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Justices give Georgia death row inmate new round of appeals

“The justices voted 6-3 Monday to order the federal appeals court in Atlanta to take up the case of inmate Keith Leroy Tharpe” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a Georgia death row inmate who came within minutes of being executed another chance to raise claims of racial bias on his jury.Gattie signed an affidavit, though he later testified that he voted to sentence Tharpe to death because of the evidence against him. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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US military to allow transgender recruits on Jan. 1 while DOJ awaits Pentagon study

“President Trump announced a transgender military service ban in July, prompting the Pentagon to prepare to roll back the open service policy of the Obama administration” writes Daniel Chaitin for washingtonexaminer.com. Mattis is scheduled to provide a final transgender policy plan to Trump by Feb. 21.The Trump administration announced Friday that it will not ask the Supreme Court to intervene on a legal battle over allowing the military to accept transgender recruits before a Jan. 1 deadline.Four federal judges around the country issued injunctions to challenge it, setting up appeals…

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Appeals court denies stay of transgender military ban

“The D.C.-based appeals court and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, both turned away the administration’s request” writes Associated Press for sun-sentinel.com. The Justice Department has asked federal appeals courts to intervene and put the Jan. 1 requirement on hold.President Donald Trump tweeted in July that the federal government “will not accept or allow” transgender individuals to serve “in any capacity” in the military.At least four federal judges have refused to allow the ban to go into effect, including U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal in…

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Sex allegations that have roiled Congress take down U.S. judge

“As chief judge of the 9th Circuit from 2007 to 2014, he worked to make the court more transparent” writes Sudhin Thanawala for sun-sentinel.com. The sexual misconduct allegations that have cut a swath through Congress brought down a prominent member of the judicial branch Monday with the resignation of Alex Kozinski, a federal appeals court judge known for his blunt and colorful legal opinions.The son of Holocaust survivors from Romania, Kozinski was appointed to the appeals court in 1985 when he was in his mid-30s by Republican President Ronald Reagan. Source:…

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VW’s truckmaker Scania appeals 880 million euro fine for price fixing

“STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish truckmaker Scania said on Tuesday it had filed an appeal against a decision by the European Commission to fine it 880 million euros ($1 billion) for taking part in a price fixing cartel” reports businessinsider.com. The European Commission announced the fine in September, saying Scania had colluded with five peers, fixing vehicle prices to enable them to pass the costs of required environmental improvements on to customers.”In the appeal, Scania contests the findings and allegations made in the Commission’s decision,” Volkswagen-owned Scania said in a statement. Source:…

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Trump travel ban — the 3.0 version — argued at appeals court

“Whatever the outcome at either appeals court, the case seems destined to end up back at the Supreme Court” reports washingtonpost.com. For the second time this week, the Trump administration heads to court to try to implement the latest version of the president’s travel ban for certain residents of six mostly Muslim countries.The administration was forced to rewrite earlier travel ban versions after judges determined the orders were unconstitutional because they targeted Muslims. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Trump’s newest travel ban goes before 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

“Following Wednesday’s arguments over the travel ban, another federal appeals court will hear arguments over the ban Friday” writes Ryan Lovelace for washingtonexaminer.com. A federal appeals court is hearing arguments late Wednesday afternoon over President Trump’s third attempt to implement a travel ban on foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries.The case in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals comes from a federal court in Hawaii where Judge Derrick K. Watson has ruled against all three versions of Trump’s travel ban and sought to block the ban’s implementation. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Alibaba must face a revived lawsuit over its IPO, US court says

“But in Tuesday’s decision, which did not rule on the merits, the appeals court said the plaintiffs adequately alleged that Alibaba intended to defraud them” writes Jonathan Stempel for businessinsider.com. (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit accusing Alibaba Group Holding Ltd of defrauding shareholders by concealing a regulatory warning about counterfeiters that the Chinese online retailer had received shortly before going public.”Given the eventual market reaction to revelation of the information that was concealed at the time of the IPO, its revelation would likely have…

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Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

“In lawsuits filed in Hawaii and Maryland, federal courts said the updated travel ban violated federal immigration law” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The courts were borrowing language the Supreme Court itself came up with last summer to allow partial enforcement of an earlier version of the ban.The travel policy also applies to travelers from North Korea and to some Venezuelan government officials and their families, but the lawsuits did not challenge those restrictions. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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