House Can Obtain Trump’s Tax Returns From I.R.S., Appeals Court Says

The former president’s legal team has vowed to fight the congressional effort “tooth and nail.” He is virtually certain to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Agents Are Blocked From Using Discretion in Deportation Arrests

The Biden administration had instructed ICE agents to focus on immigrants who were considered a threat. But a judge’s order means millions more could now be targeted for deportation.

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California Can’t Keep Semiautomatic Guns From Young Adults, Court Rules

A panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a judge’s argument that those under 21 were historically “believed unfit” for “responsible firearm possession and use.”

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Supreme Court Leans Toward Coach in Case on School Prayer

Members of the court’s conservative majority indicated that the coach, Joseph A. Kennedy, had a constitutional right to kneel and pray at the 50-yard line after games.

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Will the End of the Mask Mandate Hobble Our Response to the Next Pandemic?

A recent decision by a federal judge to block the mask mandate is deeply troubling.

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Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers Is Upheld By Appeals Court

The ruling Thursday reversed a decision that had blocked the White House from requiring federal workers to be vaccinated.

#appeals-courts-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-employees, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Supreme Court Rules Against Police in Malicious Prosecution Case

Plaintiffs need show only that the charges against them were dropped, the majority said, to satisfy a requirement that they had obtained a “favorable termination” of the prosecution.

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Critics of Jackson’s Child Sex Abuse Sentences Backed Judges With Similar Records

Republican senators criticized Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for imposing sentences lower than prosecutor recommendations in child sexual abuse cases. Other nominees had done the same thing.

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Fact Checking Judge Jackson’s Record on Child Sexual Abuse

Republican lawmakers criticizing the Supreme Court nominee have taken the judge’s remarks and sentencing decisions out of context, distorting her record.

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U.S. Can’t Use Health Rule to Expel Migrant Families Facing Persecution, Court Says

An appeals court said the Biden administration could continue expelling migrant families under the pandemic-era rule, but not to countries where they would be persecuted.

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What Can Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Rulings Tell Us About Her Legal Outlook?

Most of her opinions came from her time as a trial judge, and some scholars said such writings offered only hints about a judge’s legal philosophy.

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Supreme Court to Review ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy

The justices agreed to hear the Biden administration’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that blocked it from rescinding the program.

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Biden Expected to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

The president’s promise highlights a group that has struggled to become part of the very small pool of elite judges in the nation’s higher federal courts.

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Who Is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson? A Leading Candidate to Succeed Justice Breyer

Judge Jackson, 51, already successfully went through the Senate confirmation process last year.

#appeals-courts-us, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court Refuses to Require Prompt Action on Texas Abortion Law

In dissent, the three liberal justices said the majority, by allowing a time-consuming legal detour, had created “a disaster for the rule of law.”

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F.D.R.’s Court-Packing Plan Had Two Parts. We Need to Bring Back the Second.

Roosevelt warned about courts becoming a “third house of the national legislature.” History may be on the verge of repeating itself.

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Judge Overturns Purdue Pharma’s Opioid Settlement

The ruling said the company’s owners, members of the Sackler family, could not receive protection from civil lawsuits in return for a $4.5 billion contribution.

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Appeals Court Rejects Trump’s Bid to Shield Material From Jan. 6 Inquiry

A three-judge panel held that Congress’s oversight powers, backed by President Biden’s decision not to invoke executive privilege over the material, outweighed Mr. Trump’s residual secrecy powers.

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After Success in Seating Federal Judges, Biden Hits Resistance

Senate Democrats vow to keep pressing forward with nominees, but they may face obstacles in states represented by Republicans.

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California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Is Restored by Appeals Court

The overturning of a district judge’s decision may also lead to the reinstatement of a state ban on semiautomatic weapons.

#appeals-courts-us, #california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #gun-control, #second-amendment-us-constitution

On Abortion and Covid-19, a Court Goes Rogue

The Supreme Court has empowered a lower court that is out of control.

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New Wrinkle in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial as Judge May Be Promoted

Senator Chuck Schumer will recommend Judge Alison J. Nathan for a seat on a federal appeals court, but the fraught case could put her in an unusual predicament.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: New Wrinkle as Judge May Be Promoted

Senator Chuck Schumer will recommend Judge Alison J. Nathan for a seat on a federal appeals court, but the fraught case could put her in an unusual predicament.

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Appeals Court Extends Block on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Employers

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that challengers were likely to succeed in their claim that the mandate was an unlawful overreach.

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Treasure Hunter Who Got Lost in Yellowstone Must Repay Cost of Rescue

Mark Lantis had to be airlifted by helicopter while searching for treasure buried by the eccentric art collector Forrest Fenn. Three courts have said he has to pay a $2,880 fine.

