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geoffrey kirui wins men's title in boston marathon


geoffrey kirui wins his first boston marathon, pulling away from galen rupp.        






judge loses challenge to minnesota mandatory retirement age


moorhead, minn. — a district judge from moorhead has lost his legal challenge to a minnesota law that requires judges to retire at the age of 70.judge galen vaa (vah) contends that the mandatory retirement age for district court judges is discriminatory and unconstitutional. vaa filed a lawsuit against gov. mark dayton and the executive director of the minnesota state retirement system.ramsey county district judge robert awsumb wrote that vaa's desire to serve is "laudable", but that the minnesota constitution gives the legislature authority to impose the mandatory retirement.vaa tells kfgo-am (http://bit.ly/2ny2eky ) he does not think the ruling was properly decided, and he plans to appeal.the 69-year-old judge says he will ask the minnesota supreme court for an "accelerated review" becau






who is james robart — the judge who stood up to trump’s travel ban?


james robart, a federal judge in the u.s. district court for the western district of washington, rose to sudden fame after being slammed by president donald trump for issuing a temporary nationwide block to his administration’s travel ban on seven muslim-majority nations. although trump vowed in a series of furious tweets urday that the “so-called judge”…






who is james robart — the judge who stood up to trump’s travel band?


james robart, a federal judge in the u.s. district court for the western district of washington, rose to sudden fame after being slammed by president donald trump for issuing a temporary nationwide block to his administration’s travel ban on seven muslim-majority nations. although trump vowed in a series of furious tweets urday that the “so-called judge”…






meet the judges blocking trump’s new travel ban


hours before president donald trump’s second executive order temporarily banning travel to the u.s. from certain countries and suspending the refugee resettlement program was set to take effect, it was halted by a federal district court judge in hawaii. shortly after that, another district court judge, in maryland, also issued an order against it. first, u.s.…






federal judge calls into question ‘legitimacy’ of donald trump’s presidency


u.s. district judge dan polster called into question the “legitimacy” of donald trump’s presidency this week after the president suggested that a federal judge who ruled against him was illegitimate.speaking to cleveland’s anti-defamation league on wednesday night, polster expressed disappointment in the president’s tweet that attacked u.s. district court judge james robart as a “so-called judge” for blocking a ban on travel from seven majority-muslim countries.“this is serious business, because you start calling into question the legitimacy of someone, that undermines the whole system, all right?” polster told the audience, according to cleveland.com.“i think to say it publicly, that’s his right,” he added. “but it calls into question, and some might even say forfeits, his or her own legi






suffolk judge tightens rules for jailing traffic defendants


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuperior criminal courts judge randall hinrichs, at the riverhead criminal courthouse wednesday afternoon on march 19, 2014. by james carbone (credit: james carbone) suffolk’s traffic and parking violations bureau can no longer even contemplate jailing or imposing bail on a traffic defendant without sending the case to a district court judge, according to a new order from suffolk administrative judge c. randall hinrichs.the order supersedes an earlier one issued last september that required district court judges to review decisions made by county traffic...






homeland security seemed eager to obey judge’s order – here’s why


washington — the speed with which the department of homeland security complied with a seattle federal judge’s order halting the white house travel ban may have been driven in part by fear that the judge might ask officials for their emails. even as president donald trump ridiculed u.s. district judge james robart on twitter, homeland security…






homeland security seemed eager to obey judge’s order. here’s why.


washington — the speed with which the department of homeland security complied with a seattle federal judge’s order halting the white house travel ban may have been driven in part by fear that the judge might ask officials for their emails. even as president donald trump ridiculed u.s. district judge james robart on twitter, homeland security…






judge blocks friday release of prince ep 'deliverance'


u.s. district judge grants a temporary restraining order to stop the songs’ release.        






