Federal judge reinstates DACA, orders Homeland Security to quickly accept new applicants–NBC NEWS


By Dartunorro Clark

***U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said in his six-page ruling that he was fully reinstating the DACA program based on the terms established under former President Barack Obama’s administration. Trump tried to end the program in September 2017, and this past July Chad Wolf, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security,  suspended DACA pending a “comprehensive” review.
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Free PACER Would Cost $2B And Other Completely Made Up Garbage The Federal Judiciary Is Peddling | Above the Law

The judiciary is freaking out and trying to snuff out this threat to its stash. 

By JOE PATRICE

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The Open Courts Act is a bipartisan proposal to make PACER free so the public can access the documents its court system generates every day.

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Federal Court Affirms New York’s Green Light Law Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Seek Driver’s Licenses – Gothamist

BY SOPHIA CHANG

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A federal court has upheld New York’s law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses against a lawsuit brought by an upstate county clerk who claimed the law would make him personally liable for violating U.S. immigration policy.

In a ruling issued Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns’s 2019 lawsuit seeking to block the state’s Green Light law.

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“Jury Trials are Innately Human Experiences.” | JDSupra

McDermott Will & Emery 

***Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas:
“…This Court is persuaded that the remote, sterile, and disjointed reality of virtual proceedings cannot at present replicate the totality of human experience embodied in and required by our Sixth and Seventh Amendments…”.
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QAnon conspiracy is fake. The harm it’s doing to child welfare groups is real – CNNPolitics

By Paul LeBlanc, CNN

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In one particularly notable show of force, more than 100 anti-trafficking and child welfare organizations published an open letter warning of the dangers that QAnon posed to their work. “On behalf of an underfunded and nonpartisan field dedicated to ending this horrific form of exploitation and abuse and helping those who have survived it, we urge you to engage real needs rather than politically motivated and profoundly dangerous narratives that harm the very people who they claim to be speaking for — victims, survivors, children, families and vulnerable communities,” the October letter said.

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GENDER SURVEY 2020 • NEW YORK STATE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN THE COURTS

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“…The import of the answers and multiple individual comments received in response to this survey, indicate that the treatment of women in our court system has improved markedly over the years since the original report was issued in 1986 but that significant areas of bias and untoward treatment in our court system still remains.

Just as compliance with the ameliorative steps recommended in the original report helped to bring about the presently improved atmosphere, we are sanguine that the remaining vestiges of inappropriate treatment of women in our court system can and will be eliminated by the fulfillment of the many recommendations directed to court administration, judges, attorneys, bar associations, and other relevant entities…”

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Federal appeals court denies Trump campaign effort to revive Pennsylvania lawsuit saying ‘claims have no merit’ – CNNPolitics

By Kara Scannell, CNN

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“The Campaign never alleges that any ballot was fraudulent or cast by an illegal voter,” wrote Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, for the panel. “It never alleges that any defendant treated the Trump campaign or its votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or its votes. Calling something discrimination does not make it so. The Second Amended Complaint still suffers from these core defects, so granting leave to amend would have been futile.”
“Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” the judges added in their opinion.

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Court Injunction Bars USAGM From Editorial Interference | Voice of America – English

By Jessica Jerreat

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The ruling, issued by Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ordered that a request for preliminary injunction by the plaintiffs be partially granted. The order was a stopgap measure to prevent further actions laid out in a complaint until a trial can be held.

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The ruling relates to a complaint filed by five USAGM officials placed on administrative leave in August and VOA Program Director Kelu Chao, who argued actions taken by the new head of the USAGM were unlawful and violated the First Amendment and the statutory firewall set up to prevent outside interference.
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READ: Judge Matthew Brann’s order dismissing Trump campaign Pennsylvania lawsuit – CNNPolitics

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(CNN)Judge Matthew Brann of the US District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania dealt a death blow on Saturday to the Trump campaign’s effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Read Brann’s order below.

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Federal judge rules acting DHS head Chad Wolf unlawfully appointed, invalidates DACA suspension–NBC NEWS

By Dennis Romero
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He concluded, “Wolf was not lawfully serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security under the HSA [Homeland Security Act] when he issued the Wolf Memorandum” that suspended DACA.

Karen Tumlin, a lawyer in the case and director of the Los Angeles-based Justice Action Center, said the ruling means, “the effort in the Wolf memo to gut the DACA program is overturned.”

She said the ruling applies to more than a million people, including more recent applicants and those seeking two-year renewals for protection under DACA.

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