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Devin Nunes Can’t Sue Esquire Over Report on Family Farm He Doesn’t Control, Judge Rules

Devin Nunes Can’t Sue Esquire Over Report on Family Farm He Doesn’t Control, Judge Rules

A federal judge in Iowa has dismissed with prejudice a defamation lawsuit filed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) against Hearst Magazine Media, Inc., and Ryan Lizza, a journalist and political analyst.The case revolved around a Sept. 30, 2018 in Esquire magazine entitled “Milking the System.” An online version of the piece is alternatively entitled “Devin Nunes’s Family Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret.”Among the story’s claims is that a farm operated in California by various members of the Nunes family was subsequently moved to Iowa and that it ultimately, like many midwestern...

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Purdue Pharma Judge Throttles ‘Misinformed,’ ‘Numbskull’ New York Times Opinion Writers

Purdue Pharma Judge Throttles ‘Misinformed,’ ‘Numbskull’ New York Times Opinion Writers

The prescription medicine OxyContin is part of the Purdue Pharma litigation. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)A federal judge overseeing Purdue Pharma’s multi-billion-dollar bankruptcy proceeding has lashed out the press — and, by logical conclusion, the New York Times in particular — largely because of an opinion piece concerning the family which controls the pharmaceutical giant, the massive company itself, and several of the company’s products, which include the drug OxyContin.  Judge Robert D. Drain, of the , went so far as to call a “misinformed reporter” both an “idiot” and a...

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Republican Joni Ernst Says Senate Should Absolutely Confirm a Lame Duck Supreme Court Nominee While Trump Is President

Republican Joni Ernst Says Senate Should Absolutely Confirm a Lame Duck Supreme Court Nominee While Trump Is President

Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, says the U.S. Senate should rush to appoint a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court in a November or December “lame duck” session of Congress—even if President Donald Trump loses the election, and even if Senate Republicans lose control of that chamber of the legislature.Ernst made the comment on Iowa Press, a produced by Iowa PBS.Just now on : tells & she would support Supreme Court justice hearings/votes in Nov-Dec lame duck session in late 2020 after election. Adds she would support even if President Trump & Senate Rs lose November election.— Andrew...

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Lawyers for Cops Charged in George Floyd Death Say Minnesota AG Keith Ellison ‘Should Be Jailed’ for Contempt of Court

Lawyers for Cops Charged in George Floyd Death Say Minnesota AG Keith Ellison ‘Should Be Jailed’ for Contempt of Court

Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonAttorneys for at least two of the four former police officers accused of playing a role in the alleged murder of George Floyd on Tuesday asked that Minnesota’s highest law enforcement officer be held in contempt of court and sanctioned by a judge.“Defendant, by and through counsel, respectfully moves the Court for an order holding Keith Ellison, the Attorney General for Minnesota and lead prosecutor in the above-captioned case, in contempt of court and ordering sanctions as a result of his actions,” Robert M. Paule, an attorney for accused ex-cop Tou...

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Trump, Obama Judges Issue Similar Rulings Against ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Bans in Two Separate States

Trump, Obama Judges Issue Similar Rulings Against ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Bans in Two Separate States

Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) (left) and Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tenn.) (right).Two federal judges on Monday blocked, to varying legal degrees, two so-called “fetal heartbeat” abortion bans in two separate states.A temporary restraining order against Tennessee officials was issued by Judge William L. Campbell, Jr., a Donald Trump appointee, after Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tenn.) signed the measure into law. The TRO in Tennessee expires in two weeks pending a hearing for preliminary injunction.  A permanent injunction against a similar abortion ban in the State of Georgia was issued Monday by federal judge Steve...

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Barr Praises Seattle Police Chief for Re-Taking ‘Autonomous Zone,’ Completely Ignores Mayor Who Issued the Order

Barr Praises Seattle Police Chief for Re-Taking ‘Autonomous Zone,’ Completely Ignores Mayor Who Issued the Order

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday spoke glowingly of Seattle Police Chief for taking action against protests in the city’s so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) or Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP). However, in a lengthy statement extolling the return of the “rule of law,” Barr completely ignored the city’s mayor, who ordered police to retake the area in the first place via a legal executive order.“I commend Police Chief Carmen Best for her courage and leadership in restoring the rule of law in Seattle,” Barr . “For the past several weeks, the Capitol Hill area of...

