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HOUSTON | Butterfly Center asks judge to stop Texas border wall

HOUSTON (AP) — The nonprofit National Butterfly Center has asked a federal judge to stop border wall activity on its property as the Trump administration gears up to build new walls and fencing in South Texas and may soon win funding for more. In a motion filed late Monday, center director Marianna Trevino Wright says … Continue reading HOUSTON | Butterfly Center asks judge to stop Texas border wall

WASHINGTON | Stone says he should be free to speak in Russia probe case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone say a federal judge shouldn’t bar Stone from making public statements about his criminal case in the Russia investigation. Stone’s attorneys argued that in court papers filed Friday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is considering issuing a gag order in Stone’s case to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Stone says he should be free to speak in Russia probe case

DES MOINES, Iowa | Federal judge strikes down Iowa law on undercover ag workers

DES MOINES, Iowa —Jan 09, 2019—A federal judge has stuck down a 2012 Iowa law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation. Judge James Gritzner in an order filed Wednesday sided with opponents of a law intended to stop organizations like People for … Continue reading DES MOINES, Iowa | Federal judge strikes down Iowa law on undercover ag workers

MIAMI | Judge rules in favor of Buzzfeed in Trump dossier lawsuit

MIAMI — A federal judge has ruled in favor of Buzzfeed, which had been sued by a businessman for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. election. Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled Wednesday in Miami federal court that … Continue reading MIAMI | Judge rules in favor of Buzzfeed in Trump dossier lawsuit

WASHINGTON | Judge blocks restrictions on who can apply for asylum

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has blocked restrictive Trump administration policies that prevented some immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled on Wednesday that some of the guidance that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued this year cannot be used to determine … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge blocks restrictions on who can apply for asylum

WASHINGTON | Judge’s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

WASHINGTON — A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn’s behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and telling him in a rebuke, “Arguably you sold your country out.” Lawyers for Flynn requested the delay Tuesday after a tongue-lashing from U.S. District Judge … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge’s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

WASHINGTON | Criminal justice bill passes first test vote in Senate

WASHINGTON — Legislation that would ease federal sentencing laws for some offenders cleared its first major test vote Monday, garnering overwhelming support in both parties even as some conservatives portrayed the bill as soft on crime. The Senate voted 82-12 to advance the bill. A vote on final passage would come later in the week, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Criminal justice bill passes first test vote in Senate