Texas Judge Faces Removal Request Amid Intense Foster Care System Litigation

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In a tense courtroom showdown, U.S. District Judge Janis Jack grilled top Texas child welfare officials, marking a peak in a long-standing battle over the state’s handling of its foster care system. The case, rooted in a class action lawsuit dating back to 2011, scrutinizes the care provided to thousands of children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Judge Jack, who has presided over this sprawling litigation since 2011, has been a dominant figure in overseeing the reform of Texas’s foster care. Appointed to senior status in 2010, … Read more

Judge Rejects Dismissal Request in Case Involving Trump Co-Defendant

New York — A judge has rejected a request by a co-defendant of former President Donald Trump to dismiss criminal charges related to falsifying business records at the Trump Organization. The decision came Monday, signaling a potential for trial proceedings that may cast a long shadow over Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign. The legal maneuver, attempted by the Trump Organization’s payroll corporation, hinged on arguments alleging prosecutorial misconduct and claims that the district attorney’s office was unjustly targeting the former president and his business entities. The charges stem from a broader investigation into the Trump Organization’s … Read more

Judge Grants Trump’s Request for Additional Briefing on Presidential Immunity in Classified Documents Case

WASHINGTON — In a significant legal development, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has decided to allow more time for former President Donald Trump to argue presidential immunity in the ongoing Mar-a-Lago classified documents case. This decision comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling affirming limited immunity for presidents in certain circumstances, an argument Trump’s legal team is keen to expand in their defense. The Supreme Court’s recent decision, which supports the notion that a president can be immune from prosecutions for actions taken while in office under specific conditions, has added a new … Read more

Judge Releases Accused Drug Dealer on Supervised Freedom, Ignoring $150K Bail Request

NEW YORK — In what has become a controversial decision, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Valentina Morales has recently allowed for supervised release of an accused drug dealer apprehended within her dental workplace. Madelyn Javier, 31, was caught in possession of a shipment containing illegal substances at Esthetix Dental Spa in Washington Heights, raising questions about the judge’s lenient approach in light of a significant bail request. Prosecutors had vigorously pushed for a substantial bail amount following Javier’s arrest. New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan advocated for a bail of $100,000 cash or a … Read more