Tag: Courts and the Judiciary

Trump Keeps Losing in Court. But His Legal Strategy Is Winning Anyway.

WASHINGTON — Critics of President Trump cheered on Monday when a federal judge ruled that the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II must testify to Congress — and scathingly labeled “fiction” the administration’s arguments that top White House aides are immune from congressional subpoenas. Indeed, the outcome was the latest in a string […]

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Booze, Gunshots and White Castle: Three Judges Are Suspended for Brawl

The judges’ plan, if there ever was one, was to enjoy a couple of drinks with their colleagues the night before a judicial conference in Indianapolis. But by 3 a.m. the next morning, three Indiana circuit court judges, by way of a failed attempt to enter a strip club, were brawling with two strangers outside […]

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Trump and Senate Republicans Celebrate Making the Courts More Conservative

WASHINGTON — President Trump took a moment on Wednesday to celebrate his success confirming his judicial appointments, an achievement crucial to maintaining his hold on conservatives and on evangelical voters as he heads into an election year fighting off impeachment by the House. With another flurry of Senate judicial confirmations this week, the Trump administration […]

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Who is Don McGahn, the Lawyer Behind Trump’s Court Makeover?

Episode 16: ‘Mr. McGahn’ Producer/Director Singeli Agnew Most Americans may not know Donald F. McGahn II’s name, but they’ll likely live with his legacy for decades to come. As White House counsel for the first 21 months of President Trump’s term, McGahn helped push through lifetime appointments for more than 100 conservative judges, including the […]

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He Acquitted 5 Men of Murder, Then Shot Himself

YALA, Thailand — The Thai judge’s verdict was not guilty, five men spared the death penalty or life imprisonment. Then the judge reached into his robes, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the courtroom. In a 25-page manifesto that he read aloud to the courtroom on Oct. 4, Kanakorn Pianchana, a chief judge […]

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Judge Obstructed Justice in $10 Million Corruption Case, U.S. Says

ImageJustice Sylvia G. Ash faces federal obstruction of justice charges related to corruption at the Municipal Credit Union. When the former chief executive of the Municipal Credit Union pleaded guilty last year to stealing nearly $10 million from the 500,000-member financial institution, federal prosecutors said he had gone to some lengths to hide his long-running […]

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710 Nights in a Turkish Prison

ISTANBUL — I have been in prison in Turkey for two years. On Tuesday, I appeared in a court in Istanbul for my third hearing. But the court refused to end my detention. I am a businessman and a philanthropist. On Oct. 17, 2017, I was returning home to Istanbul from Gaziantep, a city in […]

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Should the House Just Start Jailing Trump Officials?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad; photographs by T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times, Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. What just happened: The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday in an eight-page […]

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This Is a Constitutional Crisis. What Happens Next?

For the first time since President Richard Nixon refused to turn over the White House tapes, the United States is facing a genuine constitutional crisis. To be sure, Donald Trump had already created a crisis in the presidency by abusing the power of his office to pressure foreign governments to investigate his political rival Joe […]

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Amber Guyger’s Judge Gave Her a Bible and a Hug. Did That Cross a Line?

The trial was over at last. After days of emotional testimony in a case that gripped and divided the nation, a white former Dallas police officer had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering a black man in his own apartment. The shouts of protest that had filled the courthouse hallways had quieted. […]

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Prosecutors Face Increased Pressure to Make Decision in McCabe Case

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has come under increasing pressure in its investigation of the former deputy F.B.I. director Andrew G. McCabe, as a federal judge threatened to release internal department records unless prosecutors decide whether to move forward with or abandon the politically charged case. Judge Reggie B. Walton of Federal District Court for […]

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To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don’t Be Afraid to Pack the Court

President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary. “I want to congratulate” Senate majority leader “Mitch McConnell and all Republicans,” Trump wrote: “Today I signed the 160th Federal Judge to the Bench. Within a short period of time we will be at over 200 Federal Judges, including many in […]

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The Senate: Still Great at Deliberating, but Less So at Legislating

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell says he is awaiting President Trump’s proposal on new gun safety rules before swinging his chamber into action. Some of his colleagues think he’s got it backward. After all, it is the Senate — in conjunction with the faster-moving House — that by tradition has jealously guarded its role in […]

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Impeachment Inquiry of Trump Intensifies as Judiciary Panel Adopts New Procedures

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday took its first vote to press forward with a possible impeachment of President Trump, putting aside internal divisions in a bid to strengthen its hand in investigating whether he committed high crimes and misdemeanors. Voting along party lines, the panel approved rules for an “investigation to determine […]

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Judiciary Panel Advances Impeachment Inquiry of Trump as Doubts Linger

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday took its first vote to press forward with an impeachment investigation of President Trump, putting aside internal divisions over the process in a bid to strengthen its hand in uncovering crucial facts in the inquiry. The measure, which was approved on Thursday morning, laid out procedures to […]

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The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts

WASHINGTON — Democrats took control of the House this year promising to use legislation and investigations to check President Trump. But facing substantial roadblocks to each, they are increasingly opposing him in a different way: Eight months into their majority, the House is going to court at a tempo never seen before. Fighting in courtrooms […]

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Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Don McGahn, Ex-White House Counsel, for Testimony

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are “absolutely immune” from its subpoenas. In a filing in Federal District Court, the Judiciary Committee […]

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Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Former Trump Counsel for Testimony

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are “absolutely immune” from its subpoenas. In a filing in Federal District Court, the Judiciary Committee […]

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McConnell Promised to End Senate Gridlock. Instead, Republicans Are Stuck in Neutral.

WASHINGTON — Seven months into a new era of divided government, the Republican-led Senate limped out of Washington this week after the fewest legislative debates of any in recent memory, without floor votes on issues that both parties view as urgent: the high cost of prescription drugs, a broken immigration system and crumbling infrastructure. The […]

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Ask Mueller Anything. The Facts Won’t Change.

The back-to-back appearances before congressional committees on Wednesday by Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, are being hyped like the Super Bowl. Many critics of President Trump are hoping the event — nationally televised and slated to run roughly five hours — will be a turning point that will not only reveal Mr. Trump to […]

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Absurd, Shocking, Embarrassingly Bad

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Health insurance for millions of Americans is once again at risk, thanks to President Trump and a small number of Republican-appointed judges. Trump is supporting the latest and strangest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and […]

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When Paying a Traffic Ticket Can End in Deportation

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — After immigration authorities tried to arrest a young man who was paying a traffic ticket at City Hall in April, word spread quickly through this city, where a third of the residents are foreign-born. The effect […]

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Liberals Begin Lining Up Young Judges for a Post-Trump Surge

WASHINGTON — When President Trump took office, more than 100 vacancies for him to fill existed on the federal bench, an inaugural gift from Senate Republicans who persistently thwarted the Obama administration’s best efforts to install judges after Democrats lost control of the Senate in the 2014 elections. Mr. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell of […]

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