bridgegate trial over, identity of ‘john doe’ will remain secret, judge rules


newark–who was john doe? with the infamous bridgegate corruption case now at an end, a federal judge has ruled that the public still has no right to know the names of the unindicted co-conspirators–including one known as “john doe” in legal filings–who may have conspired in the high-stakes scheme of political retribution. u.s. district judge susan…






trump challenges judge to high court duel over sanctuary cities


washington – president donald trump vowed wednesday to challenge california jurisdictions all the way to the supreme court after a federal judge there stopped him from withholding funds to penalize them for shielding immigrants in the country illegally.trump, who twice has been blocked by courts from imposing a temporary travel ban on visitors from select muslim-majority countries, expressed frustration that once again a judge in a single district could thwart him from taking action. the judge who issued the latest ruling is in california, the same state as the u.s. court of appeals for the 9th circuit, which heard the previous cases."first the ninth circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings," trump wrote on twitter. "see you in the supre






it's ok to criticize judges, but not to delegitimize them


it was bad enough when candidate donald trump questioned the impartiality of the federal judge hearing the trump university lawsuit. (trump said that the judge’s ethnic heritage would make him biased.)it was even worse when president trump accused the federal judges temporarily halting his travel bans of purely political motivations and limited intelligence.but it was especially disheartening last week to hear disrespect for a federal judge from the mouth of atty. gen. jeff sessions — who is, after all, the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer. after hawaii-based u.s. district judge derrick watson issued a temporary restraining order against the administration’s second travel ban, sessions complained that “a judge sitting on an island in the pacific” could issue a nationwide de






boston marathon winners: kenya’s geoffrey kirui and edna kiplagat


boston -- kenya’s geoffrey kirui won the 121st boston marathon on monday -- his first marathon victory ever. he pulled away from american galen rupp with about two miles to go to win in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. rupp, a three-time olympian making his boston debut, was 21 seconds behind and japan’s suguru osako was another 30 seconds back. americans had six of the top 10 finishers in the men’s race and two of the top four women. kenyan policewoman edna kiplagat won the women’s race in 2:21:52, needing only one try in boston to add it to wins in london, new york and los angeles. she pulled ahead of rose chelimo of bahrain in the newton hills to win by 59 seconds.  “when i was running, my body was feeling good,” said kiplagat, who was greeted at the finish line by






‘mexican’ judge curiel will once again decide trump’s fate in dreamer deportatio


the judge who donald trump once said was incapable of rendering a fair verdict towards him due to his “mexican heritage” will now oversee a lawsuit against a california dreamer who was deported in february, usa today reports. u.s. district judge gonzalo curiel will rule on the lawsuit brought by 23-...






meb keflezighi ran his last boston marathon


2013 boston marathon winner keflezighi congratulates edna kiplagat and geoffrey kirui at the finish line of the 121st boston marathon in bostonbrian snyder / reuters photo2013 boston marathon winner meb keflezighi of the u.s. congratulates women's division winner edna kiplagat and men's division winner geoffrey kirui, both of kenya, at the finish line of the 121st boston marathon in boston, massachusetts, u.s., april 17, 2017. 2013 boston marathon winner meb keflezighi of the u.s. congratulates women's division winner edna kiplagat and men's division winner geoffrey kirui, both of kenya, at the finish line of the 121st boston marathon in boston, massachusetts, u.s., april 17, 2017.  (brian snyder / reuters photo)see more galleries






conservative judge slams 'personal attacks' on judiciary


san francisco — a conservative federal appellate court judge who was a key author of the so-called torture memos under the bush administration criticized personal attacks on the judiciary even while defending president donald trump's authority to ban travelers from mostly muslim nations.ninth u.s. circuit court of appeals judge jay bybee did not mention president donald trump by name. but the judge said in a court filing wednesday that "personal attacks" on the district court judge and 9th circuit judges who blocked the administration's first travel ban were "out of all bounds of civic and persuasive discourse.""such personal attacks treat the court as though it were merely a political forum in which bargaining, compromise, and even intimidation are acceptable principles," he wrote. "the c






conservative 9th circuit judge slams 'personal attacks' on judiciary


by sudhin thanawalasan francisco  — a conservative federal appellate court judge who was a key author of the so-called torture memos under the bush administration criticized personal attacks on the judiciary even while defending president donald trump’s authority to ban travelers from mostly muslim nations.ninth u.s. circuit court of appeals judge jay bybee did not mention president donald trump by name. but the judge said in a court filing wednesday that “personal attacks” on the district court judge and 9th circuit judges who blocked the administration’s first travel ban were “out of all bounds of civic and persuasive discourse.”“such personal attacks treat the court as though it were merely a political forum in which bargaining, compromise, and even intimidation are acceptable principle






