The US Senate Judiciary Committee continued confirmation hearings on Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ginsburg, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Senator Lindsey Graham, the Judiciary Committee Chair, started the day with a line of questioning on Barrett’s judicial philosophy, textualism, which led to a civics lesson on [...]

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US Supreme Court heard rescheduled oral arguments by phone on Tuesday for the second day of the 2020 term. The first case before the court, Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, looked at a 2015 Arkansas law, Act 900. The Act regulates Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs), the intermediaries between health insurance plans and pharmacies, to [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia filed an order Monday granting a preliminary injunction barring Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents from conducting credible fear interviews ordinarily conducted by Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) asylum officers. The government claims that CBP agents tasked with conducting asylum interviews “receive ‘training consistent [...]

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A California Superior Court judge in Alameda County granted a preliminary injunction on Monday, preventing The Regents of the University of California (UC) from considering ACT and SAT scores in admissions or scholarship decisions. Plaintiffs in the case argued that UC’s “test-optional” policy violates the Americans with Disability Act by denying applicants with disabilities “meaningful [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion for summary judgment on Tuesday vacating a time-in-service requirement for non-citizens who qualify for US citizenship based on their service in the US military. On October 13, 2017, the US Department of Defense (DOD) adopted a policy requiring non-citizen service [...]

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A US federal judge Thursday ordered Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney for Donald Trump, to be released back to home confinement after finding that Cohen was being detained in retaliation for writing a book about the President. The order comes just days after his attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition [...]

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Seventeen states and the District of Columbia filed a complaint in federal court on Monday seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against a new federal rule aimed at international students. The new rule, announced by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) on July 6, 2020, requires students on F-1 and M-1 visas to enroll in a sufficient [...]

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A judge in Dutchess County, New York, issued a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order on Tuesday to stop Simon & Schuster from releasing any details of a book by President Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump: “Too Much and Never Enough, How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” Donald Trump’s brother Robert Trump [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal by the Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Defense Legal Defense Fund and others challenging the constitutionality of the Department of Homeland Security’s waiver of federal, state and local laws in construction of a southern border wall. The Center for Biological Diversity challenged six [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed on Wednesday that dinosaur fossils belong to a ranch’s surface estate and were not included in the mineral rights to the land. In Murray v. BEJ Minerals, BEJ Minerals sold the surface rights of a Montana ranch to the Murrays while retaining the mineral rights. [...]

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