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Amid shutdown, U.S. courts open for now, other services could be put on hold

“If the shutdown continues Monday, almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs” writes Jon Seidel for suntimes.com. That means if this shutdown drags on until late February, he could envision criminal trials playing out at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse with the help of unpaid employees.Chicago’s top federal judge said court will be in session Monday, regardless of whether Congress reaches an overnight deal to end the partial government shutdown. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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Bill Cosby Resurfaces in Philadelphia Eagles Gear Ahead of NFC Championship

“The disgraced comedian resurfaced Sunday in Philly wearing an Eagles windbreaker and hat as he stopped off at a coffee shop ahead of the team’s NFC Championship game” reports tmz.com. Prosecutors in the Cosby case asked a judge last week to allow 19 additional women to testify against him, in the hopes of establishing a pattern of sexual assault. Source: tmz.com Share This:

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Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner Score Victory in Blac Chyna Lawsuit

“Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner have won big in the legal battle against Blac Chyna after a judge tentatively dismissed her lawsuit against them” reports hollywood.com. Chyna, who shares daughter Dream with former fiance Rob Kardashian, launched legal action against Rob, his sister Kim and their mother Kris, claiming that they deliberately sabotaged reality show Rob & Chyna, meaning it wasn’t picked up for a second season.Kim’s legal victory came the same day she delivered a shocking clapback to her sister Khloe’s ex-husband Lamar Odom on Twitter. Source: hollywood.com Share This:

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No new trial for Boynton Beach cop convicted of lying to FBI, judge rules

“A Boynton Beach police sergeant convicted of lying to the FBI about a controversial police chase is not entitled to a new trial and his criminal conviction will remain in place, the trial judge has ruled” writes Paula Mcmahon for sun-sentinel.com. Sentencing guidelines, which are not binding on the judge, recommend a federal prison term of approximately 15 to 21 months in prison. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Years after Salt Lake City scandal, French judge finds peace

“MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former French figure skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne, who was at the epicenter of the 2002 Salt Lake City Games scandal that redefined the sport, has since traded the limelight for the tranquillity of a wellbeing center” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “The ideal culprit was ‘la French judge’,” said Le Gougne, adding that the subsequent changes to the judging system “were done completely at my expense”. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Trump Calls Court System ‘Unfair’ After Move to End DACA Is Blocked

“At a White House meeting on Tuesday before the court ruling, Trump urged lawmakers to quickly reach a bipartisan DACA deal before moving on to even tougher negotiations on a comprehensive immigration bill” writes Min Read for reuters.com. WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the federal court system as “broken and unfair” after a judge blocked his administration’s move to end a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Judge sides with black farmer in medical marijuana dispute

“The law also requires the black farmer who receives a license to be a member of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association-Florida Chapter” writes News Service Of for sun-sentinel.com. A Tallahassee judge issued a final order Tuesday in a dispute over a marijuana license earmarked for a black farmer, one of 10 coveted medical-marijuana licenses ordered by state lawmakers as part of a law passed last year.Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson granted a temporary injunction requested by Columbus Smith, a Panama City black farmer who challenged a portion of…

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Judge blocks Trump from ending DACA program for immigrants

“SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge blocked President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday from ending a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents” writes Dan Levine for businessinsider.com. Trump ran on a hardline immigration platform during the 2016 presidential election, promising to end DACA and strengthen border protections to increase jobs for U.S. workers. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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