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The Bob Menendez Trial Is Set To Begin, And It Could Have Big Implications In Washington

Bob Menendez

As Congress heads back to work, a corruption trial in New Jersey could have big implications for what happens on Capitol Hill.

Narco-Pigeon

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Via the BBC:  ‘Narco-pigeon’ shot by Argentina police Police in Argentina have shot a carrier pigeon that was delivering drugs to a jail, prison authorities say. I have to admit, this is a new one to me.  I am aware of numerous types of narco-subs, human mules, and catapults used to deliver drugs, among other […]

Judge Richard Posner Retires After Nearly Thirty-Six Years On The Bench

Judge Richard Posner

One of the legal giants in the Federal Judiciary has retired from the bench.

Video Of Police Arresting Utah Nurse Over Blood Test Leads To National Controversy

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A Nurse in Utah stood up for her patient’s rights, and was harassed by the police for her efforts.

Justice Sotamayor Presides In Judge’s Chambers

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor showed up at Yankee Stadium yesterday for the first of a four-game series against the Red Sox that could prove crucial to the team’s chase for the AL East pennant this season. Instead of sitting in a luxury box seat down by the dugout though, she was in Judge’s Chambers: […]

Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL, and Due Process

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The NFLPA alleges “egregious violations of legal due process” in the Ezekiel Elliot suspension.

Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge To Commission On Presidential Debates

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A Federal Appeals Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Gary Johnson and Jill Stein regarding their exclusion from Presidential debates.

Federal Judge Dismisses Sarah Palin’s Lawsuit Against The New York Times

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Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The New York Times suffers a significant setback.

Pair Of New Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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President Trump’s effort to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military faces two new legal challenges.

Trump, The Arpaio Pardon, And The Constitution

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The pardoning of Joe Arpaio was distasteful and an affront to the Rule of Law, but it was completely within the powers of the President and should not be a ground for impeachment.

Trump Asked Jeff Sessions About Dropping Criminal Case Against Joe Arpaio

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President Trump’s attempts to interfere in the administration of justice go beyond the Russia investigation.

District Of Columbia Seeks Review Of Ruling Striking Down Concealed-Carry Law

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Not surprisingly, the District of Columbia is seeking review of last month’s decision on its concealed-carry law by the full Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Arpaio in Context

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The problematic nature of Arpaio’s tenure goes beyond just his contempt charge.

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio

The president has abrogated his duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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Texas suffers another legal setback in its effort to pass a Voter ID law.

The ACLU is Right to Defend Free Speech for Awful People

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Yes, even Nazis must have their rights to peaceful speech and assembly protected.

Trump Says He’s Considering Pardoning Joe Arpaio

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On the same day that he finally spoke up about the racist-inspired violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump told a reporter that he is considering pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted of failing to comply with the order of a Federal Judge: President Trump told Fox News he is “seriously considering” issuing […]

Did Police Do Too Little to Stop Charlottesville Violence?

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Authorities are being second-guessed over their handling of Saturday’s protests. Virginia gun laws are the more obvious problem.

Transgender Troops Sue Trump Over Military Ban

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Just about two weeks after being announced, the President’s proposed ban on military service by transgender troops is being challenged in Court.

Paul Manafort’s Virginia Home Raided By F.B.I. As Part Of Mueller Investigation

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The Mueller investigation continues.

Chicago To File Suit Against Trump’s War On So-Called “Sanctuary Cities”

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Chicago is joining the growing list of jurisdictions challenging the Administration’s policy on sanctuary cities.

Special Counsel Bob Mueller Convenes D.C. Grand Jury

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Big developments in the Russia investigation that could start making President Trump deeply uncomfortable.

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Convicted Of Criminal Contempt Of Court

Joe Arpaio

Finally, “law and order” Joe Arpaio gets what he has long deserved.

Federal Judge: Official Violated First Amendment By Blocking User From Her Facebook Page

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A Federal Judge has ruled against an elected official who blocked a constituent from accessing her Facebook page.

Appeals Court Strikes Down District Of Columbia Restrictions On Concealed Carry Of Guns

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A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down the District of Columbia’s restrictive concealed-carry law.

Trump Announces Ban On Transgender Military Service

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A step backward on civil rights from a President who claimed he would be a friend to the LGBT community.

Donald Trump Continues To Attack His Own Attorney General

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President Trump’s weeklong effort to undermine his own Attorney General continues.

Trump Looking To Replace Jeff Sessions With Rudy Giuliani?

