US Legal News

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Monday affirmed a district court’s denial of the defendant’s motion to strike the government’s notice of sentencing enhancement. In 2008 the defendant, Joe Santillan, received a felony convicted for possession of marijuana for sale. In 2016 Californians voted to reclassify possession of marijuana for sale [...]

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US Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Monday released the results of his investigation into the possible Russian interference with the 2016 election, finding that the investigation was conducted legitimately but that there were problems with its implementation. According to a DOJ statement, “During this review, the examined more than one million [...]

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The US House Judiciary Committee released a report on Saturday outlining the constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment. The report does not refer to specific allegations against President Donald Trump but rather, lays out the history and constitutional law of presidential impeachment. A similar report was issued during Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton’s impeachment inquiries. The report [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court decision to strike down a Maryland law regulating the publication of online political ads. Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III described the law as a “compendium of traditional First Amendment infirmities.” The statute at [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lifted preliminary injunctions against some of the Trump administration’s restrictions against immigrants in need of public benefits Thursday. The Trump administration implemented a “public charge” rule against immigrants in need of government assistance, such as Medicaid or food stamps. Judges Jay Byebee and Sandra Ikuta stated [...]

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Unitrans International, a Virginia defense contracting company, agreed Wednesday to pay $45 million to settle criminal obstruction charges and False Claims Act allegations brought by the Department of Justice for illegally shipping construction materials to Afghanistan through Iran. Unitrans provided logistical support to Anham, a Dubai Free Zone company incorporated under the laws of the [...]

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