A Tale of Two Zip Tie Guys: The Different Fates of Eric Munchel and Larry Brock. Federal Judges Continue to Step Back, Allowing Biden the Opportunity to Fill Their Seats. — from Daily Kos There's been a sustained flow of federal judges stepping aside in the almost month since President Joe Biden was inaugurated.
Trump notches court wins by running out clock on lawsuits. Houston federal judge bars female prosecutor from trial, sparking standoff with U.S. attorney’s office. A federal judge banished a female prosecutor from his Houston courtroom last month, sparking a rare standoff between the new U.S.
Attorney and a jurist with a history of sniping at lawyers, government officials and litigants. U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes, a 77-year-old appointed by President Ronald Reagan, has been criticized in the past for making comments perceived as racist or sexist in court. U.S. SWORN IN: Lieutenant governor's son takes office as U.S. attorney Federal judges have the discretion to excuse lawyers and issues ruling within the bounds of the constitution, and they do not have to provide their reasoning. Hughes is known for delivering history lectures, issuing blunt critiques about improper courtroom attire and accusing the Justice Department of abusing government resources. The recent controversy involved Assistant U.S. RELATED: Federal judge criticized by appeals court for 'demeaning remarks.
Prosecutor says he was pressured to cut Roger Stone 'a break' because of his ties to Trump. A prosecutor who withdrew from the Roger Stone case after Justice Department leaders intervened to recommend a lighter sentence intends to testify before Congress that he and his colleagues were repeatedly pressured to cut Stone "a break," and were told that it was because of his relationship with President Donald Trump.
"What I heard – repeatedly – was that Roger Stone was being treated differently from any other defendant because of his relationship to the President," Aaron Zelinsky, one of four prosecutors who quit the case, plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, according to his prepared testimony. "I was also told that the acting U.S. Attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was 'afraid of the President.'"
The Best Lawyers Money Can Buy. The United States Supreme Court decides cases involving the nation’s most pressing legal issues, affecting the daily lives of hundreds of millions of Americans — and yet so much about its functioning is shrouded in mystique and exclusivity.
The court’s front doors are locked and its vast “public” plaza is off-limits to protesters. Alone among the branches of government, it refuses to televise its proceedings, even though its gallery can seat only 250 members of the public. He defended the Confederate flag and insulted immigrants — now he’s a judge. When South Carolina lawmakers confirmed a batch of new magistrates this year, one nominee stood out from the pack: Mike Pitts.
The former state House member had made a name for himself in Columbia as a staunch defender of the Confederate flag, and on Facebook he has penned anti-immigration screeds and used racially charged language. In May, for example, he posted a photo of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, an African American Democrat running for president. These Are the 5 Men the Federal Government Plans to Execute. Mr.
Kehoe had stepped in when Mr. Lee said he could not kill a child, The New York Times reported in an article about the murders in 1999, although Mr. Lee was convicted of three counts of murder. In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Lee’s lawyer, Morris Moon, said Mr. The case was a federal one because Mr. Mr. Politics.theonion. WASHINGTON—Stressing that such an action would be highly reckless, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday that releasing the “Nunes Memo” could potentially undermine faith in the massive, unaccountable government secret agencies of the United States.
“Making this memo public will almost certainly impede our ability to conduct clandestine activities operating outside any legal or judicial system on an international scale,” said Wray, noting that it was essential that mutual trust exist between the American people and the vast, mysterious cabal given free rein to use any tactics necessary to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizens or subvert religious and political groups. Black man attacked by white supremacists in Charlottesville faces felony charge. Video shows attack on black man at 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville A group of six men violently beat DeAndre Harris, a counterprotester, in a parking garage next to the Charlottesville Police Department on Aug. 12 after a white nationalist rally was dispersed by police.
Editor's note: This video contains graphic content. Prosecutor Threw Away Slam-Dunk Cases Against Weinstein and Trump Kids. What Does an Innocent Man Have to Do to Go Free? Plead… — ProPublica. This story was co-published with The Atlantic.
ATF used traveling, well-paid informants in ABQ sting. One of the men who helped the federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) search for potential targets in a sweeping undercover drug and gun sting operation in Albuquerque last year is paid an $80,000 annual salary, court filings show.
The man appears to have been released early from a 10-year federal prison sentence and goes “around the country with his handlers creating crime for the government to prosecute” as a ‘“confidential informant,” the documents say. A Woman Is On Trial For Laughing During A Congressional Hearing. Tips For Jury Duty. Jailed 96 days on bogus charge: It is no one's fault? © Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office via AP This undated photo released by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office, shows Jessica Jauch. Pulled over for traffic violations, Jauch was held for 96 days in a Mississippi jail in 2012, on a felony drug charge, without seeing a judge, getting a lawyer or having a chance to make bail, even though a police video showed she committed no crime.
L.A. to pay total of $24 million to two men freed after wrongful convictions. The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits from two men who alleged that investigations by dishonest LAPD detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades behind bars. Kash Delano Register, who won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School cast doubt on the testimony of a key prosecution witness, will receive $16.7 million — the largest settlement in an individual civil rights case in the city’s history, his attorneys said.
Bruce Lisker, who was released from prison in 2009 after a Times investigation into his conviction, will get $7.6 million. Join the conversation on Facebook >> How Police Officers Seize Cash From Innocent Americans. On February 17, 2014, a 24-year-old college student named Charles Clarke checked a bag at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and parked himself in a chair near the boarding gate. Why the Darknet Matters. By Luther Blissett and Fernando Villalovs of Arkesoul In February 2015 Ross Ulbricht was convicted of money laundering, computer hacking and conspiracy to traffic narcotics for his role (either with or as Dread Pirate Roberts) in creating and administrating the darknet market Silk Road.
For this, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Ulbricht to life in prison without possibility for parole. Mississippi judge shrugs off innocent until proven guilty: People charged with crimes are criminals. Circuit Court Judge Marcus D. How Wall Street’s Bankers Stayed Out of Jail. Why is Rev. Edward Pinkney in Prison? Another Case of Political Persecution. ‘For $12 of Commissary, He Got 10 Years Off His Sentence.’ End Prosecutorial Immunity. Period. Huffingtonpost. Denver man charged with seven felonies for handing out 'jury nullification' fliers outside courthouse. The New Science of Sentencing. C riminal sentencing has long been based on the present crime and, sometimes, the defendant’s past criminal record. FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades. The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.
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