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Justices release December calendar

The Supreme Court on Wednesday released the calendar for the December argument session, which will include the clash between the Department of Justice and the House Judiciary Committee over the committee’s efforts to obtain secret materials from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Over six days between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9, the court will hear 10 hours of oral argument in 12 cases. The justices will hear Department of Justice v. House Committee on the Judiciary on Dec. 2; one week...
Tags: Facebook, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Hungary, United States, Louisiana, Department Of Justice, DOE, Collins, Irs, Simon, Freddie Mac, Edwards, Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department


Justices grant new cases, send Indiana abortion cases back for a new look

This morning the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ private conference yesterday. The justices granted five new cases, for a total of four additional hours of argument. The biggest news from the order list was the announcement (which I covered in a separate post) that the court will weigh in on whether the Department of Justice must disclose secret materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to the House Judiciary Committee. The remaining new cases, which are likely...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Planned Parenthood, Kentucky, Germany, Nazis, Berlin, City, Indiana, Hungary, United States, Mali


Relists Return

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. After a couple of weeks with no new relists, the Supreme Court is back this week with a vengeance. The court has scheduled an impromptu conference for Wednesday, July 1. In most years, an impromptu conference scheduled for the last week of June would be the mop-up conference for the entire term in which all outstanding business for the term is resolved. But the court still has enough outstanding opinions in argued cases that things may continue for a while y...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Colorado, Kentucky, Germany, Virginia, Hungary, United States, Williams, Tennessee, Sharp, Atkins


No new grants today

This morning the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ private conference last week. The court did not grant any new cases for oral argument in the fall, but with another conference now scheduled for Wednesday, more grants could come as soon as Thursday morning. The justices invited the federal government to file briefs in two cases: PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey, about whether the Natural Gas Act authorizes private companies to exercise the federal government’s eminent domain p...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, New Jersey, Department Of Justice, Doj, Sonia Sotomayor, D C Circuit, Howe, House Judiciary Committee, FMC Corp, Robert Mueller, Shoshone Bannock Tribes, Tanya Chutkan, Cases in the Pipeline


"Each passing day sees more scenes that recall something closer to cult religion than politics."

"White protesters in Floyd’s Houston hometown kneeling and praying to black residents for 'forgiveness… for years and years of racism' are one thing, but what are we to make of white police in Cary, North Carolina, kneeling and washing the feet of Black pastors? What about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer kneeling while dressed in 'African kente cloth scarves'? There is symbolism here that goes beyond frustration with police or even with racism: these are orgiastic, quasi-religious, and most of al...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Matt Taibbi, Nancy Pelosi, Houston, James Comey, Floyd, Chuck Schumer, Cary North Carolina, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Religion Substitutes, Brett Kavanaugh, Religion And Journalism, Ukrainegate


Donald Trump hinting that he will use his clemency powers on behalf of Roger Stone

Last week, as reported here, "Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Sue Allison told The Associated Press that [Roger] Stone is supposed to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by June 30" to begin serving his 40-month federal prison sentence.  But, as this new article highlights, a tweet by President Trump this morning suggest that the Prez plans to make sure Stone never has to sleep at a prison facility: President Donald Trump on Thursday promised his longtime informal political adviser Roger Stone wou...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, America, Fbi, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Doj, George W Bush, Justice Department, Trump, Roger Stone, Kirk, Roger, Stone, Robert Mueller, Bureau of Prisons


"Fox shifted over the weekend into round-the-clock protest coverage.... MSNBC has been scrambling in a different way."

"The channel thrived from 2017 until earlier this year, lifted by its nonstop coverage of the Trump-Russia story and the story’s denouement in impeachment. It signed up former spies and prosecutors as contributors, and dangled the hope that Robert Mueller would end Mr. Trump’s presidency. But the Russia show came to a disappointing conclusion for its audience with Mr. Trump’s acquittal on Feb. 5, and ratings plummeted.... MSNBC’s audience numbers did rebound with the coronavirus story, but the n...
Tags: Law, Russia, Journalism, Cnn, Fox, Protests, Msnbc, Jeff Zucker, Cnbc, Trump, Fox News MSNBC, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Trump and the press, Coronavirus


About those newly declassified Flynn transcripts...

