Category: Court Battles

District court blocks Texas AG demand for documents on trans youth

A Texas district court judge on Friday temporarily halted a demand from the state attorney general’s office for an LGBTQ advocacy group to hand over information related to its support of transgender children receiving gender-affirming medical care. PFLAG National, a nonprofit group that supports LGBTQ people and their families, sued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) late Wednesday in Travis County District Court, arguing that…

Capitol rioter who smoked marijuana in a senator’s office sentenced to prison

A Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol rioter who smoked marijuana in a senator’s office was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison on Thursday.  New York state native Brandon Fellows, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden to 37 months in prison, plus five months for a contempt of court charge.  He was convicted by a jury last August for a felony misdemeanor offense…

DeSantis signs legislation to authorize the release of Jeffrey Epstein grand jury documents

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bipartisan bill into law authorizing the release of grand jury transcripts from an investigation into Jeffrey Epstein.   The new legislation, signed by the Florida governor on Thursday, will allow a public release of the jury’s transcripts from the 2006 probe into Epstein’s abuse of underage girls. The new measure goes into effect on July 1.  Epstein pleaded guilty…

Judge slaps down Texas bill that criminalizes undocumented immigration

A federal district judge on Thursday dismissed a Texas law that would have made it a state crime to enter illegally. In effect, Senate Bill 4 was a bid by the state to take over immigration enforcement from the federal government — which Texas officials argued in court has allowed or even facilitated an “invasion” of undocumented migrants into the state. That’s a claim Judge…

Trump’s Jan. 6 trial falls into doubt as Supreme Court takes up immunity claims

The Supreme Court’s announcement that it will take up former President Trump’s criminal immunity claims has cast doubt over the timing of when his federal Jan. 6 trial may take place — leaving a narrower window for it to occur before November’s election. The court’s decision likely means a delay in the start of the trial until summer or beyond — a scenario that could…

Judge in Trump civil fraud case receives envelope with white powder

The judge who oversaw former President Trump’s civil fraud case received an envelope with white powder on Wednesday morning, prompting an emergency response to the downtown Manhattan courthouse, according to court officials. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the New York County Courthouse, where court staff opened an envelope addressed to Judge Arthur Engoron that contained a white powdery substance, court spokesperson…

7th Circuit allows Indiana’s ban on care for transgender youth to take effect

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed Indiana’s ban on care for transgender youth to take effect. The court issued a stay Tuesday, overturning a June decision from a federal judge that blocked the health care ban. The three-judge panel heard oral arguments in the case on Feb. 16 and released its decision Tuesday, saying it would release an opinion at a later date….

Supreme Court won’t hear case of woman ticketed for honking horn

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case on whether states can ticket drivers for honking a horn after a California woman argued using a car horn is protected speech under the First Amendment.  In a brief order issued Monday morning, the Supreme Court rejected hearing the case without comment.  The appeal to the high court was brought by Susan Porter of California, who received…

Trump asks judge to delay enforcing $83M verdict in Carroll lawsuit

Former President Trump’s lawyers asked a New York judge Friday to pause the verdict that would require him to pay columnist E. Jean Carroll more than $80 million for defamation, arguing his appeal would likely reduce or dismiss the case entirely. In a court filing, the lawyers asked Judge Lewis A. Kaplan to suspend enforcement of the fines until a month after Trump’s post-trial motions…

Rudy Giuliani bankruptcy shows Trump ally drowning in debt

Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy filing, spurred by a multimillion-dollar verdict against him for defaming two Georgia election workers, has provided fresh insight into the former New York City mayor’s finances.   A  federal jury in Washington, D.C. in December ordered Giuliani to pay Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss a whopping $148 million for baselessly claiming they engaged in widespread voter fraud after the 2020 election. Days later,…

Man arrested for making ‘violent threat’ to Arizona election official in 2022

A man was arrested in San Diego Thursday for allegedly leaving a voicemail on the personal cell phone of an Arizona election official in 2022. William Hyde left a violent threat on the voicemail of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office employee’s phone “on or about November 29, 2022,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. Hyde, 52, is set to make his initial appearance Friday at…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court says GOP subpoena for voter information over 2020 election ‘unenforceable’

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that state GOP subpoenas for voter information after the 2020 election are “unenforceable,” overturning a lower court ruling. Republican Pennsylvania Senate lawmakers moved to subpoena voter information in 2021, but the state’s Democratic attorney general legally challenged the effort and argued the real purpose of the subpoenas was to bring 2020 election results into question. The Supreme Court threw…

Trump attorneys request delay on enforcement of $355 million judgment payment

Former President Trump’s attorneys requested a 30-day extension Wednesday on the time frame to pay a $355 million business fraud verdict levied against him last week.  The attorneys argued that New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is in an “unseemly rush” to enforce the verdict, “particularly given the magnitude of Judgment.” Trump would have one month to come up with the funds to pay…

Kemp predicts Trump trials will be ‘ruled on’ before election

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) predicted Tuesday that former President Trump’s numerous legal challenges could be decided before November’s election. Kemp was asked on CNN’s “The Source with Kaitlan Collins” if he believed Trump’s cases “should go to trial before the elections” so that voters can make a decision on the outcomes of his cases. “Well, listen, I think most voters probably feel the same…

Widow of assassinated Haitian president indicted over his killing

The widow of assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was among the 51 people indicted in connection to the 2021 killing on Monday, a major step forward for the case nearly three years after the fact. Martine Moïse, ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of Haiti’s National Police Léon Charles were the most notable of those charged with crimes, alongside the mercenaries that went…

Air Canada must pay refund promised by AI chatbot, tribunal rules

Air Canada must pay a Vancouver man a partial refund for his flight ticket that was promised by the site’s chatbot, a Canadian tribunal ruled Wednesday, in what could be a landmark case for the use of artificial intelligence in business. Jake Moffatt asked the airline’s artificial intelligence support chatbot whether the airline offered bereavement fares in November 2022 following the death of his grandmother….

