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  • Supreme Court To Hear Case On 'Faithless' Electors- Punish Electoral College members who ignore the popular vote?

    01/17/2020 7:30:21 PM PST · by PerConPat · 24 replies
    Patch ^ | Jan. 17, 2020 | Megan VerHeist
    The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters are required to support presidential candidate who wins state. After lower courts split on the question, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today it will hear a case to decide whether presidential electors are bound to support the popular vote winner in their states or can opt for someone else. States want the ability to punish or replace these so-called "faithless" electors...
  • 'Faithless elector': Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen

    01/17/2020 12:57:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 84 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2020 | by Pete Williams
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up an issue that could change a key element of the system America uses to elect its president, with a decision likely in the spring just as the campaign heats up. The answer to the question could be a decisive one: Are the electors who cast the actual Electoral College ballots for president and vice president required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states? Or are they free to vote as they wish? A decision that they are free agents could give a single elector, or a...
  • Appeals Court Throws Out Climate Change Lawsuit

    01/17/2020 2:20:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 17, 2020 | Reagan McCarthy
    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals did no favors for the climate alarmism movement this afternoon, after the panel of judges in San Francisco threw out a lawsuit against the government based on climate change. The suit was filed in 2015 by a group of young climate alarmists, insisting that the government is solely responsible for creating climate change via cooperating with the fossil fuel industry. The suit claims that the government turned a blind eye to the potential for damage via carbon emissions. Lawyers serving both Presidents Obama and Trump asserted that the government is not at fault because a...
  • Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules

    01/17/2020 1:02:43 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 17, 2020 | by Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The justices agreed Friday to yet another case stemming from President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, this time about cost-free birth control. The high court will review an appeals court ruling that blocked the Trump administration rules because it did not follow proper procedures. The new policy on contraception, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, would allow more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing no-cost birth control...
  • New York sues Trump administration to enforce Clean Air Act

    01/16/2020 2:00:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2020 | by Daniel Trotta
    New York and Connecticut sued the Trump administration on Thursday, alleging it has failed to enforce the U.S. Clean Air Act and allowed five neighboring states to pump unhealthy levels of pollution into their states. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan asks the court to compel President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency to protect states that are downwind from other states with excessive air pollution. “More than two-thirds of New Yorkers regularly breathe unhealthy air, yet the Trump administration continues to ignore the smog caused by upwind air pollution,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in...
  • DuBois column: A review of lawsuits on livestock grazing

    01/15/2020 10:21:52 AM PST · by cowpoke · 9 replies
    NM Stockman ^ | 1/01/2020 | Frank DuBois
    A review of lawsuits on livestock grazing  Hammond grazing permits On December 20 of 2019, federal judge Michael H. Simon revoked the grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc., finding that former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s order renewing it earlier this year was an “abuse of discretion.'' Background: The Hammonds had 4 different grazing permits on BLM lands. In June of 2012 Steve and Dwight Hammond were convicted of intentionally setting fires on BLM land. On Oct. 30, 2012 federal judge Michael. H. Hogan sentenced Steve Hammond to 12 months and one day of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised...
  • Arrested Trump foe Avenatti must face 'vindictive' Nike extortion case in NY

    01/15/2020 8:18:33 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 15 2020 | Jonathan Stempel
    A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Michael Avenatti’s bid to dismiss criminal charges accusing him of trying to extort Nike Inc (NKE.N), after the celebrity lawyer claimed he was targeted in a “vindictive” prosecution because of his feud with U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan ruled the morning after Avenatti was arrested in California for potential violations of his bail conditions, in a separate case there accusing him of defrauding other clients. Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges he faces. Lawyers for Avenatti told Gardephe on Wednesday their client is in custody,...
  • Wisconsin court blocks purging of more than 200,000 voters from rolls

    01/14/2020 12:11:10 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01 14 2020 | John Kruzel
    A Wisconsin state court of appeals on Tuesday put on hold a ruling requiring the urgent removal of more than 200,000 names from the state’s voter rolls, the latest twist in a closely watched legal fight playing out in the battleground state ahead of the 2020 election. The ruling comes after a lower court judge last month ordered the purging of roughly 234,000 people from voter rolls because they may have moved, and a day after the state's elections commission and several of its members were found in contempt of court for not complying with the removal order. The latest...
  • Supreme Court refuses to hear 'Free the Nipple' appeal in New Hampshire case

    01/13/2020 5:14:31 PM PST · by conservative98 · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published 44 mins ago | Louis Casiano
    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by three women arrested for violating a New Hampshire city ordinance by exposing their breasts in public as part of the so-called "Free the Nipple" movement. The rejection leaves in place a 2019 ruling by New Hampshire's top court that upheld their convictions for violating a Laconia, N.H., measure that prohibits female toplessness in public. The women -- Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro -- argued the ban violates the Constitution. The ordinance makes it illegal to uncover female breasts “with less than a fully opaque covering of...
  • Judge refuses to second-guess family separations at border

    01/13/2020 5:31:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 13, 2020, 4:40 PM | Elliot Spagat - AP
    SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge ruled Monday that the Trump administration is operating within its authority when separating families stopped at the Mexican border, rejecting arguments that it was quietly returning to widespread practices that drew international condemnation. The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the administration was splitting families over dubious allegations and minor transgressions including traffic offenses. It asked the judge in July to rule on whether the government was justified in separating 911 children during the first year after the judge halted the general practice in June 2018.
  • Work on Privately Funded Border Wall Begins (Fisher)

