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FAIR COURTS MEDIA MONITORING
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February 14, 2020
 

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RT Alex Kotch - NEW at @EXPOSEDbyCMD: In March the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case to scrap the CFPB.

The foundations of Charles Koch & other right-wing oligarchs heavily fund 11 groups that wrote amicus briefs backing the end of consumer protections. https://www.exposedbycmd.org/2020/02/13/conservative-foundations-finance-push-kill-cfpb
 

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Trump is taking a sledgehammer to judicial independence (The Guardian) “During a radio interview in November 2017 Donald Trump talked openly about his frustration with the fact that “because I’m the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the justice department … I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things that I would love to be doing.”

The Department of Justice’s sudden about-face in the Roger Stone case is just the latest indication that Trump no longer will put up with that particular frustration and will, when it suits him, weaponize that department.”

Senate Democrats Accuse Justice Department Of Politicizing Immigration Courts (NPR) “Top Senate Democrats warn that the Trump administration is deliberately undermining the independence of immigration courts.

In a bluntly worded letter to the Justice Department, which oversees the immigration courts, the senators accuse the administration of waging an "ongoing campaign to erode the independence of immigration courts," including changing court rules to allow more political influence over decisions and promoting partisan judges to the Board of Immigration Appeals.”
SUPREME COURT
Conservatives, liberals mull next Supreme Court battle with memories of 2016 
USA Today - February 13

The Supreme Court in the Mean Season 
The New York Times - February 13 

Conservative Foundations Finance Push to Kill the CFPB
Exposed by CMD - February 13
FEDERAL COURTS
Federal Judge Halts Pentagon Cloud Contract, in Win for Amazon
The Wall Street Journal - February 13 

Examining the Demographic Compositions of U.S. Circuit and District Courts
Center for American Progress - February 13

Appellate Court Affirms Decision: Idaho Must Provide Sex Reassigment Surgery To Transgender Inmate
Boise State Public Radio - February 13 

Federal appeals court upholds school’s policy allowing students to use bathroom matching gender identity
JURIST - February 13

Federal appeals court hears gay conversion ban case
JURIST - February 13
STATE COURTS

Georgia

Accountability court budget cuts could send hundreds more to Georgia prisons
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - February 13 
 

Florida

Florida wants more time in latest water wars development in Supreme Court
Dawson County News - February 13 
 

North Dakota

Bid to make tribal IDs a valid voters’ proof in N.D. advances in federal court
The Fulcrum - February 13
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