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The Trump Administration Lost The Fight Over The Census Citizenship Question. Now They Have To Pay The Challengers.

The administration already agreed to pay $2.7 million to the ACLU and others. It is now facing requests for as much as $12 million from challengers in Maryland.

Zoe Tillman • 5 days ago

An Appeals Court Ruled That, Yes, Sleep And Soap Count As “Safe And Sanitary” Conditions For Detained Immigrant Kids

The Justice Department unsuccessfully challenged a judge’s order enforcing a 1997 settlement agreement about conditions for immigrant children in US custody.

Zoe Tillman • 6 days ago

Matthew Whitaker’s Conflict Of Interest Forms Weren't Screened Until Just Before Trump Put Him In Charge Of The DOJ. They Were Incomplete.

A Justice Department official said that because of an “administrative error,” no one vetted Whitaker’s financial disclosure forms for nearly a year while he served as then–attorney general Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff.

Zoe Tillman • 8 days ago

Donald Trump Has Used A Secretive Justice System To Keep Lawsuits Against Him Out Of Court

Trump, his campaign, and his companies have used arbitration to try to move potentially damaging and embarrassing claims out of the public court process.

Zoe Tillman • 13 days ago

Victims Of Mass Shootings Have Struggled To Hold Larger Forces Responsible In Court After An Attack

While victims of international terrorism can hold terrorist groups accountable in court, the legal path is less clear in cases of domestic terrorism.

Zoe Tillman • 15 days ago

Trump Is Suing Over A California Law That Would Force Him To Disclose His Tax Returns To Be On The Ballot

Trump and the Republican National Committee are arguing that California can't force candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on the presidential primary ballot.

Zoe Tillman • 15 days ago

The El Paso Shooting Is Being Treated As “Domestic Terrorism,” But The Suspected Shooter May Not Be Charged As A Terrorist

Officials are investigating a potential “hate crime” connection to the mass shooting. Even if there is, such crimes aren’t usually prosecuted under US terrorism laws.

Zoe Tillman • 17 days ago

All 83 Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Have Been Dismissed For Good

Now the only way Kavanaugh could be investigated is if Congress decided to do something about it — and so far, lawmakers haven't.

Zoe Tillman • 19 days ago

The ACLU Is Accusing The Trump Administration Of Wrongfully Separating Families At The Border

A judge gave the government leeway to keep separating immigrant families if parents had a criminal history or were deemed unfit. The ACLU claims the feds pushed that line too far.

Zoe Tillman • 22 days ago

The Supreme Court Will Let Trump Pay For The Border Wall With Billions In Military Funds

A majority of the justices ruled the administration had shown at this stage of the case that it was likely to win.

Zoe Tillman • 25 days ago

The Trump Administration Is Bringing Back Federal Executions. It Will Immediately End Up In Court.

The Justice Department announced a new single-drug lethal injection protocol and set execution dates for five men convicted of murder.

Zoe Tillman • 27 days ago

Trump And Hope Hicks Spoke With Michael Cohen Right Before He Organized Hush Money For Stormy Daniels

“I and members of the Trump Organization were directed by Mr. Trump to handle the Stormy Daniels’ matter, including making the hush money payment,” Cohen told BuzzFeed News from prison.

Anthony Cormier • One month ago

A Judge Has Banned Roger Stone From Posting Anything On Instagram, Facebook, Or Twitter

The judge found that Stone violated her previous order limiting what he could say publicly about his case.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

Trump Has Backed Down On Adding A Citizenship Question To The 2020 Census

Trump said he would direct federal agencies to provide citizenship data to the Commerce Department — a plan Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had rejected in favor of adding the question.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

The Trump Administration’s Bid To Swap Lawyers In The Census Cases Is Not Going Well

Federal judges in California, Maryland, and New York rejected DOJ’s first attempt at switching lawyers, saying the government didn’t submit enough information about the late change.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

Trump Can't Be Sued By DC And Maryland Over His Hotel, A Federal Appeals Court Ruled

The 4th Circuit questioned whether the lawsuit filed by DC and Maryland against Trump was "an appropriate use of the courts."

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

Trump Can't Block People On Twitter He Disagrees With, A Federal Appeals Court Ruled

Because Donald Trump uses his Twitter account for official purposes and creates a "public forum," he can't exclude people based on their views, the 2nd Circuit ruled.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

Trump Is Bringing In New Lawyers On The Citizenship Question Case And No One Knows What's Happening

In a surprising move, lawyers from the Justice Department's Consumer Protection Branch are taking over the census litigation from a DOJ team that specializes in cases against agencies.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

The Trump Administration Said It Wouldn't Put A Citizenship Question On The Census, And Then Trump Blew It Up With A Tweet

One day after saying the 2020 Census would go ahead without a citizenship question, Trump tweeted Wednesday they were "absolutely moving forward" with it. The Justice Department told a judge they had been "instructed" to find a way to include it.

Zoe Tillman • One month ago

A Federal Judge Has Blocked Ohio’s 6-Week Abortion Ban

Ohio is one of several states to pass strict abortion bans in the past few months.

Ema O'Connor • One month ago