A federal judge on Tuesday banned enforcement of President Joe Biden’s executive order freezing deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction in favor of Texas, saying Biden’s immigration order—a 100-day pause on deportations—violated federal law and imposed extra costs on the state, according to the Associated Press. Recent Stories in The CourtsContinue reading "Judge Blocks Biden’s Deportation Freeze"
Federal prosecutors have offered a plea deal to two New York City lawyers accused of fire-bombing a police car and distributing Molotov cocktails to rioters during protests that followed the death of George Floyd last summer. The defendants, Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, were offered plea bargains on Feb. 11, according to a letter prosecutorsContinue reading "Prosecutors Offer Plea Deal to NYC Lawyers Who Firebombed Police Vehicle"
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected former president Donald Trump’s bid to shield his financial records from a Manhattan grand jury. The order clears the way for Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance to enforce a subpoena for Trump Organization financial records and tax statements going back eight years. There was no noted dissent and anContinue reading "Supreme Court Rejects Trump Bid To Shield Financial Records"
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) and a group of Democratic lawmakers are urging the Justice Department to buck tradition and withdraw the Trump administration-backed challenge to a controversial California rule that would require charities to disclose their donors to the state’s attorney general. Critics say the rule, which is currently before the Supreme Court, would allow theContinue reading "Whitehouse Pushes Justice Dept. to Support Controversial Donor Disclosure Rule"
President Joe Biden rescinded U.S. District Judge Raúl Arias-Marxuach's nomination for a federal appeals court late Thursday, scrapping a Hispanic nominee initially put forward by former president Donald Trump. Trump nominated Arias-Marxuach, a federal trial judge in Puerto Rico, for a vacancy that opened on the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 26. SenateContinue reading "Biden Yanks Trump-Backed Hispanic Nominee to Federal Appeals Court"
Progressives are mobilizing to undo President Donald Trump's judicial legacy through a new dark money initiative. The effort, called Unrig the Courts, is spearheaded by a coalition of eight left-wing groups: Demand Justice, Take Back the Courts, People's Parity Project, 51 for 51, Demos Action, Indivisible, Just Democracy Coalition, and Stand Up America. The coalitionContinue reading "Left-Wing Dark Money Groups Unite to Undo Trump’s Judicial Legacy"
The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the German government a partial victory in a dispute over valuable art that the Nazis extorted from Jewish dealers. At stake in Wednesday's case was whether the dealers' heirs can sue German authorities in American courts. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered Wednesday's opinion for a unanimous Court, which turnedContinue reading "Germany Prevails at Supreme Court in Dispute Over Jewish Art Extorted by Nazis"
The National Rifle Association's bankruptcy in Texas may throw a wrench into New York attorney general Letitia James's (D.) push to shut down the group and seize its assets. William Brewer, the NRA's leading outside counsel, said a federal bankruptcy judge will have the final say over what happens to the Second Amendment group's assets. James is pursuing a caseContinue reading "Inside the NRA’s Strategy to Escape Disaster"
The Supreme Court on Monday effectively ended several lawsuits alleging that former President Donald Trump violated anti-corruption provisions in the Constitution. The cases, from New York City and Washington, D.C., argued Trump was violating the Constitution's emoluments clause by taking money from foreign and domestic political entities at his restaurants and hotels while in office.Continue reading "Supreme Court Puts An End To Corruption Cases Against Trump"
An executive order on LGBT rights signed by President Joe Biden on Wednesday signals the start of a bitter cultural clash that will loom large over his presidency. Biden's directive broaches almost every aspect of domestic policy, from housing to refugee resettlement to transgender student athletes. The order requires every federal agency to make clear that civil rightsContinue reading "Biden LGBT Rights Order Charges Into Culture War"