238 entries in 'Attorney News'
2020/10/25   Trump, Biden lawyer up, brace for White House legal battle
2020/10/19   Supreme Court to review Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy
2020/10/04   Virus spreads on panel handling Supreme Court nomination
2020/09/23   Senate GOP plans vote on Trump’s court pick before election
2020/09/11   Florida Supreme Court orders governor to pick new justice
2020/08/04   Court OKs extradition of man linked to Venezuela's Maduro
2020/07/24   Court denies AG's bid to halt initiative signature gathering
2020/06/20   New Mexico high court rules on privacy for banking records
2020/06/13   Wolf asks Pennsylvania Supreme Court to uphold shutdown
2020/06/07   Alaska Supreme Court justices call for system improvements
2020/06/02   Court to hear arguments on Dayton gunman's school records
2020/05/29   Supreme Court rules in FOIA case long delayed by lawmaker
2020/05/09   Blind justice: No visual cues in high court phone cases
2020/05/03   Wisconsin court sets argument date for stay-at-home lawsuit
2020/04/29   Blind justice: No visual cues in high court phone cases
2020/04/08   Justice delayed: Virus crisis upends courts system across US
2020/03/18   New Mexico courts deem hunter information as public record
2020/02/17   Walker appointee, judge, prof face off in high court primary
2020/02/15   Spanish court keeps former Mexican oil chief in detention
2020/02/06   WADA asks sports court to open Russia case to public hearing
2020/01/27   Fewer candidates seek WVa Supreme Court seats after scandal
2020/01/21   Supreme Court rejects fast-track review of health care suit
2020/01/18   German court may reject appeal to remove anti-Semitic relic
2019/12/26   Connecticut courts moving notices from newspapers to website
2019/11/30   Israeli held for illegally entering Jordan appears in court
2019/11/25   Court won’t revive suit against gun site over spa shooting
2019/11/24   Lawmakers asked to boost spending on New Mexico court system
2019/11/23   Justices question Alaska $500-a-year contribution limit
2019/11/14   Myanmar rejects court probe into crimes against Rohingyas
2019/11/09   Indian court rules in favor of Hindu temple on disputed land
2019/11/04   Woman accused of disorderly conduct outside Maricopa court
2019/10/25   Samsung heir Lee appears in court for corruption retrial
2019/10/21   Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses bid to delay hearing
2019/10/08   Supreme Court takes up cases about LGBT people’s rights
2019/10/02   EU court: ‘Active consent’ required for cookie storage
2019/09/20   High Court overturns city mandate on construction projects
2019/09/17   Buffalo Chip takes quest to become town before Supreme Court
2019/09/04   ‘The Supreme Court Is Not Well. And the People Know It.’
2019/09/02   Louisiana high court rejects ‘NOLA No-Call’ suit against NFL
2019/07/30   Democratic governor getting to shape Kansas' top court
2019/07/23   Louisiana judge orders man's mouth taped for interruptions
2019/07/11   Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional
2019/07/02   Iowa Supreme Court takes a right turn under Gov. Reynolds
2019/06/23   Court tosses black man's murder conviction over racial bias
2019/05/27   Court: NFL's Bucs not entitled to damages from BP spill
2019/05/22   Russian court extends arrest for American accused of spying
2019/05/05   News attorneys: Opioid distribution data should be public
2019/04/25   Canada privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court
2019/04/18   Supreme Court asked to void Louisiana abortion clinic law
2019/04/10   South Korean court orders easing of decades-old abortion ban
2019/04/04   Spacey’s lawyers returning to court in bar groping case
2019/03/10   Court rejects Ghosn’s request to attend Nissan board meeting
2019/03/09   Demonstrators gather for Heathrow expansion court challenge
2019/03/04   Oregon's high court: Developers can't offset harm to farmers
2019/02/24   Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view
2019/02/16   Court: Constitutional ban on high fines applies to states
2019/02/03   Ginsburg makes 1st public appearance since cancer surgery
2019/01/16   No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges
2019/01/12   Supreme Court will hear Wisconsin drunk driving case
2018/12/28   Gun law, hurricanes added to Florida courts' workload
2018/12/26   Prominent Chinese rights lawyer tried in closed proceedings
2018/11/27   China court reduces sentence of American Wendell Brown
2018/11/23   Russian court challenges International Olympic Committee
2018/11/22   Court: Reds exempt from tax on promotional bobbleheads
2018/11/16   Mexico's high court tosses law on policing by military
2018/10/28   Condemned inmate's last meal includes pancakes
2018/10/21   EU court orders Poland to reinstate Supreme Court judges
2018/10/19   Maldives court overturns prison term for ex-president
2018/10/18   Supreme Court hopeful had DWI charge in 2009
2018/10/04   Indian court allows deportation of 7 Rohingya to Myanmar
2018/10/01   Trial set for 1 of 4 impeached W.Va. Supreme Court justices
2018/09/23   Supreme Court upholds hospital 'charity care' tax exemption
2018/09/16   It is important to have online marketing for lawyers
2018/09/14   EU backs ICC after US questions court's legitimacy
