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Does the injunction blocking the Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases only affect the 13 states that filed suit?

A federal judge in Louisiana ruled on June 15th that President Biden cannot pause new leases for drilling on public lands. It was a suit filed by 12 states and Louisiana. According to the NYT: Judge ...
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Has a U.S. president (or other politician) commenting on a criminal case ever actually led to a major setback for the prosecution?

We often hear politicians-- and U.S. presidents especially-- being criticized for weighing in on criminal cases on the grounds that their comments could prejudice a jury. Most recently Joe Biden and ...
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Studies on the application of “Red Flag Laws” in the US

I'm looking for objective studies describing how red flag gun laws involving Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are being used in those U.S. states that have implemented them. I'd like to see ...
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Is it legal to talk about former Chief Justice of India (CJI) in the Parliament of India?

On 8 February 2021, Mahua Moitra said the following in her speech in Lok Sabha during the discussion on motion of thanks on the President's address: The sacred cow that was the judiciary is no longer ...
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What did the Framers of the Constitution have to say about court packing?

Trump has repeatedly said that Biden wants to pack the courts, this likely wouldn’t work because of the Senate filibuster. Although hard, if one party were able to obtain 60 seats in the Senate, ...
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Do elected attorneys general and prosecutors in the U.S. sue companies more frequently when re-elections are upcoming?

I get the sense that this is true from anecdotal examples, as attorneys general (especially those with higher political ambitions) try to win future votes by being “tough on corporations”. But I don’t ...
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How immune are Supreme Court justices or other high ranking judicial officials from punishment for crimes committed during their official duties?

I am aware that members of Congress have some immunities and so do the President and Vice President, but what about Supreme Court justices or federal prosecutors for example?
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On what basis was the 2011 HHS override of and FDA decision overruled by a federal judge?

A Politico article on the FDA and its questionable legal independence (from the executive) mentions that: in 2011, the diminished autonomy of the FDA was made visibly apparent by a clash within the ...
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Can a Supreme Court justice be nominated and confirmed under two different presidents?

For example, if President Trump nominated a justice on his last day in office, could that person then be confirmed by the Senate during a Biden administration?
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What is going on with the constitutional court in Ukraine?

Recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of Ukraine) proposing to terminate the powers of all Constitutional Court judges. It's a bit of ...
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If (Supreme Court) judges are supposedly impartial how are they so readily identified to parties?

Are they identified with Republican or Democratic parties depending on their leanings on specific, key issues? Or is there a more general cause, like broadly taking more literal interpretation of the ...
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How could the US Congress reduce the size of the US Supreme Court?

There are a number of questions regarding the motivations and effects of "packing" the supreme court in the United States of America by adding more justices of the appointer's preference. It ...
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What organizations made more than 100 endorsements in US state and local judicial races between 2009 and 2018?

Other than bar associations and trade associations, what organizations made more than 100 endorsements in US state and local judicial races between 2009 and 2018?
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Free websites to help me find influential or contentious local court cases?

I am looking for free websites that contain (potentially partial) catalogs of state and local court cases in the United States, and allows me to filter and/or sort by any of the following: The vote ...
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Why is changing the size of the Supreme Court considered dangerous today, when it has been done in the past?

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about "court packing", the process of increasing the size of the Supreme Court, thereby creating openings to be filled with new justices. A common ...
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Could Ted Cruz (or another sitting senator) be appointed to be a SCOTUS justice? [duplicate]

Donald Trump made a list of possible US Supreme Court appointments if a vacancy shows up while he's in office. Two of these intrigued me: Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz. I know this might not matter in ...
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What exactly is the “Trout” in this D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion? Does it suggest a political motive of a judge?

Edited to reflect why I feel this question is on-topic here. The following is excerpted from Politico's Appeals court deals setback to Flynn’s attempt to end DOJ case against him: The D.C. Circuit ...
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Has there been a movement to make US judicial appointments apolitical?

The judicial system in India and some other countries is independent of politics in the sense that it is not the party in power that influences who will be a Supreme Court judge, but judges among ...
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Why is the Michigan Supreme Court's refusal to hear a case a bar to publishing the Court of Appeals' decision?

MCR 7.215(D)(4) says that The Court of Appeals shall not direct publication if the Supreme Court has denied an application for leave to appeal under MCR 7.305. What is the purpose of this rule?
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Rushed in judicial appointments in US courts? [duplicate]

Let's say the GOP loses the Senate majority and the presidency. But, the Republican leadership understands the fact that there are more than 45 days left until they lose Congress officially in the ...
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How can an UK judge rule over Dubai's Chief of State?

As I understand it, Princess Haya is moving legal action in the UK against her husband, the vice-president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. As he is a chief of ...
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How often does the ECtHR Grand Chamber reverse judgements by its lower chamber?

In the recent N.D. & N.T. vs Spain 2020 case, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) basically reversed a 2017 decision of the ECtHR's (lower) chamber. the [Grand Chamber ...
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Is the blocking of Heathrow's third runway the first time a national government has been held to an international climate agreement by the judiciary?

On the 27th of February, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that the government's decision to allow the expansion of Heathrow Airport was unlawful because the government had not taken its commitments made ...
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Test or drill to verify the functioning of a judicial system by ordinary people [closed]

Is there any mechanism in any judicial system to test its efficiency by designing a fake or test crime scheme to verify the functionality of the judiciary? For example, is there a method for a ...
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How binding is a sentencing recommendation by the Department of Justice? [closed]

Regarding the sentencing of Roger Stone, the original recommendation, which had been made according to official guidelines, was for a sentence of 7-9 years in prison. Then it was changed, and ...
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Do Polish citizens support law that allows judges to be disciplined for criticizing the system?

