Judge declines to send Capitol riot suspect back to jail after violating orders

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A federal judge declined to send a Utah man charged in the Capitol riot back to jail despite ruling that he violated his release orders. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather reported “serious concerns” on Monday that John Sullivan, 26, violated a previous order from a different judge by purchasing a smartphone, trying to access Twitter, attempting to promote his organization, Insurgence USA, on Infowars and calling on Insurgence USA members to attend his court hearing.

But the D.C.-based judge determined that the evidence presented did not show that Sullivan was a danger or that additional release restrictions were needed at

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Senators’ judicial pick raises questions about about Biden guidance on judges | Colorado In DC

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Some members of the legal community are expressing concern about the decision of Colorado’s U.S. senators to recommend a former prosecutor and current corporate attorney to fill a federal judicial vacancy, after the Biden administration had previously requested candidates from “historically underrepresented” legal experiences.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper announced that Regina M. Rodriguez was their recommended candidate to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for Colorado. Rodriguez was previously President Barack Obama’s choice to fill a 2016 open seat on the seven-member trial court, but the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate did not act on

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Former southeast Michigan judge David Parrott loses appeal in drunk driving case

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DETROIT – Former southeast Michigan judge, David Parrott, is fighting to the bitter end to remake Michigan drunk driving law.

A Manistee County sheriff’s deputy arrested Parrott over the holidays in 2018 on drunk driving charges. To this day the case remains unresolved.

This may be the most hotly contested misdemeanor drunk driving case in the state’s history.

The prosecution stalled while Parrott appeals his legal theory. One that could require changing the drunk driving evidence rules.

A three person appeals panel gave that a thumbs down on Friday. Christmas night 2018, former judge Parrott’s car mired in a snowy

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South Dakota judge rejects amendment legalizing marijuana

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PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota judge on Monday struck down a voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized recreational marijuana after Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration challenged it.

Circuit Judge Christina Klinger ruled the measure approved by voters in November violated the state’s requirement that constitutional amendments deal with just one subject and would have created broad changes to state government.

“Amendment A is a revision as it has far-reaching effects on the basic nature of South Dakota’s governmental system,” she wrote in her ruling.

Brendan Johnson, who sponsored the amendment and represented a pro-marijuana group in court, said it was preparing

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US Capitol riots: Judge agrees to release prominent Proud Boys leader facing charges

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Nordean, 30, has been charged with four counts relating to his actions outside and in the US Capitol building on January 6. Prosecutors have alleged he had prepared for the Capitol riot by gearing up and collecting money days before, suggesting he could face more charges in the future as investigators look more closely at the Proud Boys organization and coordination.

The decision is the latest highlighting how judges around the country have had widely different reactions to the charges against Capitol rioters, and how challenging it can be for the Justice Department to convince courts to keep rioters who … Read the rest