2018/08/29   Court may reconsider ruling on police deadly force measure
2018/08/23   Florida court clears way to release school shooting video
2018/08/18   Lawyers will seek to shift blame for warehouse fire at trial
2018/08/14   EU steps up action against Poland over supreme court law
2018/08/11   Nevada Supreme Court taking up execution case
2018/08/04   SC Supreme Court to decide if elected sheriff is qualified
2018/07/25   Court: Release surveillance video in Florida school shooting
2018/07/17   Georgia officer charged in fatal shooting to appear in court
2018/07/17   Court says convicted serial rapist should be released
2018/07/13   Demonstrators force Fox crew from Supreme Court broadcast
2018/07/11   German court: Catalan politician can legally be extradited
2018/07/11   Audit: 'Pervasive lack of accountability' in Kentucky courts
2018/07/05   Drivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt
2018/06/29   McConnell touts Thapar for Supreme Court seat
2018/06/27   Georgia officer to appear in court after deadly shooting
2018/06/14   Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death
2018/06/10   Court: Compliance reached in education funding case
2018/06/07   UK Supreme Court criticizes Northern Ireland abortion laws
2018/06/01   Suspect in vandalism to Jewish boundary heads to court
2018/05/08   Olivia de Havilland asks court to revive "Feud" lawsuit
2018/05/03   Raptors president fined $25K for walking on court to yell
2018/04/25   Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments
2018/04/20   Constitutionality of murder conviction upheld by high court
2018/04/15   Court: Man can't be retried for murder after mistrial ruling
2018/04/02   Supreme Court rejects appeal from Middle East attack victims
2018/03/30   Lohan fails to convince court her image is in video game
2018/03/17   Arkansas wants court to dissolve stay for death row prisoner
2018/03/11   TransCanada doesn't have to pay landowner attorneys
2018/03/07   SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Kagan recalls clerking for Marshall
2018/03/06   Romania court nixes law allowing officials to own business
2018/03/01   Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn't violate copyright
2018/01/31   Texas executes Dallas man for killing ex-girlfriend in 1999
2018/01/25   Judge to pick battlefield for court fight over Manson's body
2018/01/12   Women taking their right to go topless to state's high court
2018/01/12   Supreme Court takes the wheel in 2 cases of vehicle searches
2018/01/10   Democratic judge announces bid for Ohio Supreme Court seat
2018/01/07   North Carolina's altered legislative districts back in court
2018/01/06   Florida and Georgia taking water fight to Supreme Court
2017/12/12   Schimel asks Supreme Court to block Evers' request
2017/12/12   UK banker back in Hong Kong court for murder appeal
2017/11/28   Supreme Court rejects case over Mississippi Confederate emblem
2017/11/23   Court: Colorado county wrongly OK’d asphalt plant near homes
2017/11/18   Steve Mostyn, Houston attorney and major Dem donor, dies
2017/11/13   Kenya court set to hear petitions challenging repeat vote
2017/11/11   Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades
2017/11/01   US court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy
2017/10/29   Brazilian court revives case against Olympian Ryan Lochte
2017/10/16   Oregon Supreme Court denies request for information release
2017/10/05   DC house party the subject of Supreme Court argument
2017/10/02   European Court Asked to Rule on Facebook Data Transfers
2017/09/29   Elliott's fast start fades with Cowboys as court looms again
2017/09/01   Not guilty pleas entered in Lake Coeur d'Alene boat crash
2017/08/31   S. Korean court says worker's rare disease linked to Samsung
2017/08/29   Otter appoints new justice to Idaho Supreme Court
2017/08/28   Top NC court weighs lawmakers stripping of governor's powers
2017/08/25   South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison
2017/08/17   DJ says taking Taylor Swift to court was only option
2017/08/14   Mental health court established for offenders on probation
2017/08/14   Academic accused in Chicago killing due in California court
2017/07/31   Court: FAA must reconsider regulating airline seat size
2017/07/25   Top Vatican official to face Australian court on sex charges
2017/07/20   North Carolina Court to Rule on Law on Gov's Elections Role
2017/07/18   Pakistan's opposition calls on court to oust prime minister
2017/07/16   Parents of sick UK infant storm out of new court hearing
2017/07/08   Court: Detained immigrant children entitled to court hearing
2017/06/22   Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship
2017/06/18   Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps
2017/06/12   Court: Ignorance about allergy medicine crime no excuse
2017/06/10   With court victory, hand of Brazil's president strengthened
2017/05/25   Court of Appeals Judge Elmore won't seek re-election
2017/05/24   Finnish court releases Iraqi twins in IS-related killings
2017/05/20   Texas advances new abortion limits despite court defeats
2017/05/19   Court pauses criminal case against Texas' attorney general
2017/05/13   Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent
