Lawmakers consider immigration court overhaul to crack backlog of 1.6 million cases
Members of the House Judiciary Committee met Thursday to hear testimony about making immigration courts independent of the Department of Justice as the system faces a historic backlog of nearly 1.6 million cases.
‘Stormy’ skies ahead for Avenatti in trial on book-advance theft
Already sentenced to federal prison for attempted extortion in New York, Michael Avenatti kicked off jury selection Thursday for a separate indictment charging him with stealing from the adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
Senate confirms civil rights attorney Holly Thomas to 9th Circuit
The Senate confirmed Holly Thomas as a judge for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, only hours after the committee that narrowly advanced her nomination put another nine court appointees on the path to a full Senate vote.
Seneca back at Second Circuit to renegotiate thruway easement
The Second Circuit heard arguments, not for the first time Thursday, on an easement granted back in 1954 that allowed a 3-mile stretch of the nearly 570-mile New York State Thruway to run through the Seneca Nation.
Jury selection starts in federal trial over George Floyd arrest
Jury selection began Thursday in the federal civil rights case against three former Minneapolis police officers who participated in the deadly arrest of George Floyd alongside Derek Chauvin.
Rights court splits on Norwegian child custody cases
Europe’s top rights court has split on Norway's liability in a pair of child welfare cases, finding the Nordic country guilty of violations in one case where it removed a child from her home, but not in another.
EU court slaps down Austria’s tough residency rule for foreigners
In knocking down a piece of Austria's tough immigration regime, the European Union's highest court on Thursday said Viennese officials were wrong to not renew a Kazakh man's long-term residency permit simply because he didn't spend much time in the Alpine nation.
Top EU court backs citizen initiative to protect minority languages
The European Union’s highest court on Thursday rejected a bid from Romania to block a citizen’s initiative aimed at protecting national and linguistic minorities and their cultural heritage.
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