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MY Rogue Judges FILE 120601

A Rogue Judge is a person that has overstepped their boundaries, a person that legislates from the bench.

These are despicable people, people that should receive no respect at all, none.

No person represents the epitome of activist judges more than Judge Mariana Pfaelser, a sick sadistic person that turned California into a socialist state, a state that is bankrupt.

No person is as responsible as Mariana Pfaelser for the displacement of American families as her. Families moved all over the United States to move away from the third world takeover of California. It belongs to Mariana Pfaelser.

You cant find a picture of her on the internet. She is protected.

The reintroduction of diseases belongs to her. The countless hit-and-run accidents belong to her. The deaths due to pedestrians being run over by illegal aliens belong to her. The introduction of young sex slaves belong to her.

Jamiel Shaws death belongs to her.

My God, I would be devastated if I killed a dog with my car. Mariana Pfaelser has killed thousands of Americans with her judgment to overturn Proposition 187.
Judge extends voting hours in heavily Democrat FL county Sun Nov 04 2012 09:04:10 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time) by pabianice 18 replies Fox News Live | 11/4/12 Democrat judge in Orange County, FL, has extended early voting by four hours in county that is 59% registered Democrat. Dems demand, Dems get. Court exempts union bosses from laws against identity theft Mon Oct 29 2012 08:48:42 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by unixman9627 4 replies Washington Examiner ^ | 10/27/2012 | Mark Mix One November day in 2007, 33 AT&T workers in central North Carolina found out that their Social Security numbers and other private information had been posted for the world to see -- exposing them to identity theft and credit fraud. Judge blocks parts of Pennsylvania voter ID law Tue Oct 02 2012 11:23:28 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by RS_Rider 2 replies Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Brad Bumsted HARRISBURG A Commonwealth Court judge on Tuesday kept most of the voter ID law intact, ruling the state can ask for photo ID in the Nov. 6 election but people without it still can vote. The November election will be similar to the soft rollout used in the April primary when voter ID was optional. Judge Robert Simpson also blocked language that would have discounted provisional ballots for voters without ID who could not verify their identity within six days. Opponents of the law asked to block it entirely over concerns it would disenfranchise voters. Simpson granted a preliminary.. Sheriff Can't Detain Suspected Illegal Aliens Wed Sep 26 2012 16:48:22 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by SeekAndFind 33 replies Courthouse News Service ^ | 09/26/2012 | Tim Hull

Sheriff Joe Arpaio may not detain suspects based solely on a belief that they are in the country illegally, the 9th Circuit ruled. The federal appeals panel in San Francisco late Tuesday upheld a preliminary injunction in a class action over the sheriff's alleged pattern of racial profiling. Other issues in the action went to trial in Phoenix in late July. Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, David and Jessica Rodriguez, Manuel Nieto Jr., Velia Meraz and the organization Somos America sued Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's office over three traffic stops during a 2006 anti-illegal immigration sweep. Judge blocks part of Texas effort to purge dead from voter roll Fri Sep 21 2012 02:55:19 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by markomalley 3 replies Reuters ^ | 9/20/2012 | Corrie MacLaggan A Texas judge on Thursday temporarily blocked part of a state effort to remove dead people from the voter rolls after the purge led to thousands of people receiving letters asking them to prove they are alive. The ruling by State District Judge Tim Sulak in Austin came after four Texas voters filed suit on Wednesday on the grounds that the voter roll purge violated state and federal election law and could interfere with people who were very much alive being able to vote in November. Election officials sent about 80,000 notices to voters who were dead or "potentially deceased.".. Prop. 8 Judge: 'What Judges Do and Must Do Is ... Move the Strike Zone' Mon Sep 17 2012 22:10:04 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by Olog-hai 12 replies Cybercast News Service ^ | September 17, 2012 | Pete Winn Judge Vaughn Walker, the now-retired federal judge in San Francisco who nullified Californias Proposition 8 in 2010, said if judges really are umpires, they must sometimes move the strike zone in order to champion social issues like same-sex marriage. Case by case, what judges do and must do is take account of the pitcher and the batter in the legal arena, watch the windup, the throw, the curve, and the delivery and then, where they believe appropriate, move the strike zone, Walker wrote on Aug. 28 in the University of Illinois Law Review. But Walker, flouting Justice Antonin Scalia and.. Wis. Judge Tosses Out Most of Walkers Anti-Labor Law Sun Sep 16 2012 17:11:34 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by listenhillary 24 replies The progressive ^ | 9/15/2012 | Matthew Rothschild On Friday afternoon, a Wisconsin judge dealt governor Scott Walker a big blow by ruling against the anti-labor law that Walker railroaded through last year. Dane County circuit court judge Juan Cols ruled in favor of the Madison Teachers, Inc., and a public employees union in Milwaukee in tossing out most of Walkers controversial law. The judge found several key sections of the law to be violating the states constitution and the U.S. Constitution and deemed them void and without effect. These sections included: --requiring a referendum for wage increases above the cost of living for municipal and school district.

Another Good Judge Indefinite Detention Provisions Struck Down by Fed Judge Fri Sep 14 2012 13:33:30 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by neverdem 8 replies The New American ^ | 14 September 2012 | Raven Clabough Judge Katherine Forrest, a New York federal judge, struck down a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows Americans to be indefinitely detained just for being accused of supporting terrorist groups. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit brought by journalists and scholars who were concerned that the NDAA would allow them to be indefinitely detained for speaking their minds. Judge Forrests ruling reaffirms a ruling she issued back in May against the indefinite detention provision.The National Defense Authorization Act has been quite controversial because it includes provisions that permit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Judge Blocks Iowa Plan Challenging Voters (once again, judicial tyranny) Fri Sep 14 2012 21:36:40 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by hawkeye101 3 replies WOI-TV Des Moines ^ | 9/14/2012 A district court judge says Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz cannot move forward with new rules that would challenge voters appearing on databases as noncitizens. Judge Mary Pat Gunderson issued a ruling Friday blocking Schultz from implementing voting rules he established without holding a public hearing. Schultz created the new rules in July, using an administrative emergency rulemaking process. He says he needed to act quickly before the November election because noncitizens might be registered to vote. Both Sides of Lawsuit React Here is the news release issued by Secretary of State Matt Schultz: Secretary of State Matt Schultz. Wisconsin judge strikes down Scott Walkers collective-bargaining law (Again) Fri Sep 14 2012 18:26:44 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by SeekAndFind 12 replies Hotair ^ | 09/14/2012 | AllahPundit We've been here before, remember? A left-wing judge struck down the law on a procedural technicality in May of last year. The Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed a month later. Bet heavily that this will be reversed too, just because I suspect America's not quite ready to start throwing up constitutional roadblocks to fiscal reforms while states are already teetering on a fiscal cliff. Especially after Wisconsin held an election just three months ago where voters had a chance to effectively decide that issue. The law remains largely in force for state workers, though a federal judge struck down part of. Judge: Familys $80 Million Gold Coin Collection Belongs to Uncle Sam Sat Sep 08 2012 23:35:22 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by grundle 56 replies theblaze.com ^ | September 8, 2012 | Erica Ritz A judge has ruled that ten rare gold coins worth roughly $80 million belong to the U.S. government, not the family that possessed them, according to ABC News. In 2003 Joan Langbord and two other family members opened a safety deposit box that belonged to

Langbords father, Philadelphia coin dealer Israel Switt, and found the valuable collection. When they asked the Philadelphia Mint to authenticate the find, the coins were apparently seized without compensation and taken to Fort Knox. The 1933 SaintGaudens double eagle is one of the most sought-after rarities in history, according to Courthouse News. Judge: Florida cannot charge students non-resident tuition due to parents [10th Amendment Alert] Tue Sep 04 2012 11:42:25 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by SoFloFreeper 20 replies Orlando Sentinel ^ | 9/4/12 | Curt Anderson A federal judge in Miami has ruled that Florida students cannot be charged higher nonresident tuition simply because their parents may be in the U.S. illegally. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore says the rules violate the Constitution. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of students who are U.S. citizens and Florida residents but whose parents cannot prove legal immigration status. Judge Discards Ohio Military Voting Privileges, Imposes Weekend Voting Tue Sep 04 2012 12:24:46 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by AU72 1 replies PJ Media ^ | September 4, 2012 | Paula Bolyard A federal judge ruled Friday that Ohios uniform voting law that gives special privileges to military voters is unconstitutional. Judge Peter Economus, a retired judge brought in to hear overload cases [1] in the Southern District of Ohio, Columbus Division, also ruled by fiat to impose statewide weekend voting hours on the entire state. Ironically, Economus relied heavily on Bush v. Gore (2000), citing it seven times in his ruling. In particular: [T]he State may not, by later arbitrary and disparate treatment, value one persons vote over that of another Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98, 104-05 (2000). The Obama. http://frontpagemag.com/2012/matthew-vadum/the-radical-judges-who-struck-downtexas-voter-id-law/ Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law Thu Aug 30 2012 09:29:18 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by Arec Barrwin 48 replies Houston Chronicle ^ | August 30, 2012 | Associated Press 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 to live in poverty. The decision involves an increasingly contentious political issue: a push, largely by Republican-controlled legislatures and governor's offices, to impose strict identification requirements on voters

Iowa conservatives renew bid to defeat judge who backs gay marriage Sun Aug 12 2012 04:15:24 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by scottjewell 13 replies Sun Times ^ | Aug 12 2012 | Associated Press <p>WAUKEE, Iowa A group of Iowa conservatives announced Saturday they will campaign to defeat Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who was part of the courts unanimous 2009 decision to allow gay marriage in the states.</p> <p>But Wiggins, unlike three Iowa high court judges rejected by voters in 2010, is backed by a group of activists fighting their own campaign to defend him. Court Blocks Alabama Student Citizenship Checks Mon Aug 20 2012 16:45:31 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by rocksandbroncs 23 replies ABC News ^ | Associated Press | JAY REEVES A federal appeals court has ruled that part of Alabama's tough immigration law that ordered public schools to check the citizenship status of new students is unconstitutional. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the provision wrongly singles out children who are in the country illegally. Alabama was the only state that passed such a requirement. The 11th Circuit says a lower court should have blocked that part of the law. The court separately says Alabama police can continue checking immigration documents for people they stop. Both private groups and the Obama administration filed lawsuits to block the

Judge Blocks Texas (Voter) Registration Laws


Thu Aug 02 2012 18:53:21 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by anymouse 15 replies Houston Chronicle ^ | August 2, 2012 | Harvey Rice

A federal judge in Galveston on Thursday partially blocked new Texas registration laws that critics say amount to vote suppression because they prevent large voter registration drives. U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa blocked the state from enforcing five provisions of the laws that its defenders say are aimed at preventing voter fraud. "Today's ruling means that community groups and organizations like Voting for America and Project Vote will be able to run community voter registration drives in Texas," plaintiff's attorney Chad Dunn said. "These drives are important to reaching the millions of Texans, including three-quarters of a million African-Americans and..

Conn. judge: US gay marriage law unconstitutional (Bush appointee)


Tuesday, July 31, 2012 4:15:23 PM by ilovesarah2012 16 replies boston globe ^ | July 31, 2012 | Dave Collins HARTFORD, Conn.Part of a federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman and denies tax, health and other benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional, a judge in Connecticut ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford issued a 104-page decision saying the provision in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act violates the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection. The provision "obligates the federal government to single out a certain category of marriages as excluded from federal recognition, thereby resulting in an inconsistent distribution of federal marital benefits," Bryant wrote.

Judge orders Fire Department to hire black and Hispanic applicants who failed racist written test
Saturday, July 28, 2012 1:04:35 AM by grundle 21 replies danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com ^ | July 28, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill Think of the kind of precedent this ruling could set. Instead of hiring heart surgeons, bridge engineers, and bus drivers based on who passed the test, we could end up hiring based on who failed the test. Can you imagine the kind of world this would create?

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Statement on Ruling in "NAACP" Voter ID Case [Wisconsin]
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:54:16 PM by Hunton Peck 6 replies Wisconsin Department of Justice ^ | Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | J.B. Van Hollen, Attorney General of Wisconsin MADISON Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Department of Justice will appeal the decision issued yesterday in NAACP v. Walker, et al., Dane County Case No. 11-CV-5492. Yesterday

afternoon, the Honorable David T. Flanagan issued his decision invalidating and permanently enjoining Wisconsins Voter ID law. My office will be appealing the Dane County Circuit Courts decision in NAACP v. Walker, et al. Voter identification helps ensure election integrity. It is a measure that protects the right to vote. And similar election integrity reforms have been upheld as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney General Appeals Ruling That Allows SEIU to Keep Taking Dues From Medicaid Checks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 5:27:04 AM by MichCapCon 5 replies Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2012 | Jack Spencer Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will appeal the federal court ruling that brought back to life the Service Employees International Union's "Home Health Care Dues Skim. On June 20, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled that the state had to keep withdrawing dues money from the Medicaid checks of disabled residents to pay to the SEIU, which had challenged in court the state law that banned the practice. "Private individuals do not transform into government employees simply by participating in taxpayer-funded programs like Medicaid," Schuette said in a statement. "We will fight to defend state law prohibiting the withholding...

Federal Judge Imposes Racial Quota on FDNY, Responding to Minorities Who Failed Entrance Exams
Monday, July 16, 2012 7:30:42 PM by Altura Ct. 59 replies CNS ^ | 7/16/2012 A federal judge is ordering the New York City Fire Department to implement racial quotas to address grievances from minorities who failed entrance exams. On July 5 in Brooklyn, Nicholas G. Garaufis, a Clinton-appointed judge for the Eastern District of New York, issued a ruling that requires two of every five newly hired fireman to be black and one of every five, Hispanic -- until the department has fulfilled the court-ordered quota of 186 black and 107 Hispanic hires. The ruling allows back pay -- totaling an estimated $128.7 million -- for minorities who failed written tests.

Soros plot to stack the courts with liberal judges exposed


Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:34:56 PM by mgist 12 replies The Examiner ^ | 7/14/2012 | Kouri In the wake of two controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions -- Obamacare and the Arizona immigration law -- in which a so-called conservative Chief Justice joined left-wing Justices in his ruling, multi-billionaire and far-left icon George Soros is financing a almost $50 million campaign to reshape America's state and federal courts, according to several legal and political science scholars.

Their campaign's goal is similar to that of federal court appointments: exclude conservative, rule-of-law judges from the bench and place leftist judges who apply foreign law and theories into their decisions or worse. Too many American judges are swayed by legal pronouncements from the United Nations, European Union even Shariah law as long as it advances their argument.

"This campaign has been bankrolled by the likes of multi-billionaire George Soros, well-funded activist groups, and powerful special interest groups, such as state trial lawyers associations,"

Judge: Scranton, must pay employees full wages


Monday, July 09, 2012 3:49:08 PM by DeaconBenjamin 36 replies Yahoo News ^ | Fri, Jul 6, 2012 SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) A judge has ordered the city of Scranton to pay employees full wages, but the mayor says the cash-strapped government can't afford it. Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse on Friday granted an injunction to unions challenging Mayor Chris Doherty's decision to impose minimum wages to nearly 400 employees. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports paychecks containing the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour had already been issued. Doherty says he can't print money and that City Council has to fulfill the

obligations of their budget. City Administrator Ryan McGowan says the city would have only $83,000 available...

Judge says man can't hand out Bibles at Twin Cities Pride fest
Thursday, July 05, 2012 3:06:16 PM by TigerClaws 29 replies http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/158501815.html ^ A Wisconsin man who wants to hand out Bibles at the 40th Annual Twin Cities Pride festival in Loring Park this month will have to confine himself to a booth just outside of the event. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis issued a 41page order Monday denying Brian Johnson's request for an injunction that would force the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to allow him unfettered access to the festival grounds, reasoning that his constitutional challenge was unlikely to succeed.

Judge's Wife Arrested Transporting Illegal Immigrants


Tuesday, July 03, 2012 6:35:35 PM by moonshinner_09 12 replies KIII TV3 ^ | Jul 03, 2012 | KIII TV3 SARITA (Kiii News) - A traffic stop on Highway 77 landed a Kenedy County woman in hot water with the federal authorities. Sandra Lee Miller, 41, is the wife of a Justice of the Peace, and has recently run for public office herself. She has been charged with bringing in and harboring illegal immigrants. Miller's arrest all started with a traffic stop around 6 a.m. Monday. It happened on Highway 77, about a quarter-mile south of 285. The Hummer Miller was in was stopped by the Department of Public Safety for a license plate light violation. The U.S. Border Patrol...

Federal Judge Halts Huge Gas Drilling Project


Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:26:11 AM by Olog-hai 18 replies Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 23 Jun 2012 12:18 AM | (Via Reuters)

A U.S. district judge ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Friday to re-assess its plan to allow drilling on some 50,000 acres on the Roan Plateau, which the energy industry says contains one of the largest natural gas fields in the continental United States. Judge Marcia Krieger said BLM had failed to thoroughly assess all the environmental impact to the ecologically sensitive plateau in western Colorado before approving energy development on the mountain. "Like many areas of Colorado, the area has been blessed with an abundance of two major resources, the uses of which are often in...

Native Americans to get millions after 'big victory' in Supreme Court


Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:31:50 AM by ColdOne 11 replies msnbc.com ^ | 6/19/12 | msnbc.com staff and news services The Supreme Court has ruled that the government must fully reimburse Native American tribes for millions of dollars they spent on federal programs. The federal government had agreed to fully reimburse money tribes spent on programs like law enforcement, environmental protection and agricultural assistance, but Congress capped the amount of money earmarked for that reimbursement. The tribes sued, and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said the money must be fully reimbursed.

New Mexico Courts Stomp Religious Freedom Order Christian Couple to Pay Gay Fine
Friday, June 15, 2012 6:08:48 AM by Hojczyk 15 replies Gateway Pundit ^ | June 15,2012 | Rachel Pulaski As reported here in 2008, The New Mexico Human Rights Court sentenced Christian photographer Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, a fine of $6,637.94 for refusing to photograph a gay commitment ceremony. Recently, the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. The court ruled against Elaines claim to protection under New Mexicos Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as her claim to the free exercise clause protected by the First Amendment. National Review reported: I felt like Atticus Finch, Jordan Lorence, the Huguenins attorney, told NRO. There is so clearly an injustice here. Lorence is a lawyer for the...

Richmond Circuit Court appoints openly gay judge


Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:06:15 PM by Clint N. Suhks 8 replies http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/richmond-circuit-courtappoints-openly-gay-judge/2012/06/14/gJQAhfHwcV_story.html ^ | 6/14/12 | By Laura Vozzella RICHMOND Circuit Court judges have appointed an openly gay prosecutor to the bench just a month after the General Assembly rejected his nomination. Tracy Thorne-Beglands appointment to the city District Court judgeship is temporary, lasting only until the next General Assembly session. The move by the Circuit Court is likely to revive the emotional debate over gay judges that consumed the legislature on the last day of session. It infuriated Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who along with the Family Foundation of Virginia helped convince the General Assembly that Thorne-Begland was unfit for the bench. I think its...

Sen. Lee: Inevitable nominee will make 9th Circuit even more activist
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:48:21 AM by CaptainKrunch 10 replies The Daily Caller ^ | 06/12/2012 | Caroline May Much to the chagrin of pro-lifers and strict constructionists, the Senate voted to end debate on President Barack Obamas judicial nominee for 9th Circuit Court a self-proclaimed early architect of the reasoning behind Roe v. Wade on Monday evening.In a vote of 60-31, Senate Democrats were able to achieve the votes necessary to overcome a filibuster, and more than enough to confirm Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz to the appeals court.There is an understandable amount of concern about making an already activist, liberal court even more activist, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee told The Daily Caller after...

Judge rules Wisconsin man can't hand out Bibles inside MN gay pride fest
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 8:12:26 AM by kevcol 33 replies

WSAU (WI) ^ | June 12, 2012 | news MINNEAPOLIS (WTAQ) - A federal judge says a Wisconsin man cannot hand out Bibles inside a gay pride festival this month at a public park in Minneapolis. Brian Johnson of Hayward sought an injunction giving him unfettered access to the festival grounds.

How Two Al-Qaeda Fundraisers Were Set Free


Thursday, June 07, 2012 11:02:56 AM by bayouranger Frontpagemag.com ^ | 06JUN12 | Daniel Greenfield What do you get for being a terrorist fundraiser? If youre Emadeddin Z. Muntasser, then you grin after walking away with six months of home confinement. And if youre, Samir Al-Monla, then you get off with eight months of home confinement. The jury had convicted Muntasser and Al-Monla back in 2008 of conspiracy and of scheming to cover up their Islamic terrorism charity, but District Court Judge Dennis Saylor IV had thrown out the jurys verdict. From there the case had gone to the United States Court of Appeals, which rejected Saylors willful disregard for the justice system and reinstated...

NY judge: Anti-gay marriage law unconstitutional


Wednesday, June 06, 2012 4:16:25 PM by Free ThinkerNY 5 replies Associated Press ^ | June 6, 2012 | LARRY NEUMEISTER NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge in Manhattan joined a growing chorus of judges across the country Wednesday by striking down a key component of a federal law denying benefits to partners in a gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones said the federal Defense of Marriage Act's efforts to define marriage "intrude upon the states' business of regulating domestic relations."

California gay marriage case looks headed to Supreme Court


Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:02:15 AM by Free ThinkerNY 3 replies

Reuters ^ | June 5, 2012 | Peter Henderson and Dan Levine (Reuters) - The ninth Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the Supreme Court to consider California's gay marriage ban, declining an appeal to revisit the case.

Pastor Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Teaching That Parents Should Spank Their Children
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:51:48 AM by JohnKinAK 59 replies endoftheamericandream.com ^ | 5/29/2012 | The American Dream Do you believe that parents should be able to spank their children? Do you ever express that opinion to others? If so, then you could be sent to prison. Sadly, that is exactly what happened to one pastor up in Wisconsin recently. A minister named Philip Caminiti was sentenced to 2 years in prison for simply teaching that parents should spank their children when they misbehave. Please note that Caminiti was not accused of spanking anyone or of physically hurting anyone. He was put in prison simply for his speech. He was put in prison simply for what he was... Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi

Boston appeals court finds federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional


Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:21:25 AM by Perdogg 53 replies Wash Post ^ An appeals court has ruled that a law that denies a host of federal benefits to same-sex married couples is unconstitutional

Court: Heart of gay marriage law unconstitutional (1st US Circuit Boston)

Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:49:34 AM by C19fan 3 replies AP ^ | May 31, 2012 | Denise Lavoie An appeals court has ruled that the heart of the law that denies a host of federal benefits to same-sex married couples is unconstitutional. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Thursday that the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against married gay couples by denying them federal benefits.

Federal judge strikes down part of new election law


Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:10:27 PM by DeaconBenjamin 3 replies Miami Herald ^ | By Steve Bousquet

TALLAHASSEE -- In a much-anticipated decision, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle [Clinton Appointee] on Thursday struck down some provisions of a Florida elections law that imposed new restrictions on third-party groups that register new voters. Hinkles order said that a 48-hour deadline for groups to turn in new voter registration forms is "harsh and impractical." But he said most of the other provisions of the law can stand. At issue are key elements of House Bill 1355, the elections code rewrite that passed the Legislature in the 2011 session. Following the restrictions on third-party voter registration, the League of Women.

Another Federal Judge Rules Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional


KQED (Bay Area/CA) ^ | May 25, 2012 | News Staff and Wires (Bay City News) A federal judge ruled in Oakland that the state's publicemployee pension system must make long-term care insurance equally available to same-sex spouses and partners. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is unconstitutional to the extent that it limits same-sex spouses of state workers in obtaining the insurance. . . Wilken said the DOMA ban violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment. She wrote that there was no proof the DOMA provision was "rationally related to a legitimate government interest." . . In today's ruling, Wilken...

The Woodrow Wilson school of thought in matters of judicial activism


PGA Weblog ^ In "Constitutional government in the United States", Woodrow Wilson wrote the following: (Page 167) The weightiest import of the matter is seen only when it is remembered that the courts are the instruments of the nation's growth, and that the way in which they serve that use will have much to do with the integrity of every national process. If they determine what powers are to be exercised under the Constitution, they by the same token determine also the adequacy of the Constitution in respect of the needs and interests of the nation; our conscience in matters of law and...

Texas honor student jailed for missing too much school


CBS Atlanta ^ | May 25, 2012 | Amanda Merrell MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX (CBS ATLANTA) - An honor student in Texas was thrown in jail after she missed too many classes at her high school. A judge issued Diane Tran, 17, a summons Wednesday for her excessive truancy after she missed class. She was arrested in open court. Last month, Tran was issued a warning by the judge for missing school. Tran said she works both full-time and part-time jobs, in addition to taking advanced and college level courses. But the judge said Tran's case was bigger than the individual situation of one student. "If you let one run loose,...

Judge: CalPERS can offer long-term care insurance to gay couples


Saturday, May 26, 2012 12:04:17 PM by SmithL 10 replies Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/26/12 | Dale Kasler In a major case involving gay rights at CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund has been ordered to offer its long-term care insurance program to same-sex partners of California workers. A federal judge in Oakland struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that have prevented the California Public Employees' Retirement System from extending the insurance to gay

spouses and domestic partners. In a ruling released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said the ban served no "legitimate governmental interest" and was apparently "motivated by anti-gay animus."

Federal Judge Enjoins Section 1021 - FY2012 NDAA [Blocking indefinite detention of US citizens]
Lawfare ^ | May 16, 2012 | By Steve Vladeck Out today, a 68-page opinion from Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, entering a preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the substantive detention authority codified by the FY2012 NDAA on the ground that enforcement of the relevant provision (section 1021) might interfere with the plaintiffs First and Fifth Amendment rights. Theres a lot here, including the central holding (that the NDAA is not merely a reaffirmation of the AUMF), but I havent had the chance to read it carefully yet. Suffice it to say, I imagine folks will have...

U.S. District Court rejects Tombstone's water supply request


CBS5AZ ^ | May 15,2012 | By Breann Bierman TOMBSTONE, AZ (CBS5) - Officials in Tombstone, AZ, are appealing a U.S. District Court's ruling which denies the city use of mechanical equipment to restore its water system. City officials said the the 130-year-old water system was destroyed by massive flooding from torrential rains and the destruction of surrounding forests in the Monument Fire. The court ruled Monday that the city did not exhaust efforts to obtain federal permits to use equipment. But city officials claim they've spent the past nine months trying to secure the U.S. Forest Service's cooperation. The Goldwater Institute, which is representing the City of Tombstone,...

Former Judge Richard Baumgartner faces 7 federal counts of failing to report felonious activity
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield

Once a revered Knox County Criminal Court judge, Richard Baumgartner on Tuesday shuffled into a federal courtroom in shackles, accused of covering up the drug-trafficking crimes of the mistress he met via a Drug Court program he helped found. Baumgartner, who sent thousands of people to prison in his nearly two-decade-long tenure as judge, was arrested Tuesday as he drove away from his East Knox County farm and hauled into U.S. District Court with shackles on his feet and a chain wrapped around his belly and connected to handcuffs. He said little during his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford...

Judge rules City Council candidate Charla Hawkes-Vinyard doesnt need to prove residency
theshorthorn.com ^ | May 3 2012 | BY LINDSEY JUAREZ According to the Arlington City Charter, City Council members elected in Districts 6, 7 and 8 shall reside and be registered to vote within the boundaries of the city of Arlington at the time of filing for the election. Hawkes-Vinyard listed an Arlington address as her residence on the city council application. However, she owns a home in Frisco and claimed it on a 2010 Residence Homestead Exemption.

Judge Says Prosecution Of Convicted DHS Director Overkill


Judicial Watch ^ | May 1, 2012 The federal judge who presided over the trial of a Homeland Security director convicted of helping an illegal immigrant avoid deportation disagrees with the verdict and has ordered a new trial, saying it was overkill for the government to prosecute the official in the first place. This sort of blatant judicial activism may seem unbelievable but this is a true story, straight out of the United States District Court in Massachusetts. A Reagan-appointed judge, Douglas P. Woodlock, didnt like the outcome of a trial and has issued an order for a new one. His official reason is that he...