At The Federalist, from Sean Davis: "Declassified Flynn Transcripts Contradict Key Mueller Claims Against Flynn/Newly released declassified transcripts of call transcripts and summaries between Flynn and Kislyak contradict key claims made against Flynn by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller." ("Although Obama officials claimed via leaks to the press that Flynn, a decorated combat veteran and retired three-star Army general, was illegally operating as a secret Russian agent, the transcripts sho...
Tags: Isis, Law, Obama, Russia, United States, Army, Trump, Jonathan Chait, Flynn, NY Magazine, Mueller, Michael Flynn, Sean Davis, Robert Mueller, Kislyak, Ann Althouse


Thursday round-up

Yesterday the Supreme Court granted the Justice Department’s request to block temporarily a lower court order requiring disclosure to the House Judiciary Committee of grand jury material from Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Amy Howe has this blog’s coverage, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court. At Reuters, Lawrence Hurley reports that the lower court “agreed with a judge’s decision that the House, in its impeachment investigation, was...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Pennsylvania, House, Wisconsin, Ohio, Npr, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Poor, Trump, Round-up, National Review, Lyle Denniston, John Roberts


Government asks court to block Ohio COVID-19 prisoner transfer

Just a few hours after the Supreme Court granted his request to temporarily block the release of grand jury materials from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco was back at the court with a . This time the filing was on behalf of the federal Bureau of Prisons and federal prison officials, asking the justices to put a temporary hold on an order by a federal district court that would require the BOP to remove or transfer as many as 800 elderly ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Ohio, Sonia Sotomayor, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Elkton, Robert Mueller, Bureau of Prisons, Bop, What's Happening Now, FCI, Noel Francisco, Emergency appeals and applications


"The Supreme Court blocked Congress from receiving grand-jury materials from Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election."

"The court, in a written order Wednesday, granted an emergency request by the Trump administration to keep the materials secret while it mounts a full high court appeal against their release. The high court’s action increases the chances that the information will remain shielded through the 2020 election.... The Justice Department argued that disclosure of the grand-jury materials would mean its secrecy would be irretrievably lost. For the grand-jury process to work, secrecy must be assured for ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Russia, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles


Justices block release of secret Mueller grand jury materials

Today the Supreme Court blocked the disclosure to the House Judiciary Committee of grand jury materials from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Department of Justice had asked the court 13 days ago to put the release of the materials on hold while it appeals a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that would require it to provide portions of the Mueller report that had been redacted, along with grand jury transcripts and materials that had...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, Fbi, House, Department Of Justice, Doj, Trump, D C Circuit, Howe, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Robert Mueller


"Democrats Have Abandoned Civil Liberties/The Blue Party’s Trump-era Embrace of Authoritarianism Isn’t Just Wrong, it’s a Fatal Political Mistake."

Writes Matt Taibbi (at taibbi.substack.com):Whatever one’s opinion of [Michael] Flynn, his relations with Turkey, his “Lock her up!” chants, his haircut, or anything, this case was never about much. There’s no longer pretense that prosecution would lead to the unspooling of a massive Trump-Russia conspiracy, as pundits once breathlessly expected. In fact, news that Flynn was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller inspired many of the “Is this the beginning of the end for Trump?” stories...
Tags: Law, Obama, Journalism, Turkey, Iran, Surveillance, Democrats, Matt Taibbi, Boomers, Trump, Baby Boomers, Flynn, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Robert Mueller


Paul Manafort released from prison 4 years early due to COVID-19, will serve rest of time on home confinement

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign chairman who was convicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, is out of prison. Manafort, 71, was released Wednesday morning from FCI Loretto, a low-security prison in Pennsylvania, according to his attorney Todd Blanche. He gets out of prison four years early because his lawyers said he was at high risk for acquiring COVID-19, and will serve the rest of his time on home confinement. Manafort's wife is r...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Nbc, Justice, Prisons, Law, Russia, US, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump, Criminals, Trump, Michael Cohen, Blanche, Loretto


After serving almost two years, Paul Manafort moved from prison to home confinement to serve remained for his 7.5 year federal sentence due to COVID concerns

As reported in this new ABC News piece, headlined "Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort released to home confinement amid coronavirus concerns," a high-profile, white-collar offender is getting moved from federal prison to home confinement due to coronoavirus concerns.  Here are the essentials (with a few details highlighted): President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been released from prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement because of conce...
Tags: Law, Ukraine, Pennsylvania, Abc News, Justice Department, Trump, Southern District of New York, Loretto, Robert Mueller, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Bureau of Prisons BOP, Prez Trump, FCI, Manafort, Paul Manafort