conservative judge slams ‘personal attacks’ on judiciary


san francisco (ap) — a conservative federal appellate court judge who was a key author of the so-called torture memos under the bush administration criticized personal attacks on the judiciary even while defending president donald trump’s authority to ban travelers from mostly muslim nations.ninth u.s. circuit court of appeals judge jay bybee did not mention president donald trump by name. but the judge said in a court filing wednesday that “personal attacks” on the district court judge and 9th circuit judges who blocked the administration’s first travel ban were “out of all bounds of civic and persuasive discourse.”“such personal attacks treat the court as though it were merely a political forum in which bargaining, compromise, and even intimidation are acceptable principles,” he wrote. “






judge wants speedy trial for philadelphia's top prosecutor


philadelphia — a federal judge wants philadelphia's indicted top prosecutor to go on trial by next month because of what he calls "the public's right" to a speedy trial.u.s. district judge paul diamond on tuesday has rejected a routine bid by prosecutors to designate district attorney seth williams' bribery and extortion case complex and give them more time to prepare.he has tentatively ordered williams to face trial may 31. but he says williams can seek a delay once he sees the government's witness list.an indictment last month accuses the two-term democrat of accepting more than $100,000 in gifts in exchange for official favors. his lawyers deny that williams sold his office.diamond says the trial is especially urgent because williams remains in office even after surrendering his law lic






stop longmeadow group plans for legal battle


what started as a grassroots effort to stop the longmeadow parkway bridge corridor now has national implications with the discovery of the endangered rusty patched bumble bee along the corridor's route, opponents of the project said."it's not just a longmeadow parkway issue anymore," said geoffrey petzel, adding a lawsuit filed by stop longmeadow has the potential to impact national policy on endangered species for generations. "this is not just a local issue anymore."the fight to stop the longmeadow parkway bridge corridor took a turn last week when a federal judge granted stop longmeadow a temporary restraining order halting construction due to the discovery of the rusty patched bumble bee in brunner family forest preserve. the bumble bee was added to a national endangered species list l






federal judge dismisses lawsuit filed by ak-47-toting man


st. cloud, minn. — a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man who was cited in st. cloud for carrying a loaded ak-47 rifle as he walked city streets.officers cited tyler gottwalt in november 2014 for violating a city ordinance that prohibits carrying an uncased firearm in public. he had a permit to carry the gun and a stearns county district court later dismissed the case.gottwalt sued the city and three of its police officers, claiming his constitutional rights had been violated.the st. cloud times reports (http://on.sctimes.com/2nlkudn ) that u.s. district judge john tunheim has ruled that laws outlawing the carrying of an ak-47 in public are constitutional.






judge rules against advocate, northshore in merger case


a federal judge has ruled against a proposed merger between advocate health care and northshore university healthsystem, agreeing to temporarily block the union.u.s. district judge jorge alonso on tuesday granted the federal trade commission and state of illinois' request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily stop the merger while the commission holds administrative proceedings on the matter.the judge filed his opinion under seal tuesday to give the health systems and the federal trade commission, which has been challenging the proposed merger, time to request competitively sensitive information be retracted.alonso's ruling tuesday follows a decision by a federal appeals court last year, which also sided with the ftc and the state. that appeals court sent the issue back to the distri






bay area murder suspect could be released on bail after offering $70 million in


a bay area woman accused of killing the father of her two children is planning to offer nearly $70 million in property to get out of custody.tiffany li, 31, is charged with murder and accused of conspiring with two other defendants to kill her ex-boyfriend, keith green, said san mateo county dist. atty. steve wagstaffe. li has been held on $35 million bail for nearly a year.on thursday, however, li is expected to be released from jail after nearly 20 friends, family and business associates offered to put up their properties as a collateral for her bail, said her attorney geoffrey carr. because li is offering homes and business buildings to secure her $35-million bail, he said, the equity in the property must be twice that amount. she is also planning to pay some of her bail with cash.“i wa






lawsuit: federal judge can't manage her personal affairs


baton rouge, la. — a federal judge in louisiana who took medical leave after she was mysteriously pulled off a string of cases now faces a lawsuit from a fellow judge challenging her mental and physical capacity to manage her personal and financial affairs.the case against u.s. district judge patricia minaldi has been sealed from public view.but lake charles attorney thomas lorenzi confirmed thursday that he filed the march 16 suit on behalf of u.s. magistrate kathleen kay, who serves under minaldi. lorenzi said kay is acting as a friend of minaldi.minaldi's attorney, glen vamvoras, said the judge is fighting the suit because she is "competent and able to manage her own affairs."the american press, which reported the suit's filing, is asking a state judge to make the proceedings public.






