Latest Judiciary News

The Latest: White House slams contempt vote for officials

Jul. 17, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House effort to hold Trump administration officials in contempt over (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The White House is slamming the Democrat-controlled House's vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply...

Supreme Court to hear 'Bridgegate' appeal in 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The legal saga from New Jersey's most notorious traffic jam will stretch into next year. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in the 'Bridgegate' case in early 2020. The high court decided last month to hear the appeal of Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, two former...

Judge limits Hammond Ranches cattle grazing as case proceeds

Jul. 17, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge will allow eastern Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land to graze cattle on parts of a federal allotment this season on a limited basis. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon issued a 58-page written ruling Tuesday, granting a...

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William...

Court acts against judges for remarks in sex assault cases

Jul. 17, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

New Jersey's high court took action Wednesday against two judges who have faced criticism over their comments in cases involving sexual assault. New Jersey's Supreme Court recommended that state Superior Court Judge John Russo Jr . be removed from the bench. Russo asked a woman during a 2016 hearing if she could...

Judge: Michael Cohen campaign finance probe over

Jul. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have told a judge in New York they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance crimes committed by President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The closure of the case is the strongest suggestion yet that federal prosecutors have decided not to...

The Latest: Protesters mark anniversary of Garner's death

Jul. 17, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the officer involved in Eric Garner's death. (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Several hundred people marched in lower Manhattan to mark the five year anniversary of Eric Garner's death. The marchers on Wednesday chanted and...

Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy

Jul. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors,...

N Carolina justice says Democratic colleagues are 'AOCs'

Jul. 17, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court's only registered Republican called out the remaining six Democratic justices in a speech that marked an unusual open critique of the state's highest court from within. In a campaign address last weekend to Republicans, Associate Justice Paul Newby...