N.J. judge, former lawmaker Peter Barnes III dies at 64

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State Superior Court Judge Peter Barnes III, a former member of both the state Senate and Assembly, died Monday night at age 64.

The longtime Edison resident died after an illness not related to COVID-19, the Senate Democratic Office said.

Barnes, a Democrat, represented Middlesex County’s 18th legislative district in the New Jersey Legislature for nearly a decade, serving in the Assembly from 2007-14 and then the Senate from 2014-16.

He left the Senate after Gov. Chris Christie nominated him to serve as a Superior Court judge in 2016.

Gov. Phil Murphy said Barnes, the son of the late former

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California’s net neutrality law allowed to take effect after judge’s ruling

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California’s net neutrality law cleared to take effect.

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California’s net neutrality law will soon be allowed to go into effect after a federal judge said Tuesday he won’t block the law, which is designed to safeguard the open internet. The state law, considered stricter than federal rules adopted during the Obama administration, could set the baseline for future federal rules. 

California adopted the new rules in 2018 after a Republican-led FCC in 2017 repealed federal rules that had been established under President Barrack Obama. The new rules were prevent from taking effect when the broadband industry’s four main

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The Skanner News – Six Trailblazing Black Judges to Discuss Overcoming Challenges Feb. 26

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By The Skanner News
Published: 23 February 2021

Six Black judges who broke racial barriers in the legal profession will discuss the obstacles they overcame in a program Friday, Feb. 26, sponsored by the American Bar Association Judicial Division.

The six judges – four from the federal system and two from state Supreme Courts – will be featured in a program titled “Judicial Trailblazers and the Hills They’ve Climbed: A Discussion with Preeminent African-American Judges and Their Challenges and Triumphs.” The discussion is part of a series of programs sponsored by the ABA in honor of Black History Month.


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Judges hear former US Rep. Corrine Brown’s appeal over dismissed juror

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A federal appeals court appeared divided Tuesday as it heard arguments about whether to overturn the 2017 conviction of former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who contends that a juror was improperly removed from her 2017 trial because he said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty of fraud and tax charges.

Brown was convicted on multiple tax and fraud charges and sentenced to five years in federal prison. She was let out last year due to COVID-19 concerns in the federal prison where she as serving her time. She is currently in home confinement.


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Appellate judges rule in favor of Dillan Tabares’ mother in civil suit against city of Huntington Beach

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An appellate court last week ruled in favor of Tiffany Tabares, the mother of a 27-year-old who was shot and killed by a Huntington Beach Police Department officer outside of a local 7-Eleven in 2017.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Feb. 17 that a jury could find Officer Eric Esparza acted unreasonably when he shot Dillan Tabares seven times on Sept. 22, 2017, across the street from Marina High School.

Additionally, the judges ruled that a reasonable jury could conclude that Esparza should have suspected that Tabares had mental health issues, and

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