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Days Before Hush Money Trial, New Demand From Trump

Ex-president's lawyers want Judge Juan Merchan to step away, alleging conflict of interest, bias

(Newser) - Donald Trump is demanding a new judge just days before his hush money criminal trial is set to begin, rehashing long-standing grievances with the current judge in a long-shot, 11th-hour bid to disrupt and delay the case. Trump's lawyers, echoing his recent social media complaints, urged Manhattan Judge Juan...

After Attacks on Judge's Daughter, Trump's Gag Order Expanded

Relatives of judge, DA now included

(Newser) - Donald Trump's gag order was expanded Monday night after the former president went after the daughter of the judge in his hush money case. Trump, who has also verbally attacked the judge himself , had previously been barred from talking about witnesses, prosecutors, court staff, and jurors in the case...

Illinois Removes Judge Who Reversed Rape Conviction

Robert Adrian abused his position, oversight body says

(Newser) - An Illinois judge whose decision to reverse the conviction of a man he found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl drew outrage has been removed from the bench. The Illinois Courts Commission found that Adams County Judge Robert Adrian circumvented the law and engaged in misconduct, the AP reports. The...

Attempted Murder Charges for Judge's Courtroom Attacker

Deobra Redden assaulted a Las Vegas judge

(Newser) - A man who attacked a judge in a Las Vegas courtroom last month has been charged with attempted murder. A grand jury indicted Deobra Redden, 30, on nine new counts. Among other things, he is accused of wrapping his hands around the throat of Judge Mary Kay Holthus and striking...

Judge Who Sent 500+ Texts During Murder Trial Resigns

DA had called Traci Soderstrom's behavior 'shocking'

(Newser) - An Oklahoma judge caught on surveillance footage texting, scrolling through Facebook, and sending GIFs, all while she was presiding over a trial regarding the beating death of a toddler, has stepped down from the bench, per the AP . A proposed settlement was filed Thursday agreeing that Lincoln County District Judge...

Las Vegas Man Attacks Judge During Sentencing
Man Attacks Judge
in Vegas Courtroom

Man Attacks Judge in Vegas Courtroom

Deobra Redden faces new charges over assault of Judge Mary Kay Holthus

(Newser) - The judge attacked by a defendant in a Las Vegas courtroom last week sentenced the man Monday to up to four years in prison in an unrelated case. Deobra Delone Redden leapt over the bench and attacked Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus in her courtroom last week...

Stefanik Files Complaint on Jan. 6 Judge: 'Highly Inappropriate'

GOP congresswoman slams Beryl Howell, who has ruled on Capitol riot, Trump cases

(Newser) - Elise Stefanik filed a complaint Friday against a federal judge who's ruled on cases involving the Jan. 6 riot and former President Donald Trump, alleging the judge engaged in "judicial misconduct," reports the Hill . The GOP congresswoman is now calling for an ethics probe into US District...

SUV Belonging to Suspect in Maryland Judge's Murder Found
Body of Man Accused
of Killing Judge Is Found

Body of Man Accused of Killing Judge Is Found

Pedro Argote had been the subject of a weeklong manhunt in Maryland

(Newser) - The body of a man accused of killing a Maryland judge has been found in a wooded area relatively close to the shooting, reports the AP . The discovery of the body of Pedro Argote, 49, on Thursday ends a weeklong manhunt. He is accused of fatally shooting Washington County Circuit...

Judge Warns Trump of 'Blatant Violation,' Threatens Sanctions
Judge Fines
Trump $5K
Over 'Blatant

Judge Fines Trump $5K Over 'Blatant Violation'

Judge in civil fraud trial blasts former president over post disparaging a court staffer

(Newser) - Updated throughout with new details. Donald Trump was fined $5,000 on Friday after a disparaging social media post about a key court staffer in his New York civil fraud case was allowed to linger on his campaign website after the judge ordered it deleted. Judge Arthur Engoron avoided holding...

