Tag: Federal Courts (US)

As Biden Judicial Confirmations Slow, Senate Gains Ground on Red-State Judges

President Biden and Senate Democrats have fallen behind the rapid pace set by Republicans in shaping the federal courts during the Trump era, but they have made fresh headway in advancing judicial nominees in states represented by Republicans. By negotiating with Republicans over judicial picks, Mr. Biden and majority Democrats have been able to exert […]

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Judge Blocks JetBlue From Acquiring Spirit Airlines

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked JetBlue Airways’ proposed $3.8 billion acquisition of Spirit Airlines, a victory for the Department of Justice, which argued that the deal would harm travelers. In his 109-page ruling, Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts sided with the Justice Department in determining […]

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Hunter Biden Pleads Not Guilty to Tax Evasion Charges

Hunter Biden, the president’s son, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of evading taxes on millions in income from foreign businesses, six months after the collapse of a plea deal that would have brought an end to the long-running investigation into him. The judge presiding in the case set a tentative trial date for […]

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Former N.Y.P.D. Officer Is Charged With Child Sex Offenses

A former New York City police officer was indicted in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday on charges of coercing a boy to engage in sex and soliciting explicit sexual conversations and nude photographs from boys. The former officer, Christopher Terranova, 34, met one of his victims by using a Police Department database to obtain […]

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Supreme Court Seems Wary of In-House S.E.C. Tribunals

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed receptive on Wednesday to an attack on one of the primary ways the Securities and Exchange Commission enforces laws against securities fraud. The agency, like other regulators, brings some enforcement actions in internal tribunals rather than in federal courts. The practice has been criticized, mostly by conservatives, on a […]

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Federal Court Moves to Drastically Weaken Voting Rights Act

A federal appeals court issued a ruling on Monday that would drastically weaken the Voting Rights Act, effectively barring private citizens and civil rights groups from filing lawsuits under a central provision of the landmark law. The ruling, made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, found that only the federal government […]

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Google’s C.E.O. Takes Another Turn on the Antitrust Witness Stand

Two weeks ago, Google had a big day in Washington. President Biden signed an executive order to create artificial intelligence safeguards that could affect Google’s most pressing projects, and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken gave the company an award for its work in aiding Ukrainian refugees and promoting women’s economic security. Sundar Pichai, Google’s […]

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Senate Panel Punts Effort to Force Testimony in Supreme Court Ethics Inquiry

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday abruptly put off its push to subpoena two conservative allies of Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Clarence Thomas as part of a Supreme Court ethics inquiry that has met stiff resistance from Republicans. Facing G.O.P. threats to engage in a bitter, drawn-out fight, Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat […]

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Miles de migrantes son encarcelados en la frontera como testigos

Hace varios meses, un juez federal tramitaba una serie de casos de tráfico de migrantes en la bulliciosa ciudad fronteriza de Laredo, Texas, cuando tres personas fueron escoltadas a la sala. Como eran inmigrantes indocumentados, explicó el juez, los iban a enviar a la cárcel. Pero no se les imputaba ningún delito. Más bien, se […]

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Justice Department Detains Thousands of Immigrants as Witnesses

Several months ago, as a federal judge worked through a docket of smuggling cases in the bustling border city of Laredo, Texas, three people were escorted into the courtroom. Because they were undocumented immigrants, the judge explained, they would be sent to jail. But they were not being charged with a crime. Instead, they would […]

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Alabama Has a New Execution Method for Its ‘Machinery of Death’

Lawyers for Mr. Smith are likely to object to this human experiment on the basis that it violates the Eighth Amendment’s proscription against “cruel and unusual punishments.” It is true that Mr. Smith’s lawyers appealed to the court for this method of execution. But that was only because of the twisted logic of the U.S. […]

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