Judicial Branch

Gingrich Campaign drops legal battle to get Gingrich’s name on the March 6th Virginia GOP Primary

February 6, 2012

“In the filings, Gingrich gave no explanation for throwing the in the towel on the legal battle for a spot on the March 6 ballot. However, recent rulings in the dispute have not gone his way. On Jan 13, U.S. District Court Judge John Gibney ruled that Gingrich and three other candidates who failed to make the ballot: John Huntsman, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum, waited too long to challenge Virginia’s procedures.”

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Gingrich sued in an Illinois Federal Court for using the song “Eye of the Tiger” at campaign rallies without permission

January 31, 2012

“US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich faces a lawsuit over his use of Eye Of The Tiger, the theme song to Rocky III, court documents show. The claim for copyright infringement, lodged by Rude Music Inc in an Illinois federal court, relates to Mr Gingrich’s use of the song at his political rallies.”

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President Obama ignores a court order to appear in an Atlanta court for a hearing in a case challenging his qualifications under the Constitution for President

January 26, 2012

“The Associated Press reported last week that the judge had denied a motion to quash a subpoena for the president to show up for the hearing, which is scheduled for 9 am ET. Obama may still be sleeping – it will only be 6 am in Las Vegas.”

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Supreme Court rules that police violated the Constitution by putting a GPS tracker on a suspect’s vehicle without a search warrant

January 23, 2012

“The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police violated the Constitution when they attached a Global Positioning System tracker to a suspect’s vehicle without a valid search warrant, voting unanimously in one of the first major cases to test privacy rights in the digital era.”

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Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona Patrick J. Cunningham informs the House Oversight Committee that he will plead the Fifth Amendment and not answer any questions on ‘Operation Fast and Furious’

January 20, 2012

“The chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona is refusing to testify before Congress regarding Operation Fast and Furious, the federal gun-running scandal that sent U.S. weapons to Mexico. Patrick J. Cunningham informed the House Oversight Committee late Thursday through his attorney that he will use the Fifth Amendment protection.”

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Supreme Court rejects Texas’ favoring minority candidates and Democrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections drawn up by Federal District Court Judges in San Antonio

January 20, 2012

“The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in a Texas political dispute, rejecting judge-drawn election maps favoring minority candidates and Democrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections. In its first ruling on political boundary-drawing based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the high court unanimously set aside the interim maps created by federal district court judges in San Antonio.”

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Army Lt. Colonel Paul Almanza’s recommends trying Pfc. Bradley Manning on all 22 counts in relation to leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks

January 13, 2012

“Lt. Col. Paul Almanza’s recommendation to try Pfc.Bradley Manning on all 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, now goes up the chain of command for a final determination. Almanza sent his report to Col. Carl Coffman, garrison commander of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall near Washington. Coffman will make a recommendation to Military District of Washington commander Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington, whose decision is final.”

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The four-day pretrial hearing for Private Bradley Manning begins; Over 110,000 classified cables were found on the alleged Wikileaks source’s computer

December 20, 2011

“Some 110,000 classified cables were found on alleged Wikileaks source Bradley Manning’s computer, day four of his pre-trial hearing has heard. Digital investigator David Shaver acknowledged at the Fort Meade military base court there was little indication any of the files had been circulated.”

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Federal Jury deadlocked, fails to reach a verdict in the $1 billion antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. brought by Novell Inc.

December 19, 2011

“A federal jury on Friday failed to reach a verdict in a company’s $1 billion antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. in a case so important to the computer giant that it put Bill Gates on the stand for two days last month. Novell Inc. of Utah sued the software giant in 2004, claiming Microsoft duped it into developing the once-popular WordPerfect writing program for Windows 95 only to pull the plug so Microsoft could gain market share with its own product.”

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The Securities and Exchange Commission will appeal a federal judge’s decision to reject a settlement between the commission and Citigroup over securities fraud related to the financial crisis

December 16, 2011

“In a statement accompanying a filing in U.S. District Court in New York, the agency cited “legal error” in the decision in late November and said it would ask the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a decision by Judge Jed S. Rakoff. In the decision, the judge rejected an agreement for Citigroup to pay $285 million and accept an injunction against future violations of the antifraud clauses of federal securities laws.”

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Grand Jury probe into Solyndra’s collapse begins

December 15, 2011

“A grand jury has begun investigating Solyndra LLC, the failed California solar-panel maker that lost more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans, according to law-firm billing records.”

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The City Council of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, intends to appeal a federal judge’s ruling throwing out the city’s bankruptcy petition

December 13, 2011

“The council put the capital city of Pennsylvania into bankruptcy in October, disregarding a state law that banned such a filing. Under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, state authorization is necessary, so France threw out the case. Schwartz and the council had tried to persuade France that the state ban violated Pennsylvania’s constitution.”

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The Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles infringed on its free speech rights by refusing to issue a Confederate Flag license plate

December 13, 2011

“Texas officials turned down a Sons of Confederate Veterans’ request for a specialty plate three years ago, citing rules that banned political or controversial plates. The rules changed two years ago, and the board has since approved all 89 proposed specialty designs.”

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Governor Jan Brewer (R): Arizona Has Been More than Patient Waiting for Washington to Secure the Border

December 12, 2011

“”I am confident the High Court will uphold Arizona’s constitutional authority and obligation to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens. This case is not just about Arizona. It’s about every state grappling with the costs of illegal immigration.”"

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Justice Kagan recuses herself from Arizona immigration case arguments (She was Solicitor General during the Law’s Passage)

December 12, 2011

“She was Mr. Obama’s solicitor general from March 2009 up through May 2010, though she stopped taking part in cases in March 2010 so she would preserve her ability to hear them as a justice.”

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