• Supreme Court March 23, 2022 4:57 pm

    Ketanji Brown Jackson Defends Controversial Ruling: 'I Followed What Congress Authorized Me to Do'

    On the second day of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson defended a sentence she ordered during a trial over child pornography, pointing to the sentencing guidelines established by Congress. The ruling has faced harsh scrutiny from Republicans who accuse Brown Jackson of being too lenient.

  • JUDGE November 27, 2019 3:17 pm

    Judge Puts Brief Hold on McGahn Testimony Order

    The federal judge who ruled that former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a House subpoena for his testimony put her ruling on a brief hold Wednesday. Such holds, known as administrative stays, are often issued to give lawyers a change to file their appeals, NBC News reported. U.S. District Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson said her order “should...

  • JUDGE November 15, 2019 5:55 pm

    Oklahoma Judge Reduces J&J Order in Opioid Lawsuit by $107M

    An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount in his final order in the case by $107 million because of his miscalculation. District Judge Thad Balkman’s latest order directs the company to pay the state $465 million. In it,...

  • Donald Trump November 3, 2019 2:29 pm

    US Judge Blocks Trump's Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

    A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It’s not clear when he will rule...

  • California October 30, 2019 9:13 pm

    Hackers Plead Guilty in Data Breach That Uber Covered Up

    Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a yearlong cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service’s passengers and drivers. The pleas entered Wednesday in a San Jose, California, federal court by Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Mereacre resurrected another unseemly episode in Uber’s...

  • Attorney General October 29, 2019 3:25 pm

    Federal Judge Blocks Alabama's Tough Abortion Law

    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama’s near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month and called the law — part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states — clearly unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make performing an abortion a felony in almost...

  • attorney October 25, 2019 5:57 am

    Tally of Children Split at Border Tops 5,400 in New Count

    U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400. The ACLU said the administration told its attorneys that 1,556 children were separated from July 1, 2017, to June...

  • JUDGE October 23, 2019 4:01 pm

    Judge Orders State Dept. to Begin Producing Ukraine Records

    A judge on Wednesday ordered the State Department to begin producing within 30 days documents related to the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine, saying the records were of obvious public interest. The documents were sought under a Freedom of Information Act request by American Oversight, an ethics watchdog that investigates the administration. Any release of government documents could shed new...

  • California October 8, 2019 6:39 pm

    Lawsuits Around US Seek to Block Trump's Public Charge Rule

    The scene is playing out in courtrooms from coast to coast — federal judges being asked to block a new Trump administration policy scheduled to take effect next week that would deny legal permanent residency to many immigrants over the use of public benefits. Almost a dozen lawsuits have been filed from New York to California with plaintiffs including states,...

  • Asher Klein October 1, 2019 6:26 pm

    Lawsuit Alleging Harvard Discriminated Against Asian Americans Is Dismissed

    Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit that reignited a national debate over affirmative action. U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said in her decision v that Harvard’s admissions process is “not perfect” but passes constitutional muster.

  • JUDGE September 30, 2019 2:39 pm

    Man Accused in Texas Deputy Slaying Held Without Bond

    A judge has ordered that a Houston man charged with capital murder in the slaying of a sheriff’s deputy be held without bond.

  • Donald Trump September 25, 2019 11:45 pm

    Judge Delays Manhattan DA Cy Vance's Subpoena for Trump Tax Returns Until Next Week — At Least

    A judge delayed enforcement of a subpoena seeking President Donald Trump’s tax returns Wednesday until at least next week

  • New York September 16, 2019 3:12 pm

    Jeffrey Epstein Accusers Denied Damages in Florida Victims' Rights Case

    A group of women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein have suffered a setback in seeking money from the government over a plea deal that spared the financier a lengthy prison term.

  • California September 10, 2019 4:28 pm

    Lawyer: John Hinckley Interested in Working in Music Industry

    The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California.

  • Donald Trump September 4, 2019 9:09 pm

    US Judge: Terror Watchlist Violates Constitutional Rights

    The government’s watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga grants summary judgment to nearly two dozen Muslim U.S. citizens who had challenged the watchlist with the help of a Muslim civil-rights group,...

  • Donald Trump August 27, 2019 7:54 pm

    Deutsche Bank Has Tax Returns Sought in Congressional Probe

    President Donald Trump’s longtime bank revealed Tuesday that it has tax records Congress is seeking in its investigation of the president’s finances. Deutsche Bank said in court papers it has tax returns responsive to a subpoena sent this year, in which Congress asked the bank for a host of documents related to Trump and his family. Trump has long declined...

  • JUDGE August 27, 2019 5:39 pm

    Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban

    A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won’t take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out in court, which could take months. He added that Planned Parenthood and the American...

  • Florida August 28, 2019 12:59 am

    Accusers Call Jeffrey Epstein a ‘Coward' and ‘Strategic' at Unusual Federal Hearing

    A number of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers have taken a judge up on his unusual invitation to speak at a federal hearing following prosecutors’ motion to drop the case against the financier, who killed himself in his Manhattan prison cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

  • JUDGE August 15, 2019 12:22 pm

    Judge: Georgia Must Scrap Old Voting Machines After 2019

    A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia’s outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction. But she foreshadowed a looming fight over the state’s new system, writing that “it may be ‘like ‘déjà vu all over again.'” U.S. District...

  • New York August 5, 2019 5:35 pm

    R. Kelly Facing New Charges in Minnesota

    Singer R. Kelly is facing new charges in Minnesota as he continues to battle cases in Illinois and New York, prosecutors announced Monday. Kelly was charged with two counts of engaging in prostitution with an individual under 18 years old and offering to hire for sexual purposes a person under 18, according to Hennepin County State’s Attorney Mike Freeman.

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