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Trump Is Suing, Yet Again, To Keep His Tax Returns Secret

Trump filed a lawsuit on Thursday to block subpoenas issued by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance for the president's tax returns.

Zoe Tillman • 2 days ago

The US Government Is Suing To Stop Edward Snowden From Making Money From His New Book And Public Speeches

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit accusing Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA and NSA, of breaching secrecy agreements he signed by not submitting his book and public remarks for prereview by the government.

Zoe Tillman • 4 days ago

Republicans Have Been Winning On Judges For Decades. Democrats Have Barely Talked About It.

Trump made the courts a major voting issue for Republicans in 2016. Liberal legal advocacy groups and court watchdogs are divided on how to make that happen for Democrats in 2020.

Zoe Tillman • 8 days ago

A Court Revived Another Lawsuit Against Trump For Continuing To Profit From His Businesses

The 2nd Circuit found that hotel and restaurant owners could bring constitutional claims against Trump for refusing to divest from his companies.

Zoe Tillman • 8 days ago

Michael Flynn Is Looking For A Way Out Of His Guilty Plea

Flynn’s lawyer told a judge Tuesday that they believed there was evidence the case should be dismissed because of “egregious” misconduct by the government.

Zoe Tillman • 11 days ago

The Trump Administration Isn’t Enforcing A New Policy To Speed Up Deportations And Couldn’t Tell A Judge When It Would

The administration had said it would start enforcing the new policy Sept. 1. On Friday, a DOJ lawyer told a judge nothing had happened yet and didn’t have any details about when it would.

Zoe Tillman • 15 days ago

Victims Of The Charleston Church Mass Shooting Can Sue Over Background Check Failures That Let The Shooter Buy A Gun, A Court Ruled

The federal government is not immune from claims over what the FBI admitted were lapses with the national background check system, a federal appeals court ruled.

Zoe Tillman • 22 days ago

James Comey Won't Face Charges For Sharing Memos About His Interactions With Trump

"Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information," the DOJ inspector general's office wrote.

Zoe Tillman • 23 days ago

A Judge Blocked Missouri’s 8-Week Abortion Ban A Day Before It Was Going To Take Effect

The judge also ruled Missouri could enforce a ban on abortions solely based on gender, race, or Down syndrome diagnosis for now, but said he expected that ban to be struck down eventually.

Zoe Tillman • 25 days ago

The Trump Administration Lost The Fight Over The Census Citizenship Question. Now They Have To Pay The Challengers.

The administration already agreed to pay $2.7 million to the ACLU and others. It is now facing requests for as much as $12 million from challengers in Maryland.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

An Appeals Court Ruled That, Yes, Sleep And Soap Count As “Safe And Sanitary” Conditions For Detained Immigrant Kids

The Justice Department unsuccessfully challenged a judge’s order enforcing a 1997 settlement agreement about conditions for immigrant children in US custody.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

Matthew Whitaker’s Conflict Of Interest Forms Weren't Screened Until Just Before Trump Put Him In Charge Of The DOJ. They Were Incomplete.

A Justice Department official said that because of an “administrative error,” no one vetted Whitaker’s financial disclosure forms for nearly a year while he served as then–attorney general Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

Donald Trump Has Used A Secretive Justice System To Keep Lawsuits Against Him Out Of Court

Trump, his campaign, and his companies have used arbitration to try to move potentially damaging and embarrassing claims out of the public court process.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

Victims Of Mass Shootings Have Struggled To Hold Larger Forces Responsible In Court After An Attack

While victims of international terrorism can hold terrorist groups accountable in court, the legal path is less clear in cases of domestic terrorism.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

Trump Is Suing Over A California Law That Would Force Him To Disclose His Tax Returns To Be On The Ballot

Trump and the Republican National Committee are arguing that California can't force candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on the presidential primary ballot.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

The El Paso Shooting Is Being Treated As “Domestic Terrorism,” But The Suspected Shooter May Not Be Charged As A Terrorist

Officials are investigating a potential “hate crime” connection to the mass shooting. Even if there is, such crimes aren’t usually prosecuted under US terrorism laws.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

All 83 Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Have Been Dismissed For Good

Now the only way Kavanaugh could be investigated is if Congress decided to do something about it — and so far, lawmakers haven't.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

The ACLU Is Accusing The Trump Administration Of Wrongfully Separating Families At The Border

A judge gave the government leeway to keep separating immigrant families if parents had a criminal history or were deemed unfit. The ACLU claims the feds pushed that line too far.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

The Supreme Court Will Let Trump Pay For The Border Wall With Billions In Military Funds

A majority of the justices ruled the administration had shown at this stage of the case that it was likely to win.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

The Trump Administration Is Bringing Back Federal Executions. It Will Immediately End Up In Court.

The Justice Department announced a new single-drug lethal injection protocol and set execution dates for five men convicted of murder.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago