245 entries in 'Attorney News'
2021/01/14   Business as usual for high court, despite riot, impeachment
2021/01/06   Arizona Supreme Court upholds election challenge dismissal
2020/12/28   Trump made lasting impact on federal courts
2020/12/16   Senate confirms Barrett replacement on federal appeals court
2020/11/21   Court: Tennessee can enforce Down syndrome abortion ban
2020/11/18   Giuliani shows at Trump camp lawsuit hearing in Pennsylvania
2020/11/13   Republicans face court setbacks, Trump law firm steps down
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
2016/10/11   Court fight over Ohio executions likely to focus on sedative
2016/10/01   Appeals court rules against Kansas in voting rights case
2016/09/17   Pakistan court adjourns case of British woman's murder
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
2016/03/17   White S.C. trooper pleads guilty in shooting of unarmed black man
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
2015/04/15   Man kills his lawyer, judge, co-defendant in Milan court
2015/04/15   Man run over by Suge Knight says he punched ex-rap mogul
2015/04/07   Ex-Premier Zia avoids arrest as Bangladesh court grants bail
2015/04/07   Protesters inside Supreme Court face harsher charges
2015/03/27   Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court
2015/03/27   Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case
2015/03/05   Justices pepper health care law opponents with questions
2015/03/05   Bankrupt Caesars unit gets court's OK to use cash, for now
2015/02/16   Court nixes faith-based birth control mandate challenge
2015/01/12   Court won't hear free speech challenge to metals dealers law
2015/01/05   Argentine court says US fugitive can be extradited
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Business as usual for high court, despite riot, impeachment
Attorney News | 2021/01/14 12:05
Amid insurrection and impeachment, the Supreme Court's big news Thursday was a decision in a bankruptcy case. Wednesday brought arguments over the Federal Trade Commission's ability to recapture ill-gotten gains.

At this fraught moment in U.S. history, the court is doing its best to keep its head down, going about its regular business and putting off as many politically charged issues as it can, including whether President Donald Trump's tax returns must be turned over to prosecutors in New York.

Still, the justices have not been able to completely avoid controversy in recent days. On Tuesday, the court's conservative majority that includes three Trump appointees cleared the way for the administration to execute a woman for the first time in 67 years and also allowed the administration to reinstate a requirement that pregnant women wanting an abortion pick up a pill in person from a medical facility, despite the risks of contracting COVID-19.

The court's work continues even though the coronavirus pandemic is preventing the justices from meeting in person, either for their private conferences or argument sessions. Chief Justice John Roberts has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, but not every member of the court has, the court said.

The building itself has been closed to the public since March because of the pandemic. Since the weekend, it has been ringed by hard-to-climb fences that also surround the Capitol.

But arguments this week took place as if nothing out of the ordinary was happening, although the ability to listen live to the arguments is a product of the pandemic. Justices made pop culture references to Taylor Swift and the Netflix series “Dirty Money.”

They issued a unanimous decision in a bankruptcy case from Chicago, and they are convening again in private on Friday to discuss new cases to add to their docket.

The workmanlike approach is typical of the court, but it also aligns with the repeated efforts of Roberts to keep his court out of politics as much as possible, especially during Trump's presidency.




Arizona Supreme Court upholds election challenge dismissal
Attorney News | 2021/01/06 18:37
The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision dismissing the last in a series of challenges that sought to decerify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

The high court ruling is the second time the majority-Republican court has turned aside an appeal of a court loss by backers of President Donald Trump seeking to overturn the results of the election. In all, eight lawsuits challenging Biden’s Arizona win have failed. It comes the day before a divided Congress is set to certify Biden’s victory.

Tuesday’s ruling from a four-judge panel of the high court agreed with a trial court judge in Pinal County that plaintiff Staci Burk lacked the right to contest the election. That’s because she wasn’t a registered voter at the time she filed her lawsuit, as required in state election contests. Both courts also agreed that she made her legal challenge too late, after the five-day period for filing such an action had passed.

