Court Watch

OBAMA’S VIGILANTE SQUAD

November 11 2012
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The U.S. Justice Department filed its opening brief on election night defending a controversial military detention provision that a trial judge in Manhattan declared unconstitutional earlier this year. The suit filed in Manhattan federal district court by a group of journalists and activists,challenges a section of the National Defense Authorization Act that DOJ lawyers said…

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DO PIGS FLY?

January 6 2012
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Our pusillanimous president is not even aware of the fact that he can save the Guantanamo protesters if he chose to do so. Here are the facts: Jury selection began this morning in a trial against protesters arrested inside the U.S. House of Representatives gallery this summer while demonstrating against funding for the U.S. detention…

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Here Come De Judge

October 26 2011
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New York Law Journal. October 26, 2011 1. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has refused to drop charges against the hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested late last month at Union Square Park and earlier this month on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense…

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TROY DAVIS MUST DIE

September 19 2011
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On Wednesday, September 21, two days from now, Troy Davis, a convicted murderer will get the old Zapperoo – Georgia style. In two years, three at the outmost, Troy will be forgotten. Thank God. As of this moment, it is THE BIG CASE because 600,000 people from Zap Crazy Georgia to such faraway lands as…

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JOHN YOO, WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

July 11 2011
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I have argued in the past that John Yoo is the worst person in the world and now he is back in the news. Jose Padilla filed a lawsuit against John Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor and former Justice Department lawyer under John Ashcroft, the former Attorney General, in January 2008. In it, he…

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OH, THEIR ACHING BACKS

March 8 2011
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It’s not hard work and it’s not glamorous, either, but somebody has to refrain from doing it so I guess it doesn’t fall on the shoulders of overpaid judges and lawyers. O’m talkin caseload, Boy. You can get all the details you never wanted to know by visiting http://www.uscourts.gov/Statistics.aspx To save you the trouble, here…

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LIFE WITHOUT A PREFRONTAL LOBE

October 31 2010
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When you are feeling bad about your life, remember this: you could be a lawyer. In 2006, the Supreme Court ruled juveniles cannot be executed for their crimes. This spring, the Court ruled life sentences for juvenile murderers without the possibility of parole is also a No No. Now, the Court is considering whether juveniles…

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ANITA HILL VS. MRS. CLARENCE THOMAS

October 30 2010
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This is reproduced almost in its entirety from LegalTimes. For those who want all of it, please CLICK HERE. Virginia Thomas Cancels Radio Show Amid Controversy Over Her Call to Anita Hill. Hill reported the call to campus police. Hill said she would not apologize — and had nothing to apologize for. Here is the…

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OBAMA JUSTICE

October 28 2010
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Some will tell you that this is all the doing of the Justice Department, headed up by Attorney General Eric Holder. But I don’t understand. Doesn’t Holder work for Obama? And whatever happened to the idea “The buck stops here”? Reprinted from the Wall Street Justice [with small omissions]. It can be hard to distinguish…

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THE QUALITY OF MERCY IS NOT STRAINED

August 27 2010
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The Merchant of Venice, 1596. Portia speaks: The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes: ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; That being…

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CHRISTIANS – ONE; OBAMA – ZERO

August 25 2010
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In March 2009, President Barack Obama removed restrictions on embryonic research that were put in place by President George W. Bush. But Drs. James Sherley and Theresa Deisher and the Christian Medical Association, sued the Department of Health and Human Services last year to block the application of the new guidelines on human stem cell…

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IS NO ADVICE GOOD ADVICE?

