Judicial Branch

U.S. Justice Department: Negotiations Over Lawsuit Pertaining to Operation Fast & Furious “Making Progress”

January 29, 2013

“In a filing Tuesday, the department proposed postponing next week’s court hearing because of the progress in talks with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The department said committee lawyers agreed.”

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Retailers in 40 American States Can Now Apply “Checkout Fees” to Credit Card Payments

January 29, 2013

“These so-called “checkout fees” went into effect January 27, and do not apply to debit card payments. The fees are illegal in California, New York, Texas and seven other states.”

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Federal Judge Approves British Petroleum’s (BP) $4 Billion Plea Agreement Settlement

January 29, 2013

“U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Vance imposed the terms that the Justice Department and BP had agreed to last November, which include the oil company pleading guilty to 14 criminal counts … and the payment of a record $4 billion in criminal penalties over five years.”

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U.S. Federal Judge Orders UBS Bank to Release Swiss Bank Records to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

January 28, 2013

“They say it authorizes the IRS to issue a summons to UBS about U.S. taxpayers who may hold accounts at the Swiss bank Wegelin & Co. and other Switzerland-based banks to escape taxes.”

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Federal Appeals Court Throws Out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mandates for Cellulosic Biofuels

January 28, 2013

“EPA sets renewable fuel projections every year that establish the volumes that refiners, importers and blenders must use. For what they don’t — or can’t — buy, industry must purchase credits. But EPA’s projections for cellulosic biofuels have been wildly off course for several years.”

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Former CIA Officer John Kiriakou Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Leaking Classified Information

January 25, 2013

“John Kiriakou, 48, who was among the first to go public with details about the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation measures, was charged with disclosing classified information to reporters and lying to the agency about the origin of other sensitive material.”

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Federal Appeals Court: President Obama’s 3 Recess Appointments to the NLRB “Unconstitutional”

January 25, 2013

“The three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that Mr. Obama did not have the power to bypass the Senate.”

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Federal Judge Allows the New York Police Department to Resume “Stop and Frisk” Searches

January 23, 2013

“U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan today agreed to halt immediate enforcement of her Jan. 8 ruling ordering the NYPD to cease its “stop-and-frisk” practices while the city appeals.”

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal of Asarco’s Lawsuit Against the EPA Over Air Quality Standards

January 22, 2013

“Asarco LLC, which operates one of the three main U.S. copper smelters, was appealing a July decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s new national ambient air quality standard for sulfur dioxide.”

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Florida Imam Accused of Aiding the Pakistani Taliban Acquitted on Terrorism Charges

January 17, 2013

“A federal judge on Thursday threw out charges against one of two South Florida imams accused of funneling more than $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, citing a lack of evidence.”

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Russia Criticizes America’s $50,000 Fine for Refusing to Surrender Books Stolen During World War II

January 17, 2013

“The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday called the ruling “an absolutely unlawful and provocative decision” and threatened a tough response if U.S authorities try to seize Russian property in an attempt to get the fine.”

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Supreme Court Hears Florida Case on Strict Conditions to Obtain Land Development Permits

January 16, 2013

“The Supreme Court has in the past said that power is not absolute, requiring sufficient links to public policy and some degree of proportionality in limiting the use of property.”

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Federal Judge Rejects Lawyer’s Request to Delay Trial for Accused Terrorist Imam Abu Hamza al-Masri

January 15, 2013

“The Egyptian-born al-Masri, who is missing both hands and is prohibited from using his signature metal hook prosthetics outside of his jail cell, has pleaded not guilty to 11 criminal counts including hostage taking, providing material support to the al Qaeda network and conspiracy to provide goods and services to the Taliban.”

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments for Case About Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Crimes

January 15, 2013

“The Supreme Court does not often overrule a precedent, even if current justices question its reasoning, and especially when a new approach could disrupt legislatures and courts that have relied on it for years and built law around it.”

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case Republican National Committee Challenge Against 1982 Voter Decree

January 14, 2013

“Under the decree, which later became national in scope, the RNC needs court approval to implement various poll-monitoring activities in minority precincts.”

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