Burk said in her lawsuit that she was a qualified Arizona voter, but officials said they discovered she wasn’t registered to vote. She later said she mistakenly thought “qualified electors” were people who were merely eligible to vote, and that her voter registration was canceled because election workers were unable to verify her address.

The Supreme Court said the fact that she wasn’t a registered voter was fatal to her ability to file an election challenge and that Burk admitted she knew she wasn’t registered.

“There is nothing before the Court to indicate that Appellant timely contacted the appropriate authorities to correct any problems with her voter registration,” Chief Justice Robert Brutinel wrote. “An election challenge ... is not the proper vehicle to reinstate voter registration.”

Biden won the state over Republican President Donald Trump by more than 10,000 votes and the results were certified last month.

The lawsuit brought by Burk, who isn’t a lawyer but represented herself, is nearly identical to a lawsuit dismissed in early December in federal court in Phoenix.

Burk’s lawsuit alleged Arizona’s election systems have security flaws that let election workers and foreign countries manipulate results. Opposing attorneys said the lawsuit used conspiracy theories to make allegations against a voting equipment vendor without any proof to back up claims of widespread election fraud in Arizona.

No evidence of voter or election fraud has emerged in Arizona. Despite that, Republicans who control the Legislature are pushing to review how Maricopa County, the state’s most populous, ran its election. Two subpoenas issued by the state Senate seeking an audit and to review voting machines, ballots and other materials are being challenged by Maricopa County.

Two of the failed legal challenges focused on the use of Sharpies to complete ballots were dismissed. Another lawsuit in which the Trump campaign sought inspection of ballots was dismissed after the campaign’s lawyer acknowledged the small number of ballots at issue wouldn’t have changed the outcome.

A judge dismissed a lawsuit in which the Arizona Republican Party tried to determine whether voting machines had been hacked.

Then a separate challenge by Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward was tossed out by a judge who concluded the Republican leader failed to prove fraud and that the evidence presented at trial wouldn’t reverse Trump’s defeat. The state Supreme Court upheld that decision in an earlier ruling.

And a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by conservative lawyer Sidney Powell, who alleged widespread election fraud through the manipulation of voting equipment. Burk’s lawsuit repeated some of Powell’s allegations word-for-word.


Trump made lasting impact on federal courts
Attorney News | 2020/12/28 20:58
On this, even President Donald Trump’s most fevered critics agree: he has left a deep imprint on the federal courts that will outlast his one term in office for decades to come.

He used the promise of conservative judicial appointments to win over Republican skeptics as a candidate. Then as president, he relied on outside conservative legal organizations and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to employ an assembly line-like precision to install more than 230 judges on the federal bench, including the three newest justices of the Supreme Court. Trump never tired of boasting about it.

Indeed, undeterred by Democratic criticism, the Senate was still confirming judges more than a month after Trump lost his reelection bid to Joe Biden.

“Trump has basically done more than any president has done in a single term since (President Jimmy) Carter to put his stamp on the judiciary,” said Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, adding that Congress created around 150 new judgeships during Carter’s presidency.

The impact will be enduring. Among the Trump-appointed judges, who hold lifetime positions, several are still in their 30s. The three Supreme Court picks could still be on the court at the 21st century’s midpoint, 30 years from now.

Beyond the Supreme Court, 30 percent of the judges on the nation’s court of appeals, where all but a handful of cases reach their end, were appointed by Trump.

But numbers don’t tell the entire story. The real measure of what Trump has been able to do will be revealed in countless court decisions in the years to come on abortion, guns, religious rights and a host of other culture wars issues.

When it came to the president’s own legal challenges of the election results, however, judges who have him to thank for their position rebuffed his claims. But in many other important ways, his success with judicial appointments already is paying dividends for conservatives.

