Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Immigration Order Nationwide – CourtSide

By Christopher Coble, Esq.

U.S. District Judge James Robart issued a nationwide injunction blocking enforcement of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that banned citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from traveling to the United States. Robart, appointed to the Western District of Washington by Geroge W. Bush, ruled in favor of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who sued over the order last week.

Robart ruled that Washington State had standing to bring the case forward. In his oral ruling, he declared that Washington provided evidence that Trump’s order has immediate harm and that the lawsuit against the order has substantial likelihood of succeeding in challenging the constitutionality of the order.

Robart will be issuing a final written ruling. In the meantime, you can see Ferguson’s proposed temporary restraining order below.

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NY Appellate Court Finds Application of Watershed Regulations to Subdivision Application Did Not Constitute a Taking


In 2005, the claimant acquired title to an undeveloped parcel of real property in the Village and Town of Monroe, in the RR 1.5 ac zoning district, for which permissible uses included, “Single Family detached dwellings on lots of 3 or more acres in size.” In 2006, the claimant applied for approval to develop the property by subdividing it into three lots and then constructing a single-family dwelling on each lot, and included installation of a septic system for each of the three dwellings. The property was located within the Lake Mombasha watershed, and was therefore subject to watershed protection regulations promulgated by the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) pursuant to article 11 of the Public Health Law. These watershed regulations prohibited the placement of a subsurface sewage disposal system within 300 feet of Lake Mombasha. The claimant’s subdivision application was denied by the Town Planning Board in…

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Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits.

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Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump – POLITICO


Agency employees are turning to Signal and other incognito forms of communication to express their dissent.


The goal is to get their message across while not violating any rules covering workplace communications, which can be monitored by the government and could potentially get them fired.

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2nd Circuit Mounts Effort to Build Civics Awareness | United States Courts

2nd Circuit Mounts Effort to Build Civics Awareness

For years, polls have shown widespread ignorance of how government works, with courts and the Constitution faring especially poorly in the public consciousness. But federal courts throughout the Second Circuit, which includes New York, Connecticut and Vermont, have launched an ambitious program to change that.

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World’s Greatest Apple Watch Stand — MacSparky


by David Sparks

Despite being an Apple Watch fan, I’d never purchased a dock for it. Laying it on its side always seemed good enough for me. That was until I saw this little beauty, which I immediately bought from Amazon for $15

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Alaska law tells divorce judges to consider well-being of pets–ABA Journal



The law (PDF), which amended Alaska’s divorce statutes, “is making waves in the world of animal law,” the Washington Postreports. The law is the first in the nation to require courts to consider pets’ well-being in divorce, according to USA Today.


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