Immigration Detention Conditions Must Improve, Federal Judge Warns Border Patrol

Although the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol does the best it can with what it has, that might not be enough to avoid a ruling that conditions in the agency’s temporary holding cells violate the Constitution, a federal judge warned the government during closing arguments in a federal lawsuit.

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Impeachment Trial Analysis, Day 2: Former Obama Official on Opening Arguments

As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial unfolds, Courthouse News will be reaching out at the close of each day to prominent attorneys, scholars and other experts in the legal community for analysis on the historic proceedings. Joining us for the first day of opening arguments is Sam Berger, a former Obama White House official who now works as vice president of democracy and government reform at the Center for American Progress.

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After Partial Retreat, GOP Impeachment Rules Sail Through Senate

After an unexpected display of dissension in their midst, Senate Republicans closed ranks around their leader’s roadmap for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday, adopting a resolution making the introduction of new evidence unlikely by a party-line vote.

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No Escape: Senators to Be Quiet, Unplugged for Trump Trial

The reality during the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: “All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment.” After that, 100 senators will sit at their desks for hours on end to hear from House prosecutors, Trump’s defense team and possibly a series of witnesses.

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Weinstein’s Lawyers Want Trial Moved, Calling It a ‘Circus’

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers went to court Thursday with a last-minute demand to halt jury selection and move his rape trial out of New York City, where they say intense publicity, protesters and even the consideration of supermodel Gigi Hadid as a juror have turned the case into a “media and entertainment circus.”

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Judge Hears Final Pitches on Proposed Merger of Sprint and T-Mobile

The coalition of states that sued to block T-Mobile’s planned acquisition of Sprint made their closing arguments Wednesday to convince a federal judge that the $26.5 billion merger of third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers is anticompetitive and would raise prices for consumers.

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