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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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Roberts Joins Liberals To Block Texas Execution Of Disabled Man

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The Supreme Court effectively ensured a Texas inmate named Bobby James Moore will not be executed Tuesday. A majority of the court concluded that Moore is mentally disabled. The court said executing the disabled is “cruel and unusual” in 2002. The Tuesday case was Moore’s second before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court practically foreclosed the possibility that a Texas ...

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ICE Catches 26 Illegal Aliens at San Diego Market Then Releases Them

SAN DIEGO – Special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations raided a San Diego market today. During the operation, 26 individuals working at the market were determined to be illegal aliens. They were temporarily taken into custody and released pending the outcome of their immigration case. The focus of the raid was the employer and ...

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Justice Ginsburg Is Back At The Supreme Court, And She’s Sending A Message

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the bench at the Supreme Court Tuesday, the first time she has heard arguments since her treatment for lung cancer in December 2018. The justice’s presence at Tuesday’s arguments was expected — the high court’s public information office announced Friday that Ginsburg would participate in a private conference among the justices to discuss pending petitions. ...

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