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Mary Trump and Her Publisher Immediately Appeal Court Order That Halted Publication of Tell-All Book

Mary Trump and Her Publisher Immediately Appeal Court Order That Halted Publication of Tell-All Book

Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s niece and her publisher filed separate notices of appeal Tuesday afternoon after a New York State trial judge of the niece’s promised tell-all book about the Trump family.Dutchess County Supreme Court Judge Hal B. Greenwald earlier Tuesday agreed to a preliminary injunction against niece Mary L. Trump and publisher Simon & Schuster. The judge’s order basically forbids the publishing of the book or the leaking any of its contents pending further judicial proceedings. President Trump’s brother, Robert S. Trump, is leading the litigation on behalf of the...

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Judge Denies Requests to Broadcast Court Hearings in Alleged Murder of George Floyd

Judge Denies Requests to Broadcast Court Hearings in Alleged Murder of George Floyd

Minnesota District Court Judge Peter A. Cahill on Friday afternoon denied requests, including those filed by the Law&Crime Network, to broadcast hearings leading up to the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers accused of murdering or playing a role in the murder of George Floyd.  Cahill did not rule on whether cameras would be allowed in the actual trials; those decisions will be made at a later date, he said.Attorneys for all four of the ex-officers, Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Kiernan Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng, of the case.  The defense attorneys even went so far as to...

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Federal Judge Blocks Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio’s Coronavirus Limits on Religious Gatherings

Federal Judge Blocks Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio’s Coronavirus Limits on Religious Gatherings

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, because of limits their governments placed upon religious gatherings during the novel coronavirus pandemic. In issuing the order, the judge pitted words by Cuomo and de Blasio surrounding George Floyd protests against words by both politicians which strictly limited religious gatherings.The order, by Senior District Judge Gary L. Sharpe, a George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench in the Northern District of New York, is not a carte blanche win...

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Black Lives Matter Leader Is Now on Growing List of People Trump Has Accused of a Crime Punishable by Death

Black Lives Matter Leader Is Now on Growing List of People Trump Has Accused of a Crime Punishable by Death

It’s hard to keep track of everyone who has these days. Added to the list of people President Donald Trump has accused of this serious constitutional crime is a Black Lives Matter leader. Under federal law, treason is punishable by death. Let’s examine both the facts and the substantial legal barriers preventing this scenario from occurring.The TweetBlack Lives Matter leader states, “If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it”. This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)The Fox News Channel InterviewThe Trump...

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SDNY U.S. Attorney Got Fired Because He Didn’t Sign Letter Questioning George Floyd Protests Amid Pandemic: Report

SDNY U.S. Attorney Got Fired Because He Didn’t Sign Letter Questioning George Floyd Protests Amid Pandemic: Report

Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman lost his job over the weekend after he refused to side with a Justice Department move late last week to criticize New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Wall Street Journal exclusively just after noon Monday.  Yet the actual significance of the temporally-suggestible, potential-smoking-gun incident was unclear, the report says.Here’s how it reportedly went down. The DOJ asked Berman to “sign a letter criticizing” de Blasio for enforcing social distancing rules during “religious gatherings” but not during “street...

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Trump Accuses Obama of Committing a Crime Punishable by Death

Trump Accuses Obama of Committing a Crime Punishable by Death

During an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network on Monday, President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of a crime punishable by death. Trump also insinuated that the Attorney General William Barr-approved investigation into abuses of FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, would result in the unraveling of a massive conspiracy to upend his presidency.“Let’s see what happens to them now,” Trump said threateningly of his political enemies whom he suggested committed serious crimes.In interview, President Trump, without evidence, accuses...

