Chief justice seeks new mental health court in Sioux Falls

Health 01/09/19, 17:10

The South Dakota Supreme Court's chief justice urged officials in a legislative address Wednesday to seriously consider creating a mental health court in the Sioux Falls region.Chief Justice David Gilbertson said in his State of the Judiciary message that the need for such a court is "great" in Minnehaha County. ...

Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller

Politics 01/09/19, 13:24

The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after meeting with Barr, who led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, that ...

Source: Rosenstein expected to leave Justice in weeks

Politics 01/09/19, 07:22

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general. That's according to a person familiar with the plans who wasn't authorized to discuss them publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Barr has a confirmation hearing before ...

Women behind ‘Black Girl Magic’ campaign sworn in to office

U.S. 01/02/19, 14:35

Black Girl Magic" has met the bench with the swearing-in of 17 African-American female judges in the Houston area. The 17 women all won races in last year's election to be judges in various Harris County courts. Their "Black Girl Magic " campaign debuted over the summer with a viral photo ...

Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon

Politics 12/31/18, 00:13

The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been unusually solicitous of each other in the courtroom since ...

House GOP quietly ends probe into FBI’s 2016 decisions

Politics 12/28/18, 22:40

House Republicans say more investigation is needed into decisions made by the FBI and the Justice Department in 2016 as they brought an unceremonious end to their yearlong look at the department's handling of probes into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails and Donald Trump's ties to Russia. In a letter released Friday ...

Google CEO faces House grilling on breach, China censorship

Business 12/11/18, 03:19

Google's CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.CEO Sundar Pichai's appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by ...

McConnell blocks sentencing bill, upsetting Grassley, GOP

Politics 12/07/18, 15:17

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.Grassley has spent years working to build a coalition around the bill and is pushing ...

Poland’s Lech Walesa wears protest T-shirt to Bush funeral

World 12/06/18, 12:13

Lech Walesa is still fighting.The founder of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity movement attended President George H.W. Bush's state funeral in Washington wearing a T-shirt bearing the word "Konstytucja" (Constitution), a symbol of a political struggle in his homeland against the populist government.He and other critics accuse the national-conservative ruling party, in ...

Senators say they’ve met threshold for criminal justice vote

Politics 12/04/18, 18:25

Supporters of a criminal justice bill say they have met the threshold set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for getting a vote.Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., said he now has support for the legislation from more than half of the Republicans in the chamber. Democratic leaders said support ...

GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

Politics 11/28/18, 19:36

The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. The Arizona senator has said he won't vote for any federal judges until Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

US to appeal judge’s order barring asylum restrictions

Politics 11/27/18, 19:37

President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday said it would appeal a judge's order barring it from enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, after the president's attack on the judge prompted an extraordinary rebuke from the nation's chief justice. The Justice Department filed a ...

Trump demands ‘some common sense’ from judges

Politics 11/23/18, 00:06

Incensed by a ruling against his migrant asylum policy, President Donald Trump demanded "some common sense" from America's judges and directed his ire at a liberal-leaning appeals court. He professed respect for Chief Justice John Roberts, with whom he is engaged in a startling public dispute over the independence of ...

No holiday respite for Trump’s criticism of nation’s courts

Politics 11/22/18, 09:40

President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are engaging in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America's judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected Trump's migrant asylum policy as an "Obama judge." Trump, still seething over that Monday ruling, began ...

Trump picks replacement for Kavanaugh’s appeals court seat

Politics 11/13/18, 14:43

President Donald Trump is nominating administration official Neomi Rao to fill the appeals court seat previously held by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Trump said Tuesday that he was nominating Rao for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rao currently serves as the administrator of ...

Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial

Science 10/22/18, 22:22

Young activists who are suing the U.S. government in a high-profile climate change lawsuit say the case poses important constitutional questions that should be fully evaluated at trial next week.The 21 young people issued a response Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily put the trial on hold. Lawyers for ...

House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors

Politics 10/18/18, 19:17

The top lawmakers on two House committees will interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump.The House Judiciary Committee says Rosenstein will sit for a transcribed interview Oct. 24 with the two Republican chairmen and top Democrats on the ...

White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life

Politics 10/17/18, 22:43

Don McGahn has returned to civilian life. A White House official confirms that Wednesday was McGahn's last day as White House counsel. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. President Donald Trump announced in August that McGahn would leave after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme ...

Update: Dutch minister urges end to Poland-EU dispute

Europe 10/10/18, 10:14

The Latest on Polish judicial reforms (all times local):4 p.m.Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok has urged that a solution be found to Poland's dispute with European Union leaders over the government's sweeping changes to the judiciary.Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz hosted Blok Wednesday for talks on European Union matters including ...

Polish leader appoints top court judges, against ruling

Europe 10/10/18, 02:15

Poland's president swore in 27 new Supreme Court judges Wednesday, stepping up the conflict over control of the judiciary and ignoring another top court that said the appointments should be suspended pending an opinion by European Union judges.Andrzej Duda appointed judges to the civil and penal chambers of the court ...

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