2017/05/12   Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal
2017/05/02   Court: Gay couple's suit against Kentucky clerk can proceed
2017/05/01   Connecticut court takes up doctor-patient confidentiality
2017/04/24   Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches
2017/04/21   Court formally throws out more than 21K tainted drug cases
2017/04/17   High court sides with Goodyear in sanctions dispute
2017/03/31   Political fights over Supreme Court seats nothing new
2017/03/28   Michigan Supreme Court Justice Young announces retirement
2017/03/27   International court orders reparations for Congo attack
2017/03/25   Court: Wisconsin Bell discriminated against worker
2017/03/23   Houston, Texas Trust and Estate Litigation Attorney
2017/03/21   Court won’t hear appeal in senator’s corruption case
2017/03/14   High EU court: workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory
2017/03/05   NC governor, legislature head to court in power showdown
2017/03/02   California court expands endangered-species removal powers
2017/03/01   Joseph Wapner, star of 'The People's Court,' dead at 97
2017/02/18   Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds
2017/02/09   Travel ban decision in hands of federal appeals court judges
2017/02/06   Dylann Roof's mental state revealed in court records
2017/01/27   Court appeals temporarily delay Texas execution
2017/01/18   Court ponders mass murderer Breivik's prison conditions
2017/01/17   Supreme Court delays New Jersey sports betting decision
2016/12/04   Court: Asylum not automatic for former gang members
2016/12/04   Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court
2016/12/02   Connecticut court to hear appeal in Newtown shooting case
2016/12/01   China court clears man 21 years after his execution
2016/11/02   Solar Advocates Ask Florida High Court to Invalidate Measure
2016/10/12   Dutch court: Wilders hate speech trial will go ahead
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2016/10/01   Appeals court rules against Kansas in voting rights case
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2016/09/05   Stepmom of scalded boy who died pleads guilty to murder
2016/08/28   Appeals court refuses to reconsider Wisconsin voter ID cases
2016/08/13   Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony on affairs
2016/08/11   Egyptian lawyer, journalist released after prison sentence
2016/08/01   China releases prominent human rights lawyer on bail
2016/07/19   Arkansas court denies request for new execution law hearing
2016/05/19   Maryland high court issues opinion in Gray case
2016/05/06   Florida's high court urged to throw out death sentences
2016/05/05   Iran's president slams US court ruling on frozen assets
2016/04/04   California court mulls whether employers must offer seating
2016/03/21   Supreme Court will hear Samsung-Apple patent dispute
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2016/03/15   Lawyer: US citizen charged in UN case to plead guilty
2016/02/28   Mississippi court upholds Democratic primary ballot change
2016/02/12   Court rejects pay for woman sterilized at county's behest
2016/02/10   Court to weigh cocaine cases, could alter sentencing in Ohio
2016/02/05   NY court agrees to rehear Ex-Goldman board member's appeal
2016/02/03   Ohio court approves class action in speed camera case
2015/12/22   Court won't order immediate evaluation of mogul Redstone
2015/12/13   High court takes up challenges to drunken-driving test
2015/11/15   Kansas court's approval of death sentence not seen as shift
2015/10/31   Court rejects ACLU's request to stop phone record collection
2015/10/12   Georgia man accused in hot car death to appear in court
2015/09/28   Int'l court prosecutor extends preliminary Ukraine probe
2015/09/24   Court rejects ex-NY Fed employee's retaliation claim lawsuit
2015/09/17   Charleston church suspect's friend charged with lying to FBI
2015/08/25   Bangladesh court bans Rana Plaza movie because of terrifying scenes
2015/08/19   Appeals court won't reinstate 1990 arson-murder conviction
2015/08/17   Court rejects inmate's challenge in 5 Ohio prison slayings
2015/08/02   Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court
2015/07/21   Court suspends ex-Chad dictator trial to ready new lawyers
2015/07/15   Wisconsin court ends probe of presidential hopeful Walker
2015/06/29   Decisions in last 3 Supreme Court cases expected Monday
2015/06/23   Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow
2015/04/23   High court rejects Wisconsin appeal over tribal night hunts
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2015/04/07   Ex-Premier Zia avoids arrest as Bangladesh court grants bail
2015/04/07   Protesters inside Supreme Court face harsher charges
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2015/02/16   Court nixes faith-based birth control mandate challenge
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Trump, Biden lawyer up, brace for White House legal battle
Attorney News | 2020/10/25 04:23
President Donald Trump’s and Democratic rival Joe Biden’s campaigns are assembling armies of powerful lawyers for the possibility that the race for the White House is decided not at the ballot box but in court.