Polish President Duda has adopted on October, 2nd 2020 a divisive law that allows judges to be disciplined for criticizing the system. The legislation, which has drawn condemnation from the European ...
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Who has standing to sue for Emoluments violations?

Almost a week ago, the DC Court of Appeals threw out a lawsuit by two hundred out of five hundred thirty-eight congresspeople against the President, claiming that he has violated the Emoluments clause ...
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Is the number of federal judges appointed by Trump unusual?

Among the achievements of President Trump quoted by supporters and the White House itself is a drive to appoint federal judges. His recent letter to the Speaker of the House gives the number of 170 ...
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Can John Roberts rule on whether witnesses have to testify in the impeachment inquiry?

It was ruled today that Don McGahn, the former White House counsel, needs to testify in the impeachment inquiry. Like most things, I am guessing that this will probably be appealed, and could end up ...
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Can a President nominate a US Supreme Court Justice in anticipation of a sitting Justice's demise?

Say a Justice is barely hanging on to her life. Can a president nominate and the Senate confirm a Justice in anticipation of their death? Do they have to wait until the person dies? Can't it be a ...
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What does it mean that North Carolina's maps were thrown out but new ones weren't ordered drawn?

This article from NBC says this (emphasis mine): A three-judge panel of state judges issued an order Monday barring state officials from using the current map for the coming elections, including ...
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Does any other Latin American country have a justice system in which the security forces can only be prosecuted by military courts?

According to a 2016 Amnesty article, the Chile justice system encourages brutality from the security forces because Chile’s military courts, which deal with cases of human rights violations committed ...
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Has the UK Parliament been successfully sued for passing or doing something deemed unconstitutional?

According to some "extrajudicial" comments by justices in R (Jackson) v Attorney General , e.g.: Lord Hope followed on from Lord Steyn Parliamentary sovereignty is no longer, if it ever ...
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Conservatism and Executive Power

The Economist cites the philosopher and political theorist Michael Oakeshott to describe conservatism as "To be conservative... is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the ...
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Can UK supreme court justices be evaluated ideologically?

The Guardian's play by play account of today in UK politics notes that Geoffrey Cox has raised the possibility of parliamentary confirmation of judicial appointments, as is done in the US, because of ...
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What jurisdiction do Scottish courts have over the Westminster parliament?

What jurisdiction do the Scottish courts have to declare the suspension of the Westminster parliament is illegal? Since the Scots and English legal systems are different, and nobody has suspended the ...
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What is the nature of the court's oversight of the U.K. Parliament?

A recent BBC article (Judge rejects temporary ban on Parliament shutdown ahead of full hearing) indicates that it is possible for a judge in the U.K. to issue an interdict (“similar to an injunction”) ...
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Is a state-level legal proceeding against a sitting president any less of a burden on the president?

As contrasted with a federal-level proceeding One of the pillars of the 2000 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) argument to support the shield of a sitting president against federal indictment is the ...
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How does jurisdiction of international courts work?

My understanding is that states who are signatories to international court are bound to respond to a lawsuit brought against them by another member state. Is that correct assessment? Or it’s case by ...
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In the United States, how large is the political spread of all federal judges in terms of rulings?

Background I keep hearing about the important role of Federal Judges in the United States and how their rulings as a whole results in them being labeled as a judge with a particular political ...
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Is it common for judicial branch to add details on laws made by legislative?

In Indonesia, there is an article 112 of drug laws. The article says that simple possession is punished with a minimum of 4 years in prison. This is in contrast with article 128 that says that usage ...
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In American Politics, why is the Justice Department under the President?

This may sound like an easy question. Legislators make laws, the executive executes laws and the judiciary judges laws. Sounds simple. I've heard that the Justice Department is under the executive ...
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How do special prosecutors leave their role?

In the US, how do special prosecutors leave their role? Are they appointed for a limited time, do they resign or get fired? I've looked at Mueller's appointment letter but it doesn't mention a ...
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What limits exist to stop a grand jury being used to persecute a political opponent?

Grand juries are conducted in secret by prosecutors without the oversight of a judge. The reasons for the secrecy of these proceedings have been adequately covered here but I am curious as to what ...
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Roughly how many US state judges have been charged with obstructing federal justice?

The media reported that a Massachusetts judge was charged with obstructing federal ICE agents after she allegedly let an (illegal) immigrant escape literally through the back door of her court. This ...
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Is it common in the West for immigration judges to be subordinated to the attorney general (equivalent)?

It's been claimed that The U.S. immigration court system suffers from profound structural problems that have severely eroded both its capacity to deliver just and fair decisions in a timely manner ...
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Athens Court of Appeal Judgement 2658/79

Looking into the Cyprus problem, I keep running into quotes referencing the Athens Court of Appeal Judgement 2658/79 on March 21 1979. The only legitimate source I could find, which also seems to be ...
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Why is Grand Jury testimony secret?

I’ve been following US news lately, and am quite confused about something that keeps coming up: why can’t grand jury testimony be released? William Barr and others keep mentioning that a lot of the ...
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What happens if EU chooses a prosecutor that is not allowed to leave her country?

The main favorite in getting the EU prosecutor job (Kovesi) has been accused of corruption in Romania: Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top ...
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How is the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin risking 9000 jobs?

In the recently released tape the government was pressuring the attorney general not to prosecute SNC-Lavalin because of potential job loss and all that. The figure of 9000 jobs was mentioned at one ...