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Is Scalia Too Bigoted to Serve on the Next Gay Marriage Case?

In a string of judicial opinions and public appearances dating back at least to the mid-1990s, Antonin Scalia has demonstrated that he cannot evaluate questions of gay rights with the temperament and open-mindedness expected of a judge.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Pennsylvania Judge Tosses Ban on Same-Sex Marriage ‘Into the Ash Heap of History’

Well said, your honor: A federal judge in Pennsylvania—one John E. Jones III of the Federal District Court in Harrisburg, to be precise—did away with the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Tuesday, declaring it unconstitutional with an eloquent flourish.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Pennsylvania ID Law Places Undue Burden on Voters, Judge Rules in Striking It Down

Pennsylvania’s law requiring voters to show identification is unconstitutional, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley ruled Friday. Civil rights groups applauded the decision, but the implications for similar laws in other parts of the country may be limited. 

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 READ MORE


‘Freedom Watch’ Goes Dark

In this clip from his axed Fox Business show, “Freedom Watch,” Judge Andrew Napolitano asks some questions that may be too advanced for the average viewer of the Murdochian network—or any habitual viewer of any major network looking to absorb the latest talking points and get on with her day.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ben Margot

Judge Puts Heart Into Prop. 8 Ruling

In throwing out California’s notorious Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, appellate Judge Stephen Reinhardt showed the heart of a romantic and humor in a ringing defense of the often-scorned institution of marriage.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



Composite image: Handout / Mary Altaffer, AP

Truthdigger of the Week: Judge Jed Rakoff

There are those occasions when the choice for Truthdigger of the Week is so clear that our tribute practically writes itself. This is one of those times.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



Eflon (CC-BY)

We Deserve the Truth From Citigroup, Judge Rules

A federal judge will not accept the SEC’s settlement with Citigroup for defrauding its customers of more than $700 million in just one of the firm’s lousy investment opportunities. (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



DEA

Judge Puts Florida’s Welfare Drug Test Law on Hold

Since last summer, applicants for government assistance in Florida have been required to pass a drug test before receiving federal help, but on Monday a federal judge temporarily blocked that measure in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / bixintx

Strauss-Kahn Is a Free Man

A judge in New York on Tuesday dismissed all charges in the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund. (more)

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Louis Lanzano

Strauss-Kahn Is Freed From House Arrest

A state Supreme Court justice in Manhattan officially released Dominique Strauss-Kahn from house arrest Friday after hearing that prosecutors have serious issues with the hotel housekeeper whose credibility has been, until now, the cornerstone of their case. (more)

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

Wis. Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law

It ain’t over yet in Wisconsin. On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi took aim to temporarily thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s highly contested law, passed last week, that stripped state employees of their collective bargaining power.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



flnd.uscourts.gov

Another Federal Judge Challenges Health Care Law

On Monday, another federal judge from our nation’s south made a bid to squelch President Obama’s big health care win from last year by arguing that the mandatory health insurance component of the law makes the whole thing unconstitutional.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Virginia Judge Opens Fire on Health Care Reform

It’s not like nobody saw this coming, but Monday, one Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., kicked off the next round of attacks on what the right still likes to call “Obamacare” by contesting the constitutionality ...

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The U.S. Army (CC-BY)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Back in Effect

On Wednesday, the Obama administration succeeded in its mission of reinstating the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays and lesbians among its ranks. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported that afternoon, a ... (continued)

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U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

Government Moves to Block ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Injunction

As expected, the Justice Department asked an appeals court Wednesday to put a hold on U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ recent injunction to stop the military from enforcing its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Why would the government do this?

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

Federal Judge Orders End to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

We might finally see the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” as the U.S. military’s controversial policy about homosexuality among its ranks took another big legal hit Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE


anti-prop 8 rally
AP / Eric Risberg

Reason Beats Hate in Prop. 8 Ruling

When public discourse is so dominated by hysterical sound bites of religious intolerance and xenophobia, it is inspiring to read federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling overturning Proposition 8, the California voter initiative banning same-sex marriage.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / CarbonNYC (CC-BY)

Federal Judge Finds Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A U.S. district judge in Massachusetts decided in two separate cases that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act signed into law by Bill Clinton encroaches on the states’ right to regulate marriage and violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



house.gov

Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

You’d think that it might be a no-brainer to take the Obama administration’s suggestion that perhaps, just maybe, deep-water drilling projects ought to be put on hold in light of the Gulf of Mexico mega-disaster and all.  (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


Madonna
AP Photo/Joel Ryan

Madonna Lets Malawi Judge Have It for Sentencing Gay Couple

The world may not have been waiting for Madonna’s input, but for the record, she vehemently disapproves of a Malawi judge’s decision, issued Thursday, to sentence a young gay couple to 14 years of hard labor after they openly celebrated their engagement late last year.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rogério do Amaral Ribeiro

The ‘Right’ Kind of Justice

Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish judge made famous for probing into abuses committed under dictator Gen. Francisco Franco and for going after notorious international figures like Osama bin Laden and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, has been suspended in preparation for a trial in which he is accused of overstepping his authority. The court case comes after a wave of complaints from far-right groups.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


Don’t Ask, Don’t Judge?

No one would question an African-American judge’s capacity to preside over a race discrimination lawsuit or a female jurist’s handling of a sexual harassment case. Does it matter if the judge hearing the lawsuit challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage is gay?