Federal judge stops Texas law on women's health [Orders funding of Planned Parenthood]

Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2012 1:31 PM EDT | CHRIS TOMLINSON AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge in Austin has stopped Texas from banning Planned Parenthood from participating in the state's Women's Health Program. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Monday there is sufficient evidence the state law is unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against.... The law passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature forbids state agencies from providing funds to an organization affiliated with abortion providers.

Federal Judge Enforces Sharia-Compliance in Ohio Prisons


Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/12 | Aurelius In 2011, death row inmate Abdul Awkal sued an Ohio prison because he was receiving non-halal food while in prison. As a consequence, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction banned all pork products in prison. This year, prisoner James Rivers filed a lawsuit arguing that pork should not be outright banned. He reasoned that, should Muslims not want to eat pork, they had the right to, but that it was discriminatory to ban pork for everyone. Additionally, the prison did offer meals without pork products in them before the ban. To reinforce Rivers's lawsuit, prison authorities argued that the...

Judge Declares State Worker Drug Testing Order Unconstitutional


NBCMiami ^ | 04/26/2012 | unknown A federal judge declared Gov. Rick Scott's order requiring drug testing for some 85,000 state workers unconstitutional Thursday, saying the governor showed no evidence of a drug problem at the agencies to warrant suspicionless testing. The ruling marks the second blow to Scott's proposals regarding drug testing. The governor also suspended a state law he supported that required drug testing for welfare recipients last year after a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. A federal judge in Orlando has temporarily blocked that law. The ACLU and a government worker's union also filed a lawsuit last year challenging Scott's...

Subsidized, Bankrupt Solyndra Managers Got $368,500 in CourtOrdered Bonuses


CNS News ^ | April 16, 2012 | by Fred Lucas A bankruptcy court ordered $368,500 in bonuses for 20 top managers and employees of Solyndra, the solar panel firm that received $535 million from taxpayers two years before filing for bankruptcy and laying off 11,000 employees. The bonuses kicked in on March 31. The 20 high-level workers earned a total base pay of $2.49 million before the bonuses. One of the executives earned a base annual salary of $206,499 and received a $30,000 incentive under the court order handed down on Feb. 22 by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary F.

Walrath in Delaware.

Legislature enacts new discipline system for judges


Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/10/12 | Tom Humphrey Court of the Judiciary abolished, new board created NASHVILLE After years of sometimes heated argument, the House sent to the governor Monday night compromise legislation that puts into place a new system for disciplining judges for misdeeds on the bench. Final approval came on an 88-5 House vote without any debate. The Senate had approved SB2671 unanimously earlier. Though the votes came with virtually no discussion, the debate over the past three years has included repeated charges that the present Court of the Judiciary ignored judicial misdeeds and operated in unwarranted secrecy. Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard...

Federal judge strikes down parts of Wisconsin union law


Yahoo ^ | 3/29/12 | SCOTT BAUER

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A federal judge upheld most of Wisconsin's contentious law curbing collective bargaining rights on Friday, but he sided with unions by overturning two portions of the law that were costly and impeded on a major funding source for the groups. One banned public workers from allowing union dues to be automatically withdrawn from their paychecks, while the other required expensive annual elections where all

members, not just those voting, would have to support staying organized. Still, the ruling keeps in place the majority of the law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker. **SNIP** U.S. District Judge William Conley rejected that argument. Conley said the governor had a legitimate concern when he decided to exempt police, prison guards, firefighters and most other law enforcement officers since a strike by those workers would put the public at risk. The judge also said he wasn't swayed by the fact that the exempted workers supported Walker during his run for governor in 2010, while those covered under the law opposed him.

Federal Judge Spares Reputed Mobsters From Prison Time To Save Employee Jobs
Friends of Ours ^ | 3/31/12 | Friends of Ours That Jack Weinstein, what a mensch. The Brooklyn federal judge sentenced reputed Genovese associate and food caterer Frank DiMattina to six years in prison on extortion and gun convictions but otherwise will allow him to remain free pending the lengthy appeals process as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "the judge was concerned that ordering DiMattina to begin serving the sentence immediately might jeopardize the jobs of 60 employees of DiMattinas catering hall, Arianas Grand, in Woodbridge, N.J." Weinstein pulled a similar stunt in 2008 when he spared reputed Gambino soldier and Brooklyn restaurateur Joseph Chirico from prison...

Democrat Judge Targets Tea Party Group


Big Government ^ | March 29, 2012 | Breitbart News A Texas judge has ruled to strip a Tea Party-aligned group of its non-profit status. The judge ruled that the group, King Street Patriots (KSP), was actually a political action committee (PAC) for engaging in anti-voter fraud efforts.

Justice Elana Kagan violates the law!


Self ^ | 3/29/2012 | Self According to Section 455(b)(3) of Title 28 of the U.S. Code, justices must disqualify themselves in cases where they have served in governmental employment and in such capacity participated as counsel, adviser, or material witness concerning the proceeding or expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case or controversy. As solicitor general of the United States, Justice Elena Kagan served as the head of an office responsible for formulating the Obama administrations legal defense of its domestic agenda priority Obamacare.

Kagan: Its Just A Boatload Of Federal Money, It Doesnt Sound Coercive To Me


CNSNews.com ^ | March 28, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr. Video in Story... Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan defended the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare today by arguing that "It's just a boatload of federal money for you to take and spend" and concluding "It doesn't sound coercive to me." Kagan made her comments at today's Supreme Court hearing while questioning attorney Paul D. Clement who was presenting an oral argument on behalf of 26 states seeking to have the federal health care law declared unconstitutional: Mr. Clement: "Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court. The constitutionality of the acts massive expansion of Medicaid depends on the answer

Justice Breyer's unhinged Commerce Clause ramblings


Washington Examiner ^ | 03/29/2012 | by Conn Carroll I was listening to the tape-delayed Obamacare oral arguments in the car Tuesday when I first heard Justice Breyer's Commerce Clause diatribe, and I meant to post something when I got home. But after making dinner and putting the kids to bed, I forgot.Until today, that is, when I read Jeffrey Anderson's account of "Breyer's Missteps." I think Jeffrey is far too generous to Breyer. Here is a fuller transcript of Breyer's outburst: I look back into history, and I think if we look back into history we see sometimes Congress can create commerce out of nothing.

Rogue California AG

Attorney General Harris Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court against Arizona Immigration Law
California /department of Justice ^ | 03/27/2012 | California Department of Justice AG California has the largest undocumented immigrant population of any state, 2.5 million (6.8 percent), according to a 2011 report from the Pew Hispanic Center. California also has the largest percentage (9.7 percent) of undocumented immigrants in its labor force at 1.85 million. California law expressly guarantees the same protection, rights and remedies, except those prohibited by federal law, to all who have applied for employment or who have been employed. California also allows students who are not legal residents to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor hanging out at Restaurant
Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/26/12 | staff What an amazing coincidence. After the first day of the ObamaCARE hearings, and the night before the most important day in the hearings, Obamas Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Obama appointed far left Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor happen to be dining for dinner at Nora Restaurant, at the same time of night. Of all the restaurants in the Washington DC area, I find quite fishy. Does Nora Restaurant serve fish? I dont know if they were sitting together or not, but it still is just another amazing coincidence. Katie Harbath @katieharbath Sec Sibelius and Justice Sotomayor...

5th Circuit: Immigration Law Complicates Relations With Mexico


Judicial Watch ^ | March 26, 2012 | Judicial Watch

Check out what a federal appellate court just determined when striking down a Texas towns law banning illegal aliens from renting housing; the unconstitutional measure has no other purpose than the exclusion of illegal aliens, which complicates immigration issues and relations with other countries, particularly Mexico. It may seem unbelievable, but read the ruling for yourself. It was issued recently by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit against the Dallas suburb of Farmers Ranch. A three-judge panel from the New Orleans-based court further clarified that the sole purpose of an ordinance banning illegal immigrants from renting...

Your Gods wrong: Judge erupts in angry tirade, sends pro-life activist back to jail
Life Site News ^ | 3/22/2012 | Tony Gosgnach TORONTO, Ontario, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) An Ontario Court of Justice judge erupted in a lengthy, angry tirade against pro-life activist Mary Wagner and ejected a spectator from the public gallery in a downtown Toronto courtroom Wednesday. The judge then sent Wagner to jail for an additional 92 days, added to 88 days already served prior to trial, after finding her guilty of mischief and two counts of failing to comply with probation orders. The charges related to Wagners November 8 arrest at the site of the Bloor West Village Womens Clinic. Wagner has been arrested on...

Court upholds ban on Texas immigrant housing law


Associated Press ^ | 3/21/12 DALLAS (AP) -- A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that stopped a Dallas suburb's ban on illegal immigrants seeking housing. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Farmers Branch overstepped its authority in 2008 when it passed a law calling on the city's building inspector to check the immigration status of anyone wanting to rent an apartment who wasn't a U.S. citizen. Under the law, illegal immigrants would have been barred from rental housing, and landlords who knowingly allowed them to stay could have their rental licenses barred. The appellate court said the city...

Pool-mageddon avoided for now

The Washington Times ^ | March 15, 2012 | Stephen Dinan <p>The Justice Department on Thursday issued a 60-day stay of execution for hundreds of thousands of public pools which had been required to install ramps and wheelchair lifts by today or else face lawsuits over violating disability laws.</p>

Judge rules school must allow access to sexually explicit LGBT sites
Greely Gazette ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jack Minor A federal judge has ordered a Missouri school district to unblock its web filters and give students access to sexually explicit material by the middle of March. A US District Judge issued a preliminary junction against the Camdenton R III School District banning them from using filtering software. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the district claiming it was deliberately restricting access to homosexual themed sites, while allowing students to view what it claims are anti-LG BT sites that condemn homosexuality. In issuing its ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri said...

Voter ID Law Struck Down Again [ Wisconsin- But the USSC ruled its legal in 08 ]
nbc26.com ^ | March 12 2012 | nbc26 Green Bay-- A second judge struck down Wisconsins voter ID law, and this time, the injunction is permanent. A different judge passed a temporary injunction against the law last week, but the state's attorney general says this fight isn't over. The law's proponents say they'll continue to push it through the courts. Green Bay city clerk and election specialist Kris Teske says each polling place hired one employee to check identification and make sure the voter was at the correct precinct. "We had five training sessions and teaching the poll workers about the voter ID, so now we'll just take...

Sexuality no longer a private matter in California (Judges must declare their sexual orientation)

American Thinker ^ | 03/12/2012 | Thomas Lifson The relentless advocates of identity politics don't care about antique notions like privacy in their campaign to make everything subject to quota. Three weeks ago, Lee DeCovnik wrote about the State of California requiring all judges to make a declaration of their sexuality. He asked: Now that the beastly camel has poked its nose into the tent, can we expect a question on sexual orientation as part of the admissions process for colleges and universities? Just how soon until sexual orientation becomes a factor in receiving preferential treatment in hiring for state jobs, bidding on state contracts, and granting professional...

FLASHBACK- Supreme Court upholds voter ID law Law justified to protect integrity, reliability
msnbc.msn.com ^ | 4/28/2008 WASHINGTON The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws. In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana's strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud. Burden 'eminently reasonable' "We cannot conclude that the statute imposes 'excessively burdensome requirements' on any class of voters," Stevens said. Stevens' opinion suggests that the outcome could be different in a state where voters could...

[WI] Judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional [makes temp injunction permanent]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/12/2012 | The Associated Press and Patrick Marley Madison - A Dane County judge permanently enjoined the state's new voter ID law on Monday - the second judge in a week to block the requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls. "A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence - the people's inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people," said the eight-page opinion by Dane County Judge Richard Niess. "It sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution. This is precisely what 2011 Wisconsin Act

http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/la-na-marriage-kennedy-20120209/10? page=2&logout=true Judge Reihardt and Judge Michael Hawkins used their powers to overrule the will of the people. Two activist judges legislating from the bench.

Judge rejects releasing TBI file of ex-judge Richard Baumgartner


Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield KNOXVILLE A judge said today he has no authority to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's file on former judge Richard Baumgartner. "This court has no authority whatsoever to decide on its own, 'I'm going to let the public see this file,'" Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood said at a speciallycalled hearing in Knox County Criminal Court. Blackwood said the portions of the file not made public contain phone records and recorded conversations in which Baumgartner discusses sex with two women and makes "crude remarks" about people. "What you're not going to find (in the TBI file) is...

Radical Cronyism? Sit-In Leader Nominated as Judge by Pres. Obama


PJ Media ^ | 3/9/12 | David Steinberg The leader of the occupation in the video Robert L. Wilkins of the Harvard Black Law Students Association was nominated by President Obama on May 20, 2010 to be considered for judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. He is now a sitting judge in that position. (snip)Not mentioned in the press release: that Wilkins once led an illegal occupation of a law school building to demand the school hire based on skin color, a protest primarily focused on supporting the actions of radical bigot Derrick Bell.

Judges orders millions paid in NYC firefighter bias case


CNN.com ^ | Thu March 8, 2012 | Rose Arce

(CNN) -- A U.S. district judge ordered New York City to pay $128 million in to firefighters who allege the city used an entrance exam that deliberately sought to keep African-Americans and Latino Americans off the force. The judge also ordered the FDNY to hire 293 black and Latino applicants. "It has been in the city's power to prevent or remedy the need for damages proceedings for a decade, and it has not done so," U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garufis said in his ruling on the class action lawsuit. He called it the "consequences of the city's decision to...

(Activist) Judge: Pension Rules Unlawful


The Lakeland Ledger (A NYT Newspaper) ^ ...Fulford also ruled the mandatory pension payments represented an "unconstitutional taking of private property without full compensation" and a violation of collective bargaining rights of the public workers....

Judge In Voter ID Case Signed Recall Petition


Channel 3000 ^ | March 6, 2012 | AP A judge who filed a temporary injunction against the state's new voter identification law also signed a petition seeking the recall of Gov. Scott Walker, who was a staunch supporter of the law.

Judge grants temporarily injunction barring enforcement of voter ID law in April election [WI]
Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:45 pm | ED TRELEVEN A Dane County Judge on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction that bars the enforcement of the state photo ID law at polling places during the general election on April 3. Circuit Judge David Flanagan said that the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera had demonstrated that their lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker and the state Government Accountability Board would probably succeed on its merits and had demonstrated the likelihood of irreparable harm if the photo ID law is allowed to stand. Flanagan ordered Walker and the GAB to "cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement...

Muslim Judge In U.S. Court: If You Mock Muhammed You Deserve To Get Beaten
PIJNP ^ | Chaplain Klingenschmitt President Obama apologized to Afghani terrorists who killed two American soldiers yesterday, saying Obama would punish any American troops who discard copies of the Koran, which were burned with the trash, upsetting the violent Muslims who killed our troops. I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible, said Obama. A witchhunt will ensue, to find and punish the American soldiers Obama blames for mishandling the Muslim book. Sadly the Obama Administration defended buring Bibles in 2009, but he kowtows for the Koran. Meanwhile another American Judge Mark Martin,...

Judge: NLRB can require employers to display union posters


The Hill ^ | 3/2/12 | Kevin Bogardus The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was within its legal powers when it issued a rule requiring employers to post notices about union rights, a judge ruled Friday. The rule would require employers to display notices about collective bargaining rights, and has been challenged in court by several trade associations. In a memorandum opinion filed Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the NLRB did not exceed its statutory authority in issuing the rule. She did rule, however, that the NLRB cannot make a blanket advance determination that a failure to post [the notice] will always constitute an unfair...

Obama appointee upholds controversial NLRB rule


Legal Newsline ^ | 3-2-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie A federal judge appointed by President Obama has upheld the National Labor Relation Board's power to enforce its ... Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Federal judge blocks Arizona's day laborer restrictions


foxnews.com ^ | 2/29/12 | AP A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that groups seeking to overturn the law will likely prevail in their claim that the day labor rules violate the First Amendment. The ban was among a handful of provisions in the law that were allowed to take effect after a July 2010 decision by Bolton halted enforcement of other, more controversial elements of the law. The previously blocked...

Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law


Associated Press ^ | Feb 29, 2012, 4:36 PM EST | JACQUES BILLEAUD PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that groups seeking to overturn the law will likely prevail in their claim that the day labor rules violate the First Amendment. The ban was among a handful of provisions in the law that were allowed to take effect after a July 2010 decision by Bolton halted enforcement of other, more controversial elements of the law....

Federal judge severely limits Second Amendment rights


The Daily Caller ^ | 02/24/2012 | Bob Barr Over the last few years, the Second Amendment has experienced somewhat of a rebirth, thanks largely to a pair of Supreme Court decisions: District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. In these seminal decisions, the Supreme Court affirmed the understanding of the Founding Fathers that there is indeed an individual right to keep and bear arms, a God-given right to protect oneself that is guaranteed to us in the Second Amendment to our Constitution. Cities with oppressive restrictions on guns, including the District of Columbia and Chicago, have been forced to at least recognize that they cannot simply...

PA Judge Rules Muslims Have Right to Assault those Who Offend Islam
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Feb 2012 | John Semmens A Pennsylvania man walking in a parade dressed as a zombie Muhammad next to a man dressed as a zombie Pope was physically assaulted by a recent Muslim immigrant for insulting Islam. Instead of facing jail time or being assessed for damages, the attacker was absolved by Judge Mark Martin. Martin, himself a Muslim, brushed aside the victims First Amendment rights asserting that freedom of speech does not entitle anyone to commit blasphemy against anothers religious beliefs. I am quite familiar with the Koran. Nowhere does it state that Muhammad arose and walked among the dead.

Penn Judge: Muslims Allowed to Attack People for Insulting Mohammad


Yahoo! Contributor Network ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Mark Whittington Jonathon Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, reports on a disturbing case in which a state judge in Pennsylvania threw out an assault case involving a Muslim attacking an atheist for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Judge Mark Martin, an Iraq war veteran and a convert to Islam, threw the case out in what appears to be an invocation of Sharia law.

Gay Dallas Judge Won't Perform Straight Marriages


nbcdfw.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2012 | Greg Janda Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker says she won't perform marriage ceremonies until homosexuals can be wed. During a Feb. 21 meeting, Parker told the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas that while she has the power to perform legal marriage ceremonies in her court, she will not. I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why Im turning them away, Parker said. So I usually will offer them something along the lines of, Im sorry. I dont perform marriage ceremonies because we are in...

Freedom Of Speech Denied In America: Muslim Judge Scolds Victim For Insulting Muhammad
The Jawa Report ^ | 2/23/12 This is pure insanity: Below is a recording of the court transcript. The judge dismissing the case after lecturing the victim for insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad starts at 28:30, in case you don't have time to listen to the entire 36 minutes. Update: (Thanks, wtd) Perce, the victim in this case, is being threatened with jail time for posting the audio of his trial. This is pure sharia in America, where the victim is punished and the perpetrators are freed, and where the judge ignore human rights in favor of Islamic superiority. This is truly frightening, friends. Partial transcript...

Defense of Marriage Act Violates Constitution, Says Calif. Federal Judge


Christian Post ^ | 02/23/2012 | Paul Stanley A federal district court judge on Wednesday ruled that a key provision in the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it did not expend health benefits to a same-sex spouse. The case involved an employee of the federal court in San Francisco. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White's ruling is the last in a string of same-sex marriage cases that have been ruled on by California district and appeals courts. Earlier this month a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision by another U.S. district judge that overturned the state's voter approved amendment that...

Lesbian federal worker wins health benefits case


AP via SFGate ^ | 2/22/12 | Lisa Leff, ASSOCIATED PRESS an Francisco (AP) -- A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that the U.S. government cannot deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition of samesex unions. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said that because the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex married couples, the government's refusal to furnish health insurance to Karen Golinski's wife is

unjustified. "The Court finds that DOMA, as applied to Ms. Golinski, violates her right to equal protection of the law ... by, without substantial justification or rational basis,...

RECALL ALERT: Judge denies Gov. Walker time to verify signatures (Action Alert!)
Tea Party Express ^ | February 19, 2012 | Staff Dear Loyal Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker, . You are not going to believe this one! . A Democratic appointed judge that was supported by AFL-CIO South Federation of Labor and the Madison Teachers Union has denied Gov. Scott Walker the time to verify the recall petitions submitted by the unions and liberal left that are trying to oust him. He essentially ruled that the Recall was inevitable and that we should not waste time actually verifying signatures. . . .. . We have been telling you that we are worried that this will not be a fair fight...

Judge grants injunction halting state funding cut to Planned Parenthood in Memphis
Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/16/12 | Scott Carroll A federal judges ruling has temporarily halted the Tennessee Department of Healths decision to rescind funding for Planned Parenthoods HIV and syphilis testing program. Today, U.S. Dist. Judge William Haynes granted a preliminary injunction filed by Planned Parenthood, which is suing the state over $150,000 in dropped grants. A portion of the grant money supported HIV testing at Planned Parenthood affiliates including the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.

Rhode Island federal judges and school board have voted to remove prayer banner
2012 | BibleTruth Cranston, Rhode Island federal judges and the school board members have voted to remove prayer banner at the public high school

How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warnings
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/12/12 | Jamie Satterfield Court of secrecy: How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warningsIt was a Thursday night in January 2010 when the phone rang at the Andersonville home of then-Knox County Sheriff's Office courtroom security officer Meredith Driskell. "He said, 'I'm coming to get those pills.' He told me to put them in a brown paper bag. I told him no ... but he told me I was going to," she recalled when contacted by the News Sentinel. "So, I put them in a brown paper bag and handed it to him, my husband, who hadn't been in...

Federal judge to politicos: You should be ashamed for comments in Texas school prayer suit
The Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2012 | AP <p>SAN ANTONIO A federal judge blasted by Newt Gingrich and other conservatives for his ruling that prohibited prayer at a Texas high school graduation is firing back in accepting a settlement to the case.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Fred Biery on Thursday admonished those who demagogued this case for their own political goals. He then added, You should be ashamed of yourselves.</

Ninth Circuit Court asks Obama adminstration to clarify its deportation priorities
Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/8/12 | Matt O'Brien In a direct challenge to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court temporarily halted the deportation of seven immigrants until federal authorities explain whether they should be deported. "It has caused quite a stir," said San Jose immigration lawyer Bernadette Connolly, whose client David Aranda Rodriguez is one of the seven who won the unexpected reprieve Monday. A panel of the San-Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to give the Obama administration until March 19 to explain if Aranda Rodriguez and the

other immigrants deserve a break under a new enforcement policy known as prosecutorial discretion.

Justice Ginsburg and the Need to Oppose Radical Judicial Nominees


Red State ^ | 2/7/2012 | Daniel Horowitz While most of us have been caught up in the brouhaha of electoral politics, liberal activists have been working indefatigably to pack the courts the unelected branch of government with radical statists. We might have turned over a number of congressional seats in 2010, but Obama has successfully turned over many conservative seats in our federal court system. Since taking office, Obama has appointed 125 people to federal judgeships, including 25 to appellate courts, and 2 to the Supreme Court. After three years, Obamas mark on the federal courts is beginning to become quite potent. The Fourth Circuit...

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Prop. 8 Ban On Gay Marriage


CBS Local ^ | February 7, 2012 | San Francisco CBS

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/02/07/150967/
Reihardt, who was appointed to the appeals court by President Jimmy Carter, was joined in the majority opinion by Judge Michael Hawkins, an appointee of President Bill Clinton. Judge Randy Smith, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, dissented, saying he disagreed that Prop. 8 served no purpose other than to treat gays and lesbians as second-class citizens. He insisted that the ban could help ensure that children are raised by married, opposite-sex parents.

Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California

New York Times ^ | Febryary 7, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY A federal appeals court panel ruled on Tuesday that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California violated the Constitution, all but ensuring that the case will proceed to the United States Supreme Court. The three-judge panel issued its ruling Tuesday morning in San Francisco, upholding a decision by Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who had been the chief judge of the Federal District Court of the Northern District of California but has since retired. Like Judge Walker, the panel found that Proposition 8 passed by California voters in November 2008 by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent... Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt wrote the decision Judge N. Randy Smith wrote the dissenting opinion

Georgia eligibility challenge returns ! [The issue won't go away]


WND ^ | February 7, 2012 | Bob Unruh An administrative law judge in Georgia who held hearings on citizens complaints that Barack Obama isnt eligible to be president and so shouldnt be on the 2012 presidential ballot in the state failed to follow U.S. Supreme Court precedent, according to one of the attorneys representing clients bringing the complaints. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today adopted without elaboration the recommendation from Judge Michael Malihi, who concluded without evidence from Obama that he was born in Hawaii, which makes him native born, which is the same as the natural born required by the Constitution of presidents.

Who is Judge Michael Malihi?


Intangible Soul ^ | 4 February 2012 | intangiblesoul Immediately after hearing that Georgia Judge Michael Malihi ruled against the Plaintiffs in the case regarding Obamas eligibility to be on the 2012 presidential ballot, and hearing that Malihi was a Muslim Iranian, I decided to find out all I could about him. Is his ancestry really Iranian? Is his faith really Muslim? And

did either of these things, if true, play a role in his decision to side with Obama in the Georgia eligibility hearing? I set out to find all the details I could. What I found was precious little. Judge Michael MalihiJudge Malihi is the Deputy Chief...

Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California


New York Times ^ | Febryary 7, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY A federal appeals court panel ruled on Tuesday that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California violated the Constitution, all but ensuring that the case will proceed to the United States Supreme Court. The three-judge panel issued its ruling Tuesday morning in San Francisco, upholding a decision by Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who had been the chief judge of the Federal District Court of the Northern District of California but has since retired. Like Judge Walker, the panel found that Proposition 8 passed by California voters in November 2008 by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent...

Breaking: Calif. court declares Prop 8 unconstitutional


Hot Air ^ | February 6, 2012 | JAZZ SHAW News just began coming out a little after noon on the east coast. A California appeals court has struck down Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage in the state. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down Californias ban on samesex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage as early as next year. The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to one man and one woman, violated the U.S. Constitution. The architects of Prop. 8...

Georgia Judge Michael Malihi is a cowardly traitor


http://english.pravda.ru ^ | February 6 2012 | Mark S. McGrew Friday, February 3, 2012, for some kind of a bribe or because he was threatened, Georgia Judge Michael Malihi sold out his country and defecated on the constitution of The United States of America. As an Administrative law judge in the State of Georgia, a case was presented to him to have Barack Obama removed from the ballot to run for President in the State of Georgia. His actions have set

precedence in American law that if a person is charged with a crime, the best defense, is to not show up for court.

Judicial Activism Jeopardizes Jobs


Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-01-27 | Paul Petrick Last year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals once again used the Clean Water Act to bludgeon industry and property owners. In Georgia-Pacific West, Inc. v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the nations most infamous appellate court held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been misinterpreting its own regulations for more than three decades. The EPA has traditionally considered the cultivation of trees to be an agricultural activity. The jurists of the Ninth Circuit have determined that they have the expertise to overrule decades of regulatory precedent and deem forestry a manufacturing activity.

Justice Ginsburg visits mark Arab Spring uprisings (Egypt and Tunesia)
WREX-TV / The Associated Press ^ | February 2, 2012 | Mark Sherman The Supreme Court's midwinter break is often used by justices to fly off to sunny vacation spots or European capitals where they address an audience or two on someone else's tab. But this year, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is on a different sort of visit to two North African countries where popular uprisings helped topple longtime leaders. Ginsburg wrapped up a State Department-sponsored visit to Egypt on Wednesday with a public seminar at the Cairo University law school. The 78-year-old Ginsburg told students she was inspired by last year's protests that led to the end of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Supreme Court says no to debate over Elena Kagan health care role.
Politico by way of Drudge ^ | 1/23/12 | JENNIFER HABERKORN The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request for debate over whether Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the health care reform case due to be argued in March. Freedom Watch, a group led by Larry Klayman, asked the court

for permission to file a brief on Kagan's participation in the case. The court on Monday denied the request without comment, though it did note that Kagan did not participate in the discussion.

Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks (More DC "Incestuous" Relations)
Reuters ^ | January 20, 2012 | Scot J. Paltrow .S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington's biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for.