    01/13/2020 10:12:09 AM PST · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    KRGV (Rio Grande Valley, Texas) ^ | January 12, 2020 | KRGV
    Border wall construction for a privately funded barrier is underway in Mission. Ground was broken Sunday after a legal fight partially ended. A McAllen federal judge cited with the defendants to allow construction to get started.
  • For First Time, A Colorado Judge Denies Confiscation Request Under Red Flag Law

    01/13/2020 10:22:53 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 26 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | 01 12 2020 | Rick Sallinger
    For the first time, a judge has denied a request to take away a man’s guns under Colorado’s new red flag law. A Limon woman claimed a man who she had a relationship with threatened her with a gun and filed the request. Since the law took effect, the red flag law has had many gun owners seeing red. At least four requests have been filed since the first of 2020; CBS4 is aware of them being filed in Denver, in Larimer County and this one — in Lincoln County. Many gun owners, like Jak Gruenberg, despise it. “Red flag...
  • FISA Court Appoints Obama-Era National Security Leader at DOJ to Review FBI Reforms

    01/10/2020 6:58:11 PM PST · by bitt · 60 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 1/10/2020 | Christina Laila
    Last month presiding FISA judge Rosemary Collyer announced she would be stepping down early due to ‘health issues.’ Chief Justice Roberts tapped Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee to replace Collyer. On Friday, Judge Boasberg announced in an order that he has appointed Obama-era national security leader at the DOJ David S. Kris as amicus counsel to review the reforms the FBI will be making to its FISA application process. This order was in response to the FBI abusing the FISA process after it obtained a total of four FISA warrants on Carter Page. The government had until Friday January...
  • No Judges Confirmed This Week

    01/11/2020 5:11:36 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count remains at 185 judges confirmed. 133 District Court judges 50 Circuit Court judges 2 Supreme Court justices
  • A First: Non-Victims Can Sue Pittsburgh Diocese

    01/10/2020 6:28:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/10/20 | Martina Moyski
    Court ruling a major step toward holding dioceses accountablePITTSBURGH ( - In a first-of-its-kind legal ruling, a Pennsylvania court has ruled that non-victims can move forward with lawsuits against the diocese of Pittsburgh. Allegheny County Judge Christine A. Ward handed down the court ruling on Tuesday, accepting the plaintiffs' argument that they have standing to sue the Pittsburgh diocese. The plaintiffs are claiming that the Pittsburgh diocese, along with seven over Pennsylvania dioceses, have created "a public nuisance" by failing to report every allegation of child abuse insofar as not doing so potentially endangers their children. Public nuisance refers to...
  • The Un-Elected Californian who Engineered Virginia’s Permanent Democrat Majority

    01/10/2020 12:22:50 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 14 replies
    Identity Dixie ^ | November 6th 2019 | Fulwar Skipwith
    Last year, a court ruled that 11 VA House districts were unconstitutional, finding that lawmakers improperly prioritized race to draw African-American voters into majority-minority districts. The court gave the General Assembly a chance to redraw the map last fall, but it became clear the Republican House and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam could not agree on a plan. A federal court ruled last year that Dr. Bernard Grofman could re-draw the Virginia legislative districts however he liked. Grofman is a professor at the University of California-Irvine, whose degrees in Mathematics (1966) and his MA (1968) and PhD (1972) in Political Science...
  • Private company's (Fisher) planned border wall along Rio Grande can proceed, judge rules

    01/09/2020 7:00:50 PM PST · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9 Jan 2020 | Frank Miles
    A federal judge (U.S. District Judge Randy Crane) lifted a temporary restraining order against a project to build a privately funded border wall next to the Rio Grande... Tommy Fisher, owner of Fisher Sand & Gravel, a North Dakota-based construction firm, had been waiting for the chance to prove he can build President Trump’s signature border wall faster and better than the government... Fisher has said his crews could start work as soon as Sunday and finish in eight days. Fisher has argued the government was being overly cautious by building walls far away from the river. His crews plan...
  • Appeals court allows $3.6 billion in military funds for border wall

    01/09/2020 9:16:27 AM PST · by MaxistheBest · 29 replies ^ | 01/09/2020 | Travis Pittman
    A federal appeals court has ruled the Trump administration can divert $3.6 billion in military funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Multiple reports indicate the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to temporarily stay a lower court ruling out of Texas. Reuters reports the stay is pending an appeal by the Trump administration of the ruling by a federal judge that prevented the transfer of funds. El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights have been challenging the funds transfer. The panel noted that the U.S. Supreme Court had issued a stay in...
  • Court allows Trump to use $3.6 billion in military funds to build border barriers

    01/09/2020 1:54:56 AM PST · by Texan4Life · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9 JAN 2020 | Camilo Montoya-Galvez
    A federal appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday ruled the government can use $3.6 billion in military funds to construct border barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a 2-1 ruling, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, granted the administration's request for the court to stay, or temporarily halt, a ruling made last month by a federal judge in El Paso that blocked officials from using the Pentagon funds to fulfill one of President Trump's main campaign pledges.
  • Court to rule on private Texas company's planned border wall along Rio Grande

    01/09/2020 8:01:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | 1-8-2020 | Frank Miles
    Tommy Fisher, founder of Fisher Sand & Gravel, is waiting for the chance to prove he can build President Trump’s signature border wall faster and better than the government. But first, the courts have to decide. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane in McAllen, a southern Texas city, is expected on Thursday to decide whether to lift a temporary restraining order against the project to build a privately funded border wall next to the Rio Grande. Dating back to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, the U.S. has largely avoided building right next to the Rio Grande. The meandering river separating...