Sean Spicer: Trump verdict is ‘what happens if insanity and outrage had a baby’

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer expressed his displeasure with the $355 million fine levied on former President Trump Friday in the verdict following a months-long civil fraud trial in New York. “Overall this ruling today was the definition of what happens if insanity and outrage had a baby,” Spicer, who served under the Trump administration, said Friday in an interview on “The Hill…

New York AG lauds $355M ruling against Trump: ‘Justice has been served’

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) praised Judge Arthur Engoron’s Friday ruling in former President Trump’s civil fraud case, which ordered Trump to pay more than $350 million. “Today, justice has been served. Today we proved that no one is above the law. No matter how rich, powerful or politically connected you are,” James said during a press conference following the highly anticipated decision. Engoron’s ruling…

Trump dealt blow in New York civil fraud trial: Five key takeaways

Former President Trump’s business empire was dealt a stark blow Friday after a New York judge ordered him to pay more than $355 million for conspiring to alter his net worth to receive tax and insurance benefits.   Judge Arthur Engoron had already found Trump, his business and top executives — including the former president’s adult sons — liable for fraud before the trial began. But…

Read: Judge’s $354 million civil fraud decision against Trump

A New York judge on Friday afternoon ordered former President Trump to pay more than $350 million in penalties as part of the civil fraud case focused on the Trump family’s business empire. The 92-page decision from Judge Arthur Engoron came weeks after closing arguments in the case. Trump frequently tore into the judge and Attorney General Letitia James (D), who brought the case, leading up…

Cohen predicts Trump will be convicted ‘on all charges’ in hush money case

Michael Cohen, a former personal lawyer for former President Trump, said he thinks that Trump will be convicted “on all charges” in his New York hush money case. “I believe, based upon the information that I know, and based upon, not just the documentary evidence but the corroborating testimony from so many people, I believe that he will be found guilty on all charges,” Cohen…

Trump fails to delay New York hush money trial

NEW YORK — Former President Trump’s lawyers failed on Thursday to delay his first criminal trial, spoiling Trump’s goal to delay his various prosecutions until after he has a shot at returning to the White House in November’s election. A New York judge set Trump’s hush money trial to begin with jury selection on March 25 after the judge rejected the former president’s bid to…

Half in new poll say Biden got special treatment in classified documents investigation

Just over half of Americans think President Biden received special treatment when a special counsel did not bring forth charges following a classified documents probe, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by Reuters and Ipsos, found 53 percent of all respondents agreed with the statement that Biden “received special treatment because he is the U.S. president.” Nearly 30 percent of Democratic respondents said…

Cobb says Cannon has ‘no intention’ of letting Trump documents case go to trial before election

Former White House attorney Ty Cobb said Monday that he thinks U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has “no intention” of letting the classified documents case in Florida take place before the presidential election in 2024. In an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” the former Trump White House legal official criticized the judge overseeing one of the two cases brought by special counsel Jack Smith,…

White House memo signals Republicans’ attacks on Biden’s memory show ‘they’re afraid’

A new White House memo says Republicans’ attacks on President Biden’s memory show that they are “afraid.” “President Biden also led Democrats to the best midterm elections for a new incumbent in over 60 years, and to a string of other wins in 2023,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in the Saturday memo. “These are historic accomplishments that President Biden was uniquely capable of…

John Bolton: Trump ‘chickening out’ on Supreme Court arguments

Former national security adviser John Bolton said he thinks former President Trump is “chickening out” by not making an appearance Thursday at the Supreme Court as it hears arguments over his ballot eligibility. Trump, who appointed three justices to the Supreme Court, will be at Mar-a-Lago in Florida before traveling Thursday to Nevada, CNN reported. The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments that day…

NFL ‘Rooney rule’ on minority coaching candidates is racist, conservative group alleges

A group led by former Trump adviser Stephen Miller is arguing the National Football League’s (NFL) “Rooney Rule,” which requires teams to interview at least one minority during the hiring process, is racist. America First Legal, a conservative legal group headed Miller, filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Tuesday that argues the rule, adopted in 2003, allowing teams to…

Trump lawyer: Carroll trial was like ‘epic’ episode of ‘Twilight Zone’

Alina Habba, an attorney for former President Trump, went after the judge of a New York defamation case that ruled against the former president last month, arguing he was politically biased and leading the jury against her client. “It was like being in an epic ‘Twilight Zone’ where no rules were allowed, but for the other side,” Habba said in a Newsmax interview Tuesday. A…

Former ‘Mandalorian’ actor Gina Carano sues Disney, Lucasfilm with Elon Musk’s backing

Gina Carano, known for her role in “The Mandalorian,” is suing Disney and Lucasfilm for discrimination and wrongful termination, and X owner Elon Musk is backing the suit. Carano was fired in Feb. 2021 by the production company behind the “Star Wars” spinoff for what it called “abhorrent” social media posts from the actress. She compared Nazi Germany to politics today and mocked face masks…

Most Republicans in new poll believe Trump’s legal cases are being handled ‘unfairly’

A majority of Republicans in a recent poll say they believe former President Trump’s investigations are being conducted “unfairly.” The new survey, released Friday by YouGov, found that among the four criminal indictments that Trump is facing, more than 66 percent of Republicans believe the cases are being handled “unfairly.” This is compared to 70 percent of Democrats who disagreed, saying the opposite. Broken down…

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