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    Getty: "People hold signs during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in San Diego, California June 18, 2020." A federal judge was not one bit happy about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official Joseph Edlow’s June claim that the Supreme Court’s decision...
              Protests in the City of Richmond took a turn for the worse late Tuesday night as vandalism and violence broke out, damaging multiple city buildings. The James Center, Sun Trust building, John Marshall Courts Building, and other city buildings in Richmond had their windows smashed in by a...
    “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of Appropriations made by Law.”— U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9 Congress and the White House have been at loggerheads for weeks on the next phase of federal aid to those suffering financially and who lost jobs because of governor-mandated lockdown orders in response...
    Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks in 2019.Mark Lennihan/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.On MSNBC today—two days after a California judge ruled that Uber and Lyft must reclassify workers as employees—Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that if the company doesn’t win on appeal he might shut down...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee’s Courts & Criminal Justice Workgroup published a report Tuesday with 19 recommendations to help the state’s correctional and judiciary systems navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has prompted a...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is openly courting student athletes from conferences that have cancelled fall sports due to coronavirus, saying those players would be welcome to enroll at his state's universities. DeSantis made his comments Tuesday during a roundtable discussion at Florida State University in the hours before the Big Ten and Pac-12 became the...
    Madison Summers August 12, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is continuing to cry out that expanded mail-in voting will lead to a “rigged” election in November. “This whole thing with this mail-in ballot, that’s a rigged election waiting to happen,” the president said during an interview on Fox News “Hannity” Tuesday evening. ...
    During her weekly address to the legal community, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore discussed grand juries returning at length, but she also mentioned a new program happening in the NYC Civil Courts — virtual mediation in small claims cases. The new initiative is an effort to use virtual operations in the courts to avoid as many...
    In her weekly address to the legal community, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore praised the return of grand juries for in-person duty within the New York City court system, a first on Monday since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March. Chief Judge DiFiore said that the city court system summoned more than 8,000 jurors for appearances...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — We’re creeping closer to the start of school, and the inevitable question remains: how will parents juggle work and virtual learning? The Morning Insiders are always on the hunt to find workplaces that pivot to meet a need. CBS 2’s Lauren Victory shows us a business ready to play babysitter. There’s no...
    By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil companies facing lawsuits blaming them for coastal wetland loss in Louisiana lost an attempt Monday to move the suits to federal court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a decision keeping the suits in state court, where the six coastal...
    Progressive groups are preparing to reshape the courts if presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election, according to statements reported by HuffPost. More than half a dozen groups told HuffPost they are already coming up with names for potential judicial nominees and crafting policy objectives that could be accomplished if progressive judges...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Starting Monday, Los Angeles County's court system is set to expand audio and video court appearances to all 250 criminal courtrooms.The Webex service -- which had been in place in 32 courtrooms throughout the county -- will be available in each criminal courtroom at nearly two dozen courthouses, according to the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento man is saying no to jury duty after being summoned to show up in a courtroom during the pandemic. Steve Hirschauer, 65, said he’s worried for his own health and said he shouldn’t be forced to be in a position to break the law At his age, he said he...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The coronavirus has shut down family courts across the country, putting a burden on foster children and their parents waiting to be reunited. Marjorie Allen is experiencing grief but also hope. Her sister Sharon died in April from COVID-19. Her dying wish was that the baby she was fostering be reunited with...
    SALEM (CBS) – Salem’s Essex Probate and Family Court is closed after someone at the court tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The court will reopen on Friday. The Essex Probate and Family Court in Salem. (WBZ-TV) Other courts have also been closed due to coronavirus, including Barnstable District Court, Barnstable Juvenile Court, Charlestown Division...
    SACRAMENTO —  California’s legislative leaders are asking the state’s Judicial Council for more time before renter evictions resume during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they are facing “an impossible decision” between rushing legislation and leaving millions of tenants unprotected. Most evictions in the state were suspended in April after California courts stopped processing nearly all cases....
    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to include a November ballot item that would redirect $880 million away from police and the court system over four years. The board voted 4-1 to include the policy, dubbed “Reimagining L.A. County,” which would divert the funds from police, the district attorney’s office and...
    In March, before the courts shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brooklyn Bar Association hired a team of five interns for the summer. The court system came to a halt for in-person activity on March 16, and the VLP didn’t know what that would mean for their future interns — could they have...
    WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Courts in two West Virginia counties are closing until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic. All courts in Lincoln County are being closed, according to an order Monday. State health officials said the county recorded around 20 cases in the last week and a total of 45 active cases. The...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed Tuesday that he’s “never blamed” coronavirus-shuttered courts for the city’s violent crime spree — despite having done just that no less than three times over the past month. The mayor was grilled about NYPD data in a Post exclusive last week proving the court shutdown wasn’t a driving force...
    Mayor Invoice de Blasio claimed on Tuesday that he’s “by no means blamed” coronavirus-shuttered courts on town’s violent crime spree — regardless of having carried out simply that a minimum of 3 times over the previous month. The mayor was grilled about NYPD knowledge in a Put up unique final week proving the courtroom...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed on Tuesday that he’s “never blamed” coronavirus-shuttered courts on the city’s violent crime spree — despite having done just that no less than three times over the past month. The mayor was grilled about NYPD data in a Post exclusive last week proving the court shutdown wasn’t a driving force...
    WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Courts in two West Virginia counties are closing until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic. All courts in Lincoln County are being closed, according to an order Monday. State health officials said the county recorded around 20 cases in the last week and a total of 45 active cases. The...