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The Courts Have It In for American Workers

For too long, judges have sided with corporations over labor. Biden needs to change that.

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Texas Urges Supreme Court to Leave Its Restrictive Abortion Law in Place

The Biden administration had asked the court to block the law. State officials called the request procedurally flawed, saying the court was powerless to grant it.

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In Two Rulings, Supreme Court Bolsters Legal Shield for Police

The unsigned decisions, without noted dissents, indicated that the court continued to support the widely criticized doctrine of qualified immunity.

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Appeals Court Lets Texas Continue to Enforce Near-Total Abortion Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reaffirmed its reversal of a lower judge’s ruling that blocked the law while the federal courts weigh its constitutionality.

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North Carolina Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

The court cited “persuasive evidence” that the state legislature had rushed the law to passage at least in part to make it harder for Black voters to cast ballots.

#appeals-courts-us, #north-carolina, #republican-party, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

How the Supreme Court Could Slowly Sabotage Roe v. Wade

Justices fearing a backlash might not be ready to overturn the ruling. But Texas offers a way to restrict abortion further.

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Supreme Court Allows Revival of Trump-Era ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy

The court’s unsigned order refused to stay a ruling from a federal judge in Texas forbidding the Biden administration from ending the policy.

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Court Allows Biden Evictions Ban to Remain in Place for Now

The policy is now headed to the Supreme Court, where it is expected to face a tough reception.

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Texas Can Ban Common Form of Second-Trimester Abortion, Appeals Court Rules

The lower court “committed numerous, reversible legal and factual errors,” according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #law-and-legislation

Appeals Court Blocks Ruling That Overturned California’s Assault Weapons Ban

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit leaves the three-decade-old ban in place while litigation continues.

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Supreme Court Gives Goldman Sachs a Do-Over in Securities Fraud Suit

The justices said the bank may renew its arguments that its statements about honesty and integrity were too generic to support a class action for billions of dollars.

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Senate Confirms Top Biden Judge as McConnell Threatens Future Nominees

As Ketanji Brown Jackson became the president’s first appellate judge, Senator Mitch McConnell suggested he would block a Biden Supreme Court pick in 2024 if Republicans gained the majority.

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Robert Katzmann, a Humane Judge Gone Too Soon

Robert Katzmann, who had been a top federal judge, died this week at age 68.

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Robert Katzmann, U.S. Judge With Reach Beyond the Bench, Dies at 68

As chief of the Second Circuit in New York, he championed immigrants’ rights, judicial transparency and schooling the public on the law. In 2019 he dealt Trump a blow.

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A Gun Rights Win in California With Sights Set on the Supreme Court

A federal judge overturned California’s assault weapons ban. State officials vowed to win on appeal, but gun advocates are emboldened by a shifting Supreme Court.

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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

Sport leagues and corporations rally against bias and voter suppression. But they are quiet about abortion. 

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Supreme Court Rules on Tribal Police and Immigrants’ Testimony

In unanimous decisions, the justices refused to suppress evidence found by a tribal officer and rejected a presumption in favor of immigrants’ credibility.

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Supreme Court Rejects Ernest Johnson’s Death Penalty Method Plea

The inmate, Ernest Johnson, argued that Missouri’s planned use of pentobarbital to execute him would cause excruciating pain.

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U.S. Grants Temporary Protections to Thousands of Haitians

The designation, which will be in place for 18 months, could protect as many as 150,000 Haitians living temporarily in the United States.

#appeals-courts-us, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #deportation, #haiti, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Panel Approves First Biden Judicial Picks Over G.O.P. Opposition

Two appeals courts nominees drew scant Republican support. Their approval was part of a post-Trump push by Democrats to rebalance the courts.

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Court Overturns Fraud Conviction of Corrine Brown, Ex-U.S. Representative

Corrine Brown, a Florida Democrat who served more than two years in prison after being found guilty of running a sham charity, was granted a new trial by a federal appeals court.

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Will the Supreme Court Write Guantánamo’s Final Chapter?

The justices may get a chance to redeem the court’s own failed promises.

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Senate Begins Considering Diverse Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees

Democrats are hoping to remake the courts to counter the Trump administration’s conservative push.

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A Lively Supreme Court Argument Over a Cheerleader’s Vulgar Rant

The justices struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies to public schools’ power to punish students for social media posts and other off-campus speech.

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Supreme Court to Rule on Whether C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets

A Guantánamo detainee is seeking information from two former government contractors in connection with a Polish criminal inquiry into a facility there.

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