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Federal Judge Calls Trump A Criminal In AP Interview

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Iowa who has warned against political corruption is ridiculing President Donald Trump’s pardons, including those issued to convicted Republican campaign operatives and former members of Congress. “It’s not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals,” senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa told The Associated …

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Trump-Appointed Federal Appeals Court Judges Strike Down Palm Beach County’s “Conversion Therapy” Ban

Via press release from Lambda Legal: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit today reversed a lower court ruling and struck down local Palm Beach County. Florida, and City of Boca Raton ordinances banning so-called conversion therapy on minors. Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings issued the following statement: “The City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County joined …

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McConnell Vows To Confirms Judges Until Last Minute

Talking Points Memo reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed Friday that he would continue his full-court press to remake the judiciary up until January 3, when Democrats may take over the Senate, depending on the outcome of next week’s election. “We’re going to run through the tape. We go through the end of the year, and so does …

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Biden Vows To Form Commission On Court Reform

“If elected what I will do is I’ll put together a national commission of — bipartisan commission of — scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative, and I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack, the way in which it’s …

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“Men’s Rights” Killer Suspected In Second Murder

CBS Los Angeles reports: The killing of a prominent men’s rights movement attorney in San Bernardino County may be linked to the shooting at the New Jersey home of a federal judge, a law enforcement source told CBS Los Angeles on Monday. According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, 52-year-old Marc Angelucci was shot and killed at his Crestline …

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REPORT: Suspect In Killing Of Federal Judge’s Son Was Notorious “Men’s Rights” Activist, Had Case Pending

The Daily Beast reports: The gunman who shot the husband and son of a federal judge in New Jersey is believed to be a lawyer and men’s rights activist who was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound hours later, two law-enforcement sources told The Daily Beast. Roy Den Hollander was discovered in the upstate New York town of …

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Suspect In Killing Of Federal Judge’s Son Found Dead

NBC News reports: Authorities believe an attorney found dead in New York Monday was the shooter who killed a New Jersey federal judge’s son and wounded her husband, law enforcement sources with knowledge told NBC New York. The man’s body was found in the Sullivan County town of Rockland, near Liberty, which is in the New York Catskills. A senior …

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Gunman Kills Son, Wounds Husband Of Federal Judge

ABC News reports: The son of a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, has been shot and killed, and her husband shot and injured in an attack at the family’s home, according to law enforcement sources. The judge, Esther Salas, was not hurt. The judge’s son opened the door to the family’s North Brunswick home at about 5 p.m. Sunday …

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Graham To Judges: Resign Now So We Can Replace You

The Washington Post reports: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham on Thursday urged federal judges who are in their mid-to-late 60s to step aside so that Republicans, increasingly nervous about holding the Senate majority in the November election as they eye President Trump’s poll numbers, can fill the vacancies now. Graham made the comments in an interview with conservative …

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RBG Released From Hospital, Is “Resting Comfortably”

NBC News reports: The Notorious R.B.G. appears to be A-OK. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital late on Wednesday after being treated for gallstones, the court said in a statement. Ginsburg underwent nonsurgical treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday for a benign gallbladder condition that was causing an infection. The condition was …

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LIVE AUDIO: Supreme Court’s First Ever Livestream

Bloomberg Law reports: For the first time in history, people outside the U.S. Supreme Court’s walls will be able to hear arguments as they happen. It may not be baseball, but plenty of court watchers and casual fans alike are excited for the action. The institution rejects cameras in the courtroom or even same-day audio, but the coronavirus threw it …

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Supreme Court’s First Ever Livestream Set For Monday

ABC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will embark on an extraordinary experiment in judicial transparency, livestreaming its first-ever telephonic oral argument, a high-stakes endeavor prompted by the historic disruption to court operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of homebound Americans will for the first time be able to experience the nine justices together at work — a …

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SCOTUS To Hear Oral Arguments By Teleconference

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S Supreme Court will hear arguments by telephone for the first time in its history, bowing to the coronavirus outbreak by rescheduling special sessions in May for 10 cases, including ones involving clashes over subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records. It’s an extraordinary step for the tradition-bound court, whose arguments are normally steeped in ritual …

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SCOTUS Scraps Oral Arguments For Remainder Of Term

NBC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court Friday said it will scrap the oral argument schedule for the rest of the term amid the coronavirus pandemic but left open the possibility that it might hear a few cases before the term ends in late June. Nine cases were to be argued during the two-week session beginning April 20, including one …

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McConnell To Judges: Retire So We Can Replace You

The New York Times reports: Running out of federal court vacancies to fill, Senate Republicans have been quietly making overtures to sitting Republican-nominated judges who are eligible to retire to urge them to step aside so they can be replaced while the party still holds the Senate and the White House. Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, who has used …

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Trump Gets Break As SCOTUS Delays Oral Arguments

NBC News reports: The Supreme Court said Monday that it will delay oral arguments in light of the coronavirus outbreak. That means the justices will not be in the courtroom when they were to resume hearing oral arguments next week. Among the high-profile cases on the schedule was the March 31 argument on President Donald Trump’s efforts to shield his …

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Federal Judges Call Emergency Meeting On Meddling

The Washington Post reports: The head of the Federal Judges Association is taking the extraordinary step of calling an emergency meeting to address the intervention in politically sensitive cases by President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr. U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, the Philadelphia-based judge who heads the voluntary association of around 1,100 life-term federal judges, told USA …

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Former Hate Group Staffer “Sobs” At Accusation He Wouldn’t Treat LGBTs Fairly As Federal Judge [VIDEO]

Politico reports: A federal appeals court nominee broke down in tears during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, reacting to a scathing letter against his confirmation by the American Bar Association after it conducted 60 interviews and concluded that he was “not qualified” for the judicial branch. Lawrence J.C. VanDyke grew emotional, with his face turning red as he defended …

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Mike Pence Breaks Tie To Confirm “Unqualified” Judge

Courthouse News reports: With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the Senate has narrowly confirmed a judge to the Eighth Circuit whom the American Bar Association rated as not qualified. Jonathan Kobes, who has served since 2014 as general counsel to Senator Mike Rounds, R-S.D., will be the second Trump appointee on the Eighth Circuit the Senate has …

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Chief Justice John Roberts Rebukes Trump On Judiciary

Reuters reports: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday defended the federal judiciary a day after President Donald Trump referred to a judge who ruled against his policy limiting asylum for certain immigrants as an “Obama judge.” “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts, a conservative who was appointed by Republican former …

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