trump appeals hawaii judge's order against travel ban


the department of justice has appealed a hawaii court order that brought president trump's travel ban to a national halt.the government has argued that the president was well within his authority to restrict travel from six muslim-majority countries and put a pause on refugee resettlement.the appeal thursday to the u.s. 9th circuit court of appeals came a day after u.s. district judge derrick watson in honolulu refused to dismiss his temporary block of the travel ban that he issued on march 15.with the appeal, the government is now fighting to reinstate the travel ban in two appeals courts on opposite ends of the country. that increases the likelihood that one of the cases will make it to the u.s. supreme court.earlier this month, the department of justice appealed a maryland district judg






trump appeals hawaii judge's order against travel ban


the department of justice has appealed a hawaii court order that brought president trump's travel ban to a national halt.the government has argued that the president was well within his authority to restrict travel from six muslim-majority countries and put a pause on refugee resettlement.the appeal thursday to the u.s. 9th circuit court of appeals came a day after u.s. district judge derrick watson in honolulu refused to dismiss his temporary block of the travel ban that he issued on march 15.with the appeal, the government is now fighting to reinstate the travel ban in two appeals courts on opposite ends of the country. that increases the likelihood that one of the cases will make it to the u.s. supreme court.earlier this month, the department of justice appealed a maryland district judg






judge says houston-are bail system unfair to poor offenders


houston — a judge has rebuked houston-area authorities for imposing a bail system that's unfair to people arrested for lesser offenses who are detained for long periods because they're unable to pay for their release.the ruling friday by chief u.s. district judge lee rosenthal was part of a lawsuit from a single mother who was held for two days on a charge of driving without a license because she couldn't afford the $2,500 bail.harris county district attorney kim ogg said in a statement that the decision is a "watershed moment in harris county criminal-justice history."rosenthal ordered the county to soon begin releasing indigent inmates without posting cash bail while they await trial on misdemeanor offenses.a broader push is underway for bail-reform measures for the whole state of texas.






new zealand judge upholds kim dotcom extradition ruling


wellington, new zealand — a new zealand judge has upheld an earlier ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur kim dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the u.s. to face criminal charges.the decision monday comes five years after u.s. authorities shut down dotcom's file-sharing website megaupload and filed charges of conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering against the men.u.s. prosecutors say the site raked in at least $175 million, mainly from people using it to illegally download songs, television shows and movies.the new zealand district court ruled in 2015 that dotcom and the others were eligible for extradition.high court judge justice murray gilbert found the district court made mistakes in its ruling but those didn't alter the big picture.dotcom tweeted mon






court upholds firing of pleasanton principal after sexual harassment claims – th


pleasanton — an alameda county superior court judge upheld the school district’s decision to fire an elementary school principal in 2014 after he sexually harassed female employees and created a hostile work environment.judge wynne carvill this week denied the petition by jon vranesh, former principal at walnut grove elementary school, who had appealed his termination to the state office of administrative hearings in 2015.the office at the time upheld vranesh’s dismissal because of what an administrative law judge called “unfit for service” and refusal to follow state school laws. on tuesday, the court agreed there was misconduct and sexual harassment. it also found there was consistent evidence that vranesh called female employees “cu**” and “bi***” during his time as a district employee.






chicago schools to stay open despite lawsuit’s rejection


chicago (ap) — chicago’s mayor said the city’s public schools will remain open until the end of the school year, despite a judge’s decision friday to toss a district lawsuit over education funding by the state of illinois.cook county circuit judge franklin ulyses valderrama denied a chicago public schools motion for an injunction seeking to bar the state from distributing education funds in a discriminatory manner. he also ruled in favor of the state’s motion to dismiss the case, but is allowing cps to come back with a new argument. he gave the school district until may 26 to file an amended complaint.cps ceo forrest claypool had said the judge’s decision could mean the district would end the school year on june 1 without additional funding from the state.“the kids of the city of chicago w






pennsylvania school district sued over lead levels in water


pittsburgh — a western pennsylvania school district where high levels of lead in an elementary school's water went unresolved for months faces a federal lawsuit.the school, summit elementary, was closed for two days in january after the district superintendent says he learned the problem hadn't been rectified since it was detected in august.the school has since been closed indefinitely for unrelated problems with e. coli in the water.butler school district superintendent dale lumley resigned sunday.attorneys for jennifer tait and her daughter, jillian, who attended the school, are hoping a federal judge in pittsburgh will grant cl -action status in their case. they sued the school district and lumley.attorneys for the district and lumley have declined comment.






