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    A JUDGE has thrown out a rape lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo. US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey said the Manchester United striker, 37, had been harmed by the conduct of his accuser's lawyer Leslie Mark Stovall. 1Ronaldo's rape lawsuit has been dismissedCredit: Getty - Contributor The footballer had been accused of raping the woman in Las Vegas, US, in 2009. He paid her $375,000 (£304,500) in hush money but the lawsuit sought a further payout, which could have been millions. US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey kicked the case out of court over the way the documents were obtained. There is no option to file it again. Judge Dorsey said the "harsh sanctions are merited". Most read in SportDRESSING DOWN Paige Spiranac slammed by 'golf Karen' for her 'highly inappropriate outfit'SIDE SHOW Fan dragged out of Dodgers baseball game by security for 'exposing herself'RETURN OF THE MAC McGregor to make UFC return in 'early 2023' as recovery gets delayedLOST FOR WORDS Paige Spiranac reveals she left colleagues tongue-tied with low-cut top
    A Maryland judge has struck down new U.S. House district maps drawn by the state General Assembly, ruling it an unconstitutional gerrymander that unfairly favors Democrats.In a 94-page ruling, Judge Lynne Battaglia ruled in favor of Republican groups, including one backed by Gov. Larry HoganLarry HoganMaryland, Georgia halt state gas taxes Maryland to consider banning cat declawing Maryland to drop college degree requirement for more state jobs MORE (R), and voters who said their voices were being shut out. Two lawsuits, condensed into a single case, cited a 1972 amendment to the state constitution that requires compact districts and orders legislators to consider natural boundaries and political subdivisions.Battaglia ordered the General Assembly to try again to draw new congressional district maps that adhere to the state constitution. “[P]opular sovereignty is the paramount consideration in a republican, democratic government. The limitation of the undue extension of power by any branch of government must be exercised to ensure that the will of the people is heard, no matter under which political placard those governing reside,” Battaglia wrote. "The map legislative Democrats passed...
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit part of its decision not to protect Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species. The Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project groups have been fighting since 2014 to have Yellowstone’s bison declared endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. They have argued that two separate groups of bison in the park are genetically distinct. Rather than set a population limit of 3,000 animals for the entire park, they said, the limit should be 3,000 for each herd, or 6,000 overall. The Fish and Wildlife Service, citing a different study, has argued that the herds are not genetically distinct and rejected the listing petition in 2019, the Billings Gazette reported. The federal agency failed to articulate why it chose one study over the other, District of Columbia U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss wrote in an opinion last week. Moss set no deadline for the Fish and Wildlife Service to respond but will require both sides to update...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to restore his account, which the company suspended in January following the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol. Trump’s attorneys on Friday filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Miami seeking a preliminary injunction against Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey. They argue that Twitter is censoring Trump in violation of his First Amendment rights, according to the motion. Twitter declined to comment Saturday on Trump’s filing. The company permanently banned Trump from its platform days after his followers violently stormed the Capitol building to try to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential win. Twitter cited concerns that Trump would incite further violence. Prior to the ban, Trump had roughly 89 million followers on Twitter. Trump was also suspended from Facebook and Google’s YouTube over similar concerns that he would provoke violence. Facebook’s ban will last two years, until Jan. 7, 2023, after which the company will review his suspension. YouTube’s ban is indefinite. In July, Trump filed lawsuits in...
    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney James R. Cho has been selected by the Board of Judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) in Brooklyn to serve as a magistrate judge for a term of eight years, the court announced on Monday. Judge Cho will serve on the bench at the Theodore Roosevelt Federal Courthouse at 225 Cadman Plaza East, Downtown Brooklyn, and will be the first Korean-American judge to serve on the EDNY bench.  He  previously served for more than 12 years as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he litigated a wide range of affirmative and defensive cases on behalf of the government. He most recently served as chief of bankruptcy and immigration litigation in the office’s Civil Division. 
