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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U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

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Senate Confirms First Biden Judges, Beginning Push to Rebalance Courts

The votes were the start of an effort by Democrats to confirm liberals and people of color to the federal courts after Donald J. Trump moved aggressively to install conservative white men.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats’ Improbable New F.E.C. Strategy: More Deadlock Than Ever

Here is the inside story of how Democrats, after a decade of defeats at the nation’s top campaign watchdog, are trying to enforce election laws in part by losing on purpose in federal court.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #federal-election-commission, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weintraub-ellen-l

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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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Biden’s Judicial Nominees Have Diverse Backgrounds

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Biden Names Diverse Nominees for the Federal Bench

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Judges Juggle Over 2,700 Cases Each as Families Wait for Day in Court

Short-handed and deluged by complex cases, New Jersey’s federal court is in a crisis. The backlog of cases has only gotten worse in the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #menendez-robert, #new-jersey, #salas-esther-1968, #trump-donald-j

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Our Lonely Chief Justice

A recent solitary dissent by John Roberts points to his isolation from the court’s other conservatives.

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Supreme Court Backs Georgia Gwinnett College Student’s Free Speech Lawsuit

The 8-to-1 ruling said courts may hear suits seeking only nominal damages. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., dissenting, said the majority had turned judges into advice columnists.

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Abolish the Federal Death Penalty

It can’t be fixed. It can’t be reformed. Its flaws are inherent. Its time has come.

#barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #criminal-justice, #federal-courts-us, #justice-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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Democrats Must Make Judgeships a Top Priority

Under Trump, Republicans reshaped the federal judiciary. Now Democrats have the chance to do the same.

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Biden Won’t Restore Bar Association’s Role in Vetting Judges

The decision not to give the American Bar Association names of potential nominees for evaluation came after progressives criticized the group for undercutting a push for diversity.

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Court Extends Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss’ Term, as Inauguration Nears

A quirk of legal timing had left Audrey Strauss’s tenure as acting head of the Southern District of New York set to expire just before the end of the Trump administration.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barr-william-p, #berman-geoffrey-s, #federal-courts-us, #strauss-audrey-attorney, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-attorneys

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

The president-elect faces pressure to install a diverse group of progressives in the courts, but the prospect of a Republican-controlled Senate looms as an obstacle.

#alliance-for-justice, #american-constitution-society-for-law-and-policy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #feingold-russell-d, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Legal Farce Is Having Tragic Results

There is nothing funny about the Republican Party’s multipronged attack on voting rights.

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

Brandy Odom’s body was found in Brooklyn in 2018. The killing was central to a $200,000 insurance scheme, prosecutors say.

#federal-courts-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #life-insurance, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #odom-brandy-d-2018

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

Mr. Trump won the presidency in 2016 after making more than 100 promises. Here’s where some stand four years later and what some of his supporters think of them.

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

While the chief justice’s views have not been fully endorsed by any of his colleagues, they have so far prevailed in five recent disputes, delivering victories to both Democrats and Republicans.

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Court Rejects Appeal of Guantánamo Convict Who Rejoined Al Qaeda

Lawyers paid by the Pentagon pursued the appeal on behalf of the released prisoner even as the State Department had a $4 million bounty out for him.

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The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law

Allowing federal courts to muck around with state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #federal-courts-us, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2000, #rehnquist-william-h, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state

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

Ignoring cries of blatant hypocrisy, the Senate leader pushed through pre-election approval, capping off his reshaping of the judiciary.

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Amy Coney Barrett and the Republican Party’s Supreme Court

The quest to entrench political conservatism in the country’s highest court comes with a steep cost.

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Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president’s nominees, are blocking them.

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

A new study found a partisan pattern in rulings that could make it easier or harder to vote, fueling a debate among Democrats over court packing.

#conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans Close In on Barrett Confirmation to Supreme Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee lined up a vote for Oct. 22 on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, as Democrats warned Republicans would rue the day.

#barrett-amy-coney, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections-senate, #federal-courts-us, #feinstein-dianne, #graham-lindsey, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

Questioning is over and senators have one more opportunity to state their case. What lies ahead as the hearing enters its final day?

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

A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epidemics, #federal-courts-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #states-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j

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Republicans’ Galling Bad Faith About the Supreme Court

It’s way too late for the right to pretend to care about civic norms.

