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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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Mueller Report ‘Inconclusive’ That Trump Knew Flynn Lied About Sanctions Call

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report did not establish that President Donald Trump knew former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition. Flynn was dismissed from the administration and subsequently pleaded guilty for lying about the substance of his conversations with Kislyak. “Some evidence suggests that the president knew about the existence and ...

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A Law Used To Punish Gun Crimes Is Under Attack At The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a constitutional challenge to a federal law that prosecutors say is essential to aggressively policing gun crimes. The defendants, Maurice Davis and Andre Glover, were convicted of a string of armed robberies in Texas in June 2014. The pair are challenging one of the laws under which they were convicted, arguing it is ...

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We Blushed Reading These Legal Briefs At The Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday over a provision of federal law that prohibits the government from registering vulgar trademarks. Erik Brunetti, the artist who founded the clothing line FUCT (pronounced like the past tense conjugation of a vulgar verb), is challenging a provision of the Lanham Act that bars the approval of scandalous and immoral trademarks. The Patent ...

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9th Circuit Deals Trump An Immigration Win. Yes, You Read That Right

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily lifted an order suspending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a Trump administration policy that requires Central American asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico before their appearance in immigration court. Though the Friday evening stay is not indicative of the government’s future prospects in this case, it was a rare victory for an administration ...

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This Florida Mayor Allegedly Loves Doing Crack And Shooting At Cops |

Dale Massad, the recently deposed mayor of Port Richey, Florida pervasively used crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine during his tenure in office, court records that were publicized Thursday charge. Massad allegedly exchanged fire with police during a Feb. 21 raid on his home, which resulted in his arrest. Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him from office the following day. ...

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Clarence Thomas Speaks Out On Amy Coney Barrett, ‘Dogma’ Charge

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a friendly audience in California that religious belief does not compromise the work of the courts, and lamented that religion featured in a 2017 judicial confirmation. Speaking on April 4 at Pepperdine University School of Law’s annual banquet, Thomas was asked whether it is ever legitimate to consider a candidate’s religious views during the ...

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Supreme Court May Shift on Death Penalty

The U.S. Supreme Court may be set for a forceful shift on the death penalty after a recent 5-4 decision unexpectedly signaled an important change to the justices’ approach to capital punishment and the Eighth Amendment. Though it is too premature to make definitive statements about the Court’s direction, the April 1 decision in Bucklew v. Precythe suggests the newly ...

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Gunmaker Will Appeal To The Supreme Court In Sandy Hook Victims Lawsuit

Gun manufacturer Bushmaster Firearms will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a panel of Connecticut judges said nine victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre can sue the company despite a federal law shielding gunmakers from most lawsuits. Bushmaster produced the XM15 rifle shooter Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School ...

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Justice Neil Gorsuch To Drop Book On Constitution, Supreme Court Confirmation

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will publish a book of reflections and essays touching both personal experiences and important themes of American law and the Constitution. Titled “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” the book relays “personal stories that have shaped [Gorsuch’s] life and outlook, from his upbringing in Colorado to his 2017 Supreme Court confirmation process,” according to ...

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Some Think Clarence Thomas Might Retire Soon, But He Does Not

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas denied any interest in retirement this weekend, telling a friendly audience in Beverly Hills, California that he has no plans to leave judicial service in the near future. Speaking at Pepperdine University School of Law’s annual dinner, the 70-year-old Thomas emphatically denied speculation that he will leave the Supreme Court, amid speculation that he may ...

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