Judge rips Capitol rioter’s Trump defense

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Lawyers for Chrestman pointed to several Supreme Court cases that they said indicated that guidance from government officials can sometimes be a defense against criminal charges. They said Trump’s encouragement amounted to that kind of all-clear for those who forced their way into the Capitol during the counting of Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.

“Only someone who thought they had an official endorsement would even attempt such a thing. And a Proud Boy who had been paying attention would very much believe he did,” Chrestman’s lawyers, Kirk Redmond and Chekasha Ramsey, wrote in a court filing last week.

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Judges With Corporate Backgrounds Side With Workers Less, Study Finds : NPR

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A U.S. federal courtroom sits empty in 2017 in Honolulu. A new study finds that judges with backgrounds as prosecutors or corporate lawyers are more likely to rule in favor of employers.

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A U.S. federal courtroom sits empty in 2017 in Honolulu. A new study finds that judges with backgrounds as prosecutors or corporate lawyers are more likely to rule in favor of employers.

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Judges with backgrounds as prosecutors or corporate lawyers, who represent the majority of federal district court jurists, are significantly more likely to rule

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Judge Peter Barnes III – former State Senator – has Died

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Peter Barnes III of Edison, a judge and former state senator, has died at the age of 64 following a short illness.

“He was a good family man and a good guy,” said his successor, state Senator Pat Diegnan of South Plainfield. “He will be missed. He was a unique and special guy.”

Mr. Barnes served in the General Assembly from 2007 to 2014, and in the state senate from 2014 to 2016, when he became a New Jersey Superior Court Judge.

A graduate of Edison’s public schools and graduate of Gettysburg College and the Widener University School of Law,

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General Assembly elects new judges, including successor to Roanoke judge who quietly left midterm | Latest Headlines

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RICHMOND — The General Assembly elected new judges Tuesday to benches around the Roanoke Valley, including someone to fill a vacancy left by a Roanoke Juvenile and Domestic Relations District judge who recently and quietly stepped down.

Heather Ferguson will succeed John Weber III, who became a domestic court judge in 2015. His first term on the bench was due to extend through June, and his motivation for departing early has not been announced and remains unclear.

Judge Hilary Griffith, chief of Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

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Federal judge rules California can enforce net neutrality law

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A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that California can for the first time enforce its tough net neutrality law, clearing the way for the state to ban internet providers from slowing down or blocking access to websites and applications that don’t pay for premium service.

Former Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill in 2018, making California the first state to pass a net neutrality law. Open internet advocates hoped the law would spur Congress and other states to follow suit. The Trump administration quickly sued to block the law, which prevented it from taking effect for years while the

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