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rainer Ebert

Louisiana Judge Steps Down Amid Interracial Marriage Controversy

We can’t be certain why Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell quit his post Tuesday because his one-sentence resignation doesn’t say, but we can guess it has something to do with his refusal to preside over an interracial marriage—and the public outcry that soon followed.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


Boca
welcomeargentina.com

Politicians Fined for Environmental Negligence

An Argentine court has fined the country’s environmental secretary and two politicians for failing to clean up the polluted Riachuelo River that winds through Buenos Aires, a move unique and commendable for its accountability of politicians to citizens’ concerns.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Sotomayor
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

A Judge With a View

The struggle over Sonia Sotomayor’s viewpoint and voice has important ramifications for legislative politics and identity politics in our country.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


Stewart

The Judgment Days of Sotomayor

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor avoided a “total meltdown” during her confirmation hearings, even as she underwent a grilling by the likes of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who trotted out a series of scathing anonymous evaluations of Sotomayor by unimpressed attorneys. Clearly, Sen. Graham hasn’t Googled himself lately.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


In Praise of Empathy

So it is that I am watching the run-up to the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with eyes wide open. We’ve already had pre-emptive strikes against three women on the media short list. Elena Kagan, Diane Wood and Sonia Sotomayor are getting the scary radical treatment without even getting picked.

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


Blagojevich
weblogs.cltv.com

Judge: Blago Show a No-Go

Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich had high hopes of recouping his public image—or at least making a little cash—by joining a gaggle of “famous” people willing to do anything to stay in the limelight (putting it generously) in NBC’s reality show “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!” But alas, those dreams have been dashed.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009 READ MORE


Bush Guarded
nytimes.com

Judge: Iraqi Shoeman Beaten

Although allegations of physical abuse against reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi, better known as the guy who chucked his shoes at the head of the guy who invaded his country, were widely reported in recent days, it took until today for an Iraqi judge to officially rule that al-Zaidi was beaten while in custody. The system works!

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Nuremberg Palace of Justice
holocaustresearchproject.org

Victor’s Justice

In what will be the Pentagon’s first war crimes trial since World War II, the U.S. will go forward Monday in trying Osama bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Unknown still is the trial date for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and the rest of the government cabal that also may have committed war crimes.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


Snipes
foxnews.com

Snipes Slapped with 3-Year Prison Sentence

A Florida court sentenced Wesley Snipes to 36 months in prison for tax evasion on Thursday, despite the actor’s plea for mercy and written character testimonials by fellow stars Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Rather
americasreport.com

Rather’s $70M Suit Still On

Dan Rather himself once warned, “Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek,” but he’s still staring down CBS’ toothy maw and refusing to budge in his $70-million lawsuit against his former host network.  On Wednesday, a New York Supreme Court justice ruled that (at least for now) Rather’s suit could go forward despite CBS’ bid to have it dismissed.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Mukasey
pbwt.com

Bush Taps Former Judge to Head Justice Department

President Bush has selected former federal judge Michael Mukasey as his new attorney general. Mukasey has a reputation for being tough and impatient, which is fortunate, considering that he’ll have only 15 months to turn around an ailing Justice Department.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


chaudhry
AP Photo / Arjun Naveed

More Trouble for Musharraf

Pakistan’s Supreme Court delivered a ruling Friday that smacks of a smackdown between the country’s other top legal players and President Pervez Musharraf, and in this round, Musharraf didn’t win:  The court flouted Musharraf’s decision, made earlier this year, to suspend Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry (pictured) and voted that he be reinstated to his post.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


Judge OK’s Student Gay Rights Club

A federal judge has ruled that Florida’s Okeechobee High School must grant the same privileges to the Gay-Straight Alliance that it grants to other student clubs.

Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


Judge Preska
law.fordham.edu

Judge Says Doctor Can’t Treat Terrorists

A judge has ruled that a Florida doctor can be prosecuted under federal law for vowing to treat members of al-Qaida. Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir argued unsuccessfully that the Constitution protects a doctor’s right to perform medical services.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Texas GOP Plays Atheist Card in Judge Race

The Republican Party of Texas has sent out a newsletter calling a Democratic nominee for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals a “professed atheist.” A local poli sci professor says he’s never seen the religion card pushed that hard. (via Andrew Sullivan)

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


Judge: Tobacco Giants Deceived Smokers

A federal judge ruled that the nation’s top cigarette makers have been violating racketeering laws and lying to the public about the effects of smoking, but legal restrictions prevented her from slapping the companies with billions in fines.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


Judge Orders End to Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping

A federal judge in Detroit ruled that the government’s eavesdropping program is illegal and unconstitutional, and ordered an immediate halt to it.

  • Check out constitutional scholar and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald’s stellar analysis and opinion roundup.

  • Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Judge Strikes Down Ga. Ban on Gay Marriage

    Don’t get too excited. The judge made the ruling on procedural grounds—not on a question of civil rights.

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Court OKs Anti-Abortion License Plates

    A federal appeals court allows the state of Tennessee to offer anti-abortion license plates that read, “Choose Life.” The court says that although the decision to offer the plates may be ill-advised, it does not contravene the First Amendment.
    Of all the odd places for an abortion-rights battle to show up, state license plates has to be atop the list.

    Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

    A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
    That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
    Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Blast From the Spying Past

    Newly released documents from the Ford administration show that it, too, tried to eavesdrop without warrants. | story
    And in an “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” moment, then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush “complained that some major communications companies were unwilling to install government wiretaps without a judge’s approval,” according to the article.

    Posted on Feb 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Libby Trial Delayed Until 2007

    How convenient: Scooter’s day in court gets pushed off until after the midterm congressional elections because one of his lawyers has a “scheduling conflict.” | story
    UPDATE: New documents shed more light on Libby’s perfidies. | report

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    In Day Two, Alito Says Even Wartime Presidents Are Not Above the Law

    Ted Kennedy counters: “Time and again, even in routine matters involving average Americans, you give enormous, almost total deference to the exercise of governmental powers.” | story

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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