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday blocked the release of a Tennessee man who authorities say carried flexible plastic handcuffs during the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell for the District of Columbia set aside an order by a judge in Tennessee concerning the release of Eric Munchel of Nashville. Howell stayed the lower court’s order pending a review. After testimony at a detention hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Frensley for the Middle District of Tennessee determined Friday that Munchel wasn’t a flight risk and didn’t pose harm to the public. Federal prosecutors have argued that Munchel’s offenses are serious enough to detain him pending trial to ensure the community’s safety. According to court records, an FBI search of Munchel’s home turned up the tactical gear he wore in the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, five pairs of plastic handcuffs, multiple weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a drum-style magazine. Munchel is charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, conspiracy and civil...
    Ruben Mosso Mexico / 13.01.2021 16:06:36 A federal judge refused to protect the Nigerian Ugo Ernest Uzomoba, who contested that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) he extradited it to the United States to be tried for his probable responsibility in the crimes of criminal association, fraud and money laundering. The foreigner was detained by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) in September 2019, after an operation carried out in the vicinity of the Tlalpan Mayor’s Office, in Mexico City. The Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, in the United States, ordered his capture on June 19, 2018, because it is presumed that he is part of a criminal organization dedicated to committing fraud by means of electronic transfers, as well as cyber fraud and money laundering. In our country, a control judge of the Federal Criminal Justice Center attached to the South prison issued a provisional arrest warrant for extradition purposes. Now, Patricio Leopoldo Vargas Alarcón, Tenth District Judge of Amparo in Criminal Matters, denied the protection of justice to Ugo Ernest, who...
    By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rematch between a former Republican congressional member and the Democrat who ousted her from office two years ago has come down to a just a few dozen votes, with a judge likely to play a role in the final outcome. Republican Claudia Tenney is vying to reclaim her seat in Congress from U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, the Democrat, in a district that stretches from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border, east of Syracuse. She had a lead of more than 28,000 votes on Nov. 3, but absentee ballots have highly favored Brindisi. County election boards have withheld information about the current count from the public, but Tenney’s campaign put the current gap at around 100 votes, while Brindisi’s campaign says it could be less than 100. That could make the outcome dependent on a judge’s examination of rejected and challenged ballots. A court hearing was scheduled before Justice Scott J. DelConte in Oswego County on Friday to chart what happens next. Tenney said she’s confident her thin lead will hold....
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from turning back unaccompanied migrant children at the US-Mexico border under a public health order implemented in March, a major blow to the administration, which has relied on the order to swiftly expel migrants during the coronavirus pandemic.Earlier this year, as coronavirus swept across the country, the Trump administration invoked a public health law that allowed for the removal of migrants, including children, apprehended at the border -- a move that raised concerns among officials involved in compiling data who believed it to be driven by political motivations. Since March, the Trump administration has removed around 197,000 migrants under Title 42, as it's known, according US Customs and Border Protection data, including children.US District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration doesn't have the authority to expel children under the law and argued the injunction is warranted given harm to the children.The plaintiff in Wednesday's case is a 16-year-old boy from Guatemala who entered the US in August 2020 and was apprehended by CBP. After the motion was filed,...
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kansas Solicitor General Toby Crouse as a federal judge for the District of Kansas. It is the third federal district judgeship in the state nominated by President Donald Trump. Senators voted 50-43 on Tuesday to confirm Crouse. “Toby Crouse is a skilled attorney who has demonstrated his judicial views and respect for the rule of law throughout his career in private practice, as a clerk for Tenth Circuit Judge Mary Briscoe and as the Kansas Solicitor General," Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas said in a statement. Crouse was nominated in May to replace former U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia in Kansas City, Kansas. Murguia resigned after he was publicly reprimanded for sexually harassing female employees and having an extramarital affair with an offender. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Crouse has done an outstanding job as solicitor general. “I am confident his perspective on the appropriate role and authority of federal courts is firmly grounded in the text and original meaning of the U.S. Constitution and statutory law...
