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  • The Law Clerks of Seat Six Are Out Of A Job

    09/18/2020 5:47:31 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 33 replies
    Supreme Court ^ | September 18, 2020 | moi
    As we bid a fond "adieu" to the clerks who have been voting Ginsburg's seat for the past six months or more, Say Their Names: Clerk Started School (year) Previous clerkship Alyssa Marie Barnard 2019 Columbia (2015) Katzmann (2nd Circuit) / Nathan (SD New York) Marco P. Basile 2019 Harvard (2015) Watford (9th Circuit) / Barron (1st Circuit) Susan M. Pelletier 2019 Harvard (2016) Garland (DC Circuit) / H. Edwards (DC Circuit) Michael Frank Qian 2019 Stanford (2016) Garland (DC Circuit) Jack Boeglin 2020 Yale (2016) Calabresi (2nd Circuit) / Srinivasan (DC Circuit) Brittany Jones-Record 2020 Stanford (2016) Sutton (6th...
  • Bill: Open Courts Act - To Eliminate PACER Fees

    09/18/2020 9:58:36 AM PDT · by zeugma · 12 replies
    Various ^ | 9/18/20 | Various
    There is a bill before Congress called the "Open Courts Act", that is designed to make it easier for members of the public to have access to court documents at the Federal District and Appellate level. The bill is HR-8235, and is co-sponsored by Hank Johnson and Doug Collins. I would strongly support this as it is something we sorely need. Today, when a decision is made in federal courts at the district and appellate level, if you want to read the decision itself or transcript of the oral arguments, you have to have an account with the PACER system....
  • Obama-Appointed Judge Blocks Postmaster General Louis DeJoy From Making Operation Changes to USPS Ahead of Election

    09/18/2020 10:52:06 AM PDT · by White Lives Matter · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 18, 2020 | Cristina Laila
    Another day, another corrupt Obama judge. Judge Stanley Bastian in Eastern Washington’s US District Court, an Obama appointee on Thursday issued a nationwide injunction blocking Postmaster General Louis DeJoy from making operational changes to the United States Postal Service ahead of the general election. The post office is an establishment in the executive branch and controlled by presidential appointees, but this Obama judge believes he runs the post office and controls the executive branch. The Democrat-media complex exploded last month and accused President Trump of “destroying” the US Postal Service after the President’s newly appointed Postmaster General made structural changes.
  • This weeks Senate judicial confirmations

    09/17/2020 1:04:00 AM PDT · by Jaysin · 7 replies
    vanity | 9-17-2020 | self
    So the good MAGA news is that the US Senate has confirmed 6 judges so far this week (with 2 more pending today) to the bench 4 of them on central district of CA, 2 in south IL and 2 in north IL--all of which are liberal cesspools as far as the existing benches go, with lots of vacancies still to fill. So it's great news that Trump is filling slots with judges that at least will follow the law, But can someone who might know more about how this works explain something to me: Two district judges for the...
  • Trump, California, and the U.S. Federal Court System

    09/17/2020 6:52:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    American ^ | September 17, 2020 | Brett McCrea
    The wisdom of then Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s decision to change centuries-old Senate rules to allow a simple majority vote for appeals and district court justices was clearly warned against. Many Republicans plainly stated to Democrats: do not do this. Reid’s 2013 move reset the threshold for circuit and appeals judicial confirmation from 60 senate votes to 51 (It also set in motion a change in Supreme Court confirmations to the same 51 vote threshold stewarded by current Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell). One of the most intriguing fallouts from Reid’s fateful decision is the battle within the confirmation...
  • Trump campaign seeks to stop NJ early vote count pending lawsuit

    09/16/2020 6:16:27 PM PDT · by bitt · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/16/2020 | zack budryk
    President Trump’s reelection campaign asked a federal judge Wednesday to prevent New Jersey election officials from counting mail-in ballots beginning 10 days ahead of Election Day until a lawsuit is settled. “The public interest obviously weighs in favor of enjoining the government from violating federal law,” lawyers representing the president’s campaign said in the Wednesday brief, according to the New Jersey Globe. “Confidence in the integrity of our electoral processes is essential to the functioning of our participatory democracy. Voter fraud drives honest citizens out of the democratic process and breeds distrust of our government. Voters who fear their legitimate...
  • Biden v. the Courts on Title IX: Appellate rulings have shredded colleges for denying due-process protections—the same protections that the Democratic nominee promises to revoke.