DOJ asks court to temporarily block release of secret Mueller grand jury materials (Updated)

UPDATE: On Friday Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked the release of the grand jury materials and ordered the House Judiciary Committee to respond by Monday, May 18, at 3 p.m. EDT. The committee had not opposed the temporary hold, known as an administrative stay, to give the court time to review the government’s request. The Department of Justice came to the Supreme Court today, asking the justices to put on hold the disclosure of grand jury materials from the investigation by Special...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Department Of Justice, Doj, John Roberts, D C Circuit, Howe, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, The Department of Justice, Robert Mueller, Noel Francisco, Emergency appeals and applications, District of Columbia Roberts


Trump White House asks Supreme Court to block House from seeing Mueller’s grand jury Russia secrets

• Justice Dept. asked justices to temporarily halt lower-court order, saying executive branch would suffer irreparable harm if the evidence is disclosed. “The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to block Congress from seeing grand jury secrets gathered in the Russia investigation by Mueller, saying the executive branch would suffer irreparable harm if lawmakers see the evidence,” writes Charlie Savage at the New York Times. Excerpt: In a 35-page filing, Noel J. Francisco, ...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Congress, Russia, US news, House, New York Times, Donald Trump, Francisco, Justice Department, Trump


DOJ asks court to temporarily block release of secret Mueller grand jury materials

The Department of Justice came to the Supreme Court today, asking the justices to put on hold the disclosure of grand jury materials from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who in March 2019 submitted a report on possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld an order by a federal trial court that would require the disclosure to the House Judiciary Committee of portions of the Mueller report that had bee...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Department Of Justice, Doj, John Roberts, D C Circuit, Howe, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, The Department of Justice, Robert Mueller, Noel Francisco, Emergency appeals and applications, District of Columbia Roberts


"Justice Dept dropping Flynn’s criminal case"

The title of this post is the title of the notable news in this new AP report.  Here is the first part of the article: The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for Trump and his supporters in attacking the FBI’s Russia investigation. The move is a stunning reversal for one of the signature cases brought by special counsel Robert Mue...
Tags: Law, White House, Russia, Ap, Fbi, Army, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Flynn, Jensen, Mueller, Justice Dept, Barr, Michael Flynn, Jeff Jensen


"New documents suggest that Flynn ‘was set up by corrupt agents’ who threatened Flynn’s son and made a secret deal with Flynn’s attorneys."

Writes Andrew McCarthy at National Review.[L]ast Friday night, the DOJ provided some so-called Brady material — i.e., exculpatory information that prosecutors are required by law to reveal to defendants they have charged with crimes.... The information is still not public... But we can glean its outlines from a motion [Flynn's lawyer Sidney] Powell filed... [arguing that Flynn was] "deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents."...There was no good-faith basis for an investigation of General...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Doj, Justice Department, Andrew Mccarthy, National Review, Brady, Flynn, Mueller, Michael Flynn, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, Sidney -RSB- Powell


Biglaw Partner’s Emotional Outburst In Russia Probe

Not what you'd expect from a Biglaw partner in open court.
Tags: Law, Russia, Biglaw, Reed Smith, Robert Mueller, Benchslap, Dabney Friedrich, Eric Dubelier, Adam Jed


Roger Stone gets 40-month federal prison sentence ... but will he ever actually serve it?

As reported in this Politico piece, headlined "Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to just more than three years in prison, a decision that raises immediate questions about whether President Donald Trump will pardon his longtime political confidant for what the president has decried as a miscarriage of justice." Here is more about notable sentencing: U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down Stone’s 40-month sentence in a packed Washington, D.C., courtroom after spending more than...
Tags: Law, Washington, Russia, NFL, Barack Obama, Department Of Justice, Jackson, Donald Trump, Doj, Trump, Bush, Ginsberg, U S District Court, Roger Stone, Shea, Crabb


Prez Trump pardons former 49ers owner amidst talk of clemency for former Illinois Gov and former NYPD commissioner

Prez Trump has his clemency pen out again, and a number of notable names are involved as per this breaking NBC News piece headlined "Trump expected to grant clemency to former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, ex-NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik." Here is what is being reported just before 2pm: President Donald Trump is expected to grant clemency to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office in 2009 on corruption charges, and to former New York police commissioner B...
Tags: New York, Law, Obama, Eric Holder, Senate, Nbc News, San Francisco 49ers, Barack Obama, Air Force, Usa Today, Illinois, Donald Trump, Bernard Kerik, Trump, Dick Durbin D Ill, Rod Blagojevich


"Why not indict McCabe on felony false-statements charges? That is the question being pressed by incensed Trump supporters."