    By SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers passed a bill on Monday to provide renters additional means to fight evictions outside traditional court hearings once the state's eviction moratorium is lifted on Sept. 1. The bill passed through the state Senate on Sunday and Assembly on Monday, with bipartisan...
    By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released updated guidance Monday for gyms and fitness facilities that nearly triples the minimum distance required for patrons exercising indoors, except for those practicing certain team sports. Starting Aug. 10, instead of the current requirement of six feet of distance between...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Monday extending the look-back window for the Child Victims Act by a year.  The governor codified the Child Victims Act last year giving survivors of childhood sexual abuse a year-long...
    The legal community immediately pushed back when Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea began scapegoating the court system for the recent rise in crime across New York City. Last Monday, two Brooklyn lawyers blasted de Blasio’s remarks. The criminal courts, they pointed out, were never completely closed, and de Blasio’s remarks show...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an Administrative Order on Friday clarifying COVID-19 health measures in courthouses and judicial branch facilities. It now includes additional requirements on wearing face masks inside courthouses and judicial branch facilities, including requiring face coverings during all court proceedings and providing disposable...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Several judges are being appointed to help Mississippi courts with backlogs of cases that have developed during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 30,000 court cases might have been affected by temporary shutdowns and other limits imposed on the state's courts to try to limit the spread of the virus, the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A community courts program that focuses on nonviolent crime is expanding in Cook County, officials said this week. The program launched in 2017 in North Lawndale. The expansion will open community courts in Avondale and Englewood this month. To be eligible, the person charged with a nonviolent felony or nonviolent misdemeanor must...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama spoke loud and clear Thursday about voting rights, highlighting their polar positions on an issue that has only become more fraught with the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.Trump suggested the presidential election should be delayed "until people can properly, securely and safely vote" and Obama, speaking at...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has released a plan to reduce racial disparities in the state's judicial system. The court’s Access to Justice Commission released a two-year plan Thursday to reduce discrimination and racial disparities, WPLN reported. The commission has been around since 2009 to support underprivileged Tennesseans in the court system,...
    Getty The NBA is using a number of courts on the Disney property. One of many causes the NBA chosen Disney to be the host-site for his or her “bubble” restart was there have been already regulation measurement basketball courts. In accordance with NBC Sports activities Chicago,...
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor called out her conservative colleagues on the bench for increasingly issuing stays which favor their ideological fellows. “Yet again, this Court intervenes to grant a stay pending appeal, in this case less than two weeks before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is poised to hear...
    They’re starting to run out of excuses. The mayor and police have repeatedly blamed a coronavirus-related court shutdown for the explosion of gun violence rocking the city — but firearms cases are making their way through the criminal justice system at the same rate as last year, a Post investigation shows. The revelations come after...
    By Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's government on Wednesday launched a bid to reform the judiciary by increasing the number of federal courts, diluting the power of those that already exist, in what the opposition has labeled as an attempt to manipulate the court system. The South American country's courts have been repeatedly...
    China is turning to the U.S. courts system in an attempt to pressure fugitives to return home and face corruption charges, part of President Xi Jinping’s strong-arm tactics to check political behavior and crackdown on systemic corruption, according to lawyers, current government officials, court documents and public statements from the Chinese government, reports The Wall...
    President Trump has pursued an equally aggressive campaign to remake the lower courts as he has the Supreme Court. While Supreme Court battles attract the political attention, presidents may achieve equally lasting influence through their appointments to the appeals courts, where 99 percent of all federal cases end. In his first three years in office,...
    Kavanaugh has tried unsuccessfully to avert politically sensitive decisions, CNN says Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh urged the court to avoid ruling on at least two cases, saying that it should avoid politically sensitive issues, according to a new report. Kavanaugh sent a series of private memos this spring advocating avoiding decisions in major...
    A woman wearing a mask walks past a wall bearing a graffiti asking for rent forgiveness on La Brea Ave on National May Day amid the Covid-19 pandemic, May 1, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. The United States is on the verge of a potentially devastating eviction crisis right in the middle of...
    Attorney General William Barr was repeatedly berated during his hearing in front of the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with Democratic members of the committee repeatedly cutting him off and not allowing him to answer questions. The attacks on Barr were so hostile that even CNN made note of it, writing that that “Democrats...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County courts will remain open amid the coronavirus pandemic. President Judge Kim Clark shut down the courthouse to in-person trials and hearings. But on Tuesday, a private attorney pushed for closing the entire court system. Attorney Milt Raiford tried to make two cases. First, he wanted to indefinitely postpone the...
    While crime is still a far cry from the levels of the 1990s, the city murder rate and incidences of shootings have both risen this year, and Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to address the uptick by immediately reopening the court system and going back to jury trials as soon as possible. “We also have...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called on district attorneys across the five boroughs and the New York state’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to fully reopen courts during a recent uptick in shootings...
    Get ready for a long, hot … and bloody summer, New York. The city’s top cop on Monday warned residents to get used to increased shootings — as Mayor Bill de Blasio again blamed the courts for the deadly uptick and called on citizens to fight crime. “It’s going to take some time to address...
    Advocates celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on the DACA program last month Today is Monday, July 27, over a month and some change since the Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration unlawfully terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and officials have still refused to announce that the program has been fully reopened. Instead, a Justice Department...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont court system is studying ways to resume jury trials safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the courts announced on Monday. In late May, the Vermont Supreme Court established a Jury Restart Committee and named associate justices Karen Carroll and Harold Eaton as co-chairs. The report, submitted to the Supreme Court...