trump rails against the 9th circuit ruling on sanctuary cities


president trump plans to fight a judge's decision to freeze his order threatening federal funding to state and local governments that refuse to cooperate fully with immigration agents."see you in the supreme court!," trump tweeted.u.s. district judge william h. orrick iii ruled that trump's order to cut some federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities and counties was unconstitutional.the trump administration plans to appeal the ruling from the district court, which falls under the u.s. 9th circuit. if justice department lawyers lose the case before the left-leaning appeals court, they can ask the supreme court to weigh in.on twitter, trump accused opponents of "judge shopping," bringing the case in front of judges that would give favorable ruling.






virginia federal judge rules in favor of trump's travel ban


unlike two other federal judges before him, a judge in virginia on friday ruled in favor of president trump's travel ban in a case brought by muslims who said the president's order illegally discriminated against their religion by restricting travel from six majority-muslim countries.u.s. district judge anthony trenga of the eastern district court of virginia in alexandria wrote that the plaintiffs, the council on american-islamic relations and other muslim community leaders from across the country, probably would not to prevail in their suit. trenga said the travel ban likely "falls within the bounds" of trump's authority as president, and he rejected a request to halt the travel ban.trenga's ruling doesn't have an immediate effect on the ban, which was put on hold by federal judges in ha






man convicted in cartel killing loses appeal in north dakota


fargo, n.d. — a man convicted of murder in a north dakota drug conspiracy case tied to a major mexican cartel has lost his appeal after asserting that his lawyers did a poor job and one of them was too chummy with a federal judge.u.s. district judge ralph erickson of north dakota sentenced gabriel martinez to life in prison in 2008 for the shooting death of lee avila of east grand forks, minnesota. the killing was tied to the violent arellano felix cartel based in tijuana, mexico.martinez said in his appeal that defense attorney thomas dickson told him erickson "owed him favors" and martinez should take a plea deal rather than go to trial.u.s. district judge jeffrey viken of south dakota heard the appeal because erickson was called to testify.






the latest: judge who put ban on hold questions evidence


the latest on legal challenges to the trump administration's revised travel ban (all times pacific unless noted):4:40 p.m.the federal judge in hawaii who put president donald trump's revised travel ban on hold cited "questionable evidence supporting the government's national security motivation."u.s. district judge derrick watson also said hawaii would suffer financially if the executive order goes into effect and blocks the flow of students and tourists to the state.watson issued his 43-page ruling less than two hours after hearing arguments on hawaii's request to block the ban that was to have gone into effect thursday.the judge says hawaii is likely to succeed on a claim that the ban violates the first amendment right protecting people against religious discrimination.___4:10 p.m.the ju






judges sides with transgender students over bathroom access


pittsburgh (ap) — a federal judge on monday ruled that three transgender students at a pennsylvania high school can use bathrooms that correspond to their stated gender identities while their lawsuit challenging the school district’s policy continues.the judge said in issuing a preliminary injunction that the three — two students born anatomically male who now identify as female and one born anatomically female who identifies as male — were reasonably likely to win the case on equal protection grounds.u.s. district judge mark hornak said the pine-richland school district north of pittsburgh has not demonstrated its policy advances an important governmental interest, nor is there evidence that personal privacy is being threatened.“other than perhaps one report received by the high school pr






northern olympic coast winter steelhead catch and participation on rise


here is the state fish and wildlife creel data taken for the 2016-2017 northern olympic coastal winter steelhead fishing season (release all wild steelhead and wild rainbow trout, and only one barbless hook with up to three points may be used):bogachiel and quillayute riversnine bank anglers and two boat anglers dec.1-3 kept 11 hatchery steelhead for 53.0 hours fished; 32 bank anglers and 16 boat anglers dec.5-8 kept 38 hatchery steelhead, and released one hatchery steelhead, one wild coho and one wild jack steelhead for 213.0 hours fished; eight bank anglers and 15 boat anglers dec. 9-11 kept 12 hatchery steelhead, and released one wild steelhead, one wild jack steelhead and one wild coho for 129.0 hours fished; 21 bank anglers and 32 boat anglers dec. 12-15 kept 32 hatchery steelhead, an