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Reports are indicating that Donald Trump may be looking to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Rudy Giuliani.

Trump Administration Seeking To Undermine Robert Mueller’s Investigation

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Robert Mueller seems to be getting closer to the President, and the Administration is responding by seeking to undermine his investigation.

Justice Dept. Fails To Comply With Court Order To Release Details On Sessions Russia Contacts

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NPR is reporting that the Justice Department has failed to comply with a Federal District Court’s Order that it provide a list of the Attorney General’s contacts with Russian officials: In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts […]

Blocked Twitter Users Sue President Trump Alleging First Amendment Violation

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Twitter users who have been blocked on the service by President Trump are suing him, claiming that their First Amendment rights have been violated.

Anthony Kennedy Drops A Big Hint About Potential Retirement in 2018

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Justice Kennedy is telling prospective law clerks for the term that beings in October 2018 that he is considering retiring at the end of the term that begins this October.

Sarah Palin Sues The New York Times For Defamation

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Sarah Palin has filed a defamation suit against The New York Times alleging defamation in an Editorial linking her to the January 2011 shooting of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. From the facts alleged, she appears to have a good case.

Supreme Court Reaffirms Obergefell, Orders Gay Couples Be Treated Equally On Birth Certificates

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On the second anniversary of its decision in Obergefell, the Supreme Court struck another blow in favor of LGBT rights.

Federal Government Ends Effort To Strip Redskins Of Their Trademarks

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In light of a recent Supreme Court decision, the Federal Government is ending its defense of an effort to revoke the trademarks of the Washington Redskins.

Supreme Court Accepts New Jersey’s Challenge To Federal Law Barring Sports Betting

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving New Jersey’s challenge to a Federal law outlawing sports betting.

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of Baker Who Refused To Bake Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

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The Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a Colorado baker in a case that will determine if claims of religious liberty and free expression outweigh the application of generally applicable laws against discrimination.

Supreme Court Declines To Accept Yet Another Second Amendment Case

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The Supreme Court has once again declined to hear an appeal in a Second Amendment case.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Bar On Secular Aid To Church-Run Schools

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The Supreme Court ruled today that states may not exclude church-run schools from an aid program with a wholly secular purpose.

The End Of An Era At The Supreme Court

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In addition to marking the end of the October 2016 term of the Supreme Court, today also marked the end of an era in the Supreme Court Press Room. After some 58 years covering the Supreme Court of the United States, a career that has covered Court’s overseen a body led by Chief Justices Earl […]

Supreme Court Partly Upholds, Partly Lifts, Stay On Muslim Travel Ban

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In a decision that hands a victory to both sides, the Supreme Court has partly upheld, and partly lifted, the stay on President Trump’s Executive Order that banned travel from six majority-Muslim nations.

Supreme Court Term Ends With No Retirement Announcement

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There’s plenty of news out of the Supreme Court today, including rulings on the stay against the Trump Administration’s travel ban, a ruling on an important First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion case, the decision by the Court to accept the appeal involving a Colorado baker’s claim that their religious beliefs should exempt them from […]

Supreme Court Retirement Speculation Swirling Around Kennedy

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With tomorrow marking the end of the Court’s current term, there’s speculation that we could see Justice Anthony Kennedy stepping down.

Bill Cosby To Teach Men To Avoid Sexual Assault Allegations (Updated)

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Bill Cosby is planning to spend the summer teaching men how to avoid sexual assault allegations: Bill Cosby is planning a series of town hall meetings this summer to educate people, including young athletes and married men, on how to avoid accusations of sexual assault, two of his representatives said Wednesday. The announcement came just days […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Social Media Use By Sex Offenders

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The Supreme Court rules that states cannot bar convicted felons from using social media sites.

Supreme Court: Denial Of Trademarks Because They Are ‘Disparaging’ Violates First Amendment

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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Government cannot deny trademark protection because a requested trademark is “disparaging” to a racial or ethnic group.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case On Partisan Gerrymandering

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on partisan gerrymandering in more than ten years, but opponents of the practice shouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

Van Attack Outside London Mosque Kills One, Injures Ten, In Apparent Anti-Muslim Attack

London Mosque Attack

A van struck a crowd outside a London mosque late last night in an attack by a man who said he wanted to kill Muslims.

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Ends In Mistrial

Bill Cosby In Court

A hung jury in the Cosby sexual assault case results in a mistrial.

Murder by Mean Text?

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A Massachusetts teenager faces 20 years in prison for contributing to her boyfriend’s suicide via text message.

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