    WASHINGTON - A U.S. judge said Wednesday he was uncertain if he had a legal basis to bar the U.S. Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on video-sharing app TikTok after a Pennsylvania judge already had blocked the government's plan Friday. Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd, the owner of TikTok, argues that the previous ruling could still be overturned on appeal. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols for the District of Columbia said he was unsure if TikTok could demonstrate "irreparable harm" to win a new injunction against the government's order that Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google app stores remove TikTok for download by new users. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone stopped the Commerce Department from barring TikTok's data hosting within the United States and other technical transactions that she said would effectively ban the use of the app in the country. The Trump administration contends TikTok poses national security concerns as the personal data of U.S. users could be obtained by China's government. TikTok denies the allegations. The restrictions were set to take effect Nov. 12. A Justice...
    U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp dismissed a lawsuit Thursday by President Donald Trump’s campaign and other Republican groups that tried to stop New Jersey’s statewide mail-in voting program. Shipp rejected the campaign’s request for an injunction to stop the statewide order that allows election officials to count mail-in ballots 10 days before Election Day and accept unpostmarked ballots up to two days afterwards, according to Bay News 9. The campaign sued in August, claiming Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order, which also sent ballots to every voter in the state, would create widespread voter fraud. Shipp said the plaintiffs “fail to establish they are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims.” “It is difficult – and ultimately speculative – to predict future injury from evidence of past injury,” Shipp wrote Thursday, per the same report. Earlier this month, Shipp denied the campaign a preliminary injunction after the campaign sought to overturn the protocol that allows ballots without a postmark but received two days after the election to be counted. (RELATED: Here Are All The States That...
    Reuters October 19, 2020 0 Comments A U.S. federal judge has struck down a Trump administration rule that would have cut food stamp benefits to almost 700,000 unemployed Americans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, court documents showed. The judge, in a court filing, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been “icily silent” about how many people would have been denied the benefits with the changes. The pandemic has left millions of U.S. residents without jobs, sending thousands into lines at food banks. In 2019, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, provided stamps giving free food to about 36 million Americans. “The Final Rule at issue in this litigation radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving States scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans,” chief judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. said in the ruling. The USDA announced the rule in December and President Donald Trump said at the time many Americans receiving food stamps do not need them given the strong economy and low...
    A federal judge on Friday ruled that Minnesota's congressional election for the 2nd District could proceed despite the death of a third party candidate in September.  The decision is a win for freshman Democratic Rep. Angie Craig, who filed a federal complaint on Sept. 28 to ensure the election would proceed after Secretary of State Steve Simon announced it would be delayed until February. State law says an election must be postponed if a major party nominee dies 79 days ahead of Nov. 3. "Given the overwhelming importance for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District voters to be able to vote in the November general election and to have uninterrupted representation in the United States Congress, the public interest weighs in favor of granting Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction," U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright wrote in her decision. MINNESOTA CONGRESSWOMAN SUES TO HOLD DISTRICT RACE DESPITE DEATH OF CANDIDATE The ruling notes Craig's argument that federal law takes precedent over state laws was likely to succeed, and Craig's campaign would have to retain campaign resources until February in the event of a delay. Wright...
