Source: NBC News
A federal judge in Texas on Thursday excoriated the Justice Department, demanding ethics classes for the department’s lawyers and ordering other sanctions for those who argued the case involving President Obama’s immigration executive actions.
He also ordered the government to produce a list of about 100,000 immigrants who entered illegally and who are participating in a government program that protects them from deportation.
In a blistering order, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville accused the Justice Department lawyers of lying to him during arguments in the case, and he barred them from appearing in his courtroom.
He also demanded that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provide a “comprehensive plan” within 60 days describing how she will prevent unethical conduct in the future, as well as making sure the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility effectively prevents misconduct among its lawyers.
Source: The New York Times
Lawmakers in Oklahoma approved a bill Thursday that would make performing abortions a felony and revoke the medical licenses of any physician who assists in such a procedure.
This sweeping measure, which opponents described as unconstitutional and unprecedented, now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin (R). She will have five days — not including Sunday — to decide whether to sign the bill, veto it or allow it to become law without her signature, according to a spokesman.
“The governor will withhold comment on that bill, as she does on most bills, until she and her staff have had a chance to review it,” Michael McNutt, a spokesman for Fallin, said in an email.
The Oklahoma bill is the first such measure of its kind, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which says that other states seeking to ban abortion have simply banned the procedure rather than attaching penalties like this.
According to the measure, known as Senate Bill 1552, a person who performs or induces an abortion will be guilty of a felony and punished with between one and three years in the state penitentiary.’
Source: Washington Post
San Bernardino, the City of Death, has won the ignominious distinction of being named California’s most dangerous city, according to recent report.
The report is based on FBI data that takes into account crime rates, police presence, and other community factors including poverty and education rates.
The study only takes into account cities with a population of 100,000 or more people.
Source: CBS Los Angeles
The deal Donald Trump struck with the Republican National Committee this week that allows wealthy supporters to give nearly $500,000 to finance his campaign and get-out-the-vote activities made it official: The parties are back in the big-money business.
Fourteen years after a landmark campaign-finance overhaul clamped down on the flow of unregulated money to party coffers, both Republicans and Democrats are raising huge contributions again with gusto.
Source: The Washington Post
A Las Vegas District Court Judge has ruled that Nevada’s program offering students $5,000 annually for private school is legal and does not violate state law forbidding the use of public funds for religious purposes.
Most private schools in Nevada are run by religious institutions.
The American Civil Liberties Union, its Nevada affiliate and Americans United for Separation of Church and State jointly filed the suit in August 2015 on behalf of several parents and a rabbi.
Nevada’s Constitution says, “No public funds of any kind or character whatever, state, county or municipal, shall be used for sectarian purpose.”
The program allows any parent with a child currently enrolled in a Nevada public school for at least “100 school days without interruption” to leave and take the state’s education funding with them to any private school, according to a law passed by state lawmakers last spring.
Wednesday’s ruling by District Court Judge Eric Johnson will likely be appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal