Judicial Branch

Federal Judge Upholds Texas High School’s Use of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Chips in School IDs

January 9, 2013

“John Jay High School is one of two schools piloting the program, which eventually aims to equip all student badges across the district’s 112 schools with radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips.”

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U.S. Federal Judge: Justice Department Does Not Have a Legal Obligation to Explain the Rationale Behind Killing Americans with Drones

January 2, 2013

“Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, both US nationals with alleged ties to al-Qaeda, were killed on September 30 of that year using drone aircraft.”

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White House Asks Federal Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Over the Killing of 3 Americans in 2012 Drone Strikes in Yemen

December 20, 2012

“The administration also threatened to invoke the State Secrets Privilege if the suit is not dismissed on other grounds. The privilege … allows the government to seek dismissal of a suit if it could expose national security secrets.”

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two Cases Pertaining to Gay Marriage

December 7, 2012

“The court’s move comes against the backdrop of a rapid shift in public attitudes about same-sex marriage, with recent polls indicating that a majority of Americans support allowing such unions.”

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Supreme Court Rules that Intermittent Flooding Victims may seek Compensation for Damanges

December 5, 2012

“The case arose from the activities of the Army Corps of Engineers, which periodically flooded 23,000 acres along the banks of the Black River in northeastern Arkansas.”

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U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Hear Cases on Gay Marriage Law

November 30, 2012

“The high court is considering requests to review five cases that challenge the law as a violation of the equal protection provisions of the U.S. Constitution.”

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U.S. Federal District Court orders Tobacco Companies to publish “corrective statements” that they lied

November 27, 2012

“U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said she wanted the industry to pay for corrective statements in various types of advertisements. But Tuesday’s ruling is the first time she’s laid out what the statements will say.”

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Analysis: The History Behind Argentina’s Bond Re-Payment Refusal

November 25, 2012

“Argentina’s battle with the holdouts, which it calls “vulture funds,” stems from its 2001 default on about $100 billion.”

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Argentina to appeal U.S. Court Ruling over $3 Billion Bond Payment

November 25, 2012

“Argentine Economy Minister Hernan Lorenzino said he was optimistic the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals would rule in Argentina’s favor before the Dec. 15 payment date.”

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U.S. Federal Judge orders Argentina to pay Holdout Investors the $1.3 Billion due by December 15th

November 22, 2012

“The judge also barred Argentina from paying other bondholders until it satisfies this judgment, putting the president’s back against the wall: if President Cristina Fernández doesn’t reverse her longstanding position and pay up, she risks setting off another Argentine debt default.”

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Federal Judge rules that United Airlines was not responsible for the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on 9/11/01

November 22, 2012

“The plaintiff in the case, Larry Silverstein, the leaseholder of the World Trade Center property, claimed that the collapse of 7 World Trade Center stemmed from airport security lapses that allowed hijackers to crash an American Airlines plane into the complex.”

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House Panel: Federal Courts have the authority to review the Congressional Inquiry into Operation Fast & Furious

November 22, 2012

“In the dispute over Operation Fast and Furious, President Barack Obama has invoked what is known as executive privilege.”

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ACLU accuses the U.S. Justice Department of “prolonging the incarceration of innocent people” who remain locked up

October 25, 2012

“Justice Department attorneys had originally argued that they should remain in prison anyway, but reversed its position in August “in the interests of justice.”"

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U.S. Federal Prosecutors sue Bank of America for $1 Billion for selling bad loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

October 24, 2012

“Federal prosecutors in New York sued Bank of America on Wednesday, accusing it of carrying out a mortgage scheme that defrauded the government during the depths of the financial crisis.”

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Justice Department calls for the Dismissal of a Republican Lawsuit related to Operation Fast and Furious

October 18, 2012

“In court papers filed Monday night, the department is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a Republican-led House committee, which is demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder produce records about Operation Fast and Furious.”

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