    A federal judge in Philadelphia joined others Monday in ordering a halt to recent Postal Service cuts that critics say are causing mail delays and threatening the integrity of the presidential election. Six states and the District of Columbia presented “compelling evidence” from the U.S. Postal Service itself that shows “a pronounced increase in mail delays across the country” since July, the judge found. “In a pandemic, states are even more reliant on the mail, especially when it comes to administering elections,” U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh Jr. wrote in granting a preliminary injunction. The Postal Service, in response, called election mail the agencys “number one priority.” But a spokesperson declined to say if the agency would comply with the court orders to handle it as First Class Mail. “We are 100 percent committed throughout the Postal Service to fulfilling our vital role in the nation’s electoral process by securely and timely delivering all ballots pursuant to our long-established processes and procedures,” spokesperson David A. Partenheimer said in an email. Lawyers for the agency insist that new Postmaster General...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia joined others Monday in ordering a halt to recent Postal Service cuts that critics say are causing mail delays and threatening the integrity of the presidential election. Six states and the District of Columbia presented “compelling evidence” from the U.S. Postal Service itself that shows “a pronounced increase in mail delays across the country” since July, the judge found. “In a pandemic, states are even more reliant on the mail, especially when it comes to administering elections,” U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh Jr. wrote in granting a preliminary injunction. Postal Service officials have previously said they would consider their legal options as injunctions were issued. Spokesperson David A. Partenheimer said the agency did not have an immediate response Monday. Postal Service officials say new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy never ordered a slowdown or overtime ban. However, their lawyers conceded in court last week that local managers may have interpreted the guidance from Washington that way. Because of that lack of clarity, McHugh said, a national injunction that echoes three others issued...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia joined others Monday in ordering the U.S. Postal Service to halt recent cuts that critics say are causing mail delays and threatening the integrity of the presidential election. U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh Jr. said six states and the District of Columbia presented “compelling evidence” from the Postal Service itself that shows “a pronounced increase in mail delays across the country” since July. “In a pandemic, states are even more reliant on the mail, especially when it comes to administering elections,” McHugh wrote in granting a preliminary injunction. Lawyers for the Postal Service say new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy never ordered a slowdown or overtime ban. However, they conceded in court last week that local postal managers may have interpreted the guidance from Washington that way. Because of that lack of clarity, McHugh said, a national injunction that echoes the others that were issued was necessary. State officials had told McHugh that on-time delivery of first-class mail fell 10% from July to August, aggravating and even endangering...
    This photo illustration taken on September 14, 2020 shows the logo of the social network application TikTok and a US flag shown on the screens of two laptops in Beijing.Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images A judge has temporarily blocked an order from the Trump administration that would have banned TikTok from being downloaded from U.S. app stores. At the end of the day on Sunday, the U.S. government could have forced app stores run by Apple and Google to remove TikTok.  But after a hearing on Sunday, Judge Carl Nichols of United States District Court for the District of Columbia, granted an injunction against that order. This is a breaking news story. Please check back for more. Related Tags Breaking News: Technology Technology Politics Cybersecurity TikTok
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at month’s end and suspended a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each state gets in Congress. The preliminary injunction granted by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California late Thursday allows the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October. Koh said the shortened schedule ordered by President Donald Trump’s administration likely would produce inaccurate results that would last a decade. The judge sided with civil rights groups and local governments that sued the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees the statistical agency, arguing that minorities and others in hard-to-count communities would be missed if the counting ends this month. In granting the preliminary injunction, the judge said the plaintiffs were likely to succeed at a trial. Despite concerns raised by top Census Bureau officials about the shortened schedule, the Trump administration failed to consider its duty to produce an accurate head count and neglected to adequately explain...
    A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump that sought to block enforcement of a grand jury subpoena for eight years of his personal and corporate tax records. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said granting the relief Trump sought would be an "undue expansion" of presidential immunity. Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, told Reuters the president would appeal the ruling and seek to delay enforcement of the subpoena. The subpoena is related to an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. In a court filing last month, Vance said his investigation was tied to “alleged insurance and bank fraud by the Trump Organization and its officers,” among other things. A spokesman for Vance declined comment. Trump, who is campaigning for re-election in November, has fought efforts by lawmakers and prosecutors to obtain his tax records, which should shed light on his financial dealings. He has also defied decades of precedent as a presidential candidate by refusing to release tax returns.  
    A federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to detail options by the end of the month for resolving the loss of a permit that allows the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline to operate on U.S. land. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last month voided an easement that allowed a portion of the pipeline to cross federal property in South Dakota, citing violations of environmental requirements. ACE is exploring four options, including some that would not require it to shut, said Ben Schifman, an attorney representing the Army Corps. The Corps proposed taking 60 days to determine how it would move ahead, but U.S. Judge James Boasberg asked to be briefed by Aug. 31. Dakota Access, controlled by Energy Transfer LP, is appealing the decision vacating the permit, which could lead to the 570,000 barrel-per-day pipeline being shut and drained. An appeals court last week allowed the pipeline, the biggest out of North Dakotas Bakken shale region, to continue to flow for the time being. The pipeline could still be forced...