They have been engaging in a lawyer’s version of tabletop war games, churning out draft pleadings, briefs and memos to cover scenarios that read like the stuff of a law school hypothetical more than a real-life case in a democracy.

Attorneys for the Republicans and the Democrats are already clashing in courts across the U.S. over mailed-in ballot deadlines and other issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. And as Trump tries to sow doubt in the legitimacy of the Nov. 3 election, both sides have built massive legal operations readying for a bitterly disputed race that lands at the Supreme Court.

“We’ve been preparing for this for well over a year,” Republican National Committee Chief Counsel Justin Riemer told The Associated Press. “We’ve been working with the campaign on our strategy for recount preparation, for Election Day operations and our litigation strategy.”

On the Democratic side, the Biden campaign’s election protection program includes a special national litigation team involving hundreds of lawyers led by Walter Dellinger, acting solicitor general in the Clinton administration, and Donald Verrilli, a solicitor general under President Barack Obama, among others. Bob Bauer, a former White House counsel to Obama, and Biden campaign general counsel Dana Remus are focused on protecting the rights of voters, who have been enduring long lines at polling places around the country on the belief that the presidential election will be decided by their ballots.

Both sides are informed by the experience of the 2000 election, which was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. But this year, because Trump has pushed unsubstantiated claims about the potential for voter fraud with increased voting by mail, sowing doubt about the integrity of the result, lawyers are preparing for a return trip before the high court.


Supreme Court to review Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy
Attorney News | 2020/10/19 16:00
The Supreme Court is agreeing to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.

As is typical, the court did not comment Monday in announcing it would hear the case. Because the court's calendar is already full through the end of the year, the justices will not hear the case until 2021. If Joe Biden were to win the presidential election and rescind the policy, the case would become largely moot.

Trump's “Migrant Protection Protocols” policy, known informally as “Remain in Mexico,” was introduced in January 2019. It became a key pillar of the administration’s response to an unprecedented surge of asylum-seeking families at the border, drawing criticism for having people wait in highly dangerous Mexican cities.

