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Arguments Heard on Stem Cell Funding Ban

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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 unpersuaded.

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Judge Griffith interrupted Brinkmann to say, “If you can’t show irreparable harm, nothing else you show matters”.

Bloomberg story here.

Update :  The Appeals Court yesterday agreed with the DOJ and will allow embryonic stem-cell research to continue for now.

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Voting Rights Act challenged

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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 a key provision of the recently reauthorized Voting Rights Act. As it stands, districts with a history of discrimination at the polls are required to obtain pre-clearance from Justice before making any changes to their voting procedures.

The sketch shows Chris Ward, a lawyer for plaintiff Northeast Austin Municipal Utility District Number One, arguing before the panel.

AP’s Pete Yost has the story here.

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Congressman challenges FBI raid

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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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