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Jan 30, 2017

Rookie federal judge halted Trump’s refugee deportations — to save a Syrian

Ann M. Donnelly waited half a year for her chance to convince the Senate that she’d make a good federal judge. When the day finally came, she packed as many relatives as she could into the benches. In her opening comments, she named every single one of them. Donnelly introduced the senators to her husband, […]

Oct 28, 2015

Vilardo ready to serve on WNY bench

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Buffalo attorney Lawrence J. Vilardo as a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Buffalo. Vilardo’s nomination was confirmed by a vote of 88-0. He could be sworn in at any time now. “Most of all, I am anxious to start working to chip away at the backlog of […]

Jul 16, 2014

Judge refuses to use Redskins name in ruling

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has joined the ranks of those refusing to use the Washington Redskins’ nickname. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte issued a pretrial ruling last week in a lawsuit against the team in which he explicitly refused to use the Redskins name. In a footnote, he noted that his […]

Jan 14, 2014

Judge: Decision in A-Rod suit must be public

NEW YORK — A federal judge said Alex Rodriguez cannot file portions of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s decision under seal as part of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the one-year suspension from baseball given to the New York Yankees third baseman. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III denied a request by Rodriguez’s lawyers Monday that […]

Dec 31, 2013

Government scolded over immigrant documents

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Monday questioned whether the government was trying to hide or obscure something by failing to give information to a civil rights group about thousands of immigrant detainees held for long periods. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman’s written decision came days after government attorneys insisted they needed more time […]

Dec 30, 2013

Federal judge rules NSA surveillance legal

NEW YORK — Citing the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge ruled Friday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is legal, a valuable tool in the nation’s arsenal to fight terrorism that “only works because it collects everything.” U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion […]

Dec 24, 2013

Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Monday allowed gay marriage to continue in Utah, rejecting a request to put same-sex weddings on hold as the state appeals a decision that has sent couples flocking to county clerk offices for marriage licenses. Judge Robert J. Shelby overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling […]

Dec 18, 2013

Judge’s word on NSA program won’t be the last

WASHINGTON — A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is likely unconstitutional. But even he realized his won’t be the last word on the issue. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon put his decision to grant an injunction against the NSA […]

Aug 20, 2013

Judge gives OK for Kodak bankruptcy plan

NEW YORK — A federal judge has approved Kodak’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection. Judge Allan Gropper’s ruling paves the way for the photography pioneer to emerge from court oversight as a new company focused on commercial and packaging printing. The company has said it hopes to emerge from bankruptcy protection on Sept. 3. […]

Jul 18, 2013

Judge blocks Sept. 11 claims against airlines

NEW YORK — The owners of the World Trade Center cannot demand billions of dollars more in insurance money for the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge decided Thursday. Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled after listening to witnesses for the trade center owners and for the airlines linked to the planes that were hijacked in the […]

May 7, 2013

Judge rips opposition to Plan B order

NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York City has accused the government of playing politics with his order giving teenage girls broader access to morning-after birth control. At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman suggested that an FDA decision last week to allow over-the-counter sales of Plan B One Step […]

Apr 7, 2013

Judge makes morning-after pill available to all

WASHINGTON — In a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration, a federal judge ruled Friday that age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill are “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” and must end within 30 days. The ruling by U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York Judge Edward Korman means consumers of any age […]

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