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DC Circuit Halts Disclosure Of Mueller Grand Jury Materials Just Hours Before Release

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit temporarily halted the release of grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation Tuesday, just hours ahead of their scheduled distribution. A three judge panel issued a short directive saying the grand jury documents will be temporarily withheld while it considers an emergency appeal from the Department of Justice ...

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President Trump Is Challenging California’s Sanctuary Law In The Supreme Court

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The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to toss a California law barring state authorities from cooperating with federal immigration officials.  The California Values Act, or SB 54, bans law enforcement from transferring criminal aliens to immigration authorities or sharing personal information about migrants. The parties in the case are playing somewhat against type: Trump is relying on a ...

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Supreme Court Tosses Challenge to Michigan’s Republican-Drawn District Lines

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The Supreme Court effectively ended a gerrymandering challenge to Michigan’s Republican-drawn legislative districts Monday, after a three-judge panel ordered the state to produce new maps ahead of the 2020 elections. Monday’s decision was widely expected. Both parties in the case agreed that the high court’s June decision finding federal courts cannot hear partisan gerrymandering challenges foreclosed further litigating. “While appellees ...

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This Agency Is Elizabeth Warren’s Brainchild. The Supreme Court Will Decide If It’s Constitutional

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The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a constitutional challenge to the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a watchdog agency whose existence is largely credited to Massachusetts Democratic. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The bureau is arranged to insulate its employees from political pressure and ensure its independence from big banks and financial institutions. At issue in ...

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This Trump Appeals Court Nominee Is Under Attack From The Right And The Left

A coalition of civil rights groups is urging senators to oppose the confirmation of U.S. District Judge Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, adding further complications for an embattled nominee. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) sent a letter to lawmakers Wednesday, saying Orzerden has been consistently dismissive of discrimination claims ...

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Supreme Court To Reconsider Life Sentences For DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in Washington, D.C., sniper Lee Boyd Malvo’s bid for a new prison sentence. Malvo was 17 years old when he and John Allen Muhammad murdered 12 people and injured six more during a two-month shooting spree that terrified the capital region. He is seeking resentencing under recent Supreme Court decisions that forbid life ...

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Appeals Court Upholds Subpoena For Trump Accounting Records, Teeing Up Supreme Court Fight

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a subpoena for President Donald Trump’s accounting records Friday, potentially teeing up a landmark fight between the president and Congress in the Supreme Court. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena to Mazars USA LLP after erstwhile Trump associate Michael Cohen accused the president of inflating assets ...

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Big Tech Leads Businesses Pushing Liberal Social Agenda At Supreme Court

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A sprawling alliance of big businesses are pushing the Supreme Court to rule for gay rights and DACA recipients in a pair of landmark cases.  The cases ask whether President Donald Trump’s attempts to terminate DACA are lawful, and whether federal civil rights laws cover LGBT employees.  Supporters of the effort include Amazon and Facebook. A coalition of brandname Fortune ...

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New York Tried Really Hard To Keep A Challenge To Its Gun Rules Out Of The Supreme Court. It Hasn’t Worked

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A challenge to New York City’s gun transportation regulations will move forward at the Supreme Court, despite a concerted effort to convince the justices to dismiss the case. After the justices agreed to hear a challenge to New York’s ordinance, the city relaxed its regulations and asked the high court to dismiss the case as moot. “Mootness” means that the ...

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Grassley Seeks Update After Referring Avenatti, Swetnick To Justice Department For Kavanaugh Claims

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa asked the Department of Justice and the FBI Tuesday for an update on the criminal referrals he submitted against witnesses who made potentially false accusations of sexual misconduct against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department to pursue criminal investigations of four individuals following Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme ...

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The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Encouraging Illegal Immigration Is Protected Speech

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The Supreme Court will decide whether a federal law that criminalizes encouraging or inducing illegal immigration violates the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee.  A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law is overbroad, meaning it encompasses too much protected speech compared to its legitimate applications. The dispute involves an immigration consultant called Evelyn Sineneng-Smith ...

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Trump Administration Burns Google Before Supreme Court In Copyright Dispute

The Trump administration is urging the Supreme Court to stay out of a years-long copyright dispute between tech giants Google and Oracle.  Oracle says Google impermissibly copied its computer code to build its Android operation system, which services over 2 billion smartphones.  Google is facing a damages award that could total $8 billion. The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court ...

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Democrats Want To Tie One Of Trump’s Judicial Picks To The Impeachment Inquiry

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are pressing a judicial nominee about his possible connection to President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which is now at the center of an impeachment inquiry. The nominee, Steven Menashi, is a White House lawyer and nominee for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats asked Menashi a ...

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Federal Judge Wants AOC to Explain In Court Why She Blocks Twitter Critics

A federal judge in New York City ordered Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to give testimony in a lawsuit alleging she violated the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter. U.S. District Judge Frederic Block asked for the congresswoman’s testimony during a Thursday hearing in a Brooklyn federal court. After accepting evidence and hearing witness testimony, the judge said the hearing ...

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The Next Generation: Eugene Scalia Confirmed As Labor Secretary

The Senate confirmed Eugene Scalia, a corporate litigator and son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as labor secretary Thursday afternoon. Scalia will succeed former Secretary Alex Acosta, who resigned on July 12 amid renewed criticism of a non-prosecution agreement he negotiated with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The 53-44 vote followed party lines. Scalia’s service as labor ...

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