"After all, the constitutional guarantee of equal justice under the law is supposed to mean that McCabe gets the same quality of justice afforded to the sad sacks pursued with unseemly zeal by McCabe’s FBI and Robert Mueller’s prosecutors. George Papadopoulos was convicted of making a trivial false statement about the date of a meeting. Roger Stone was convicted of obstruction long after the special counsel knew there was no Trump–Russia conspiracy, even though his meanderings did not impede the...
Tags: Law, Russia, Fbi, House Intelligence Committee, Trump, Andrew Mccarthy, Roger Stone, McCabe, Mueller, Clinton Foundation, Michael Flynn, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, George Papadopoulos, Andrew McCabe


For Roger Stone, federal prosecutors advocate for within-guideline sentence of 7.3 to 9 years in prison ... which Prez Trump calls a "miscarriage of justice!"

As reported in this Politico piece, "Federal prosecutors are urging that longtime Donald Trump adviser and Republican political provocateur Roger Stone be sent to prison for about seven to nine years for his conviction on charges of lying and witness tampering during investigations of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign." Here is more about the sentencing filings in this high-profile case that emerged late yesterday: The stern recommendation is starkly at odds with a suggestion from Ston...
Tags: New York, Law, Congress, Washington, Russia, US, House, Department Of Justice, Jackson, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Trump, U S District Court, Roger Stone, Alexander Hamilton, Donald J Trump


"The Steele dossier was central to obtaining the Page warrant, and the leaks about the dossier fanned two years of media theories about Russian collusion..."

"... that was one reason Mr. Mueller was appointed as special counsel. Mr. Mueller owed the public an explanation of how much of the dossier could be confirmed or repudiated. Instead he abdicated, and the mystery is why. Perhaps as a former FBI director, Mr. Mueller wanted to protect the bureau's reputation... A less generous explanation is that Mr. Mueller was more a figurehead as special counsel, and that the investigation was really run by his deputy Andrew Weissmann.... On the evidence in th...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Judges, House Intelligence Committee, Wall Street Journal, Steele, Mueller, HOROWITZ, Nunes, Robert Mueller, Rosemary Collyer, Ann Althouse, Andrew Weissmann, Kimberly Strassel, Devin -RSB- Nunes, The Dossier


Rick Gates gets sentence of 45 days in jail and a fine and community service (while co-defendant Paul Manafort has five more years in prison)

As reported in this CBS News piece, "Rick Gates, the former Trump campaign official and onetime business partner of Paul Manafort, was sentenced to 45 days in jail on counts of conspiracy and lying to federal investigators." Here is more: Gates, 47, appeared in federal court in Washington to learn his sentence Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced him to 36 months probation and 45 days behind bars, which he will be allowed to serve on weekends or under a schedule set by prob...
Tags: Law, Washington, Cbs News, Jackson, Republican National Committee, Gates, Irs, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Amy Berman Jackson, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates


Sentencing recommendation for Rick Gates highlights what a difference a guilty plea and lots of cooperation can make

All federal practitioners know, and all federal defendants should know, that what a defendant actually did can often matter a lot less in the sentencing process than whether that defendant pleads guilty and cooperates with authorities.  The latest reminder of this reality comes from the upcoming sentencing of Rick Gates, who was indicted two years ago in a 31-page indictment of  available via this link in which he was portrayed as a "partner in crime" with Paul Manafort.  Manafort, of course, fo...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, White House, Politico, Gop, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Gates, Trump, U S District Court, Tom Green, Mueller, Gaston, Robert Mueller


Roger Stone Convicted Of All The Crimes

Gordon Sondland, if you're listening, you might want to refresh your recollections.
Tags: Politics, Law, Courts, Donald Trump, Roger Stone, Robert Mueller, Gordon Sondland


You be the federal judge: what sentence for Roger Stone after his conviction on all seven counts including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress?

The question in the title of this is prompted by this criminal justice news emerging from a federal courthouse in DC today: "Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of lying to Congress and obstructing an investigation into Russia to protect Trump and his presidential campaign."  Here is some more about the case and convictions: The jury's verdict came after about eight hours of deliberation.  Stone, a fixture in GOP politics, has worked on campaigns stretching b...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Washington, Russia, Ukraine, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Dc, Wikileaks, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Nixon



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