August 22 2010
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From the NY Times, March 21, 2010 The Supreme Court ruled that lawyers for people thinking of pleading guilty to a crime must advise their clients who are not citizens about the possibility that they will be deported. “It is our responsibility under the Constitution to ensure that no criminal defendant — whether a citizen…

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LA TOYA JACKSON SINGS “HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN”

August 17 2010
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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Peck in New York ruled for La Toya Jackson on Aug. 5 in rejecting a motion to reopen her Chapter 11 case. Jackson filed in 1995 and emerged from bankruptcy in 1999. A trust representing four unsecured creditors who were receiving monthly royalty payments from Jackson had not received any of…

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ONE MAN’S SPEEDY TRIAL IS ANOTHER MAN’S SLOW BOAT TO CHINA

July 14 2010
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Ahmad Khaifan Ghailani spent five years in prison waiting for his trial. No big deal according to Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. Kaplan, obviously not the father of Ghailani, said “The government is entitled to attempt to hold Ghailani accountable in a court of law for his alleged complicity in the…

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THE AMERICAN WAY OF INJUSTICE

June 22 2010
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Yup, the American way. Self-acclaimed greatest country in the world. Here is a fine example of American injustice at work. This article is reprinted from the NY Review of Books. Written by David Cole. On Monday, June 14, the Supreme Court declined to hear Maher Arar’s case, conclusively shutting the door on the Canadian citizen’s…

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CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES

June 11 2010
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Teachers helping students to cheat: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/education/11cheat.html?src=me&ref=general Throwing whistle blowers in jail: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/12/us/politics/12leak.html?nl=&emc=aua1 Elena Kagan battles against affirmative action: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/12/us/politics/12kagan.html?nl=&emc=aua1 Pope begs for forgiveness because priests are humping children: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/12/world/europe/12pope.html?ref=world

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THE SUPREME COURT – DOES NOT ALWAYS GET IT WRONG

May 17 2010
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The Supreme Court just ruled that teenagers may not be locked up for life WITHOUT CHANCE OF PAROLE if they haven’t killed anyone. Unsurprisingly, there were four dissenters – you know who they are – Alito, Roberts, Scalia and Thomas. In 2005, Kennedy said for a majority that people under 18 are less responsible for…

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ARIZONA NITWITS

May 13 2010
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Arizona has passed a law called “Support Our Law Enforcement And Safe Neighborhoods Act.” The essence of it is to deprive Mexicans of their rights as human beings. The law allows police to stop people on the streets for no reason and demand they give proof of their citizenship or residency. The police will, of…

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IMBECILE’S LAW SUIT DISMISSED/OBAMA IS AN AMERICAN

April 17 2010
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Orly Taitz who, against, all odds is a dentist and a lawyer, lost again. Orly makes a career out of filing stupid lawsuits. She will probably sue me for saying this, if she ever learns about it. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia threw out Orly’s “quo…

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THE MISSION OF THE CIA AND NIGHTMARES OF OBAMA

April 12 2010
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MISSION STATEMENT – The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an independent US Government agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. HISTORY OF THE CIA – President Truman recognized the need for a postwar, centralized intelligence organization. To make a fully functional intelligence office, Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947…

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PROSECUTORIAL IMMUNITY

March 23 2010
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In 1984, John Thompson was found guilty of armed robbery and, in an unrelated case, of murder. Thompson’s lawyers later learned that prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence in the robbery trial that the perpetrator had a different blood type from Thompson’s. He was found guilty of robbery and did not testify at his murder trial. Thompson’s…

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BREAKING BONES NO LONGER PERMITTED

March 14 2010
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The U.S. Supreme Court in its infinite, collective wisdom has finally ruled prisoners have a constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment by prison guards and other specialists in inhumanity. This ruling is consistent with previous rulings but not with the previous ideas of Justices Scalia and Thomas. Dissenting from a vicious treatment case in…

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KEEPING DIRTY SECRETS SECRET

December 22 2009
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Everybody already knows or should know that 95% of what passes for national security is only national embarrassment. Obama’s hacks and henchmen, led by Eric Holder, the Attorney General, know this and have filed a motion to bar the public from a court hearing Jan. 7 in the Blackwater criminal case in federal district court…

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DECADE’S BIGGEST LAW STORIES

December 21 2009
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National Law Journal picks the most important law stories of the last ten years. For fuller accounts, please CLICK HERE. 1. War on terror tests the limits of law 2. Accounting scandals flood the courts 3. Court splits on race and gender 4. Prosecutors behaving badly 5. The ruling that picked a president 6. Death…

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