Judicial appointments and nominations - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Judicial appointments and nominations Special counsel pick could boost faith in Justice Dept. WASHINGTON (AP) — There could be a side benefit for Rod Rosenstein in appointing a special counsel to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign: reviving his own reputation, heavily battered for his role in the firing of James Comey, who had been leading the probe. The Wednesday decision to name former FBI Director R... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:07:00Z The Latest: Mattis 'not worried' about Trump sharing intel WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 5:15 p.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is "not worried" that President Donald Trump disclosed classified information during discussions with senior Russian leaders. He sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:06:00Z Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. John Cornyn has told the Trump administration he isn't interested in serving as FBI director, the second member of Congress to take himself out of the running this week. Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general and judge on the state supreme court, was interviewed for the position after President Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey last week. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:53:00Z AP Source: Garland happy on bench, no interest in FBI job WASHINGTON (AP) — A longtime friend of Judge Merrick Garland tells The Associated Press that Garland is happy in his job and has no interest in leaving the judiciary to head the FBI. The comment came Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he recommended that President Donald Trump nominate the federal appeals court judge for the post. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:18:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:18:00Z Who are 3 judges who heard arguments on Trump travel ban? SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton heard the appeal Monday of Hawaii's challenge to President Trump's travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in its Seattle courthouse. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Vi... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:46:00Z Clapper: US govt 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing WASHINGTON (AP) — American democracy is "under assault" on separate fronts from President Donald Trump and Russia, the former U.S. intelligence chief warned Sunday, expressing dismay over the abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey amid a probe into Moscow's meddling in U.S. elections and possible ties with the Trump campaign. As Trump works to fast-tra... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:13:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:13:00Z Options for truly independent Russia probe are limited WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' calls for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia grew louder Wednesday in the aftermath of the FBI director's ouster, but the options for an independent probe remain limited, and the only current avenue for such an appointment is in the hands of the Justice Department. The ... Thu, 11 May 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-05-11T01:06:00Z Travel ban arguments focus on Trump's comments about Muslims RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban appears to hinge on whether a federal appeals court agrees that the Republican's past anti-Muslim statements can be used against him. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrestled Monday with whether the court should look beyond the text of the executive order to comments mad... Tue, 09 May 2017 04:06:00 GMT 2017-05-09T04:06:00Z Trump moves to get more conservatives on federal bench WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday named 10 judges and other law professionals it plans to nominate for key posts as President Donald Trump works to place more conservatives on the nation's federal courts. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that among the candidates are individuals previously named on Trump's list of 21 possibl... Tue, 09 May 2017 01:37:00 GMT 2017-05-09T01:37:00Z The Latest: Administration names 10 people for federal bench WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump announcing a slate of possible judge nominees (all times local): 7:50 p.m. The White House has announced 10 people, many of them judges, President Donald Trump intends to nominate for positions on federal courts. A statement Monday names judges John K. Bush of Ken... Tue, 09 May 2017 01:31:00 GMT 2017-05-09T01:31:00Z Q&A: Trump's new travel ban faces key test in appeals court RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is about to be scrutinized by a federal appeals court for the first time. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday in the case that has thwarted the president's attempt to bar certain people from entering the country in the name of national securit... Sat, 06 May 2017 13:27:00 GMT 2017-05-06T13:27:00Z Clarence Thomas: Sen. Danforth is 'the reason why I'm here' ST. LOUIS (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reunited Friday with his mentor and the man who stood beside him through a difficult confirmation hearing, telling former Missouri Sen. John Danforth he owes him his career. Thomas spoke at a Law Day event sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. During the speech he turned to Danfo... Fri, 05 May 2017 20:50:00 GMT 2017-05-05T20:50:00Z Texas DA says she'll 'do what's right' in teen death probe A black teenager's killing by a white police officer outside a suburban Dallas house party has prompted concerns from some community leaders over whether the new district attorney will follow in the steps of prior administrations, which they have criticized as not being sufficiently transparent when investigating such shootings. Dallas County District Att... Thu, 04 May 2017 20:36:00 GMT 2017-05-04T20:36:00Z Rumors surround Justice Kennedy exit, but he's not talking WASHINGTON (AP) — As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave? Eighty-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy is so far refusing to comment on speculation that he may soon retire after 29 years on the court. But that hasn't stopped President Donald Trump and, obliquely, the Republican senator in char... Thu, 04 May 2017 07:49:00 GMT 2017-05-04T07:49:00Z Nepal's top judge suspended after impeachment motion filed KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's first female Supreme Court chief justice was suspended after an impeachment motion was filed