    ORLANDO, FLA. - Noting the late timing of President Donald Trump's order seeking to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from the process of redrawing congressional districts, a federal judge on Wednesday set a compressed schedule for legal arguments challenging the order as unconstitutional and a deterrent for immigrants participating in the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ordered arguments from plaintiff and government attorneys in two combined lawsuits challenging Trump's order to be filed by the end of August. The combined lawsuits were brought by several states, cities, civil rights groups and immigrant rights groups after Trump issued the memorandum on the apportionment process late last month. The plaintiffs, led by New York state, are seeking a quick ruling from the New York judge and asked for the speedy schedule since the ongoing 2020 head count of all U.S. residents is set to stop at the end of September. Final population figures gathered from the census and used for redrawing congressional districts need to be handed over to the president by the end of the year. Furman...
    A gunman posing as a delivery person shot and killed the 20-year-old son of a federal judge and wounded her husband at their New Jersey home before fleeing, according to judiciary officials. The shooting occurred Sunday evening at the North Brunswick home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, and killed her son, Daniel, Chief District Judge Freda Wolfson told The Associated Press. Her husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl, was injured in the attack, Wolfson said. Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn’t injured, according to a judiciary official who wasn’t authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP. The perpetrator, believed to be a lone gunman posing as a FedEx delivery person, was not in custody, the official said. The U.S. Marshals and the FBI said in a series of tweets that they are looking for one suspect in the shootings. Daniel Anderl, who was named to the Dean’s List this spring at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., was the judge’s only child, the official said. He was shot once in the...
    A gunman shot and killed the 20-year-old son of a federal judge as he answered the door of the family home Sunday in New Jersey and shot and wounded the judge's husband before fleeing, according to judiciary officials.  The shootings occurred at the North Brunswick home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, and killed her son, Daniel, Chief District Judge Freda Wolfson told The Associated Press. Her husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl, was injured in the attack, Wolfson said.  Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn't injured, according to a judiciary official who wasn't authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP.   The perpetrator, believed to be a lone gunman posing as a FedEx delivery person, was not in custody, the official said. The FBI tweeted Sunday night that it's looking for one suspect in the shootings.  Daniel Anderl, a college student, was the judge's only child, the official said.  Salas, seated in Newark, was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed in 2011. Prior to that she served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in...
    NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A gunman shot and killed the 20-year-old son of a federal judge in New Jersey and shot and injured her husband Sunday at the family home, the state’s chief district judge said. The shootings occurred at the North Brunswick home of Judge Esther Salas, and killed her son, Daniel, Chief District Judge Freda Wolfson told The Associated Press. Her husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl, was injured, Wolfson said. The gunman posed as a delivery driver, according to a judiciary official who wasn’t authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP. They said Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn’t injured and her husband is recovering from surgery. The perpetrator, believed to be a lone gunman, was not in custody, the official said. (Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A gunman shot and killed the 20-year-year-old son of a federal judge in New Jersey and shot and injured her husband Sunday at the family home, the state’s chief district judge said. The shootings occurred at the North Brunswick home of Judge Esther Salas, and killed her son, Daniel, Chief District Judge Freda Wolfson told The Associated Press. Her husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl, was injured, Wolfson said. The gunman posed as a delivery driver, according to a law enforcement source who wasn’t authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP. They said Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn’t injured. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Son of US District Judge Esther Salas was killed, and her husband shot at New Jersey home, chief district judge says. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The judge hearing the criminal prosecution against President Donald Trumps former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Thursday asked an appeals court to reconsider a recent decision dismissing the case. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan asked the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reconsider the June 24 decision that directed him to drop the Flynn case.  In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the appellate court ruled in favor of Flynn and the Trump administration in preventing Sullivan from exercising his discretion on whether to grant the departments motion to clear Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty. © 2020 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.
    Reuters June 24, 2020 0 Comments A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday directed a federal judge to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn as demanded by the Justice Department, preventing a judicial review of the propriety of the request. In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of Flynn and the Trump administration in preventing U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan from exercising his discretion on whether to grant the department’s motion to clear Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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