Republican-Appointed Judge Denounces Trump’s Attacks on Judge Presiding Over Hush Money Trial, Warns of Threats to Rule of Law

Washington, D.C. – A federal judge appointed by a Republican president condemned Donald Trump’s social media attacks against the judge presiding over the former president’s hush money trial in Manhattan. The judge, Reggie B. Walton, called these attacks on the rule of law “troubling” and warned that they could incite violence and threaten democracy. In a live interview with CNN, Judge Walton emphasized the importance of protecting judges and their families from threats. The judge’s public statement came after Trump criticized New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan and his daughter, Loren Merchan, falsely attributing … Read more

Federal Judge Denounces ‘Awful, Pervasive Racism’ at Tesla Factory in Landmark Decision

FREMONT, Calif. – A federal court judge has denied Tesla’s request to reduce a $3 million punitive damages award to a Black former worker, citing pervasive racism at the company’s electric car factory in Fremont. Judge William Orrick described the actions of Tesla as “grievously reprehensible” and emphasized the pervasiveness of racist conduct by coworkers, subordinates, and supervisors. Tesla had sought to cut the damages award to $1,575,000, arguing that the initial amount approved by Orrick was too high. However, the judge maintained that the $3 million punitive damages award was appropriate given the endemic … Read more