in parliament accusing her of bias and interfering with executive powers. Sushila Karki, who had one of the highest positions ever held by a woman in Nepal, was suspended automatically after the motion signed by nearly half the members in parliament wa... Mon, 01 May 2017 13:54:00 GMT 2017-05-01T13:54:00Z Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House' ATLANTA (AP) — For nearly a decade, gun owners felt like they were living on pins and needles, worried about gun rights being taken away and feeling as though their way of life was scorned and under attack. All those fears disappeared the moment Donald Trump was elected president and, this weekend, National Rifle Association members gathering for the gun ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:31:00 GMT 2017-04-29T06:31:00Z Trump tells NRA: 'You have a true friend' in White House ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump, the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years, assured the audience ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-04-29T00:00:00Z The Latest: Trump assures NRA he'll support gun rights ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the NRA's annual convention (all times local): 3 p.m. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his support for gun rights, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump is the firs... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-04-28T20:48:00Z Alex Acosta sworn in as US labor secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence swore in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary Friday, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The oath-taking came after the Senate's 60-38 confirmation vote Thursday, in which eight Democrats and one independent joined Republicans in voting yes. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-04-28T20:00:00Z Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS NEW YORK (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS. From 2008 until February 2016,... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:10:00 GMT 2017-04-28T17:10:00Z Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Trump's secretary of labor WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation's 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 1... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:33:00 GMT 2017-04-27T23:33:00Z Here's what could be next for Trump's sanctuary cities order SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at a judge's ruling blocking his attempt to strip funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, calling it "ridiculous" and vowing to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. It was the third Trump executive order on immigration to be thwarted by the federal courts. He... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:40:00 GMT 2017-04-27T04:40:00Z Republicans in position to reshape federal bench WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts. Democrats have few ways to stop them. The Republican opportunity comes with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, about 120... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:18:00 GMT 2017-04-24T07:18:00Z Judge who wrote key physician-assisted suicide ruling dies SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court judge who wrote a key ruling on doctor-assisted suicide has died. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Senior Judge John T. Noonan died on Monday at the age of 90. Noonan — an appointee of President Ronald Reagan — joined the San Francisco-based court in 1985 and authored nearly 1,100 opinions over a 31-year career. ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-04-20T01:06:00Z Judge denies bid to disband polygamous towns' police agency PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected a bid to disband a shared police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border as a punishment for discriminating against people who aren't members of the dominant religious sect in the sister cities. Instead, U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland issued an order Tuesday requiring police procedures to ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-04-19T00:35:00Z Federal judge ordered to rehab for alcoholism, records show BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge whose unusual behavior on the bench preceded her mysterious removal from a string of cases was ordered to get treatment for alcoholism so severe a colleague believes she cannot take care of herself, according to court records released Thursday. The records revealing U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi's alcoholism ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:44:00 GMT 2017-04-13T19:44:00Z Chicago police: Man charged in judge's death, robbery motive CHICAGO (AP) — Robbery was the motive that led to the fatal shooting of a criminal court judge outside his Chicago home, police said Wednesday. Joshua Smith, 37, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and obstruction in the death of Associate Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Myles, said Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 02:58:00 GMT 2017-04-13T02:58:00Z Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, restores conservative tilt WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place in history Monday as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court, restoring a narrow conservative majority and marking a much-needed political victory for President Donald Trump. Gorsuch was sworn in during a sun-soaked ceremony in the Rose Garden, nearly 14 months after the seat was left vac... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 01:34:00 GMT 2017-04-11T01:34:00Z Judge to consider Arkansas' plan to execute 7 in 11 days LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge considering Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute seven inmates over 11 days before its supply of an execution drug expires has had a hand in key decisions on several social issues in the state. Judge Kristine Baker, who was appointed to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas by President Barack Obama, ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-04-11T01:06:00Z The Latest: With Gorsuch, high court takes conservative tilt WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the swearing-in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking his place in history as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court. With the swearing-in of Gorsuch, the court returns to a narrow conservative majority and Presid... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:29:00 GMT 2017-04-10T19:29:00Z