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Bushmaster Gets Stay Of Sandy Hook Lawsuit Ahead Of Supreme Court Appeal

The Connecticut Supreme Court granted gunmaker Bushmaster Firearms a stay in the Sandy Hook victims lawsuit, as the manufacturer readies its appeal to the nation’s highest judicial tribunal. Bushmaster produced the XM15 rifle that shooter Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. The stay delays the start of ...

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Gerrymandering Ruling Tees Up Another Challenge For GOP In Key Swing State

A special three-judge court struck down Ohio’s congressional district map Friday, finding it was unlawfully rigged to the benefit of Republicans. The decision is the latest in a series of lower court rulings striking down district lines as unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The fate of those disputes will turn on a pair of gerrymandering cases from Maryland and North Carolina the Supreme ...

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Judge Says Democrats Can Proceed With A Novel Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump

Democratic lawmakers can proceed with their lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating an anti-corruption provision of the Constitution, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected the president’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed to an evidence-gathering phase — called discovery — in which Democrats hope to gain ...

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There’s A New Push To Review Judicial Misconduct Complaints Against Brett Kavanaugh

A judicial ethics panel has been asked to review orders dismissing misconduct complaints against Justice Brett Kavanaugh relating to his emotionally charged testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The petition, from New York attorney Jeremy C. Bates, was sent to the Judicial Conference of the United States, the policy-making entity of the federal judiciary. The Conference’s Committee on Judicial Conduct ...

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Facing Mounting Pressure From The Left, Biden Takes Responsibility For Anita Hill Debacle

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he takes personal responsibility for Anita Hill’s treatment during Justice Clarence Thomas’s 1991 confirmation hearings, amid mounting criticism from the left and Hill herself about the inadequacy of past apologies. Monday’s statement marks a substantive shift for the Democratic presidential candidate, who has expressed regret to Hill in general terms but declined ...

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Despite Apology, Joe Biden Doesn’t Think He Mistreated Anita Hill

Former Vice President Joe Biden declined to take personal responsibility Friday for the manner in which Justice Clarence Thomas’s 1991 confirmation hearings were conducted, saying he does not believe he personally mistreated Anita Hill. Though Biden has twice spoken with Hill, whose allegations against Thomas attained new cultural power during the #MeToo movement, The New York Times reports that the ...

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New Gerrymandering Ruling Will Have Big Effects For GOP In 2020

A federal three-judge panel ruled Thursday that 34 state and federal district lines in Michigan are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to the benefit of Republicans. The decision comes as the Supreme Court contemplates a pair of cases from Maryland and North Carolina, which ask whether and how the federal courts should police partisan line-drawing. “Federal courts must not abdicate their responsibility to ...

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One Supreme Court Justice Thinks Term Limits Aren’t Such A Bad Idea

Justice Stephen Breyer shared mixed reactions to recent reform proposals for the Supreme Court, saying term limits might be desirable while an expanded Court would not be. The remarks, delivered Monday in Washington, D.C., come as a growing number of Democratic presidential candidates have entertained proposals to remake the nation’s highest judicial tribunal. “I think it would be fine to ...

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Supreme Court Allows Texas To Execute A White Supremacist For Brutal Lynching

John William King was executed by lethal injection in Texas Wednesday night for the heinous 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr., after the Supreme Court denied King a last minute stay. Prison officials at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville pronounced King dead at 8:08 pm EST, about 40 minutes after the justices denied his petition. “Today we witnessed the ...

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Supreme Court Hands Win To Business, Over Pointed Dissent From Liberals

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The Supreme Court’s conservative majority put additional limits on class-wide arbitration Wednesday, handing business interests a victory over a vigorous dissent from the four liberal justices. The decision is the latest in a sequence of pro-arbitration decisions from the Supreme Court, which the liberal bloc believes have seriously undermined the rights of workers. “The Court, paradoxically reciting the mantra that ...

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Divided Supreme Court Poised To Allow Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems ready to approve the Trump administration’s bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form.  Democratic states, municipalities, and civil rights groups are challenging that move, warning a citizenship question will inevitably diminish minority participation. The census is used to apportion seats in Congress among the states, draw district lines, and award ...

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Trump’s Census Citizenship Question Faces Supreme Court Scrutiny

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over the Trump administration’s bid to append a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire. Democratic states and city governments are challenging the citizenship question, fearing that diminished noncitizen participation will deprive them of federal funding and seats in Congress. The Justice Department, on the other hand, says citizenship questions have regularly appeared ...

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Supreme Court To Decide If Workplace Discrimination Law Covers Gay, Trans People

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will decide whether a federal law banning discrimination in the workplace covers LGBT employees. The justices granted review of three petitions arising from Georgia, New York, and Michigan. The first two cases pertain to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Michigan appeal concerns bias against transgender workers in employment practices. Title ...

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Trial Date Set For Obama Aide Ensnared In Mueller Probe

Former White House counsel will stand trial in a Washington, D.C. federal court Aug. 12 on charges that he made false and misleading statements to the Department of Justice regarding work he performed for a foreign government. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set the date in a Friday scheduling order. The order provides that Craig has until May 10 ...

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Chief Justice Rejects Bid For Same-Day Audio In Census Citizenship Case

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Chief Justice John Roberts rebuffed a bipartisan request to provide same-day audio for next week’s arguments in a much-watched dispute over the Trump administration’s bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. A bipartisan coalition of congressmen sent a letter to the chief justice April 12, urging him to make audio of the argument available on the same ...

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