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Official White House Juneteenth Graphic Noticeably Emphasizes the Words ‘Triumph Over Darkness’

Official White House Juneteenth Graphic Noticeably Emphasizes the Words ‘Triumph Over Darkness’

The 19th day of June is the day enslaved African Americans in Texas learned, more than two and a half years after then-President Abraham Lincoln‘s Emancipation Proclamation, that they were, indeed, . Juneteenth is a day of remembrance of the shattered bonds of legalized slavery, and it carries a critical meaning in the immediate wake of massive worldwide protests over the deaths of Black men and women at the hands of American police officers in various jurisdictions.President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump marked the day with a . It did not go over well.“Juneteenth reminds us of...

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Sotomayor Scolds Fellow Liberals in DACA Dissent: Trump Targeted ‘Racial Group’ He ‘Branded as Less Desirable’

Sotomayor Scolds Fellow Liberals in DACA Dissent: Trump Targeted ‘Racial Group’ He ‘Branded as Less Desirable’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a separate  on Thursday, balked that a plurality of fellow justices — made up of Chief Justice John Roberts and her liberal colleagues Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan — refused to give legal weight to racial comments against Latinos made by President Donald Trump before his administration tried to repeal an Obama-era program which protected from deportation immigrants brought to the United States as children.The Supreme Court on Thursday declared that the program known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was ...

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Circuit Judge Gets DOJ to Argue that Courts Must Allow Racist Prosecutors to Drop Cases Against Cops

Circuit Judge Gets DOJ to Argue that Courts Must Allow Racist Prosecutors to Drop Cases Against Cops

Judge Robert WilkinsFederal appeals judges love hypotheticals. Hypotheticals often point to the absurdities in arguments made by attorneys in court. They also help judges understand how a decision in one case can drastically affect other types of cases in the future.A hypothetical about racist prosecutors was raised by Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit  over whether his court should force a district court judge to dismiss the government’s case against former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The hypothetical forced Principal Deputy...

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‘That Really Just Happened’: President Trump Congratulates the ‘S.S.’ for Doing a ‘Great Job’

‘That Really Just Happened’: President Trump Congratulates the ‘S.S.’ for Doing a ‘Great Job’

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning called the United States Secret Service the “S.S.” in a tweet which praising multiple law enforcement agencies for doing a “great job” handling “protesters, agitators” and “anarchists,” including “ANTIFA,” around the White House.The Secret Service’s appropriate abbreviation is “U.S.S.S.”  The agency the “U.S. Secret Service” in press releases.The “S.S.” reference immediately conjured links to the Nazi Schutzstaffel, which translates to English as “protection squadron” and which is abbreviated “SS.” The Nazi SS under Adolf Hitler is considered one...

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‘Dark, Dangerous, and Untrue’: Attorney for Buffalo Protester Responds to Trump’s ‘ANTIFA Provocateur’ Tweet

‘Dark, Dangerous, and Untrue’: Attorney for Buffalo Protester Responds to Trump’s ‘ANTIFA Provocateur’ Tweet

President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday about the 75-year-old protester in Buffalo, New York, who was seen on video being allegedly assaulted by two police officers whom he approached during a George Floyd protest. The protester, Martin Gugino, bleeding from the head; prosecutors later charged with shoving him. Despite this, the president Gugino could be an “ANTIFA provocateur.” Gugino’s attorney told Law&Crime in a statement that this claim was “dark, dangerous, and untrue.”On Tuesday morning, President Trump amplified a dubiously sourced One America News Network report which questioned...

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Trump Wants The Military Ready to Deploy to Minneapolis. Here’s What The Law Says About Posse Comitatus.

Trump Wants The Military Ready to Deploy to Minneapolis. Here’s What The Law Says About Posse Comitatus.

President Donald Trump has requested that the U.S. Army issue “‘prepare to deploy’ orders for military police units from several army bases around the country,” the New York Times Saturday morning. Trump “has been seeking options from his senior national security leaders, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, for how to deal with the chaotic protests that have ignited in dozens of cities” in response to the death of George Floyd, that report .  It has since been slightly changed to say that the “U.S. Northern Command has put several military police units on four-hour status, which means...

