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Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 "Bomb Train" Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll

Steve Horn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Is Judge Shopping a Crime? Should It Be?

Jim Treacy | Posted 03.14.2015 | Crime
Jim Treacy

For a justice system clamoring for greater transparency and fair play, it seems SDNY's actions do not always align with their expectations for others. Judge shopping is indeed "unsavory." Is it a crime?

Liberals Can Wear Robes: What A Recent Confirmation Tells Us

David Fontana | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
David Fontana

One of the prevailing narratives in American politics for some time has been that liberal judges are politically toxic. But events of last month could go a long way towards removing that fear, and making the possibility of liberal judges a reality rather than just a dream.

Did Those Republican Judges Ever Go to Law School?

Frank Askin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Frank Askin

Six federal judges ruled Tuesday on the legality of subsidies being provided for low-income subscribers under so-called Obamacare. The two with solid Republican credentials found the program illegal.

Courts Disagree Over Obamacare Subsidies

Brad Burd | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Brad Burd

Two separate federal appellate courts issued contradicting decisions this week that could potentially impact how millions of people pay for health insurance.

Amendment One Faces Serious Legal Hurdle

The Old Gold & Black | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
The Old Gold & Black

In recent months, state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage have fallen like dominos, struck down by federal judges in states ranging from Texas, Utah, Michigan and Virginia among others.

North Carolina's Amendment One May Be Struck Down

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Victor M. Feraru

America's Judiciary is not always the most timely. It took years of civil rights violations before we finally gave people of color rights. Sadly, we...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Circuit Court Judge | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made history on Tuesday by voting to confirm Todd Hughes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Hughes, who...

Partisan Showdown Begins Over Obama Picks

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A partisan showdown is looming over what is known as the nation's second-highest court, with President Barack Obama poised to nominate a...

Obama Judicial Picks Approved By Senate

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved three of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees, including one for an influ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Successfully Defeats Obama's Judicial Nominee | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House officially withdrew President Barack Obama's nomination of Caitlin Halligan to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal...

Obama Nominates Todd Hughes, Openly Gay Lawyer, To Court Of Appeals

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama nominated openly gay Justice Department attorney Todd Hughes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday, ...

Conservative D.C. Court Throws the Country Into Chaos on a Technicality

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

On Friday a Federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. showed just how far, and recklessly, conservatives are willing to go to get what they want, and hang the impact on the nation.

Netflix Is In Trouble With Court

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that Netflix Inc got an unfair advantage from the U.S. Postal...

A New Court Decision Injects Some Sanity Into America's Gun Policy

Jonathan Lowy | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Lowy

Remember Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American gunned down in February by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, with a semiautomatic handgun that the State of Florida had licensed Zimmerman to carry, loaded and concealed?

Cut Cuba-Syria Ties to Receive Public Funds

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Mauricio Claver-Carone

HB 959 is not a "trade bill," it's a procurement bill, legislation that defines who we Floridians want to profit from building our highways, bridges, structures and public-service contracts.

The Death of Economic Liberty and the Birth of Crony Capitalism

Trevor Burrus | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Trevor Burrus

The history of crony capitalism didn't begin when big businesses and billionaires began spending fortunes on lobbying and campaign contributions. It began when the New Deal-era Supreme Court stopped protecting fundamental economic liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

Trayvon Martin's Lesson for Maryland: Appeal Gun Law Ruling by Federal Judge

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Lest we think the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida has little legal relevance for our Washington metro area, think again. All eyes should be on the state of Maryland.

Federal Court Upholds Multimillion-Dollar Judgement In 'Whitey' Bulger Case

AP | Posted 01.23.2012 | Crime

BOSTON -- A federal appeals court has upheld multimillion-dollar judgments that found the government liable for the deaths of three people allegedly m...

Master P's Brother Loses Murder Conviction Appeal

AP | By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 02.28.2012 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence for rapper C-Murder. C-Murder, whose real name is Corey M...

Fossil Fuels v. EPA: Europeans Join the Fray

James Thornton | Posted 10.29.2011 | Green
James Thornton

Because Congress has failed to act, U.S. climate policies are now often determined in court. The Court of Appeals in Washington is deciding on greenhouse gas regulation.

Healthcare's Individual Mandate -- (Lack of) Charity Care Adds More Fuel to This Fire

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Very recently, the pages of The Huffington Post -- as was true within every media outlet and what rolled off of the lips of every major political pund...

Appeals Court Considers Virginia's Challenge to Health Law That Already Benefits Millions

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., will hear arguments Tuesday on contradictory rulings by two Virginia federal judges on attempts to invalidate the new health care law's requirement that everyone who can afford private insurance must buy it.

Court Decision Makes It Easier For Government To Hold Gitmo Detainees

ProPublica | Dafna Linzer | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

by Dafna Linzer ProPublica, March 29, 2011, 5:51 p.m...

The Constitutional Right for Hot Chicks to Party

Doug Lieblich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Doug Lieblich

Several days ago, the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right for bars and nightclubs to enact "Ladies Night," a promotional ni...