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Beto Says He’s Open To Packing The Supreme Court

Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke said he is open to adding seats on the Supreme Court during a Thursday campaign stop. Speaking at a coffee shop in Burlington, Iowa, O’Rourke said adding six seats to the high court could curb political dysfunction. “What if there were five justices selected by Democrats, five justices selected by Republicans, and those ten ...

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Is Chief Justice John Roberts Tacking Left?

Chief Justice John Roberts has voted with the liberal justices in recent months on cases touching abortion, asylum and the death penalty. Those votes may not reflect a meaningful change to the chief justice’s legal views. Rather, they could reflect Roberts’s desire to keep the Supreme Court away from division, or an incremental approach to a conservative revival.  Chief Justice ...

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Al Green Breaks With Pelosi — Vows To Force Impeachment Vote

Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green broke with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, vowing to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump Tuesday. Green, who has previously had two bills to impeach Trump overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, said in an interview with C-SPAN that he is pushing for a third impeachment vote. This comes one day after Pelosi said ...

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Clarence Thomas Clerks Dominate Trump’s Judicial Appointments

President Donald Trump has tapped seven of Justice Clarence Thomas’s former clerks for appeals court nominations since taking office. An eighth former Thomas clerk, Neomi Rao, will likely be confirmed in the near future. The justice actively mentors his closely knit network of acolytes.  One credential, in particular, has been a boon to candidates President Donald Trump considers for judicial ...

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Supreme Court Justices Discuss Ethics Code, Televised Cases In Rare Congressional Testimony

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Chief Justice John Roberts is considering whether the Supreme Court should adopt its own ethics code. The justices in practice follow a set of rules, but there is no institutionalized process that bind the Court.  The justices also discussed televising their proceedings and President Donald Trump’s quarrelsome relationship with the judiciary. Chief Justice John Roberts is considering whether the Supreme ...

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Federal Judge Rules Wilbur Ross Broke Law On Census Question. Supreme Court Might Have To Adjust

A second court ruled against the ongoing dispute to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, in a ruling that accuses Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross of making an arbitrary, capricious decision and breaking the law. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California issued the 126-page ruling Wednesday, citing the administration’s decision to add the question as ...

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Another Judge Has Ruled Trump’s Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities To Be Illegal

A California judge has ruled President Donald Trump cannot withhold federal funds from jurisdictions that harbor illegal aliens, the latest in a string of court defeats against the administration’s effort to crackdown on sanctuary cities. Judge William Orrick III — a Obama-appointed judge serving on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California — ruled Monday that the State ...

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Judge Orders Release Of Christopher Steele Deposition

A federal judge in Florida on Thursday ordered the release of depositions given by former British spy Christopher Steele and a longtime associate of John McCain’s in a lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed regarding Steele’s anti-Trump dossier. U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro overruled requests by Steele and David Kramer, the former McCain associate, to keep depositions that they gave in the ...

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The Supreme Court Is Poised To Protect This 40-Foot Veteran’s Cross

Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial

The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to protect a 40-foot memorial cross on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland from a lawsuit that argues it violates the Constitution. Though the bottom-line outcome was never seriously in doubt, the justices appeared divided and confused during Wednesday’s argument as to why the monument should pass constitutional muster. The Court’s jurisprudence concerning religion in ...

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The Boys Of Peace Cross

Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial

A 40-foot Celtic cross sits in the center of a roundabout in Bladensburg, Maryland. On its pedestal are inscribed the names of 49 local boys killed in the First World War. That veterans memorial — known colloquially as the Peace Cross — is the subject of landmark litigation concerning religion in public life. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday ...

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Judges Can’t Rule From The Dead, Supreme Court Rules |

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to count the vote of a deceased judge in an important pay equity case, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The high court’s decision was “per curiam” meaning “for the Court.” Such decisions are not signed. There were no noted dissents. The case arose when the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a revered ...

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Equal Rights: Male-Only Military Draft System Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Friday that the Selective Service military draft program is unconstitutional as women are now eligible for combat roles. A lawsuit brought by the National Coalition for Men, a men’s rights group, challenged the current Selective Service System as sexually discriminatory and asked the court to declare it unlawful. Judge Gray Miller, a U.S. District Judge in ...

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South Florida Patient Recruiter Convicted For Role In $600,000 Health Care Kickback Scheme

A federal jury found a South Florida patient recruiter guilty today for her role in a scheme involving approximately $600,000 in Medicare claims for home health care that were procured through the payment of kickbacks. After a four-day trial, Yamilet Diaz, 50, of Hialeah, Florida, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and receive health ...

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CBP Enhances Security in El Paso in Preparation for Wave of Illegal Aliens; Funding for Physical Barriers an Issue

EL PASO, Texas – Due to reports of the increasing numbers of migrants arriving in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso, CBP is currently enhancing security efforts in the area. To ensure the ports of entry are not overrun by a large number of people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, CBP has taken steps to ...

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Supreme Court Reins In State Power To Seize Property And Collect Fines

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The Supreme Court sided with an Indiana man who lost his luxury car following his conviction on a minor drug offense. A unanimous Court said that the states must abide by the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines.  The decision is expected to curtail asset forfeitures, which both liberals and conservatives have criticized. The Supreme Court reigned in state power to ...

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