    09/16/2020 6:03:31 AM PDT · by karpov · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | September 15, 2020 | KC Johnson
    “Any number of federal constitutional and statutory provisions reflect the proposition that, in this country, we determine guilt or innocence individually—rather than collectively, based on one’s identification with some demographic group,” wrote U.S. Appeals Court Judge Raymond Kethledge in a late June opinion. “That principle has not always been perfectly realized in our Nation’s history, but as judges it is one that we take an oath to enforce.” Kethledge’s words revived a lawsuit filed by an Oberlin College student who claimed that his school had unfairly found him guilty of sexual misconduct. Over a 100-day period this summer, four appeals...
  • BREAKING: 9th Circuit Appeals Court Sides With Trump on Deportations

    09/14/2020 7:27:56 PM PDT · by montag813 · 22 replies
    24News ^ | 09-14-2020 | Joe Callen
    by Joe Callen A federal appeals court ruled late Monday that the Trump administration may deport hundreds of thousands of illegal alienswho previously received temporary protected status for "humanitarian" reasons, in some cases decades past the event that spurred the temporary reprieves. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an injunction protecting aliens from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan from being deported pending litigation. The Trump administration ended their protections, saying their home countries were now safe for them. The decision affects 300,000 non-citizens here illegally -- and a staggering 200,000 of...
  • Court Rules Government Can End Humanitarian Protections For Some 300,000 Immigrants

    09/14/2020 9:42:22 PM PDT · by MAGA2017 · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 9/14/2020 | RACHEL TREISMAN
    NPR Cries..... A federal appeals court panel ruled on Monday that the Trump administration can end humanitarian protections for some 300,000 immigrants living in the United States, clearing the way for their potential deportation starting next year. The 9th Circuit Appeals Court's decision affects citizens from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades, have U.S.-born children and are considered essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. At issue is the termination of Temporary Protected Status, a form of humanitarian relief created by Congress and administered by the Department of Homeland Security. TPS...
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Federal judge rules Gov. Wolf’s shutdown orders were unconstitutional

    09/14/2020 10:38:55 AM PDT · by woodchukwood · 71 replies
    TribLive ^ | 9-14-2020 | Paula Reed Ward
    Federal judge rules Gov. Wolf’s shutdown orders were unconstitutional A federal judge in Pittsburgh on Monday found that orders issued by Gov. Tom Wolf restricting the size of gatherings and closing non-essential businesses to protect against the spread of covid-19 were unconstitutional.
  • Federal judge rules Pennsylvania's coronavirus orders are unconstitutional

    09/14/2020 11:55:02 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09 14 2020 | Justine Coleman
    A federal judge ruled on Monday that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) coronavirus orders, which shut down the state, closed businesses and limited gatherings, were unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, a Trump appointee, said in his opinion that Wolf’s and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine’s COVID-19 orders violated and continue to violate the First Amendment right to freedom of assembly and the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” Stickman wrote. “But even in...
  • The 11th Circuit has ruled en banc that Florida can require people with a past felony conviction to pay off all fines and fees before they can get their right to vote back

    WILLIAM PRYOR, Chief Judge: Florida has long followed the common practice of excluding those who commit serious crimes from voting. But in 2018, the people of Florida approved a historic amendment to their state constitution to restore the voting rights of thousands of convicted felons. They imposed only one condition: before regaining the right to vote, felons must complete all the terms of their criminal sentences, including imprisonment, probation, and payment of any fines, fees, costs, andrestitution.
  • Court memos detail unethical, unpunished leaks in case handled by potential Biden AG Preet Bharara

    09/08/2020 10:15:29 PM PDT · by bitt · 11 replies ^ | 9/8/2020 | Christine Dolan and John Solomon
    Preet Bharara knew about FBI leaks two years before his office denied them. No one has been punished Preet Bharara is often mentioned as a possible U.S. attorney general in a Joe Biden administration after building a reputation as a hard-charging federal prosecutor and self-proclaimed ethicist teaching law school and dispensing morality on Twitter. But one of the last cases he handled as the chief federal prosecutor in New York City cuts against the grain of his carefully manicured image, exposing widespread leaking by the FBI — and knowledge of it by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office — during the...
  • The Next President Will Cement Or Erase Conservative Control Of The Courts