Judge continues to block cuts to in-home care


mercurynews.com ^ | 01/19/2012 A federal judge on Thursday prohibited the state from reducing funding for California's in-home supportive services program, which serves about 435,000 low-income seniors and the disabled. U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland issued a preliminary injunction against the state. She expressed concern that the state's 20 percent reduction puts seniors at risk and violates the American With Disabilities Act. Gov. Jerry Brown's finance spokesman, H.D. Palmer, said the state will appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Last month, Wilken imposed a temporary restraining order, which stopped the state from moving ahead with the cuts, which were...

Judge to end Calif. prison receiver


AP via SacBee ^ | 1/17/12 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered California officials to prepare for the end of a six-year, court-ordered oversight of the prison

system that has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and helped force a shift of lowerlevel criminals from state prisons to county jails. U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson cited improving conditions in the prison system in a threepage order that says "the end of the Receivership appears to be in sight." The ruling marks an important milestone in a process that began nearly six years ago when the judge appointed a receiver to run California's prison...

Three Conservative Victories


Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2012 | Cal Thomas While most attention is focused on the presidential race and Republican hopes to oust President Obama from office, some significant steps were taken last week on issues dear to the hearts of conservatives. In Texas, a federal appeals court upheld the state's sonogram law, which requires that women seeking abortions view a picture of their baby before having the procedure. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling, which had issued an injunction, preventing the law from taking effect. The decision allows the state to begin enforcing the law, mandating doctors to give pregnant women "truthful, nonmisleading...

Judge rules (CT) trooper layoffs unconstitutional


WFSB ^ A Superior Court judge has ruled that state trooper layoffs ordered by Gov. Dannel Malloy last year are unconstitutional. Last year, 56 state police troopers were laid off during the summer after they rejected part of a concessions agreement put out by Malloy's administration to deal with the state budget deficit. All of the state police troopers got their jobs back, collected six weeks of unemployment, which was less than their pay. But they say that's not the point. They sued because they say Malloy didn't have the authority to lay them off. It is unclear whether the state will...

Court Voids Oklahoma Ban on Sharia Law


Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Jan 2012 | John Semmens

The three-member U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the voterpassed initiative blocking state courts from using Muslim sharia law to decide cases . The Court held that the initiative impeded plaintiff Muneer Awads right to fully practice his faith. U.S. secular law does not recognize concepts like honor killings, fatwas, and the suppression of blasphemy that are fundamental to the Islamic faith, the Court said. Consequently, if the initiative were allowed to stand, Mr. Awad might be prosecuted for acts that his faith commands him to commit. This interferes with his right to religious freedom under theUnited States Constitution....

Judge: Christian Opposition to Same Sex Unions is Wrong


Fox News ^ | 1/13/12 | Todd Starnes A New Jersey Judge has ruled that a Christian organization engaged in wrongdoing and violated the states discrimination laws when it prevented a gay couple from holding a civil union ceremony on its property. (snip) Administrative Law Judge Solomon Metzger made the ruling Thursday in a case involving the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. In 2007 the group stopped a lesbian couple from using its boardwalk pavilion. Respondent opposes same-sex unions as a matter of religious belief, and in 2007 found itself on the wrong side of recent changes in the law, Judge Metzger wrote in his ruling.

There is always an Exception to Generalizations One Judge Stands Alone Against the SEC
Armstrong Economics ^ | January 7th, 2012 | Martin Armstrong The Southern District of New York Federal Court is perhaps the most corrupt in the world. There is simply no rule of law whatsoever. When Dorothy Heyl of the SEC filed the action against Princeton Economics, she had the audacity to stand up and say she did not want the company to have any lawyers whatsoever. MS HEYL [SEC COUNSEL]: We want the assets to be frozen with....no money for attorneys fees. (SDNY; 99-Civ-9667) (Tr: 9/13/99, p24-25) There is one Judge who is standing alone in New York trying to fight the corruption of the government especially the SEC...

Medi-Cal care trumps California's fiscal woes, judge rules

Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/6/12 | Darrell Smith The state's fiscal crisis does not outweigh access to health care, a federal judge said in temporarily blocking state Medi-Cal cuts that rural hospitals say would have endangered skilled nursing care for their elderly and long-term patients.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder in Los Angeles federal court Dec. 28 puts the brakes on Medi-Cal cuts that were intended to save California up to $623 million by trimming reimbursement rates to care providers by as much as 10 percent. An earlier round of cuts, also temporarily blocked by the courts, would double the reductions. Medi-Cal, the state's federal Medicaid...

Gingrich, Desegregation, and Judicial Supremacy


Public Discourse ^ | January 5, 2012 | Joel Alicea

Those who oppose judicial supremacy follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln himself. Newt Gingrichs statements about the judiciary during the December 15, 2011, GOP debate and on Bob Schieffers Face the Nation the following weekend ignited a firestorm over his view of American constitutionalism that has been smoldering in the media for several months now. His challenge to judicial supremacythe idea that the Supreme Court has the last word on the meaning of the Constitutionhas been much condemned, particularly because Gingrichs argument also criticizes the declaration of judicial supremacy in the Courts 1958 desegregation decision, Cooper v. Aaron. Ian...

CA Judge Deems Ramming Jewish Woman with Shopping Cart Free Speech
The Blaze ^ | 1/4/12 | The Blaze Back in June of 2010 a leader of a pro-Palestinian student group at University of Berkeley allegedly rammed a Jewish woman with a shopping cart as she staged a counter-protest to an anti-Israel Apartheid Week rally conducted by the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. The counter-protest was dubbed Israel Wants Peace Week. Now, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg has deemed that the Muslim students who harassed Jessica Felber and other Jewish students were simply engaging in protected political speech.

Judicial Racketeering RICO ACT

http://www.fulldisclosure.net ^ | 11-18-2011 | edcoil

Another Federal Judge Rules Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional


KQED (Bay Area/CA) ^ | May 25, 2012 | News Staff and Wires (Bay City News) A federal judge ruled in Oakland that the state's publicemployee pension system must make long-term care insurance equally available to same-sex spouses and partners. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is unconstitutional to the extent that it limits same-sex spouses of state workers in obtaining the insurance. . . Wilken said the DOMA ban violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment. She wrote that there was no proof the DOMA provision was "rationally related to a legitimate government interest." . . In today's ruling, Wilken...

The Woodrow Wilson school of thought in matters of judicial activism


PGA Weblog ^ In "Constitutional government in the United States", Woodrow Wilson wrote the following: (Page 167) The weightiest import of the matter is seen only when it is remembered that the courts are the instruments of the nation's growth, and that the way in which they serve that use will have much to do with the integrity of every national process. If they determine what powers are to be exercised under the Constitution, they by the same token determine also the adequacy of the Constitution in respect of the needs and interests of the nation; our conscience in matters of law and...

Texas honor student jailed for missing too much school


CBS Atlanta ^ | May 25, 2012 | Amanda Merrell MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX (CBS ATLANTA) - An honor student in Texas was thrown in jail after she missed too many classes at her high school. A judge issued Diane Tran, 17, a summons Wednesday for her excessive truancy after she missed class. She was arrested in open court. Last month, Tran was issued a

warning by the judge for missing school. Tran said she works both full-time and part-time jobs, in addition to taking advanced and college level courses. But the judge said Tran's case was bigger than the individual situation of one student. "If you let one run loose,...

Judge: CalPERS can offer long-term care insurance to gay couples


Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/26/12 | Dale Kasler In a major case involving gay rights at CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund has been ordered to offer its long-term care insurance program to same-sex partners of California workers. A federal judge in Oakland struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that have prevented the California Public Employees' Retirement System from extending the insurance to gay spouses and domestic partners. In a ruling released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said the ban served no "legitimate governmental interest" and was apparently "motivated by anti-gay animus."

Federal Judge Enjoins Section 1021 - FY2012 NDAA [Blocking indefinite detention of US citizens]
Lawfare ^ | May 16, 2012 | By Steve Vladeck Out today, a 68-page opinion from Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, entering a preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the substantive detention authority codified by the FY2012 NDAA on the ground that enforcement of the relevant provision (section 1021) might interfere with the plaintiffs First and Fifth Amendment rights. Theres a lot here, including the central holding (that the NDAA is not merely a reaffirmation of the AUMF), but I havent had the chance to read it carefully yet. Suffice it to say, I imagine folks will have...

U.S. District Court rejects Tombstone's water supply request


CBS5AZ ^ | May 15,2012 | By Breann Bierman TOMBSTONE, AZ (CBS5) - Officials in Tombstone, AZ, are appealing a U.S. District Court's ruling which denies the city use of mechanical equipment to

restore its water system. City officials said the the 130-year-old water system was destroyed by massive flooding from torrential rains and the destruction of surrounding forests in the Monument Fire. The court ruled Monday that the city did not exhaust efforts to obtain federal permits to use equipment. But city officials claim they've spent the past nine months trying to secure the U.S. Forest Service's cooperation. The Goldwater Institute, which is representing the City of Tombstone,...

Former Judge Richard Baumgartner faces 7 federal counts of failing to report felonious activity
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield Once a revered Knox County Criminal Court judge, Richard Baumgartner on Tuesday shuffled into a federal courtroom in shackles, accused of covering up the drug-trafficking crimes of the mistress he met via a Drug Court program he helped found. Baumgartner, who sent thousands of people to prison in his nearly two-decade-long tenure as judge, was arrested Tuesday as he drove away from his East Knox County farm and hauled into U.S. District Court with shackles on his feet and a chain wrapped around his belly and connected to handcuffs. He said little during his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford...

Judge rules City Council candidate Charla Hawkes-Vinyard doesnt need to prove residency
theshorthorn.com ^ | May 3 2012 | BY LINDSEY JUAREZ According to the Arlington City Charter, City Council members elected in Districts 6, 7 and 8 shall reside and be registered to vote within the boundaries of the city of Arlington at the time of filing for the election. Hawkes-Vinyard listed an Arlington address as her residence on the city council application. However, she owns a home in Frisco and claimed it on a 2010 Residence Homestead Exemption.

Judge Says Prosecution Of Convicted DHS Director Overkill


Judicial Watch ^ | May 1, 2012

The federal judge who presided over the trial of a Homeland Security director convicted of helping an illegal immigrant avoid deportation disagrees with the verdict and has ordered a new trial, saying it was overkill for the government to prosecute the official in the first place. This sort of blatant judicial activism may seem unbelievable but this is a true story, straight out of the United States District Court in Massachusetts. A Reagan-appointed judge, Douglas P. Woodlock, didnt like the outcome of a trial and has issued an order for a new one. His official reason is that he...

Federal judge stops Texas law on women's health [Orders funding of Planned Parenthood]
Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2012 1:31 PM EDT | CHRIS TOMLINSON AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge in Austin has stopped Texas from banning Planned Parenthood from participating in the state's Women's Health Program. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Monday there is sufficient evidence the state law is unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against.... The law passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature forbids state agencies from providing funds to an organization affiliated with abortion providers.

Federal Judge Enforces Sharia-Compliance in Ohio Prisons


Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/12 | Aurelius In 2011, death row inmate Abdul Awkal sued an Ohio prison because he was receiving non-halal food while in prison. As a consequence, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction banned all pork products in prison. This year, prisoner James Rivers filed a lawsuit arguing that pork should not be outright banned. He reasoned that, should Muslims not want to eat pork, they had the right to, but that it was discriminatory to ban pork for everyone. Additionally, the prison did offer meals without pork products in them before the ban. To reinforce Rivers's lawsuit, prison authorities argued that the...

Judge Declares State Worker Drug Testing Order Unconstitutional


NBCMiami ^ | 04/26/2012 | unknown

A federal judge declared Gov. Rick Scott's order requiring drug testing for some 85,000 state workers unconstitutional Thursday, saying the governor showed no evidence of a drug problem at the agencies to warrant suspicionless testing. The ruling marks the second blow to Scott's proposals regarding drug testing. The governor also suspended a state law he supported that required drug testing for welfare recipients last year after a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. A federal judge in Orlando has temporarily blocked that law. The ACLU and a government worker's union also filed a lawsuit last year challenging Scott's...

Subsidized, Bankrupt Solyndra Managers Got $368,500 in CourtOrdered Bonuses


CNS News ^ | April 16, 2012 | by Fred Lucas A bankruptcy court ordered $368,500 in bonuses for 20 top managers and employees of Solyndra, the solar panel firm that received $535 million from taxpayers two years before filing for bankruptcy and laying off 11,000 employees. The bonuses kicked in on March 31. The 20 high-level workers earned a total base pay of $2.49 million before the bonuses. One of the executives earned a base annual salary of $206,499 and received a $30,000 incentive under the court order handed down on Feb. 22 by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary F.

Walrath in Delaware.

Legislature enacts new discipline system for judges


Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/10/12 | Tom Humphrey Court of the Judiciary abolished, new board created NASHVILLE After years of sometimes heated argument, the House sent to the governor Monday night compromise legislation that puts into place a new system for disciplining judges for misdeeds on the bench. Final approval came on an 88-5 House vote without any debate. The Senate had approved SB2671 unanimously earlier. Though the votes came with virtually no discussion, the debate over the past three years has included repeated charges that the present Court of the Judiciary ignored judicial misdeeds and operated in unwarranted secrecy. Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard...

Federal judge strikes down parts of Wisconsin union law


Yahoo ^ | 3/29/12 | SCOTT BAUER

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A federal judge upheld most of Wisconsin's contentious law curbing collective bargaining rights on Friday, but he sided with unions by overturning two portions of the law that were costly and impeded on a major funding source for the groups. One banned public workers from allowing union dues to be automatically withdrawn from their paychecks, while the other required expensive annual elections where all members, not just those voting, would have to support staying organized. Still, the ruling keeps in place the majority of the law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker. **SNIP** U.S. District Judge William Conley rejected that argument. Conley said the governor had a legitimate concern when he decided to exempt police, prison guards, firefighters and most other law enforcement officers since a strike by those workers would put the public at risk. The judge also said he wasn't swayed by the fact that the exempted workers supported Walker during his run for governor in 2010, while those covered under the law opposed him.

Federal Judge Spares Reputed Mobsters From Prison Time To Save Employee Jobs
Friends of Ours ^ | 3/31/12 | Friends of Ours That Jack Weinstein, what a mensch. The Brooklyn federal judge sentenced reputed Genovese associate and food caterer Frank DiMattina to six years in prison on extortion and gun convictions but otherwise will allow him to remain free pending the lengthy appeals process as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "the judge was concerned that ordering DiMattina to begin serving the sentence immediately might jeopardize the jobs of 60 employees of DiMattinas catering hall, Arianas Grand, in Woodbridge, N.J." Weinstein pulled a similar stunt in 2008 when he spared reputed Gambino soldier and Brooklyn restaurateur Joseph Chirico from prison...

Democrat Judge Targets Tea Party Group


Big Government ^ | March 29, 2012 | Breitbart News A Texas judge has ruled to strip a Tea Party-aligned group of its non-profit status. The judge ruled that the group, King Street Patriots (KSP), was actually a political action committee (PAC) for engaging in anti-voter fraud efforts.

Justice Elana Kagan violates the law!


Self ^ | 3/29/2012 | Self According to Section 455(b)(3) of Title 28 of the U.S. Code, justices must disqualify themselves in cases where they have served in governmental employment and in such capacity participated as counsel, adviser, or material witness concerning the proceeding or expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case or controversy. As solicitor general of the United States, Justice Elena Kagan served as the head of an office responsible for formulating the Obama administrations legal defense of its domestic agenda priority Obamacare.

Kagan: Its Just A Boatload Of Federal Money, It Doesnt Sound Coercive To Me


CNSNews.com ^ | March 28, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr. Video in Story... Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan defended the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare today by arguing that "It's just a boatload of federal money for you to take and spend" and concluding "It doesn't sound coercive to me." Kagan made her comments at today's Supreme Court hearing while questioning attorney Paul D. Clement who was presenting an oral argument on behalf of 26 states seeking to have the federal health care law declared unconstitutional: Mr. Clement: "Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court. The constitutionality of the acts massive expansion of Medicaid depends on the answer

Justice Breyer's unhinged Commerce Clause ramblings

Washington Examiner ^ | 03/29/2012 | by Conn Carroll I was listening to the tape-delayed Obamacare oral arguments in the car Tuesday when I first heard Justice Breyer's Commerce Clause diatribe, and I meant to post something when I got home. But after making dinner and putting the kids to bed, I forgot.Until today, that is, when I read Jeffrey Anderson's account of "Breyer's Missteps." I think Jeffrey is far too generous to Breyer. Here is a fuller transcript of Breyer's outburst: I look back into history, and I think if we look back into history we see sometimes Congress can create commerce out of nothing.

Rogue California AG

Attorney General Harris Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court against Arizona Immigration Law
California /department of Justice ^ | 03/27/2012 | California Department of Justice AG California has the largest undocumented immigrant population of any state, 2.5 million (6.8 percent), according to a 2011 report from the Pew Hispanic Center. California also has the largest percentage (9.7 percent) of undocumented immigrants in its labor force at 1.85 million. California law expressly guarantees the same protection, rights and remedies, except those prohibited by federal law, to all who have applied for employment or who have been employed. California also allows students who are not legal residents to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor hanging out at Restaurant
Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/26/12 | staff What an amazing coincidence. After the first day of the ObamaCARE hearings, and the night before the most important day in the hearings, Obamas Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Obama appointed far left Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor happen to be dining for dinner at Nora Restaurant, at the same time of night. Of all the restaurants in the Washington DC area, I find quite fishy. Does Nora Restaurant serve fish? I dont know if they

were sitting together or not, but it still is just another amazing coincidence. Katie Harbath @katieharbath Sec Sibelius and Justice Sotomayor...

5th Circuit: Immigration Law Complicates Relations With Mexico


Judicial Watch ^ | March 26, 2012 | Judicial Watch Check out what a federal appellate court just determined when striking down a Texas towns law banning illegal aliens from renting housing; the unconstitutional measure has no other purpose than the exclusion of illegal aliens, which complicates immigration issues and relations with other countries, particularly Mexico. It may seem unbelievable, but read the ruling for yourself. It was issued recently by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit against the Dallas suburb of Farmers Ranch. A three-judge panel from the New Orleans-based court further clarified that the sole purpose of an ordinance banning illegal immigrants from renting...

Your Gods wrong: Judge erupts in angry tirade, sends pro-life activist back to jail
Life Site News ^ | 3/22/2012 | Tony Gosgnach TORONTO, Ontario, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) An Ontario Court of Justice judge erupted in a lengthy, angry tirade against pro-life activist Mary Wagner and ejected a spectator from the public gallery in a downtown Toronto courtroom Wednesday. The judge then sent Wagner to jail for an additional 92 days, added to 88 days already served prior to trial, after finding her guilty of mischief and two counts of failing to comply with probation orders. The charges related to Wagners November 8 arrest at the site of the Bloor West Village Womens Clinic. Wagner has been arrested on...

Court upholds ban on Texas immigrant housing law


Associated Press ^ | 3/21/12 DALLAS (AP) -- A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that stopped a Dallas suburb's ban on illegal immigrants seeking housing. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Farmers Branch overstepped its authority

in 2008 when it passed a law calling on the city's building inspector to check the immigration status of anyone wanting to rent an apartment who wasn't a U.S. citizen. Under the law, illegal immigrants would have been barred from rental housing, and landlords who knowingly allowed them to stay could have their rental licenses barred. The appellate court said the city...

Pool-mageddon avoided for now


The Washington Times ^ | March 15, 2012 | Stephen Dinan <p>The Justice Department on Thursday issued a 60-day stay of execution for hundreds of thousands of public pools which had been required to install ramps and wheelchair lifts by today or else face lawsuits over violating disability laws.</p>

Judge rules school must allow access to sexually explicit LGBT sites
Greely Gazette ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jack Minor A federal judge has ordered a Missouri school district to unblock its web filters and give students access to sexually explicit material by the middle of March. A US District Judge issued a preliminary junction against the Camdenton R III School District banning them from using filtering software. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the district claiming it was deliberately restricting access to homosexual themed sites, while allowing students to view what it claims are anti-LG BT sites that condemn homosexuality. In issuing its ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri said...

Voter ID Law Struck Down Again [ Wisconsin- But the USSC ruled its legal in 08 ]
nbc26.com ^ | March 12 2012 | nbc26 Green Bay-- A second judge struck down Wisconsins voter ID law, and this time, the injunction is permanent. A different judge passed a temporary injunction against the law last week, but the state's attorney general says this fight isn't over. The law's proponents say they'll continue to push it through the courts. Green Bay city clerk and election specialist Kris Teske says each polling place hired one

employee to check identification and make sure the voter was at the correct precinct. "We had five training sessions and teaching the poll workers about the voter ID, so now we'll just take...

Sexuality no longer a private matter in California (Judges must declare their sexual orientation)
American Thinker ^ | 03/12/2012 | Thomas Lifson The relentless advocates of identity politics don't care about antique notions like privacy in their campaign to make everything subject to quota. Three weeks ago, Lee DeCovnik wrote about the State of California requiring all judges to make a declaration of their sexuality. He asked: Now that the beastly camel has poked its nose into the tent, can we expect a question on sexual orientation as part of the admissions process for colleges and universities? Just how soon until sexual orientation becomes a factor in receiving preferential treatment in hiring for state jobs, bidding on state contracts, and granting professional...

FLASHBACK- Supreme Court upholds voter ID law Law justified to protect integrity, reliability
msnbc.msn.com ^ | 4/28/2008 WASHINGTON The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws. In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana's strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud. Burden 'eminently reasonable' "We cannot conclude that the statute imposes 'excessively burdensome requirements' on any class of voters," Stevens said. Stevens' opinion suggests that the outcome could be different in a state where voters could...

[WI] Judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional [makes temp injunction permanent]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/12/2012 | The Associated Press and Patrick Marley

Madison - A Dane County judge permanently enjoined the state's new voter ID law on Monday - the second judge in a week to block the requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls. "A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence - the people's inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people," said the eight-page opinion by Dane County Judge Richard Niess. "It sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution. This is precisely what 2011 Wisconsin Act http://www.dailynews.com/politics/ci_19914252 The best argument Ive read, but it doesnt hold water. Two people in robes should not be allowed to supersede the will of the people. I dont care if they have bunny slippers on, they should not place their deviant morals on others. The people spoke when they voted for Prop 8. The government gives the people and their representatives the power to enact laws. The courts are there to interpret the laws, not make them, change them or invalidate them. Newt Gingrich led the way when he said he would invalidate the Ninth Circuit. The others jumped in and I hope they hold up to their promises. Let us take a look at our former Schools Czar Kevin Jennings http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2011/06/21/good-riddance-obamas-radical-safe-schoolsczar-hits-the-skids/ In a workshop for 14 to 21 year olds, a 2000 conference handed out booklets on fisting, rimming and watersports (pissing on your partner). They were handed out fisting kits and their own Little Black Book-Queer in the 21st Century. These kids were asked Spit or swallow?...Is it rude? http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/la-na-marriage-kennedy-20120209/10? page=2&logout=true Judge Reihardt and Judge Michael Hawkins used their powers to overrule the will of the people. Two activist judges legislating from the bench. Its great to see that the 3 Republicans still running are aware of rogue judges, with Newt leading the way in saying he would get rid of the Ninth Circuit. It was Judge Mariana Pfaelser that overturned the voter approved propsition 187 and look at our state now.

But William Canby is not in here. I had to go to Wikipedia. The ninth circuit http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/ninthcircuit/circuit_judges.html William Canby http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Canby Nominated by Jimmy Carter Alex Kozinki http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=12&z=1 Nominated by Ronald Reagan Harry Pregerson http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=16&z=1 Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson Stephen Roy Reinhardt http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=18&z=1 Nominated by Jimmy Carter Diarmuid Fionntain OScannlain http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=14&z=1 Nominated by Ronald Reagan Sidney Runyan Thomas http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=23&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Barry G. Silverman http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=21&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Susan P. Graber http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=9&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton M. Margaret McKeown http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=13&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Kim McLane Wardlaw http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=13&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton

William A. Fletcher http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=7&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Raymond C. Fisher http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=6&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Ronald Murray Gould http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=8&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Richard A. Paez http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=15&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Marsha L. Berzon http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=2&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Richard C. Tallman http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=22&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Johnnie B. Rawlinson http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=17&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Richard R. Clifton http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=5&z=1 Nominated by George W. Bush Jay S. Bybee http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=3&z=1 Nominated by George W. Bush Consuelo Maria Callahan http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=4&z=1 Nominated by George W. Bush Carlos T. Bea http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=1&z=1 Nominated by George W. Bush Milan D. Smith Jr. http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=390&z=1

Nominated by George W. Bush Sandra S. Ikuta http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=391&z=1 Nominated by? It doesnt say N. Randy Smith http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=392&z=1 Nominated by? It doesnt say Mary H. Murguia http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=68&z=1 Nominated by William J. Clinton Morgan Brenda Christen http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/xtemplate_bio_record.asp?a=474&z=1 Nominated by Barack Osama Susan P. Graber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_P._Graber Nominated by William J. Clinton

Judge rejects releasing TBI file of ex-judge Richard Baumgartner


Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield KNOXVILLE A judge said today he has no authority to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's file on former judge Richard Baumgartner. "This court has no authority whatsoever to decide on its own, 'I'm going to let the public see this file,'" Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood said at a speciallycalled hearing in Knox County Criminal Court. Blackwood said the portions of the file not made public contain phone records and recorded conversations in which Baumgartner discusses sex with two women and makes "crude remarks" about people. "What you're not going to find (in the TBI file) is...

Radical Cronyism? Sit-In Leader Nominated as Judge by Pres. Obama


PJ Media ^ | 3/9/12 | David Steinberg

The leader of the occupation in the video Robert L. Wilkins of the Harvard Black Law Students Association was nominated by President Obama on May 20, 2010 to be considered for judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. He is now a sitting judge in that position. (snip)Not mentioned in the press release: that Wilkins once led an illegal occupation of a law school building to demand the school hire based on skin color, a protest primarily focused on supporting the actions of radical bigot Derrick Bell.

Judges orders millions paid in NYC firefighter bias case


CNN.com ^ | Thu March 8, 2012 | Rose Arce (CNN) -- A U.S. district judge ordered New York City to pay $128 million in to firefighters who allege the city used an entrance exam that deliberately sought to keep African-Americans and Latino Americans off the force. The judge also ordered the FDNY to hire 293 black and Latino applicants. "It has been in the city's power to prevent or remedy the need for damages proceedings for a decade, and it has not done so," U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garufis said in his ruling on the class action lawsuit. He called it the "consequences of the city's decision to...

(Activist) Judge: Pension Rules Unlawful


The Lakeland Ledger (A NYT Newspaper) ^ ...Fulford also ruled the mandatory pension payments represented an "unconstitutional taking of private property without full compensation" and a violation of collective bargaining rights of the public workers....

Judge In Voter ID Case Signed Recall Petition


Channel 3000 ^ | March 6, 2012 | AP A judge who filed a temporary injunction against the state's new voter identification law also signed a petition seeking the recall of Gov. Scott Walker, who was a staunch supporter of the law.

Judge grants temporarily injunction barring enforcement of voter ID law in April election [WI]
Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:45 pm | ED TRELEVEN A Dane County Judge on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction that bars the enforcement of the state photo ID law at polling places during the general election on April 3. Circuit Judge David Flanagan said that the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera had demonstrated that their lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker and the state Government Accountability Board would probably succeed on its merits and had demonstrated the likelihood of irreparable harm if the photo ID law is allowed to stand. Flanagan ordered Walker and the GAB to "cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement...

Muslim Judge In U.S. Court: If You Mock Muhammed You Deserve To Get Beaten
PIJNP ^ | Chaplain Klingenschmitt President Obama apologized to Afghani terrorists who killed two American soldiers yesterday, saying Obama would punish any American troops who discard copies of the Koran, which were burned with the trash, upsetting the violent Muslims who killed our troops. I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible, said Obama. A witchhunt will ensue, to find and punish the American soldiers Obama blames for mishandling the Muslim book. Sadly the Obama Administration defended buring Bibles in 2009, but he kowtows for the Koran. Meanwhile another American Judge Mark Martin,...

Judge: NLRB can require employers to display union posters


The Hill ^ | 3/2/12 | Kevin Bogardus The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was within its legal powers when it issued a rule requiring employers to post notices about union rights, a judge ruled Friday. The rule would require employers to display notices about collective bargaining rights, and has been challenged in court by several trade associations. In a memorandum opinion filed Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the NLRB did not exceed its statutory authority in issuing the rule.

