January 16, 2003 |
Civil rights lawyers urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a law requiring immigrants convicted of certain crimes to be locked up indefinitely -- even after serving their sentences -- until a deportation hearing is held. The case pre-dates the Sept. 11 attacks.
March 31, 1989 |
A federal judge refused today to order Ronald Reagan to testify at Oliver L. North's trial, saying "nothing . . . remotely supports" the defense claim that the former President authorized illegal activities. "There has been no showing that President Reagan's appearance is necessary to assure Lt. Col. North a fair trial," U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell said in a written order.
November 21, 1989 |
The Justice Department asked a federal judge Monday to grant a two-week delay before compelling former President Ronald Reagan to turn over diaries and other personal records that his former national security adviser says he needs to defend himself against charges in the Iran-Contra scandal. U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene has taken no action on the department's request. Reagan had been subpoenaed by John M. Poindexter's attorneys to produce the records by Wednesday.
November 5, 2003 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that a telephone investment plan qualified as a security, warning that the agency's ability to protect investors otherwise could be harmed. The SEC is appealing a lower court's dismissal of its suit against the investment plan on the grounds that an investment contract doesn't qualify as a security if investors are promised a fixed, rather than variable, return.
March 6, 2003 |
A Bush administration official urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to revive a law that would require the nation's public libraries to install software filters on their computers to screen out pornography. Last year, a special federal court in Philadelphia ruled that the law violated principles of free speech and blocked it from taking effect. In Wednesday's argument before the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B.
November 14, 2003 |
A federal judge Thursday rejected a request by Jonathan Pollard, a civilian U.S. naval intelligence officer who admitted spying for Israel, to reopen his case and reconsider his 1987 sentence of life in prison. U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Hogan said a different judge had been correct in 2001 in turning down Pollard's request for resentencing. Pollard, 49, is serving the life sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina.
April 28, 2004 |
Excerpts from Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments, as transcribed by Alderson Reporting Co.: Solicitor Gen. Theodore B. Olson: This is a case about the separation of powers. The Constitution explicitly commits to the president's discretion the authority to obtain the opinions of subordinates and to formulate recommendations for legislation. Congress may neither intrude on the president's ability to perform these functions nor authorize private litigants to use the courts to do so....
May 28, 2003 |
In a victory for the Bush administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the use of secret deportation hearings authorized after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Without comment, the justices turned away an appeal brought by news organizations in New Jersey. So far, the high court has shown no interest in taking up legal claims that have arisen recently in the war on terrorism.