Chris Hedges: Update On Anti-NDAA Lawsuit Vs. Obama
‘It’s frightening how hard Obama is fighting us.’
Outstanding interview. Chris Hedges outside the hearing for the second circuit court of appeals in the Hedges v Obama NDAA lawsuit. NDAA gives Obama the power to indefinitely detain any American any time for virtually any reason.
Obama Admin & NDAA Getting Sued
Journalist and activist Tangerine Bolen is one of eight plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NDAA. [...]
A federal appeals court on Friday said Customs and Border Protection officers cannot confiscate or download every laptop or electronic device brought into the U.S., ruling that people have an expectation their data are private and that the government must have “reasonable suspicion” before it starts to do any intensive snooping.
In a broad ruling, the court also said merely putting password protection on information is not enough to trigger the government’s “reasonable [...]
by Emma Karlin, WesternJournalism.com:
There IS a small ray of light shining up from the rubble of what is left of America. With Republican governors acting like – well, Republicans and crawling back to lick Barack Obama’s boots, it IS hard to accept; but the fight against Obamacare is still on. The feckless and traitorous John Roberts may not have destroyed us after all.
A lawsuit against the worst elements of Obamacarebrought by [...]
A federal appeals court Tuesday agreed to block enforcement of a Florida law that requires people who apply for welfare to submit to drug testing, calling it an unreasonable search.
The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta unanimously upheld a lower court’s injunction, which stops drug testing for applicants of the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
“The simple act of seeking public assistance does not deprive a TANF applicant [...]
Court ruled the charges constituted double jeopardy – but two stand as she lied to detectives on two separate occasions
Civil case brought by woman with same name as Anthony’s fictional nanny can now go ahead and is expected to be heard in August
A Florida appeals court has overturned two of the four convictions that Casey Anthony faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance in 2008.
Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who [...]
A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good.
The case involves a challenge to Mr. Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in early January — during a time when the Senate was holding pro forma sessions every [...]
The first private business owner to sue the Obama administration over its contraception mandate has won a small victory in the larger battle to preserve his religious liberty:
A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday temporarily blocked the Obamacare mandate from taking effect against the Missouri business owner, pending the the outcome of the appeals process.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted a motion [...]
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to examine the constitutionality of the health reform law’s employer requirements and mandatory coverage of contraceptives without a co-pay.
The move could open the door for President Barack Obama’s health law to be back in front of the Supreme Court late next year.
The Supreme Court responded to a request from Liberty University, one of the groups that sued over the health care law’s [...]
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a mortgage securities class-action lawsuit that it said could cost Wall Street tens of billions of dollars.
The bank is challenging a September 6 decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York allowing the lawsuit, which accuses it of misleading investors about the securities’ risks.
That court let the NECA-IBEW Health & Welfare Fund, which [...]
“Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Lawsuit Against TSA Body Scanners
Oct 1, 2012
The Supreme Court has refused to hear a case brought against the TSA over its use of so called naked body scanners by an engineer who proved that the machines were useless.
As reported by AP and Reuters today, the high court declined to hear the appeal brought by Michigan activist Jonathan Corbett, saying that the case can only [...]
A new bill introduced today in the US House of Representatives seeks to require warrants before police can trawl through your e-mail or track your cell phone, reports CNET. The legislation is backed by several technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter. But given the government’s history with privacy bills, it faces a high chance of getting blocked by the Department of Justice.
The bill was introduced by Representative Zoe [...]
A single federal appeals court judge put a temporary hold Monday night on a district court judge’s ruling blocking enforcement of indefinite detention provisions in a defense bill passed by Congress and signed into law last year by President Barack Obama.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier issued a one-page order staying the district court judge’s injunction until a three-judge appeals court panel can take up [...]
Score one for the Chicago Teachers Union protest?
A federal appeals court has overridden part of a Chicago ordinance allowing police to break up protests when people near the demonstration are breaking the law, The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog reported Monday.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled police can disperse protests when three or more people nearby could cause “substantial harm” to bystanders but cannot break up a demonstration if people nearby are simply causing [...]
Richard A. Posner, a widely respected federal judge, called for the elimination of criminal laws against marijuana in a September 6 lecture at Elmhurst College in Illinois.
Judge Posner, a member of the influential United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, is an intellectual giant who is the most-cited judge in America. His call for legalization is significant because Posner is considered a legal conservative.
“I don’t think [...]