She did rule, however, that the NLRB cannot make a blanket advance determination that a failure to post [the notice] will always constitute an unfair...

Obama appointee upholds controversial NLRB rule


Legal Newsline ^ | 3-2-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie A federal judge appointed by President Obama has upheld the National Labor Relation Board's power to enforce its ... Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Federal judge blocks Arizona's day laborer restrictions


foxnews.com ^ | 2/29/12 | AP A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that groups seeking to overturn the law will likely prevail in their claim that the day labor rules violate the First Amendment. The ban was among a handful of provisions in the law that were allowed to take effect after a July 2010 decision by Bolton halted enforcement of other, more controversial elements of the law. The previously blocked...

Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law


Associated Press ^ | Feb 29, 2012, 4:36 PM EST | JACQUES BILLEAUD PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that groups seeking to overturn the

law will likely prevail in their claim that the day labor rules violate the First Amendment. The ban was among a handful of provisions in the law that were allowed to take effect after a July 2010 decision by Bolton halted enforcement of other, more controversial elements of the law....

Federal judge severely limits Second Amendment rights


The Daily Caller ^ | 02/24/2012 | Bob Barr Over the last few years, the Second Amendment has experienced somewhat of a rebirth, thanks largely to a pair of Supreme Court decisions: District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. In these seminal decisions, the Supreme Court affirmed the understanding of the Founding Fathers that there is indeed an individual right to keep and bear arms, a God-given right to protect oneself that is guaranteed to us in the Second Amendment to our Constitution. Cities with oppressive restrictions on guns, including the District of Columbia and Chicago, have been forced to at least recognize that they cannot simply...

PA Judge Rules Muslims Have Right to Assault those Who Offend Islam
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Feb 2012 | John Semmens A Pennsylvania man walking in a parade dressed as a zombie Muhammad next to a man dressed as a zombie Pope was physically assaulted by a recent Muslim immigrant for insulting Islam. Instead of facing jail time or being assessed for damages, the attacker was absolved by Judge Mark Martin. Martin, himself a Muslim, brushed aside the victims First Amendment rights asserting that freedom of speech does not entitle anyone to commit blasphemy against anothers religious beliefs. I am quite familiar with the Koran. Nowhere does it state that Muhammad arose and walked among the dead.

Penn Judge: Muslims Allowed to Attack People for Insulting Mohammad


Yahoo! Contributor Network ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Mark Whittington

Jonathon Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, reports on a disturbing case in which a state judge in Pennsylvania threw out an assault case involving a Muslim attacking an atheist for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Judge Mark Martin, an Iraq war veteran and a convert to Islam, threw the case out in what appears to be an invocation of Sharia law.

Gay Dallas Judge Won't Perform Straight Marriages


nbcdfw.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2012 | Greg Janda Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker says she won't perform marriage ceremonies until homosexuals can be wed. During a Feb. 21 meeting, Parker told the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas that while she has the power to perform legal marriage ceremonies in her court, she will not. I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why Im turning them away, Parker said. So I usually will offer them something along the lines of, Im sorry. I dont perform marriage ceremonies because we are in...

Freedom Of Speech Denied In America: Muslim Judge Scolds Victim For Insulting Muhammad
The Jawa Report ^ | 2/23/12 This is pure insanity: Below is a recording of the court transcript. The judge dismissing the case after lecturing the victim for insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad starts at 28:30, in case you don't have time to listen to the entire 36 minutes. Update: (Thanks, wtd) Perce, the victim in this case, is being threatened with jail time for posting the audio of his trial. This is pure sharia in America, where the victim is punished and the perpetrators are freed, and where the judge ignore human rights in favor of Islamic superiority. This is truly frightening, friends. Partial transcript...

Defense of Marriage Act Violates Constitution, Says Calif. Federal Judge


Christian Post ^ | 02/23/2012 | Paul Stanley

A federal district court judge on Wednesday ruled that a key provision in the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it did not expend health benefits to a same-sex spouse. The case involved an employee of the federal court in San Francisco. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White's ruling is the last in a string of same-sex marriage cases that have been ruled on by California district and appeals courts. Earlier this month a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision by another U.S. district judge that overturned the state's voter approved amendment that...

Lesbian federal worker wins health benefits case


AP via SFGate ^ | 2/22/12 | Lisa Leff, ASSOCIATED PRESS an Francisco (AP) -- A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that the U.S. government cannot deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition of samesex unions. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said that because the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex married couples, the government's refusal to furnish health insurance to Karen Golinski's wife is unjustified. "The Court finds that DOMA, as applied to Ms. Golinski, violates her right to equal protection of the law ... by, without substantial justification or rational basis,...

RECALL ALERT: Judge denies Gov. Walker time to verify signatures (Action Alert!)
Tea Party Express ^ | February 19, 2012 | Staff Dear Loyal Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker, . You are not going to believe this one! . A Democratic appointed judge that was supported by AFL-CIO South Federation of Labor and the Madison Teachers Union has denied Gov. Scott Walker the time to verify the recall petitions submitted by the unions and liberal left that are trying to oust him. He essentially ruled that the Recall was inevitable and that we should not waste time actually verifying signatures. . . .. . We have been telling you that we are worried that this will not be a fair fight...

Judge grants injunction halting state funding cut to Planned Parenthood in Memphis

Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/16/12 | Scott Carroll A federal judges ruling has temporarily halted the Tennessee Department of Healths decision to rescind funding for Planned Parenthoods HIV and syphilis testing program. Today, U.S. Dist. Judge William Haynes granted a preliminary injunction filed by Planned Parenthood, which is suing the state over $150,000 in dropped grants. A portion of the grant money supported HIV testing at Planned Parenthood affiliates including the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.

Rhode Island federal judges and school board have voted to remove prayer banner
2012 | BibleTruth Cranston, Rhode Island federal judges and the school board members have voted to remove prayer banner at the public high school

How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warnings
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/12/12 | Jamie Satterfield Court of secrecy: How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warningsIt was a Thursday night in January 2010 when the phone rang at the Andersonville home of then-Knox County Sheriff's Office courtroom security officer Meredith Driskell. "He said, 'I'm coming to get those pills.' He told me to put them in a brown paper bag. I told him no ... but he told me I was going to," she recalled when contacted by the News Sentinel. "So, I put them in a brown paper bag and handed it to him, my husband, who hadn't been in...

Federal judge to politicos: You should be ashamed for comments in Texas school prayer suit
The Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2012 | AP

<p>SAN ANTONIO A federal judge blasted by Newt Gingrich and other conservatives for his ruling that prohibited prayer at a Texas high school graduation is firing back in accepting a settlement to the case.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Fred Biery on Thursday admonished those who demagogued this case for their own political goals. He then added, You should be ashamed of yourselves.</

Ninth Circuit Court asks Obama adminstration to clarify its deportation priorities
Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/8/12 | Matt O'Brien In a direct challenge to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court temporarily halted the deportation of seven immigrants until federal authorities explain whether they should be deported. "It has caused quite a stir," said San Jose immigration lawyer Bernadette Connolly, whose client David Aranda Rodriguez is one of the seven who won the unexpected reprieve Monday. A panel of the San-Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to give the Obama administration until March 19 to explain if Aranda Rodriguez and the other immigrants deserve a break under a new enforcement policy known as prosecutorial discretion.

Justice Ginsburg and the Need to Oppose Radical Judicial Nominees


Red State ^ | 2/7/2012 | Daniel Horowitz While most of us have been caught up in the brouhaha of electoral politics, liberal activists have been working indefatigably to pack the courts the unelected branch of government with radical statists. We might have turned over a number of congressional seats in 2010, but Obama has successfully turned over many conservative seats in our federal court system. Since taking office, Obama has appointed 125 people to federal judgeships, including 25 to appellate courts, and 2 to the Supreme Court. After three years, Obamas mark on the federal courts is beginning to become quite potent. The Fourth Circuit...

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 10:25:50 AM by old school 8 replies

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Prop. 8 Ban On Gay Marriage


CBS Local ^ | February 7, 2012 | San Francisco CBS

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/02/07/150967/
Reihardt, who was appointed to the appeals court by President Jimmy Carter, was joined in the majority opinion by Judge Michael Hawkins, an appointee of President Bill Clinton. Judge Randy Smith, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, dissented, saying he disagreed that Prop. 8 served no purpose other than to treat gays and lesbians as second-class citizens. He insisted that the ban could help ensure that children are raised by married, opposite-sex parents.

Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California


New York Times ^ | Febryary 7, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY A federal appeals court panel ruled on Tuesday that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California violated the Constitution, all but ensuring that the case will proceed to the United States Supreme Court. The three-judge panel issued its ruling Tuesday morning in San Francisco, upholding a decision by Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who had been the chief judge of the Federal District Court of the Northern District of California but has since retired. Like Judge Walker, the panel found that Proposition 8 passed by California voters in November 2008 by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent... Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt wrote the decision Judge N. Randy Smith wrote the dissenting opinion

Georgia eligibility challenge returns ! [The issue won't go away]


WND ^ | February 7, 2012 | Bob Unruh

An administrative law judge in Georgia who held hearings on citizens complaints that Barack Obama isnt eligible to be president and so shouldnt be on the 2012 presidential ballot in the state failed to follow U.S. Supreme Court precedent, according to one of the attorneys representing clients bringing the complaints. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today adopted without elaboration the recommendation from Judge Michael Malihi, who concluded without evidence from Obama that he was born in Hawaii, which makes him native born, which is the same as the natural born required by the Constitution of presidents.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2843761/posts http://intangiblesoul.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/who-is-judge-michael-malihi/ 2-4-2012

Who is Judge Michael #Malihi?


Feb by intangiblesoul

Immediately after hearing that Georgia Judge Michael Malihi ruled against the Plaintiffs in the case regarding Obamas eligibility to be on the 2012 presidential ballot, and hearing that Malihi was a Muslim Iranian, I decided to find out all I could about him. Is his ancestry really Iranian? Is his faith really Muslim? And did either of these things, if true, play a role in his decision to side with Obama in the Georgia eligibility hearing? I set out to find all the details I could. What I found was precious little. Judge Malihi is the Deputy Chief Judge for the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings. He was appointed Judge in 1995. If you go to the official website for his office, what you dont find may be more interesting than what you do find. On the OSAH website there is a page which lists bios for all the judges, including Malihi. I clicked on Malihi and all that was listed for him was this:

Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi Appointed Judge 1995


Contact

Valerie Ruff Case Management Assistant vruff@osah.ga.gov Tel: (404) 651-7595 Fax: (404) 818-3751 Thats it! If you click on the links for all the other judges listed, you will find a brief bio telling of where the particular judge was born, where they went to school, etc. But for Malihi? Nada! Zip! Niente! Bupkis! Nothing! I decided to look at other websites for other state or federal judges to see if its common practice to have absolutely no information listed in their bios. The Federal Judiciary Center has a massive list. The directory includes the biographies of presidentially-appointed judges who have served since 1789 on the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States, the former U.S. Circuit Courts, and the federal judiciarys courts of special jurisdiction. I examined a sampling of about 50 judges listed on this site and they all had bios which contained at least when and where they were born, when they died if applicable, where they went to school, where they practiced their career path.

At the official Supreme Court site, bios of all judges were listed. I looked up judges in various states, in a variety of different roles and guess what? Out of the approximately 15 different sites I visited for different states, bios were present for all judges! I looked up Circuit Court judges, Appellate judges, Superior Court judges, and more. They ALL had bios listed. Nothing on Judge Michael Malihi. Isnt that interesting? So I ran searches on several search engines on his name. Was I able to find out much more? On Google, all I found was essentially what has already been posted on this blog, and others regarding his recent ruling in favor of Obama and his eligibility to be on the 2012 Presidential ballot in GA. From Martindale.com I found the following: Michael M. Malihi Deputy Chief State Admin. 230 Peachtree St., N.E., Ste. 850 Atlanta, Georgia (DeKalb & Fulton Cos.) Experience & Credentials Practice Areas Employment Law; Housing Law; Domestic Relations law University University of Alabama, B.A. Law School Boston University, J.D. Admitted 1991 ISLN 900907621 I got pretty much the same, which is next to nothing, on Yahoo, Bing, Dogpile, Ask, Alltheweb, Mamma, Excite, Alta Vista, and a variety of

others. Honestly, I got tired of looking because they all contained the same data. For a judge that has been in his position since 1995, doesnt it seem odd that he has next to no information out there about him? From Intelius I got: Names/Aliases:Michael M Malihi Michael M Molihi Has lived in: Atlanta, GA Alpharetta, GA Westport, CT Fairfield, CT Related to: Mehdi Malihi Masoud M Malihi Malie S Malihi Mahzad Malihi Lia E Malihi I wasnt willing to pay to get more detailed info on him, but its not out of the question for a later time. I noticed that Intelius offered an alternate spelling of his name. I decided to look into the name Molihi. Pretty much everything led back to the name Malihi. I will look more into that later as time permits. I also noticed that listed as locations where he lived is Connecticut. Wasnt that where the social security number was issued that Obama is using, or has used? Wonder if thats got any legs? I decided to see if there were any archived versions of his official bio page using Wayback Machine. Its only shows that it has been crawled once by Wayback back in May of 2010. It shows the same

information that his bio page shows today. He has been in his position since 1995, yet he is the only one without a full bio? I used a few other similar cache search engines and found the same thing. Nothing. I tried Google cache, Yahoo cache. Still nothing different from the bio page you see linked above. My goal was to see if perhaps there was a bio up at one time, but recently changed. It appears, as far as I can see, this is not the case. He never offered a full bio. This leaves me scratching my head. I wasnt able to answer any of my questions. Why? Why can we find even less info on him than we can on Obama? Birds of a feather? Who knows. Anyone who can lead me to more information about this man please offer it in the comments below. Until then, Judge Michael Malihi remains a mystery.

Who is Judge Michael Malihi?


Intangible Soul ^ | 4 February 2012 | intangiblesoul Immediately after hearing that Georgia Judge Michael Malihi ruled against the Plaintiffs in the case regarding Obamas eligibility to be on the 2012 presidential ballot, and hearing that Malihi was a Muslim Iranian, I decided to find out all I could about him. Is his ancestry really Iranian? Is his faith really Muslim? And did either of these things, if true, play a role in his decision to side with Obama in the Georgia eligibility hearing? I set out to find all the details I could. What I found was precious little. Judge Michael MalihiJudge Malihi is the Deputy Chief...

Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California


New York Times ^ | Febryary 7, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY A federal appeals court panel ruled on Tuesday that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California violated the Constitution, all but ensuring that the case will proceed to the United States Supreme Court. The three-judge panel issued its ruling Tuesday morning in San Francisco, upholding a decision by Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who had been the chief judge of the Federal District Court of the Northern District of California but has since retired. Like Judge

Walker, the panel found that Proposition 8 passed by California voters in November 2008 by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent...

Breaking: Calif. court declares Prop 8 unconstitutional


Tuesday, February 07, 2012 10:46:18 AM by RobinMasters 8 replies Hot Air ^ | February 6, 2012 | JAZZ SHAW News just began coming out a little after noon on the east coast. A California appeals court has struck down Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage in the state. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down Californias ban on samesex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage as early as next year. The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to one man and one woman, violated the U.S. Constitution. The architects of Prop. 8...

Georgia Judge Michael Malihi is a cowardly traitor


http://english.pravda.ru ^ | February 6 2012 | Mark S. McGrew Friday, February 3, 2012, for some kind of a bribe or because he was threatened, Georgia Judge Michael Malihi sold out his country and defecated on the constitution of The United States of America. As an Administrative law judge in the State of Georgia, a case was presented to him to have Barack Obama removed from the ballot to run for President in the State of Georgia. His actions have set precedence in American law that if a person is charged with a crime, the best defense, is to not show up for court.

Judicial Activism Jeopardizes Jobs


Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-01-27 | Paul Petrick Last year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals once again used the Clean Water Act to bludgeon industry and property owners. In Georgia-Pacific West, Inc. v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the nations most infamous appellate

court held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been misinterpreting its own regulations for more than three decades. The EPA has traditionally considered the cultivation of trees to be an agricultural activity. The jurists of the Ninth Circuit have determined that they have the expertise to overrule decades of regulatory precedent and deem forestry a manufacturing activity.

Justice Ginsburg visits mark Arab Spring uprisings (Egypt and Tunesia)
WREX-TV / The Associated Press ^ | February 2, 2012 | Mark Sherman The Supreme Court's midwinter break is often used by justices to fly off to sunny vacation spots or European capitals where they address an audience or two on someone else's tab. But this year, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is on a different sort of visit to two North African countries where popular uprisings helped topple longtime leaders. Ginsburg wrapped up a State Department-sponsored visit to Egypt on Wednesday with a public seminar at the Cairo University law school. The 78-year-old Ginsburg told students she was inspired by last year's protests that led to the end of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Supreme Court says no to debate over Elena Kagan health care role.
Politico by way of Drudge ^ | 1/23/12 | JENNIFER HABERKORN The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request for debate over whether Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the health care reform case due to be argued in March. Freedom Watch, a group led by Larry Klayman, asked the court for permission to file a brief on Kagan's participation in the case. The court on Monday denied the request without comment, though it did note that Kagan did not participate in the discussion.

Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks (More DC "Incestuous" Relations)
Reuters ^ | January 20, 2012 | Scot J. Paltrow

.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington's biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for.

Judge continues to block cuts to in-home care


mercurynews.com ^ | 01/19/2012 A federal judge on Thursday prohibited the state from reducing funding for California's in-home supportive services program, which serves about 435,000 low-income seniors and the disabled. U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland issued a preliminary injunction against the state. She expressed concern that the state's 20 percent reduction puts seniors at risk and violates the American With Disabilities Act. Gov. Jerry Brown's finance spokesman, H.D. Palmer, said the state will appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Last month, Wilken imposed a temporary restraining order, which stopped the state from moving ahead with the cuts, which were...

Judge to end Calif. prison receiver


AP via SacBee ^ | 1/17/12 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered California officials to prepare for the end of a six-year, court-ordered oversight of the prison system that has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and helped force a shift of lowerlevel criminals from state prisons to county jails. U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson cited improving conditions in the prison system in a threepage order that says "the end of the Receivership appears to be in sight." The ruling marks an important milestone in a process that began nearly six years ago when the judge appointed a receiver to run California's prison...

Three Conservative Victories

Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2012 | Cal Thomas While most attention is focused on the presidential race and Republican hopes to oust President Obama from office, some significant steps were taken last week on issues dear to the hearts of conservatives. In Texas, a federal appeals court upheld the state's sonogram law, which requires that women seeking abortions view a picture of their baby before having the procedure. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling, which had issued an injunction, preventing the law from taking effect. The decision allows the state to begin enforcing the law, mandating doctors to give pregnant women "truthful, nonmisleading...

Judge rules (CT) trooper layoffs unconstitutional


WFSB ^ A Superior Court judge has ruled that state trooper layoffs ordered by Gov. Dannel Malloy last year are unconstitutional. Last year, 56 state police troopers were laid off during the summer after they rejected part of a concessions agreement put out by Malloy's administration to deal with the state budget deficit. All of the state police troopers got their jobs back, collected six weeks of unemployment, which was less than their pay. But they say that's not the point. They sued because they say Malloy didn't have the authority to lay them off. It is unclear whether the state will...

Court Voids Oklahoma Ban on Sharia Law


Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Jan 2012 | John Semmens The three-member U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the voterpassed initiative blocking state courts from using Muslim sharia law to decide cases . The Court held that the initiative impeded plaintiff Muneer Awads right to fully practice his faith. U.S. secular law does not recognize concepts like honor killings, fatwas, and the suppression of blasphemy that are fundamental to the Islamic faith, the Court said. Consequently, if the initiative were allowed to stand, Mr. Awad might be prosecuted for acts that his faith commands him to commit. This interferes with his right to religious freedom under theUnited States Constitution....

Judge: Christian Opposition to Same Sex Unions is Wrong


Fox News ^ | 1/13/12 | Todd Starnes A New Jersey Judge has ruled that a Christian organization engaged in wrongdoing and violated the states discrimination laws when it prevented a gay couple from holding a civil union ceremony on its property. (snip) Administrative Law Judge Solomon Metzger made the ruling Thursday in a case involving the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. In 2007 the group stopped a lesbian couple from using its boardwalk pavilion. Respondent opposes same-sex unions as a matter of religious belief, and in 2007 found itself on the wrong side of recent changes in the law, Judge Metzger wrote in his ruling.

There is always an Exception to Generalizations One Judge Stands Alone Against the SEC
Armstrong Economics ^ | January 7th, 2012 | Martin Armstrong The Southern District of New York Federal Court is perhaps the most corrupt in the world. There is simply no rule of law whatsoever. When Dorothy Heyl of the SEC filed the action against Princeton Economics, she had the audacity to stand up and say she did not want the company to have any lawyers whatsoever. MS HEYL [SEC COUNSEL]: We want the assets to be frozen with....no money for attorneys fees. (SDNY; 99-Civ-9667) (Tr: 9/13/99, p24-25) There is one Judge who is standing alone in New York trying to fight the corruption of the government especially the SEC...

Medi-Cal care trumps California's fiscal woes, judge rules


Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/6/12 | Darrell Smith The state's fiscal crisis does not outweigh access to health care, a federal judge said in temporarily blocking state Medi-Cal cuts that rural hospitals say would have endangered skilled nursing care for their elderly and long-term patients.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder in Los Angeles federal court Dec. 28 puts the brakes on Medi-Cal cuts that were intended to save California up to $623 million by trimming reimbursement rates to care providers by as much as 10 percent. An earlier round of cuts, also temporarily blocked by the courts, would double the reductions. Medi-Cal, the state's federal Medicaid...

Gingrich, Desegregation, and Judicial Supremacy


Public Discourse ^ | January 5, 2012 | Joel Alicea

Those who oppose judicial supremacy follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln himself. Newt Gingrichs statements about the judiciary during the December 15, 2011, GOP debate and on Bob Schieffers Face the Nation the following weekend ignited a firestorm over his view of American constitutionalism that has been smoldering in the media for several months now. His challenge to judicial supremacythe idea that the Supreme Court has the last word on the meaning of the Constitutionhas been much condemned, particularly because Gingrichs argument also criticizes the declaration of judicial supremacy in the Courts 1958 desegregation decision, Cooper v. Aaron. Ian...

CA Judge Deems Ramming Jewish Woman with Shopping Cart Free Speech
The Blaze ^ | 1/4/12 | The Blaze Back in June of 2010 a leader of a pro-Palestinian student group at University of Berkeley allegedly rammed a Jewish woman with a shopping cart as she staged a counter-protest to an anti-Israel Apartheid Week rally conducted by the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. The counter-protest was dubbed Israel Wants Peace Week. Now, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg has deemed that the Muslim students who harassed Jessica Felber and other Jewish students were simply engaging in protected political speech.

Judge strikes parole-revocation provisions in California law


Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/26/12 | Denny Walsh A Sacramento federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional the part of California's so-called Victims' Bill of Rights that governs parole revocation. The law, enacted by voter approval of a 2008 ballot initiative known as Proposition 9, was a sweeping amendment to the state constitution, conferring a long list of entitlements on crime victims. The sections dealing with parole revocation were made part of the state's Penal Code. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton ruled Tuesday that those sections fall short of providing the minimum due process

guaranteed by the Constitution and two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Morrissey v. Brewer...

Panel kicks long-serving judge off bench


The Orange County Register ^ | January 11, 2012 | Vik Jolly A state agency Wednesday ordered an Orange County judge removed from office for handling tickets for friends and family, only the second jurist in the county to face such discipline. In handing down the discipline for Superior Court Judge Richard W. Stanford Jr., the state's Commission on Judicial Performance said "this pattern of misconduct between 2005 and 2010 created both the appearance and reality of a two-track system of justice one for his family and friends and another for all others."

Judge: Cop who nabbed Obamas uncle must release driving records
Boston Herald ^ | January 12, 2012 | John Zaremba A Framingham District Court judge today ordered the release of the on-duty driving records of the Framingham cop who busted President Obamas illegalalien half-uncle on a drunken-driving rap this summer. Onyango Obamas defense team will receive the records theyd requested on Val Krishtal, the veteran patrolman who pulled the man over after nearly rear-ending him when he turned into traffic.

Pepsi Pays $3.1 Million For Discriminating Against Minorities With Arrest Records
TBI ^ | 1-11-2012 | Vivian Giang Pepsi Pays $3.1 Million For Discriminating Against Minorities With Arrest Records Vivian Giang Jan. 11, 2012, 6:43 PM Most major companies conduct criminal background checks, but using the records to rule out minorities could

cost you $3.1 million. That's how much Pepsi Beverages Co. has agreed to pay and it's because it ruled out applicants who had arrest, not conviction records, reports ABC News. Pepsi's screening policy excluded more than 300 black applicants. Under Equal Employment Opportunity Commission laws, it's illegal to deny someone employment because of criminal records if it's irrelevant to the job or if the records are...

Oklahoma ban on Sharia law ruled unconstitutional


AP via Claremore Daily Progress ^ | 1/10/2012 | AP OKLAHOMA CITY An amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law discriminates against religions and a Muslim community leader has the right to challenge its constitutionality, a federal appeals court said Tuesday. The court in Denver upheld U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGranges order blocking implementation of the amendment shortly after it was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters in November 2010. Muneer Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, sued to block the law from taking effect, arguing that the Save Our State Amendment violated his First Amendment rights

Virginia Attorney General Backs Off Call to Change Ballot Rules Before Primary
FoxNews.com ^ | 1/2/12 | FoxNews Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is backing off a push to change his state's election rules before the March 6 presidential primary, after only two Republican candidates qualified for the ballot. The attorney general on Saturday had said he wanted to overhaul the process before the primary, calling the state's system "deficient." Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry were locked out of the Virginia ballot after failing to meet the state's signature requirement, while three other candidates did not even try to meet the requirement. But by late Sunday, Cuccinelli had abandoned plans to file emergency legislation to address the matter,...

The Supreme Court's Judgment Isn't Absolute


Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby Newt Gingrich's presidential ambitions may be heading for the exits -- opinion polls suggest that the former House speaker's hour has come and gone -- but his critique of judicial supremacy deserves to taken seriously no matter what happens in Iowa or New Hampshire. Contrary to popular belief, their judgments were never meant to be revered "almost as if God has spoken." In a 54-page position paper, Gingrich challenges the widely held belief that the Supreme Court is the final authority on the meaning of the Constitution. Though nothing in the Constitution says so, there is now an entrenched presumption...

Judge blocks California budget cut to hospitals for Medi-Cal


SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 12/30/11 | Kevin Yamamura A federal judge has blocked a California state budget cut that would have affected rural patients, the latest indication that courts will have the last word on Medi-Cal reductions. Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers cut reimbursement rates to a variety of Medi-Cal providers by 10 percent to save $623 million in their June budget. Physicians, pharmacists and hospitals, among others, have argued that the cut to California's already low payment rates would discourage providers from accepting Medi-Cal patients and reduce access. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the specific rate cut to nursing units...

