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In Recusal, Judge Calls Insurer's Decision 'Barbaric'

UnitedHealthcare wouldn't pay for proton beam therapy

(Newser) - A class-action lawsuit against an insurer for denying cancer patients coverage of an alternative to standard radiation treatment happened to come before a judge with the same complaint—against the same company. The federal judge recused himself, CNN reports, but not before giving UnitedHealthcare an earful, calling the insurer's... More »

900-Pound Defendant Asks Help Getting to Court

Effort could involve taking down trees, cutting a hole in a wall

(Newser) - A Virginia judge has approved a logistical plan to bring a defendant who weighs more than 900 pounds to federal court in Richmond. The effort could involve cutting down trees, cutting through a wall in the building where the man lives and bracing the structure, the Times-Dispatch reports. A device... More »

Trump's Judge Sister Retires Amid Ethics Probe

Inquiry was launched after 'New York Times' story on Trump family's inheritance taxes

(Newser) - President Trump's sister has retired as a federal appellate judge in Philadelphia, ending a civil misconduct inquiry launched after a report that she participated in Trump family schemes to dodge taxes. The retirement of Maryanne Trump Barry was revealed in an April 1 order signed by a top court... More »

Judge Faces Suspension After 'Close Your Legs' Remark

Ethics panel: Suspend John Russo after 'egregious' questioning of alleged assault victim

(Newser) - "Emotional immaturity" has been cited by a New Jersey Supreme Court advisory panel as a factor in its recommendation that a family court judge be suspended without pay for three months and receive training in "appropriate courtroom demeanor." The ethics committee's main bone of contention with... More »

Judge: This Knife Law Is Really Not Working

New York judge rules that sous chef can carry a folding knife

(Newser) - With the flick of a pen, a New York judge ruled Thursday that a sous chef can carry his folding knife because a state law judging gravity knives by a wrist-flick test was too vague, the AP reports. US District Judge Paul Crotty raised new doubts about the state's... More »

Judge Claimed Jury Was Wrong—Because God Said So

Judge Jack Robison given public warning in Texas

(Newser) - Told jurors had found a woman guilty of continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child, a Texas judge demanded they keep deliberating because God had assured him the defendant was innocent. Comal County District Court Judge Jack Robison received a public warning after claiming on Jan.... More »

Roger Stone Apologizes for 'Improper' Photo of Judge

'I had no intention of disrespecting the court,' he says

(Newser) - Roger Stone issued a formal apology in a court filing Monday after posting an "improper photo" of a federal judge on Instagram. The longtime friend of President Trump posted, then deleted a photo of the judge overseeing the case against him earlier Monday with what appeared to be crosshairs... More »

Manafort's Hope for a Reduced Sentence Just Sank

A judge rules he lied during the Russia probe

(Newser) - A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe, the AP reports. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says in an order that there's sufficient evidence that Manafort lied in breach of his plea agreement. The decision... More »

Tenn. Judge Chides Black Men for Doing Better Job Than KKK

Montgomery County Judge Wayne Shelton's comment gets divided reaction

(Newser) - It's not the first time this Tennessee judge has likened black-on-black crime to KKK violence, reports the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle , but it's certainly the most publicized. In a Thursday hearing in the case of Vincent Bryan Merriweather, Montgomery County Judge Wayne Shelton exclaimed that he's "sick... More »

As Alleged Baylor Rapist Avoids Jail, Focus Turns to Judge

Judge Ralph Strother has a history of apparently lenient sentences for accused sexual offenders

(Newser) - A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time. Judge Ralph Strother accepted the plea deal for Jacob Walter Anderson, who was indicted on sexual assault charges and pleaded no... More »

Springer Returns to Daytime TV as Judge Jerry

'Judge Jerry' debuts in syndication next year

(Newser) - Meet Judge Jerry—Judge Jerry Springer. Yes, the former daytime talk show host has a law degree, and he'll be putting it to good use back in daytime syndication. Springer is returning to the small screen for Judge Jerry, a daily, first-run half-hour court program debuting in national syndication... More »

Ex-Judge Who Viciously Beat Wife Now Accused of Killing Her

Aisha Fraser Mason was stabbed to death on Saturday

(Newser) - In August 2014, then-Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason punched his wife repeatedly and slammed her head against the car's dashboard. The force of the assault broke her orbital bone; the Ohio couple's children were in the back seat at the time. Now, Aisha Fraser Mason is... More »

Outrage Brews Over Controversial Sentence in Alaska

Man accused of choking woman and masturbating on her gets no jail time

(Newser) - It would likely have been a no-brainer: Voters in Alaska will decide in November whether a well-regarded judge will remain on Anchorage Superior Court. But now a controversial case has thrown that into doubt, and a "NO retention for Judge Michael Corey" Facebook page has more than 3,000... More »

Judge Halts Deportation, Warns Jeff Sessions

He says AG could be held in contempt

(Newser) - On learning that the mother and daughter at the center of a lawsuit before him were being deported, a federal judge called the move "outrageous" and ordered its reversal. US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security officials that they could be held... More »

Ex-Judge: I'm Done Reviewing Michael Cohen Raid Items

Attorney Barbara Jones went through more than 4 million items

(Newser) - An ex-judge reviewing over four million items seized from President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer for attorney-client privilege said Thursday that her work is finished, the AP reports. Attorney Barbara Jones revealed in a letter in Manhattan federal court that she has completed her review of designations by lawyers... More »

Judge Orders DACA Program to Be Restarted

Judge John Bates says DHS 'inadequately explained' rationale for ending program

(Newser) - Back in April, US District Judge John Bates gave the Trump administration 90 days to provide some kind of rationale for why the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aka DACA, was unlawful, which is what the Department of Homeland Security claimed when the program was officially rescinded in... More »

Judge Orders ICE to Stop Detaining Asylum Seekers

Federal judge says US government is violating its own rules regarding the treatment of people seeking asylum

(Newser) - A federal judge has determined the US government is violating its own rules regarding the treatment of people seeking asylum. Judge James Boasberg issued a preliminary injunction Monday ordering the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to stop what opponents called the arbitrary detention of legitimate asylum seekers, per the AP... More »

Brock Turner Judge Is First Recalled in Decades

Tight California races still too close to call

(Newser) - Tuesday was a big day for primaries, with votes held in eight states, but one of the day's biggest results involved a judge, not a lawmaker. Voters in California have ousted Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced former Stanford student Brock Turner to six months for sexually assaulting an... More »

Judge Sues Over Neighbor's Urinating Cat, but With a Twist

The case records ended up sealed, and a law professor is trying to reverse that

(Newser) - It falls under the umbrella of typical neighborly quarrels: Homeowner 1 is angered at Homeowner 2, whose cat is peeing on Homeowner 1's back porch. What elevates the argument occurring in Spokane, Wash., isn't just that a lawsuit was involved—but that it was sealed. The Los Angeles ... More »

Shock Over Video of Judge Assailing a Sickly Woman

Video shows Circuit Court Judge Merrilee Ehrlich giving Sandra Twiggs a 'tongue-lashing'

(Newser) - A judge in Broward County, Fla., who was due to retire June 30 won't be showing up for work between now and then, and not by choice. Circuit Court Judge Merrilee Ehrlich was told not to return to the courthouse after she treated a sickly inmate "like [an]... More »

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