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Senate GOP Sets Up Filibuster Showdown

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

Moving the Senate closer to a historic confrontation, the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee endorsed two of President Bush's most controversial nominees to federal appellate court, and Democrats vowed once again to use the filibuster to block their confirmation.



Whistle-Blower Argument Closed

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

A federal court in Washington yesterday took the rare step of closing an entire oral argument to the public in the case of a former FBI translator who says she was fired for complaining about security breaches.



Reporters Lose In Appeals Court

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

Judge rejects request for a new hearing by two journalists who could face jail time for refusing to disclose their confidential sources.



DeLay Takes Fight to Talk Radio

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), who recently sent supporters a mass e-mail proclaiming his innocence of ethical transgressions, spoke out Tuesday on conservative talk radio shows.



Supreme Court to Decide Whether Church Can Import Drug

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

The Supreme Court accepted a Bush administration request to rule on a clash between religious freedom and drug-control law Monday, announcing that it will review a lower court's ruling that blocked enforcement of a federal ban on a church's importation of hallucinogens.



DeLay Apologizes for Comments

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) apologized yesterday for heated comments he made about possible retribution against federal judges for their handling of the Terri Schiavo case, but declined to say whether he favors impeaching those judges.



N.Y. Votes Against Capital Punishment

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

Bill aimed at reinstating the state's death penalty, which a court had suspended last year, is thrown out after concerns about accidental execution of the innocent.



Justice Dept. Defends Value of Military Trials

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

President Bush should be allowed to exercise his power to prosecute and punish al Qaeda terrorists for war crimes without intervention from U.S. courts, the agency told a federal appeals court Wednesday.



Papers Say Leak Probe Is Over

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

The special prosecutor investigating whether Bush administration officials illegally revealed the identity of a covert CIA operative says he finished his investigation months ago, except for questioning two reporters who have refused to testify.



GOP Is Fracturing Over Power of Judiciary

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

Democratic-affiliated groups launch campaigns to oppose Republicans' threat to change the filibuster rules for judicial nominees.



Senator Links Violence to 'Political' Decisions

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

Sen. John Cornyn said yesterday that recent examples of courthouse violence may be linked to public anger over judges who make politically charged decisions without being held accountable.



Bankruptcy Shield for IRAs Upheld

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

The Supreme Court affirmed protections for the retirement savings of debt-strapped older workers Monday, ruling unanimously that a bankrupt debtor's individual retirement account must generally be kept off-limits to his creditors.



Connecticut Closer to Approving Civil Unions

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut could become the second state in the nation to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples -- and the first to do so without being prompted by a court order.



DeLay Wants Panel to Review Role of Courts

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), under fire from Democrats for what they consider threatening remarks about federal judges, plans to ask the Judiciary Committee to undertake a broad review of the courts' handing of the Terri Schiavo case.



Threshold Eased for Age-Bias Lawsuits

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

The Supreme Court made it easier to sue for age discrimination on the job yesterday, ruling that older workers may take their employers to federal court even in cases in which the alleged adverse impact on them was not intentional.



Court: Action in Schiavo Case 'Would Be Improper'

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

Key allies of Terri Schiavo's parents showed signs of dissension on Wednesday as yet another court rejected an appeal to keep the brain-damaged woman alive on her 13th day without nourishment.



U.S. Barred From Transferring Detainees

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

A federal judge Tuesday barred the Bush administration from transferring a group of detainees from Guantanamo to the custody of foreign governments without first giving the prisoners a chance to challenge the move in court.



Schiavo's Parents File Late Appeal

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

Lawyers for Schiavo's parents late Tuesday night asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to rehear the case, four days after saying their efforts in the federal courts had ended.



High Court Supports Title IX Protection

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

The Supreme Court ruled that the law prohibits not only unequal treatment of girls and women at school, but also official retaliation against anyone who blows the whistle on unequal treatment.



Justices Consider Rights Of Foreigners

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:38:03 GMT

The Supreme Court seemed divided over how best to handle a dispute over the role of international law in U.S. death penalty cases Monday, as the justices heard oral arguments in the case of a Mexican who says Texas violated his rights under a U.S.-ratified treaty when it sentenced him to death more than a decade ago.