Immigration laws pose a test of states' rights in Supreme Court


Thursday, December 29, 2011 1:52:13 AM by thecodont 7 replies

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-immigration-courts20111229,0,2286951.story
By David G. Savage and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
December 28, 2011, 5:53 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles Federal judges have blocked strict new immigration laws adopted by conservative legislatures in half a dozen states, including a ruling last week that said South Carolina may

not set up a "street-level dragnet" to stop and arrest illegal immigrants. But immigrant rights advocates who have cheered those rulings may soon find their luck has run out as those rulings head for the Supreme Court. Legal experts believe the high court's conservative majority will take a sharply different approach. So far, lower-court judges have mostly sided with the Obama administration, ruling, as U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel did in the South Carolina case, that regulating immigration is the province solely of the federal government, not the states. "The clear message, from judges across the country, is that the states have overreached," said UC Davis law professor Gabriel Chin. In addition to South Carolina, judges have blocked extensive parts of immigration laws in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Utah and some parts of an Alabama law. In Georgia, for example, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. blocked parts of that state's law including one authorizing police to verify the immigration status of someone who can't provide proper identification. "The apparent legislative intent is to create such a climate of hostility, fear, mistrust and insecurity that all illegal aliens will leave Georgia," Thrash wrote in his June ruling. A few days earlier, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker put on hold part of Indiana's law that authorized the arrest of anyone ordered deported by an immigration court. Last week in South Carolina, Gergel, an Obama appointee, blocked the state from giving police the authority to arrest and hold suspected illegal immigrants while checking their immigration status. In Arizona, a federal judge backed by the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco halted six parts of the state law, including one that made it a crime to lack immigration papers or to work in the state while in the country illegally. In Alabama, a federal judge and the U.S. appeals court in Atlanta put on hold several provisions of that state's law, the strictest in the nation, including one that required schools to check the immigration status of new students. Other major parts of the Alabama law were allowed to take effect, however, including the requirement that police check the immigration status of persons who are lawfully stopped or taken into custody. Immigrant rights advocates say nearly all the judges have agreed that states cannot make immigration offenses a state crime. "The common thread is that states can't be in the business of finding and locking up people they suspect of being undocumented immigrants," said Cecillia Wang, director of the national Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. The Alabama ruling is the one notable exception to that trend. Advocates for immigrants often describe the cases as being about civil rights and fears of racial profiling. But in court, the key question is whether states have the power to use their judges and state and local police to enforce policies against illegal immigration. When Congress last revised the immigration laws, it said states may "cooperate" with the federal government in "the identification, apprehension,

detention or removal of aliens not lawfully present in the United States." The states that have passed restrictive laws say that's exactly what they are doing. The Obama administration disagrees. In its legal arguments against Arizona's law, the administration says the state's policies conflict with the federal government's emphasis on deporting violent criminals, drug dealers and smugglers who are in the country illegally, not the hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants who may be living and working here. But in May, the Supreme Court signaled skepticism about a similar argument. The justices upheld another Arizona law that punished employers who hire illegal workers. In his opinion, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sounded a states' rights theme and set a "high threshold" for striking down a state law on the grounds that it conflicted with the aims of the federal government. Roberts' ruling was part of a trend on the high court that sweeps more broadly in addressing immigration disputes. In the last decade, the court increasingly has been reluctant to strike down state laws as being "preempted" by federal law unless Congress has clearly said that states have no role to play. Arizona lawyers played on that theme in their appeal. Moreover, "the states have an inherent police power" within their borders, said former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, who represents Arizona. John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University in Orange, said the Supreme Court was likely to look at immigration disputes differently from the lower courts. It is "a peculiar idea," he said, for the federal government to assert that states may not enforce immigration laws within their borders. The high court said it would hear the Arizona immigration case in April, and Eastman said he expected the justices to divide along the same lines as in the May ruling upholding Arizona's sanctions on employers who hire illegal workers. Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. joined with Roberts in that case. Peter Spiro, a law professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, says he expected key parts of the Arizona law would be upheld. "As usual, Kennedy will be the decider," he said. "And I think he'll be accommodating of state interests."

Immigration laws pose a test of states' rights in Supreme Court


Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | December 28, 2011, 5:53 p.m. | By David G. Savage and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-immigration-courts20111229,0,2286951.story Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles Federal judges have blocked strict new immigration laws adopted by conservative legislatures in half a dozen

states, including a ruling last week that said South Carolina may not set up a "street-level dragnet" to stop and arrest illegal immigrants. But immigrant rights advocates who have cheered those rulings may soon find their luck has run out as those rulings head for the Supreme Court. Legal experts believe the high court's conservative majority will take a sharply different approach. So far, lower-court judges have mostly sided with the Obama administration, ruling, as U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel did in the South Carolina case, that regulating immigration is the province solely of the federal government, not the states.

Gingrich is right - Congress can contest constitutional interpretation with the judiciary
washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/27/2011 | Steven W. Fitschen If youre a political junkie, youve got to love a presidential candidate who lights the fire Newt Gingrich has lit. Or at least you have to love the fire. Impeach judges? Subpoena them? Arrest them? Zany, zany, zany Newt. Or is that correct, correct, correct Newt? The case can be made that judges can be impeached for rendering unconstitutional opinions. But it probably cant be made persuasively in an op-ed piece. I wont try. But Ill take on the other two. They can be subpoenaed, and, because they can be subpoenaed, they can be arrested if they refuse to comply....

Federal judge: Nonpartisan elections are unfair to minorities (Not satire!)


Hot Air ^ | December 27, 2011 | Howard Portnoy The phrase voter literacy test conjures up thoughts of devious and pernicious practices once used primarily in the Deep South to disenfranchise minority voters. Yet, a ruling by a federal judge last week seems to go overboard in the opposite direction. From The Daily Caller: A U.S. District Court judge has rejected a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965filled [sic] when the Department of Justice barred the city of Kinston, N.C. from holding nonpartisan electionsreasoning that lack of access to party affiliation would discriminate against minority voters who otherwise wouldnt know how to find Democratic...

Subpoena Judges? Yes, Indeed (Why Newt has a good point)

American Thinker ^ | 12/27/2011 | By Mark J. Fitzgibbons Speaker Gingrich's campaign position paper, "Bringing the Courts Back Under the Constitution," has serious flaws such as proposing that Congress and the Executive could limit the jurisdiction of the courts to hear cases challenging unconstitutional laws that are enacted by those two branches. One of the controversial positions in the paper that has drawn criticism is that Congress may subpoena judges to testify about judicial opinions they've written. Subpoenaing judges actually may be one of the better ideas in the paper, and could be implemented independent of the other proposals. In fact, there is no provision in the Constitution barring Congress from...

Gingrich not alone in views on judges


Charlotte Observer ^ | Dec 25, 2011 | By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News Can't post Bloomberg, but they say others also have plans that would challenge balance of power, including Perry, Bachmann and Paul. Not surprisingly, Romney seems to be about the only one willing to go along with the status quo. Wouldn't want to rock the boat or cause a constitutional crisis. As a true blue establishment RINO, he'd rather just play it safe and go along with the liberal activists.

Fed Judge Blocks Key Portions of SC Immigration Law


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/22/judge-strikes-key-provisions-southcarolina-immigration-law/ ^
A federal judge on Thursday blocked three key provisions of South Carolina's controversial law cracking down on illegal immigration. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel granted the federal government's request for an injunction against the law that's set to take effect Jan. 1. The ruling applies to portions that require law officers to check the status of anyone they stop for something else and suspect is in the country illegally. Gergel also halted the implementation of sections pertaining to the transportation of illegal immigrants and immigrant registration cards. Gergel has denied the state's request that he suspend all court hearings on the case until the U.S.Supreme Court rules on a challenge to Arizona's similar law. South Carolina prosecutors have said the nation's high court will likely rule in six months or less.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/22/judge-strikeskey-provisions-south-carolina-immigration-law/#ixzz1hI6KfZdU

Ruling could stop cuts in elderly, disabled care


Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:51:49 AM by SmithL 2 replies San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/20/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer States can't cut in-home care for elderly and disabled people if there's a serious risk they'll be forced into nursing homes, a federal appeals court has ruled in a decision that could forestall a 20 percent reduction in services to 372,000 Californians. Friday's ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco did not directly involve California and came instead from Washington state, where officials reduced home-care hours for 45,000 residents by 10 percent in February. But the issues are similar to those now before a federal judge in Oakland, who has scheduled a Jan. 19 hearing

Plaintiffs attys in So Copper case get $285 mln fee


Reuters ^ | 12/19/11 | Tom Hals The plaintiffs' attorneys in a shareholder lawsuit involving Southern Copper Corp won a blockbuster $285 million fee award from Delaware's Chancery Court on Monday. * * * "This creates incentives for real achievement," said Leo Strine, the chief judge of the Chancery Court. Strine approved the payment, which amounts to about $35,000 per hour of work on the case by two law firms.

Story sucks, FreeRepublic is good

Gingrichs Awful Proposal to Abolish JudgeshipsPart 1


National Review ^ | 12/17/2011 | Ed Whelan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2822183/posts This morning I was curious as to what the most dispicaable judge in Americas history looked like. I did a search and there are no picutres of Judge Mariana Pfaelser. How is that possible? She is the judge that opened our borders to foreign invaders.

Gingrich: Congress can send Capitol Police to arrest rogue judges


The Hill ^ | December 18, 2011 | Alexander Bolton GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich said Congress has the power to dispatch the Capitol Police or U.S. Marshals to apprehend a federal judge who renders a decision lawmakers broadly oppose... Gingrich made his remarks during a Sunday appearance on CBSs Face the Nation where he defended his position that the president has the power to eliminate federal courts to disempower judges who hand down decisions out of step with the rest of the nation...

Impeachments of Federal Officials Source: Congressional Directory The procedure for the impeachment of federal officials is detailed in Article I, Section 3, of the Constitution. The Senate has sat as a court of impeachment in the following cases: * William Blount, senator from Tennessee; charges dismissed for want of jurisdiction, Jan. 14, 1799. * John Pickering, judge of the U.S. District Court for New Hampshire; removed from office March 12, 1804. * Samuel Chase, associate justice of the Supreme Court; acquitted March 1, 1805. * James H. Peck, judge of the U.S. District Court for Missouri; acquitted Jan. 31, 1831. * West H. Humphreys, judge of the U.S. District Court for the middle, eastern, and western districts of Tennessee; removed from office June 26, 1862. * Andrew Johnson, president of the United States; acquitted May 26, 1868. * William W. Belknap, secretary of war; acquitted Aug. 1, 1876. * Charles Swayne, judge of the U.S. District Court for the northern district of Florida; acquitted Feb. 27, 1905. * Robert W. Archbald, associate judge, U.S. Commerce Court; removed Jan. 13, 1913. * George W. English, judge of the U.S. District Court for eastern district of Illinois;

resigned Nov. 4, 1926; proceedings dismissed. * Harold Louderback, judge of the U.S. District Court for the northern district of California; acquitted May 24, 1933. * Halsted L. Ritter, judge of the U.S. District Court for the southern district of Florida; removed from office April 17, 1936. * Harry E. Claiborne, judge of the U.S. District Court for the district of Nevada; removed from office Oct. 9, 1986. * Alcee L. Hastings, judge of the U.S. District Court for the southern district of Florida; removed from office Oct. 20, 1989. * Walter L. Nixon, judge of the Southern District Court for Mississippi; removed from office Nov. 3, 1989. * William J. Clinton, president of the United States; acquitted Feb. 12, 1999. * G. Thomas Porteous Jr., judge of the U.S. District Court in Louisiana removed from office Dec. 9, 2010. Read more: Impeachments of Federal Officials Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0194049.html#ixzz1gvYQinG1
187 posted on Sunday, December 18, 2011 2:28:21 PM by ConfidentConservative (I think, therefore I am conservative.)

Judge Rejects California Execution Plan [Jefferson's Judicial Despotism?


LATimes ^ | December 16, 2011 Judge Rejects California Execution Plan December 16, 2011 A judge on Friday threw out California's new lethal-injection protocols, which have been six years in the making, because corrections officials failed to consider a one-drug execution method now in practice in other death penalty states. The action by Marin County Superior Court Judge Faye D'Opal sends the state back to square one in redrafting procedures for lethal-injection executions. The death penalty has been on hold for six years in California after a federal court ruling deemed the previously used three-drug method unconstitutional because it might inflict pain amounting to cruel and...

Judge blocks issuing 'Choose Life' plates in NC


WRAL ^ | November 28, 2011

WILMINGTON, N.C. A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked North Carolina from issuing special anti-abortion license plates. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union suing to prevent people from paying for the "Choose Life" plates, alleging that they violate the First Amendment because there's no specialty plate for supporters of abortion rights. U.S. District Judge James Fox issued a temporary injunction to stop the Division of Motor Vehicles from issuing the plates until the suit could be heard. "This case is ultimately about free speech and equal treatment for all North Carolinians, regardless of their point of...

ABA: Obama Sets Record for Unqualified Judge Nominations [Women and Minorities Hit Worst]
Newsmax ^ | 23 November 2011 | Henry J. Reske The American Bar Association secretly declared that 14 of President Barack Obamas nominees to the federal bench are not qualified. The rejection rate is more than three times that of Obamas predecessors, Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, The New York Times reports. The Obama administration, which has nominated 185 judges, has questioned whether the bar association has placed too much value on courtroom experience. The associations special role in judicial selection, in place since the Eisenhower days, has been contentious, with conservatives charging that the group has a liberal bias, the Times reported. Nearly all those found not...

Rick Perry-backed judge proposes Latino districts, infuriates GOP


The Daily Caller ^ | Nov 20, 2011 | Chris Bedford A former Texas Supreme Court justice whose appointment by Gov. Rick Perry led to accusations of racial pandering was part of a Federal District Court decision Thursday to issue a new voting district map for Texas that will likely overturn the map proposed by the Texas Legislature and is designed to create ethnic voting districts for Latinos. U.S. District Court Judge Xavier Rodriguez joined with another Latino justice from the three-justice federal panel Clinton-appointee Judge Orlando Garcia to issue the racially-drawn map, which has not yet been given final approval. Lawyers for the Democrats and Republicans were given...

Bay Area to get 1st Latina federal judge (has been active in La Raza and other Latino groups)
SFGate.com ^ | 11/16/11 | Bob Egelko Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, an Alameda County judge since 2008, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday for the U.S. District Court in Oakland, where she will become the first Latina federal judge in the Bay Area. The Senate voted 89-6 to approve President Obama's nomination of Gonzalez Rogers to fill the vacancy created by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's retirement in February. There was no debate, and the opponents, all Republicans, did not say why they voted against the nominee, who had not drawn any opposition in her committee hearing. Gonzalez Rogers, 46, a Texas native and Princeton honors graduate,...

Newt Checks and Balances Liberal Judges


Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2011 | Peter Ferrara The genius of America's Founding Fathers is reflected in the innovative system of checks and balances they adopted for our government, to prevent abuse of power by any authority. Congressional legislation is subject to veto by the President, and to review for constitutionality by the courts. The President and his Executive branch are subject to the laws passed by Congress, enforced by the courts, and presidential appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate. So are treaties. The President appoints the judges, subject to Senate confirmation. And if those judges refuse to apply the law objectively as written, and instead...

Freep This Poll - Do you agree with the judge's decision in the flag T-shirt lawsuit?
The Morgan Hill Times ^ Please take a moment to vote in the following poll: "Do you agree with the judge who ruled in favor of the school district in the case in which two administrators sent four students home for wearing American-themed clothing in Cinco de Mayo?" This stems from a 2009 incident where 5 boys in our community wore

US flag shirts to school on Cinco de Mayo, and were sent home by the principal and VP for doing so. Students wearing the colors of the Mexican flag were allowed to remain in school. The following day, about 200 hispanic kids marched out...

The decision was released by U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Ware Tuesday afternoon.

Government fines jailed Border Patrol agents family


Washington Times ^ | 11/11/11 | Stephen Dinan After successfully winning a two-year prison sentence against U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr., the Justice Department is now trying to collect a $6,870 fine from his wife, saying it should be paid immediately even though the judge signaled she would have a grace period. In a notice sent last week the Justice Department said the fines were imposed by the court that found Agent Diaz guilty and sentenced him to prison for improperly restraining a 15-year-old suspected of drug smuggling. We strongly urge you to pay this debt immediate, said the notice,

North Carolina Ultrasound-Abortion Law Blocked by Judge (Obama Nominee)


Life News ^ | October 25, 2011 | Steven Ertelt A federal judge has blocked a pro-life law in North Carolina allowing women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before considering an abortion. The law faced a lawsuit from the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. According to an AP report, U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles in Greensboro issued a preliminary injunction today, just one day before women would have benefited from the new law, which also provides for a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. The lawsuit, filed in the Middle District of North Carolina, claims the new law violates the rights of women and abortion facilities....

Judge blocks Fla.'s new welfare drug testing law


WLS ^ | Updated 10/24/11 2:47 p.m. | Staff ORLANDO, Fla. (WLS) - A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida's new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving the benefits on Monday, saying it may violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. Judge Mary Scriven's ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that claims the law is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 35-year-old Navy veteran and single father who sought the benefits while finishing his college degree, but refused to take the test. Nearly 1,600 applicants have refused to take the test...

U.S. judge dismisses Arizona claims against feds on immigration law


KAJ 18 ^ | 10/22/11 U.S. judge dismisses Arizona claims against feds on immigration lawPosted: Oct 22, 2011 11:23 PM by CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- A judge on Friday ruled against Arizona, dismissing its claims "in their entirety" against the federal government over its enforcement of immigration laws. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is an apparent blow to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and her allies. They pushed a controversial law known as SB 1070 through the state legislature, which allows, among other measures, local police officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

Justice Scalia: Americans 'should learn to love gridlock'


Los Angeles Times ^ | October 5, 2011 | David G. Savage Many Americans think badly of the government because of gridlock in Washington. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not one of them. Americans should learn to love gridlock, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The framers (of the Constitution) would say, yes, Thats exactly the way we set it up. We wanted power contradicting power (to prevent) an excess of legislation.' ''

Elana Kagan was Obamas lawyer

Snopes for Dopes


Birdblog ^ | 10 September 2011 | Dana Mathewson Ive often wondered how biased these "email verification sites were. Guess I was right to question. Many of the emails that I have sent or forwarded that had any anti Obama in it were negated by Snopes. I thought that was odd. Check this out. Snopes, Soros and the Supreme Courts Kagan I guess the time has come to check out Snopes! Ya' don't suppose it might not be a good time to take a second look at some of the stuff that got kicked in the ditch by Snopes, do ya'?

Appeals court dismisses key challenge to healthcare law


The Hill ^ | September 8, 2011 | Sam Baker A federal appeals court today dismissed one of the highest-profile challenges to President Obama's healthcare reform law. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli does not have a legal right to sue over the law's requirement that most people buy insurance. The court vacated a lower court's ruling in the case and instructed the lower court to dismiss the suit. The Supreme Court is almost certain to have the final say on whether the coverage mandate is constitutional. Most legal observers expect the court to hear arguments during the term that begins in October and...

Appeals Court Dismisses Virginia's Challenge to ObamaCare


Fox News ^ | 9/8/11 | Fox News Appeals Court Dismisses Virginia's Challenge to ObamaCare

Judge blocks NM governor on immigrant driver licenses


Fox 59 ^ | September 1, 2011 | Tim Gaynor, Cynthia Johnston SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A New Mexico judge on Wednesday blocked a move by the state's Republican governor to make it harder for illegal immigrants to keep driver's licenses in the state. Governor Susana Martinez's administration last month ordered the state to reverify the physical residency of foreign nationals who hold New Mexico driver's licenses in order to get or keep their licenses.But District Court Judge Sarah Singleton in Santa Fe issued a temporary restraining order blocking the program, arguing in a brief ruling that "irreparable injury" would occur from "constitutional deprivations to the applicants

Bail-fail judge with a grudge (Carol "Set 'Em Free" Feinman)


http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bail_fail_judge_with_grudge_4xOW39gxR Ho9bBgIsTSXRP#ixzz1WefzSllk ^ | August 31, 2011 | AMBER SUTHERLAND, KIRSTAN CONLEY and BOB FREDERICKS The rookie Bronx judge who has been allowing violent criminals to walk free without bail despises her job -- and hopes she'll force a transfer from the roughand-tumble Criminal Court to the cushier civil division, a well-placed source told The Post. Feinman -- a longtime West Village activist and former chair of Community Board 2 -- yesterday snapped at a Post photographer outside her apartment. 'Get the f - - k away from me or I'm calling the police!" she snarled. Carol "Set 'Em Free" Feinman, 57, was elected as a $125,000-a-year civil court judge, but was bumped to criminal...

Judge strikes down key parts of Texas abortion sonogram law


AP via msnbc ^ | 08/30/2011 | JIM VERTUNO A federal judge on Tuesday blocked key provisions of Texas' new law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion, ruling the measure violates the

free speech rights of both doctors and patients. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks upheld the requirement that sonograms be performed, but struck down the provisions requiring doctors to describe the images to their patients and requiring women to hear the descriptions. The law made exceptions for women who were willing to sign statements saying they were pregnant as a result of rape or incest or that their fetus had an irreversible abnormality.

Federal Judge Blocks Alabama's Immigration Law H.B. 56 (for 30 Days)


Stand With Arizona ^ | 08-29-2011 | John Hill by John HillStand With ArizonaA federal judge in Birmingham has temporarily blocked enforcement of Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration - but has made no determination on whether any part of the law is constitutional. U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn has delayed enforcement of Alabama's new law H.B. 56 for one month, until she issues a longer ruling on September 28th. Her order means the law won't take effect as scheduled on September 1st. Unlike previous initial rulings in Arizona and Georgia, Blackburn did not block any specific sections to which she objected,

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2766804/posts?page=1

Keep telling yourself that, it makes life so much easier

Just August:

Judge apologizes to inmate seeking sex-change


Boston Herald ^ | 8/18/11 | Boston Herald http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20110818conflict_of_interest_allegation s_in_merrimack_case/srvc=home&position=recent

Murder charge tossed in case of bones in backpack


WRAL ^ | August 16, 2011 http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/10004288/

Appeals Court Rules Fannie/Freddie Docs Can be Kept Secret


Breitbart Big Government ^ | Aug 15th 2011 at 9:42 am | Tom Fitton http://biggovernment.com/tfitton/2011/08/15/appeals-court-rules-fanniefreddie-docscan-be-kept-secret/

9th Circuit: University Can Force Christian Groups Open to NonChristians


Christianity Today ^ | 8'5'11 | Morgan Feddes http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/augustweb-only/christiangroupsopen.html

Court rules state can't ban sex offenders from nursing homes
patriotledger.com ^ | 08/07/2011 | Kyle Cheney

Court suspends dismantling of redevelopment agencies


San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/11/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi? f=/c/a/2011/08/11/BAJU1KMBCQ.DTL&tsp=1

Court: Wis. can't deny transgender inmates therapy


Associated Press ^ | August 5, 2011 http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRANSGENDER_INMATES? SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-08-05-1711-18

Judge blocks Kan. law defunding Planned Parenthood


Associated Press ^ | August 1, 2011 | ROXANA HEGEMAN

Judge apologizes to inmate seeking sex-change


Boston Herald ^ | 8/18/11 | Boston Herald A federal judge has apologized to a transgender inmate who has waited years for a ruling on whether she can get a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation. Michelle Kosilek first sued 11 years ago. Two years later, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity. Prison officials oppose the idea. During a hearing Thursday, Wolf said he deeply regrets that his decision has not yet been issued. He says he knows the case is "extremely important"...

Murder charge tossed in case of bones in backpack


WRAL ^ | August 16, 2011 Durham, N.C. A judge on Tuesday dismissed a murder charge against a Mebane man arrested last year with the remains of a Durham woman in his backpack. Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled that the state withheld evidence by allowing the family of Lakiea Lacole Boxley to cremate her remains. Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline immediately said she would appeal the ruling. Michael Charles Dorman, 33, of 1411 Sundown Drive, was arrested in July 2010 after one of his friends told investigators that Dorman admitted to killing a prostitute and asked him to help dispose of her remains....

Appeals Court Rules Fannie/Freddie Docs Can be Kept Secret


Breitbart Big Government ^ | Aug 15th 2011 at 9:42 am | Tom Fitton So far the U.S. government has bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the tune of at least $130 billion, and perhaps as much as $1 trillion. And yet, the Obama administration continues to stonewall the release of documents that could shed light on why Fannie and Freddie failed, thereby sending the economy into a tailspin from which we have yet to recover. (Those records are housed at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) now that Fannie and Freddie are owned and operated by the federal government.) Judicial Watch is especially interested in documents related to the political contributions...

9th Circuit: University Can Force Christian Groups Open to NonChristians


Christianity Today ^ | 8'5'11 | Morgan Feddes A federal appeals court ruling this week could significantly diminish public university religious groups' ability to restrict membership and leadership to students who agree with their teachings. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday (Aug. 2) that San Diego State University (SDSU)'s nondiscrimination

policy for officially recognized campus groups is constitutional and does not violate the rights of two Christian groups. The policy is based on a nondiscrimination policy used at all the schools in the California State University system. The two Christian groups, sorority Alpha Delta Chi and fraternity Alpha Gamma Omega, had sued SDSU in 2005, alleging...

Court rules state can't ban sex offenders from nursing homes
patriotledger.com ^ | 08/07/2011 | Kyle Cheney A 2006 state law prohibiting the most serious sex offenders from living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities is unconstitutional, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously Friday. In the case ruled on Friday, a level three sex offender identified only as John Doe would likely have become homeless and personally endangered if he were forced out of the rest home in which he resides, according to the SJC. According to a background of the case included in the ruling, John Doe diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and who also suffers from glaucoma, seizures and poor personal hygiene

Court suspends dismantling of redevelopment agencies


San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/11/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer California's plan to dismantle redevelopment agencies was put on hold today by the state Supreme Court, which plans to decide by January whether the state's elimination of the program is legal. The court agreed to allow a lawsuit, which challenges the legality of the elimination of redevelopment, to move forward, and said the program can continue to exist while the case is pending. It also set an expedited schedule, saying it plans to issue a final opinion by mid-January on whether the Legislature had the power to eliminate the economic development program. And while the decision allows redevelopment agencies to...

Court: Wis. can't deny transgender inmates therapy


Associated Press ^ | August 5, 2011 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning taxpayer-funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision came Friday in a case brought by a group of male inmates who identify as female.

Judge blocks Kan. law defunding Planned Parenthood


Associated Press ^ | August 1, 2011 | ROXANA HEGEMAN WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Monday that Planned Parenthood would likely succeed in overturning a new Kansas law that would deny the group access to federal family planning funding, saying he believes the law is unconstitutional and was intended to punish Planned Parenthood for advocating for abortion rights.

Controversial Scholar Nominated To California Supreme Court


Business Law Daily ^ | 1-27-11 | Chris Rizo California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday nominated University of California law professor Goodwin Liu to sit on the state Supreme Court.

Jerry Brown nominates Goodwin Liu to California Supreme Court [Updated]


LA Times ^ | July 26, 2011 Gov. Jerry Brown nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court Tuesday, giving the state high court a fourth Asian

justice and a collegial liberal who is likely to be strongly supportive of civil rights. Liu was President Obama's pick for a seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but he failed to garner enough Republican support. Liu, 40, has never been a judge, but his colleagues at Berkeley, including conservatives, strongly endorsed him for the position. Liu, a graduate of Yale Law School, is the son of Taiwanese immigrants. He was born in...

TEXAS CLERK FACES GRAND JURY FOR DEFENDING THE PLEDGE, POSSIBLE JAIL TIME AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Atlas Shrugs ^ | Pamela Geller Right after the Fourth of July, I broke the story of Natalie Nichols, a newly elected county clerk in Texas, who questioned a rogue court that actually voted to remove the Pledge of Allegiance and an opening prayer from the court's official records. She refused to do it, and made it her official stance. She now faces charges. After my story ran on July 6 over at WND, Holy War in Texas, Natalie Nichols found herself facing Grand Jury charges and possible prison time. Natalie's husband told me, "Is this what we are to now expect when we dare take...

Convicted wife killer Vernon Lawson has what it takes to be an American citizen, judge rules
NY Daily News ^ | July 19, 2011 | Erica Pearson A Jamaican immigrant's story of redemption convinced a judge he should be an American citizen - even though he killed his wife. Vernon Lawson, a Vietnam veteran, stabbed his wife to death in 1985 and served more than 13 years in prison. While behind bars, he kicked his drug and alcohol problems, got his GED and earned a bachelor's degree. Lawson was released from prison in 1998 and soon began getting treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. In 2006, he applied to become a citizen and was turned down because of the manslaughter conviction. The Marine's lawyers argued that as...

