Category Archive: Judicial/Legal

Oct 23 2013

Former Kansas AG Suspended by Court

You may vaguely remember Phillip Kline as the former Kansas attorney general who was absolutely obsessed with shutting down abortion clinics and harassing George Tiller. The Kansas Supreme Court has now unanimously voted to sanction Kline, suspend his law license and condemn him for a “substantial pattern of misconduct.”

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Oct 18 2013

Michigan Woman Sues InterVarsity for Discrimination

A West Michigan woman who worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has sued that organization, claiming that she was fired after getting divorced while two men were allowed to divorce and remarry while keeping their jobs. It’s unclear whether the suit has much of a chance of succeeding.

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Oct 05 2013

Sheldon Adelson Gets SLAPPed Down

Remember Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul who spent some $150 million trying to get Republicans, particularly Newt Gingrich, elected in 2012? He just lost a defamation lawsuit he filed against a Democratic group and was ordered to pay their legal fees too.

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Oct 03 2013

Larry Klayman Goes to Court

Remember when the Worldnetdaily filed a $250 million lawsuit against Esquire magazine for a satirical post about Jerome Corsi’s birther book being pulled from store shelves? A federal judge quickly dismissed the case but WND appealed and their crack attorney, Larry Klayman, will give the oral argument on Thursday.

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Sep 27 2013

Gray’s Absurdly Dishonest Court-Packing Argument

Former Bush administration official and ambassador C. Boyden Gray makes a staggeringly dishonest argument in the Moonie Times about the three open seats on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and attempts by Republicans to strip those seats so Obama can’t nominate judges to fill them.

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Sep 20 2013

Shirvell Defamation Suit Dismissed

Remember Andrew Shervill, the staggeringly obnoxious bigot who got fired for stalking Chris Armstrong, the gay student body president at the University of Michigan’ a few years ago? His defamation suit against Armstrong’s attorney was just dismissed by a federal judge.

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Sep 13 2013

Conservative Judge Opposes Court GOP Court Stripping Plan

Sen. Chuck Grassley has been promoting a plan that would strip three currently open seats from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in a transparent attempt to prevent President Obama from being able to fill them and leaving conservatives in the majority in that circuit. But Judge Timothy Tymkovich, the very …

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Sep 10 2013

Pat Robertson May Sue Documentary Makers

After the documentary film Mission Congo, which accuses Pat Robertson of using his Operation Blessing charity to help his investments in mining in Africa, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend, Robertson is considering filing a lawsuit against the makers of that film.

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Aug 27 2013

New York Sues Donald Trump

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a $40 million lawsuit against Donald Trump, accusing him of setting up a fraudulent “university” to teach people how to get rich like him and failing to follow through on the promises made to those who paid exorbitant amounts of money for the program.

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Aug 14 2013

Are There Limits to a Parent’s Right to Name Children?

A lot of people are up in arms, and justifiably so, over a judge in Tennessee forcibly changing the name of a child from Messiah to Martin. The judge’s arguments for her actions range from the trivial to the clearly unconstitutional because they’re based on her own religious views.

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Aug 03 2013

Judge Refuses Injunction to Stop RI Marriage Law

As of Thursday, gay couples could get married in Rhode Island, the result of its legislature legalizing it by a huge margin (56-15) and the governor signing it. One of that state’s bigots filed a lawsuit asking a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to stop it, but his motion was denied.

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Jul 23 2013

Sexist Judge Recuses Himself From Equality Case

Federal Judge Leon Holmes has, who has a history of believing and saying extremely sexist things, has recused himself from a legal challenge against Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage because he has ties to some of the people who put that law on the ballot in that state. As ThinkProgress notes, Holmes has a real …

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Jul 17 2013

Lawyer Sues Apple for Porn Addiction

Walter Olson to the white courtesy phone: An attorney in Tennessee is suing Apple for causing his addiction to porn by not making their computers to block porn sites. I really wish I were making this up, but you can read the bizarre complaint here.

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Jul 11 2013

First ID, Now SSM

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund Judge John E. Jones III, made famous for his 2005 decision striking down Intelligent Design in the Dover, PA school district, is making the headlines again.  He has been assigned a case, brought by ten couples and a widow, challenging Pennsylvania’s law banning marriage equality.  The case is Whitewood …

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Jun 08 2013

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Prominent Federal Judge

Judge Edith Jones, former chief judge of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and a very big name in conservative legal circles (big enough to be on the short list for a Supreme Court nomination during the Bush administration), has been hit with an ethics complaint over remarks she allegedly made at an address at …

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