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Questions for Amy Coney Barrett

Here are some suggestions for senators considering her nomination to the Supreme Court.

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How Faith Shapes My Politics

Not as much as you’d think.

#barrett-amy-coney, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #religion-and-belief

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Down With Judicial Supremacy!

The Supreme Court was never meant to be the only arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution.

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Guantánamo Forever

Does the public care about the 40 remaining inmates with no obvious end to their imprisonment?

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

Progressives pushed for the platform language after President Trump’s drive put 200 conservative judges on the federal bench and Senate Republicans blocked President Obama’s nominees.

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

Judge Salas was home but not wounded in the shooting at her residence in North Brunswick, according to an official.

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Gunman Shoots Husband and Son of Federal Judge in New Jersey

Judge Esther Salas was home but not injured in the shooting at her residence in North Brunswick, according to an official.

#anderl-daniel, #anderl-mark, #federal-courts-us, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #north-brunswick-nj, #salas-esther

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The Senate Just Confirmed its 200th Judge of the Trump Era

The confirmation of the Mississippian, over Democratic opposition, fills the final appeals court vacancy and makes him the 200th judge installed by President Trump.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilson-cory-t

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Who Can Fire a Court-Appointed U.S. Attorney? A New Legal Fight, Explained

No definitive precedent exists but there is some reason to believe that the president — but not the attorney general — has the authority.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #berman-geoffrey-s, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #manhattan-nyc, #office-of-legal-counsel-us, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-attorneys, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Nears His Benchmark

With confirmation of his protégé to a powerful court, the G.O.P. leader is on the brink of his goal to fill all vacancies at the appellate level by year’s end.

#appeals-courts-us, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-justin-r

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McConnell Protégé Moves Toward Confirmation to D.C. Appeals Court

The Judiciary Committee cleared Judge Justin Walker for a floor vote over the objections of Democrats, who said he was not qualified.

#appeals-courts-us, #federal-courts-us, #mcconnell-mitch, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-justin-r

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Trump Judges or Federalist Society Judges? Try Both

The group says it doesn’t endorse nominees for public office. Say what?

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Judge in Flynn Case Renowned for His Independent Streak

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan will hear a challenge to the Justice Department’s surprise move to drop charges against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.

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Democrats Accuse Conservatives of a ‘Dark Money’ Bid to Influence Judges

A proposal to ban membership among judges in the Federalist Society has set off a partisan battle. The influential group has guided President Trump’s rightward overhaul of the judiciary.

#american-bar-assn, #american-constitution-society-for-law-and-policy, #conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-courts-us, #federalist-society, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us

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Trump’s Bid to the Supreme Court to Stand Above the Law

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear lawyers argue the president’s claim that he has absolute immunity while in office.

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Appeals Court Vacancy Is Under Scrutiny Ahead of Contested Confirmation Hearing

The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit publicly advanced a call by a progressive group for an ethics investigation into the circumstances of a plum vacancy.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #demand-justice-nonprofit, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-courts-us, #griffith-thomas-b, #justin-walker, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #srinivasan-sri, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Nominee Is Among Judges Opposed to Banning Membership in Conservative Group

Judge Justin Walker joined a bevy of judges, many appointees of the president, in railing against an ethics proposal on the Federalist Society.

#american-bar-assn, #american-constitution-society-for-law-and-policy, #conservatism-us-politics, #federal-courts-us, #federalist-society, #mcconnell-mitch, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitehouse-sheldon

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Trump School Nutrition Rule Struck Down

A federal district judge has ruled that the Agriculture Department’s regulation easing sodium and whole-grain standards in school meals violated regulatory law.

#agriculture-department, #decisions-and-verdicts, #diet-and-nutrition, #education-k-12, #federal-courts-us, #food, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #obama-michelle, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McConnell Has a Request for Veteran Federal Judges: Please Quit

The Senate majority leader has encouraged judges thinking about stepping down to do so soon to ensure that Republicans confirm their replacements this year.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #article-iii-project, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate

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These Judges Are Shifting the Appeals Courts to the Right

Five takeaways from an examination by The New York Times reveal how President Trump has reshaped the federal judiciary.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #federal-courts-us, #trump-donald-j

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