Court says cities can ban layoffs by new owners


San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/19/11 | Bob Egelko California cities can protect workers from being fired immediately when their company changes owners, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.The 6-1 decision reinstated a Los Angeles ordinance, struck down by lower courts, that required supermarkets to keep their workforce for 90 days after a new owner takes over. Similar laws covering different industries are in effect in other cities including Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley and Emeryville - and the state also has a law protecting janitors who work for building contractors. "When you're keeping a business open and all you're doing is changing the name

Newly appointed lesbian Mass. Supreme Court Judge speaks at fundraiser for radical gay group
massresistance.com ^ | 07/18/2011 | n/a Two days after being formally confirmed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judge Barbara Lenk (an "out" lesbian activist) was a featured speaker at a fundraiser for the radical Massachusetts LGBTQ ("Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer") Bar Association. The Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct forbids judges from being a speaker at an organization's fundraising event. Lenk's participation that evening was a clear -- and arrogant -- public violation of that Code. (A similar situation occurred when Justice Margaret Marshall was keynote speaker at the group's 1999 dinner. MassResistance--then Article 8 Alliance--Massachusetts News, and others brought this up as a...

Massachusetts Justices vow to shut 11 courts--Decry states budget, seek halt in appointments
Boston Globe ^ | July 13, 2011 | By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman The states top judges urged Governor Deval Patrick yesterday to stop appointing new judges and said they have no choice but to close 11 courthouses and lay off

employees. The chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and the chief justice for administration and management said the budget Patrick signed jeopardizes the right of every person, guaranteed by the Massachusetts Constitution, to swift justice. The request for a moratorium on judicial appointments was submitted in a separate letter sent to the governor by the seven justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, four of whom are Patrick appointees. After years of...

Georgia Begins Appeal of Immigration Enforcement Law (HB87)


StandWithArizona.com ^ | 07-07-2011 | John Hill Georgia this week began the formal process of appealing the blocked of portions of their immigration law, HB87. On June 27th, Judge Thomas Thrash granted a request by the ACLU, the Mexican Government, and others, to block parts of the law that penalize people who knowingly and willingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants while committing another crime. He also blocked provisions that authorize officers to verify the immigration status of someone who can't provide proper identification. Judge Thrash's absurd ruling sounded in parts as if penned by a petulant staffer from the ACLU... "The apparent legislative intent is to...

In reversal, federal court orders immediate end to dont ask, dont tell policy(9th U.S. Circuit)
The Washington Post ^ | 07/06/11 | Associated Press By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2:34 PM SAN FRANCISCO A federal appeals court has barred further enforcement of the U.S. militarys ban on openly gay service members. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Wednesday the dont ask, dont tell policy must be immediately lifted now that the Obama administration says its unconstitutional to treat gay Americans differently under the law.

Mich. Ban On Race In College Admissions Illegal (Court of Appeals sanctions racial discrimination)

Click on Detroit ^ | July 1, 2011 A federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan's ban on the consideration of race and gender when enrolling students at public colleges, saying it burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution. The 2-1 decision upends a sweeping law that was approved by voters in 2006 and had forced the University of Michigan and others to change admission policies. The court said it violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. [Snip] The ban was placed in the Michigan Constitution after getting 58 percent of the vote nearly five years ago. It affected government hiring as well as college admissions.

Judge denies Boeing motion to dismiss NLRB case


The Hill ^ | 6/30/2011 | Keith Laing A judge dismissed airplane manufacturer Boeing's attempt to have a National Labor Relations Board case against it dismissed Thursday. The NLRB has alleged Boeing chose to locate a new plant to build 787 airplanes in South Carolina instead of Washington state in retaliation for strikes by unionized workers there. Boeing sought to have the case dismissed on the grounds that the NLRB's claim was unprecedented, but Seattle Administrative Law Judge Clifford Anderson ruled that the case should go on. "Having considered the entirety of the respondent's motion and found and concluded as noted above, I find that the motion is...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2741013/posts?q=1&;page=1 I blame you people for throwing us Californians under the bus. You know that our local government is corrupt, our mayor in Los Angeles has a tattoo of La Raza, he is a traitor. He gives millions of dollars to Mexico. Yet there will never be a U.S. Marshal coming to our rescue. I was at the 97 soccer game when they were booing our National Anthem. This is not aimed at the team, it is aimed at our country. Our sovereignty is a national concern, yet you people keep bailing out California enabling the state to maintain a war on Americans. The Internal Revenue Service is a national agency, but they ignore the illegals and their illegal activities, even going as far as to not notify Americans when their I.D. has been stolen.

I went shopping for furniture last weekend, I didnt hear one person without an accent. Yet we still have an eleven percent unemployment rate. Redefining birthright citizenship is in your hands, but you will not demand it. Mandating E-Verify is not demanded by you, your state is safe. What is united about the United States when you say California is hopeless? We have been taken over by foreigners and you will not protect your fellow Americans. You people are as despicable as the crowd that yells jump to a man standing on a ledge. You people are as despicable as the crowd that watches a kid get beaten by a mob. California has 36,961,664 people 34 countries have a population larger than California Los Angeles county is more populous than 42 states But we were overruled on Prop 187 by one personJudge Mariana Pfaelser But dont worry, it can never happen to your state. Georgias US District Judge Thomas Thrash http://www.breitbart.com/article.php? id=CNG.1ab5d657468a2ee5f1590c010c34102a.9b1&show_article=1 Indianas US District Judge Sarah Evans Barker http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57747.html#ixzz1QFoswLQg Utahs US District Judge Clark Waddoups http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705372387/Judge-puts-Utah-illegal-immigrationenforcement-bill-on-hold.html?pg=1 Arizonas US District Judge David G. Campbell http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/04/25/20110425arpaiodeputies-ruling-id-theft.html 9th Circuit Susan Ritchie Bolton, John T. Noonan, Richard A. Paez http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/11/us-usa-immigration-arizonaidUSTRE73A54420110411?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews Californias US District Judge John Mendez http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3449.asp Iowas US District Judge Mark Bennett

http://www.facebook.com/notes/judicial-watch-inc/jailing-illegal-aliens-for-id-theft-atravesty-judge-says/10150097477371561 Indianas US District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2664983/posts Judge John Garhart http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110111/NEWS02/301119910/1/news California Judge Dolly Gee http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=489794481560&id=92925746942 US District Judge Stefan Underhill

http://www.examiner.com/county-political-buzz-in-san-diego/judge-allowsillegal-aliens-to-sue-ice-agents
Alameda Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2617451/posts Cuts to CalWORKS child care program delayed by judge Judge Ikuta http://www.kvoa.com/news/voter-identification-law-from-2004-struck-down/ The 3rd US District Court http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-immigration-law-block090910,0,4968248.story ^ Arizonas Judge Susan Bolton http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/07/28/128828182/in-az-ruling-judge-citesburden-on-legal-immigrants-u-s Texas Judge Orlinda L. Naranjo http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2226015/posts Californias Judge Ronald Styn http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=131521 Texas US District Judge Jane Boyle http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/25/25868.htm New Jersey, Middlesex County Superior Court Judge James Hurley http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142806/Court_orders_three_H_1B_sites_disab led?taxonomyId=10&pageNumber=1

Georgia court suspends anti-immigration law


AFP ^ | 6-27-11 A federal judge has blocked an immigration bill in the southern state of Georgia which would have allowed law enforcement officials to verify the migratory status of suspects stopped even for a minor traffic offense. US District Judge Thomas Thrash's 45-page ruling Monday determined that although the controversial measure, even it managed to "prevent some unauthorized aliens from obtaining state benefits," was too draconian and could not be not be applied "equitably" throughout the state. The law, adopted by the Georgia state legislature in April, would have gone into effect on July 1. It was challenged by Latino groups in...

Ind. Planned Parenthood law blocked [immigration bill blocked, too]


Politico ^ | 06/24/2011 | REID J. EPSTEIN

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57747.html A federal judge in Indianapolis on Friday blocked part of an Indiana law that cut off public funding for the states Planned Parenthood outlets because they provide abortions, the Associated Press reported. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, who was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama, granted the family planning organization an injunction that voids the portion of the Indiana law, recently signed by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57747.html#ixzz1QFoswLQg The Indiana law, which accounted for about $1.4 million and was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, would have been the first to deny Medicaid funds to the organization for general health services, its attorney told the AP. In a separate ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker ordered Indiana to not enforce portions of an Arizona-style immigration bill due to take effect July 1, the Indianapolis Star reported. Barker, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, ordered struck down the laws prohibition of the use of identification cards issued by foreign consulates and provision allowing police to arrest local law enforcement to arrest people whose immigration status has been questioned by federal authorities.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57747.html#ixzz1QFoyqHzW

Gay judge's same-sex marriage ruling upheld


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2734981/posts AP ^ | 6/15/2011 | Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge has a message for those trying to salvage California's gay marriage ban: Sure, the judge who threw out the measure last year is in a long-term relationship with a man, but he could still be fair to them. Chief U.S. District Court Judge James Ware's ruling Tuesday rejected arguments that former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker would potentially benefit from declaring the ban unconstitutional. In his 19-page decision - a response to the first attempt in the nation to disqualify a judge based on sexual orientation Ware had a bigger message. Gay judges,...

Politically Correct Washington Supreme Court Overturns Murder Conviction


American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2011 | Selwyn Duke In 2007, Kevin L. Monday Jr. was convicted for the murder of Francisco Green and received 64 years in prison. The incident was caught on a 3-minute video recording shot by a street performer, and the footage clearly shows Monday coolly and calculatingly firing 11 shots at Green on a crowded Seattle, Washington, street corner. Thus, despite the reluctance of witnesses to testify, it was an open-and-shut case. But now the Washington Supreme Court, in an 8-1 ruling, has overturned the conviction and a lower court that upheld it, claiming that the prosecutor used "racist" arguments. What is the supposed...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg http://www.prisonplanet.com/justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-eugenicist.html


Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we dont want to have too many of,

She voted for abortion to kill black babies

Judge Temporarily Halts Philadelphia School District Layoff Plan


CBS Philly ^ | 6 June 2011 | Ben Simmoneau

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/06/06/school-district-to-provide-documentation-toget-millions-in-funding/
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers went to court on Monday afternoon, asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent the school district from moving forward with the layoffs, which the union says must done according to seniority including promise academy teachers according to its collective bargaining agreement. Common Pleas judge Idee Fox issued the TRO and scheduled a hearing on the matter for June 14th, forcing the school district to rescind the layoff notices for the time being.

Obama nominates Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen to 9th Circuit (Palin Appointee)
Achorage Daily News ^ | 5-18-2011 | Erika Bolstad The White House announced Wednesday evening that President Barack Obama is nominating Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. "I am proud to nominate this outstanding candidate to serve on the United States Court of Appeals," Obama said in a statement. "I am confident Justice Morgan Christen will serve the American people with integrity and distinction."

Federal Judge Prohibits Prayer at Texas Graduation Ceremony


FOXNews.com ^ | June 2, 2011 | By Todd Starnes A federal judge has ordered a Texas school district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony. Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Bierys order

against the Medina Valley Independent School District also forbids students from using specific religious words including prayer and amen. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Christa and Danny Schultz. Their son is among those scheduled to participate in Saturdays graduation ceremony. The judge declared that the Schultz family and their son would suffer irreparable harm if anyone prayed at the ceremony. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the school district...

Judge orders state to boost foster payments


San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/31/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge has ordered California to increase payment rates immediately to thousands of foster parents, noting that it has been more than 2 1/2 years since he ruled that the state's reimbursement levels failed to cover the costs of raising a child. State officials "have now had a full and fair opportunity to come into compliance with federal law. They have not done so," U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco said Friday.He told the state Department of Social Services to raise its rates to levels specified in a UC Davis study of foster children's...

Wisconsin Club for Growth ---- Judge Sumi should be investitaged


Club for Growth Wisconsin, Inc. ^ | June 06, 2011 For Immediate Release: June 6, 2011 Contact: Deb Jordahl (877) 707-5571 Sun Prairie, WI ---The Wisconsin Club for Growth has asked the Wisconsin Judicial Commission to investigate possible misconduct on the part of Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi. Sumi is at the center of a controversial ruling blocking publication of new law to reform the collective bargaining privileges of government employees in Wisconsin. The complaint says Sumi acted inappropriately and demonstrated bias against the State when she filed a brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court last month. On May 18, 2011, Judge Sumi, through her attorneys, filed...

Judge Voids Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law

New York Times ^ | May 26, 2011 | Staff A Wisconsin judge has struck down a law taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled Thursday that Republican legislators violated Wisconsin's open meetings law during the run up to passage. She says that renders the law void. The law pushed by Gov. Scott Walker takes away all bargaining rights except over base salary for teachers and other public workers. The decision is not the end of the legal fight. The state Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for June 6 to determine whether it will take the same case. Lawmakers...

Justices, 5-4, Tell California to Cut Prisoner Population NY Times ^ | 5/23/2011 The courts more liberal members Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined Justice Kennedys opinion.
Justice Kennedy has long been critical of what he views as excessively long and harsh sentences. A prison that deprives prisoners of basic sustenance, including adequate medical care, is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in civilized society Justice Kennedy Most of them will not be prisoners with medical conditions or severe mental illness, Justice Scalia wrote, and many will undoubtedly be fine physical specimens who have developed intimidating muscles pumping iron in the prison gym. In his statement from the bench, Justice Scalia said that the prisoners to be released are just 46,000 happy-go-lucky felons fortunate enough to be selected. Justice Alito wrote I fear that todays decision, like prior prisoner-release orders, will lead to a grim roster of victims.

Poor N.J. districts must receive $500M more in school funding, state Supreme Court rules (Abbott)
NJ.com ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 1:26 PM | Chris Megerian TRENTON In a widely anticipated decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the state to spend an additional $500 million on public education in poor districts next year. --- Justices could have ordered up to $1.7 billion in additional statewide education spending. Today's ruling gives Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers some room to maneuver as they work to balance the state's budget by July 1. --- Because the original lawsuit, filed in 1981, was brought on behalf of only 31 poor school districts, the court narrowed its ruling to affect only the socalled "Abbott districts." --- In another dissenting...

California Becomes A Prisonyard


IBD Editorials ^ | May 23, 2011 | Staff Justice: A 5-4 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has just ordered California to empty its prisons of nearly a third of its prisoners because of overcrowding. The state's law-abiding citizens should be afraid very afraid. As is often the case these days on the supposedly conservative court it's not the Brown v. Plata decision was made by four liberal justices, and one "conservative" swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the opinion. In it, Kennedy asserted that the overcrowding has caused "needless suffering and death," upholding a decision by the notoriously wacky Ninth Circuit Court of...

Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates


LA times ^ | May 23, 2011 | David G. Savage The Supreme Court ordered California on Monday to release tens of thousands of its prisoners to relieve overcrowding. It is one of the largest prison release orders in the nation's history, and it sharply split the high court. In dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia called the ruling "staggering" and "absurd." Now, he said, the majority were ordering the release of "46,000 happy-go-lucky felons." He added that "terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order."

Brown v. Plata will free CA convicts


Supreme Court website ^ | 23 May 2011 | Supreme Court of the United States To comply with the PLRA, a court must set a population limit at the highest level consistent with an efficacious remedy, and it must order the population reduction to be achieved in the shortest period of time reasonably consistent with public safety.

Should We Elect Judges?


American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2011 | Bruce Walker The recent hotly disputed judicial election in Wisconsin election brings home some deeper questions: should we elect judges? Should justice be political? Should it be ideological? Whether judges should be political or not, they have been since at least the Dred Scott case in 1858. That decision may have led to the Civil War. The Roe v. Wade decision has caused a similar sort of civil war by lifting abortion out of the province of state law. State judges, including state Supreme Court justices, are elected in many states. Seven states have partisan election of these justices, and electing...

NM judge booked, fingerprinted in political bribery scandal tied to Democrats, Richardson


Star Tribune ^ | 5/20/11 NM judge booked, fingerprinted in political bribery scandal tied to Democrats, Richardson Article by: Associated Press Updated: May 20, 2011 - 3:35 PM LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A New Mexico judge charged with bribery in a scandal tied to former Gov. Bill Richardson pleaded not guilty Friday, then was booked, fingerprinted and ordered to hand over his passport. State District Judge Michael Murphy is accused of telling a potential judicial candidate that if she wanted a seat on the bench she needed to donate to the Democratic Party through a political activist linked to Richardson. Allegations in a special prosecutor's report...

Court: reaffirms that muddy water is pollution 9th Circuit


AP via SFGate ^ | 5/17/11 | JEFF BARNARD, AP Environmental Writer Grants Pass, Ore. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has reaffirmed that muddy water running off logging roads after rainstorms is pollution that requires a special permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Federal judge rules against Calif. gun advocates


AP/WorldMag ^ | May 16, 9:15 PM EDT | DON THOMPSON SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Monday there is no constitutional right to carry a hidden gun in public - a decision that dealt a setback to gun-rights advocates who had challenged how much discretion California law enforcement officials have in issuing concealed weapons permits. U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England Jr. in Sacramento supported a policy by Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto that says applicants must have a reason, such as a safety threat, to legally carry a concealed weapon in his county northwest of Sacramento. Prieto was sued by opponents claiming sheriffs, who issue most concealed...

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Court: Chicago must hire 111 black firefighters 7th Circuit


http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/news/local/chibrknews-court-chicagomust-hire-111-black-firefighters-20110513,0,3811769.story ^ A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the Chicago Fire Department must hire 111 African Americans who passed a firefighters entrance exam 16 years ago and pay millions of dollars to thousands more who took and passed the same test. *** An attorney for the black firefighter candidates said that the 111 jobs would be filled from the applicants who passed the 1995 test and their pensions would be adjusted as if they'd been firefighters since 1995. And, said Joshua Karsh, 6,000 others who also passed the test will divide tens of millions of dollars that would have been...

Judge puts Utah illegal immigration enforcement bill on hold (Less Than 24 Hrs in Effect)
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705372387/Judge-puts-Utah-illegalimmigration-enforcement-bill-on-hold.html?pg=1 SALT LAKE CITY A federal judge Tuesday put Utah's new enforcement-only immigration law on ice. That means police throughout the state, for now, may not ask people arrested for felonies and class A misdemeanors and those booked into jail on class B and class C misdemeanors about their status in the country as outlined in HB497. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups made the temporary restraining order effective until he orders otherwise. The bill was to become law Tuesday. -snip- The ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center represent several Latino individuals and organizations who sued the state over the...

Federal judge blocks Utah immigration law


Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2011 | JOSH LOFTIN SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked a new Utah immigration law that lets police check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled Tuesday in Salt Lake City hours after the law went into effect.

http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/05/harman-bill.html

May 4, 2011
Bill to give Prop. 8 proponents legal standing dies A bill to give initiative proponents the right to defend voter-approved ballot measures against legal challenges was rejected by a Senate panel yesterday. Senate Bill 5 targets an issue that has emerged in the court fight over Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage that was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last year. The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the bill on an 3-2 partyline vote. Then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown, acting as attorney general, decided not to defend the measure in federal court, a position continued by Attorney General Kamala Harris. A federal appeals court considering the initiative proponents'

request to overturn the federal judge's ruling has asked the state Supreme court to decide whether state law gives initiative sponsors standing to intervene in the case. "California voters deserve to have their position defended when an initiative is challenged in court and the State refuses to defend it," GOP Sen. Tom Harman, author of the bill and a former primary candidate for attorney general, said in a statement. Harman introduced a similar bill in 2009 that also failed to make it through the Legislature. Opponents, including representatives from gay-rights group Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, argued during yesterday's committee hearing that the proposed change would conflict with the court's existing power to decide who can intervene in a case. They also argued that law would undermine the constitutional responsibilities delegated to the state attorney general. Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/05/harmanbill.html#ixzz1LQPakYAT

Judge Tosses Californias Case Against Bell Officials


AP) ^ | May 4, 2011 6:13 AM

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/05/04/judge-tosses-californias-case-against-bellofficials/
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph Dau said Tuesday that the case brought by the state Attorney Generals office was legislative in nature and should not be decided in the courts. City News Service reports that the eight defendants named in the suit included former City Manager Robert Rizzo, recalled Mayor Oscar Hernandez and former police Chief Randy Adams. Rizzo is charged with more than 50 counts for orchestrating a scam that nearly bankrupted the workingclass suburb. Los Angeles Prosecutors said that in all, former Bell officials have looted more than $6 million of city money for lavish salaries and perks.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/04/25/20110425arpaiodeputies-ruling-id-theft.html

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies violated the constitutional rights of two Hispanic men when they stopped and detained the men as part of a 2009 identity-theft investigation at a landscaping company, according to a federal judge's ruling Monday. U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies had no reason to stop Julian and Julio Mora before dawn on Feb. 11, 2009, nor any reason to make a warrantless arrest when deputies detained the Moras for nearly three hours. The only reason the arresting deputies had to detain the men, according to Campbell's ruling, was because Julian Mora told deputies that he worked at Handyman Maintenance Inc., where sheriff's deputies were searching for suspected identity thieves. Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/04/25/20110425arpaiodeputies-ruling-id-theft.html#ixzz1Kb190ysw

Massachusetts Court: Marijuana Smell Not Enough for Traffic Stop


thenewspaper.com ^ | 04/22/2011 | n/a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules a police officer may no longer search a motorist merely on the basis of smelling pot. The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Tuesday that a police officer is not justified in stopping and searching an automobile merely because he smells the presence of marijuana. The Supreme Judicial Court took up the case of Benjamin Cruz to clarify the legal impact of a 2008 voter referendum that had decriminalized possession of less than one ounce of pot in the Bay State. On June 24, 2009, Boston Police Officers Christopher Morgan and Richard Diaz were cruising the...

Appeals court stops Ariz. immigration law


The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2011 | Stephen Dinan

Judge Carlos T. Bea, the dissenting judge, said considering the opinions of foreign governments would essentially give a hecklers veto to other countries. Judge Bea said the majoritys opinion made attacks on the state law that even the government didnt make in its case, and said far from intending to prevent states from acting on immigration, Congress at times invites the help. The majority misreads the meaning of the relevant federal statutes to ignore what is

plain in the statutes - Congress intended state and local police officers to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law, Judge Bea wrote.

Court rules against Arizona immigration law [The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals....]
Reuters ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/11/us-usa-immigration-arizonaidUSTRE73A54420110411?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews Court rules against Arizona immigration law Photo 1:09pm EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court upheld a preliminary injunction against parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law in a ruling released on Monday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court did not abuse its authority by enjoining key sections of the state law that were challenged by the Obama administration. Susan Ritchie Bolton John T. Noonan For those sympathetic to immigrants to the United States, it is a challenge and a chilling foretaste of what other states might attempt. Richard A. Paez Arizona has attempted to hijack a discretionary role that Congress delegated to the Executive. Carlos T. Bea dissented from parts of the ruling.

California: Judge Upholds Racial Quotas for Highway Contracts


thenewspaper.com ^ | 04/08/2011 | n/a http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3449.asp

Federal judge approves set asides and racial quotas for transportation contracts in California. A federal judge last week granted the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) the right to discriminate against white business owners and men when awarding contracts. The Pacific Legal Foundation had filed suit against the department on behalf of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of San Diego, insisting that its racial quota program violated the voter-approved Proposition 209 prohibition on race- and sex-based preferences in public contracting, employment and education. US District Court Judge John Mendez weighed the arguments, denied the Pacific Legal Foundation's motion and granted summary...

Judge gives 'Juror No. 799' indefinite jury duty after she makes racist remarks on questionnaire
New York Daily News ^ | April 6, 2011 | John Marzulli

An incensed federal judge sentenced a racist Brooklyn woman to indefinite jury duty on Tuesday after she trashed the NYPD and minorities.

Vaughn Walker, retired judge, reflects on Prop. 8


San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/7/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer The now-retired federal judge who struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage shared his reflections with reporters for the first time Wednesday, saying that the trial should have been televised and that he never considered stepping aside because he is gay."If you thought a judge's sexuality, ethnicity, national origin (or) gender would prevent the judge from handling a case, that's a very slippery slope," former Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker told reporters in a conference room at the San Francisco courthouse where he served for 21 years."I don't think it's relevant," he said.Independent thinker Walker, 67, who retired from...

Federal Rights For State Workers Upheld (states cannot pass laws that limit rights to negotiate)
Official Wire ^ | 4/01/11 Federal Rights For State Workers UpheldPublished on April 01, 2011 by Staff Reporter CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (USA) A U.S. district court judge has ruled states cannot pass laws that limit private-sector workers' rights to negotiate job terms, a union attorney said. "The state can't legislate workers' rights," said attorney Terrance McGann, who represented the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters in a case challenging a 2010 law in Illinois intended to allow exhibitors at Chicago's McCormick Place convention hall to bypass paying overtime, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Judge Ronald Guzman's ruling upholding the National Labor Relations Act on behalf of the...

Judge dismisses 1 of 3 lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's divisive collective bargaining law


AP via The Daily Reporter ^ | April 14, 2011 | Associated Press MADISON, Wis. A judge has dismissed one of three lawsuits filed challenging Wisconsin's divisive law restricting collective bargaining rights. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit filed by Democratic Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk saying she does not have standing to bring the action. The judge says state law forbids an agency or arm of government like a county to challenge the constitutionality of state laws. Another lawsuit brought by the Dane County district attorney remains. In that case, Sumi blocked enactment of the law earlier this month while she considers whether state open meetings...

Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi & Her (SEIU, AFL-CIO) Political Operative Son
Red State ^ | 3/21/11 | LaborUnionReport Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi & Her (SEIU, AFL-CIO) Political Operative SonThere's nothing like a judge's love for her son to cloud her otherwise-cloudy

judgement. Posted by LaborUnionReport Monday, March 21st at 12:30AM EDT On Friday, unions scored a temporary victory to maintain their ability to collect union dues from Wisconsin public employees when Judge Maryann Sumi (the same judge who refused to order striking teachers back to work in February) issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the implementation of Wisconsins new law governing public-sector unions. Via the Wall Street Journal: Judge Maryann Sumi said a lawsuit filed by the Dane...

More on County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi & Son (Wisconsin leftist rules against the people)
Cudahy Now ^ | 3/21/11 | Jason Stein More on County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi & SonBloggers use son to attack judge in union bargaining case By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel March 21, 2011 11:31 a.m. Madison -- In a sign of how contentious the struggle over Gov. Scott Walkers union bargaining law remains, conservative bloggers are using a Dane County judges son to criticize her ruling against the measure. **SNIP** But conservative blogs have been noting that Sumis son, Jacob Sinderbrand, worked in the past for labor unions and questioning whether that could in some way influence Sumis judgment. In a brief statement, Sumi dismissed...

South Texas]Officials: Former Judge Used Code Words for Bribes


KRGV ^ | 03/31/2011 | Manuel De La Rosa BROWNSVILLE - A former state district judge has pleaded guilty in a federal racketeering case just hours after getting arrested. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has heard for years that Abel Limas was under federal investigation. On Thursday, his indictment was unsealed and he took a plea deal. Limas had no comment about his plea in court after he got out on a $50,000 bond. From 2007 to 2009, authorities say Limas took more than a quarter million dollars in bribes in return for favorable treatment. They even say some of that money was coming after he was voted out of office....

Judge Rules Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Not in Effect (Judge makes up new law)
My Fox 9 ^ | 3/31/2011 | Newscore A judge in Madison, Wis., on Thursday ruled a controversial law severely limiting the collective bargaining powers of public employee unions in the state was not in effect. Following a court hearing on March 29, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi issued a declaration on Thursday morning stating that the state officials had not followed correct procedures when they published the law "and is therefore not in effect."

'Let me be crystal clear': Furious female judge orders Wisconsin lawmakers ...
Daily Mail UK ^ | March 30, 2011 A Wisconsin judge has challenged the state in its showdown over an explosive union bargaining law as she ordered lawmakers to put the law on hold. Republican lawmakers pushed through passage of the law earlier this month despite massive protests that drew up to 85,000 people to the state Capitol and a boycott by Democratic state senators. Opponents immediately filed a series of lawsuits that resulted in further chaos that might not end until the state Supreme Court weighs in. Apparently she was ignored the first time: Maryann Sumi reiterates her temporary restraining order barring further implementation of 2011 Wisconsin...

Jury Finds Former Judge Bridget McCafferty Guilty on All 10 Counts (Cleveland Democrat)
fox 8 ,com ^ | 25Mar11 | Fox 8 news AKRON, Ohio A jury has found former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty guilty on all ten counts brought against her for allegedly lying to federal investigators. The former judge was convicted of lying to FBI agents who were investigating public corruption in Cuyahoga County. Closing arguments were made Friday morning in the case which began on Monday. The jury deliberated at the federal courthouse in Akron for about four hours. Her defense attorneys rested their case on Thursday after calling only four

witnesses. Federal prosecutors wrapped up their case against her on Wednesday. McCafferty could get five years...

