Posted in Coconino County Colorado Plateau Courts/justice Flagstaff Justice News

Coconino County Courts modify schedules and procedures

Courts will remain open Meteor Staff report. Monday March 23 State and County Court officials are modifying schedules and accepting motions to continue cases and adjust fine payment schedules in preparation for advancement of COVID-19 into…

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DOJ Building, DC
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Justice Law

DOJ using coronavirus crisis to push for expansive emergency powers

by Eoin Higgins, staff writer The Department of Justice is using the coronavirus outbreak to ask Congress for sweeping emergency powers including suspending habeas corpus during an emergency, a power grab that was denounced by civil…

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Posted in Courts/justice Immigration Justice News Pro Publica

Immigration Courts are telling employees to come to work — Ignoring health risks and local shelter-in-place orders

Interviews with 10 workers at immigration courts around the country reveal fear, contradictory messages and continuing perils for the employees. by Dara Lind March 20, 3:48 p.m. MST On Tuesday night — over a day after…

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Posted in Courts & Environment Justice News Public Health Toxic Chemicals Water

Court approves settlement requiring EPA rules on most dangerous chemical spills

Saturday, March 14 The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including the Environmental Justice…

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San Pedro River Little Boquillas Ranch Arizona 2015
Posted in Environment Environmental Justice News Water While we were looking elsewhere

Conservation groups sue the Trump administration to prevent further damage to Arizona’s San Pedro River

By Meteor Staff Saturday, March 14, 2020 Flagstaff    Conservation groups sued the Trump administration yesterday to prevent further damage to Arizona’s San Pedro River and its endangered species from excessive groundwater pumping in the Fort…

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Gunnison National Forest’s Pilot Knob roadless area. Photo credit, Peter Hart, Wilderness Workshop
Posted in Colorado Plateau Conservation Courts/justice Environment Mining News Public Lands

Appeals court rules Forest Service acted illegally opening Colorado forest to coal mining

“This is a victory for the remarkable wild forests of the North Fork Valley,” said Robin Cooley, the Earthjustice attorney who argued the case on behalf of the conservation groups. “The Court reversed the Forest Service’s…

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Posted in Courts/justice Immigration News

ACLU challenges new border wall funds transfer

by Meteor staff Feb 28, 2020 The American Civil Liberties Union filed a new lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s transfer of an additional $3.8 billion in military funds for border wall construction. Congress did not…

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Posted in Asylum Courts/justice Immigration News

Ninth Circuit tells Trump Admin to stop denying asylum seekers for crossing at unofficial locations

  By Meteor Staff Feb 28, 2020 A federal appeals court (9th Circuit in San Francisco) has upheld a block on the Trump administration’s attempt to restrict asylum applications to ports of entry. The lawsuit, East…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Politics

Five ways William Barr Is helping Trump turn US into a dictatorship

What occurred under Nixon is happening again. Trump has usurped the independence of the Department of Justice for his own ends. by Robert Reich CommonDreams.org William Barr was installed as Attorney General specifically to turn the…

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Posted in Courts/justice Law Enforcement News Pro Publica

A key FBI photo analysis method has serious flaws, study says

After ProPublica’s reporting last year, scientists at UC Berkeley tested one of the FBI Lab’s photo analysis techniques, identifying bluejeans by the pattern on their seams, and found flaws that challenge the method’s reliability. by Ryan…

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Posted in Courts/justice Immigration National News

Students raise $10,000 to get classmate released from Immigrant Detention Center

Students from Crystal Lake Central High school decided to take matters into their own hands when one of their own was facing deportation. Together, the students and staff of Crystal Lake Central High School raised over…

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Posted in Analysis Courts/justice

Prosecutor disavows Barr bigfooting of Stone sentencing.

Yesterday the Meteor published a story about Roger Stone being sentenced to 40 months in prison. Below, Rachel Maddow breaks down Justice Department prosecutor John D. Crabb’s declarations to Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Roger Stone…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts/justice News

‘Our institutions are sounding alarms’: Federal Judges call emergency meeting over Trump interference with DOJ

“This is mind-blowing. I’ve never heard of anything like it. We are in full on crisis mode.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, for CommonDreams.org The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an…

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More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials tell William Barr: Resign now!

‘Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words’ by  Common Dreams staff More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday…

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