When the Supreme Court blocked New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by COVID-19, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the newest member of the court, cast the decisive fifth vote. Previously, the court had allowed restrictions on religious services over the dissent of four justices, including the other two Trump nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Five Trump appointees were in the majority of the 6-4 decision by the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September that made it harder for felons in Florida to regain the right to vote. The Atlanta-based court had a majority of Democratic-appointed judges when Trump took office.


Senate confirms Barrett replacement on federal appeals court
Attorney News | 2020/12/16 19:26
The Senate has confirmed an Indiana prosecutor to replace Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on a federal appeals court based in Chicago.

Thomas Kirsch, who currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, will replace Barrett as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Kirsch was confirmed Tuesday on a 51-44 vote.

Three Democrats Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin ? voted for him in what was otherwise a party-line vote. Four Republican senators and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris did not vote.

President Donald Trump named Kirsch as Barrett’s replacement before she was confirmed to the high court in October, and the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced his nomination last week. Kirsch graduated from Indiana University and earned his law degree from Harvard.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who is expected to become the top Democrat on Judiciary in the next Congress, said Kirsch’s quick nomination and confirmation showed that Trump and Senate Republicans were intent on forcing through as many conservative judges as possible.

“They have kept the nominations assembly line going,″ Durbin said.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said Kirsch “is a man of character, he’s a man of integrity, and he believes in the rule of law.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said Kirsch’s nomination is “further entrenching the lack of diversity that is characteristic of President Trump’s judicial nominees,” noting that the appeals court he will join is the only all-white federal appeals court in the country.


Court: Tennessee can enforce Down syndrome abortion ban
Attorney News | 2020/11/21 16:36
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Tennessee can begin outlawing abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as well as prohibit the procedure if it’s based on the race or gender of the fetus.

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee enacted the so-called “reason bans” earlier this year as part of a sweeping anti-abortion measure. The law gained national attention because it banned abortion as early as six weeks ? making it one of the strictest in the country ? but it included several other anti-abortion components.

The law was immediately blocked by a lower federal court just hours after Lee signed it into law.

However, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision will allow the state to enforce the reason bans while abortion rights groups continue their court battle against that law.

The plaintiffs, which include Tennessee abortion providers being represented by reproductive rights groups, had argued the ban was improperly vague, but the court disagreed.

Currently, more than a dozen states have similar reason bans in place.

“These bans are just another way anti-abortion politicians are attempting to limit the constitutional right to abortion care and to create stigma,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a statement. “Decisions about whether and when to continue or to end a pregnancy are best made by the individual and their family.”

The Attorney General’s office said in a statement that they “appreciate the Sixth Circuit lifting the lower court’s injunction” and looked forward to continuing defending the statute.

“Our law prohibits abortion based on the race, gender, or diagnosis of Down syndrome of the child and the court’s decision will save lives,” Lee said in a statement. “Protecting our most vulnerable Tennesseans is worth the fight.”

Immediately following the appeals court ruling, the plaintiffs’ attorneys filed a request in lower federal court for a temporary restraining order to block the reason bans once again, but this time argued the law illegally prohibits a patient from “obtaining constitutionally protected pre-viability abortion care.”

“(The) Sixth Circuit only addressed plaintiffs’ vagueness claims and explicitly declined to issue any ruling with respect to plaintiffs’ claims that the Reason Bans violate patients’ constitutional right to pre-viability abortion,” the attorneys wrote.

The court had not issued a ruling on that as of Friday evening.

Down syndrome is a genetic abnormality that causes developmental delays and medical conditions such as heart defects and respiratory and hearing problems.

According to the National Down Syndrome Society, about one in every 700 babies in the United States ? or about 6,000 a year ? is born with the condition, which results from a chromosomal irregularity.

The rarity of the condition has prompted abortion rights groups to paint the Down syndrome bans as part of yet another thinly veiled effort by lawmakers to continue chipping away at a patient’s right to an abortion.