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Judge Halts Implementation Of Collective Bargaining Law


WISN.com ^ | March 29, 2011 | Nick Bohr MADISON, Wis. -- A Wisconsin judge has ruled that there should be no further implementation of a law taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi said Tuesday that her earlier restraining order saying the law shouldn't be enacted had either been ignored or misinterpreted. Sumi stopped short of saying the law was not already in effect. She said she will take more testimony on that issue. The Legislative Reference Bureau posted the law on a legislative website Friday, leading Gov. Scott Walker's administration to declare the law was in effect. Sumi...

New Jersey court reverses Governor Christies budget cuts to public school aid
Daily Caller ^ | 03/23/2011 | Amanda Carey A New Jersey court, Tuesday, took a step further in effectively tying Republican Governor Chris Christies hands on budget and education reform. Superior Court Judge Peter Doyne ruled that Christies budget cuts to school aid left public schools unable to provide a thorough and efficient education to New Jersey children. Now, the case goes to the state Supreme Court where those seven judges will decide whether to act on it or not. Doynes decision is based on a decades-old ruling in the case Abbott vs.

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Union Law(GOP passed laws are treated differently by courts than Dem laws)
wsj ^ | 3/18/11 | DOUGLAS BELKIN

A Wisconsin judge Friday morning issued a temporary restraining order delaying the implementation of a law that will curtail collective bargaining for publicemployee unions. Judge Maryann Sumi said that a lawsuit filed by the Dane County District Attorney had enough merit to delay Secretary of State Doug LaFollette from publishing Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill while she reviews the case. The law takes effect when it is published. In his complaint, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne argued that the state's openmeeting laws were violated when Republican leaders moved the bill through committee last week. Previously Another Suit Challenges Wisconsin...

Health-care law dealt a blow, but its not fatal


MarketWatch ^ | Dec. 13, 2010, 1:45 p.m. EST | Rex Nutting Commentary: Only the Supreme Court can settle thisWASHINGTON (MarketWatch) A U.S. federal judge ruled Monday that the central provision of the new health-care-reform law is unconstitutional. According to Federal Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond, Va., Congress cannot require everyone to purchase health insurance. The Constitutions commerce clause gives Congress the power to regulate economic activity, he ruled, but not to regulate economic inactivity. Read MarketWatch news story on the judge's ruling. Importantly, the judge did not take the next step and rule that the entire law must be declared void immediately, http://michellemalkin.com/2010/09/09/soros-watch-45-million-to-sabotage-americasjudiciary/

William Bertelsman Susan Bolton Noma Gurich Joseph Tauro Vaughn Walker

http://investmentwatchblog.com/judge-newspaper-must-identify-anonymous-posters-towebsite/
A Marion County judge has ruled, for the first time in Indiana, that news media outlets can be ordered by the court to reveal identifying information about posters to their online forums. In rulings this week and last week, Marion Superior Court Judge S.K. Reid became the first judge in Indiana to rule on whether the state journalism shield law protects media outlets from being forced to disclose names of anonymous posters on their websites or other identifying information about those posters, said Kevin Betz, an attorney for Jeffrey Miller, former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.

Loudoun judge defies Va. Supreme Court, continues to reopen immigrants' cases
Washington Post ^ | 02-06-2011 | Tom Jackman In Loudoun County, Chief General District Court Judge Dean S. Worcester ruled last week that he would defy the Virginia Supreme Court because the justices were simply wrong.

Jailing Illegal Aliens For ID Theft A Travesty, Judge Says


Judicial Watch ^ | February 7, 2011 http://www.facebook.com/notes/judicial-watch-inc/jailing-illegal-aliens-for-idtheft-a-travesty-judge-says/10150097477371561 Sending dozens of illegal immigrants to jail for using stolen identities to work is a travesty, according to the Clinton-appointed federal judge who reluctantly approved the plea agreements of Mexican and Guatemalan employees arrested during a raid at an Iowa meatpacking plant. The 2008 case received national media coverage because hundreds of suspected illegal aliens were apprehended during a massive federal raid at the nations largest kosher meatpacking plant, Agriprocessing Co. Many used fake identities and stolen Social Security numbers

to work at the facility in the northeast Iowa community of Postville and dozens were criminally charged. Now the judge Mark Bennett

Take a Hint? Supreme Court Rejects 5 Rulings in a Row From West Coast Bench
FOX ^ Take a Hint? Supreme Court Rejects 5 Rulings in a Row From West Coast Bench By Judson Berger Published February 02, 2011 | FoxNews.com The Supreme Court may be sending a message to one of the country's most liberal appeals courts, unanimously overturning five consecutive cases out of the 9th Circuit in less than a week. As the nation's biggest circuit, representing most of the western United States, it should come as no surprise that the 9th Circuit has more cases heard before the Supreme Court than any other jurisdiction -- in turn resulting in more reversals. But the latest...

Where Judicial Activism Morphs into Disregard


Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders Four times this month, the U.S. Supreme Court has slapped down the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Four times the Big Bench unanimously reversed Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decisions. Unanimous is a big deal. It means that there's no left-right political divide in the Big Bench's findings -- just right on the law and wrong on the law. I take unanimous seriously. When the California Supreme Court issued a ruling last year that stayed a scheduled execution, I feared yet another over-reaching judicial fiat. But then I saw that all the justices were on board.

Judge Sides with Illegal Immigrants' Kids in Indiana (stop birthright citizenship)
AP/CNS News ^ | 1/28/11 | Charles Wilson

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2664983/posts A federal judge says Indiana cannot deny paternity documents for children born in the U.S. just because their parents are illegal immigrants and don't have Social Security numbers. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by parents who say a state policy requiring the numbers violates their children's rights. (snip) The judge says denying parents the ability to establish legal paternity amounts to discrimination against children who are American citizens...

Ga. woman gets $1.2 million for coffee scalding


The Augusta Chronicle ^ | January 27 2011 | None listed BUFORD, Ga. A Cobb County jury has awarded a Buford woman $1.2 million after she said she was scalded by 190-degree water that shot out of a cappuccino machine at a QuikTrip convenience store. Lawyer Nelson Tyrone III says the woman, 52-year-old Cynthia Nance, was burned on Halloween night in 2007 at a QuikTrip convenience store. Atlanta attorney Valerie Pinkett, who represented QuikTrip, said the case was settled on confidential terms after the jury's verdict. She said the machine involved has been replaced with a newer model at all QuikTrip stores.

Judge OKs 'flag of Islam on American soil' (Heads Up America)


WND ^ | January 19, 2011 | Bob Unruh Attorneys for a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War say they have filed a petition to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal district judge ruled it is OK for the U.S. government to fund commercial enterprises that promote the indoctrination of Islamic law, or Shariah, in the United States. The decision came from Judge Lawrence Zatkoff, who changed his perspective on the issue and said just last week that he would dismiss a constitutional challenge brought by Kevin Murray against the U.S. government's bailout of AIG, the insurance giant. AIG used more than "$100 million...

http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110111/NEWS02/301119910/1/news
The U.S. Border Patrol has the power to stop weapons of mass destruction from entering the country and protecting the border from illegal immigrant crossings. That power does not, however, extend to policing Erie streets for drunken drivers, an Erie County judge has ruled. Judge John Garhart has thrown out the evidence against a woman who was detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who said he observed her swerving her vehicle in traffic at a time when her blood alcohol content was measured at more than three times the legal limit for driving, 0.08 percent.

Mount Soledad Cross ruled unconstitutional by 9th circuit. Pregerson, a Carter appointee McKeown, a Clinton appointee Paez, A Clinton appointee Opinion is here: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2011/01/04/0856415.pdf There is a sign at the cross that states: The cross and the land within the circular sidewalk ahead are not city property. They are owned and maintained by the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association. A private, non-profit corporation. The Plaque says: MT. SOLEDAD VETERANS MEMORIAL CROSS DEDICATED IN 1954, AS A TRIBUTE TO ALL BRANCHES OF THE ARMED FORCES OF U.S.A. SERVICEMENT AND WOMEN. THIS PLAQUE DEDICATED NOVEMBER 11, 1989 MT. SOLEDAD MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION CITY BEAUTIFUL SAN DIEGO Take note of those names, McKeown, Pregerson and Paez. The news rarely lists the names of the 9th circuit decisions.

Judge allows illegal aliens to sue ICE agents


Mariana R. Pfaelzer was the judge that killed the voter approved prop 187.

Matthew Byrne puts restraining order on prop 187 Rose Bird voted 64 times in a row to overturn the death penalty. Oliver Wanger cut water from San Joaquin Valley, Delta Smelt. Wynn Carvill blocked the elimination of $256 million in funds for a welfare-to-work childcare program. The U.S. Court of Appeals, Ikuta, 9th Circuit, has struck down the law requiring Arizona voters to present proof of citizenship to vote. Steven A. Brick freezes furlough order Susan Bolton stops Az SB 1070 Allen Sumner halts Sacramento cuts to indigent health care Lawrence K. Karlton overturns key portion of victims-rights prop 9 Saundra Brown Armstrong blocks cuts to Californias adult daycare program William Highberger puts halt to teacher and staff layoffs James Hurley orders shutdown of three H-1B opposition web sites

While Big Green outspent Big Oil 3 to 1 on defeating prop 23 that would have stalled job killing environmental laws until people are back at work, Big Oil put their money on prop 26 that redefined fees and fines as taxes. Prop 26 passed. This made the defeat of prop 23 mute. Until another corrupt judge steps forward to circumvent the will of the people, we are safe. Rose Bird voted 64 times in a row to overturn the death penalty. Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma denied the voter approved law that made Islamic law subject to Local and Federal laws. Peter Espinoza ruled that perverts can live near schools and parks. Wynn Carvill took it upon himself to block the elimination of $256 million in funds for a welfare-to-work childcare program.

The U.S. Court of Appeals, Ikuta, 9th Circuit, has struck down the law requiring Arizona voters to present proof of citizenship to vote. Mariana R. Pfaelzer was the judge that killed the voter approved prop 187. Oliver Wanger killed cut water from San Joaquin Valley, Delta Smelt. Virginia Phillips is the judge that legislated the Dont-Ask policy Ronald Leighton order lesbian reinstated to Air Force Henry Kennedy orders release of Guantanamo detainee Steven A. Brick freezes furlough order Vaughn Walker concludes that voter-approved Prop 8 tramples on gay rights Susan Bolton stops Az SB 1070 Noma Gurich blocks enforcement of ultrasound abortion law. Joseph Tauro ruled Defense of Marriage Act illegal Allen Sumner halts Sacramento cuts to indigent health care Richard Kramer rules separate restrooms unconstitutional Az Supreme Court: Police must get warrant for blood alcohol tests Tena Callahan says ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection law Kalebu brutally stabbed two women after Brian Gain releases him Lawrence K. Karlton overturns key portion of victims-rights prop 9 Orlinda L. Naranjo blocks rules denying drivers licenses Alex Kozinski places sexually explicit photos and videos on internet Matthew Byrne puts restraining order on prop 187 William Highberger puts halt to teacher and staff layoffs Ronald Styn awards $2,500 to illegal that stabbed photographer Peter Arnold blocks newspapers from publishing stories of college presidents trip to Costa Rica. Jim Hamilton is accused of illegally wiping records clean for felons Jane Boyle rules that landlords must rent to illegals James Robertson rules Al Qaeda Slahi released Denis R. Hurley rules unconstitutional a law to prevent hiring of illegals Christopher C. Piazza overturns voter-approved law prohibiting adoptions by unmarried couples Charles F. Palmer throws out lawsuit against sheriffs dept for releasing sons murderer Barbara Crabb rules National Day of Prayer unconstitutional Saundra Brown Armstrong blocks cuts to Californias adult daycare program Nicholas Garaufis imposes strict racial hiring quotas on fire department Marilyn Hall Patel tosses road plans for SoCal national forests Janet Hall blocks Pratt & Whitney from moving out of state. James Hurley orders shutdown of three H-1B opposition web sites James A. Beaty Jr. rules prayer to open North Carolina county board of commissioners unconstitutional Gladys Kessler order Guantanamo prisoner released G. Thomas Porteous accused of taking bribes Fran Roesch rules parents bigots for opposing gay lessons Douglas C. Phimister lets accused Dugard captors converse Cameron Currie bans Christian car number plate I Believe

December 28, 2010 Dolly Gee ruled U.S. must give convicts lawyers to fight deportation http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=489794481560&id=92925746942

U.S. Must Give Convicts Lawyers To Fight Deportation


Judicial Watch ^ | December 28, 2010 Shy of her first anniversary on the federal bench, an Obama-appointed judge known for promoting racial tolerance has ordered U.S. taxpayers to provide criminally convicted immigrants with diminished mental capacities lawyers to fight deportation. The ruling is believed to be the first ordering governmentfinanced legal representation in an immigration case. Foreign nationals embroiled in deportation proceedings must pay for their own attorney, unlike criminal defendants who get court-appointed lawyersfinanced by American taxpayers as part of due process when they cant afford it. In this case a southern California federal judge, Dolly Gee, ruled that two area immigrants who are mentally disabled...

Has Regulation Put An End To Rule Of Law?


IBD Editorials ^ | December 27, 2010 | The Great THOMAS SOWELL The Constitution of the United States begins with the words "We the people." But neither the Constitution nor "we the people" will mean anything if politicians and judges can continue to do end runs around both. Bills passed too fast for anyone to read them are blatant examples of these end runs. But last week, another of these end runs appeared in a different institution when the medical "end of life consultations" rejected by Congress were quietly enacted through bureaucratic fiat by administrators of Medicare. Although Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Jay Rockefeller had led an effort by a group...

http://www.contracostatimes.com/rss/ci_16859594?nclick_check=1 Updated: 12/15/2010 05:55:43 AM PST The same federal judge who helped set in motion protests in California's farm country when he ruled three years ago that Delta pumping limits were too lax to prevent fish from going extinct determined Tuesday the new regulations go too far the other way. In a sharply worded, 255-page decision, U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, of Fresno, concluded: "The public cannot afford sloppy science and uni-directional prescriptions that ignore California's water needs."

Judge allows illegal aliens to sue ICE agents


A Connecticut federal judge ruled against the government and will allow illegal immigrants to sue ICE agents for civil rights violations. U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill ruled Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are not immune from lawsuits if they are anchored on Constitutional grounds. http://www.examiner.com/county-political-buzz-in-san-diego/judge-allowsillegal-aliens-to-sue-ice-agents

The Citizens' Whip Count [IOWA: impeachment of remaining four Supreme Court justices]
grassrootsIOWA.com ^ | Dec. 27, 2010 HOME - PETITION - COMMENTS & SIGNERS grassrootsIOWA.comDec. 27, 2010Make them tell you where they stand. We will never rein in an out-ofcontrol judiciary until the legislative branch begins to exercise its constitutional

impeachment power. And we won't see the legislative branch do that until We the People begin to hold EVERY legislator acountable to THEIR oath of office. In the coming weeks, help us determine where every Iowa legislator stands on the impeachment of the remaining four Supreme Court justices, and then help us get this information out to every citizen of Iowa. And, be sure to make YOUR...

Gov. Christie and the Fight over Judicial Reform


Red State ^ | 12/11/10 | "Lexington_Concord" (screen name) Chris Christies fights with the teachers unions in New Jersey have been well documented in the national press and conservative blogosphere. However, Christie has been engaged in another, possibly more significant fight over reforming the New Jersey Supreme Court that has, until now received relatively scant amounts of national attention. As detailed in the New York Times and the WSJ ($), the fight erupted in May when Christie exercised his (admittedly seldom-used) prerogative to not re-appoint the liberal John E. Wallace to the New Jersey State Supreme Court.

November 2nd, 2010, Iowa removed 3 Supreme Court activist Judges. A small group of newly elected members of the Iowa House of Representatives have been drafting the
legislation necessary to begin the process of impeaching the four remaining Supreme Court Justices.

NOW THAT IS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT Give power back to the people. http://www.aipnews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=18421&posts=1#M47046

[Iowa] House Freshmen: IMPEACH JUSTICES


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The Iowa Sentinel


Dec. 16, 2010 Al Bregar

A little more than one month ago, on November 2nd, the voters of Iowa sent a very clear message that they will no longer tolerate the judicial activism that has come to characterize the Supreme Court of Iowa. For all intents and purposes that message was a loud and very clear order to Iowas highest court to cease and desist the unconstitutional behavior that has been so prevalent in the rulings of that court as of late. However, as Nathan Tucker at The Iowa Republican has so painstakingly pointed out; this is not the case. Instead the Iowa Supreme Court has continued to flagrantly ignore the limitations upon their power as set forth in the Constitution of the State of Iowa. Indeed it seems that the prominent message sent by the voters of the state have fallen upon deaf ears. While the retention vote, such as the one that was most recently undertaken, is the preferred method for the removal of a rogue jurist; the recent rulings undertaken by the court leave us in a little bit of a quandary. You see, while we did successfully remove three of the seven activist jurists we are left with four Justices that were just as wrong. If we were to wait until their retention votes come up they would still have many years in which they can inflict harm on the states Constitution. However there is another method by which we can liberate the judicial branch from these crusading magistrates. In fact Kent Sorenson (voiced during his interview on Deace in the Afternoon on Monday) was the first elected official that I have heard that has had the courage to support such measure. In fact it would seem that the last best hope, next to the retention vote, for forcing the Supreme Court back within the limitations set forth by the Constitution would be to enact Articles of Impeachment. I have since learned that a small group of newly elected members of the Iowa House of Representatives have been drafting the legislation necessary to begin the process of impeaching the four remaining Supreme Court Justices. Tom Shaw (District 8), Glen Massie (District 74), and Kim Pearson (District 42) have begun working in earnest to have the bill invoking the impeachment process against Supreme Court Justices Mark Cady, Brent Appel, Daryl Hecht, and David Wiggins. Once the impeachment process has begun it is up to the Iowa Senate to try the case and, if found guilty, pass sentence upon

the jurists. After the results of the retention vote in November it should be safe to assume that this measure would have the support of the majority of voting Iowans. What remains to be seen is if those same people that were motivated to reject the courts rampant activism during the general election will be motivated enough to put heavy pressure on both their Representatives and their Senators to support the bill. Another roadblock in the impeachment process is Senate Minority Leader Mike Gronstal. It is entirely likely that he would make every attempt to block the attempt and thwart any legislation that would seek to punish the Supreme Court. It is heartening to see these three freshman Representatives getting down in the trenches. They are getting their hands dirty while attempting to fulfill their campaign pledges of holding the judiciary accountable to the Constitution. In closing I implore you to contact your state Representative and your state Senator to support the Articles of Impeachment. The document may have an uphill battle, but it is a battle that an active grassroots can win.

This important article published on AIPNews.com with the kind permission of the author.

Lame-Duck Judges Should Not Be Confirmed


Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2010 | Phyllis Schlafly One of the greatest risks of the current lame-duck Congress is the possibility of Senate confirmation of President Obama's radical appointments to federal courts, boards and agencies. Nominees hoping for confirmation include the radical redistributionist Goodwin Liu, who is seeking a spot on the Ninth Circuit, Louis Butler Jr., who was removed from the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the voters in 2008, and Chai Feldblum, an advocate of same-sex marriage and polygamy who is now enjoying a recess appointment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Appointees to federal circuit and district courts can be almost as important as Supreme Court...

Senate to hold rare impeachment trial for judge


Politico ^ | 12/6/10 | SHIRA TOEPLITZ Even as the Senate hits crunch time in the final days of a lame duck session, the chamber will have to divert its attention for a full day Tuesday to hear a rare impeachment trial of a federal judge. The House voted to impeach Louisiana Judge G. Thomas Porteous on all four counts of high crimes and misdemeanors in March charges that include accepting cash gifts from attorneys who argued in his court

Man Goes Free After 127th Arrest (NM-where judges talk and criminals walk)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 30, 2010 | Jeff Proctor City Public Safety Director Darren White called a news conference Monday afternoon to talk about Kevin Garner, a man he's been chasing since his days as a beat cop in the Southeast Heights more than two decades ago. Garner, 43, was arrested for the 127th time shortly before 2 a.m. on suspicion of

methamphetamine possession, according to a police report. White had been outspoken about Garner after his 125th arrest in March on charges of meth trafficking, evidence tampering and conspiracy citing him as a prime example of problems with the state's criminal justice system. White learned of...

Cali: Judges Rule 40,000 Convicts Must Be Released Due to Illegal Profiling and Open Borders Policy
Hot Air ^ | November 30, 2010 | Director Blue Runner-up headline: Hows that Sanctuary City thingamabob working out? The California residents who elected Jerry Brown should be overjoyed at tomorrows news story in the Wall Street Journal: 40,000 state convicts were ordered released so that they can roam the streets. A three-judge panel in a California federal district court ruled in January that overcrowding in the states prison system, the nations largest, is the main cause of substandard medical and mental health care that violates prisoners Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment The state houses 164,000 inmates in a system designed to hold about...

Police must have reasonable grounds for using Tasers, 9th Circuit rules
LA Times ^ | 11/30/2010 | LA Times A Coronado, Calif., police officer used excessive force when he shot a Taser dart at a young driver who was stopped for a seat belt violation, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Carl Bryan, then 21, fell to the asphalt after being struck by the dart, breaking four teeth and suffering facial cuts. He later sued the Coronado Police Department and Officer Brian MacPherson. The excessive-force ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could have consequences for police use-offorce policies across the West, legal experts predicted. Two other lawsuits over Taser incidents are still pending before the appeals...

Judge slams state's anti-Shariah amendment


WorldNetDaily ^ | November 29, 2010 | Drew Zahn Oklahoma's "Save Our State Amendment," which bans state courts from considering Islamic, or Shariah, law when deciding cases, hit a major roadblock

today, when a federal judge granted a permanent injunction against the measure. Chief Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma blocked the state from certifying the amendment approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters through a ballot initiative known as State Question 755 until an final determination is made on a lawsuit brought against it by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. MilesLaGrange not only granted...

2012 and Judges


The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2010 | Nathan Tucker Though the 2010 midterm elections are barely in the rearview mirror, the campaign to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 has already begun. Newt Gingrich became the first potential candidate to stop in Iowa since Election Day when he made several appearances in the state as a part of a book singing tour. Sarah Palin will also be making two book signing appearances in Iowa this month, and Mike Huckabee will headline a fundraiser Sunday for the Iowa Family Policy Center.

Courts: Using another's SSN not a crime


msnbc ^ | November 30 2010 | Bob Sullivan Is using a forged Social Security Number -- but your own name -- to obtain employment or buy a car an identity theft crime? Lately, U.S. courts are saying it's not. The most recent judicial body to take on the issue, the Colorado Supreme Court, ruled last month that a man who used his real name but someone else's Social Security number to obtain a car loan was not guilty of "criminal impersonation," overturning convictions by lower courts. That follows a ruling last year by the U.S. Supreme Court that a Mexican man who gave a false SSN to get...

California prison case reaches U.S. Supreme Court


San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/10 | Howard Mintz

For decades, California's Legislature, governors and a parade of experts in managing state prisons have been unable to fix the state's overgrown, bloated prison system. Now the U.S. Supreme Court must decide whether three federal judges have the power to do the fixing for them. In arguments set for Tuesday, the nation's high court will review a federal court's unprecedented ruling last year that required the state to shed nearly 40,000 inmates from its 33 prisons to relieve an overcrowding problem deemed so severe that it violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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Justice Scalia slams high court for inventing living constitution, right to abortion
LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/23/10 | Peter Smith RICHMOND, Virginia, November 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia slammed the modern U.S. judiciary and the high court for using the idea of a living constitution to invent new rules and meanings that have led to a right to abortion and decriminalized homosexual conduct. Scalia made his remarks last Friday during a University of Richmond luncheon lecture entitled Do Words Matter? The event was covered both by the Associated Press. The Constitution says what it says and it doesnt say anything more, said Scalia to an audience of 250 people, most of them legal professionals and...
Under the guise of interpreting the Constitution and under the banner of a living Constitution, judges, especially those on the Supreme Court, now wield an enormous amount of political power, continued Scalia, because they dont just apply the rules that have been written, they create new rules. The way to change the Constitution is through amendments approved by the people, not by judges altering the meaning of its words,

Justice Scalia, along with Justice Clarence Thomas, are the high courts two jurists that firmly embrace an originalist doctrine - abiding by the original intent and context of legal language - when it comes to interpreting the U.S. Constitution and federal laws. Scalia has criticized the high courts 1973 Roe v. Wade decision as an improper ruling, saying the founding charter of the U.S. federal government had nothing to do either with abortion or even things like homosexual activity.

If the U.S. Supreme Court reversed its position on Roe, abortion would once again become a criminal matter for the states to decide how to regulate or prohibit.

Tax propositions ordered to fund Tangipahoa desegregation plan (Federal Judge goes berserk)
The (Baton Rouge) Advocate ^ | November 18, 2010 | Faimon A. Roberts U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle has ordered the Tangipahoa School Board to place a tax proposition on the April 2011 ballot, according to court documents. The order, dated Wednesday, reinforces earlier court orders and Lemelles statements during a U.S. District Court hearing Friday in New Orleans, when he warned the board that failure to put the measure on the ballot could result in court sanction. To say, We are not going to comply (with a court order) is not acceptable, Lemelle told the board during Fridays hearing. You will force me to react.

Judges shouldn't act like politicians


The Orange County Register ^ | November 15, 2010 | Thomas Sowell That is ultimately a question of deciding what kind of country this is to be -- one ruled by "we the people" or one where the notions of an arrogant elite are to be imposed, whether the people agree or not. Those who believe in gay marriage are free to vote for it. But, when they lose that vote, it is not the role of judges to nullify the vote and legislate from the bench. Judges who become politicians in robes often lie like politicians as well, claiming that they are just applying the Constitution,

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/11/undocumented-students.html

The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that illegal immigrants may continue to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at the state's colleges and universities rather than pay the higher rates charged to those who live out of state.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/US-Islamic-Law-Lawsuit/2010/11/08/id/376367
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a state constitutional amendment that prohibits state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases. U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange ruled Monday morning in Oklahoma City following a brief hearing. It prevents the state election board from certifying the results of Tuesday's general election in which the amendment was approved by 70 percent of the voters. The order will remain in effect until a Nov. 22 hearing on a requested preliminary injunction.

Recognizing and Dealing with Modern Judicial Terrorism


Post & Email ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | JB Williams When running down the laundry list of modern threats to freedom and liberty in America, atop that list is the corrupt and anti-constitution nature of todays judicial branch. Without a genuine respect for the rule of law and reverence for the supreme law of this land inside the judicial branch, JFK is right an absence of peaceful solutions will always result in violent revolution. (SNIP) Our Justice Branch presents the greatest threat to individual freedom and liberty in America. Without strict adherence to the Constitution and principles of free-will within, there can be no personal or economic freedom and...

Iowa's Total Recall


Wall St Journal ^ | Nov 6, 2010 | editorial Iowans made a clean sweep of the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, voting to recall all three justices who were up for a retention election. The rout is being played as an unprecedented politicization of state courts. Maybe if judges behaved

less like politicians, they'd have less reason to fear recall votes. Voters were expressing their dismay over a 2009 Iowa court ruling that gave the green light to same-sex marriage. That unanimous decision, which overturned a state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, struck voters as an attempt by the seven justices to impose their...

http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2010/11/judge-blocks-calworks-childcar.html Judge blocks childcare cut pending more state action An Alameda County Superior Court judge today blocked the elimination of funds for a welfare-to-work childcare program until the state notifies parents they can be screened for eligibility for other programs. Judge Wynne Carvill ordered a stay on the cut until the state Department of Education issues new notices to parents that they can be screened to see if they qualify for alternative aid. Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2010/11/judge-blocks-calworkschildcar.html#ixzz14TALl4OV

Part of Jessica's Law ruled unconstitutional


LA Times ^ | 11/05/10 | Andrew Blankstein http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-sex-offenders20101105,0,6413324.story California corrections officials this week stopped enforcing portions of Jessica's Law in Los Angeles County after a judge ruled that the 2006 statute restricting how close sex offenders can live to parks or schools is unconstitutional. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza concluded that the controversial measure left sex offenders in some areas with the choice of being homeless or going to jail because the law restricts them from living in large swaths of some cities such as Los Angeles. He issued the 10-page ruling Monday after four registered sex offenders petitioned the court.