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Prosecutor Appears to Reference a Law That Makes the Death Penalty Possible for Cops in George Floyd Case

Prosecutor Appears to Reference a Law That Makes the Death Penalty Possible for Cops in George Floyd Case

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota on Thursday evening said her office was investigating the in-custody death of George Floyd as a possible violation of federal law. Erica H. MacDonald said she was zeroing in a federal statute which criminalized conduct taken “under color of law” which deprived someone of his constitutional rights.Though MacDonald did not directly cite the statute, it appears she is referring to . That statute states, in relevant part:Whoever, under color of any law . . . willfully subjects any person in any State . . . to the deprivation of any rights,...

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Trump Declared House of Worship of ‘Essential’ and Said He’ll Override States. Here’s What You Need to Know Legally.

Trump Declared House of Worship of ‘Essential’ and Said He’ll Override States. Here’s What You Need to Know Legally.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he was declaring “houses of worship — churches, synagogues, and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services.”  What follows is a Law&Crime assessment of Friday’s announcement and an outline of this area of law and policy.The White House Announcement“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other houses of worship,” Trump said on Friday. “That’s not right.”“Some corrected this injustice in calling ‘houses of worship’ essential,” he said, referencing the way some state...

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Lawyer Douglas Wigdor Drops Biden Accuser Tara Reade as a Client

Lawyer Douglas Wigdor Drops Biden Accuser Tara Reade as a Client

The high-profile lawyer representing the woman who has accused presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden of sexual assault — a claim which Biden denies — is apparently off the matter.In an update to a Thursday, the New York Times reported Friday morning that Douglas Wigdor “was no longer representing” Reade.The representation lasted all of two weeks, The Times noted.Wigdor has represented accusers of both Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly.Wigdor did not explain to the Times why he and Reade parted ways; however, he said his departure was “by no means a reflection on...

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Aide Who Walked Pompeo’s Dog Was Reportedly the ‘Liaison’ for Taxpayer-Funded Dinners with Conservative Stars

Aide Who Walked Pompeo’s Dog Was Reportedly the ‘Liaison’ for Taxpayer-Funded Dinners with Conservative Stars

An NBC News investigation into so-called “Madison Dinners” held by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the dinners — which have themselves raised questions — were likely coordinated by a “political appointee” named Toni Porter. Porter, according to three sources who spoke to NBC anonymously, is the same appointee said to have “carr[ied] out personal errands like walking” Pompeo’s dog.The errands were being investigated by Steve Linick, the outgoing State Department Inspector General President Donald Trump announced suddenly on Friday. It is unclear whether the “Madison Dinners” were also...

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The Entire Mainstream Media Just Rode in to Support Fox News Against Coronavirus Coverage Lawsuit

The Entire Mainstream Media Just Rode in to Support Fox News Against Coronavirus Coverage Lawsuit

Two dominant media and journalism consortiums have sought permission from a judge in Washington State to file a brief as amici curiae — “friends of the court” — in a lawsuit filed by an activist group against Fox News and various cable television providers. Other major players in the mainstream media landscape are riding to Fox’s defense.The activist group, known as WASHLITE, alleged that Fox violated state consumer protection law by branding itself as a “news” broadcast. The group also claimed Fox committed the “tort of outrage” (intentional infliction of emotional distress). The crux of...

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WH Counsel’s Office Reportedly ‘Directed’ the Appointment of Acting IG to Agency Run by Elaine Chao

WH Counsel’s Office Reportedly ‘Directed’ the Appointment of Acting IG to Agency Run by Elaine Chao

The late Friday announcement by the White House that Department of State Inspector General Steve Linick would be is not the only recent inspector general move within the Trump Administration that is ripe for debate.Just as Linick’s imminent ouster, the White House Counsel’s Office also reportedly “directed” of selected Howard “Skip” Elliott as a new “acting” inspector general for the Department of Transportation. That’s according to reporting from CNN.Elliott is assuming the new role the administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. In that role, he was...

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