David Ashenfelter and Cassandra Spratling Free Press Staff Writers Published 11:51 AM EDT Apr 28, 2019 Damon J. Keith, the federal judge whose rulings in a string of high-profile cases over three decades catapulted him to the status of national civil rights icon, has died. He was 96.. Keith, a grandson of slaves who rose from humble beginnings in Detroit to become an internationally-revered champion for justice and a much-loved father-figure who launched countless legal careers, died early Sunday morning. Lawyers and legal scholars from all over the nation were drawn to his Detroit chambers, a place adorned with photos of the many famous people whose lives he touched, including Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and President Barack Obama. The longest-serving black judge in the nation, Keith was a leading citizen of Detroit — a confidant of elected officials, civic leaders and those who fight for social justice. His impact on Detroit and … [Read more...] about U.S. Circuit Court Judge and civil rights icon Damon Keith has died
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Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 1:22 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 Washington — President Donald Trump on Monday night nominated federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court over Judge Raymond Kethledge of Michigan and two other finalists. During the prime-time White House announcement, Trump said he intends to nominate Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative-leaning jurist who was viewed as a swing vote among the nine justices. "There is no one more qualified for this position and no one more deserving," Trump said. Kavanaugh, 53, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and previously worked in the counsel's office at the White House under President George W. Bush. He clerked for Kennedy from 1993-1994. Kavanaugh praised Kennedy’s career and said he was “deeply honored” to be nominated to his seat on the high … [Read more...] about Trump nominates Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court over Kethledge
Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 12:45 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 With President Donald Trump scheduled to make his second pick for the U.S. Supreme Court tonight, a report Sunday suggests he is backing off from naming Michigan resident Raymond Kethledge, a judge of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The New York Times, in a story based on unnamed sources, reported Sunday that "the president appeared to lose much of his interest" in Kethledge, a judge of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals who has been considered a front-runner for the nomination. Trump is expected to announce his choice on national TV at 9 p.m. Monday. "People close to the process said the president had found him likable but comparatively dull," the report said. "And some conservatives, whose support has guided Mr. Trump’s thinking about the courts, have voiced concern about Judge Kethledge on issues like immigration, with some comparing him to Justice David H. Souter, who was … [Read more...] about Is President Trump losing interest in Michigan judge for Supreme Court pick?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that foreign corporations cannot be sued in American courts for human rights abuses overseas, refusing to revive a lawsuit claiming Jordan-based Arab Bank Plc helped finance militant attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Arab Bank is seen during the opening of the Annual Arab Banking Conference in Beirut, Lebanon November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo The 5-4 decision brought to an end a lawsuit brought by some 6,000 non-U.S. citizen plaintiffs, including survivors and relatives of people killed in attacks, filed under a 1789 U.S. law called the Alien Tort Statute that accused Arab Bank of being the “paymaster” to militant groups. The court ruled along ideological lines, with its five conservatives in the majority and its four liberal justices dissenting. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said the “relatively minor … [Read more...] about U.S. top court curbs human rights claims against companies
Last week’s Supreme Court victory for a statewide candidate who took aim at the National Rifle Association in a late campaign ad could embolden Democrats in the fall election to use the gun issue to their advantage.Democrats and gun control groups see Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet’s victory as a sign that the national tide is turning against the NRA. The group has come under fire for its hard-line position against gun regulations by a national student-led movement in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.“If these kids sustain that energy over the next seven months there’s no doubt that you’ll see more candidates who feel passionately about this issue making it a part of their campaigns,” said Joe Zepecki, a Democratic strategist who worked on Mary Burke’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign. “Whereas in the past consultants might have told (candidates), ‘Oh no, this is Wisconsin. Guns are the third rail. Stay … [Read more...] about NRA opponents hoping to build on Supreme Court victory in the fall