Bob Vander Plaats' Speech


SeanG's YouTube (me) ^ | 11-3-2010 | Papa Giorgio The 3 Judges That Usurped Voters and Legalized Same-Sex Marriage In IowaOUSTED

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/rss/ci_16483967?source=rss Court won't let Calif. cut child care funds


By SARAH ROHRS/MediaNews Group Created: 10/31/2010 02:31:06 AM PDT

With child care for tens of thousands of children at stake, an Alameda County Superior Court on Friday issued a temporary restraining order to prevent state cuts from going into effect. The move comes in the wake of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of $256 million in child care funds before signing the new state budget into law. Child care funding to assist working parents coming off welfare rolls would have expired Monday. Advocates have worried that parents, unable to afford child care, would either leave their children unattended while at work, or quit their jobs and reapply for welfare. "This gives us a reprieve," Solano County Health and Human Services Director Patrick Duterte said of the restraining order. "I appreciate they are trying to resolve this issue. We had no time to come up with an alternative plan" following the veto. "This cut has undermined our investment in families who are trying to get off welfare," he said. Suisun single working mother Sarah Bates called the restraining order a positive move. She said she had already gotten a termination notice and rearranged her work and class schedule so either she or family members could look after her kids while she worked. "It's great news," Bates said. Statewide, the budget cuts potentially affected child care services for 55,000 children. Local child advocates have scrambled to find a way to fund child care for working families dependent on state aid. As the lawsuit has moved forward, county welfare directors have also banded together to try to find other options A coalition of public interest groups, plus four Oakland mothers, filed the lawsuit blocking the state cuts late Thursday in an effort to save funding aimed primarily at working low-income families. A hearing on the issues goes before Judge Wynn Carvill in Alameda County Superior Court 2 p.m. Thursday.

The suit was also brought by the Public Interest Law Project, the Child Care Law Center, the Western Center on Law & Poverty, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Public Counsel Law Center, and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2617451/posts Cuts to CalWORKS child care program delayed by judge An Alameda Superior Court judge has delayed $256 million in budget cuts to a state program that provides child care assistance to low-income families. The funding cut for CalWORKs Stage 3 Child Care was part of the nearly $1 billion in line-item veto cuts Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made to the budget passed earlier this month. Cuts to the program, which provides child care subsidies to parents who have secured employment after going through California's welfare-to-work program, were scheduled to take effect Monday. Parent Voices Oakland and four parents who were expecting to lose child care filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education seeking to temporarily delay the implementation of the cuts, arguing that they could jeopardize the jobs of working parents of 56,000 children across the state who could lose child care as a result of the funding cuts. Alameda Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill issued an order today halting the cuts until a Thursday hearing on the merits of the lawsuit.

http://www.kvoa.com/news/voter-identification-law-from-2004-struck-down/ Voter identification law from 2004 struck down Posted: Oct 26, 2010 1:23 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, has struck down the law requiring Arizona voters to present proof of citizenship to vote. Prop. 200, approved by Arizona voters in 2004, was found to violate federal law - the majority opinion was that the National Voter Registration Act precludes states from imposing additional requirements. The case that was decided was Gonzalez v. Arizona. Plaintiff Jesus Gonzalez was representing individual Arizona residents and organizations, claiming that Prop 200 violated the NVRA, was a poll tax under the 24th Amendment, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amdendment, and disparately impacted Latino voters. Judge Ikuta, who wrote the majority opinion for the decision, agreed that Prop 200 violated the NVRA, but rejected the other arguments. To read the court's decision in its entirety, click here.

Dont forget about the judges, they are the legislators now. http://www.lavoterguide.com/#judges Mariana R. Pfaelzer was the judge that killed the voter approved prop 187. Virginia Phillips is the judge that legislated the Dont-Ask policy Ronald Leighton order lesbian reinstated to Air Force Henry Kennedy orders release of Guantanamo detainee Steven A. Brick freezes furlough order Vaughn Walker concludes that voter-approved Prop 8 tramples on gay rights Susan Bolton stops Az SB 1070 Noma Gurich blocks enforcement of ultrasound abortion law. Joseph Tauro ruled Defense of Marriage Act illegal Allen Sumner halts Sacramento cuts to indigent health care Richard Kramer rules separate restrooms unconstitutional Az Supreme Court: Police must get warrant for blood alcohol tests Tena Callahan says ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection law Kalebu brutally stabbed two women after Brian Gain releases him Lawrence K. Karlton overturns key portion of victims-rights prop 9 Orlinda L. Naranjo blocks rules denying drivers licenses Alex Kozinski places sexually explicit photos and videos on internet Matthew Byrne puts restraining order on prop 187 William Highberger puts halt to teacher and staff layoffs Ronald Styn awards $2,500 to illegal that stabbed photographer Peter Arnold blocks newspapers from publishing stories of college presidents trip to Costa Rica. Jim Hamilton is accused of illegally wiping records clean for felons Jane Boyle rules that landlords must rent to illegals James Robertson rules Al Qaeda Slahi released Denis R. Hurley rules unconstitutional a law to prevent hiring of illegals Christopher C. Piazza overturns voter-approved law prohibiting adoptions by unmarried couples Charles F. Palmer throws out lawsuit against sheriffs dept for releasing sons murderer Barbara Crabb rules National Day of Prayer unconstitutional Saundra Brown Armstrong blocks cuts to Californias adult daycare program Nicholas Garaufis imposes strict racial hiring quotas on fire department Marilyn Hall Patel tosses road plans for SoCal national forests Janet Hall blocks Pratt & Whitney from moving out of state. James Hurley orders shutdown of three H-1B opposition web sites James A. Beaty Jr. rules prayer to open North Carolina county board of commissioners unconstitutional Gladys Kessler order Guantanamo prisoner released G. Thomas Porteous accused of taking bribes Fran Roesch rules parents bigots for opposing gay lessons Douglas C. Phimister lets accused Dugard captors converse Cameron Currie bans Christian car number plate I Believe

Don't-Ask Policy Is Halted By Judge


Wall Street Journal ^ WASHINGTONA federal judge ordered the military to stop enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" law that has been used to discharge gay service members, putting at least a temporary halt to the 17-year-old policy. Tuesday's order by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside, Calif., applies across the U.S. and would halt proceedings against service members suspected of violating the policy, which aims to bar openly gay people from the military. The order poses a dilemma for the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress. They want to undo the 1993 law,

http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2010/10/intelius_cofounder_sentenced_to_45_days_in_prison.html? ana=from_rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed %3A+TechFlash+%28TechFlash+-+Seattle%27s+Technology+News+Source%29 Marsha Pechman has never before sentenced someone for perjury in her 23 years on the bench. Now it seems to me, in my humble opinion, that in many cases, there is someone accusing someone of doing something wrong. Someone is lying, the accuser or the accused. Should not the looser go to prison?

Conservative Activists Try to Boot Judges Who Blocked Health Care Ballot Question (FL)
Fox News Network ^ | 28 Sep 2010 | Fox News Tea Party-linked activists are looking for vengeance after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a ballot initiative aimed at sparing the state from a key provision in the federal health care overhaul. The state's highest court last month ruled against a ballot question asking voters to approve an amendment to the state constitution stating that residents would not have to follow the new federal requirement to buy health insurance. Before the decision, Florida was set to be one of four states putting that question to voters in November. Conservatives now want Floridians to express their dissatisfaction with the law in a...

Voters Moving to Oust Judges Over Decisions


New York Times ^ | September 24, 2010 | A.G. SULZBERGER After the State Supreme Court here stunned the nation by making this the first state in the heartland to allow same-sex marriage, Iowa braced for its sleepy judicial elections to turn into referendums on gay marriage. The three Supreme Court justices on the ballot this year are indeed the targets of a well-financed campaign to oust them. But the effort has less to do with undoing same-sex marriage which will remain even if the judges do not than sending a broader message far beyond this states borders: voters can remove judges whose opinions they dislike. Around the country,...

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Judge orders lesbian reinstated to Air Force


AP ^ | 9/24/10 | GENE JOHNSON TACOMA, Wash. A federal judge says the Air Force violated the constitutional rights of a highly decorated flight nurse when it discharged her for being gay, and ordered that she be given her job back as soon as possible. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton issued his highly anticipated ruling Friday in the case of former Maj. Margaret Witt. She was discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the military and sued to get her job back. In 2008, a federal appeals court panel ruled in her case that the military can't discharge people for...

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George Soros vs. judicial elections


The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 10, 2010 | Dan Pero During the past decade, a lavishly funded, highly coordinated campaign has been under way to shift America's judiciary fundamentally to the left by keeping conservative judges off state courts. This campaign is being orchestrated and funded by the Open Society Institute (OSI), the political arm of billionaire hedgefund manager George Soros. According to a study released this week by the American Justice Partnership, OSI has spent at least $45.4 million to promote the

so-called merit selection system and reduce the influence of citizens and their elected representatives when it comes to picking judges. Approximately 95 percent of civil disputes in...

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Iowans Seek to Sack Three Judges who Legalized Gay Marriage


LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 9, 2010 | By Peter J. Smith Thursday September 9, 2010 Iowans Seek to Sack Three Judges who Legalized Gay Marriage By Peter J. SmithDES MOINES, Iowa, September 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor on Wednesday waded into a unique state electoral battle, where conservatives are seeking to recall from the bench three state Supreme Court justices that legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. Speaking at a panel organized by the Iowa State Bar Association in the Hotel Fort Des Moines, O'Connor asserted that the judges should not be subject to retaliation" from voters for the decisions they render.According to the...

100909 Theodore McKee

Federal court blocks Hazleton's illegal immigrant law ("will take it to SCOTUS")
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-immigration-law-block090910,0,4968248.story ^ A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hazleton, Pa., may not enforce its crackdown on illegal immigrants, dealing another blow to 4-year-old regulations that inspired similar measures around the country. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said that Hazleton's Illegal Immigration Relief Act usurped the federal government's exclusive power to regulate immigration. "It is not our job to sit in judgment of whether state and local frustration about federal immigration policy is warranted. We are, however, required to intervene when states and localities directly undermine the federal objectives embodied in statutes enacted by Congress," wrote Chief...

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Judge Rules 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Unconstitutional


Newsmax ^ | 9/9/ 2010 | NewsMax RIVERSIDE, Calif. A federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military. Phillips says the policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services. The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy. Government lawyers argued Phillips...

100909 G. Thomas Porteous Jr.

Senate Prepares for Trial of Federal Judge (House preps for tax-cheat Charlie & Weasel Waters)
Yahoo ^ | 9/08/10 | David Ingram Senate Prepares for Trial of Federal JudgeDavid Ingram, The National Law Journal Wednesday September 8, 2010, 3:02 am EDT One of the nation's least used courts is opening for business. Next week, a special U.S. Senate committee is scheduled to begin the impeachment trial of G. Thomas Porteous Jr. The rarely held proceeding will determine the future of the New Orleans federal district judge who is accused of decades of corruption, including an alleged kickback scheme with a law firm. The trial will be the Senate's first since 1999, when the presidency of Bill Clinton hung in the balance, and...

100902 Florida voters cant strip down Obama health-care bill, judge rules CSM-Yahoo! ^ | Warren Richey The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a ballot initiative that sought to amend the states constitution to establish that Florida residents have a right to refuse to purchase mandatory health insurance including under President Obamas reform effort. The state high court voted 5 to 2 to exclude the referendum issue from the November ballot. The action is a victory for supporters of the Obama health reform program and a setback for opponents, including state lawyers leading an effort in federal court in the Florida

panhandle to have the national health insurance program declared unconstitutional. Florida was slated to...

100817 Henry Kennedy Judge orders release of Guantanamo detainee AP via SFGate ^ | 8/16/10 A federal judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee imprisoned at the island facility for more than 8 1/2 years.

100810 Steven A. Brick Judge freezes furlough order; Schwarzenegger vows appeal Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/10/10 | Jim Sanders An Alameda Superior Court judge Monday temporarily barred Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from imposing new furloughs on state workers beginning Friday. Judge Steven A. Brick ruled that there are "serious questions" about the legality of the furloughs and that permitting them before a scheduled Sept. 13 court hearing could cause irreparable harm. "The court finds, on the limited record before it, that the balance of hardships tips in favor of petitioners," states Brick's ruling, which is intended to preserve the status quo until both sides have had ample opportunity to press their case. Schwarzenegger, through a spokesman, vowed an immediate appeal... Vaughn Walker August 4, 2010 In a ruling expected to serve as the first draft in a drawn out legal battle, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker concluded that voter-approved Proposition 8 tramples on the rights of gay and lesbian couples, has no social justification and is unconstitutional http://www.dailynews.com/breakingnews/ci_15677141 100816 Appeals court stays marriage ruling (Ca Prop 8) Politico ^ | August 16, 2010 | Ben SMith The Ninth Circuit has stayed Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling in the high-profile Constitutional challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban. The case is scheduled to be heard in early December. So hold the wedding bells. There is some good news, though, for the same-sex plaintiffs: The court warned in its order that it's considering dismissing the appeal on the grounds that the appelants -- who don't include the Governor or Attorney General -- lack standing. "In addition to any issues appellants wish to raise on appeal, appellants are directed to include in their opening brief a discussion of why this appeal...

What they're NOT telling you about last week's Prop 8 judicial ruling! massresistance.org ^ | 08/13/2010 | n/a By now most of you have followed much of the fallout from last week's absurd judicial ruling in California where a single judge overturned Proposition 8. Looking back, it seemed like the perfect storm. We had (1) a case presided over by an "out" homosexual activist federal judge who clearly had a point of view; (2) a team of aggressive pro-gay lawyers who had been quite public about their strategy to use every outragous legal argument they could find; and (3) a recent history of pro-gay rulings using "rational basis" reasoning, tortured uses of the "equal protection" clause, references to... 100813 Calif. won't appeal Prop 8 ruling (and judge says regular citizen have no standing) UPI ^ | Aug. 12, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- California will not appeal a U.S. judge's decision to lift a stay on his injunction blocking the state's voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage, officials said. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Thursday he would lift the stay and allow same-sex marriages to proceed, but not until Aug. 18. Such marriages would be permitted after that unless an appeals court, possibility the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, issues a stay beyond the date. Walker warned the amendment's sponsors may not have standing, or status, to make the appeal because...

100728 Susan Bolton Stops Az SB 1070 http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/07/28/128828182/in-az-ruling-judge-citesburden-on-legal-immigrants-u-s 100722 A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by a former Ohio State University librarian who said he was forced out of his job because of his conservative Christian beliefs. U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman ruled that the universitys Mansfield campus did not violate Scott Savages civil rights by being hostile to his beliefs. In 2006, Savage was asked to serve on a committee to develop a required reading list for incoming freshmen. He noticed that every book was either liberal or promoted what he called a gay agenda. So Savage recommended four conservative books and thats where his troubles began.

100719 Oklahoma County judge blocks enforcement of ultrasound abortion law District judge Noma Gurich extended a temporary ban on enforcing the state law. District Judge Noma Gurich set the next hearing for Jan. 21. The 2010 law requires a doctor or technician to perform an ultrasound at least an hour before a scheduled abortion so the pregnant woman can see the images of the fetus. The doctor or technician must describe the ultrasound images to the woman, even if she objects. A patient can avert her eyes. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2555500/posts

100716 Mass marriage problems http://townhall.com/columnists/HarryRJacksonJr/2010/07/16/mass_marriage_problems Joseph Tauro ruled Defense of Marriage Act illegal 100703 http://www.sacbee.com/2010/07/02/2864531/judge-halts-sacramentocounty.html Judge halts Sacramento County cuts to indigent health care Rogue Judge Allen Sumner legislated from the bench and ordered the continued freebies to people without any verifiable income. The cuts were to go into effect this weekend and were an effort to save $7.8 million out of a $1.9 billion general fund budget. The cuts included closure of two medical clinics and halving of services at the one remaining clinic which treated illegal aliens. AZ Supreme Court: Police must get warrant to do blood alcohol tests http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2529875/posts http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33130832 Oct. 1, 2009 Texas, State District Judge Tena Callahan said the states bans on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the law. Richard Kramer-Judge rules separate restrooms unconstitutional, San Francisco. Brian Gain, King County Superior Court judge. Prosecutor asked judge to remand Kalebu into custody based on mental instability after Kalebu threatened to kill his mother and was a suspect in an arson fire. Kalebu brutally stabbed two women, killing one. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009535081_southpark25m.html

Lawrence K. Karlton, U.S. district court in Sacramento overturns key portion of victimsrights proposition (CA prop 9). He ruled the state must provide attorneys for parole violators when it is considering whether to send them back to prison. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2215763/posts Orlinda L. Naranjo, state district judge, Austin, blocked the Texas Department of Public Safety from continuing to enforce new rules that prevent some legal immigrants from obtaining drivers licenses and identification cards. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2226015/posts Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, admonished for being judicially imprudent and exhibiting poor judgment by placing sexually explicit photos and videos on an internet server that could be accessed by the public. Mariana R. Pfaelzer is a United States federal judge Born 1926 Not Dead Yet Nominated by president Jimmy Carter in 1978 She is single handedly responsible for thousands of deaths by illegal aliens and for the destruction of California. She is responsible for the millions of Californian families that fled the influx of foreign invaders. She struck down Californias Proposition 187, a law that was overwhelmingly supported by Californians, 59 percent to 41 percent in 1994. The law would have denied illegals from using free healthcare, public education and social services. Federal Judge Matthew Byrne was the traitor that initially put a restraining order on 187. William Highberger May 12, 2010 Siding with the ACLU, Highberger put a halt to teacher and staff layoffs at Gompers, Liechty and Markham middle schools. http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/city-news/layoffs-blocked-la-schools/ Thomas Ramich Elmira city judge March 24, 2010 Police arrested seven Christians in a park for silent prayers during homosexual festival. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=131521 Ronald Styn A day laborer who attacked a U.S. photographer at a notorious San Diego day labor site in 2006, was awarded $2,500 in damages for defamation per se by judge Ronald Styn in a non-jury trial in San Diego Superior Court.

The Mexican national plaintiff, Alberto Jimenez, who was accused of attacking Los Angeles photographer John Monti, sued San Diego Minutement founder Jeff Schwilk for defamation for calling the illegal immigrant attackers criminals when he forwarded an email with Montis pictures of Jimenez and six other suspects who were at the scene. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=131521 Peter Arnold May 24, 1010
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - In a rare move, a Wyoming judge has blocked two newspapers from publishing stories on an internal report about a college president's trip to Costa Rica, saying the report was improperly taken and that releasing details could prompt the federal government to cut college grant money. District Judge Peter Arnold on Friday ordered the Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper and a local biweekly paper, The Cheyenne Herald, not to disseminate information about the report for at least 10 days. According to the Tribune Eagle, the report concerns a school-sponsored trip taken by Laramie County Community College President Darrel Hammon to Costa Rica in 2008. He served as a student chaperone on the trip.

Joseph Tauro July 19, 2010 Gay-rights advocates scored a major victory Thursday as a federal judge in Boston ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act a measure Congress passed in 1996 to prevent the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriageis unconstitutional. Judge Joseph Tauro said the federal government essentially had no business seeking to regulate marriage rules, which he said have traditionally been the exclusive province of the states. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39518.html#ixzz0vhURDTPu Jim Hamilton July 7, 2010 COLUMBIA, Tenn. Senior Maury County Circuit Court Judge Jim Hamilton is accused of illegally wiping the records clean for felons. http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=12769611 Jane Boyle March 25, 2010 DALLAS (CN) - For the third time, a judge has ruled that Farmers Branch, Texas, violated the Constitution by enacting an ordinance that banned undocumented immigrants from renting apartments in the city, and barred landlords from renting to them. U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle said the ordinance was an attempt to enforce federal immigration laws, which only the federal government can do. http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/25/25868.htm James Robertson March 22, 2010

WASHINGTON A suspected Al Qaeda organizer once called "the highest value detainee" at Guantanamo Bay was ordered released by a federal judge in an order issued Monday. Mohamedou Ould Slahi was accused in the 9/11 Commission report of helping recruit Mohammed Atta and other members of the Al Qaeda cell in Hamburg, Germany, that took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Military prosecutors suspected Slahi of links to other Al Qaeda operations, and considered seeking the death penalty against him while preparing possible charges in 2003 and 2004. U.S. District Judge James Robertson granted Slahi's petition for habeas corpus, effectively finding the government lacked legal grounds to hold him. The order was classified, although the court said it planned to release a redacted public version in the coming weeks. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,589769,00.html Denis R. Hurley May 21, 2010 A federal judge is preventing a New York town from enforcing its unconstitutional law prohibiting illegal immigrant day laborers from seeking work on public property and people from hiring them. Oyster Bay, a Long Island town of about 300,000 residents, passed the public safety measure last fall because day laborersand those who hire themwere creating dangerous traffic situations in the municipalitys main roads. The ordinance prohibits pedestrians from soliciting employment and bars drivers from stopping to hire workers. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2010/may/judge-bans-enforcement-n-y-day-laborerlaw Christopher C. Piazza April 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP)--An Arkansas judge has overturned the state's voter-approved law prohibiting adoptions by unmarried couples, a decision critics say will harm children in the foster care and adoption systems who need a stable home with a mother and father. http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/BPnews.asp?ID=32741 Charles F. Palmer May 26, 2010 A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit by the parents of a high school football star who had sued the Sheriffs Department for releasing from jail an illegal immigrant suspected of killing their son. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/05/la-sheriff-cant-be-used-to-releasingillegal-immigrant-accused-of-killing-football-star-judge-rules.html James J. Brady May 20, 2010 A Baton Rouge federal judge said Wednesday he wants details on a plan to tax St Helena Parish residents for public school improvements without calling an election.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/94372869.html?showAll=y&c=y Barbara Crabb April 15, 2010 Judge: Natl Day Of Prayer Unconstitutional April 15, 2010 by: Mike Levine The National Day of Prayer, honored in the United States for more than a half-century, is unconstitutional, a federal judge in Wisconsin has ruled. In a 66-page opinion issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said the holiday violates the "establishment clause" of the First Amendment, which creates a separation of church and state. "I understand that many may disagree with that conclusion and some may even view it as a criticism of prayer or those who pray," Crabb said in her opinion. "That is unfortunate. A determination that the government may not endorse a religious message is not a determination that the message itself is harmful, unimportant or undeserving of dissemination." http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2494101/posts Saundra Brown Armstrong of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California February 25, 2010 Federal judge blocks cuts to Californias adult daycare program "This is yet another example where the courts have blocked the state from achieving any savings in the (adult day care) program and another example of why we've been forced to propose eliminating the program altogether," said H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the state Finance Department. "It's not something that we want to do," Palmer said, but the state has to bridge a $19.9 billion deficit between now and the end of June 2011. This week's injunction is the second to block cuts to Medi-Cal subsidized adult day care, which, if eliminated completely, would save the state's general fund an estimated $134 million. Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/02/25/2565623/federal-judge-blocks-cuts-tocalifornias.html#ixzz0vlfQ4JAh Nicholas Garaufis January 25, 2010 Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis -- without a shred of evidence that the FDNY had discriminated against minority applicants -- last week imposed strict racial hiring quotas on the department. For every five new hires, Garaufis ordered, the department must reserve two spots for black applicants and one for Hispanic applicants -- until precisely 293 minority firefighters have been hired. He also ruled that fully 7,400 minority applicants who took the FDNY entrance exam in 1999 and 2002 could claim monetary damages from the city.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/slap_at_the_bravest_T2FbQbH7FNDx o1rRpAfp7O#ixzz0vmAQkSJO 090930 Judge tosses road plans for SoCal national forests SAN FRANCISCOA federal judge on Wednesday tossed out the federal government's plans to open vast tracts of forests in Southern California to new road building. U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Forest Service failed to adequately consider the effects the new plan would have on the landscape and wildlife in Angeles, Los Padres, Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests. The forests are home to several endangered and threatened species. The Los Padres, for instance, is the principal home of the endangered California condor. The species' population has grown to more than 300 since 1982, when all 22 California condors left were rounded up for a captive breeding program. Janet Hall Judge: Pratt cant move jobs out of conn. BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A federal judge in Connecticut has sided with a Machinists union in its legal fight to block jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney from moving 1,000 jobs out of the state. U.S. District Judge Janet Hall issued a permanent injunction Friday, stopping the company's plans to shift the jobs to Columbus, Ga., Japan and Singapore. 091228 James Hurley Court orders three H-1B sites disabled A New Jersey judge has ordered the shutdown of three H-1B opposition Web sites and seeks information about the identity of anonymous posters. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142806/Court_orders_three_H_1B_sites_disab led?taxonomyId=10&pageNumber=1 100129 James A. Beaty Jr. WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A federal judge has ruled that the use of prayer to open a North Carolina county board of commissioners meeting violates the First Amendment.

090821 Gladys Kessler U.S. judge order Guantanamo prisoner released A Yemeni prisoner held since 2002 in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay must be freed because there is no evidence he belonged t Al Qaeda or was a bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden, a U.S. judge said in a decision published on Friday. 100309 G. Thomas Porteous G. Thomas Porteous, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is accused of accepting cash and gifts from lawyers whose cases he presided over in court. Hes also accused of lying about his finances when he filed for personal bankruptcy. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/house-considers-judges-impeachment/ 091204 Fran Roesch Judge: Parents bigots for opposing gay lessons A judge has attacked parents, suggesting they are bigots for seeking to opt out their elementary-age children from a mandatory controversial pro-homosexual curriculum, according to a nonprofit law firm. 100225 Alemeda judge says state employees owed back pay http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2459584/posts 091231 Judge blocks furloughs in California A California judge on Thursday ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger abused his discretion in ordering furloughs of state workers, dealing a blow to his administrations efforts to cope with Californias fiscal crisis. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/01/us/01calif.html?_r=1 100226 Douglas C. Phimister Judge lets accused Dugard captors converse PLACERVILLE The Northern California couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years must be given the opportunity to speak to each other while in jail, a judge said Friday. 091110 David Hamilton Another Radical Judge IBD Federal Bench: Yet another judicial nominee seeks to impose the "empathy" standard on the courts. He thinks judges should base rulings on a plaintiff's status, legislate from the bench and amend the Constitution. Indiana federal judge David Hamilton stands poised to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to assume a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals serving Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He's a former fundraiser for Acorn and a former leader of the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also another in a series of activist judges who believe the U.S. Constitution is not etched in stone but made of clay, ready to be molded into anything they want. He shares the beliefs of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Edward Chen, nominee for the

Northern District of California, that laws can be made from the bench and that empathy, not original intent, should be a judge's guide. "Part of our job here as judges is to write a series of footnotes to the Constitution," Hamilton says. "We all do that every year in cases large and small." 091110 Cameron Currie U.S. judge bans Christian car number plate A US judge has ordered South Carolina not to issue car number plates that feature a Christian cross in front of a stained glass window along with the slogan "I Believe".

* Superior Court of Los Angeles Lists all the judges * Judge voter guide http://judgevoterguide.com/ * 100630 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2544419/posts http://townhall.com/columnists/JacobSullum/2010/06/30/gun_shy_four_supreme_court_j ustices_make_case_against_constitutional_rights Gun shy: four Supreme Court justices make case against constitutional rights On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment applies to states and cities as well as the federal government These judges voted against it: John Paul Stevens Stephen Breyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sonia Sotomayer 100813 Court must inquire when defendant complains(WI, guns) wislawjournal.com ^ | 12 August, 2010 | David Ziemer Whenever a defendant expresses dissatisfaction with his attorney, the court has an obligation to inquire why. That Aug. 5 holding from the Seventh Circuit expands the duties of district courts, which until now, only had such a duty if the defendant expressly requested new counsel. The court wrote, The district courts dismissal of Williamss concerns was an abuse of discretion, and served to stifle what may have been legitimate concerns that Williams had about his attorneys performance. The opinion also opens the door for nonviolent felons to argue that disarmament violates their Second Amendment rights. But the court concluded, Williams,...