    09/08/2020 6:57:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 8, 2020 | Mike Davis
    The next president will likely solidify a lasting majority on the courts of appeals, either cementing President Trump’s judicial legacy or largely undoing it. Our nation’s courts are nearing a tipping point. During President Trump’s first term, he has achieved a slim conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court (5 of 9) and has evened the score in the critically important federal courts of appeals, which are the final stop for more than 99 percent of all federal appeals.Now, data compiled by the Article III Project (A3P) shows that the next president will likely solidify a lasting majority on the...
  • Judge strikes down DeVos plan to boost pandemic relief for private schools

    09/05/2020 11:37:16 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept 4, 2020 | Michael Stratford
    A federal judge on Friday ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ effort to boost the amount of emergency pandemic relief that flows to private school students is illegal and struck down the policy. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, an appointee of President Donald Trump, ruled that DeVos ran afoul of the CARES Act when she required public schools to send a greater share of pandemic assistance to private school students than is typically required under federal law.... But in her 13-page decision on Friday, Friedrich ruled that DeVos had it wrong, writing that “Congress expressed a clear and unambiguous preference...
  • Federal Judge Orders Detroit Police to Stop Using Batons, Gas, Chokeholds on ‘Peaceful Protesters’

    09/05/2020 3:40:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 114 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | September 5, 2020 | Tom Ozimek
    A federal judge has issued a restraining order, temporarily barring Detroit police from using a range of response tactics—including tear gas, rubber bullets, and batons—against “peaceful protesters” after a group accused officers of excessive force, with the city’s police chief dismissing the decision, saying no such methods have been used on people protesting peacefully. U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Michelson partially granted a temporary restraining order filed on Aug. 31 by Detroit Will Breathe against the city of Detroit (pdf), accusing police of using brutal tactics to deter protesters from practicing their free speech rights. “Since May 29, 2020, Defendants...
  • Democrats Are Fighting Trump’s Judges Like Never Before, But Trump’s Still Winning

    09/05/2020 12:38:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | Ilya Shapiro
    Returning to numbers, on Inauguration Day, Republican-appointed majorities remained only in the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits, basically the middle of the country. While those majorities have grown and gotten younger, and more originalist, more interesting is how Trump and McConnell have been able to reverse the tide in the other nine circuits. For only the second time, the Senate confirmed double-digit circuit judges three years in a row. The Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia, was the first one to flip from Democratic-appointed majorities to Republican-appointed ones. Then in quick succession came the New York-based Second and the Atlanta-based...
  • California AG Asks Ninth Circuit for En Banc Review of Magazine Decision

    09/02/2020 5:20:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 31 August, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    On 28 August 2020, Attorney General Becerra of California petitioned the Ninth Circuit to review the case of Duncan v. Becerra. The review would be of the three-judge panel which held the California ban on magazines that hold over 10 rounds of ammunition to be unconstitutional. From the Petition for En Banc: 1 INTRODUCTION AND RULE 35 STATEMENTCalifornia respectfully petitions for rehearing en banc of the panel’s decision, which invalidates a state law restricting large-capacity magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition (LCMs). California voters adopted the current LCM law in response to a spate of mass...
  • Judge rules Georgia ballots mailed by Election Day must be counted [GA goes Dem!]

    08/31/2020 7:25:21 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 59 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/31/20 | Mark Niesse
    A federal judge on Monday extended the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned in Georgia, ruling that they must be counted if postmarked by Election Day and delivered up to three days afterward. The decision will likely result in tens of thousands of ballots being counted after Nov. 3 that would have otherwise been rejected, enough to swing close elections. The ruling invalidates Georgia’s requirement that ballots had to be received at county election offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day. U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross wrote that voters must be protected during the coronavirus pandemic, when record numbers...
  • Judge: Gay couple’s child born in England is a US citizen

    08/31/2020 3:30:02 PM PDT · by devane617 · 94 replies ^ | 08/31/2020 | KATE BRUMBACK
    ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta has ruled that the daughter of a married gay couple in Georgia who was born via surrogate in England has been an American citizen since birth, and ordered the State Department to issue a U.S. passport for her.