Giuliani shows at Trump camp lawsuit hearing in Pennsylvania
Attorney News | 2020/11/18 04:02
A hearing on the Trump campaign’s federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results was set to begin Tuesday after a judge denied the campaign’s new lawyer’s request for a delay.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and the president’s personal attorney, entered the federal courthouse in Williamsport to cheers across the street from several dozen supporters of President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann had told lawyers for Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and the counties and state election official it has sued that they must show up and “be prepared for argument and questioning” at the federal courthouse.

Giuliani filed Tuesday morning to represent Trump in the case. He has not entered an appearance in federal court since 1992, according to online court records. That was the year before he was elected mayor.

The Trump campaign wants to prevent certification of results that give President-elect Joe Biden the state’s 20 electoral votes, suing over election procedures that were not uniform across the state. Giuliani has promised a raft of lawsuits and to provide Trump with evidence of voter fraud in the drive to overturn the election result.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, has asked to have the lawsuit thrown out, calling its allegations in court filings “at best, garden-variety irregularities.”

Brann scheduled the hearing to discuss the campaign’s request for a temporary restraining order as well as the defendants’ request to have the case dismissed.

After Pittsburgh lawyers dropped out of representing Trump’s campaign on Friday, Philadelphia election lawyer Linda Kerns and two Texas lawyers also filed to withdraw Monday.

Camp Hill lawyer Mark Scaringi, a losing candidate in the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary, notified the judge he was stepping in but did not get the delay he sought.

The Associated Press has declared Biden the winner of the presidential contest, but Trump has refused to concede and is blocking Biden’s efforts toward a smoother transition of power. With Georgia the only uncalled state, Biden has collected at least 290 electoral votes ? just enough that overturning Pennsylvania’s result would not open an avenue to a second term for Trump.

Biden’s margin in Pennsylvania is now more than 73,000 votes.

There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, and experts say Trump’s various lawsuits have no chance of reversing the outcome in a single state, let alone the election. In fact, election officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well, and international observers confirmed there were no serious irregularities.

The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to are typical in every election: problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes and postal marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the potential for a small number of ballots miscast or lost.



Republicans face court setbacks, Trump law firm steps down
Attorney News | 2020/11/13 16:34
Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work for President Donald Trump’s campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania case.

The legal blows began when a federal appeals court rejected an effort to block about 9,300 mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day in Pennsylvania. The judges noted the “vast disruption” and “unprecedented challenges” facing the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic as they upheld the three-day extension.

Chief U.S. Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith said the panel kept in mind “a proposition indisputable in our democratic process: that the lawfully cast vote of every citizen must count.”

The ruling involves a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision to accept mail-in ballots through Friday, Nov. 6, citing the pandemic and concerns about postal service delays.

Republicans have also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the issue. However, there are not enough late-arriving ballots to change the results in Pennsylvania, given President-elect Joe Biden’s lead. The Democratic former vice president won the state by about 60,000 votes out of about 6.8 million cast.

The Trump campaign or Republican surrogates have filed more than 15 legal challenges in Pennsylvania as they seek to reclaim the state’s 20 electoral votes, but have so far offered no evidence of any widespread voter fraud.

A Philadelphia judge found none as he refused late Friday to reject about 8,300 mail-in ballots there. The campaign has pursued similar litigation in other battleground states, with little to show for it.

In Michigan, a judge Friday refused to stop the certification of Detroit-area election results, rejecting claims the city had committed fraud and tainted the count with its handling of absentee ballots. It’s the third time a judge has declined to intervene in a statewide count that shows Biden up by more than 140,000 votes.

And, in Arizona, a judge dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit seeking the inspection of ballots in metro Phoenix after the campaign’s lawyers acknowledged the small number of ballots at issue wouldn’t change the outcome of how the state voted for president.

The campaign had sought a postponement of Maricopa County’s certification of election results until ballots containing overvotes ? instances in which people voted for more candidates than permitted ? were inspected.

Meanwhile, legal giant Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, which had come under fire for its work for the Trump campaign, withdrew from a lawsuit that seeks to stop Pennsylvania officials from certifying the election results.


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