Lower courts found that the policy is probably illegal. But earlier this year the Supreme Court stepped in to allow the policy to remain in effect while a lawsuit challenging it plays out in the courts.

More than 60,000 asylum-seekers were returned to Mexico under the policy. The Justice Department estimated in late February that there were 25,000 people still waiting in Mexico for hearings in U.S. court. Those hearings were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.



Virus spreads on panel handling Supreme Court nomination
Attorney News | 2020/10/04 17:03
Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about the timing of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and whether additional senators may have been exposed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared the confirmation process was going “full steam ahead.”

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Utah Sen. Mike Lee both said Friday that they had tested positive for the virus. Both had attended a ceremony for Barrett at the White House on Sept. 25 with President Donald Trump, who announced Friday that he had tested positive and was later hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Lee, who did not wear a mask at the White House event, said he had “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies.” Tillis, who did wear a mask during the public portion of the event, said he had “mild symptoms.” Both said they would quarantine for 10 days — ending just before Barrett’s confirmation hearings begin on Oct. 12.

The positive tests come as Senate Republicans are pushing to quickly confirm Barrett in the few weeks they have before the Nov. 3 election. There is little cushion in the schedule set out by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and McConnell, who want to put a third Trump nominee on the court immediately in case they lose any of their power in the election.

Democrats, many of whom have been critical of Barrett, seized on the virus announcements to call for a delay in the hearings.

“We now have two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have tested positive for COVID, and there may be more,” tweeted Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. “I wish my colleagues well. It is irresponsible and dangerous to move forward with a hearing, and there is absolutely no good reason to do so.”

Several other members of the Judiciary panel attended the White House ceremony, including Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo. Blackburn said she tested negative after the event. Crapo said he “recently” had a negative test and a spokeswoman said he would be getting another one as soon as it could be arranged. A spokeswoman for Hawley said he was being tested Saturday, and the senator tweeted later that his coronavirus test came back negative.

Sasse tested negative, but said in a statement that he would work remotely from his home state and undergo further testing due to his “close interaction with multiple infected individuals,” his office said. He said he planned to to return to Washington in time for the confirmation hearing.


Senate GOP plans vote on Trump’s court pick before election
Attorney News | 2020/09/23 15:59
Votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s  Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election, launching a divisive fight over Democratic objections before a nominee is even announced.

Trump said Tuesday he will name his choice Saturday, confident of support. Democrats say it’s too close to the election, and the winner of the presidency should name the new justice. But under GOP planning, the Senate could vote Oct. 29.

“I guess we have all the votes we’re going to need,” Trump told WJBX FOX 2 in Detroit. “I think it’s going to happen.”

Republicans believe the court fight will energize voters for Trump, boosting the party and potentially deflating Democrats who cannot stop the lifetime appointment for a conservative justice . The Senate is controlled by Republicans, 53-47, with a simple majority needed for confirmation. The one remaining possible Republican holdout, Mitt Romney of Utah, said Tuesday he supports taking a vote.

Still, with early presidential voting already underway in several states, all sides are girding for a wrenching Senate battle over health care, abortion access and other big cases before the court and sure to further split the torn nation.

It is one of the quickest confirmation efforts in recent times. No court nominee in U.S. history has been considered so close to a presidential election. And it all comes as the nation is marking the grave milestone of 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

During a private lunch meeting Tuesday at Senate GOP campaign headquarters, several Republican senators spoke up in favor of voting before the election. None advocated a delay.

Elsewhere, as tributes poured in for Ginsburg with vigils and flowers at the court’s steps, Democrats led by presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed a tough fight. The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, said “we should honor her dying wish,” which was that her seat not be filled until the man who wins the presidential election is installed, in January.

But that seemed no longer an option. So far, two Republicans have said they oppose taking up a nomination at this time, but no others are in sight. Under Senate rules, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie vote.


Florida Supreme Court orders governor to pick new justice
Attorney News | 2020/09/11 16:09
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis must pick a new Supreme Court justice because the judge he picked to fill a high court vacancy is constitutionally ineligible to serve, the court said in an order issued Friday.

