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 [...]
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 [...]
Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law Updated 11:14 a.m., Thursday, August 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.
A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely [...]
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 – [...]
The NYPD is starting to look like a flashy, forensic crime TV show thanks to a new super computer system unveiled Wednesday near Wall St.
The Domain Awareness System designed by the NYPD and Microsoft Corp. uses data from a network of cameras, radiation detectors, license plate readers and crime reports, officials said.
“We’re not your mom and pop police department anymore,” Mayor Bloomberg crowed. “We are in the next century. We [...]
Aug 8, 2012
There was once a group of men who established a fundamental law of the land that allowed the people of their new found country to peaceably assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances. These founding fathers of that Great nation even went so far as to declare that the government itself could never make a law that would threaten to supplant these protections, which were reserved [...]
Agency broke the law by deploying body scanners, then ignored a court order for over a year
Aug 2, 2012
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has demanded that the TSA explain why it has ignored a now year old order to conduct a public comment process with regards to its use of so called naked body scanners.
The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, [...]
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 [...]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin said on Saturday that she is interested in joining “American Idol” as a judge, just days after Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler declared they have ended their judging roles on the Fox show.
The departure of Lopez and Tyler creates a major void in the three-judge panel on “Idol,” which remains the most-watched television show contest in the United States but has seen its ratings slump in recent years.
In response [...]
Federal judges approve about 30,000 secret warrants to spy on people in the USA every year, and the innocent probably will never know they were watched, says a U.S. jurist involved in issuing the orders.
Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith writes in a new paper, highlighted by Ars Technica, that the 2006 total outstripped the entire output of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courtsince it was created in 1979, and the number is probably growing.
The secret [...]
A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled today that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.
In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples.
TORONTO — Romeo Phillion, who spent 31 years in prison before his murder conviction was quashed, launched a $14-million lawsuit against the Ontario government on Thursday.
Phillion’s case stems from the 1967 murder of Ottawa firefighter Leopold Roy.
Phillion is alleging the charge, prosecution, wrongful conviction and imprisonment for murder resulted from “malicious, reckless and negligent conduct” of the Attorney General of Ontario, the Ottawa Police Services Board and retired detectives John [...]
Updated 6:55 p.m. ET
(CBS News) In the escalating battle between the administration and the judiciary, a federal appeals court apparently is calling the president’s bluff — ordering the Justice Department to answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law, according to a lawyer who was in the courtroom.
The order, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of [...]
DOJ Asks Court To Keep Secret Any Partnership Between Google, NSA
The Justice Department is defending the government’s refusal to discuss—or even acknowledge the existence of—any cooperative research and development agreement between Google and the National Security Agency.
The Washington based advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center sued in federal district court here to obtain documents about any such agreement between the Internet search giant and the security agency.
The NSA responded to [...]
Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain called the Fed’s demand for information from prosecutors an “audacious” ruling- one which clearly crosses constitutional bounds
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February 14, 2012
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court has taken what some attorneys called the unprecedented step of demanding to know if the government plans to prosecute seven illegal immigrants who have no other criminal record.
The order from a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cites 2011 [...]
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court is ready to announce its ruling on whether California’s same-sex ["]marriage["] ban violates the ["]constitutional rights["] of [sodomites].
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday a three-judge panel plans to publish its long-awaited opinion on Tuesday.
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September 16, 2011
The NFL will roll out its new policy this weekend at the Ralph Wilson Stadium in New York.
Alex Jones has called for a boycott of the NFL following an announcement that the Gestapo zone concept will expand from airports to sports stadiums.
Jones argues the new intrusive pat-down procedure is part of an effort to acclimate the populace to the police state.
USA Today reports that the [...]
President Obama’s solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn’t like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.
Neal Kumar Katyal, the acting solicitor general, made the argument under questioning before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, which was considering an appeal by [...]
Inmates sit for dinner at the California State Prison in Lancaster. A federal overseer of the state’s prison system has suggested freeing the sickest inmates as a way to cut costs. [...]
For them not to release these details would be like trying to buy a used car, asking to have a peek under the hood and being told you are not allowed, but trust the salesman, it’s for your own good.
” March 19 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve Board must disclose documents identifying financial firms that might have collapsed without the largest U.S. government bailout ever, a federal appeals court said.