Tag: Federal Courts (US)

Court Extends Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Term, as Inauguration Nears

Six months ago, Audrey Strauss became the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan after a chaotic 24 hours in which President Trump fired her predecessor, Geoffrey S. Berman, whose office had been conducting politically sensitive investigations into people in Mr. Trump’s orbit. By a quirk of legal timing, though, Ms. Strauss’s term was scheduled to expire […]

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Progressive Groups Urge Biden to Move Quickly on Diverse Slate of Judges

“The process started earlier so we would be ready,” said Nan Aron, the president of the Alliance for Justice, which in cooperation with nearly three dozen other groups has given the Biden team a list of more than 100 potential nominees. “We are pushing hard for them to make judges a priority.” Besides finding prospects […]

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Trump’s Legal Farce Is Having Tragic Results

Even as the campaign lawsuits brought by President Trump over the 2020 election enter their death throes, many people continue to worry that Mr. Trump will find three Republican legislatures to magically snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. They are concerned that he will pull off an antidemocratic hat trick through maneuvers like delaying […]

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She Was Found Dead and Dismembered. Prosecutors Say They Now Know Why.

Brandy Odom had a plan for her life, people who knew her said. Ms. Odom, 26, was on the path to a stable job as a school security guard and, hopefully, her own apartment. She talked of becoming a flight attendant one day. But the man and woman she lived with had a plan, too, […]

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Did President Trump Keep His First-Term Promises? Let’s Look at 5 of Them

Four years ago, Donald J. Trump won the presidency after making a series of concrete promises to his supporters. “I would repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare,” he said during his kickoff speech. “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me.” Unlike his 2020 campaign, which is based on […]

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In Voting Cases, Chief Justice Roberts Is Alone but in Control

WASHINGTON — In a little over a week, the Supreme Court issued five sets of orders in election cases. In three of them, Democrats prevailed. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote an opinion in only one of the cases, and it was only a paragraph long. It sketched out a distinction that no other […]

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Court Rejects Appeal of Guantánamo Convict Who Rejoined Al Qaeda

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. A federal appeals court has refused to review the 2010 war crimes conviction of a former Guantánamo Bay prisoner who after his return to his native Sudan ran away and rejoined Al Qaeda. The former prisoner, Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi, 60, pleaded […]

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The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law

Just as they did in the infamous Bush v. Gore litigation in 2000, Republican lawyers are trying to get the Supreme Court to undermine state court rulings protecting voting rights under state law. Their theory? That state courts, by relying in part on state constitutions, are wrongly exercising power that belongs to state legislatures. This […]

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How Mitch McConnell Delivered Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Rapid Confirmation

WASHINGTON — Within hours of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last month, Senator Mitch McConnell was on the phone with President Trump, assuring him that Senate Republicans would not hesitate to fill the sudden vacancy despite the imminent election. But he offered a word of warning to the president: “This will be the hardest fight […]

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Amy Coney Barrett and the Republican Party’s Supreme Court

What happened in the Senate chamber on Monday evening was, on its face, the playing out of a normal, well-established process of the American constitutional order: the confirmation of a president’s nominee to the Supreme Court. But Senate Republicans, who represent a minority of the American people, are straining the legitimacy of the court by […]

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Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

This month, a federal judge struck down a decree from Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas limiting each county in the state to a single drop box to handle the surge in absentee ballots this election season, rejecting Mr. Abbott’s argument that the limit was necessary to combat fraud. Days later, an appellate panel of three […]

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G.O.P.-Appointed Judges Threaten Democracy, Liberals Seeking Court Expansion Say

WASHINGTON — Progressive activists who want Democrats to expand the Supreme Court and pack it with additional liberal justices are mustering a new argument: Republican-appointed jurists, they say, keep using their power to make it harder for Americans to vote. Backed by a new study of how federal judges and justices have ruled in election-related […]

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Republicans Close In on Barrett Confirmation to Supreme Court

Senate Republicans plowed ahead with unusual speed on Thursday to fulfill their promise to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, blowing past objections from Democrats to cement a 6-3 conservative majority before the November election. In a partisan clash that previewed future fights, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and the […]

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What to Watch For in the Final Day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Hearing

After two days of grilling by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will not appear on Thursday, as the panel debates approving her nomination and two panels of witnesses testify for and against it. The session will begin with senators taking turns stating their views of Judge Barrett and a move by Republicans […]

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For 200 Years Courts Upheld Rules to Protect Americans’ Health. Until Now.

Alongside growing controversy over judicial nominations, court reform and Covid-19 policies, American law is in the midst of a little-noticed paradigm shift in courts’ treatment of public health measures. The Republican Party’s campaign to take over the federal and state courts is quietly upending a long and deeply embedded tradition of upholding vital public health […]

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Republicans’ Galling Bad Faith About the Supreme Court

Four years ago, when many Republicans believed that Hillary Clinton was about to be elected president, conservatives plotted to stop her from reshaping the Supreme Court. “The Senate should decline to confirm any nominee, regardless of who is elected,” Michael Stokes Paulsen wrote in National Review. “More than that, it is time to shrink the […]

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Questions for Amy Coney Barrett

If I were a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, here are the questions I would ask Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, at her confirmation hearing scheduled to begin next week. I have grouped them into five categories. Judicial Philosophy Judge Barrett, in your remarks in the Rose Garden after the […]

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How Faith Shapes My Politics

Over the past few decades, whenever a Republican president puts up an important judicial nominee — especially a Catholic one — we go through the same routine. Some Democrat accuses the nominee of imposing her religious views on the law. “The dogma lives loudly within you,” Senator Dianne Feinstein notoriously told Amy Coney Barrett in […]

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Down With Judicial Supremacy!

ImageA flag outside the Supreme Court flies at half-staff for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Credit…Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Beyond the obvious — that liberals need some way to respond to President Trump as he moves to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg — what does it mean that […]

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Guantánamo Forever

It’s more than 12 years since the Supreme Court cracked open the prison gates at Guantánamo Bay, ruling that the prisoners held there, the living embodiments of the post-9/11 war on terror, had the constitutional right to petition the federal courts for release. The decision, Boumediene v. Bush, was an unexpected affirmation that the rule […]

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Countering G.O.P. on Courts, Democrats Will Call for ‘Structural Reforms’

WASHINGTON — Alarmed at Republicans’ success at reshaping the federal courts, Democrats plan to use their forthcoming party platform to push for “structural reforms” to the courts to counter what they describe as a concerted Republican campaign to pack the judiciary with “unqualified, partisan judges.” The platform language stops well short of saying what those […]

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Gunman Shoots Husband and Son of a Federal Judge, Esther Salas, in New Jersey

A gunman shot the son of a federal judge at her home in New Jersey on Sunday, according to an official with knowledge of the situation. The Associated Press reported that he had died and that the judge’s husband also had been shot. The judge, Esther Salas, was home at the time of the shooting […]

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Gunman Shoots Husband and Son of Federal Judge in New Jersey

A gunman shot the son of a federal judge at her home in New Jersey on Sunday, according to an official with knowledge of the situation. The Associated Press reported that he had died. The judge, Esther Salas, was home at the time of the shooting at her residence in North Brunswick, N.J., but was […]

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A Conservative Agenda Unleashed on the Federal Courts

President Trump’s imprint on the nation’s appeals courts has been swift and historic. He has named judges with records on a range of issues important to Republicans — and to his re-election. Published March 14, 2020Updated March 16, 2020 As a Republican candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, Don R. Willett flaunted his uncompromising conservatism, […]

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