The Florida Supreme Court ordered DeSantis to appoint another judge by Monday, nullifying the appointment of Judge Renatha Francis. Francis would have been the first Caribbean-American justice to serve on the court.

But the state constitution requires that a justice be a member of the Florida Bar for at least 10 years, and Francis was four months shy when DeSantis appointed her in May. At the time DeSantis acknowledged the shortfall, but said she wouldn't be sworn in until Sept. 24, the day she would meet the requirement.

The Supreme Court said that DeSantis was required to name a new justice within 60 days of the resignation of former Justice Robert Luck.

Her appointment was challenged by Democratic state Rep. Geraldine Thompson, a prominent Black state lawmaker.



Court OKs extradition of man linked to Venezuela's Maduro
Attorney News | 2020/08/04 17:43
A court in the West African nation of Cape Verde has approved the extradition to the United States of a Colombian businessman wanted on suspicion of money laundering on behalf of Venezuela's socialist government, his lawyers said Tuesday.

The court made the decision to extradite Alex Saab on Friday, but his legal team said in a statement it was informed about the decision only on Monday. They said they would appeal.

Saab was arrested in June when his private jet stopped to refuel in the former Portuguese colony on the way to Iran.
Saab was waiting for the court to schedule a hearing at which he could argue against extradition, according to the statement sent by the legal team, which is led by former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon.

The legal team described the extradition order as “alarming” and accused Cape Verdean authorities of denying him his legal rights. The defense lawyers plan to appeal to Cape Verde’s Supreme Court and, if necessary, the Constitutional Court, the statement said.

U.S. officials trying to reignite their campaign to oust Maduro believe Saab holds many secrets about how Venezuelan president, his family and top aides allegedly siphoned off millions of dollars in government contracts at a time of widespread hunger in the oil-rich nation.

Venezuela’s government had protested the arrest of Saab, 48, who it said was on a “humanitarian mission” to buy food and medical supplies. Saab came onto the radar of U.S. authorities a few years ago after amassing a large number of contracts with Maduro’s government.

Federal prosecutors in Miami indicted him and a business partner last year on money laundering charges connected to an alleged bribery scheme that pocketed more than $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government that was never built.


Court denies AG's bid to halt initiative signature gathering
Attorney News | 2020/07/24 15:28
Those backing a plan to put an independent commission in charge of Oregon’s redistricting process will get additional time to gather signatures and a lower threshold to qualify their initiative for the November ballot because of the pandemic, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum had asked the federal appeals court last week to step in to halt the effort, after a federal judge in Eugene ordered Secretary of State Bev Clarno to either accept the signatures the campaign gathered by the deadline or give organizers more time and a lower bar to qualify for the ballot.

Clarno, who is a Republican, opposed the People Not Politicians campaign’s request for more time and a lower signature requirement but she chose the option of lowering the threshold to 58,789 valid signatures by Aug. 17. The normal requirement was 149,360 valid signatures by July 2.

Rosenblum, a Democrat, appealed U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane’s decision to the 9th Circuit. The two appeals court judges appointed by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton who upheld McShane’s order did not explain their reasoning, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Only Judge Consuelo M. Callahan, appointed by President George W. Bush, explained her dissent, writing that “adherence to Oregon’s constitutionally mandated signature threshold for ballot initiatives either does not implicate the First Amendment at all or does not do so in a way” that does not violate the People Not Politicians campaign’s free speech rights.

Oregon’s Legislature is in charge of redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional district lines once a decade, with the secretary of state handling it when lawmakers are unable to finish. Secretaries of state have completed Oregon’s redistricting process nearly every time over the last century, according to the City Club of Portland.

Initiative Petition 57 would transfer the job of carving up Oregon’s electoral map from the Legislature to a new 12-member commission. Supporters include groups such as the League of Women Voters, business associations and branches of the NAACP. They have argued lawmakers face a conflict in setting the boundaries of their own electoral districts.

“We are thrilled that our people-powered campaign to make redistricting in Oregon fair and transparent has scored another victory in court,” said Kate Titus, executive director of Common Cause Oregon which is part of the campaign.


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