• federal judge Mar 30

    Biden Names ‘Trailblazing' Slate of Judicial Nominees With Diverse Backgrounds

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his first slate of federal judicial nominees, a diverse group that aims to have the federal bench “reflect the full diversity of the American people — both in background and in professional experience,” the White House said.

  • New York City Feb 13, 2020

    Longest-Serving Federal Judge, Named by LBJ, Retires at 98

    A federal judge in New York City who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and who contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools is retiring at age 98. U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein was known for favoring lenient sentences and rehabilitation. He retired this week after moving his remaining cases to his fellow jurists…

  • JUDGE Nov 27, 2019

    Judge Puts Brief Hold on McGahn Testimony Order

    The federal judge who ruled that former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a House subpoena for his testimony put her ruling on a brief hold Wednesday. Such holds, known as administrative stays, are often issued to give lawyers a change to file their appeals, NBC News reported. U.S. District Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson said her order “should...

  • CONGRESS Nov 26, 2019

    Lawyer: Impeachment-Related Ruling on McGahn Doesn't Extend to Bolton, Deputy

    John Bolton’s attorney suggested Tuesday that a court order directing former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before Congress has no bearing on whether his client and another ex-national security official he represents will testify. The statement from attorney Charles Cooper aimed to blunt public speculation that the judge’s order in the McGahn case could influence the actions of...

  • Mexico Nov 24, 2019

    Tougher US Asylum Policy Follows in Europe's Footsteps

    Nkeze wasn’t home when Cameroonian militants came knocking, probably to deliver their signature ultimatum to join their separatist movement or have his writing arm cut off. The 24-year-old economics student escaped to Douala, the country’s largest city, only to learn that the government wanted to arrest him for participating in a university protest. He then flew to Ecuador and traveled...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 21, 2019

    California Supreme Court Rejects State Law Requiring Trump Disclose Tax Returns

    President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, a unanimous state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • Attorney Nov 21, 2019

    Smollett Files Countersuit Against Chicago, Asks for Jury Trial

    Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has filed a countersuit against the city of Chicago and wants a jury trial to decide his case.

  • San Diego Nov 20, 2019

    Ruling Backs Asylum Seekers at Border Prior to Policy Shift

    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a partial ban on asylum does not apply to anyone who appeared at an official U.S. border crossing before the policy was announced in July, a decision that may affect thousands of people.

  • JUDGE Nov 16, 2019

    Oklahoma Judge Reduces J&J Order in Opioid Lawsuit by $107M

    An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount in his final order in the case by $107 million because of his miscalculation. District Judge Thad Balkman’s latest order directs the company to pay the state $465 million. In it,...

  • President Nov 12, 2019

    Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Against NY Over Tax Returns

    A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York officials that was aimed at preventing the release of his tax returns.

  • New York Nov 6, 2019

    Judge Rejects New Trump Admin. Moral-Objection Health Rule Affecting Abortions

    A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care providers to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in New York said he was tossing out the rule in its entirety. The decision came after 19 states, the District of...

  • San Diego Nov 3, 2019

    US Judge Blocks Trump's Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

    A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants to prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas.

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 3, 2019

    US Judge Blocks Trump's Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

    A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It’s not clear when he will rule...

  • Attorney General Oct 29, 2019

    Federal Judge Blocks Alabama's Tough Abortion Law

    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama’s near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month and called the law — part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states — clearly unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make performing an abortion a felony in almost...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 26, 2019

    Trump Official Asks Judge If He Has to Testify in Impeachment Probe

    Charles Kupperman, President Donald Trump’s former deputy national security adviser, filed a lawsuit Friday asking a federal judge to determine whether he is required to testify in the impeachment inquiry being conducted by the House of Representatives, NBC News reports. The outcome could affect the ability of other witnesses who worked closely with the president to cooperate with the ongoing...

  • federal judge Oct 25, 2019

    DeVos Held in Contempt of Court in Loan Forgiveness Dispute

    A federal judge has held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for violating an order to stop collecting loans from thousands of former for-profit college students. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim issued the ruling Thursday in San Francisco. She also fined the Education Department $100,000. Kim previously ordered DeVos to stop collecting federal loans from former Corinthian Colleges...

  • California Oct 25, 2019

    Felicity Huffman Released Early From Prison

    Actress Felicity Huffman has been released from prison, according to a prison official. She had reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on Oct.15 to serve a 14-day sentence for her part in the nationwide college admissions cheating scheme.

  • Attorney Oct 25, 2019

    Tally of Children Split at Border Tops 5,400 in New Count

    U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400. The ACLU said the administration told its attorneys that 1,556 children were separated from July 1, 2017, to June...

  • Attorney Oct 22, 2019

    Judge Denies Smollett's Request to Toss Lawsuit

    A federal judge on Tuesday denied Jussie Smollett’s request to have a lawsuit, which was filed by the city of Chicago seeking for him to pay for the costs of a police investigation into what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack, tossed.

  • JUDGE Oct 22, 2019

    Drugmakers, Distributors Reach 11th-Hour Deal to Settle Opioids Lawsuit

    The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County and Akron’s Summit County, was seen as a critical test case that could have gauged the strength...

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