A judge has the right to order an Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage to be forcibly shaved of his beard before his murder trial, military attorneys told an appeals court Wednesday.
The attorneys, in a document filed on behalf of Col. Gregory Gross, contend that forcibly shaving Maj. Nidal Hasan would not violate the American-born Muslim’s religious freedoms and said it is similar to “and no [...]
Ramzi Yousef, who planned and carried out the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center that killed six people and injured 1,000 others, has been held in isolation for more than a decade.
The 44-year-old Pakistani national has been held in solitary confinement in a 7-foot-by-11-foot cell at the federal Supermax prison Colorado since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
But he is now asking to be let out of solitary – [...]
This is the Imperial Edict from Obama that is causing the shut-down of so many coal-fired powerplants across America by Dec 31st. WITH NO REPLACEMENT ELECTRICITY, which will force open-market electricity rates to skyrocket this winter!
(Not to mention the good-paying mining and powerplant jobs lost!)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that forces cuts from plants in 28 states in [...]
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas can cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide health services to low-income women before a trial over a new law that bans state money from going to organizations tied to abortion providers.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans lifted a federal judge’s temporary injunction calling for the funding to continue pending an October trial on Planned Parenthood’s [...]
August 20, 2012
A federal appeals court has ruled law enforcement in Georgia may verify the immigration status of criminal suspects who fail to produce proper identification.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that a hold blocking that section of the state’s 2011 immigration law should be lifted. It was not immediately clear when that would happen.
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Helen A.S. Popkin
August 16, 2012
[...]On Tuesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that law enforcement officials don’t need a warrant to track suspects via cellphones. Attorneys argued to overturn [Melvin] Skinner’s many convictions, citing that the GPS location information that led to the defendant’s arrest was obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. This didn’t wash with the majority of judges [...]
Federal nuclear regulators today froze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that spent nuclear fuel stored on-site at nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.”
In its ruling, the appeals court invalidated the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2010 updates to the Waste Confidence Rule and also the Temporary Storage Rule and [...]
Groups round on agency for failing to comply with law for over a year
July 20, 2012
Several watchdog groups have joined forces to demand that the TSA comply with a now year old federal appeals court order to conduct a public comment process with regards to its use of so called naked body scanners.
In July of 2011, The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the TSA had violated federal [...]
When he was sentenced, Quartavious said to the judge, “But, I can’t possibly do 162 years!” The judge replied, “Just do as much as you can!
Quartavious Davis went on an armed-robbery spree, at age 19, fired his gun, but hit no one. His lawyer is appealing. Davis says, “Might just as well say I’m dead.”
A 20-year-old Florida man was convicted earlier this year for his role in an armed robbery spree [...]
UPDATED on 6/1/2012 to include the RT report about Chicago Police Department officer arresting journalists.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012. New York City – “Taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right — and that includes the outside of federal buildings, as well as transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties.”_American Civil Liberties Union.
American Civil Liberties Union: “Taking photographs [...]
June 18, 2012
Federal prosecutors in North Carolina have been aware for nearly a year that dozens of North Carolinians currently incarcerated in federal prisons should not be there, but they have done next to nothing to help them, and in at least once case are actually trying to prevent an innocent man’s release, according to an investigation by USA Today.
This bizarre, Kafkaesque, nightmare arose over the past nine [...]
A federal district judge in New York ruled last week that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the Constitution by requiring the plaintiff to pay federal estate tax on her same-sex spouse’s estate, even though opposite-sex spouses are exempt. It follows a string of other rulings striking down the law in a federal appeals court, two federal district courts and a bankruptcy court.
With the Obama administration’sdecision in 2011 not to defend the law, [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal challenging President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship and his eligibility to serve as commander in chief.
Without comment, the high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Alan Keyes, Wiley Drake and Markham Robinson.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the challengers did not have legal standing to file the lawsuit.
SPRINGFIELD — The sponsor of a bill that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed handguns is waiting for a task force to finish its work before calling the legislation for a vote.
Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said lawmakers want to hear what the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force will say about the impact concealed carry might have on public safety. The House created the task force after Phelps’ legislation, House [...]
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The saliva of an HIV-infected man who bit a police officer doesn’t constitute a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument under state law, New York’s top court ruled Thursday.
In dismissing the aggravated assault conviction of David Plunkett, the Court of Appeals is sending the case back to a lower court for resentencing.
The 48-year-old Plunkett is serving a 10-year sentence at Sing Sing after pleading guilty to assault [...]