US Judge May Have Been Killed Over a Divorce Case

Andrew Wilkinson was found fatally shot in driveway of residence in Hagerstown, Maryland, sheriff says

(Newser) - A district court judge has been fatally shot outside his Maryland home, and authorities are now searching for a suspect in their homicide investigation. The New York Times reports that Washington County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Wilkinson, 52, was found in the driveway of his Hagerstown residence around 8pm on...

Judge Who Sent 500+ Texts During Murder Trial Might Lose Her Job

Chief justice of Oklahoma's top court recommends Traci Soderstrom's removal

(Newser) - A new Oklahoma judge could lose her job for sending more than 500 texts to her bailiff during a murder trial , including messages mocking the prosecutor, praising the defense attorney, and calling a key witness a liar. The chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court recommended the removal of Lincoln...

California Judge Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

Lawyer says judge's wife died in 'accidental' shooting

(Newser) - A Southern California judge charged with killing his wife during an argument while he was drunk pleaded not guilty to murder Tuesday, and his lawyer says it was an "accidental shooting." Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ricardo Ocampo ordered Orange County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ferguson to surrender...

Liberals, Your 'Hero Worship' of Judges, Others May Backfire

At Politico, Michael Schaffer argues progressives are hurting their own cause in regard to Trump

(Newser) - Welcome to the state of politics in 2023: You can now buy T-shirts and coffee mugs celebrating the judge in Donald Trump's federal election-interference case. And as Michael Schaffer points out in an opinion piece at Politico Magazine , Judge Tanya Chutkan is far from the only Trump-related public figure...

Prosecutors Say Judge Told Staff: 'I Just Shot My Wife'

California investigators report finding 47 weapons and 26,000 rounds of ammunition in home

(Newser) - Investigators say they seized 47 weapons and more than 26,000 rounds of ammunition from the Southern California home of a judge charged with killing his wife during an argument. Prosecutors said Orange County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ferguson, 72, pulled one of the guns from an ankle holster and...

Prominent Texas Judge Takes a Break for Mental Health

Harris County's Lina Hidalgo says she checked in for inpatient treatment for clinical depression

(Newser) - A Texas judge put out a surprise announcement this week, announcing she'll be taking a work hiatus to deal with a newly diagnosed condition. In a Monday statement released by her office, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo informed constituents that she had checked herself into an inpatient facility late...

Trump Pushes to Have Judge Recuse Herself

Former president says he can't get a fair trial with Tanya Chutkan

(Newser) - It's not clear whether his legal team will follow up, but Donald Trump himself is pushing for the judge in his election interference case to recuse herself. In a series of posts on Truth Social over the weekend and into Monday, the former president maintained that US District Court...

Judge Accused of Posting Inappropriate TikTok Videos

New Jersey judge lip-synched explicit lyrics, complaint states

(Newser) - A New Jersey Superior Court judge is accused of having very poor judgment when it came to what he posted on TikTok. According to a complaint filed against Gary Wilcox, some of the dozens of videos the judge posted under the name "Sal Tortorella" over a two-year period featured...

Commission: Parkland Judge Should Be Reprimanded

Elizabeth Scherer showed bias toward prosecution in trial, allowed 'emotions to overcome' judgment

(Newser) - The Florida judge who oversaw the penalty trial of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz should be publicly reprimanded for showing bias toward the prosecution, failing to curtail "vitriolic statements" directed at Cruz's attorneys, and allowing "emotions to overcome her judgment," reports the AP . The Judicial Qualifications...

Abortion Pill's Fate Uncertain as Judges Face Off

Texas' Kacsmaryk orders hold on mifepristone access, Washington's Rice orders the opposite

(Newser) - Access to the most commonly used method of abortion in the US plunged into uncertainty Friday following conflicting court rulings over the legality of the abortion medication mifepristone that has been widely available for more than 20 years. For now, the drug that the Food and Drug Administration approved in...

Judge Warned Trump on Threats. Now Judge Is Getting 'Dozens'

Juan Merchan and his family, court have all been on the receiving end, per sources

(Newser) - During his Tuesday arraignment, former President Trump was warned by acting New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan not to bring threats against anyone or say anything that could incite violence regarding the hush money case against him. Later that evening, during his speech at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, Trump ripped...

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