony Kennedy wait for Trump's election to announce his retirement? And why doesn't Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just retire now and let Trump nominate her replacement? Because they both want a president who would appoint a successor who shares their judicial philosophy. (And, lo and behold, Trump appointed a former Kennedy...
  • After rare rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts, Trump fires back on Twitter

    11/21/2018 5:37:29 PM PST · by Mariner · 145 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 21st, 2018 | By Cheyenne Haslett
    Chief Justice John Roberts rebutted President Donald Trump's recent criticism that the recent ruling against the administration's asylum policy on migrants was issued by an "Obama judge". “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts, who originally responded to the Associated Press, said via a statement issued from the Supreme Court's press office. "What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.” The president responded directly to the...
  • In rare rebuke, Chief Justice Roberts slams Trump for comment about 'Obama judge'

    11/21/2018 10:17:13 AM PST · by Baynative · 133 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/21/18 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts is pushing back against President Donald Trump's description of a judge who ruled against Trump's new migrant asylum policy as an "Obama judge." It's the first time that the leader of the federal judiciary has offered even a hint of criticism of Trump, who has previously blasted federal judges who ruled against him. Roberts said Wednesday the U.S. doesn't have "Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges." He commented in a statement released by the Supreme Court after a query by The Associated Press.
  • Former Ohio Judge Who Beat His Wife Is Arrested in Her Stabbing Death

    11/19/2018 5:01:40 PM PST · by zeestephen · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 19 November 2018 | Matthew Haag
    Mr. Mason, 51, a former high-ranking Democratic state lawmaker and a top county prosecutor, had not been formally charged as of Monday morning in the death of his wife, Aisha Fraser Mason.
  • Judiciary Committee continues processing Trump's judicial picks after midterms

    11/13/2018 10:35:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Senators returned to Washington Tuesday and immediately picked up where they left off — processing President Trump’s judicial nominees, over the objections of Democrats. The Judiciary Committee held a hearing for Paul B. Matey, nominated to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and for four district court picks. Mr. Matey’s nomination is particularly controversial because it marks another round in the fight over Senate traditions and courtesies and their abuse in the era of Mr. Trump. Mr. Matey is slated to fill a seat on the appeals court that’s traditionally ascribed to New Jersey. But that state’s senators, both...
  • Federal judge Conaboy dies in Pennsylvania at age 93

    11/13/2018 10:09:19 AM PST · by Jaysin · 10 replies
    WITF ^ | 11-9-2018 | The Associated Press
    (Scranton) -- Senior U.S. District Judge Richard P. Conaboy has died at a Pennsylvania hospital. He was 93. His son-in-law Larry Moran, Sr., says Conaboy passed away Friday morning at Scranton Regional Hospital. He says Conaboy died with his wife holding his hand and surrounded by his 12 children. He didn't give a cause of death. He says his father-in-law was a "great man." The Times-Tribune reports former Vice President Joe Biden, also a Scranton native, visited Conaboy in the hospital on Sunday. Conaboy was nominated by President Jimmy Carter in May 1979 to the U.S. District Court for the...
  • “A man gone crazy”: After attack at sea, one man is dead and another faces life in prison

    10/29/2018 6:00:57 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    Pilotonline ^ | Oct 28, 2018 | Peter Dujardin
    A York County-based fishing boat – the Captain Billy Haver – was 55 miles off the coast of Massachusetts a few weeks ago, dredging scallops from the sea. Then, seemingly out of the blue, a crew member started attacking his shipmates with a hammer. The vessel’s captain radioed the Coast Guard for help at 2 p.m. on an international emergency distress channel. “Mayday, mayday, mayday,” he said in a thick accent. “Can anybody hear me?” “We have a man gone crazy here on the boat, man,” the captain continued after hearing a reply. “One man, I don’t know if he’s...
  • Dem senator won't return 'blue slip' on Trump judicial pick

    10/23/2018 9:41:37 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/23/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday said that she will not return her "blue slip" on a judicial pick from President Trump and urged the Judiciary Committee to delay a hearing on the nomination. Murray said in a statement that Republicans "have been trampling" on Senate precedent in order to place "extreme conservatives" on the courts, adding that she cannot be "complicit." "This needs to end. So I am not going to be complicit in this latest rushed process to load the courts with Trump nominees in the lame duck session and I will not be returning the blue slip...
  • Senate Truce Collapses as G.O.P. Rush to Confirm More Judges Begins Anew

    10/18/2018 3:29:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2018 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats struck a deal last week with Republicans that saw the quick confirmation of 15 more conservative judges in exchange for a rapid flight to the campaign trail. Liberal activists were infuriated, but after the brutally divisive fight to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, the agreement held out a promise of peace. “I would like to have the future mending things,” declared the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa. On Wednesday, at Mr. Grassley’s instruction, the armistice collapsed. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee convened yet another hearing to consider still...
  • Sessions Vows ‘Emergency’ S. C. Battle … Slams ‘Activist Federal Judges’ For Anti-Trump Bias

    10/16/2018 11:29:26 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 40 replies ^ | 1016/18 | Kane
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday lit into federal judges for what he called a dramatic uptick in “outrageous” decisions threatening to interfere with the separation of powers by exposing internal White House deliberations. In a fiery speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, Sessions warned that “once we go down this road in American government, there is no turning back.” He vowed to take “these discovery fights to the Supreme Court in emergency postures. … We intend to fight this, and we intend to win.” Sessions specifically singled out New York district court judge Jesse M. Furman, who...