Category: Appellate Courts

A Visit to the Fourth Circuit

Last week I travelled down to Richmond to hear some arguments before the Fourth Circuit. The highlight was a cock-fighting case from South Carolina – unfortunately not the one I sketched. In a tradition that reeks of southern gentility the

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Texas Goes to Court Over Voter ID Law

After the Justice Department refused to clear Texas’ new voter ID law, SB 14, the State went to court. These sketches are from yesterday, the final day of testimony.  The three judge panel will hear closing arguments today. Next stop,

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Fourth Circuit Considers Health Care Law

A few sketches from today’s arguments ( which can be heard here ) in Liberty University v. Geithner and Virginia v. Sebelius, both cases concerning the individual mandate in the new Obama-sponsored health care law. Pictured below : Mathew Staver,

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Arguments Heard on Stem Cell Funding Ban

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Beth Brinkmann today urged a three judge panel of the DC Circuit, Court of Appeals to stay a District Court judge’s preliminary injunction banning funding of embryonic stem cell research, but two of the judges seemed

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Voting Rights Act challenged

An unusual panel of jurists at the U.S. District courthouse in DC, made up of Circuit Judge David S. Tatel and District Judges Paul L. Friedman and Emmet G. Sullivan, heard arguments in a Texas case that seeks to change

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A new court for Gitmo

The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review held its first hearing yesterday in a borrowed courtroom a half block from the White House. Back in June two military judges at Guantanamo ruled that the detainees brought before them could not

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Congressman challenges FBI raid

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments today in a separation of powers case stemming from the bribery investigation of congressman William Jefferson. MSNBC’s  Joel Seidman has the story here.

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